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Last week the Paley Center for Media hosted an “Inside the Writers Room” for the hit HBO vampire series, True Blood. Before the event started, the folks over at Sci-Fi Wire caught up with writer/producers Alan Ball, Alexander Woo and Raelle Tucker, to ask them what kind of things we can expect to see in Season 3. It appears that the showrunners may still be under demon-god Maryann’s spell as they have no inhibitions about revealing anything and everything about the third season.
Readers beware, WHAT LIES BELOW IS NOTHING BUT SPOILERS!!! So, if you’re the type that doesn’t want things ruined for you, turn back now. But, if you’re like me and can’t bear to wait until June 2010 for the next season, then enjoy.
First up is executive producer Alan Ball with news on kidnappings, werewolves and the vampire king & queen.
Bill’s kidnapping is going to last a while.
The last thing we saw in the season two finale was that Bill had been taken and Alan Ball says that his kidnapping will last around six episodes.
Just because his kidnapping lasts six episodes doesn’t mean that we won’t see Bill before then. Remember that in season two there was a lot of time spent with Lafayette and his captors…
(There are some Eric SPOILERS below)
Werewolves invade Bon Temps.
It seems as if this small town just can’t catch a break. Now it appears that the town is going full on “Team Jacob” as werewolves are the newest beasts to invade Bon Temps.
Ball explains what they’ll look like.
“They’re just wolves. It’s just people who can turn into wolves, but they’re slightly bigger and much stronger. Their eyes glow orange a little bit.”
Vampire Queen of Louisiana will be in hot water.
With Evan Rachel Wood signing on to return for a couple of episodes in season three, it appears that her fun nights of playing scrabble as the vampire queen of the Louisiana sector might be over – for good.
“Well, Sophie Anne, when last we left her, she was sort of behind this selling of ‘V’ as a recreational drug on the streets, pretty much. That’s not something a vampire authority figure should be doing. If higher-up vampire authority figures figure that out, they’re not going to be happy.”
All hail the Vampire King.
If there’s a Queen, there has to be a King and as Ball stated, the Vampire King companion to Sophie Anne doesn’t look like he has same sense of humor.
“He’s older. He’s much more mature. He’s much more methodical and grounded. She’s kind of crazy. To me, she’s kind of like Paris Hilton/Lindsay Lohan, where she has a very short attention span and she’s very, very egomaniacal and very self-obsessed and doesn’t really think about her actions, whereas the Vampire King is very much an adult. He has an agenda. He has things he wants to achieve. I think he’s much more formidable than she is.”
Next up is Alexander Woo with news of a new character and some other creatures that might be stirring in the night.
New character impacts our favorite townsfolk.
It looks as if Bon Temps is going to have a new character by the name of Tommy Mickens and it looks like Mr. Mickens may become quite important to many of or favorite characters.
“Tommy Mickens is someone I don’t want to reveal too much about, because I don’t want to ruin the surprise. He’s a completely new character, but he plays very prominently in the emotional life of at first one and then, later, several other of our characters. He’ll be the first domino to push the rest.”
Vampires, maenads & werewolves aren’t the only things lurking around.
It seems like the Sookie’s world is going to get much bigger as werewolves aren’t the only things coming in the new season.
“The entire world is going to get a lot bigger. Not only the human world, but in Sookie’s eyes, she’s going to see the whole supernatural world. Luckily, since this show is through Sookie’s eyes, as an audience we’ll get to see a much larger supernatural world.”
Sam Merlotte finds his family.
Sam’s not going to be the only Merlotte in the series as we finally get to meet Sam’s real family.
“I’m getting to write Sam’s family, which is a lot of fun, and, really, I feel really satisfying as a character arc. I really am glad that he’s taking this journey and he’s learning about himself. I find that interesting. They aren’t the brightest people, maybe. At least they appear that way. They’re fairly dysfunctional, but like anybody else, they have their good things about them and not-so-good things. They’re still getting to know each other. Sam’s still getting to know them, and so are we.”
Sookie investigates her powers.
Sookie’s powers started out as simple as being able to hear thoughts in season one and quickly moved on to being able to make light appear out of her hands. With season three, we’ll get a better look at what exactly Sookie can do as she explores her powers more.
“I think that Sookie is conscious of her abilities more this season than she’s been, and she’s questioning them more. We’re going to be exploring that more this season.”
Jason keeps his nose clean.
Sookie’s brother Jason has been in trouble ever since the show start, but now the brother-of-the-year can rest easy as he’ll be staying out of trouble – for the time being. (Jason has quickly become one of my more favorite characters. Lafayette needs to step it up.)
“I think Jason’s path this season is actually about not getting into trouble. It’s about trying to stay out of trouble. I think it’s going well for him.”
There’s a new biker gang in town.
There’s more than a gang of vampires in town. It’s a biker gang called “Coot’s F**k You Crew” and it seems that these are more than just your regular Harley Davidson, leather wearing bikers. Possibly vampire bikers? Fingers crossed.
“The one thing I will say is that they are very mysterious. They’re a group who’s been around a lot longer than you think. I don’t want to say too much about them right now, because I think that we are in the early stages of figuring that out.”
Headgear is the theme for season 3.
Tucker says that helmets have become the running joke in the writer’s room (much like pineapples in Psych) and that it looks like it may be the theme for the new season.
“There’ve been several moments that we’ve been pitching things and thought, ‘Oh, well, maybe she could be wearing a helmet, and that would protect her. Maybe he could wear a helmet in that scene. Suddenly we realized we had a whole bunch of characters wearing helmets for no particular reason. So we thought, oh, that’s the theme of the season.”
Eric’s screen time is limited despite fan demands.
Alright, we all know that all you ladies love Eric, but it doesn’t look like the writers of True Blood don’t seem to care.
“You know, what’s funny is that he’s in the first two books; he’s a fairly minor character in Sookie’s universe.”There’s a lot of fan pressure that they’re supposed to be this big romantic thing, which actually in Charlaine [Harris]’s books doesn’t happen until much, much further down. I think if we did that, we’d probably bore them all to death. I think part of the magic of Eric is some of the mystery of Eric and the inaccessibility of Eric. I think you don’t want to turn them into the nice romantic love interest who’s in every scene. I think his danger is important, so not just throwing him up whenever somebody wants to see his bare chest is actually a more disciplined approach.”
So, there you have it. So many spoilers… the only way you could be more spoiled is if you’d go out and read the book the third season will be based on (“Club Dead”), but who’s going to go read something? Reading is so 90’s… It’s not like you’re reading something right now… oh right. Well, like I said, reading is cool.
Is there anything you’d like to see in the next season? Like I said above… Lafayette needs to get back to normal because his was my favorite character in the first season.
Season 3 of True Blood will premiere in June, 2010 on HBO.
Source: Sci-Fi Wire