True Blood Season 3 Spoilers: Shifters and Vampires

June 29, 2010

Kristin from E!Online shares some spoilers with fans regarding Sam Merlotte (Sam Trammell) and is on-going saga with his shifter family and Tara Thornton (Rutina Wesley) with her vampire boyfriend/tormentor Franklin Mott (James Frain), who we are still trying to figure out.

George in Michigan: Alright, give it to me straight. What’s the deal with Sam’s little brother on True Blood?

What, you mean little ol’ Tommy? He’s harmless—in the sociopath, crazy-person sorta way! Marshall Allman, aka Sam‘s little bro Tommy, is in it for the long haul this season, and a source tells us he intends on “bringing Bon Temps to its knees.” Sounds fun, right? “I go in and have a lot of fun,” Marshall tells us. “There’s not an impulse that I don’t act on. I’m tons of fun. And then I’ll take your wallet, [and] I’ll also steal your girl.” Yes, we’re hearing some girl-stealing is afoot. Any guesses as to which lovely lady Tommy might have on his arm? Hands off Sookie, L.J., or we’ll tell your Dad! (A little old-timey Prison Break humor brought to you by Wentworth’s abs.)

Julie in Toronto: True Blood, please.

Marshall tells us he’ll be around well into the “shocking” season finale, and that even though he’ll do some pwetty tewibble things to Bon Temps during his stay (yep, he’s moving in!), don’t judge too quickly. “People will see that I have a heart, but they’re just going to be frustrated that I’m not being who I was meant to be,” he says, “I suffered a lot of dysfunction, and I just need a lot of love.” Sources have also revealed that Tommy might be working to Sam at Merlotte‘s soon enough, so watch out for that, ’cause that seems to be where all truly terrible people end up at one time or another. (Note: Hands off Arlene, too, buddy. She’s with child.)

Marybeth in Laurel, Md.: Anything good coming up for Tara on True Blood?

That depends on your definition of good. Rutina Wesley tells us our ever-troubled bartender “is gonna struggle with this vampire lover named Franklin Mott. He’s very psychological and very hard. So this relationship is not necessarily by choice.” Probably not your definition of good, huh? One thing you don’t have to worry about? Tara becoming a vamp herself. “Probably not,” she says. “I love being human. It’s like I’m one of the only humans on the show!”


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Oh Lorena! Mariana Klaveno Talks About Episode 3

June 29, 2010

She promises that she’s nothing like her character on True BloodMariana Klaveno also told E! Online that she was as shocked to read the script’s scene as the audience was to watch that scene.

We’re referring to last Sunday’s episode that had Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) having a lot of twisted sex with his maker, Lorena.  Whom he hates.

Admitting in her interview that the scene was a little uncomfortable to play, Mariana said that it:

“Was actually the most shocking thing that I’ve ever read in a television script.  My jaw dropped on the floor when I read it and thought, Oh my god, I actually have to do that?!”

She said that when she was handed the script, she was told her parents may not want to watch this episode.  But admitting that she “would rather do a series that is more provocative and pushes the envelope,” Mariana said she’s working with the best from the writers and producers to the other actors and they got through it.

Mariana explained that there are various types of blood used on the show. There is blood for sucking, blood for splattering, sweet blood, sticky blood. It’s all icky but fun.

Mariana was hesitant to spill the beans on what the dynamic will now be between Lorena and Bill.  But she hinted that there will be changes in the relationship.

Joking about Lorena breaking up Bill and Sookie, Mariana said, “Everybody hates me!  I’ll take it as a compliment.  I’m acting!  It’s not me in real life, I promise.  I’m actually, normally a nice person.  I do love playing her. She’s a delicious character to play.”

That being said, could it be possible for us to ever like Lorena?

Keep watching True Blood Season 3, Sunday nights on HBO.

Source:  E! Online

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Charlaine Harris Discusses the Vampire Outbreak

June 29, 2010

While vampires have been stretching the human imagination since the earliest of civilizations, Charlaine Harris has simply created an updated, dramatic, and sexy version of the undead. In May 2010, Dead in the Family hit book stores as the tenth installment of the Sookie Stackhouse novels and this June HBO premiered the third season of True Blood, the series inspired by Charlaine’s novels.

In the books, Sookie is a blond, buxom, telepath living in Bon Temps, Louisiana. As she falls into one dangerous mystery to the next, she must also decide between two vampires: the ex-Confederate Southern gentleman Bill Compton or the Viking Eric Northman. To make matter even more complicated there are tigers, werewolves, maenads, fairies, and shape-shifters all vying for a chance to court Sookie…or to kill her.

While Anne Rice set her famous vampire stories in the bayous and French Quarter of Louisiana, Charlaine sets her story in the less creepy Northern Louisiana. Charlaine sees Anne Rice as an integral part of the vampire genre and thinks she did a spectacular job at using Southern Louisiana as the home for her vampires. It was natural then, for Charlaine to use a part of Louisiana that was less known in the vampire genre.

While Anne Rice showcases the perspective of vampires, Charlaine wanted to go in a very different direction with her vampire novels. She notes,

“I didn’t want to write about being a vampire…I wanted to write about people who were interacting with vampires. I thought it would be fun to write about a woman dating a vampire, so I imagined what kind of woman would do such a stupid thing. It’d have to be a woman who couldn’t date humans for another reason.”

As it would happen, Sookie’s telepathic abilities leave her drained when interacting with humans. She’s either listening to their thoughts or trying to keep a steady wall up against all those thoughts crashing in on her. When she’s with a vampire, she can let out a sigh of relief as she is unable to hear their thoughts.

Another reason why Sookie would want to date a vampire is that in Charlaine’s world, they’re down to earth. Charlaine says,

“They’re just like everyone else…Some of them are good; some are bad…I wanted to kind of anchor them in reality and make them unromantic, since I just thought that would be funny.”

Funny is an interesting word to use in the vampire genre. With most television shows and films, vampires are admired for their beauty and superhuman sex appeal. The Twilight movies, CW’s The Vampire Diaries, and even True Blood follows this formula in order to get the viewers addicted.

This isn’t to say Charlaine’s novels don’t mention sex. On the contrary, Charlaine’s novels are aimed for adults. She points out that her novels predate Stephanie Meyer’s novels by several years and that while Stephanie Meyer’s books keep alive the story of Romeo and Juliet, hers certainly do not. Sookie is not a damsel in distress; she’s willing to fight and defend herself when necessary. When it comes to love, Sookie’s been betrayed by Bill, has been devastated, has picked up the pieces and has looked in new directions for love.

Oh, and then there’s the sex. Charlaine’s books contain detailed oriented scenes that make any reader feel like they just finished a workout. However, Charlaine refuses to go any further with the differences between her series and that of Stephanie Meyer’s. She firmly believes that she is not Stephanie Meyer’s critic, and rather she is glad that the Twilight series has been successful.

As for dishing about Alan Ball, Charlaine was enthusiastic about the genius who translated her books to TV. As a fan of Six Feet Under, Charlaine knew Alan Ball would do a great job at recreating Sookie’s world. She notes,

“I knew that he got the mixture of humor and horror that the books are. I knew he would do them justice…He wouldn’t gloss over painful parts and make everything shiny.”

With True Blood and the Sookie Stackhouse novels being such a success, one would think Charlaine is too busy for anything else. Aside from creating a world for Sookie to live and love in, Charlaine is busy with her family and a numerous amount of other projects. She lives with her husband, her college-aged daughter (while also keeping an eye on her two other grown up kids), various dogs, and a duck in Arkansas. She is a 10 time best seller, and the body of her work is incalculable. Dynamite Entertainment will be creating a comic based on the first book of her series Harper Connelly.

With the sucess of True Blood, not only is her vampire novels getting a bigger readership, but her other novels as well. Charlaine reveals,

“They’re selling more than when they were first published…I don’t know what happened with those books. I know I was really discouraged when they were released. I really thought at the time, That’s the best I can do and if this isn’t successful I just don’t know what I could do that would be as good. Well, luckily for me, I did come up with something.”

Currently, she is working on the eleventh installment of the Sookie saga. When asked about the other writers and all of the vampire stories being produced, Charliane feels that it is a reflection of the current social identity: youth obsessed and perfection searching culture. No matter, because these other vampire novels aren’t ruining Charlaine’s imaginative creations.

Charlaine Harris continues to be an inventive and prolific writer. With every book she writes, she creates a magical world that is accessible to the reader. Her characters are more than vampires, more than supernatural…they’re ultimately human. Readers can’t ask for more…well, there is one thing we can ask for: more Sookie novels!

Credit: Vanity Fair

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A Moment with Grant Bowler: Head of the Pack

June 29, 2010

Grant-Bowler-Cooter-Werewolf-TrueBloodIf you have noticed nothing else about the world of True Blood it in its brand new third season, it is that werewolves are now very predominant.  In fact, there has been a werewolf in every episode of the third season thus far.  There has been one pack that stands out amongst the rest: Cooter’s pack.  This is the group that is seemingly responsible for the abduction of Bill and that works the vampire King of Mississippi.  This is the same pack that has been labeled as “Neo-Nazis.”

Recently, TV Guide has had the chance to ask a few questions to Grant Bowler, the actor responsible for bringing Cooter to life.

Grant was asked about what he could tell us about Cooter and his pack, and he said that he considers Cooter a “redneck Romeo” and that the werewolves have a lot planned. They’re not just trying to find people to bully.

And as for what we can expect between Cooter and Bill… Well, we know that they can’t stand each other, even though their relationship was supposed to begin as a professional one. Now they just want each other dead.

Grant also admitted to being a fan of True Blood before he was cast.

“I felt like Alan was writing a comedy – like the world’s darkest comedy.  And I loved it.”

Grant discussed his experience working in some of his dark, graphic scenes. He said that he’s amazed by how far True Blood and it’s writers are willing to go. In fact, he’s never heard Alan Ball or any of the writers make comments about the show going ‘too far,’ which is unique to True Blood.

Grant even talked about what it’s like on set with the cast of True Blood. He said,

“I think there were 34 actors and every one of them was as sharp as a tack, perfectly cast, and brilliant at what they do…It’s very laid-back, and they laugh their butts off…that material is so dark and so fraught.  They just laugh from dawn until the next dawn.”

Finally, TV Guide asked if Grant could share any teasers. Grant‘s response? Sookie‘s a lot more special than we think, so expect new things from her that you haven’t seen before.


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Marshall Allman wants to Wreak Havoc at the Zoo

June 29, 2010

True Blood‘s Marshall Allman has quite the imagination. The actor, who plays shapeshifter Sam Merlotte‘s brother Tommy Mickens, said to Hollywood Crush that he’d like to showcase Tommy‘s powers even more during True Blood‘s off season. Since True Blood has minisodes that were aired before the start of Season 3, Marshall has said that he’d like to do one of his own next season with Sam Trammell where both Sam‘s and his character wreak havoc at a zoo.

The idea came to Marshall after he saw one of the Season 3 promotional posters for True Blood, which featured a flock of flamingos at a zoo with the sign “Please Don’t Feed the Shapeshifters” posted in the flamingo exhibit. However, Marshall took that idea a step or two farther…

“How much fun would it be if your kid was looking at a monkey in a cage, then he looks to his right, and the monkey is all of the sudden outside of the cage? It’s so funny! It would be really cool if all of the sudden there appeared in the fourth season a parrot that showed up and talked to the characters as if it was God. The parrot would be like, ‘Gwak, this is God!’ I could totally manipulate every character! Could you imagine Lafayette going for a smoke break and a parrot starts talking to him? Oh my gosh!”

Sounds like Marshall‘s got the right idea and maybe we’ll see this concept as a minisode next season. What do you think? Would wreaking havoc like this be something fun to watch before season 4 of True Blood airs?

SOURCE: Hollywood Crush

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VIDEOS: True Blood Episode 3.04 – “9 Crimes” Promos

June 28, 2010

True Blood fans will have to wait 2 weeks to see Episode 3.04 – “9 Crimes” due to the 4th of July holidays.  However in the meantime, enjoy these TWO different sneak peek promos for the next episode and by the looks of it everyone is going to be wondering what is going on!  True Blood returns to HBO on July 11th. ENJOY!


VIDEO: True Blood Episode 3.03 – It Hurts Me Too Recap

June 28, 2010

Last night Episode 3.02, “It Hurts Me Too” had so much happening that True Blood fans will need to watch it over and over again to grasp everything and to try and understand where things may be heading.  Here is HBO‘s video recap for fans to enjoy.

Ep. 27: It Hurts Me Too – Recap

VIDEO: Jessica Wondering Where is Bill F***ing Compton

June 28, 2010

Vampire Jessica has posted her latest video blog and she is wondering where is Bill f***ing Compton.  As you can tell she is not happy being left alone and it seems that it is going to be awhile before Bill returns.  In the meantime Jessica is left on her own to deal with things.

Jessica’s Blog: Where is Bill F**king Compton?

True Blood Episode 3.03 “It Hurts Me Too” Review

June 28, 2010

There was plenty of hurt to go around in “It Hurts Me Too,” the third episode of True Blood Season 3–some of it seen, but most of it in painful anticipation of what’s to come for our beloved characters. “Twisted” is the only way to describe some of the events that unfolded last night, and not just because of the disturbing ending.

Picking right up with the confrontation in Sookie‘s house, Eric jumps in front of the bullet meant for the werewolf, knowing that his blood would be so tempting that the wolf would shift back into human form. “WHO SENT YOU?” he bellows, but the guy wouldn’t talk (not knowing that Sookie could read his thoughts, jumbled as they may be, and learn about “Jackson”). Eric rips his throat out and then looks up at Sookie, face dripping with blood: “Got your rug all wet.”

At least her rug wasn’t a Celtic tapestry from 1387, like the one Russell uses to put out the flames on Lorena, sending Talbot into a fit. Russell sits down with Bill for a candid talk about his options. He wonders why Bill has put himself in a position to be so in love with a human, subjecting her to the dangers of the vampire world: “Is it your human welfare you value, or your own desire? You are a fraction of my age–one day you’ll see, you can’t have both.” He sends Bill to bed to think about it, although the agonizing choice has already been made for him. The rest of the episode marks a turning point for Bill as he comes to terms with that…

Eric buries the body of the werewolf in a fresh grave, and Sookie asks about his vicious reaction to the “Operation Werewolf” brand on the guy’s neck. “It brings back many memories…unpleasant ones.” We get no more than that, but I think we can look forward to at least a few more flashbacks with Godric this season to show the reasons for Eric‘s hatred of werewolves, and this pack in particular. Sookie‘s attitude towards Eric is definitely softening, as she thanks him for saving her life (again). He walks her back home, and they discuss Jackson, MS. Eric can’t go there yet for some reason: “The problems of the world consist of more than finding your missing boyfriend.” But he’s worried that Sookie will get into trouble (at this point in the series, that’s a certainty).

Eric only shows up for one more brief scene in this episode, to make a peace offering to Lafayette–sorry Pam‘s been hard on you, here’s a Ferrari! “I’ll have to sell you the car for $1 to avoid that pesky gift tax.” He wants Lafayette to see that there are benefits to working for vampires.

In a cheap motel across town, Tara is having creepy sex with Franklin. In the heat of the moment, she forgets her prejudice against vampires and tells him to bite her. “No,” he says, retracting his fangs, “because you want me to.” Afterwards, they’re having a pleasant chat, until Franklin gets a little too personal (I mean, the nerve of some guys! Asking her name…). Tara had escaped what she was feeling over Eggs for a little while, but the harsh reality of her situation came back and sent her rushing away.

While in the middle of some important business with Yvetta, Pam gets interrupted by a phone call from Jessica, freaking out over the missing trucker. “So, the problem you have is that there is no dead body in your house? Doesn’t sound like a problem to me. Gotta run,” she hangs up the phone and returns to Yvetta, “Lie back, sweetheart, and think of Estonia.”

After the incident on the road, Sam storms into the Mickens house: “I’m not the kind to skip out on his own blood ‘n kin.” Of course, now that he’s accepted that this is his family, he’s going to have to deal with all the issues that come with them. Joe Lee takes a sip of beer, and Melinda orders him to pour it down the sink: “Jesus H., you ain’t seen your son in over 30 years and you can’t cork it for one night?!” she turns to Sam and assures him, “We ain’t alcoholics.” All evidence to the contrary when they show up at Merlotte’s the next day for a visit. They seem so proud of how well he’s done for himself, so Sam offers them lunch. Hours later, they’re still there, helping themselves to free drinks. Sam stops Tommy, who’s only 19, and Joe Lee gets defensive, thinking that Sam is calling him a bad parent and a drunk. Melinda pushes them out the door, slurring, “Y’all sure know how to piss all over a perfectly fine reunion.” In the middle of the night, Sam is awakened by an alarm going off. He goes over to the bar with a gun and finds a bird going through his office. It flies off, leaving a pile of clothes and a bag of something (money?) on the floor. It seems that Tommy is not a very good brother…

Jason recounts the night he just had in Hot Shot to Hoyt. He’s now convinced that he would be an amazing cop: “Police work ain’t about just tackling people. There’s marksmanship, paramilitary training…I got all that now. And let’s face it, would you feel safe with me patrolling the streets, or Andy Bellefleur?” (That’s no way to talk about your best friend, Jason!) Hoyt seems skeptical about Jason’s sudden enthusiasm, but he helps him out by quizzing him on the written exam questions. Unfortunately, Jason doesn’t take that part seriously: “The legal blood alcohol limit in the state of Louisiana is…” “When you’re drunk?”

Arlene makes a visit to her doctor and gets an unwelcome surprise–she’s been pregnant for 2-3 months. That means the father of her baby isn’t sweet, lovable Terry but murdering sociopath Rene. Because of the way she’s been acting lately, Terry thinks Arlene is going to break up with him. She tells him that she’s pregnant and before she can tell him the whole truth, he assumes the baby is his and gets so excited: “Thank you for making my life mean something.” Arlene can’t bring herself to tell him otherwise.

At Merlotte’s, Tara gets a call from Mike Spencer that they are holding Eggs‘ funeral. She runs over to the cemetery, but there is no one there but Mike and the minister. Eggs had no family or friends that they could find. It was Sookie who arranged and paid for the funeral: “None of this makes me feel better about anything. But maybe it might help you.” As the ceremony begins, the camera pans down and lands on the headstone of Thomas Charles Compton. Flashback to 1868, when Bill returned home on the night that his wife, Caroline, was preparing to bury their son, Thomas, who died of smallpox at the age of 6.

When Caroline sees Bill, she believes that her prayers have been answered. She pulls him inside, where their son is lying in a coffin. Bill kneels beside him: “Thomas, it’s your Papa. I’ve come to see you off.” He begins to cry, and his bloody tears show Caroline what he has become. She doesn’t know if he’s a ghost or a demon, but she runs away afraid after shooting him in the arm and watching his wound heal before her eyes. Outside, Lorena catches Caroline and glamours her.

Lorena laughs at Bill, “You’ve hurt her enough for two lifetimes, William. I warned you–there’s our world, and theirs. Between lies only suffering.” Lorena smiles as she sees the horrible pain of that lesson sink in with Bill. He must make Caroline forget what has happened that night. Afterwards, he goes to the cemetery to bury Thomas, and Lorena tells him, “The only way to show your love for a human is to stay away…forever.” In present-day, Bill wakes up in his bed crying, distraught to remember that night 150 years ago.

Jason also has a dream, in which he is taking the police exam and the writing turns to Egyptian hieroglyphs. He goes up to Bud for another paper, and everyone starts laughing at him because he’s not wearing any pants. They all have bullet holes in their foreheads. Asleep in his truck while the road crew is working, Lafayette wakes him up, and then Hoyt calls everybody over to a drain where he has found a body (which we know to be Jessica’s trucker, even though it is now without a head or hands).

Kenya, Andy, and Bud arrive on the scene. Andy thinks the guy was killed by a vampire because there’s no blood in the body (Jessica’s doing), and the head was ripped off rather than cut off (Franklin’s doing). Looking down and realizing what his life has become, Bud suddenly walks off: “I quit! I’ve had it with this shit. Every time we clear one murder, two more spring up–it’s like crabgrass!…43 years and what’ve I got to show for it? Gaps in my brain and polyps in my ass. I don’t need this horse shit!”

Sookie is on her front porch scrubbing the rug when she hears the thoughts of a man walking up behind her. She starts running, and he comes up and grabs hold of her, insisting that he’s not trying to hurt her. “I know you’re a werewolf! I’ve had vampire blood, I’ll kick your ass!” she screams. He tells her Eric sent him: “My name’s Alcide Herveaux. I’m here to look after you.” As they sit down to have a cup of coffee, he looks at her wondering if she can really hear his thoughts: ‘So we could have a whole conversation with me sitting here, clam shut?’ “Well, it’s kinda rude with just the two of us, but in a room full of strangers it might come in handy.”

It seems the vampire/werewolf prejudice runs both ways–Alcide says he doesn’t do favors for vamps, but he agreed to escort Sookie to help his father get out of debt with Eric. Plus, he knows the pack of weres they’re dealing with because his ex is banging their leader. Alcide asks Sookie if she’ll be ready for them: “They took someone I love from me. I don’t know about you, but I was raised to fight back.”

Franklin knocks on the door at Bill‘s house. Jessica tries to scare him away: “Listen, buddy, I don’t know what you have in mind, but you’re messing with the wrong girl.” She bares her fangs threateningly, to which Franklin coolly shows her his own and walks in to have a chat. His job, he says, is to find things. He asks if anything has gone missing. He opens a bag and pulls out the head of her trucker (Franklin has one sick sense of humor). In exchange for helping her with that problem, he wants to know everything about Bill Compton.

Alcide takes Sookie to the were bar, Lou Pine’s (a pun only slightly more subtle than “Fangtasia“). Sookie walks right up to the biker weres and provokes them by saying how tough and strong vampires are. She hears one of them thinking about how they beat on a vampire the other night. Touching his chest, she sees images of Bill being cut and drained. Sookie, in her eagerness to find Bill, went off to private room with him (perhaps not understanding what Eric or Alcide has told her about how dangerous these guys are!). Thankfully, Alcide was there to save her.

Franklin goes to Sookie‘s house to see Tara: “I met a delightful baby vampire tonight. Actually, no, she was irritating. But she did tell me a great many things, such as your name, and the fact that you live in a house owned by the human companion of Mr. Bill Compton.” (Who the hell is this guy?!) When Tara refuses to invite him in, he just glamours her and comes in anyway.

At the King’s mansion, Coot complains that the guy he sent to retrieve Sookie has gone missing. Russell snaps, “Can your pack of imbeciles do nothing right?” Lorena speaks up, informing Russell that Eric Northman is probably responsible. He takes a “perverse interest” in Sookie and will have been watching over her in Bill‘s absence. At that moment, Bill strolls in calmly (looking very dashing in a white dinner jacket, I might add). His dream has left him resolved to what he must do.

“I have considered your offer,” he tells Russell. “My service to Queen Sophie-Anne has brought only suffering to me and the humans I have lived amongst. I recognize that now. For their safety, and also for mine, I hereby renounce my fealty to the kingdom of Louisiana, and I humbly pledge my loyalty to your Majesty.” Russell is gleeful at his triumph and tells Coot they don’t need “the girl” after all, which makes Lorena furious because she wanted Russell to let her kill Sookie in front of Bill.

Afterwards, Bill goes into his room, followed by Lorena, who applauds his performance with Russell. At first it seems as though he has calmly accepted his fate and the destruction of his humanity once again by Lorena, but then the monster in him is unleashed. He pushes her up against the wall, growling that he will never forgive her, nor love her. She kisses him, and he throws her onto the bed, bites her, and then rips her clothes off as Lorena tells Bill to “make love” to her
(she may have released him, but she’s still his maker). In a fit of rage against Lorena and his hatred for her and what she has taken away from him (his home, his humanity and his freedom) he starts having violent hatred sex with Lorena.  Unable to bear looking at her face, he twists her head around backwards as he has sex with her. Even with her neck broken and blood pouring out of her mouth, Lorena says, “Oh William, I still love you.” The episode ends with Bill‘s tormented scream.

Now we have two weeks to wait in shock, disgust, and, as always, obsessive curiosity, for what will happen next. “9 Crimes” airs on July 11th, but HBO will probably give Truebies something to tide them over on the July 4th holiday. What did y’all think of this one?

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VIDEO: Inside True Blood 3.03 ‘It Hurts Me Too’

June 28, 2010

Take a look inside the latest episode of True Blood with director of the episode Michael Lehmann and others. Enjoy!

Ep. 27: Inside the Episode

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