Comic Con 2013 once again featured a True Blood panel in Ballroom 20. The room was filled to capacity with fans who waited many many hours for the chance to see the cast and hear about the rest of season 6.
Here are some highlights of the panel: (from EW.com) I was at the panel and the images on this post were ones I took.
The panel: Actors Anna Paquin, Deborah Ann Woll, Kristin Bauer van Straten, Ryan Kwanten, Nelsan Ellis and Rutina Wesley (pictured), Sam Trammell, Michael McMillian, Anna Camp, Joe Manganiello, newcomer Rob Kazinsky (Warlow), and showrunner Brian “Bucky” Buckner
Footage screened: Just a preview of the second half of season 6. Jessica and company enduring more torture at vamp camp, vampires being tormented, Bill acting all crazy and destructive, lots of Sarah, and Sookie entangled with Warlow in a blood-drenched haze. The final shot was Bill lying face-down on the ground…Screencaps for this trailer are on this post:
Snap judgment: Comic-Con loooooooves True Blood, and the thirsty crowd erupted into raucous cheers for each panelist. When Joe Manganiello said … well, anything, really, but in particular, the simple remark that “Alcide’s not a small guy” — high-pitched screams filled the giant ballroom. New cast member Kazinsky was adorably overwhelmed. “How trippy is this Comic-Con?” he had to point out. “Forty-five-hundred of you right now! Plus, Joe’s really close — and he’s way bigger.”
The big revelations: Not much — the cast remained tight-lipped about the rest of this season. Manganiello notably lamented the way his character has recently turned off some fans, but insisted Alcide’s still a “great, nice-hearted guy — he just has the worst job in the world and it’s making him nuts.” It’s hard out there for a packmaster, he said — “Except for the three-ways.”
Buckner, a writer from the start who’s taken over from original showrunner Alan Ball (“It’s like being in a car crash,” he admitted), would only say that season 6 would end “awesomely” and promised the show would return to its roots. “We’re going to try to condense the number of stories we’re telling and make this really feel like we’re coming home,” Buckner said to great applause. “I wanna bring it in a little bit. Not to discount Charlaine [Harris]‘ books at all, but my hope is to get all these people we love living under this one story and one threat. Really just make it about this small town we’ve all come to know and love.”
About that shaving scene: “I actually thought it was a hazing to begin with,” Kazinsky said of Warlow’s steamy grooming-based encounter with Jason Stackhouse this season.
“Ryan made me feel like a lady that day. He couldn’t have been more gentle. Not too much tongue. Just the right amount. A little peekaboo.” He’d certainly picked up on what the True Blood Comic-Con crowd was looking for.
It was great to hear Michael McMillian and Anna Camp do their characters on stage! (Steve Newlin and Sarah Newlin). Michael held Anna’s hand and chatted about the ‘special outfit he had her wear with all those buckles’. Loved them!! They kissed at the end it was just a blast to watch!!
Sam Trammel aslo chatted about his bad luck with women! Seems that they tend to die!
Deborah Ann Woll and Kristin Bauer van Straten did a shout out to their “Makers” who were unable to attend the panel- Stephen Moyer and Alexander Skarsgard.
(I know I really missed not having Alex there at the panel this year)
Nelsan Ellis was asked how did he get into his role of Lafayette Reynolds. He said he listens to a little Rihanna and showed fans how he transforms by using his scarf.
Comic Con was a blast. Exhausting, mind numbing, brain frying absolute test of physical endurance FUN! It seems to be more crowded every year. Pretty soon fans will have to start lining up a week ahead in order to ensure a good seat. I arrived at 2 am for the 3:30 panel (and wound up in the 9th row behind a family of big heads LOL)