SDCC 2013: 'True Blood' is Getting Back to Its Roots
SDCC 2013: 'True Blood' is Getting Back to Its Roots
True Blood is currently in its sixth season. Today the cast and Executive Producer, Brian Buckner sat down to answer some questions about what we've seen so far and what's to come.  Keep reading for all the details. 


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Who's Here:
Anna Paquin (Sookie) 
Ryan Kwanten (Jason)
Sam Trammell (Sam)
Rutina Wesley (Tara) 
Nelsan Ellis (Lafayette) 
Deborah Ann Woll (Jessica)
Kristin Bauer van Straten (Pam) 
Joe Manganiello (Alcide) 
Anna Camp (Sarah) 
Rob Kazinsky (Ben/Warlow) 
Michael McMillan (Steve) 
Brian Buckner (Executive Producer)

The panel kicked off with a trailer including clips for what's to come. We see Sarah Newlin taking charge, death, violence, lots and lots and lots of sex, Bill in the sun and more. 


Anna Paquin was asked what it's like being married to Billith. Her response, she's agnostic so she hasn't decided if she will "recognize his godliness" yet but he is worshiped at home. 

Jason has made some big changes this season, how far will he go to save Jessica? Yes, he has to save Jessica but also needs to find out who killed his parents. He started so low on the totem pole, his only choice is to grow. Ryan Kwanten said, "he gets real crazy, real soon. He likes to think he's Rambo but he fails miserably."
 
Sam had a sad beginning, lost his girlfriend but shifted quickly to this new woman: Sam Trammell's response: "It's a quick transition but so much happens in each episode it's almost like one episode is a year." Nicole is very smart and wants to put all the supernatural creatures out there. Tramell hopes her chances of survival are good, but those werewolves are dangerous. 

Rutina Wesley said Tara's a protector, a big sister to a lot of characters. She's having a great time doing that. Was hesitant to answer if her and Jessica would form a stronger bond. She said, "Maybe, maybe not."
 
Nelsan Ellis says Lafayette should maybe switch out of the psychic business, "Maybe, we'll see."  When channeling the ghost of Sookie's father plus his character, it wasn't too difficult of a process. He studied them and picked up a few of his mannerisms and that's it. 

Jessica is in the vamp camp. She killed the faerie girls. Where will she go next? Deborah Ann Woll said Jessica will have to pay, and it will take a long time to forgive herself. There's more down the road on that storyline. Jessica is one of the vampires closest to her humanity because of the type of person she is and how recently she was turned. 

A question to Kristin Bauer van Straten: Does the fight end well? "There are so many perspectives on that. When I saw that script come in and it ended there...I don't know how to end this.... But Pam is scrappy and the great thing about these writers is that they find so many layers of conflict and putting us together fighting for our lives with a friend so dear..." She's not going to tell us anything but the audience thinks she can take him. 

We will also see some sibling rivalry with Willa! 

Joe Manganiello on his character Alcide this season: He's had surprising sides that shocked fans. Which side will win out?: "Don't punch big angry werewolf dude in the face.... I think it's those big crazy werewolf people that drive him nuts... He's a nice guy." The overall message, he just needs a new job. 

Anna Camp on her character Sarah: She really likes camps. Why? "She likes to keep things in control...keep people contained and keep the power...We'll see a lot more of that this season" She has one mission: to rid the world of vampires.  

Will Jason and Sarah be together: Ryan Kwanten said yes. Not sure about as a couple but there is some "unfinished business," Brian Buckner added. 

Michael McMillan: "Steve is in camp and he is terrified like the other vampires. Sarah is the devil he knows best and hopes to get through this unscathed."
 
Rob Kazinsky on his character: You see both sides of Warlow. Depends on time of day and blood he feeds on which side is stronger. Going to see some "gnarly stuff" 

Executive Producer, Brian Buckner wants to bring the show back to its roots. While he acknowledges True Blood has a large cast, he wants to condense the number of stories they are telling and  "really come home." And as for bringing in new creatures, right now he thinks no. He believes the show is about vampires, humans and the town. And wants to bring that back. 

So what do you think? Do you want old school True Blood

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