Comic-Con 2011: 'True Blood' Takes Over the Con
Comic-Con 2011: 'True Blood' Takes Over the Con
Laurel Brown
Laurel Brown
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
Moderated by Tim Stack (of Entertainment Weekly), the cast of True Blood proved to be one of the biggest attractions at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con. With wait times to see the panel in Ballroom 20 exceeding even those of Hall H, the True Blood panelists addressed a packed house.

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Before we even got a look at the many, many panelists, they had a trailer:

  • There does seem to be some Eric-Sookie sex.
  • Bill gets jealous.
  • Bad things happen to Tara.
  • Tara does bad things.
  • The new witch, Marnie, is kind of a badass.
  • Jessica does something dangerous.
  • Lots of sex and violence and stuff.
  • And then Sookie gets shot in a graveyard.




Enough of that, the many panelists:
  • Kristin Bauer van Straten (Pam)
  • Alexander Skarsgard (Eric)
  • Kevin Alejandro (Jesus)
  • Nelsan Ellis (Lafayette)
  • Deborah Ann Wolk (Jessica)
  • Ryan Kwanten (Jason)
  • Rutina Wesley (Tara)
  • Stephen Moyer (Bill)
  • Anna Paquin (Sookie)
  • Alan Ball (the executive producer guy)

There were lots of questions.

Why Bon Temps?
Alan Ball: "If you could live in Bon Temps, wouldn't you?"

Are there two Sookie Stackhouses?
Anna Paquin: "There's the part of her that has really, dirty vampire sex on a regular basis."
Is shirtlessness an acting choice or a curse?

Eric's new clothes are theorized to originally belong to Hoyt. Alan Ball clarifies that the spell includes shirt-loss followed by the discovery of dorky clothes that still make Eric look hot.

Will there be more fall-out from Bill's inappropriate sex?
Stephen Moyer: "If Bill had done a bit of research... he might have worked out who she was."

Is Lafayette interested in magic or just in love?
Pretty much, he's in love.

Is Jesus a secret bad guy?
Kevin Alejandro: "I think there's a little darkness in everybody. You just need to watch and find out, bro."

How about the new, kick-ass Tara?
Rutina Wesley: "I secretly love the UFC, so I was so glad when I got the script... I think it's kind of awesome that she's happy and that she's happy for a change."

How long was Jason strapped to the bed and raped?
Ryan Kwanten: "It continued for about four [episodes]... He was enjoying the fact that he's now being called Ghost Daddy."

What's up with Jessica giving Jason her blood?
Deborah Ann Woll: "I'm more interested in what happens when the V wears off."

After an expression of affection from the audience, Deborah Ann Woll responded: "Oh, you're too young to watch our show!"

On Pam's "face-off" with Marnie:
Kristin Bauer: "We worked really hard to make you squeamish."

Will Eric remember being with Sookie if he gets his memory back?
Alan Ball: "I feel like that's too much to give away... No. Yes. Maybe."

Is there hope for Bill and Sookie?
A chorus of yeses and nos keep the panelists quiet.

Anna Paquin: "I think it's going to be a long road back."
Stephen Moyer: "There's obviously so many telepathic waitresses down south..."

What about Arlene's possibly-evil baby and the creepy doll?
Alan Ball: "We will find out what it is about that doll that's so creepy."

Alan Ball: "That cute little baby? You think he's evil?"

Will we see the shower scene with Sookie and Eric?
Alan Ball: "There will be a moment in the show where Sookie and Eric will be together in the shower. It may not be exactly what happens in the books. It may be weirder and dirtier."

What are the favorite parts of the season?
Alan Ball: "I personally enjoyed the ritualistic gang rape of Jason Stackhouse."
Ryan Kwanten: "There was actually a sense of enjoyment in that for me as well."
Rutina Wesley: "Cage-fighting."
Alexander Skarsgard: "I really enjoyed the swimming in the Sun."

What was the lake scene with Alcide and Eric like?
Anna Paquin pointed out the one-foot height difference between herself and Joe Mangianello. She said it was awkward. Also, she was scared of the wolf she had to act with right beforehand.

How do the True Blood comics enhance the show?
Alan Ball: "It's just more story in a different format."

What are the odds of a Pam-Tara romance?
Alan Ball: "I'm going to write that down and send myself an e-mail."

Will we see how Eric made Pam?
Alan Ball: "Unfortunately we won't see it this season, but you will definitely see it in season 5."

How would a re-memoryed Eric be dealt with in the vampire community?
Alan Ball: "The vampires are all going to stand together, because they're fighting a common enemy. And that enemy is Michelle Bachmann."

In answer to a completely different question about Sookie and Claudine:
Alan Ball: "Fairies are born in litters, and they're identical."

New supernatural creatures?
Spirits without bodies. Brujo-based demon creatures. More for season 5.

Will there be any more long-term waitresses at Merlotte's?
Alan Ball: "I do think working as a waitress at Merlotte's is the most dangerous job in the world."

(Image courtesy of HBO)

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