Casting News – Nora

November 3, 2011 in Secondary Characters, True Blood

According to TVline, it looks like Lucy Griffiths will be playing Nora, Godric’s other progeny and Eric’s sister, introduced in these casting calls here.

Griffiths is most well known for her role as Marian in BBC’s Robin Hood, – You know,.. the version where Marian wore pants.

I can’t say I found her to be a stellar actress on that show, but her character was endearing. To be honest, I think she’s kind of adorable.

What do you think of this casting news and does this make you more interested in Season 5?

… even just a little bit?

“And When I Die” – Clips

September 9, 2011 in 4.12 And When I Die, Promo Video, True Blood, video

New clips are out for the finale. So far I’ve only been able to find two, I’ll update if there is a third.

First up, looks like Tommy Mickens-Merlotte get’s a funeral and we have a Maxine sighting. Right off the bat, one must wonder what Sam told her about how Tommy died. For now I presume it was a hero’s death that went tragically astray while fixing a light bulb though I do want to know why Sam doesn’t seem to be under any suspicion by Maxine at all.. Not that he would shoot his brother or anything.

On another note, while I loved Tommy this season, if they gave a funeral to each and every poor nitwit that died on the pool table at Merlotte’s, this show would suffer from more problems than it currently has. Therefore, I have to think there is something else to this scene than crying over spilt shifter. Shall it be interrupted by the natural gas man? Will one of the fairies walk out of the portal nearby to say amen? Or will Maxine and Sam merely wax poetic over Tommy who died two episodes ago?

Then we have Sookie who mysteriously decided work is a good idea and first thing back shrugs off her sideboard duties in order to listen to Alcide’s proposition involving brains and hearts. All Sookie intelligence jokes aside, Alcide, I can’t take you seriously when you’re making eyes at the girl’s rack like it’s the last pop tart on earth.

Also, if only he hadn’t seen her romping in the forest with Eric a few days ago storywise, this plea might make sense, but then again, I never really thought these two worked on the show except on the carnal level. Of course, there’s always that three-way MAS mentioned. Naah.

And here we are, the next to last stop on the True Blood crazy train. I can’t say my enthusiasm for this episode is the same as it was the premiere but I am looking forward to the finale since alls well that..well,… ends.

Comments, thoughts, last minute regrets? What do you think will happen in the final episode of Season Four?

Harris Q & A – Washington Post

September 8, 2011 in Book Spoilers, Deadlocked - Book 12, Eric Northman, Sookie Stackhouse

Charlaine Harris just finished an online Question and Answer session over at the Washington Post, detailing how she feels about True Blood, her views on some of her own readers, Niall’s return, … oh and Eric. She gave us a lot of material to comb over, as she spent over an hour discussing fan submitted questions.

Let’s get this out of the way first – Charlaine’s opinion on the show:

Q: Are you happy with the Television interpretation of your books? Are you happy or sad about the differences?

A: Happy! I love the show.

Next, a question that strikes at the heart of the matter in which every Bookie who takes issue with Ball’s interpretation cries foul over:

Q: How do you feel about Alan Ball’s wanting to keep putting Bill and Sookie back together? It just seems that Sookie and Eric’s relationship is so central to the books, that if Ball does what he wants, the show will become unrecognizable from the books.

A:I’m not sure Alan is aiming for that, myself. Bill is pretty essential to the story, too, all the way through the books AND the show. I’ll be interested to see his conclusion, which may be different from mine.

Look, this is as close as we’re going to get. No matter how many times the question is asked and the various forms it’s asked in, she isn’t going to give the answer those that are disgruntled with the translation of the books on the show want to hear.

Quintessentially, she is never going to be openly critical of True Blood, as someone in her position should never be, – the best coach does not talk about injuries of his players because it’s not in the best interests of the team. Running a tight ship is a good for business and I don’t particularly think she’s lying either, she may very well be happy with the show. Moreover, I do think Harris deserves a break from our wraith over the fucktastic writing Ball and friends are cranking out these days.

Witless witch plot, I’m looking at you.

That being said, I’m skipping the rest of the True Blood questions and heading straight for the Southern Vampire Mystery related ones:

Q: Ms. Harris, You’ve continually said that the SSN are not romance novels, and I would add that Eric Northman is a bit of an anti-hero. Are you surprised by the reader response to his character and the intense interest in Sookie’s HEA?

A: Yes, very surprised. Some readers are sure they see a traditional romance hero in Eric, but he’s anything but that. He’s a murderer, many times over, and pragmatic. But he does love Sookie. However, romance novels always end with everyone happy except really bad guys, and that’s not the way I write.

So “really bad guys” end up happy in Charlaine’s world? Score! Or this could mean no one ends up happy,.. quickly let’s move on.

Q: Obviously everyone that has read the Sookie Stackhouse novels are enamored with Sookie & Eric’s relationship. I know you have said before in interviews that Sookie will probably never be turned into a vampire. If this isn’t the case, what can we look forward to in terms of Sookie & Eric’s slightly rocky relationship?

A:That’s a key part of the last two books, so I’m not going to get into it here.

Q: Your character Eric Northman is hugely popular in the books and the show. Can you tell us in yoiur own words, how Eric has evolved emotionally over the last 11 books?

A: I don’t know that Eric is evolving so much as that the reader is getting to see more and more of his layers acquired over a thousand years of existence. Eric always watches out for Eric, and secondly his child Pam. He does have another child we haven’t met. He is very practical. But he does love Sookie. Obviously, this is a huge conflict for him.

I can’t tell you how much I enjoy this answer, for this is what a few of us around here have been saying in response to the gripe that Eric was “acting out of character” in Dead Reckoning. We’re seeing more of Eric as Sookie’s blinders are coming off hard and fast, and this is who he is in the entirety.

Charlaine’s comment also seems to resonate in the struggle I have in understanding the writing team’s direction for Eric’s character on the show in this past episode, “Soul of Fire.” Eric’s willingness to sacrifice himself for Sookie – this is not who he is! No. No. No. While he may take an occasional bullet, Eric does not give up his life wholesale in exchange for a human’s, no matter how much he loves her. He finds a way to live, to get out of the situation. He does not choose Sookie over Pam. Just no. He’s pragmatic and conflicted, but not a lovestruck moron. Bless you Charlaine, bless you.

Q: Hi Ms. Harris, I am really enjoying the SSC, and all the effort put into it is obvious. Job well done. I have a very specific question in regard to the Felipe de Castro bio in the character section of the Companion. It says that “Felipe is aware of (Victor’s ambitions) and, as it turns out, had his own plans for Victor.” I had assumed that Felipe’s plan was to let Victor and Eric duke it out, and that Felipe would stay out of it, preferring to back whoever came out on top, and I view this statement as confirmation of that theory. Would you be willing to shed some light on this?

A:I’d say that was a pretty accurate theory, for the most part.

Interesting. Props to Krtmd for raising that and other quality questions.

Q: How do you feel about the extreme loyalty by some fans to particular characters (i.e. Eric)?

A: I know it’s a compliment, and I appreciate their involvement in the books; absolutely, I do. Most writers dream of such advocacy. But sometimes I feel that they’re not reading the same book I’m writing.

Everyone take a deep breath, and refill your coffee cup.

I don’t think she’s talking about every Eric-Lover here. I think she’s talking about those who whitewash Sir Northman, who attribute to him the misunderstood-good-guy role and the Jesus-in-a-vampire-suit qualities, – ‘extremist Eric-Lovers.’ Most of us realize Eric is still “bad” on the moral grey scale, and that’s why we love him as a character, – for all his complexity. If he were the ordinary cookie cutter boyfriend material, I wouldn’t nearly be as interested in this series as I am now that is for sure. Though despite all of his flaws, most readers can still attest he is a good match for Sookie, who is no saint either.

Q: Will we see Niall in the next book?

A: Yes.

You’re welcome, bitches.

Q: Do you foresee Sookie coming to her senses and realizing that dating a vampire is not a smart thing to do? Will she ever realize that she has the perfect guy in Sam, who she seems to only view as her best friend right now?

A: The forthcoming books will have your answer.

If you have a Sam-as-the-happily-ever-after panic button, please press it …now.

Just kidding. As it may be no surprise, I certainly don’t believe Sam is the man nor does SVB, and he’s hardly even “perfect.” He does seem to have a pants tent for one Sookie Stackhouse, however. Unrequited pants tent as it stands now, I definitely think it is going to crash the party next book or maybe in the 13th and this is what Charlaine is hinting. Nevertheless, it’s definitely an issue Sookie will have to deal with head on, but I don’t see her nursing it anytime soon. Certainly, if Ms. Harris wanted to put Sookie with Sam in the end, isn’t it past time to see how they’d work as a couple instead of at the 11th 12th hour?

There are plenty more questions and answers I didn’t address, which in case you missed the link upstairs, here it is again. It’s well worth a read. As I said earlier, Charlaine gave us a huge amount to chew on.

.. and isn’t it delicious?

Season Finale Preview

September 3, 2011 in Promo Video, True Blood, video

There’s a new promo out for the finale, which thankfully some Truebie was quick enough to rip before HBO yanked their version, probably due to a mistaken premature release. I’ve also included the ‘Death’ promo below if you haven’t seen it already.

So it appears in the finale at least one woman follows through on her convictions as Nan and her Spaceballs are at Bill’s door apparently with more-serious-than-usual vampire business. At least this makes sense of why Pam would need consoling by Ginger, but since Nan doesn’t appear to be messing around, I really don’t know how the Queen and his Sheriff are getting out of this, … other than by Sookie’s amazing fairy powers of convenience. And as a few of us speculated, that might appear to be a fairy standing next to Sookie while looking up at the pyre, but it may very well be Holly dressed just as ridiculously as the creatures on this show themselves.

As for other plot lines, Debbie seems to be in Sookie’s kitchen with her shotgun firing away, but I can’t discern who it is on the ground in that fake-out splicing sequence. Sam? Terry? I don’t know. I’m not sure if I care.

And then, … is Lafayette summoning the demon inside of Jesus to take down Antonia? For the love of everything sacred, Antonia doesn’t want to do this anymore!! Nevertheless, I suppose the befuddled witch can hold a grudge for a few more days if she somehow held her previous one for 400. I have to think this also proves whatever happens next episode at the Moon Goddess Emporium is ultimately futile in taking down her spirit but maybe not necessarily Marnie. At any rate, I’m calling it now RIP Marns, we hardly knew ye.

“Soul of Fire” – Clips

September 2, 2011 in 4.11 Soul of Fire, Promo Video, True Blood, video

As we endure in painful agony waiting for MASpencer’s recap of the last episode, the sneak peak clips for episode 11, “Soul of Fire,” are now available for your amusement.

First we have Lafayette observing Marnie as she barfs out Antonia’s spirit. Sookie and Tara thus discover Lala’s got some ‘splaining to do, and then they all watch the witch(es) cackle over the Plan. More waffling, excellent! Somebody break out the chips and dip so we can celebrate this new endless regurgitation development. Wait, no, on second thought that’s a bad idea, too many calories.

Next up, we have what might be my favorite line of the entire season. Or even the whole series.

“Fucking Sookie.”

I am in awe.

It just… so many levels! Brilliant!

And then we have Sam roughing up the help at the nearest Hell’s Angel’s chop-shop, proving once and for all what exactly dogs do to wolves. That is, until Alcide decides interject in order to run his mouth. Errrrrrrpp, pal, do you even know what you’re saying? Your girlfriend, as much as I love her honky tonk ass dearly, tried to kill someone. The fact that person lived does not make her murderous intentions any different. Also, look to your left. That guy killed two people. He is a murderer. Maybe you should take your white knight, moral high horse and shove it up your abs.

Well, bad things are going down in the Bon Temps area, per usual. But what do you think is going to happen in the penultimate episode of Season Four?

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