True Blood Season 5 Comic-Con Trailer

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True BloodReady to check out a preview of the second half of Season 5 of “True Blood”? Well then, thanks to Comic-Con, pull up a chair, grab a mint julep, and drink it in along with some highlights of the panel that took place during the event.

HBO live tweeted the entire panel with showrunner Alan Ball, Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Alexander Skarsgard, Ryan Kwanten, Sam Trammell, Rutina Wesley, Deborah Ann Woll, Kristin Bauer van Straten, Joe Manganiello, and Chris Meloni; and we’ve culled what we think are the most pertinent details (read from the bottom up):

Alan Ball, in his last season as showrunner, gets a standing ovation from the crowd.

Kristin’s fave scene? Being released this season.

Alex’s favorite scene? Godric death scene, filmed on an LA rooftop as the sun was coming up.

Favorite scenes? Deborah teases Episode 10. Ryan mentions 5.04’s He-man footie pajamas.

Alan announces three new romances coming up this season. No more details revealed.

Kristin still has pieces of rotting Pam from last season.

Alex: “We’ve had a little too much fun together.”

Speaking of “the season of the bromance,” has it been fun for Bill and Eric to be allies now?

New character combos this season, like Tara and Jessica and the Bill and Eric bromance, were a conscious choice by Alan.

Kristin almost refused to be “released” after reading it in the scripts. Frowns and sheds a tear.

Kirstin: “The writing of Pam’s made story has been worth the wait.”

How fun has it been to explore the Pam/Eric backstory?

Rutina on Tara being turned: “I’ve gotten to recreate Tara but keep the essence of Tara. It’s been an incredible journey.”

Episode 8 also includes a scene that “lets everyone have fun and do something we haven’t done before.” – Stephen

The rest of the cast continues to sing the praises of Stephen’s directorial debut.

Stephen directed Episode 8 this season and was “quite nervous going into it” but, according to Alan, “did an amazing job.”

The faerie club “plays off the faerie strip club in Charlaine’s books.” – Alan

Alan: “We are going to learn more about Michelle and Corbett Stackhouse…and the effect of their death on Jason.”

Anna on Sookie’s drinking binge: “Worse things can happen on Peach Schnapps.”

Chris Meloni on being covered in blood and staking: “It’s all I’ve wanted to do.”

On the outing of Steve Newlin, Alan: “Not a conscious decision. The energy was already there.”

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