Comic-Con 2011: ‘True Blood’ creator Alan Ball lets secrets slip

July 22, 2011 | 8:03 p.m.

Alexander Skarsgard in "True Blood" (HBO)

HBO’s hit vampire series “True Blood” closed out the programming in Comic-Con International’s Ballroom 20 with a bang Friday night, bringing a healthy portion of the show’s ensemble cast — Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Alexander Skarsgard, Ryan Kwanten, Rutina Wesley, Nelsan Ellis, Deborah Ann Woll, Kristin Bauer von Straten and Kevin Alejandro — and creator Alan Ball to the stage to talk (and joke about) fairies, witches and lots and lots of sex to a wildly enthusiastic audience of die-hard fans.

The panel session, which was heavy on Q&A and clearly designed to appeal to viewers who intensely follow the show, yielded quite a few tantalizing bits of news (as did a trailer that showed some highlights from the upcoming second half of Season 4). Here’s a brief recap of some of the more interesting facts to emerge:

* Alan Ball is already crafting storylines for Season 5. Highlights? We will see how Eric made Pam. We will see a strip club-style establishment in which supernatural beings take off their clothes for money (that will most likely not be named Hooligans).

* Anna Paquin believes that, as Eric suggested to Sookie earlier this year, the telepathic, part-fairy cocktail waitress does have two very different sides to her personality. One is sweet and innocent, Paquin said, but “part of her has dirty vampire sex on a regular basis, possibly with more than one vampire.”

* There will be a moment on the show in which Sookie and Eric are together in a shower, but it might not follow exactly along the lines of the racy love scene  that Charlaine Harris famously crafted in her fourth Sookie Stackhouse novel, “Dead to the World.” “It may be weirder and dirtier than what’s in the book,” Ball said.

Indeed, things look grim for Team Bill, but Stephen Moyer, Paquin’s off-screen husband who plays Sookie’s on-screen ex-lover Mr. Compton, seems to be taking his former flame’s new relationship with amnesiac Eric Northman in stride. “There’s so many telepathic waitresses down South, I’ll just move on to the next one,” Moyer joked, sitting next to his wife onstage.

Paquin, however, was circumspect about a potential Bill/Sookie reunion, noting: “I think it’s going to be a pretty complicated road back. A lot has happened.”

Ball did hint, though, that the vampires might continue to fight over Sookie, but they will unite to fight for their survival as the season reaches its dramatic conclusion. The year’s big baddie, Marnie, played by Fiona Shaw, isn’t exactly the threat Ball mentioned, though: “They’re going to stick together because they are fighting against a common enemy,” he said. “And that enemy is Michele Bachmann.”

– Gina McIntyre

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9 Responses to Comic-Con 2011: ‘True Blood’ creator Alan Ball lets secrets slip

  1. Edward says:

    It would be nice if Ball would keep his politics to himself rather than taint the show with his liberal leftist views. I was actually enjoying the cmoic-con panel until he decided to inject politics. I thought that was very inappropriate. Not impressed by Mr. Ball.

    • Limey says:

      God forbid that Mr Ball exercise his constitutional right to free speech, Edward. In fact, as you place so little value on the American lives shed defending that liberty, perhaps you'd like to be a British colony again? We need the parking space for when we visit Canada and you can borrow our credit rating when yours gets downgraded.

      • Ann says:

        God Forbid that "Edward" exercise his constitutional right to free speech…It goes both ways… Mr. Ball could leave out his personal political views in his comments if he doesn't want to alienate all conservatives. If he cares about his customers,because this is a business, he could tone it down a notch ..In our business we have a rule about talking with our customers (no religion or politics). Mr. Ball may not care if he looses some of his audience and that is also his constitutional right.. BTW most Conservative republicans are also anti-racist, anti-homophobic, and pro-equal rights… There are a small percentage of conservative groups that feel otherwise but there are also liberal, socialist, communist people who think that Stalin was great and Socialism is the only way. Most Americans fall somewhere slightly left or right from the center…

    • Lauren says:

      Actually, the show is extremely politically aware and very liberal/leftist despite it's assumed locale (has been since the very beginning. Maybe you need to rewatch it). And that's part of the draw. Another fight for equal rights against crazy, racist "hicks".

    • guest says:

      get over it edward—the show IS political! obviously you haven't noticed but Bachman is a WITCH!

  2. Ty M. says:

    Everything was so good until Ball dropped the Bachman joke. I can see the humor but obviously that comment needed to be left out.

  3. Gene says:

    Umm Edward … while I haven’t the Harris novels, if you haven’t noticed True Blood is an allegory for many things that are generally seen as liberal. It’s anti-racism, anti-homophobia, and pro-equality subtext can not be denied. Or perhaps you’re too busy fixated by Sookie’s assets.

    While I can understand appreciating Anna Paquin’s beauty, try and watch more critically. I like blood, fangs, sex, etc as much as the next guy but you are missing the boat if you don’t see the parallels between the efforts of the vampires to become part of mainstream society and the real life struggles they mirror.

  4. JCA says:

    Edward,
    Clearly you missed the allegorical aspect of comics/horror movies/scifi/other ComicCon material…most art is political. Get over it.

  5. TrueFan says:

    PEOPLE!!! Stop complaining, it's the most awesome show ever! And if you don't like the show, the characters, or creator, then don't watch it.

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