More True Blood Podcasts From EJ Scott

September 6, 2014

EJ Scott’s List of True Blood Interviews Grows:

EJPODCASTEJ Scott is the boyfriend of Deborah Ann Woll (who played baby vampire Jessica Hamby in HBO’s True Blood). During the course of Season 7, he has been posting podcast interviews with the cast and crew of True Blood. Here we have some new interviews to add to the every growing list:

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To view all of the True Blood podcasts EJ Scott has done, please click here.

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Source: EJ Scott – Podcast Interviews

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Show Runner Brian Buckner Defends the True Blood Finale

August 27, 2014

HBO’s True Blood Wrapped up This Week with Season 7:

True Blood finale final shotIn the finale of HBO’s long running vampire series, True Blood, it turned out Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) only needed to chose herself. While both Team Eric and Team Bill fans alike were disappointed Sookie ended up with some random stranger, for show runner, Brian Buckner, there was never a doubt:

The deal was we wanted Bill to be correct when he said that Sookie can have a normal life. The twist, of course, being that Sookie chose to keep her power and specialness and persevere despite his belief that she couldn’t be OK without giving up her powers. Charlaine [Harris] took a lot of abuse for choosing Sam [Sam Trammell]. We felt like it was irrelevant who Sookie wound up with. What we wanted to know was that she was happy and living the life she wanted to lead. To introduce some other stranger in the last five minutes of the finale wouldn’t have made a lot of sense. So, we made a choice to say it’s “every man,” it doesn’t matter.

Besides Sookie’s story being concluded, Bill’s (Stephen Moyer) story also saw an ending – by way of the true death. Since the Season 7 finale, many people have been questioning whether this was the right decision to make on a show that has strongly drawn an allegory between vampires and the gay community. Brian addressed this matter with the following statement:

I’ve done some thinking about this one. What I will say to that is yes, True Blood is an allegory about otherness, but when you read a novel that is allegorical, it’s usually about one character. To maintain allegorical correctness across the board with 20 characters is sometimes impossible. You have to pick a center. So, for us in this story line, I think it’s obvious from the seven years that Sookie and Bill were not meant to be [in] true love forever. So now you’ve got to pick whose otherness you’re going to protect. I think the allegory to be protected was Sookie’s.

Then Brian had to justify the fact that for a series that’s staple was sex and violence, there was surprisingly no nudity in the season finale:

I know our show has made its living on sex and gore and violence, but without story that all takes on the feeling of a snuff film. The director, Scott Winant, put in better words than I could. He said I get what you’re doing here. If you’re going to go bigger and bolder than you’ve ever been, then where are you going to go. And so the more surprising ending here is this intimate, small, beautiful story of these people in a small town… To me, you want to know that these people are going to be OK.

How well did you think Brian Buckner handled the True Blood finale? Let us know your thoughts by commenting below!

Sources: Vulture – True Blood Showrunner Brian Buckner: ‘I’m Sort of Defiantly Proud of What We Did’

Yahoo’s The Wrap – ‘True Blood’ Boss Brian Buckner Talks Finale, Says Eric and Pam Could Make a Good Spinoff

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6 New Things You Didn’t Know About True Blood Season 7!

May 28, 2014

Season 7 Will be a Bloodbath:

Anna Paquin stars as Sookie Stackhouse in HBOs True Blood Season 7With less than a month to go until HBO’s True Blood Season 7 kicks off, there is plenty of anticipation! Fans are scouring the latest teaser videos and promo posters in order to extract every last tasty morsel of information in relation to the very last season of True Blood.

Thanks to a recent on the set interview by TVGuide, there is now a whole lot more to pine over. Husband and wife True Blood actors, Stephen Moyer (who plays Bill Compton), Anna Paquin (Sookie Stackhouse) and showrunner, Brian Buckner had the following to say about True Blood Season 7:

  • Bill has to kill both a greedy human and a menacing vampire in Season 7. Who they are and whether we know either of them remains to be seen.
  • The abovementioned deaths involve a bloodbath unheard of – even for True Blood standards. The special effects involved in this gore ridden scene have been dubbed ‘Bellagio‘ (after the famous fountain in Las Vegas)
  • Season 7 will end on a more personal note according to Brian Buckner:

We’re going back to the original promise of the show: Bill and Sookie. People are going to be very surprised about the way we get there. There’s romance, sadness and resolution.

  • Nobody is safe. Nobody. With the outbreak of Hep V infected vampires encroaching on Bellefleurs (formerly Merlotte’s), fans had no doubt of this. It will probably come down to just how many of our True Blood faves will succumb.
  • Sookie cannot save everyone. Anna Paquin had this to say:

The stakes are the highest they’ve ever been. Sookie gets into situations she’s going to need help getting out of.

  • Bon Temps may be going to hell in a handbasket, but people will still be getting naked! Well, this we probably could have guessed at already, but Brian Buckner has just confirmed it for us.

What do you think all of this new information means for True Blood Season 7? Let us know by commenting below!

Source: TVGuide – Summer Preview: On the Set for True Blood’s Final Season

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Will There be a True Blood Season 8?

August 27, 2013

Brian Buckner is in Negotiations Over True Blood Season 7 – Is This the End?

Anna Paquin stars as Sookie Stackhouse in HBO's True Blood Season 7 - will there be a True Blood Season 8 though?Some trubie fans were initially surprised to hear that HBO’s True Blood would be renewed for a seventh season. Many citing the confusing story lines as the reason why they were turning off. New showrunner, Brian Buckner, however, took a jumble of story lines left over from True Blood Season 5 and streamlined it into a Season 6 which made many fans tune back in. With the shock ending of the Season 6 finale, many fans are now claiming they won’t be back to see how Brian Buckner fixes everything again.

But will True Blood Season 7 be the final season?

Brian Buckner is not planning to give everything away but he did have this to say to TVLine about the possibility of a True Blood Season 8:

That conversation is happening, but we don’t have an answer yet. I’m being told that I will know – which doesn’t mean that I will tell everybody. But I will know when the writers resume in the room [next month] whether or not we’re wrapping it up or not.

HBO president, Michael Lombardo, has also stated in the past that True Blood will run for as long as there is a story to tell.

With the writers heading back on September 3rd to put their heads together for the Season 7 story lines, it is anyone’s guess as to whether they will be told to wrap things up.

I guess we’ll just have to wait until the announcement in made sometime during Season 7 – #WaitingSucks!

Do you think fans will get to see True Blood Season 8? Let us know in the comments below.

Sources: TV Line – True Blood End Date ‘Conversation Is Happening’ — Should Season 7 Be the Show’s Last?

Entertainment Weekly– ‘True Blood’ season finale: EP Brian Buckner answers burning questions

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True Blood Season 7: Zombies vs. Vampires?

August 25, 2013

True Blood Season 6 Ended With a Scene Reminiscent of AMC’s The Walking Dead:

Will it be Zombies vs. Vampires in True Blood Season 7?Is that what HBO have in store for us in True Blood Season 7?

Many fans were left scratching their heads and wondering if they had tuned into AMC’s The Walking Dead when the very last scene of True Blood Season 6 aired. A rabid band of vampires were approaching Bellefleur’s (previously called Merlotte’s) where a large group of Bon Temps residents were attending a special social organized by Sam Merlotte, the new mayor of Bon Temps. This group of ravenous vampires are infected with Hep V. They are sickly with blood running down their chins and moans a-plenty between them. With this, fans immediately took to social media to draw the comparison between the vampires of True Blood and the zombies of The Walking Dead.

But is this what True Blood showrunner, Brian Buckner, has in store for Season 7?

And why are these Hep V infected vampires living longer than Nora (Lucy Griffiths) did when she was first infected?

Here’s what Brian Buckner had to say to TVLine’s Michael Ausiello:

We did say that the virus had mutated, and we get to decide what those mutations are. Perhaps the demand for human blood goes up and that’s the only thing that keeps vampires with Hep V alive… That’s another reason for the time passage. Just like bacteria mutates and that’s why there are antibiotic-resistant strains. So what applied to Nora doesn’t necessarily apply to this gang. And they’re not zombies… In my somewhat limited zombie-genre experience, zombies are not organized. They’re just hunting-killing machines. So what was meant to come across there was that they’re organized, they’re in a formation, they’re hunting, they’re sentient, they can talk. They still have intellect.

Buckner also confirmed with Entertainment Weekly that the Hep V infected vampires are a little different to the vampires we are used to on True Blood:

They’re weaker and driven by a need to eat in a way that the vampires that we’ve come to know are not. They have to drink human blood in larger quantities and more frequently than before.

It also appears that there was concern among the writers that the last scene of True Blood Season 6 would draw The Walking Dead comparisons, something they didn’t necessarily want. They really didn’t want fans thinking they were jumping on the zombie bandwagon. However, with sick vampires on the loose, mutating and looking for human prey, it was hard not to create a scene like this. There was, however, a definite reassurance that True Blood Season 7 would not follow the path of the zombie.

What do you think? Let us know in the comments below.

Sources: TVLine – True Blood Scoop: Alexander Skarsgard’s Season 7 Fate Revealed! Plus — EP Talks That Nude Scene, Bill-Sookie-Alcide Triangle and More

Entertainment Weekly – ‘True Blood’ season finale: EP Brian Buckner answers burning questions

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True Blood Season 6 Finale Spoilers: The Stakes Are High!

August 18, 2013

Who Will Die? Who Will Sookie End up With?

Robert Kazinsky (Warlow / Ben Flynn) and Anna Paquin (Sookie Stackhouse) star in the HBO True Blood Season 6 finaleTruebie fans are frantically counting down the hours to HBO’s True Blood Season 6 finale. And there are literally just mere hours to go until all our True Blood questions are answered for this season (and more questions raised to keep us wondering until True Blood Season 7).

Searching the web today, this is what TrueBloodNet have found for you in relation to the True Blood Season 6 finale:

  • According to Lauren Bowles (who plays Holly Cleary), things will be shaken up considerably to ready fans for True Blood Season 7:

The end of this season, I think, is going to surprise everyone. I love the direction that it goes in — I’m not sure if everyone will — but I do. And I can promise that you won’t be bored. It really takes the show and blows it up in a way that will make everyone clamor for season seven.

  •  As for her relationship with Andy Bellefleur (Chris Bauer), she is less optimistic about the outcome. As she points out, happy couples don’t last very long on True Blood. So it looks like we’ll just have to enjoy their happiness for as long as it lasts. Perhaps, with the possibility of Andy confronting Jessica Hamby this week will be the beginning of the end for this pair?
  • While there are expected to be more deaths in Episode 10 (entitled Radioactive) of True Blood, showrunner Brian Buckner says it won’t be as bloody as Episode 9 (entitled Life Matters). It will, however, have a bit of a time jump.
  • As a result of the time jump, we will see the first half of the episode dealing with a Warlow (Robert Kazinsky) who is becoming less patient with Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin). Considering Warlow was billed as being the big bad guy this season, this is a little concerning to hear. How will Sookie fare? And in what state will she enter True Blood Season 7: human or vampire? 
  • The second part of Episode 10 will help to draw the characters back to Bon Temps and set the scene for Season 7. According to Deborah Ann Woll (who plays Jessica Hamby):
We have a couple of scenes at the end of this season where we were all there. It was amazing to see, like, the 20 cast chairs lined up with names of people I only see once a month.
  • Brian Buckner has also confirmed we will see Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) make at least one more appearance in the True Blood finale. It could possibly be a nude scene too:

 There’s definitely something for the ladies and the gay men. We might see a certain body part.

However, considering we saw Eric heal Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten) in Episode 9, it is possible this scene may just be a figment of Jason’s imagination!

Let us know what you think will go down in the season finale of HBO’s True Blood Season 6 by commenting below.

Sources: Hollywood Life – ‘True Blood’: Lauren Bowles Previews Killer Finale & Talks Season 7 Changes

Entertainment Weekly – ‘True Blood’ season finale preview: Naked Eric, a significant time jump, and Jessica answering to Andy?

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VIDEO: True Blood Season 6 – Go Inside Episode 9 with HBO

August 15, 2013

Find Out All the Back Story for Episode 9:

Arlene Fowler (Carrie Preston) mourns the loss of Terry Bellefleur (Todd Lowe) in HBO's True Blood Season 6, Episode 9, entitled 'Life Matters'In this weeks episode of HBO’s Inside The Episode, Brian Buckner (Writer/Exectutive Producer) voices his opinion on what was achieved in True Blood Season 6, Episode 9 (entitled Life Matters)

  • Want to know why Terry Bellefleur’s (Todd Lowe) funeral was organized the way it was?
  •  Why Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) outed herself as a telepath?
  • Which Sookie Brian Buckner actually prefers?
  • Why life really does matter and how it managed to draw the story lines together in Season 6?
  • Who didn’t want Steve Newlin (Michaell McMillian) to die?
  • Where has Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) gone?

If you want the answers to these important questions, then you had better check out the video below:

Let us know what you think by commenting below.

Source: HBO/YouTube – True Blood Season 6: Inside the Episode #9

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Comic-Con: Brian Buckner Plans to Rein in True Blood

July 21, 2013

True Blood Season 6 Goes Back to It’s Roots:

Comic Con 2013 Anna Paquin (Sookie Stackhouse in True Blood Season 6)With Season 5 of HBO’s favorite vampire series, True Blood, fans were beginning to question how long the show would last. The story lines were complicated and with so many new characters arriving all the time, it seemed many fans were left scratching their heads in bewilderment.

Well, it seems that Brian Buckner has heard everyone’s pleas to return to the golden age of True Blood Season 1 and had the following to say at Comic-Con this weekend:

I feel like this show is ultimately about the relationships between vampires and humans and it’s about this town, and I actually want to bring it in. My hope is to get all these people we love living under the umbrella of one story and one threat.

This one comment bought cheers from the True Blood audience. But wait, there’s more! When asked about the True Blood Season 6 finale, he reiterated his stance on the show:

You’re going to feel that the show is going to return back to its roots and be about this gang of people living in Bon Temps. We’re going to try and condense the number of stories we’re telling and really make this feel like we’re going home.

With so many fans proclaiming that True Blood Season 6 is fast becoming the show’s best season yet, it seems that Brian Buckner is right on the money!

What do you think of True Blood Season 6? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: Vulture – Comic-Con: True Blood’s New Showrunner Wants to Bring the Show Back to Its Roots

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Mark Hudis Steps Down After Only 4 Episodes of True Blood

March 12, 2013

HBO Stalwart, Brian Buckner, to Take His Place:

True Blood promo poster - redNews has just been received that Alan Ball’s replacement for Season 6 of True Blood, Mark Hudis, has stepped down from the popular HBO show after 4 episodes! While Hudis was picked to replace Ball after only being with the show since Season 4, Brian Buckner has been with True Blood since Season 1. It is a worry that Hudis has found it hard to fill Ball’s shoes and has been quoted as saying:

It’s impossible to fill Alan Ball’s shoes …  really, this plane is in the air, and I just want to land it safely.

Hudis has signed a two year contract with HBO, but it appears that he will possibly be focusing more on the developmental side of his contract now.

Do you think this sudden change of leadership will help or hinder Season 6? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: E!Online.com– NEWS/True Blood Showrunner Swap: Brian Buckner to Replace Mark Hudis

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