HBO Shortens True Blood Season 6; Alan Ball Talks Season 5 Finale, What Bill Is Now, and More
Alan Ball stepped down as "True Blood" showrunner at the end of Season 5, but he left a lot of questions, and fans don't want to wait months before finding out the answers. Luckily, he spilled a few beans recently, including the surprising news that there will only be 10 shows next season.
TV Guide spoke at length with Ball, and here are some highlights. There's lots more, though, including talk of Tara/Pam, Sookie/Alcide, and Jason, so be sure to hit the link at the bottom of the page.
First, what the heck is Bill or "Bilith" as some call him? An evil god? A demon?
Ball: We don't know! Honestly, we didn't know what Lilith was. Just because the fundamentalists called her "God," that doesn't mean she was. On our show, there's room for all kinds of supernatural creatures. We do know that Bill had some kind of major transformation into a deeper supernatural being. The question for me is has he lost his humanity entirely or will it just have to fight harder to come out. That's certainly something that the writers are talking about for next year.
Is Bill still planning to use humans as a food source?
Ball: That will be his story in Season 6. Is he going to come up with his own master plan? What kind of battle will the humans wage against him?
Re Warlow, the unseen vampire who killed Sookie and Jason's parents and "owns" Sookie, Jason's off to kill him so will we meet him soon?
Ball: We will definitely see Warlow. Whether or not we have met him already, I will remain mum. There will also be some other characters maybe who we know and love who are pursuing a less than generous agenda.
Is Sam's love, fellow shape shifter Luna, dead after shifting into vampire Steve Newlin's body?
Ball: I can't tell you that! But Newlin isn't dead. We love him.
How did Eric manage to kill the much older and strong Russell Edgington?
Ball: Russell was so crazed with fairy blood lust that he wasn't paying attention. That's how Eric could stake him.
Was it always going to be Eric who killed Russell?
Ball: There was a moment at some point when we were pitching that somebody else would kill Russell, but it just really felt that it should belong to Eric, because Russell killed his mortal family.
Is Andy Bellefleur really going to raise four little half-fairy babies next season?
Ball: It's definitely going to complicate things for him. But they may go to live with the fairies where it's safer for them. Also, who knows how quickly they age!
Will Anna be back full time right away after the birth of her twins in November?
Ball: She is. We're moving production to January to accommodate her. And there will only be 10 shows next season partly because of Anna and partly because of the economics.
Do you have a series ending in mind yet?
Ball: We talked about one in the writers' room this season. We definitely have some ideas.
Even if you're not running the show, will you come back for the series finale?
Ball: I will. I just needed to take some time off just to recharge my batteries.
Any last thoughts for your fans?
Ball: It's still True Blood. People tend to say, "Alan writes everything," but it's always been a big collaboration. I am personally very excited to see where the show's going to go and I hope fans feel the same way.
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