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Post Mortem of True Blood Season 5 with Alan Ball

This final episode of True Blood was written by none other than Alan Ball and is his last episode as showrunner. Alan spoke to TVLine about the season and also provided a sneak peek at Season 6!

TVLINE | So, is Bill God now?
I don’t want to say if he is or he isn’t. Who’s to say what Lilith really is? He is still Bill but he is something different.

TVLINE | So there is some of the old Bill in there?
It is Bill, but it is a transformed Bill. He is not a completely new person. It’s not like his memories or his experiences have been left out and he’s just a baby.

TVLINE | Can he revert back to the old Bill?
Well, that’s the question: Is he going to be evil? What does he want? What is he going to do? Will he be able to revert back to Bill? That’s for future seasons. The implication, certainly, is that he is more ferocious.

TVLINE | As you warned me back at Comic-Con, there was a lot of death in the episode — some more ambiguous than others. Did Luna die?
You’ll have to watch [next season]. We didn’t see her die.

TVLINE | And Russell? Is he really dead?
He’s gone. We may see him in flashbacks, but he bit it.

TVLINE | Also back at Comic-Con, you declined to tell me which couple you were having the most fun writing for this season because it would be too much of a spoiler. Can you now confirm it was Russell and Steve?
Yes. I love both of those actors and I thought they were hilarious and kind of touching.

TVLINE | Will Steve remain a viable character next season?
I don’t know. I’ve spoken to Mark briefly. They’ve only pitched some very broad ideas. I hope he does because I think he’s such a great character. I don’t know if he would be a big part of the season, but he definitely seems like that would be a person to bring back.

TVLINE | You really outdid yourself with Rosalyn’s death scene. Congratulations.
I think that is probably the most jaw-dropping [death] that we’ve done. Every time I see it I laugh.

TVLINE | The Pam/Tara kiss – did you know at the start of the season that it was all leading up to this?
It was in our mind at the beginning of the season, yes. We wanted to really tease it out.

TVLINE | What was it about those two characters that made them relationship material in your mind?
They both were, if not full-on lesbians, than bisexual. They both were characters with real attitude. And they both hate each other — at least they did at the beginning of the season. And that, to me, felt like it could create a lot of tension that could turn romantic towards the end.

TVLINE | Where would you personally like to see that relationship go next season?
Well, here’s the thing with relationships on True Blood: Once they happen then you have to throw a monkey-wrench into them, because to have people be happy is not that exciting.

TVLINE | But it’s your understanding that Mark is committed to that story?
All of the writers were into [them], so that is my understanding, yes.

TVLINE | Did you ever consider introducing or unmasking Warlow in the finale?
No. We didn’t want to really define Warlow until the next season.

TVLINE | So he’ll definitely figure into Season 6?
I think he’ll be kind of a big part of it.

TVLINE | Is he someone we’ve met before?
No comment.

TVLINE | With Bill heading into Big Bad territory next season, does that make Eric now the hero of True Blood?
Remains to be seen. They’ve both been heroes in their own way. Eric was kind of like a mischievous cad, but I don’t think he was ever, like, a true villain the way that Russell was or the way that Maryann was. And he’s done a lot of really heroic things himself. So I never really looked at Eric as the bad guy and Bill as the good guy – at least not since the very early seasons. But it remains to be seen what will go down with both of them.

TVLINE | A non-finale burning question — why did you write Hoyt out?
I felt like we had told his entire story. There weren’t many places we could go with him that we hadn’t been, but I love that character and I love Jim [Parrack] so much I didn’t want to kill him. He’s always been such a good soul. I wanted to have the possibility for him to return as well. But he fell in love and he couldn’t let go.

TVLINE | Did you feel like you had to write him out so viewers could more easily accept Jessica and Jason without feeling guilty?
That was not the thought, no. I thought the way that he left and the way that he made her glamour the memories out of him was pretty devastating. Also, there are so many characters on the show to serve. It felt like Hoyt had run his course for now, so we thought let’s send him off to Alaska and then if we need to bring him back as well.

TVLINE | The finale was your swan song — how are you feeling?
It’s bittersweet. It’s been such a big part of my life for so long; of course it’s hard to step away. But running that show is such a huge job and I’ve been doing it for five years straight. I just don’t think I have another season left in me. I need to re-charge. And then I’m interested in doing something new — something with different characters and a different tone. As a writer, it’s fun to create. And once you get into a long-running show with very established characters and a very established tone and format, after a while it’s a really great job but that’s what it is — a job. You’re just continuing to create the same show. I’m at the point in my life where I don’t want to work as hard. Actually, I’ve had to take a good hard look at workaholism and it’s effect on one’s mental health. [Laughs] And, also, there are things I want to do that are different. I want to try something completely different.

TVLINE | The show is in good hands with Mark?
Very good hands. And three other writers have been there since the very beginning… It’s like a having a kid go away to college.

  
source: tvline.com

14 comments
mybabybill
mybabybill

i just have one question for AB and the writers. Did you not worry for one second that Bill fans would defect from the show en masse? I think that AB and the writers have taken a tremendous risk; but with only 1 season to go 'what the heck' i guess. right?

kceniya
kceniya

Well, at least there is one thing I am sure about this new Bill - he won't be sorry for what he is any more. Maybe this will be helpful for him to find the sense of his life.

MissCompton43
MissCompton43

I feel a lot better that Stephen is enthused about his NEW character. I think he will play this role, as a villain, fantastically. We had come to know the 'old' Bill as the mainstreaming, human-loving, southern vampire throughout 5 seasons, with the beautiful on-again off-again romance with Sookie Stackhouse. Now he gets to add onto that and everything we thought that made Bill tick, is no longer. (Or is it?) He did mention in the last episode that "he was tired of being sorry for what he was". I think that this was a long time coming for Bill's character. We needed a change from the norm that we all grew accustomed to with the Bill/Sookie relationship. I believe season 6 will be promising. Possibly not for everyone though.

Jana
Jana

If Warlow is Godric then Sookie is lucky. Godric is my favorite next to Pam and Eric. Next season will be very interesting to say the least.

Lena
Lena

I can't believe that Alan Ball is saying he never thought Eric was the evil vampire. Give me a break. That's all they wrote him as for the first three seasons. I know the Bill fans are really upset and I feel for all of you because as an Eric fan, I feel Alan has done this to me time and again. I was thinking all season that Warlow would somehow end up being connected to Eric and now we saw in the extra scene that Nora knows Warlow. If Nora knows him, I'm betting Eric does too. Maybe Warlow is Godric? When asked if Warlow is someone we've met before, Alan answered "No comment." I'm suspicious. Somehow I think Warlow is going to be the key to getting the old Bill back and it's going to involve Sookie, Eric, and Nora.

Rowena
Rowena

Alan was as forthcoming as he could be without giving anything away. I will miss Russell, although he had to go. Denis O'Hare is brilliant. I hope Steve Newlin hangs around for a while. A transformed Bill ... time will tell what that is. I lament the loss of the Bill I've come to know and love. Right now I feel betrayed. I did find it interesting that Alan answered "no comment" to the Warlow question "is he someone we've met before?" I appreciated some parts of the finale. However, we now have a more ferocious Bill ... perhaps a mad god ... and that hurts big time.

Lori
Lori

'So I never really looked at Eric as the bad guy and Bill as the good guy – at least not since the very early seasons'. At last AB actually saying it lol Eric is mischevious not bad. For me Bill met the true death and was reborn into something new, I mean he literally became nothing but a pool of blood, it's hard to imagine him then reverting back to old Bill with no ill effects. Plus Sookie couldn't save him and if she can't who can? I wish we'd learned more about Warlo and I was sad Jason has reverted back to hating all vampires ala Fellowship of the Sun. So happy Eric finally staked Russell and that they worked together to save Jess and Pam :) I really enjoyed this finale, it sort of made up for an average season.

Susanna
Susanna

Alan Ball what I want to say to you I can say it in three languages​​. But I do not. I'm a lady. We can sayi like this ... You have made me very, very disappointed for what you've done with Bill. Is it a parting gift from you to all Bill fans?? Thank you very much. It hurts. I'll remember it when your new series starts. . Never, never, ever become a fan of your characters. No more.

callonmebill
callonmebill

Lena I like your thinking, but I will just sit back and wait for S6 and enjoy it when it comes.

Lori
Lori

I think Warlow is Lorena's maker, the bloodline stuff is really starting to feature heavily now.

Susanna
Susanna

Getting the old Bill back?? The old bill is a mess in i pool....this is not Bill it is Billitth or Lillth in Bill`s body.. The old Bill is..... gone......

Mary
Mary

You just said everything that I was thinking. Great minds think alike.

Angela
Angela

@Susanna...I agree!

Lori
Lori

I can't decide, I'd be stunned if they didn't bring the old Bill back but at the same time how would they do it? not even Sookie could get through to him.