Looks like Brian Buckner’s been extra busy today, giving tons of interviews about the exciting True Blood season finale and where they are heading in season seven. Bucky also chatted with TV Guide’s Natalie Abrams, and Bucky goes into a bit more detail about Bill’s storyline in season seven. He also provides his insight regarding the way the book series ended and why True Blood may go in a different direction …
What does this mean for Bill next season? Will he seek redemption in order to get Sookie back?
Buckner: Yeah, but I don’t think it’s manipulative. One thing that I’ve heard a lot online, and it applies to Bill too, is this idea that characters can change. Lettie Mae (Adina Porter) does not have a trick up her sleeve. It’s genuine. People can feel incredibly ashamed of the way they’ve treated their children down the line. I know my mother does, right? Lettie Mae does not have Hep-V. She’s not trying to infect Tara and trick her. There’s not a plot thing behind every character motivation. To the same effect, Bill has truthfully seen the error of his ways. When Lilith left him, he lost his powers and all of his feelings for Sookie came rushing back. The real question is, yes, this season is about redemption for Bill, but can he be forgiven? We’re establishing a new triangle — with Eric clearly unresolved, but not part of the picture in Bon Temps in the short term — the Sookie, Alcide, Bill triangle is going to be in play.
Was blowing up everything at the end of the season a chance for you to really start fresh next year?
Brian Buckner: It is. I think we’ve had more success at the outsets of our seasons when we’ve done an adequate job setting the table for the following season. It’s a bit of a reset and it’s also establishing a story that is for every vampire, a human, for every human, a vampire. It’s to try to return to the show’s promise in Season 1, which is if vampires exist, let’s examine the relationships between humans and vampires. Now we get to do it with many different pairings rather than just Bill and Sookie. The hope is — and this is what I was hinting at Comic-Con — that by putting all of our characters essentially into one story, now it’s Bon Temps vs. the world, the characters people love will get more screen time because these stories don’t have separate demands. We just get to tell a simpler story and then experience them through our characters.
If vampires and humans are now working together, where does the tension come from?
Buckner: I don’t mean to say there are not complications with those relationships. The driving force of the show is going to be the relationships. What does Alcide (Joe Manganiello) or Sookie having to take on a vampire feeding partner do to their relationship? Every relationship is complicated because it’s a three-way or four-way. That’s what we’re looking at. I don’t think it’s all going to be hunky-dory. It’s going to create tensions between makers and makees because, “You love that human, don’t you?!” It’s a bit of a shift back from plot-driven big bad to some of the soapy elements of the show. It’s the relationships that are interesting, not the plot that the bad guy is necessarily providing.
Speaking of the books, if viewers hadn’t read the final book that just came out, it would appear that the Sookie and Sam thing came out of nowhere. Why did you guys decide to explore having Sookie take a shot at a relationship with Sam?
Buckner: Well, it was organic. Sookie was looking for a reason to stay alive, right? A lot of her usual sounding boards weren’t there because they were in a vampire prison. She went to Bill, not because she loves Bill, but because she thought of all people, my first boyfriend, he’s not going to say, “Oh cool, go ahead and become a vampire.” But he did. It was a slap down. She went to Sam not to say, “Let’s start this now,” but to say, “Do I have a human connection? Is there anything in this town and this life left for me?” And when she got slapped down by her backburner guy, she said, “F— it. I don’t even know if my brother is alive!” It was a very fatalistic, dark Sookie. Then she goes to this funeral and experiences community. That funeral wasn’t just about Terry deserving more screen time. It’s about this place, this town, what these people mean to each other, this sense of community. When she experiences that and hears Arlene (Carrie Preston) finding some peace, even in the midst of all that pain, she realizes, “I have a place in this town.” That’s why she goes back to Warlow and says, “Let’s try this out.” Now he ran out of patience, but that was her storyline.
Do you think there’s still the possibility of exploring Sookie and Sam?
Buckner: I’m aware that Charlaine got a lot of blowback for that pairing in the book. I think anything is worth exploring. I don’t have the answer to how much longer we’re going to be doing this show. It’s not where I’m leaning. That scene was more connected to Sookie looking for a reason to be here and truthfully about us trying to earn pushing her to the place where she would really consider being made vampire. They have an incredible friendship and I think she sees more eye-to-eye with him than she does with any other man in her life, but it seems that he’s in the friend-zone where Sookie is concerned and I think she was grasping at straws. The cool thing about that scene was that neither of them were wrong; she just had really bad timing. On another day, maybe Sam would’ve been more receptive to that.
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