True Blood’s Sarah Newlin: Villain, Crazy or Prophet of God in Season 7?
September 2, 2013 by Rachel Tsoumbakos
Anna Camp Talks About Being Sarah Newlin:
Fans of HBO’s True Blood found the emergence of an unexpected villain in Season 7. While Governor Burrell (Arliss Howard) was instantly recognizable as the bad guy, it was the return of Steve Newlin’s (Michael McMillian) wife, Sarah Newlin (Anna Camp) that turned out to be the true villain of True Blood Season 7.
Apparently it was a surprise to Anna Camp also!
I had no idea at first. Each script I got was a bigger and bigger surprise. Sarah always wanted to be the brains behind everything; the woman behind the man. She takes over so unexpectedly, and I don’t know if she was qualified. She thinks she’s cool under pressure, but I don’t think she was prepared to get all that power. She wanted to be Truman’s wife, have a family with him and get into politics and write more books…I don’t know if she was ready to walk down the halls of vamp camp.
Camp also thinks that Sarah Newlin may be very close to slipping over the edge from bad guy and into the realms of crazy. Now that the previous reverend’s wife is a killer, things are beginning to slide downhill for Newlin. Her whole venture into ‘doing God’s work’ is now running the fine line between that and pure insanity. Each thing she does seems to create a new dilemma that makes the last deviation from good seem like a walk in the park compared to the task now at hand.
So How Far Will Sarah Newlin go in True Blood Season 7?
According to Anna Camp, Sarah Newlin is now on a mission to finish what she started. Her hate for vampires has stemmed from the fact that her missing sister was addicted to V. Now, with the dismantlement of vamp camp, Newlin will probably be holed up somewhere, scheming her next plan of attack. And thanking God for making Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten) set her free to continue following what she considers the righteous path.
Camp expands on this during an interview with HBO:
She knows what she’s done – I don’t know if anyone ever deserves to die, but she’s certainly been asking for it. But again, to her it’s just another sign from God that she’s doing the right thing. It’s just more fuel to her fire: “I am right. I am God’s tool. He’s speaking through me.” It’s another notch in her belt of craziness… I see her turning into a weird zombie of a woman. I think being sent away will make her more powerful in a sense. She’ll shut down and become a robot for God.
And what does Anna camp think would happen to Sarah Newlin if she was turned into a vampire like her husband?
Getting turned vampire would be the cruelest punishment for her – it’s everything she abhors. I believe if she were turned, she’d commit suicide. She’d crawl to the top of a church and have the whole town there or something. And while she’s frying, scream, “Death to all vampires!” Getting turned and living forever would mean that they won. Taking that away from them, even if it meant killing herself, would be a win for the humans.
So, how far do you think Sarah Newlin will go in True Blood Season 7? Let us know in the comments below.
Source: HBO – Interview with Anna Camp
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