Though the seventh season of HBO's oft-steamy vampire series True Blood is set to begin in exactly two months time on June 22nd, we have seen little information leak out about the series in recent months; now, HBO has released the first trailer and it's showing off quite a few interesting tidbits about the show's direction as it heads into its final episodes.
Narrated by Anna Paquin's Sookie Stackhouse character, the trailer describes "another" attack by the Hep-V afflicted vampires and the abandonment of the town by the Government after said attack. This may seem like True Blood is hitching its narrative wagon to the zombie-tale locomotive, but that actually seems a bit unlikely.
For one thing, following last season's season finale, True Blood showrunner Brian Buckner didn't mince words when he discussed the Hep-V vampires, telling EW:
"They’re not going to be zombies. They’re far more organized and haven’t lost their mental capacity."
So while Bon Temps may look like a town that is headlong into the post-apocalypse (it's certainly more divided than usual) and cordoned off from the rest of the world, the threat is more complex and one of only a few challenges that Sookie and the rest will face this season - one that will hopefully pull a 180 from recent, less than critically adored campaigns, in order to embrace economy so as to provide fans with closure.
Joining the Hep-V vamps will be two villains who, as of now, have not officially been cast despite the fact that the show is already in the process of filming. They are “The Figure”, who TV Line described as “scary, hulking, ugly, mean and crafty… like Leatherface or Jason Voorhees, but this guy talks.” and Mr. Gus, who is:
"A Japanese businessman, he’s apparently been so Americanized that he’d make J.R. Ewing seem Asian. (By which we mean he rocks a 10-gallon hat and speaks with a drawl.) Oh, and thanks to a business back-stab, he’s got a thirst for vengeance that’s described as “infinite."
How big a role these characters will play, and whether they will be played by familiar faces - that remains to be seen, as does how often and in what ways Alexander Skarsgard's Eric will be used. Still, after a mostly quiet off-season, True Blood fans are surely more than ready to digest some buzz before they find out what exactly Sookie means in the trailer when she says "There's no one left."
True Blood returns for its final season on June 22nd, 2014 on HBO.