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Steve spent time at the foreign press junket at Comic Con being interviewed by the German, Cinema Magazine. Steve’s discussion includes Bill Compton remembering his human life in flashback, directing Anna when they disagree and thanking the German fans of True Blood.
Angela Robinson provided some more insight with Entertainment Weekly’s Mandi Bierly about the plot twists of last Sunday’s True Blood episode, Karma. She shares some rather interesting insight about Bill’s current storyline, as well as how she personally related to his scene in the attorney’s office.
Moving on to Bill: It’s karma that Sookie’s blood is what brought him to town, and now it’s what could kill him?
Yes. Thinking about the end—all they’ve been through together, all the terrible things he’s done, as well as all the good things he’s done, was it love or was it desire—that’s why this season Bill’s having different flashbacks to the Civil War when he was a human. We’re trying to wrap the whole thing around: What does this all mean? Not to get super metaphysical on you [Laughs], so there is the literal thing that it is Sookie’s blood, but it always comes back to Sookie and her blood.
Bill being Hep-V positive: I was like, why didn’t I think of that when he fed on Sookie? Of course she was infected that night in the woods. Why give Bill the disease?
We really wanted to try to get back to a feeling of the first season, and it’s difficult once you reach the seventh season of a series with this much carnage. We really thought about ways in which you could kind of remember why you love and care about these characters, and to tell the story in such a way that there were still emotional stakes for the audience—even after there’s been so much gore and death. I think the decision to give Bill the disease came out of that. There are real stakes for the characters, and also, there’s a lot of humanity to them. One of the things the show often revolves around is the notion of humanity, and whether vampires have it or not, and how that affects their lives. This idea of having to confront your mortality, again, is really at the heart of this show.
What was the inspiration for the lawyer scene, and the fact that Bill ends up killing her?
In the first draft I wrote of the script, Bill just went and told Sookie and Jessica that he was sick, and it was incredibly undramatic. [Laughs] It was a really, really boring episode of True Blood. And so I recrafted the episode so that Sookie and Jessica found out on their own, so we wouldn’t have to have that boring conversation about something the audience already knew. And then there was the question of Bill being in this purgatory, of what he would do in the meantime. I’m married to my wife, Alex Kondracke, and the idea came from practically, what he would do? And one thing was to get his affairs in order.
We always love it when it’s like the taxi or airline for vampires, the doctor from the first season. In seasons past, there were these fun vampire-only things that happened in the world that were offshoots. Somewhere along the line, we stopped doing those as much, and so I basically pitched, “Wouldn’t it be fun if there was an estate attorney who just dealt with vampires and the kind of minutia?” Because I’d gone through this whole thing of being gay: First we were domestic partners, and then we had a baby, and then I had to adopt him. But then the laws kept changing, and the Supreme Court said gay marriage was okay, and then we married. So over the last couple of years, there was a lot of these meetings with lawyer. The idea of your identity in a relationship to the state constantly changing just worked its way into the scene, which I thought was really interesting. There’s always the gay metaphor with vampires with them coming out, but the idea of whether someone’s alive, or dead, or not alive, and also the idea that all the vampires are dying and whether or not the government would take advantage of all of that property—usually you don’t have time to go into it. But then I just wrote that one scene, and I guess Bill just kills her at the end. [Laughs]
Your frustration coming out?
The pure bureaucracy of it, and also that she was so craven and trying to make a buck off it all. And the waiting room was kind of inspired by Brazil and Beetlejuice, when Bill goes in and there’s all those crazy characters. It was stylistically a little bit different from most episodes of True Blood but not outrageously so. That was really fun to do. Everybody who did the costumes and makeup did such incredible work. If you rest on any frame of that, it’s really fascinating to look in the background.
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Video clips of Steve on The Queen Latifah Show are already appearing on the web even though it hasn’t yet aired in most of the country. So, enjoy it now and enjoy it even more when you view it on television for the first time.
Wired Cafe sets up camp every year at Comic Con to give the icons of pop culture a place to decompress and get away from all the crazy happenings. For four days they talk to everyone that visits and then they choose their list of The Most Intriguing Actors, Writers, and Directors at Comic Con. This year Steve made the list! What’s he got to say?
On acclimating to Comic-Con life:
“I love it. It’s been one of those things you get more and more used to the more you come. It’s kind of like New York; San Diego is like the Lower East Side for 48 hours. It’s nuts.”
On the end of True Blood:
“I’ve had a lot of people saying, ‘Is it bittersweet?’ Honestly, it’s just sweet. It’s been amazing. It’s been seven wonderful years and I’m really so proud and so grateful for everything that it’s been, but I’m really excited about what comes next. Truthfully, I’m so glad that we’re all ending here, all of us together. It’s been such a whirlwind the last couple months, with bringing the show to a close. It just feels like a normal end of the season, but I think around December we’re going to realize it’s not.”
On playing the sometimes-sweet, sometimes hate-able Bill Compton:
“I always teach drama students that you have to love who you’re playing, whether you agree with what they’re doing or not. If you don’t like what they’re doing, you have to decide and agree with the reason that they’re doing it. But I love him. The first three or four years he was always trying, even when bad, he was always trying to do the right thing by Sookie, but failing—and ultimately failing because he wasn’t prepared to tell her the truth. That’s a great lesson: Tell the truth, always. It might be painful, but tell the truth. Then he ended up in a blood pile on the floor and resurrected as a demigod. That’s when you go, ‘What the fuck am I going to do with him?’ But as an actor approaching that, it was a whole ton of fun. I got to do some gnarly crazy shit.”
We now have the full synopsis for the next two True Blood episodes. Looks like there’s still going to be quite a lot of turbulence in the lives of Bon Temps’ finest right up until the series finale.
Episode #77: “May Be the Last Time”
Debut: SUNDAY, AUG. 3 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT)
Eric (Alexander Skarsgård), Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) and Mr. Gus (Will Yun Lee) close in on Sarah (Anna Camp) in Dallas. Adilyn (Bailey Noble) and Wade (Noah Matthews) find a temporary haven, and unexpected hospitality. Refusing to accept the inevitable, a desperate Sookie (Anna Paquin) turns to unexpected resources in search of a miracle. Bill (Stephen Moyer) recalls the inexorable forces that led him to his marriage 170 years earlier. A familiar face resurfaces in Bon Temps. Sam (Sam Trammell) faces a quandary.
Written by Craig Chester; directed by Simon Jayes.
Episode #78: “Almost Home”
Debut: SUNDAY, AUG. 10 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)
With his prey in sight, Eric reconsiders his end-game strategies against Sarah. Sookie puts her life at risk in hopes of saving Bill. Lettie Mae (Adina Porter) and Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) urge Reverend Daniels (Gregg Daniel) to join them in their V-fueled search for Tara (Rutina Wesley). Violet (Karolina Wydra) eyes payback against those who betrayed her, while an old love is reborn for others.
Written by Kate Barnow; directed by Jesse Warn.
True Blood is now one episode closer to the end and the title of next week’s episode, “One Last Time”, is exactly what it’s going to be in four short weeks … one last time. Enjoy the preview!
Steve was interviewed by Access Hollywood yesterday and dished about the cast’s emotions on saying goodbye after seven years of filming together. Future yearly get-togethers are definitely in the works. And when asked about what he has taken from the set, Steve mentions the one thing that he least expected: a wife! You’ll have to watch the video to learn more about the bloody rug that covers his office floor …
Zap2it caught up with Stephen Moyer, Kristin Bauer van Straten, Nelsan Ellis, Chris Bauer, Carrie Preston, and Anna Camp at Comic Con, and discussed the final season of True Blood. And in a fun, “what if” moment, Carrie and Anna contemplate the comic gold that could have happened if Arlene and Sarah had met …
Stephen Moyer, Anna Paquin, Rutina Wesley, Chris Bauer, and Deborah Ann Woll chatted with Entertainment Weekly about creatures they wish the show had incorporated (as if the show didn’t have enough creatures!). If the behind-the-scenes pictures are any indication, it appears that the cast did quite a few video interviews during their stop at Comic Con. We’ll be updating as the interviews become available, so be sure to keep checking back.
Carrie Preston shared a great little video on her Facebook Page that is definitely worth checking out. After last night’s True Blood panel, Carrie shot some video that shows the sheer pandemonium that takes place at Ballroom 20. Not only did Carrie opt to take some video, but you’ll also notice that Kristin Bauer van Straten and Stephen Moyer also came back out, with Steve snapping a photograph of Kristin that was later shared on Twitter.
Steve was spotted along with Chris Bauer and Gregg Fienberg in the Nintendo Lounge at the TV Guide Magazine Yacht at Comic Con yesterday afternoon. Looks like he was having a good time sampling some of Nintendo’s newest offerings.
Photo Source: Zimbio
Check out these fantastic photos that were taken during yesterday’s True Blood Comic Con panel in Ballroom 20 of the San Diego Convention Center. Here’s hoping that Steve and Anna will have future projects that bring them to Comic Con!
Year after year, the folks at True Blood Fan Source never let us down when it comes to videos of the True Blood Comic Con panels. This year is certainly bittersweet, considering it is the last time the gang will be there to promote the show. Sit back, grab a cuppa, and enjoy the panel. And you might want to get out your tissues …
Source: TB FS YouTube Channel