The True Blood team after appearing at this weekend’s Comic Con also got in on the action at the HBO presentation for the summer TCA press tour. Alan Ball, Anna Paquin (Sookie) and Stephen Moyer (Bill) answered questions on this current season of the show and also hinted at stories for the forthcoming fifth season. Whilst HBO haven’t officially renewed True Blood for season 5 it would appear that this would be an imminent and likely event. Warning spoilers ahead.
There was some speculation last month that Alan Ball might not return for season 5 as showrunner after he suggested that he was possibly done creatively with True Blood. Ball has obviously had a change of heart and now says:
“There will be an end for me at some point but I just closed a deal to do another season. I don’t have any desire to leave because I’m having more fun than I ever had in my life.”
As the audience we are only just about to hit the halfway point for season 4 but filming for this year has already finished, which is why season 5 story ideas are already being broken by Ball and his team of writers. The main one that Ball teased was that we will get to “explore how one of the vampires was made” and like many others I hope that this will be Pam (Kristin Bauer Van Straten). This looks like it is the correct choice as at the Comic Con panel Ball did actually say that “you will definitely see it [how Eric made Pam] in Season 5.” We will also be introduced to more new characters in season 5 which sounds impossible considering how jam packed the world of Bon Temps is but I guess with the high mortality rate nothing is impossible.
Some spoilers were given for the rest of season 4 including a possible connection between the creepy doll and Arlene’s (Carrie Preston) creepy baby. Ball said that when the doll was originally introduced at the end of season 3 there wasn’t a definitive storyline but it has grown organically into what it is now. He didn’t reveal much more about what the doll means but did say:
“And now the creepy baby doll has found its way to creepy baby. They’re teamed up now. There’s something going on between those two, I can tell you that.”
Stephen Moyer was happy that he got to have a one-liner in last week’s episode about Pam’s bee keeper like attire and teased there will be a Pam line that will apparently be the humdinger of the year. This has been mentioned previously by Kristin Bauer Van Straten who says of this yet to be heard line “it’s wrong.” Considering some of the brilliant and wrong dialogue that has come from Pam in the past you can but wonder how brilliantly bad this will be.
The panel ended on a personal question to Moyer and Paquin (who are married in real life) about how they felt about the not so happy Sookie/Bill relationship this year, Paquin said:
“Our love in real life is fine, so I’m totally happy for our characters to be as sad and distraught and messed up and hating each other as they like.”
Moyer joked that he had asked Ball to add “somebody else in the mix” as he was getting a bit bored but ended by saying that essentially “it’s also about Sookie growing up as well.” This season really has been about growth and change and it looks like we have more of that to look forward to this year.