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Sunday, July 26, 2009

Comic Con Recap: (DAY 3 - July 25, 2009): HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE 'TRUE BLOOD' PANEL

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What to expect for the rest of the season, TruBlood the beverage, and Season 3?

LOCATION: San Diego Comic Con

THE SKINNY: One of the super-hyped panels during Comic Con was the TRUE BLOOD panel with stars Stephen Moyer, Anna Paquin, Alexander Skarsgard, Sam Trammell and more as well as creator Alan Ball were going to give some hints to the remainder of season two on HBO.

It didn’t disappoint.

Not only did it give us the trailer to the remainder of the season of TRUE BLOOD (you can find it here), but we got a flood of questions and info about what to expect from the stars themselves.


One of the most popular stars at the panel by far was Alexander Skarsgard, who got a ton of questions in regard to everything from his personal life to playing a vampire to more. He’s reached the TWILIGHT Robert Pattinson level of the TRUE BLOOD universe.

As far as Eric goes … Skarsgard gave us a bit more about his character and hints to what we might see for the rest of the season.

“Eric’s been around for a very long time, been around for a thousand years and he’s kind of over humanity,” Skarsgard says. “He’s seen it all. He kind of thinks they’re in general kind of pathetic and na├»ve. And [Sookie] comes along and there’s something different about her. I think the fact that he can’t really put his finger on what it is excites him. For the first time in a really long time, he’s curious. He wants to explore that and see where that takes him.”

Whoa! I sense a Bill/Eric fight soon.

Something that Alan Ball backs up when he’s asked if the Eric/Sookie/Bill love triangle will play out like the books. He answers simply, “Yes.”

But he follows it up with a bit more about working on a TV series where you are basing it off of a book and how it is different from film. “I think one of the great things about working on an extended series is that it’s so different from movies,” Ball says. “You don’t have to define a character and have them be that. They can actually adapt and evolve as the series moves on.”

He continues, “I personally don’t like the idea of keeping anyone exactly what they are for the whole season. So I think everybody is going to go through some changes. The changes have to be organic.”

Then Ball gives us some info on the status of the TRUE BLOOD renewal and if there will be a season three.

“It’s so much fun to work on this show that I’m just excited that there is a season three,” Ball says. “Even though I don’t think it’s been officially announced, it will be very soon. I’m looking forward to seeing werewolves.”

Holy crap! Vamps, shape shifters, demons, monsters and now werewolves? Move over humans, you’re just meat now.

Other stuff from the TRUE BLOOD panel:

* Tru Blood is actually going to be a blood orange soda for realz! Go to www.trubeverage.com
* Lafayette has to find a new way to hustle himself because the old ways aren’t working.
* Sam will continue to be a real magnet for abuse.
* Anna Paquin loves most about Sookie the fact that she always says what she is thinking even if it gets her into trouble in the long or short run.
* However, Anna hates being a fake blonde.
* Charlaine Harris has signed on to write three more Sookie Stackhouse novels.
* Harris also says of the TRUE BLOOD series “I don’t think I’m really affected by the show. It’s a great opportunity to have two entertainment experiences.”
* Bill will be less polite to Eric if he makes moves on Sookie.

By CARLOS DELGADO and EMERSON PARKER | iF Magazine | Link to article





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