Alan Ball Talks About Season Two Of True Blood

June 3, 2009 by  

alan-ball-true-bloodAlan Ball is quick to point out that if you are going to watch season two of True Blood you better catch up with season one otherwise you find yourself having a hard time following what is going to happen with season two once it returns on Sunday, June 14, 2009 at 9PM/ET on HBO.

Alan Ball recently spoke with SCI FI Wire and explained what audiences should expect for season two:

“Everything gets deeper,” Ball said on Tuesday. “Everything gets more intense. It’s a lot scarier. It’s sexier. It’s just really, really fun. I feel like each season is a novel, and the episodes are just chapters. Especially the way our show is. The episodes are not self-contained. You know, you gotta be involved in the story, and you gotta know what’s going on.”

As Alan states there will be more actions and more developments for several of the characters to carry various storylines in the show.  Not only will season two deal with the growing relationship between Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) and Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) but will also look at Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten) and his growing involvement with the Fellowship of the Sun and Tara Thornton (Rutina Wesley) and Sam Merlotte’s (Sam Trammell) strange involvement with Maryann Forrester (Michelle Forbes).

Sookie [Anna Paquin] and Bill [Stephen Moyer] will go to Dallas to help find a missing vampire who is the sheriff of the Dallas area,” Ball said. “And Jason [Ryan Kwanten] is going to become involved in the Fellowship of the Sun Church in a way that is really surprising. … There’s a very interesting relationship in the show between Rev. Steve Newlin of the Fellowship of the Sun Church and his wife, Sarah [Anna Camp], and Jason, that just took on its own life as we were shooting, and it’s hilarious. I can’t get enough of the Newlins and Jason together.”

Alan states that Maryann at first appears to a kind-hearted soul willing to help out Tara and give her a place to stay however, in reality she “begins stirring up all kinds of trouble and … she’s got an agenda, and it’s not a good one.”

A very interesting point that Alan brings up that surrounds the underlining theme of the series is that it will continue to explore the “terrors of intimacy, in that when you really, really open up and let another person into your life and your psyche, it can be terrifying—especially when that person is a vampire. … And then there’s just the whole exploration of the dark side of human nature.”

While Alan has incorporated many elements from the book, he has also expanded several of the characters’ roles, added new ones that do not appear in the book and changed things around with several of the characters such as adding more of an African-American presence.

He has also decide not to include one character in particular into the series that exists in the books and that is Bubba.   In the book series Bubba is the real Elvis who gets turned into a vampire; however, the process leaves him different and as a result the slightly touched vampire gets taken care of by the vampire community.  In the book series Bubba shows up many times to help out Sookie or to keep a watchful eye on her and to protect her while Bill goes out of town.

Alan Ball explains the main reason why he decided not to introduce this character into True Blood was because he couldn’t find a way to do it with making it seem cheesy by using a Elvis impersonator.  No matter how hard you would try it would be difficult to do justice to the character on screen.  I leave it to Alan to explain it can best in his own words.

“We are not going to meet him,” Ball said. “I just couldn’t figure out a way to do it that would not be cheesy. I mean, not that it is in the books. It’s great, because you can imagine that it’s him. … But the only way to do it [on screen] is to have some Elvis impersonator, and it just wouldn’t [be] the same.  The challenges for me are to remain very true to the spirit of Charlaine’s books and the world and the characters. To not just go, like, ‘Oh, it’s supernatural, so we can do this. Wouldn’t it be fun?’ without keeping it rooted in the characters’ emotional lives. You know, I’m a big fan. I’ve read a lot of speculative fiction, and the ones that really work for me are the ones in which, no matter how outlandish or otherworldly the story is, the characters, I really care about them. I’m really invested, and I understand why they behave the way they do. I’m rooting for them, and so that’s the challenge for this show as well. And in that sense it’s not that different from Six Feet Under [Ball’s first HBO series]. People did a lot of outlandish things on that show, but you had to remain invested in them. And this is pretty much the same thing. I do have to say that I’ve never worked in any genre-type format where you can really just open so many doors. There’s a lot of ways to tell stories that are really fresh and exciting for me as a storyteller.”

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