Will Sookie throw over Bill for Eric?
Despite the fact that True Blood stars Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer are a rock-solid twosome in real life, the Bill-Sookie-Eric triangle was the question of the hour as the cast and producers of HBO’s vampire drama hit the Paley Center for Media’s 25th Annual TV Festival Monday night.
Happily, Blood boss Alan Ball and his stars, including Paquin and Alexander Skarsgård, dished to us exclusively on the red carpet about the Viking vampire getting a hot spotlight, who’s getting a serious beatdown, and who’s playing with the new supernatural creatures.
Moyer even told us his real feelings about that other man…Get our exclusive interview goodies and a sneaky peek of season two of HBO’s True Blood.
Alan Ball, Executive Producer
Anna won a Golden Globe for playing Sookie over the hiatus—what are you doing to up the ante and keep her challenged?
Anna loves it when she’s getting beat up or kicked or smacked around, and lucky for her, Charlaine Harris put a lot of that stuff in the second book.
Does Sookie interact with the new supernatural creatures much this season?
She spends the first half of the season focusing on vampires and vampire politics in Dallas, as sort of a favor to Eric, and she spends the last half of the season cleaning up the mess that some new supernatural creatures have created in her town—and she is pissed. She is not going to take it anymore.
And what changes about Eric this time around?
Eric has more of a presence in season two—you get a little of his backstory, you find out a bit of what’s important to him, what is meaningful to him, what makes him cry.
Alexander Skarsgård (Eric Northman)
How are you playing Eric differently this year?
Everything becomes more private and personal in season two. Season one the situation started out being kind of business-related, and his attraction to Sookie was “All right, I might use this.” But the stuff between them now is much more personal. He’s very much emotionally involved now. And I’m not just talking about his relationship between Eric and Sookie and Bill, but other things as well. A lot of the fans who have read book two, they know that the reason they go to Dallas is because Eric’s maker has gone missing. That’s a very, very personal quest for him.
What about reports that you’ll play Thor in the major motion picture version of Thor?
No, I don’t think so. I haven’t gotten the call, so…
Anna Paquin (Sookie Stackhouse)
What does the mission to Dallas mean for Sookie’s situation in Bon Temps?
I haven’t seen any further in the scripts than from when we come back from Dallas, so I don’t know what we’re doing in Bon Temps.
And does Jason get into trouble again this season?
He gets into different kinds of trouble this season, because he’s off with his church.
How are you feeling about the Bill-Sookie-Eric triangle right now?
It’s really only just sort of slightly hinted at, as of yet—we’re shooting seven right now. But Eric’s definitely sort of leering down from his height.
Stephen Moyer (Bill Compton)
How does Bill feel about Eric moving in on his lady?
That’s a good question. I’m not going to lie, when I see those little things in the script, those little moments when Eric’s pouting at her from across the room, I’m like, I’m going to have a word with that scamp later. It does make me step back a little bit and be upset, which is exactly how Bill reacts it as well…”F–ker.”
And now for a very special sneaky peek at True Blood season two. Check out the video below to see what badness happens when Sookie helps Jessica at Bill’s expense.