Posts Tagged ‘Alan Ball’

One of the things I love most about True Blood is how educational it is. Sure, it entertains us with plenty of sex, violence, romance and cool special effects – did I mention the sex? — but the show is also well written and the writers unearth supernatural themes that send most fans (like me) rushing to the dictionary, or in my case, Wikipedia.  The first time True Blood provoked me to do some research was its amazing Maryann the Maenad storyline. I had so many theories about what Maryann was, plenty of them close to being correct, but I never would have known that she was a maenad since I had no idea what a maenad was.  I experienced deja vu this season when the Wiccan coven story began and the term necromancer was bandied about by Bill &  Co. I recognized that the prefix “necro” related to the dead and Bill filled in the rest when he reminded Eric that the witches could reanimate and control dead things, including undead vamps. This fundamental threat to the vampire community is at the heart of the latest YouTube clip HBO has posted featuring interviews with Alan Ball and the cast members most involved in the Wiccan story arc — Nelson Ellis, Kevin Alejandro and Fiona Shaw. The Wiccans are set to make big trouble for the vamps and from the looks of Sunday’s closing scene, lead witch Marnie is just getting started.

Our favorite telepathic waitress/fairy Sookie Stackhouse is one lucky gal. Now that she’s dumped Bill for not being honest about his original intentions when he first met her, she’s a single woman up for grabs… literally. And we all know that she has three very sexy and diverse leading men vying for her attention this season. Bill may be on the sidelines for a while, what with his new duties as vampire king of Louisiana and all, but I’m sure he’ll keep a watchful eye on developments between Sookie and Eric, especially now that Eric has a sweet new personality that will no doubt melt the heart of the delectable Ms. Stackhouse. Complicating things further — in a very good way for viewers, mind you — is the return of the ruggedly handsome werewolf Alcide Herveaux. Alcide’s arrival last season as Sook’s watchdog was a bit overblown if you ask me. He’s hot all right, but he never really stepped up to pursue Sookie the way an aggressive wolf man would. This season I think will be another story. Hopefully we’ll see a fruition of the potential that Joe Manganiello brings to the role as a serious contender for Sook’s love. He’s a big lug who is gallantly shy around her and one would argue that his interest in her is more pure — unless werewolves crave fairy blood, too, that is. This is the premise explored in a fun cover story TV Guide has this week with interviews with Joe, Stephen Moyer and Alex Skarsgard. TV Guide’s website features a Q&A with the hunky stars that shows how Alan Ball‘s cast is as provocative offscreen as they are in character. Let’s just say much is made about private-part-covering socks and the size of Manganiello’s pectorals. It’s not be missed so check it out here and pick up this week’s issue for the full story and hot pics.