For those who have spent the last two years in a cave somewhere, True Blood is a show based on a series of popular books by Charlaine Harris. Featuring a character named Sookie Stackhouse, the novels tell the story of a human waitress living in Bon Temps, Louisiana … living there alongside vampires, werewolves, and all manner of otherworldly creatures. What exactly does that do to the neighborhood? Charlaine is quick to point out that the world portrayed by series creator Alan Ball is not always the same as the one represented in her books. But she isn’t concerned about the license Ball and the other writers have taken with her characters. She encourages fans to embrace both worlds for all the wonderful entertainment they provide.
Alan Ball (Six Feet Under) is the man behind the magic of True Blood. He loves coming to Comic Con because he says the fans make him feel like a rock star! He thanked the audience warmly for all their support, and then introduced an exclusive video clip showcasing scenes from the remainder of season three. Let’s just say fans of the show are going to be excited and on the edge of their sofas! Keep your pillows handy so you don’t alarm your neighbors with your bloodcurdling screams!
As most who watch the series know, the cast of True Blood is not small, and its a shame the session was only an hour, as this did little justice to the members who were at the panel. I’d have liked to have heard more about what they thought of their characters. But waters and bridges aside, the actors who participated were Anna Paquin (Sookie Stackhouse), Stephen Moyer (Bill Compton), Nelsan Ellis (Lafayette Reynolds), Sam Trammell (Sam Merlotte), Rutina Wesley (Tara Thornton), Deborah Ann Woll (Jessica Hamby), Kristin Bauer van Straten (Pam), Denis O’Hara (Russell Edgington), and Joe Manganiello (Alcide Herveaux).
Stephan Moyer had a wonderful time telling fans in detail about how he broke the neck of a certain character, the name of which I will withhold for those who haven’t seen the series and plan to! But he praised the writers for keeping the series fresh and for their diversity. He said he’s never bored and finds Bill Compton’s turn to the darkside “delicious.”
When asked by a fan how he channeled Lafayette, Nelsan Ellis said he used his mother and crazy sisters and all their antics as fodder for his own maniacal purposes. Namely, he balled up everything he’s witnessed through the years and channeled it into his character. Sounds like a winning strategy, considering how colorful and beloved is this eccentric man.
Joe Manganiello took the session as an opportunity to announce to the fans who didn’t already know, that he would be part of the regular cast for season four. This met with loads of applause and shouts of glee from the audience!
When asked by a fan which was harder to portray – sex or violence, Anna Paquin answered coyly that violence was harder because it was faked. Anna and fellow cast member Stephen Moyer are engaged, so he quirked a flirtatious eye at her as the audience howled.
When asked which type of supernatural creature he would like to be should he have the opportunity, Alan Ball immediately said a shapeshifter. Hmmm, thinking a lot about this, huh, Alan?
One of the more interesting newcomers to the cast this season has been the Vampire King of Mississippi, Russell Edgington, portrayed by Denis O’Hare. Because he is obsessed with history and research, O’Hare laughingly tells the audience that he’s spent hours researching what he images Edgington’s background to be. “Russell is such an old character. He has such a different way of relating to vampires and werewolves,” says O’Hare. I’m intrigued. Maybe we’ll see much, much more of Edgington in season four…
Rutina Wesley gives the audience a peek inside Tara Thornton when she reveals that Tara is afraid of getting close to people. When the Bon Temps native finds a nice, stable guy that she likes, she runs before they can get too close. Rutina hopes Tara will be able to change that in the future, and maybe find love!
Anyway, more terrific tidbits and information next week for all to read!
True Blood is currently airing its third season on Sunday nights at 9PM on HBO.