Friday, June 24, 2011

Friday Means Sunday's Closer!

Thanks to TrueBloodNews for rocking the daily countdown vids.

"Bob's Your Uncle", my new favorite phrase. Extra from last night with Ryan.

Xfinitytv has had some excellent TB articles the last few weeks, here's one more. There's more at the link including videos.

The newly dumped Bill, according to his portrayer Stephen Moyer, finds plenty to keep himself occupied. “Bachelorhood kind of turns out all right for Bill. I think he decided to enjoy it while he can. A lot of responsibility smoothing over the Russell Eddington nightmare. He’s trying to make vampires attractive to humans again, by sort of doing press, without giving too much away.” However, he  has not given up on Sookie. “He makes the decision that if you’re going to love somebody, set them free, and the only way to allow that there might possibly be some rekindling down the line is to let her be the person that she needs to be without making her feel like he’s watching her every move.” Moyer also debunked a rumor about Bill creating a torture chamber in his basement, insisting, “It’s not a torture chamber.” So, maybe Bill is just setting up a vampire rec room.
Will Eric even remember how he feels about Sookie? When a witch decides to erase Eric’s memory, he becomes a new man. According to Alexander Skarsgard, “He’s definitely more vulnerable. He doesn’t know who he is anymore so he’s very na├»ve. The old Eric is gone.”

Last year’s breakout character, werewolf Alcide, returns in episode three. According to Joe Maganiello, “Alcide’s situation is a lot more complicated romantically when you see him first in episode 3. I don’t think he’s had a change of heart so much as much as he wished things could be a little different. There’s some certain substantial things that the fans will find out in those first few episodes. Had [Sookie] responded differently, I think he would have built that house for her.”
Sookie becomes a lifeline for Alcide. “Alcide is a recluse. He just wants to be left alone. He hates being a werewolf. He hates that he was cursed – he sees it as a curse. The great thing about Sookie is she drags him out on all these adventures. This little thing drags him out of the house. Really, I think she’s the key to unlocking that reluctant hero inside of him and I think he recognizes that’s a good thing.”

OK Now we have some big spoilers from the Washington Post, so don't say you weren't warned.

The season begins with its central heroine, Sookie Stackhouse (the hot/cold Anna Paquin) portaling to her native fairy world — [Oh, wait, did I remember to shoo off all those grumpy fans who don’t want spoilers anywhere near their delicate eyes? Shoo, then. Shoo!] — where other fairy-type people seem to be enjoying an eternal Olive Garden-esque realm while eating glowing orbs of juicy lifefruit. Even Sookie’s deceased grandpa (Gary Cole) is here, having the time of his afterlife.
Making her way back to town, Sookie discovers that what felt like a few minutes away has actually been a year and that her friends have all written her off as dead. This fast-forward could have been a promising way to advance and reinvigorate the series. While she’s been away, Sookie’s mishap-prone brother, Jason (Ryan Kwanten), has become a sheriff’s deputy; her former paramour Bill (Stephen Moyer) has deposed Queen Sophie-Anne (so long, Evan Rachel Wood) and has been crowned the Vampire King of Louisiana.
It seems that, even in paradise, Sookie has a knack for trouble, as she quickly senses that
 fairy world is an illusion and that the fairies are really beasts who wish to enslave her. The
 Olive Garden dissipates, revealing a barren wasteland of bad special effects. Sookie and
 Grandpa attempt to escape through a dimensional canyon leap, landing splat in the cemetery
 of Bon Temps, La., their vampire-laden home town, where Grandpa quickly shrivels to
 a crisp. That’s just the first five minutes or so, and that’s all I’m really going to tell you.
Yet do not take this as a threat of abandonment. The “True Blood” fans crave is intact and addictive it’s just more tiresome. Still, if there’s another TV show that can approach its ability to meld melodramatichorror, fun and social metaphor, I haven’t seen it.
But there’s still some bloat and a population-control problem, character-wise. On top of its
 textured lore about vampires, shape-shifters, werewolves, maenads, cat people and other
 voodoo who-dos, most of whom are still around and taking up space, “True Blood” is adding
 witches this season, as Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) and his boyfriend Jesus (Kevin Alejandro)
 start dallying with a coven. Characters I care less about (waitresses, extraneous vampires,
 panther hillbillies on meth) are getting as much or more time as characters I initially adored.

Skarsgardfans has some scans up from EW, very clear and readable, unlike
 when I scan, lol. Here's one, hairy paws, click on the link to see many more.

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