Could Vampires on True Blood Have a Human Baby?

January 31, 2010 by  

First, let me start off by saying that this is just my opinion about a topic I have been thinking about and something I would like to see happen in future seasons of True Blood because of the opportunities it could create for new plotlines.

Alan Ball has been asked before about the possibility of a half-human/half-vampire baby in True Blood, and he said no to that quite emphatically. What no one has asked and no one has shot down is the possibility that vampires, especially male ones, could have the ability to get a human woman pregnant.

Of course, I do understand that vampires are essentially dead, and sperm and eggs in vampires are dead as well. However, that also somewhat denies the science and technology available in the True Blood world. After all, in the world Alan has created, science has created blood in a lab, which not only allowed vampires to come “out of the coffin” but also has probably ended the blood shortage hospitals and medical centers around the world suffer in real life.

That’s some pretty amazing technology that we don’t really have yet, and such a scientific advancement also could mean that science in the True Blood world could have found a way to bring dead sperm and eggs in vampires back to life.

Take Vampire Jessica for example. Now that she’s dead, she is no longer ovulating, and whatever eggs she has left are still in her body. If the technology was there for those eggs to come back to life, they could be used by Jessica to create a child. Of course, she would probably need a surrogate for the pregnancy, but it could be done, and Jessica would have the choice to someday be a mother if she wanted to, as would other female vampires.

When it comes to male vampires with human women, though, it’s a slightly different story. We can assume that male vampires still experience orgasms, but their sperm is dead on arrival. IF the sperm could be brought back to life, then a male vampire and a human woman could arguably conceive a human baby.

For vampire/human couples, this could lead to a strengthening of their relationship, just like it can for real life couples, and give a vampire (who can’t or won’t turn their lover) family to continue to be around as time continues in their endless journey.

Of course, if this were available in the world of True Blood, there would also be a very large catch. Back in season 1 of True Blood, there was a throwaway line about how babies have the sweetest blood. This would attract vampires, and could possibly become an issue with vampires who don’t have any morals.

In the long run, though, I feel that if the show were to allow humans and vampires to have children together, it could lead to some memorable moments sure to live on in our collective hearts and minds.

Once again, I remind you all that this is just my opinion about the subject, and in no way reflects the views of Alan Ball, the True Blood writing team, or any future storylines on True Blood.

Do you think that there could be future children for the vampires on True Blood, and would it be a good thing or a bad thing if it were to happen?

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  • vishavjeet14

    Vampires are dead. Therefore they do not produce any bodily fluids. This means they do not ovulate or nor do they produce sperm. It is impossible for vampires to have children, that’s why you don’t see Eric or Bill reaching over for a condom every time one of them is with Sookie.

  • kelsey the vampire

    there has been weirder things to have happened on that show than a human-vampire baby(Mainad anyone?) so honestly i think it’s very likely especially since Arlene brought up the topic in the first season when Sookie first started liking Bill but who knows i have no idea what to expect with this show!

  • Celesteblue

    Why does everyone keep mentioning venom? Lafayette and Jason, and also Bill and Sookie, have discussions about what keeps them animated. It is all accredited to “Magic”. Harris does write about a couagulant in the blood to help heal bites, but no venom.

    Also, for Sookie to conceive a human child with Bill, Eric, or geez, even Pam, couldn’t they just extract DNA from skin cells or hair folicles and implant them into a fertile egg? Isn’t that how they clone sheep?

    But seriously, wouldn’t it be cool for her to at least have a pregnancy “scare” after it is revealed she is a Supe?

    Never say never!

    • Celesteblue

      “couagulant in the *saliva* ….” sorry 😀

    • *wicked grin* Celeste, you just became my new BFF! Thank you for seeing what I’m trying to say in this article and not instantly downing it! 😀

      • Celesteblue

        *blush* aww shucks, thanks! I love that this community is so much more active that my last blog home…topics like this make watching the show so much more interesting to watch!

        • Thank you for that! You just totally made my day! 🙂

  • Kaththee

    Sorry to necrapost, Everyone here approaches the question of if Bill and Sookie can conceive from the wrong angle. The answer is not in science, folklore or tradition. I can’t believe a woman was shamed about asking Allan Ball if there could be a half human half vampire creature. In fiction anything can happen as long as it makes sense thematically and moves the story forward. That said, it would be more consistant with homosexual/vampire parallels for vampire sex to be sterile. If they had a baby then the child would have to be a symbol of the union between homosexuals and I don’t see how that baby could be conceived sexually. I think they should have children (adoption, turkey baster, in-vitro) to explore the social issues of non traditional family situations and the challenges that they face.

    • The woman was shamed because of the Twilight aspect of her question. Alan doesn’t want True Blood to be similar to Twilight in that way, and a majority of fans don’t either.

      And while I do recognize the vampire/homosexual parallels, those don’t necessarily mean that True Blood is following that line when it comes to children for characters. Anna Paquin is a huge part of this factor, because the truth is that she’s young and has said in interviews that she’d like to have children of her own some day. My theory leaves that possibility for children open should Anna or another woman on True Blood become pregnant.

      And you said it yourself; this is fantasy. Anything is possible.

      • Kaththee

        I have watched the series on tape and I had not yet seen the Jessica story line when I wrote my comment. I think that Jessica is obviously Bill’s vampire child which I think is kind of brilliant. Although he did not bring her into his world sexually, Bill’s love for Sookie did bring about Bill “making” Jessica into a vampire. So you could say she came into his life through his love for Sookie. The three of them seem very much like a blended family. Jessica is a typical child in many ways. I love this story line although I know it offends purist who want the series to stay true to the books.
        I think this show is incredibly clever social satire and nothing like Twilight which I despise on so many levels.

  • Sophia

    “I was suggesting that WITH the help of science, vampire/human couples could conceive a FULLY HUMAN baby.”

    I do not see how a union between a vampire and a human could create a fully human baby. OK, so taking your theory of with the help of science bringing back to life the vampire egg/sperm, surely the egg/sperm would still have the ‘taint/venom whatever’ which then would/could not create a fully human child, and in actual fact be more likely create another vampire.

    Surely in order to have a fully human child from such a union it would involve not only bringing the sperm/egg back to life but also stripping the venom (I’m not a geneticist, but this was my instant thought on your theory) and if this was an option, surely science would then be able to ‘cure’ vampires and make them all human again?

    I personally do not believe a vampire can impregnate or be impregnated, but hey it’s all fiction so anything is possible, however, I do think a union would either create some sort of halfling or in all honestly a vampire baby over a human.

    And a vampire baby then raises all sorts of new questions. I haven’t read the Twilight saga but am intrigued as to how this baby of Bella and Edward’s will grow. I’m sure it will conveniently stop growing at a nice age like 18 and then be immortal but I’m overly cynical towards Twilight and its take on vampires!

  • Sophia

    “I was suggesting that WITH the help of science, vampire/human couples could conceive a FULLY HUMAN baby.”

    I do not see how a union between a vampire and a human could create a fully human baby. OK, so taking your theory of with the help of science bringing back to life the vampire egg/sperm, surely the egg/sperm would still have the ‘taint/venom whatever’ which then would/could not create a fully human child, and in actual fact be more likely create another vampire.

    Surely in order to have a fully human child from such a union it would involve not only bringing the sperm/egg back to life but also stripping the venom (I’m not a geneticist, but this was my instant thought on your theory) and if this was an option, surely science would then be able to ‘cure’ vampires and make them all human again?

    I personally do not believe a vampire can impregnate or be impregnated, but hey it’s all fiction so anything is possible, however, I do think a union would either create some sort of halfling or in all honestly a vampire baby over a human.

    And a vampire baby then raises all sorts of new questions. I haven’t read the Twilight saga but am intrigued as to how this baby of Bella and Edward’s will grow. I’m sure it will conveniently stop growing at a nice age like 18 and then be immortal!

  • Roralot

    Since vampires cry blood, I would assume the only thing that can come out of a vampire is blood. Draw your own conclusion.

  • Lauren

    I think I would be pretty upset if they were able to. Simply because this show/these books aren’t Twilight. If they end up having babies, it’ll be just one step closer to that garbage known as Twilight.

  • ericsminion

    Okay…here we go…

    AB follows CH’s storyline as close as he possibly can. He makes changes where he see’s fit, but he keeps the vampires very simular to CH. So, I think your better off asking if CH is willing to make this a possibility. I doubt Alan Ball will bring child giving vampires into his series, if Charlaine Harris wont put it into hers.

    So many people have asked Charlaine Harris if she will give Sookie a baby from a vampire, and she said that will not be happening. She has also made it clear that Sookie will not be turned vampire.

    I hope this answers your question, I would be EXTREMELY surprised if Charlaine Harris does incomperate fertile vamps into her series, and I highly doubt that Alan Ball will introduce that if Charlaine Harris doesn’t.

    But I guess we can always dream 🙂

    • This is where I notice that you probably didn’t read my article closely, as I NEVER talked about fertile vampires. They aren’t, and that’s NEVER going to change. I simply mentioned that science could be used with vampires to create human babies, especially since even in real life, there are procedures that some people have to go through in order to have children. I can’t imagine it would be much different for vampires than it is for people who have problems conceiving…. 🙂

  • Drusilla

    What about Vampire/Fae babies? Eric seemed to be entertained by them.. I wonder what Sookie would say? *evil smirk*

    • Drusilla

      Actually come to think of it.. Does anyone remember when Pam said “Thank god I never had any of you [Eric]” It seems that Alan is hinting at something..

    • Antonio

      OK I keep forgetting that Sookie is Not a “typical” human.
      She Is part fairy(what That means…I dont know yet as I have Not read Any of the books) So maybe being a paranormal creature partially herself maybe she could remain with Bill or Eric without being “turned” If she is in some way a “supe” herself then maybe she could Not be turned anyway She cant be glamored so maybe she could not be made into a vamp,either!
      Sam is a shapeshifter a supe so even If he were bitten by a vampire He could Not be turned either…He would have to be completely human in order to be “turned” or converted!
      Same I think goes for Sookie Think about it!
      Maybe You Do have something there after all Ms. Nocturne! 🙂

      • Drusilla

        Ms Nocturne? 😛

  • I’m not into fan fiction but, I have had friends that have run ideas by me covering this concept. I remember seeing Alan Ball’s reaction when asked the question half/human, half/vampire question. I felt bad for the girl that asked it. The reaction in the room was like how could you even ask such a thing but, really is it really that far fetch of an idea? I think anything would be possible in the world Ball has created. Some of the ideas my friend thought of really were plausible in a world of make believe. Before, when I was thinking “but how could they work that out” now I can see how it would be interesting.

  • I think in the early book, Bill tells Sookie she can’t become pregnant. But in some aspects, Sookie is not fully human, so anything could happen. This could round out when TB ends, a child between Sookie & Bill to carry on.

    • Antonio

      This is most interesting It raises another question. You said a child to “carry on” implying somehow that the child would outlive or go on without its parents? For vampires this is highly improbable! Vampires generally live forever! Yet another question here… If Sookie Really loved Bill, Wouldnt she want to become 1 like him so that she could be with him forever? Otherwise,She would age and face her mortality like Any human. I know that Bill loves her and would not want that for her,But,At Some point she’d have to make a decision…wouldn’t she?? In New Moon,For an example, Bella is in the woods where she sees Edward with an old woman. She thinks,at first,its her grandmother and she is curious to know why he is being so kind and patient with her. Then she hears him say “Happy Birthday,Bella!” She is horrified to think that the old woman is Her! She wakes up in a cold sweat..Obviously this bothered her! What would Sookie think about this? Would she want to see
      become her “caregiver” over time Instead of her lover?
      Would she want people to think that Bill was her “grandson?”
      instead of her chosen mate??
      I think the bigger question here is Not could Sookie and Bill have a baby together But What would their future life together entail? Would they even Have a future life together?
      Would Sookie seriously consider having either Bill or Eric be her maker So that she could remain with her vampire love indefinitely??
      Bella Swan Made That decision..To join her love and his family forever to be a vampire. What would Sookie think??
      Or in the long run Would she choose Sam Or another human just to remain human?

      • Hi Antonio,
        I really can’t comment on any of the Twilight series, because I have not read any of the books or seen the movies. But I understand about being seen as a “caregiver” of your aged mate. I guess since Sookie is half fairy, who knows how she’ll evolve with AB. I’m always team Bill, but Bill says to Sookie, if anything should happen to him, she should go to Sam. But this is before Sookie’s reveal of her having special powers. I guess I was thinking a little ahead, when the time comes in all TVLand, the ending of a series (heaven forbid for TB, it has to go on forever! )…spinoffs or some closure. What will happen, if Stephen Moyer & Anna Paquin in real life tie the knot & have a child…film Sookie from the waist up, timing when the series is on hiatus,or have a baby that’s part vampire, human, or fairie. This is just speculation of course…something to think over.

  • Gill Avila

    I can see a major problem at the get-go involving a vampire marriage with 2 vampires, if eggs and sperms can be “revitalized.” Vampires don’t age. Who wants to be born an immortal baby destined to never grow up?

    • Katra

      I have to ask. Did you actually read the article, or just skim? Even in the title, it’s asked about vampires having HUMAN babies, not immortal or anything else.

  • In the Fan Fiction on the True Blood Fan site, some of the Truebies have written stories about Sookie and Eric having a baby, and it is very believable. Check it out!

    Also, JR Ward’s vamps in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series have babies. It takes longer ( 12 to 14 mos) and it is very dangerous for both the mother and the baby. A lot of them don’t live through it.

  • Danielle

    I love the Night Huntress series, but yes it could be possible to have a child with vampire traits a fully human child I doubt it

  • Antonio

    I would say NO That would be my answer. Charlaine Harris was asked this in an interview onceand she had said something to the effect that gals could not become pregnant by vampires in the world which she created. I would hope that AB and the writers would Not go there! It just doesnt make sense. A fully human baby is NOT possible from a vampire/human union! Only a Hybrid can result from Such a union. If I may elaborate on the Twilight question.. Bella became pregnant BEFORE she was turned into a vampire. She was still Very Much human when she married Edward Cullen. Their offspring was a hybrid Half human/Half vampire. In fact, for any1 whos read the books, the child seemed to be more vampire than human.
    Plus, the liitle girl had a remarkable gift Not only could she read peoples minds but she could invite THEM Into HERS!
    She could tell stories Just By holding someones hand or looking into their eyes! Edward and his father Carlisle,Who happened to be the head surgeon and MD in Forks Thought that it would be Impossible for Edward to have sexual intercourse at all let alone produce a child from it! It was somewhat of a surprise for All of them When Bella discoovered that she was pregnant.
    Bella knew somehow that she would have a baby a child with Edward because even BEFORE her engagement to him she began having dreams of holding a baby in her arms and protecting it from rebel vampires.

    Bill Compton is dead he Is a Vampire undead thats it!!
    The simple truth IS Sookie would be MORE likely to have a Human child with Sam NOT Bill!
    Or at least a kid whos More human than what she might have with Bill!
    I dont think that Jessica could have a child either because with her every time is her first time…Strange i know
    My Answer would be NO They Could NOT!!
    Vampires Take life they cannot Give it!!
    So NO Bill could Not have a human child with Sookie
    Another thing thats weird? in Twilight, Jacob Black “imprints” on Bella’s daughter and is bound to her as a life mate (partner) When this happens she’s Only a baby still
    Kind of weird but Nothing unethical transpires.

  • Hi Isis,

    Very interesting concept and as you have said with it being a fantasy anything is possible including the science behind allowing vampires to have full blooded human children with humans.

    As to if it would every happen on the show we don’t know. Though I have read some very interesting fan-fics regarding this topic and they have not been boring at all as some may assume.

    If it is written well it it could be very interesting indeed.

  • Paige

    In the books, Sookie is not worried about any form of birth control because she can not get pregnant from Bill, nor can she contract an STD from him. So, if Alan Ball follows Charlaine’s reasoning, there is no way for a hybrid baby to form. Additionally, this has always intrigued me, because how come a vampire’s anatomy is essentially frozen in time or dead, and yet their bodies still function as though alive? How come their brains cells are not dead, per se, but their egg and sperm cells are? I am a pre-med student, so the physiology of a vampire interests me (it’s the only way I know vampires could never possibly exist, because the anatomy and physiology just can’t be possible, since they were once human. Unless of course, one could just say, the screwed up physiology is just a side effect of the venom. Ultimately, I suppose all of this hybrid baby speculation is due to Twilight and Bella’s and Edward’s Renesmee.

    • “Ultimately, I suppose all of this hybrid baby speculation is due to Twilight and Bella’s and Edward’s Renesmee.”

      Actually, that’s not quite the case. I have not (and do not) intend to have anything to do with the Twilight series. I’m not a fan, and I’m not impressed by the immature writing style of the author. However, she’s not the only one to use such an idea.

      Jeaniene Frost actually used the same idea (but in a MUCH better way) in her Night Huntress series. In those, the heroine of the story is a halfling because her vampire father was such a newbie at the time, his body wasn’t finished changing into a full vampire. For me that works, but it’s not what I was suggesting either.

      I was suggesting that WITH the help of science, vampire/human couples could conceive a FULLY HUMAN baby.

      • Paige

        Yeah, I suppose that science could aid a fantasy world into making that possible. However, I don’t think Alan will stray that far from the series…unless like you suggested, he uses a character that he invented, like Jessica. However, I would like to give Alan Ball more credit for originality than just another spin on the vampire/human baby plot. Blade was also formed in a similar way to the halfing heroine you described.

        I do have a correction for your article though, the synthetic Trublood is only a drink which provides nourishment for a vampire; never have the books stated that Trublood could be a substitute for real blood or blood donations.

        • No, the books haven’t, but I think that would work simply because vampires drink human blood, and TruBlood, like other brands, is a substitute for that. I just took it to the simplest term because easy math is vampires need human blood and the nutrients within. A substitute would have to offer that, so human blood and substitute blood are interchangeable. Thus, using that (very simplistic) argument, the synthetic could be used to help humans as well.

      • Amber

        So, you’re suggesting that the Japanese came up with synthetic blood to feed the vampires they didn’t know existed? Synthetic blood was created to be a blood substitute.

        • *grins, showing a slight hint of fang* LOL, well said, Amber!

  • Pam vampire

    I hope to God they don’t agree to babies on True Blood..that would ruin the storie..vampires are DEAD..cant make babies..I mean come on, would you want to watch Eric Northman wiping spit up from a drooling toddler? gimme a break..keep the babies for the twilighters and let the grown ups watch the real vampires.

    • Are you saying that a sexy man with a baby isn’t attractive? In my personal experience, I have to disagree. When a sexy man has a baby, women swoop in because he gives off the appearance of being a good family man and provider, things most women look for in a significant other.

      • Pam vampire

        you completely missed my point..they are vampires..they arent living..therefore they shouldnt be able to have children..that personally would ruin the story for me..

        • I’m sorry you feel that way, though I understand the sentiment. However, what I didn’t mention in the article was thinking about the cast. What happens if Anna or someone else becomes pregnant? There needs to be an opening to write the pregnancy in, because otherwise we could lose cast members for the duration of their pregnancies.

  • bob

    you are either one or the other!

    f**k twilight -_-

    • Bob, FYI, I am NOT a fan of Twilight. Couldn’t read the books, REFUSE to see the movies, etc… I’m looking at this as something scientific if a pregnancy were needed in a future season of True Blood for any reason.

  • Jessica

    I´m sorry, but no way! This is True Blood, not Twilight.

    • Jessica, did you read the multiple times I discussed a HUMAN baby, NOT a halfling? And BTW, Twilight isn’t the only paranormal series to use such a plot device (even though they didn’t do it very well). Jeaniene Frost’s main character in her Night Huntress series does as well, and she even explains how it works in the opening of the book!

      It’s only a matter of time until some other series goes along with the idea that technology opens new doors for everyone, including paranormal creatures.