Season 7 True Blood Triangles: Sookie, the Wolf and Bill; Every Human With A Vampire...and a Human?
True Blood showrunner Brian Buckner openly answered more questions just hours after the vampire drama's season 6 finale than I've ever heard a show runner do, whether on network television, basic, or premium cable. It's completely wild IMO, and obviously motivated by his own need to CLARIFY rather than letting fans stew in their own juices until season 7.
In reading the fan comments, which were almost across-the-board negative and the bulk of which included a version of "OMG. I can't believe they killed Eric! I'm done with True Blood For-ever!!!"-- I wondered if any of these viewers ever watched other seasons of True Blood when vampires burned and survived? A few examples: Season 1. Bill, in order to save Sookie, who is being pursued by the Bon Temps serial killer, awakes and leaves his coffin in the daylight. He walks from his house all the way to the cemetery with no protection from the sun. He burns. Season 3. Russell Edgington and Eric are chained outside Fangtasia, in the sun. They burn. Russell looks like a overcooked campfire marshmallow. He survives. Season 6. Bill, thinking he can walk in the sunlight, goes outside his mansion and goes up in flames. He stumbles back inside the house, where his progeny, Jessica, helps put him out. He survives.
Why then, did True Blood fans lose their minds over Eric turning toasty? I have no idea but this is Brain Buckner's first interview response to it:
TVLINE | Alexander Skarsgård — will he be back for Season 7?
A: I can tell you that Alexander Skarsgard is going to be a part of the next season of True Blood. He will be a series regular...I’m not going to take Alex Skarsgård out of people’s living rooms.
TVLINE | I’m guessing Eric won’t suddenly be alive and well in the Season 7 premiere.
No....That would be an incredible cheat. Pam has gone off in search of Eric, and maybe she’s going to be the one to find him..."
(In case you were wondering: The book Eric was reading was one chosen by Skarsgård: Den allvarsamma leken by Hjalmar Soderberg. Translation: The Serious Game. According to a synopsis on Amazon, it is Sweden's most celebrated and enduring love story: "Sweden at the turn of the previous century. Arvid, an ambitious and well-educated young man, meets Lydia, the daughter of a landscape painter, during an idyllic summer vacation and falls in love. Lydia, however, has other suitors, and Astrid is frightened of being tied down by his emotions. Trapped inside loveless marriages of convenience, they struggle in later years to rekindle the promise of their romance with bitter and tragic results." ])
At this point in the interview, I'm already wishing that Buckner would shut up because I don't want to know_for sure_ that Eric is fine and dandy and probably Pam will rescue him (which, I'm guessing, will be the true beginning of them mending fences).
But no, "Bucky," as he is endearingly called, goes on and on and on. If you don't want to know, stop reading because he spoils the heck out of True Blood Season 7 when he 'previews' it!
Buckner goes on at length talking about how cool Alex Skarsgård is with nudity because, 'ya know, he's Swedish and the Swedes run around naked all the time <eyeroll>.
TVLINE ... talk to me about the decision to jump ahead six months.
A:...(Going into the seventh season) The world has changed, this virus has mutated... Meanwhile, life beats on in this small town.
TVLINE | The show has flirted with a Sookie and Alcide romance for years. Why was now the right time to pull the trigger on that?
A:... Alcide is the most human of all of our creatures.... We all felt ...that Alcide needed to come back to center. So it was that as much as anything else. And it was also that Sookie’s is saying “no more vampires.”...this shows growth for her...
'To me, with Eric gone and off on his own story going forward, I think it’s a pretty obvious triangle we’re setting up between Bill and Sookie and Alcide.'
TVLINE | Are you looking at Season 7 as a reset of sorts for Bill?
A: Absolutely. We don’t want Bill to be an a—hole. ... The question we’re going to be asking this coming season is: Can Bill be forgiven?...One thing that I noticed ...in terms of audience reaction – is the idea that characters can’t change... this idea that Lettie Mae is trying to poison Tara? It’s absurd. That is genuine...the conflict is not going to be she’s poisoning Tara. By the same token, I think Bill doesn’t have a trick up his sleeve this time. I think he’s genuine. The real question is about forgiveness.
TVLINE | What do you see as the theme of Season 7?
A: The show started out as, “Let’s see if vampires and humans can get along.” We’re returning to that original promise (premise?) of the show. And because humans and vampires are being forced together... Everyone’s going to come under the umbrella of that main story. ...because they’re feeding – it’s not necessarily sex, but things get confused sometimes...so there will be ...complicated three-way, four-way relationships.
TVLINE | All the humans will be paired with a vampire, essentially?
A: For every human a vampire; for every vampire a human.
TVLINE | The gang that appeared in the finale, they were all infected with Hep V?
A: Correct...Perhaps the demand for human blood goes up and that’s the only thing that keeps vampires with Hep V alive...the virus has mutated. That’s another reason for the time passage. Just like bacteria mutates and that’s why there are antibiotic-resistant strains. .... And they’re not zombies.
TVLINE | What are they?
'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.'
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY Snippets: ...
Buckner: If people called (the season finale) an anticlimax, that Warlow’s death came and went without consequence, no, the Eric thing is the consequence of Warlow’s death. I think we’ve seen fairy blood wear off before, so a lot of viewers were thinking that was a possibility.
Q: When EW spoke to Deborah Ann Woll before the finale, she said that when she first read the scene in which she killed three of Andy’s daughters, she couldn’t imagine how Andy (Chris Bauer) and Jessica could both be on the show next season. Did you ever think about killing one of them off?
A: No. It’s hard to imagine...but she basically wants to work off her sins. Not that I think she can ever forgive herself, but I can see her intervening and helping Andy and Adilyn.
Q: Sam (Sam Trammell) makes a point in the episode of saying that it’s the non-carrier humans who are making this deal with vampires. What happens to the humans who are carriers?
A: Truthfully, as of yet, we don’t know which of our characters are carriers (or what will happen to them).
Q: Arlene (Carrie Preston) bought Merlotte’s and renamed it Bellefleur’s. Can you tease anything about her arc for next season?
A: How does an Arlene who thinks she’s classy and well-to-do see herself? Money can’t really buy taste, can it?
EW: I’m happy Willa (Amelia Rose Blaire) and James (Luke Grimes) will return next season.
A: I am, too. We’ve only scratched the surface of what those two actors can do.On a show where everybody always says there’s really no humans left, if you do the math, there’s not that many vampires. So if we knew that we were gonna do “for every human a vampire, for every vampire a human,” we knew that we needed to bring more vampire talent into the mix.
Q: (C)an vampires can drink from werewolves?
A: Yeah, but they just don’t like the way they taste.
ABOUT Sam becoming Mayor of BonTemps:
We don’t really have a town mayor anymore...it can put Sam and Andy into story together... You have the mayor and the sheriff, and they have opposing points of view about what’s going on in this town. Now we’ve created a new combination of characters to move into story together that we haven’t really had (too much of) in the past.
'It’s all about shuffling the deck at this point.'
I think it may be too, in 'shuffling the deck', that Sam's now-pregnant girlfriend Nicole, played by Jurnee Smollett-Bell, served the purpose of politicizing Sam the shifter so he was inclined to take on a new advocacy role and have more control of his fate as a shifter in Bon Temps by becoming mayor. That would explain at least the huge jump from his bar-owning gig, that the mother of his child awakened his political awareness.
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