True Blood End Date ‘Conversation Is Happening’ — Should Season 7 Be the Show’s Last?

HELL NO! We hate to admit it, but NO WAY are we ready to let Bon Temps (and Fangtasia) go after one more season. Two more? Could probably do that, two more and then a two-part season 9 to finish up. Call us greedy. But let’s see, Breaking Bad has a mere six more episodes (24 hours from now, only 5) before it’s gone forever–cross your fingers AND toes for that Saul Goodman spinoff. . Mad Men‘s next season will be its last (the 70’s style that started creeping into S6 was getting unsettling for some reason, but two more seasons? Please? First half of 1969 for S7, second and maybe early 1970 for S8?) We got two more seasons left of Sons of Anarchy, which seems about right, but that’s another one to say goodbye to. Who knows when HBO could yank Boardwalk Empire away?

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OK, this is getting depressing. If Dexter can be dragged out for 8 seasons, the much more entertaining-to-watch and less-predictable True Blood can, by God. Dexter doesn’t have Eric and Pam on it, either (though I doubt even a weird crossover could save Dexter now). On the bright side, Ryan Murphy has said as long as FX will have American Horror Story, he has enough plans and stories to tell for ten seasons! Since every season (or “volume”) has a new theme and new characters (but most of the same beloved cast members), the slate’s wiped clean–even though some of us die-hard fans have trouble letting go of the characters and story. Anyway, take the True Blood poll in this piece and see how neck-and-neck the voting is. Now THAT is a polarizing season finale… if you’ve been reading our True Blood rants pieces regarding that lazy-ass S6 finale, you know who we blame for the dropping ratings.

 

TVLine

True Blood EndingIs HBO about to stop the flow of True Blood?

A decision about the future of the vampire drama — specifically whether Season 7 will be the show’s last — will likely be decided in the coming weeks, according to showrunner Brian Buckner.

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That conversation is happening, but we don’t have an answer yet,” the EP tells TVLine. “I’m being told that I will know – which doesn’t mean that I will tell everybody. But I will know when the writers resume in the room [next month] whether or not we’re wrapping it up or not.”

At the Television Critics Assoc. summer press tour last month, HBO president Michael Lombardo said True Blood will continue as “long as there are stories to tell,” adding…

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‘True Blood’ season finale: EP Brian Buckner answers burning questions

Well, if you look for it, you can see MY burning question (glower). There’s a couple glimpses of hope for next season here, but if you’re already pissed at Buckner, several things he said will piss you off more:

EW: Tell me about the idea for Sam becoming mayor. BB: I understand that there is love for these basic tenets of the book. But even [author] Charlaine [Harris] understands that the books and the series are two completely different things at this point. And six seasons in, you need to be willing to accept change and make change. We don’t really have a town mayor anymore. We had this time passage. It seemed like a really fun thing to do. And then it can put Sam and Andy into story together, and I’ve always loved them in story together. You have the mayor and the sheriff, and they have opposing points of view about what’s going on in this town. Now we’ve created a new combination of characters to move into story together that we haven’t really had that much in the past. It’s all about shuffling the deck at this point.

Riiiiight. Actually we would have liked to hear more about why Sam ran for mayor, but hey, we’re only the ones watching the show and paying for HBO to see it. Why gear your answer towards us?  Oh! “Even the writer” understands the books and the show are different? Thanks for breaking it down for us like that, we realize now what morons we are and how clever you are. It can put them in the story together and “shuffle the deck”! We didn’t understand that about storytelling, because we’re idiots who’ve never watched well-written TV before . Be sure to please insult Charlaine Harris AND viewers (and indirectly, writers) all at the same time. We noticed the scene together by the way–no need to walk us through the fact they were having a conversation! Condescending hack “showrunner”. I knew I’d miss Alan Ball, but not this much… sigh. Well, do check this out if you want to know the book Eric Northman was reading when he sun bathed nude!

 

‘True Blood’ season finale preview: Naked Eric, a significant time jump, and Jessica answering to Andy?

They BETTER GODDAMN NOT KILL PAM. Or Eric (though we doubt that’s going to happen-not if the showrunners have anything to do with it). Hey, on a more cheerful note… Alexander Skarsgard fans! Check this quote from the EW.com piece:

And yes, we will see Eric (Alexander Skarsgård), who appeared to leave town after his Vamp Camp murder spree and feeding Jason (Ryan Kwanten) his blood — for at least one scene. Buckner describes it as ”sexy and provocative,” adding, ”There’s definitely something for the ladies and the gay men. We might see a certain body part.” Sweet dreams, Jason?!

Our guesses for deaths are 1. Warlow 2. Violet (we can hope) and Bill… let’s face it, he’s sort of on his bonus round this season. We’re just REALLY happy that everyone’s going to end up on the same show again, and continue that with S7 in 2014.
Keep your fingers crossed…

‘True Blood’: Michael McMillian talks Steve Newlin’s fate, Alexander Skarsgard’s ‘inappropriate’ response

Don’t you wish we got to see the wrap party gag reels? On those overpriced (thanks, HBO) Blu-ray sets? Well, here’s some AWESOME news about a tie-in book from the EW.com interview (which we urge you to read regardless):

 

EW.Com: This fall, the book Steve Newlin’s Field Guide to Vampires (And Other Creatures of Satan) will be released. True Blood associate producer Gianna Sobol came up with the idea, and you helped co-write it. Tell us about it.
Michael McMillian: This was Steve Newlin’s field guide that he was putting together after the Fellowship of the Sun takeover by the vampires at the end of season 2 and before he was turned sometime in that year where Sookie was missing. So it kinda fills in the gaps during that period where Steve and Sarah were splitting up, and he was doing a lot of spying and investigating on characters in the show and learning more about the supernatural world of True Blood, and these are all of his notes. And then once he was kidnapped by the vampires, this notebook was found in his abandoned car and eventually made its way into the hands of Pam and Eric, who go through and rewrite and annotate with snarky flair all of the things that Steve got wrong. Since we started writing it before season 6 really got into production, it covers a lot of seasons 1 through 5, and then we incorporate as much of season 6 as we can. It’s kinda like a True Blood wiki in a published form through the eyes of some of the funnier characters on the show.

 

Hot DAMN! We’re checking for a release date the second this gets posted! Many tie-ins disappoint fans by being lazy, but it looks like this one is going to be a keeper.

 

‘The Walking Dead’: Robert Kirkman Talks About Tonight’s Episode, “Home” (Spoilers!)

Well, THAT got interesting… Joe Manganiello on Talking Dead! Oh, and some interesting developments on the Sunday night episode, “Home”, too! Oh course that’s what I REALLY meant to type, heh-heh…

Happy B-day, Alexander Skarsgård – Now THAT’S How You Play a Vampire!

…vampires should not ‘sparkle’ when exposed to daylight, for Chrissake! Nope, real vampires quickly start smouldering and burst into flames.

God, I can’t stand sensitive, candy-ass Twilight-style vampires. I like my vamps bloodthirsty and brutal as hell when they want to, or when hungry. From the bad-ass Hooker Clan in Kathryn Bigalow’s ground-breaking gem Near Dark (1987), to Eli in Let the Right One In (2008, though I have to admit that the 2010 American remake was good, and didn’t ruin the original),  to Eric Northman from the HBO series True Blood, played by one Alexander Skarsgård.  I was only going to post something about him turning 36 today if I could find this specific clip,  where he literally rips someone apart with his bare hands (the cracker in question had been asking for it for weeks)… and lookee here!  This was when his character stopped being somewhat boring for me, and I began to understand why he was nearly every female True Blood fan’s favorite character*.

All vamps need to do this periodically – they ARE monsters, not caring, sharing pussies you barely ever see drop fangs, let alone use them. And if they get pissed off enough at other vampires, even their bosses, well…

Also, vampires should not sparkle when exposed to daylight, for Chrissake! Nope, real vampires quickly start smouldering and burst into flames. When they get staked, or otherwise killed, it makes a horrible, very hard-to-clean-up mess.  This rant is coming from a gigantic Buffy and Angel fan, too. At least on those shows, when it was light out and it was an emergency to get somewhere, they could cover up with a thick blanket and run really fast, but they’d still start smoking. Angel tried to do the right thing (when he had his soul) but even then, he had no problem kicking ass and killing people and other vamps when they needed to die. Spike sure enthusiastically fucked up plenty of people who got in his way ( or sometimes just in the wrong place at the wrong time) and loved every minute of it. They still sure as hell preferred human blood to animal blood. Real vampires also need invitations to enter a private human residence. Not to mention, none of them could impregnate humans.  Noble, broody vamps trying to make up for evil shit they did they did to humans in the past got played out for me a while ago. Come on!  Where’s the fun in that? Anyway, happy 36th birthday greetings to Mr. Skarsgård, who always gets vampires right. Stay vicious, Viking!

*he’s not my favorite character on HBO’s True Blood, but I can definitely see where they’re coming from.