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Interview with Alan Ball, True Blood Season Two Premiere

Alan Ball Says Season Two of True Blood Is "Sexier and Gorier"

The second season of HBO's True Blood kicks off tonight and doesn't waste any time jumping into the scary murder madness that has engulfed the citizens of Bon Temps.

According to the show's creator, Alan Ball, everything intensifies this season: vampires are more monstrous, sex scenes are even sexier, shape-shifters become more, er, shape-shiftery, and the anti-vampire movement becomes even more zealous.

Here are more highlights from the conference call Ball recently held with reporters:

  • Talking about the serial killer: "The first season we, the audience, did not know who the serial killer was. In this season, as the show progresses, we know there is a character who is up to no good and is dangerous long before any of the other characters on the show know it."
  • Describing the anti-vampire cult and whether or not it's a metaphor for our current political climate: "That whole conflict becomes deadly serious. Given the nature of the political debate in this country, I think it's very easy to look at it in a satirical light. I've been clear from the beginning: they really believe they have a mission to save the world."

To see what Ball has to say about Evan Rachel Wood's character and the real-life romance between the show's two stars, Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer,


  • On Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer's real-life relationship: "They are such consummate professionals, both of them, that it doesn't affect filming whatsoever. It only affects filming in the sense that they're incredibly comfortable with each other and their chemistry translates to the screen."
  • Talking about the changes Ryan Kwanten's character, Jason Stackhouse, will go through in season two: "In the books, Jason is very much the hot guy in town who is the womanizer. Once we started to flesh him out, no pun intended, we saw that he is sexually compulsive. Ultimately, Jason is a scared little boy that has been abandoned by everyone he has ever loved. In the second season, he is very much aware of the deep hole in his soul and he’s looking to fill that. As many people do, he latches onto religion and becomes part of an organization that makes him feel special. But of course, as time goes on . . . let’s just say Jason can’t leave his clothes on too long."
  • On making Alexander Skarsgård's character Eric, even scarier, and not shying away from the sexiness of the show: "This season, I did not feel like we needed to up the ante just to up the ante. I did feel like it was important to make Eric more frightening and see more of his monstrous side because as we progress we see more of his more human side. There is a scene where Sookie and Bill make love in the first episode that basically on the page it said 'Sookie and Bill make love.' Then I saw the dailies cut together . . . and I was like ‘Oh, wow! OK.’ I love it and I think that’s part of the appeal of the show. I don't think we do anything gratuitously. But it's important to show that between Sookie and Bill, there is this incredible, erotic chemistry."
  • On who Ball thinks is the most evil character: "I would hesitate to say Maryann is the most evil but she revels in chaos and destruction. She doesn't look at it from the polarities of good and evil."
  • Describing Evan Rachel Wood's character: "She is going to be playing the vampire queen of Louisiana. Each state has a king or queen and the buck stops there in terms of the [vampire] politics. Evan's really beautiful and very, very pale. And she looks like a vampire to me!"
  • On feeling any pressure to win awards or live up to the show's hype in season two: "I don't really think about those things. I feel like that is a real trap. I just feel like I try to do the best I can do. I don't feel more pressure, I really work very hard to stay in a little bubble in that regard because otherwise you go crazy."


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delicatewine delicatewine 8 years
<3 this show
jhilly123 jhilly123 8 years
It was SO good!! But I really hope Alan makes his series his own, because although I haven't read the books, I've heard that Bill gets pushed out in book 5 or something, and I love the chemistry between Anna and Stephen! I started watching this last week because of all the promos, finished all the episodes and now I'm hooked!
hottpink hottpink 8 years
LOVE this show!!! I had to TiVo last night's episode but I can't wait to watch it tonight!
RCLdesigngirl RCLdesigngirl 8 years
I might be in the minority here, but I was a little grossed out by last night's episode. The body in the car...unnecessary....Sookie's boobs..unnecessary...the bloody kiss...TOTALLY unnecessary...
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i CAN'T WAIT to see ERW on the show. i feel like last night's episode did really live up to the sexier and gorier claim. there was so much more of that...and hello - anna's boobs in the first episode. i can't wait for next sunday!
michaeluvnikita michaeluvnikita 8 years
rachel joined the cast? Oh Anna paquin better watch her man.
Blix Blix 8 years
Wow, i didn't know Evan Rachel Wood joined the cast. How did I miss that? Can't wait. 2 hours and change til showtime!
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
Sexier? Wow, sign me up, 'cause last season was pretty damn sexy if you ask me.
tvshowgirl tvshowgirl 8 years
is it 9p.m yet? can't wait
ktc71 ktc71 8 years
I'm so looking forward to tonight!!!
le-romantique le-romantique 8 years
Sex and Violence? Sounds like a hit! I never watched the show... I actually am not a vampire person, so I'm really screwed right now since everyone is vampire crazy... haha
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