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True Blood Showrunner Brian Buckner on Season 6, the Werewolf Problem, and the Jason-Eric Sex Dream

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Another interview with Brian Buckner. He talks about the finale, Jason-Eric sex dream (which we did NOT get in the finale) and a little bit on season 7 of True Blood. Excerpt of interview below:

True Blood viewers had a right to be skeptical going into the HBO series’ sixth season. Not only did series creator Alan Ball depart after production had begun, he left behind an array of painted-into-corner plotlines and a scattered storytelling structure. The task of getting True Blood back on track fell to executive producer Brian Buckner, a longtime writer on the show. Despite the behind-the-scenes upheaval, the series saw a major uptick in quality and, more important, coherence. Plotlines once seen as indicative of True Blood‘s worst instincts (e.g., Andy knocks up a faerie!) suddenly became plotlines indicative ofTrue Blood at its most inspired (Andy grapples with his daughters’ deaths). Going into Sunday’s finale, the show seemed like it was being steered by capable hands.

But afterwards, the hard-earned, still fragile goodwill the show had accrued over the season seemingly dissipated overnight. Sure, some recappers liked it, but the immediate Internet consensus was that True Blood had just hit rock bottom. So what happened? Was it the very appealing and charismatic Warlow suddenly backhanding Sookie? Was it the jarring time jump? Was it Eric Northman’s almost offensively inglorious “death”? What exactly was it that made people reject this finale as somehow not being up to par with Season 2’s ostrich egg finale? To find out, Vulture reached out to Buckner to get the first-time showrunner’s take on this negative feedback, plus ask about his intentions for season seven. We also used the opportunity to get an official confirmation about that Jason-Eric sex dream we were promised.

Some would argue that it’s the job of a showrunner to create a controversial season finale. Nice job!
Yeah. I mean I knew it was controversial, I just didn’t think it would be hate-inspiring.

Why do you think the finale fueled so much negativity?
Well, it’s testament to Alex Skarsgard. People want those ten or twelve weeks with him in their living room and they may have feared we were taking him away from them.

It was a relief to hear that Eric will be back as a regular next season. Can you also confirm that these infected vampires aren’t actually zombies?
Well, they’re not zombies in the way that we’re used to zombies. They’re vampires and they need to eat humans, which all vampires do. But in order to stave off the effects of this mutating virus, they need to eat more, and more often, than the vampires that we’ve been living with for the last few years. The truth is, the way TV works is everybody wants us to have the answers already, but we haven’t even gotten in the [writers’] room for season seven yet. We knew that this was a story that we wanted to tell for next season and the idea that we were going to force vampires and humans into uneasy relationships for their own protection seemed like a really ripe place for us to go and is going to create character combinations that we haven’t had before. In terms of what every rule of this mutating virus is, we still have to do that work.

Will the feedback you’ve received recently influence the story lines of season seven?
I don’t think so. Look, the blogosphere … This, by the way, is my very first time sitting in this chair, watching something like this happen. It is my first rodeo. But I have been making TV for a long time and I don’t think that we should let the audience tell us what show to make. Because I think it’s the death of television if we give people exactly what they expect to get every week. What’s the point? So the idea that we need to release material beforehand and immediately come clean with our audience and promise to not surprise them anymore, I’m not sure that’s the TV world that we want to deliver.

For the rest of the interview please click here:  True Blood Showrunner Brian Buckner on Season 6, the Werewolf Problem, and the Jason-Eric Sex Dream.

So what do you make of all these interviews from Mr. Buckner? (still smells like damage control to me)

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True Blood “Dead Meat” Screencaps

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The new episode of True Blood aired tonight. Titled “Dead Meat” this is the eight episode for the sixth season. Only 2 more episodes left!

Inside the episode video:

loved what Robert Kazinsky tweeted:


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True Blood Season 6 Finale Episode Synopsis and Title Change

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True Blood season 6 has had quite a few episode title changes so far. The finale for season 6 will air on August 18, 2013. The title is now “Radioactive”.  The episode synopsis from TV Guide states:

 In the sixth-season finale, Jason feels a vampire attraction firsthand; and Bill finds that salvation isn’t free. Meanwhile, Sookie considers her future with Warlow as a new crisis poses a threat to humans and vampires alike.
So many speculations have been popping up on the finale. The synopsis does not reveal too much and sounds like it will leave fans wanting more again when the finale is over. Grateful that we will have a season 7 but dreading the long wait till the new season airs! Only 3 episodes left for season 6!
The new title does sound like the song by “Imagine Dragons”. I’m wondering if the anti-vamp group has a plan to wipe out vampires that involves missiles or bombs (and things go horribly wrong making them all ‘radioactive’??)

Lyrics:

Whoa, oh, oh
Whoa, oh, oh
Whoa, oh, oh
Whoa

I’m waking up to ash and dust
I wipe my brow and I sweat my rust
I’m breathing in the chemicals

I’m breaking in, shaping up, then checking out on the prison bus
This is it, the apocalypse
Whoa

I’m waking up, I feel it in my bones
Enough to make my systems blow
Welcome to the new age, to the new age
Welcome to the new age, to the new age
Whoa, oh, oh, oh, oh, whoa, oh, oh, oh, I’m radioactive, radioactive
Whoa, oh, oh, oh, oh, whoa, oh, oh, oh, I’m radioactive, radioactive

I raise my flags, don my clothes
It’s a revolution, I suppose
We’re painted red to fit right in
Whoa

I’m breaking in, shaping up, then checking out on the prison bus
This is it, the apocalypse
Whoa

I’m waking up, I feel it in my bones
Enough to make my systems blow
Welcome to the new age, to the new age
Welcome to the new age, to the new age
Whoa, oh, oh, oh, oh, whoa, oh, oh, oh, I’m radioactive, radioactive
Whoa, oh, oh, oh, oh, whoa, oh, oh, oh, I’m radioactive, radioactive

All systems go, the sun hasn’t died
Deep in my bones, straight from inside

I’m waking up, I feel it in my bones
Enough to make my systems blow
Welcome to the new age, to the new age
Welcome to the new age, to the new age
Whoa, oh, oh, oh, oh, whoa, oh, oh, oh, I’m radioactive, radioactive
Whoa, oh, oh, oh, oh, whoa, oh, oh, oh, I’m radioactive, radioactive

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True Blood Season 6 Episode 8 “Dead Meat” Promo Video

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The new promo trailer for next week’s episode of True Blood titled “Dead Meat” aired tonight. Video is up on HBO go! I will post video as soon as it is out for all to see! Screencaps are below   Continue reading

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True Blood Season Six Episode 7 Preview plus Screencaps

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True Blood will air their seventh episode on Sunday. The trailer below shows some of what we will see. I spy a lot of interesting action! Spoilers!! It does not bode very well for Nora who was infected with deadly Hep V virus in last week’s episode.

The episode synopsis states:

Eric (Alexander Skarsgård) makes a last-ditch effort to save an ailing Nora (Lucy Griffiths). A tragedy close to home forces Sam (Sam Trammell) to ignore Alcide’s (Joe Manganiello) warning and return to Bon Temps. Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) shows her gratitude to James (Luke Grimes), a fellow incarcerated vamp, while an emboldened Sarah (Anna Camp) exacts a measure of revenge on Jason (Ryan Kwanten

Screencaps:

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Comic Con 2013 True Blood Panel Highlights and Photos

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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.”

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True Blood Season Six Episode 63 – You’re No Good Inside the Episode Video

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The new episode of True Blood aired tonight. It was titled “You’re No Good”. (the original title was “Abducted”). The episode synopsis stated:

Bill looks for a solution to an impending catastrophe; Eric takes a hostage, while Sam tries to recover one. Irate over Burrell’s blatant aggression towards vampires, Eric takes matters into his own hands and takes a hostage. After dangerously testing the limits of his powers, Bill enlists a TruBlood innovator to synthesize a new type of blood – but has difficulty finding the right donor. Sookie begins to learn why Warlow is after her. Sam receives unexpected help from Nicole and her Vampire Unity Society (V.U.S.) associates. Steve Newlin (Michael McMillian) finds his past ideals turning into a current nightmare.

HBO posted their recap/inside the episode video shown below:

 

Sound off in the comments on what you thought of tonight’s episode.

Here are some screencaps from episode 6.03:

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Two New True Blood S6.02 Clips

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WARNING: If you don’t want to know – don’t watch below.

The first clip features Eric, Pam and Nora arguing in Fangtasia in a clip they call, “This Means War”.

This second clip features Sam, Arlene and Lafayette in a clip called, “Secret’s Out”!

What happened to Tara? Looks like Eric is going to have his hands full this season with Nora and Pam’s hatred for each other. It looks like the secret’s out – judging by the way the patrons in Merlotte’s are eying up Sam…
What do you think? Please share your thoughts below.
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The One With The Ick Factor

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While the mistress of this site is away on vacation, I get to play on the site and write a review for the first episode of the sixth season of True Blood. Hold on to your hats!
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Sam Trammell Talks “White Rabbit”

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Scene Weekly has an interview with True Blood’s Sam Trammell talking about “White Rabbit”

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Sam Trammell’s Louisiana roots hold strong. Trammell prides himself on being the only Louisiana native on HBO’s True Blood, where he portrays shape shifting bar owner Sam Merlotte.  The show takes place and is partly filmed in Louisiana.

“I feel very connected to the show because of that,” he said. “I know the people.”

Born in New Orleans,Trammell and his family movedaround quite a bit throughout hischildhood. They spent a few yearsin Texas and North Dakota before moving back to the Big Easy for Trammell’s first few years of primary school. Then it was off to Alexandria for two years. Trammell’s father, a surgeon, eventually set up a practice in Charleston, West Virginia, where Trammell spent his middle and high school years. He attended Brown University in Rhode Island, spent a year at the University of Paris, and finally ended up in New York where he began a career in theatre. He lived there for about ten years before settling in Los Angeles, where he currently resides helped Trammell form part of his character for the upcoming film White Rabbit.

“There were a lot of little bits and pieces I used to put this guy together,” said Trammell. “When I was young and playing little league, just some men that I knew when I was a little bit younger kind of started to trickle over me. There’s that feeling, that southern feeling, that I grew up with, and of course that’s a big part of who he is.”

In White Rabbit, Trammell plays the father of the film’s main character, a troubled teen named Harlon who uses comic books to escape from reality, also suffering from hallucinations. These visions begin when Trammell’s character takes his boy hunting and shoots a white rabbit. Instead of killing it he leaves the animal lying there to suffer.

The character is rural and uneducated, an alcoholic and drug addict. Trammell spent a lot of time researching crystal meth and how it affects those who are addicted and their families.

“You hallucinate on meth as well, so I was hallucinating in my own way in a couple of scenes,” he said. “I had to look at drug users. And then, he’s also an alcoholic. And he’s born again, so there are a lot of different facets to him that I sort of fused together.”

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“I think it will be pretty controversial,” Trammell said of the film. “It’s got some really nice humor in it as well, but it’s a pretty dark story.” Almost all of White Rabbit was shot in LaPlace. Filming wrapped less than two weeks before Hurricane Isaac struck, and some of the film’s locations flooded shortly after. “I couldn’t believe it. I didn’t even read it, my father told me. We shot a lot of stuff out there,” Trammell said. “We were out in the woods, we were in a church, we were at somebody’s house. We were out there a lot.” Isaac did not affect the film, which is currently in post-production and looking at a 2013 release date. If Trammell’s attitude toward White Rabbit is any indicator, then we definitely have something to look forward to. “It’s going to be incredible,” says Trammell. “I have to say, it was one of my favorite parts that I’ve ever done.”

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