Tommy Mickens. Hell, the whole Mickens family. I don’t think that Tommy or his family did anything to advance the plot in the show and they were just time fillers and a waste of space. Needless to say, I was not upset when the Mickens family met their demise.
It’s almost time for True Blood to return and as always, the signs of it’s premiere date inchin’ closer are becoming more and more apparent.
It all begins with the first True Blood teaser. These are always fairly simple and surely give nothin’ away for the upcoming season. This year’sBuriedcertainly met those standards, though it was a comforting sight to know True Blood was less 5 months away.
Now as the months dwindle down to days, the promos, posters, cast photos and magazines covers are comin’ in.
Are y’all ready for the blood to flow again?
Until then, check out TV Guide‘s May 28 – June 3 issue, featuring Anna Paquin and Christopher Meloni on the cover.
What can you expect?
Here’s a sneak:
“When that blood hit me in the face, I went, ‘This looks awesome!’” Meloni says gleefully. It’s nearly 11pm and it took two hours to set up the shot — called a “goo drop.” A bucket of stage blood (with some latex blobs mixed in for guts) is suspended from a scaffold. Just below it hangs an empty suit of clothes matching what the actor playing the doomed vamp is wearing. As the stake goes in, the bucket empties through the garments, and the bloodsucker is no more. There’s only one chance to get it right. And Meloni nailed it.
The actor’s excitement is matched only by the seriousness of the character he plays: Roman, the 500-year-old head of the Vampire Authority with the weight of the world on his pinstripe-suited shoulders. He’s chief executive not only of the vampire government but of their religion, too. “My first day on set, I recited a prayer in Aramaic,” says Meloni. No separation of church and state here.
“Roman is a politician who has a dream,” explains executive producer Alan Ball. “He was behind the coming-out-of-the-coffin [movement], something that’s been in the works for at least a hundred years. But there are factions in the vampire community who want to go back to the Dark Ages and feed on humans. The biggest arc in Season 5 is the future of peaceful coexistence.” Adds Meloni, “Roman’s determined. He wants peace, but others have been trying to stomp out his path. Think Obama with very long incisors.”
Tonight’s stakee is one of these fundamentalists, a traitor to the Authority who meets the “true death” in the sleekly furnished conference room of an underground New Orleans compound Ball has nicknamed “the Vampire White House,” where Roman and six chancellors govern the fractious vampire community.
Roman’s pursuit of the conspirators will be a treat for Meloni fans who loved watching him solve crimes in his 12-season run as Det. Elliot Stabler on Law & Order: SVU. Says Meloni, “Elliot was free-form. Roman’s more thoughtful — yet unafraid to pull the trigger. He’s a man of action. Get the facts; get it done. But they both have a certainty of their view. They both think they’re right.”
A major obstacle to Roman’s political agenda has arisen, literally, thanks to two bloodsuckers fans know and love: King of Louisiana Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) and Sheriff Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgård). At the end of Season 3, the two buried crazed former vampire King of Mississippi Russell Edgington (Denis O’Hare) in cement instead of killing him as ordered. Now he has escaped, and Bill and Eric are dragged before Roman for judgment. (It doesn’t help that they also killed the Authority’s Nan Flanagan last season.) They bargain for their survival by offering to track Russell down and bring him in.
When the duo hit the road, “bromance” blooms. “They end up caring for one another,” says Moyer, who will go behind the scenes to direct Episode 8 this season. “Me and Alex are mates, and it’s been really enjoyable actually getting to stuff where we’re not just bitch-slapping each other.”
Bonding won’t make up for the love their characters lost in the season ender when Sookie (Anna Paquin), the fairy-blooded blonde barmaid they’re both in love with, told them she didn’t want to be with either. “Bill has lost the thing that he believed in most, and he now is trying to find something else to believe in,” Moyer says. But apparently he’s not too brokenhearted for some sexy action. Teases Moyer: “There is an unlikely liaison at some point.”
Fans of the Sookie-Bill-Eric triangle, take heart. Mid-season, Sookie teams up with her ex-lovers when they need her mind-reading skills to help question a human witness who saw Russell unearthed. Will she be able to keep her vow and stay away from them romantically? “She’s trying her best to be independent and stand on her own, for better or worse,” says Paquin, who in real life is expecting a baby with husband Moyer. “She wants to eliminate drama from her life.”
Waiting sucks, but not for much longer!
True Blood returns June 10 on HBO!
He’s been insufferable since defeating Cooter’s neutered Weres on the way to Russell’s house.
I just don’t trust him. Or like him. It should be obvious to everyone that he didn’t JUST happen to move in next door to Sookie. Or that he didn’t JUST happen to be rescued by Sookie and vice versa. Remember the research into Sookie that Franklin Mott (God bless his miserable sadistic soul) discovered in Bills house? It’s because Bill is a snake in the grass. Or a snake in the graveyard dirt; where he likes to get his freak on.
Russell said Bill was the most promising vampire in a hundred years (loosely quoted). Why? What makes him so promising? And why did the Authority back his coup of Queen Sophie Ann? Well, it’s not because of his “Bill bangs” haircut and affected Southern accent! It’s because he’s a deceitful, manipulative scalliwag.
Not that I have any strong feelings on the subject…
So, I want to see him splatter like a crimson paintball. Jessica can keep a Tupperware container of Bill jello for sentimental purposes, if she likes. Let’s just hope she burps the lid – I don’t want to smell him after he goes bad.
Now, time for the weather. Tiffany?
The Biggest heartbreak of sookie!
Bill should be well since he’s a vampire it’d be more fun to keep hitting him and whacking him with a shovel lol. He betrayed sookie. All along he was with the queen and was using sookie to FEED HER to the queen. How Dare He? That is so completely wrong.
Worse he tried to put eric and cement. Come on? how many of you didn’t love the part when he came to sookie’s house to tell her the truth about bill.
Then bill became king…….eeew! okay i guess we can just throw out my i love bill part of this thing lmao!
poor sookie totally betrayed and yes you could see it in her eyes it bothered her seeing bill with that stupid red head floosey!!!!
hopefully someone will have sense to just have sookie with eric.
via Fang a thon Night 12.
TruebloodHBO tweeted the TVGuide cover of the issue we spoiled here yesterday, why do they have to photoshop the hell out of everything I’ll never understand.
TRUE BLOOD #1
Written by Ann Nocenti, Michael McMillian
Art by Michael Gaydos
Release Date: May 23, 2012
Alan Ball’s hit HBO series, the sensually sizzling story of the lives and loves of vampires, mind readers, and all manner of creatures, returns as an ongoing series! With creative collaboration from TRUE BLOOD creator/writer/producer Alan Ball, this series features writers Ann Nocenti (Daredevil, Green Arrow) andMichael McMillian, with art by Michael Gaydos (Alias).
Detailed synopses of the first 3, we had this but not with so much detail, hmmm
SUNDAY, JUNE 10 “Turn! Turn! Turn!”
Sookie (Anna Paquin) and Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) struggle with the aftermath of Tara’s (Rutina Wesley) shooting, while also cleaning up after Debbie Pelt. Meanwhile, Bill (Stephen Moyer) and Eric (Alexander Skarsgård), cleaning up a mess of their own, are visited by the Vampire Authority, one of whom is Nora (Lucy Griffiths), a woman from Eric’s past. In search of the missing Marcus, Alcide’s (Joe Manganiello) werewolf pack comes after Sam (Sam Trammell). With Bill away, Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) enjoys her new freedom by partying with local college kids; Jason (Ryan Kwanten) is visited by the recently turned Rev. Steve Newlin (Michael McMillian); Terry’s (Todd Lowe) PTSD is reignited by Patrick Devins (Scott Foley), an old Iraq War buddy; and Alcide turns up at Sookie’s to warn her about the recently resurfaced Russell Edgington (Denis O’Hare).
SUNDAY, JUNE 17 “Authority Always Wins”
At the Vampire Authority headquarters in New Orleans, Bill and Eric meet Salome (Valentina Cervi) and become acquainted with the Authority’s interrogation techniques. Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) recalls her human life as the madam of the Comstock Brothel in San Francisco, and her first encounter with Eric. Werewolves J.D. (Louis Herthum) and Rikki (Kelly Overton) pay tribute to Marcus, but Alcide refuses to participate or take his rightful place as the new packmaster. Martha Bozeman (Dale Dickey) shows up wanting to see her granddaughter, causing conflict for Sam and Luna (Janina Gavankar). Fearing Russell’s return, Sookie procures a home-protection system; Arlene (Carrie Preston) tries to get to the bottom of Terry’s erratic behavior; Steve Newlin stops by with an offer for Jessica; and Jason feels the brunt of his womanizing ways.
SUNDAY, JUNE 24 “Whatever I Am, You Made Me”
Bill and Eric barter for their lives with the Authority Chancellors and their leader, Roman (Christopher Meloni). Salome and Roman enlist a new ally in the face of Russell’s return. Sookie goes to Fangtasia to ask for help from Pam, who is still caught up in her memories of Eric and the strange murders at the Comstock Brothel. Andy’s dalliance with Holly (Lauren Bowles) comes back to bite him in the butt; later, he’s visited by Gordon (Steve Rankin) and Barbara Pelt (Linda Purl), who are searching for Debbie. Jason bumps into an old high school teacher, but their reunion brings up conflicting feelings.
Carolyn Hennesy tweets-Back to the TB set on Weds. Working with the dee-lish Michael McMillan among other delectables!
From Tumblr’s Marvel & Whimsy (a whole lotta Askars), pics are from the Bullett Magazine shoot. The vimeo Behind the scenes was removed.
Last night’s Obie Awards had True Blood well represented with Denis O’Hare and J. Smith Cameron (Melinda Mickens) who won for her performance w. an ensemble cast in Sweet and Sad Source Source
Special Citations Mark Bennett,Denis O’Hare,Lisa Peterson, and Stephen Spinella– An Iliad (New York Theatre Workshop) Congratulations to both.
Despite the inconsistancies in writing and some dodgy story choices, the one thing that cannot be argued is the quaility of the cast. They are stellar.
via The Cast
Final half for you guys!
1. Florence and the Machine – No Light, No Light (personal favourite, S’s thoughts on E)
2. Hunter Hayes – Storm Warning (personal favourite, E’s thoughts on S)
3. Jace Everett – Bad Things
4. Jason Derulo – Fight For You
5. Ke$ha – Cannibal
6. Kelly Clarkson – Behind These Hazel Eyes
7. Lady Gaga – Teeth
8. Lana Del Rey – Born To Die
9. LeAnn Rimes – Can’t Fight The Moonlight
10. Madina Lake – One Last Kiss
11. Marilyn Manson – Tainted Love
12. Michael Jackson – Thriller
13. Muse – Undisclosed Desires
14. Nickelback – I’d Come For You
15. P!nk – Please Don’t Leave Me
16. The Pretty Reckless – You Make Me Wanna Die
17. Seether ft. Amy Lee – Broken
18. Stone Sour – Through The Glass
19. Travis Garland – Fucking Perfect
20. Travis Garland – Beautiful Nightmare
21. William Control – Beautiful Loser
22. 30 Seconds To Mars – The Kill