True Blood: All About Werewolves

June 15, 2010 by  

One episode into Season 3 and our heads are already spinning in story lines. And one key introduction? Werewolves.

An article in the New York Post highlighted some facts about what it’s like on the set of the HBO series now that wolves have joined the cast.

First off, series creator Alan Ball was intent on using real wolves during filming.

“I’m not a big fan of CGI… I’ve always wanted the supernatural in this show to be a deeper manifestation of nature, rather than something that exists outside of it.”

But there are times when CGI is the way to go, like when there’s some violent interaction or simply to get the wolf‘s leash out of the shot.

The wolves the cast and crew have been working with are all very well-trained and the actors get the opportunity to make friends with their howling counterparts.

Joe Manganiello, werewolf Alcide, got to spend some quality time with his counterpart, a timber wolf named Thunder.

“I got to take him for a walk up through the mountains… He knows me now. We’re cool.”

While the wolves and actors may be cool with each other, werewolves and vampires… not so much.

Age-old legends about these supernaturals confirm that vampires and werewolves are enemies, period. And True Blood will be no different, as if the first episode wasn’t a clue. Manganiello confirms:

“At my audition, Alan suggested that when I think about vampires, to imagine the way a Jew would think of a Nazi. That’s how much they hate each other.”

Ball further explains his theory.

“Look at all the minorities that hate each other. If you’re an oppressed minority, it’s so easy – and ultimately stupid – to target the hatred you feel toward yourself on this other group.”

So relationships will be vicious this season… in more ways than one.

As we all expected, Alcide will add himself to the already potent love triangle of Sookie, Bill, and Eric. What girl wouldn’t want to be Sookie with all of these super hot supernaturals drooling over her? Speaking of supernaturals, Ball has admitted that werewolves aren’t the only new element we’ll see this season.

“At the heart of [the show], our main supernatural creatures are Bill, Eric, Jessica and Pam… But there are others with different non-human powers that we discover along the way – including Sookie. We’ll find out what she is this season.”

So much to chew on… and we’ve only just begun.


Photo Credit: HBO Inc.