“True Blood” TCA News: Alan Ball sticks around and call Anna Paquin a “little thing” at your own peril


At the Television Critics Association Summer Tour in Los Angeles, True Blood creator Alan Ball and stars Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer appeared to discuss the rest of the season, as well as the future of the show. The biggest news was that there would be a fifth season of the hit HBO program and that Ball would be returning for another year. As to just how long he might stick around, Ball said, “Well, everything ends. I mean, there will be an end for me on this show at some point. But I just — you know, I just finished — I just closed a deal to do another season. And I don’t have any desire to leave, because I’m having more fun than I’ve ever had in my life.”

Asked by AfterElton.com what was up with Jason’s hallucination several episodes ago that briefly had him having sex with best friend Hoyt, Ball said that it stemmed from “Jason feeling guilty” about his attraction to Hoyt’s girlfriend Jessica. Asked if it had anything to do with having drunk Jessica’s blood after she had fed off of Hoyt, Ball said simply “No.”

As viewers know from past seasons, drinking a vampire’s blood creates a bond between participants, which was why last season Sam Merlotte had an erotic dream that featured him about to have sex with Bill.

Ball’s explanation for Jason dreaming about having sex with Hoyt doesn’t entirely make sense given that his hallucination already included Hoyt watching and heckling him while having sex with Jessica. Having the hallucination then proceed to sex between the two friends seems a step beyond a guilty conscience, but it ultimately doesn’t matter as Ball says that one vision of Jason’s is the end of that particularly avenue.

Asked about the possible return of Russell Edgington this season, Ball was extremely tight-lipped saying only “no” when asked if he was willing to divulge any information about that storyline.

During the Q&A session, Anna Paquin, who plays Sookie Stackhouse, showed she was every bit as feisty as her character when one reporter referred to her as a “little thing.” Paquin promptly shot back, “And I’m not just a little thing, thank you very much. I can hold my own.”

As for that creepy doll baby that has taken up residence with Arlene, Terry, and their new baby, Ball explained that none of that was in the books. “I know that last year when we were … I think I actually wrote the
script. Hoyt and Jessica came together after a season of being apart,
and they moved in, and he said, ‘You know, let’s go to New Hampshire.
I’ll become a minister and marry you,’ and they hugged. And it just
felt like, okay.

So I said, ‘There should be something weird, like
maybe let’s just put a creepy doll in.’ So the camera tilts down, and
you see a creepy doll. I had no idea where that was going to go. Then
when we came back to work this season, I said, “We’ve got to pick up
that doll. We’ve got to figure out what’s going on with that doll.”
And, you know, that doll has found its way to the creepy baby. They’re
teamed up now. There’s something going on between those two. I can tell you that. “

Asked about the show’s reputation for firing off one-liners like “You just killed my fairy godmother” or “These days, it’s Google and Fox News,” that help keep the mood light on what can be a rather dark show, Ball credited Charlaine Harris, the author of the Sookie Stackhouse books on which True Blood is based. Said Ball, “I think part of that tone is inherent in Charlaine’s books. Part of
what I responded to when I read the books was it was such a great
mixture of horror and comedy and romance and sexiness and social
commentary that I think that’s I always sort of saw that as a show. … It can be life or death
serious, but it doesn’t take itself too seriously.”


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