True Blood’s new showrunner, Mark Hudis was interviewed by Rebecca Raber for the Haverford College publication. (Mark is an alumni) He gave a few tidbits regarding True Blood’s season 6.
“It’s impossible to fill Alan Ball’s shoes,” says Hudis of his new gig. “That’s not false modesty, that the truth. The guy’s created two massive hit shows for HBO and has an Oscar (for American Beauty). Really this plan is in the air, and I just want to land it sadly.”
Ball’s “plane,” however is in good hands. Hudis, who has written for Nurse Jackie, That 70’s Show and Cybill, is part of a seven-person writing team that works democratically and by consensus to map out the best story-lines to engage the fans and be true to the characters’ journeys.
Season five ended with our normally human-friendly vampire hero Bill Compton drinking the blood of vampire savior Lilith, exploding and reconstituting into something evil. “Certainly he’s not going to be the Bill we know and love,” says Hudis of the character’s evolution next season. “He’s going to have more bite, no pun intended.”
What else can we expect? Following a season that dealt with more global issues (such as national vampire politics), Hudis wants to bring the action back to Bon Temps, the small Louisiana town that is home to the show’s central characters, and focus on telling fewer stories with more characters. (True Blood-ophiiles might also be interested to know that Sookie and Jason will spend the year searching for Warlow, the vampire that Sookie has been promised to.)
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So what do you hope Mark Hudis does with Season 6 of True Blood? I like the idea of telling fewer stories but not so sure about the “more characters” part. The show is definitely not lacking in characters already. Waiting sucks! Filming has started at least !!