Tangentially related, but thank god not all the fairies on this show are going to wear fucking froofy prom dresses and have perfect hair.
Not that I had any doubt, what with AB being AB, but I was sure from the get-go that the frothy, silly, “skip-through-the-tulips” version of Fae Land we saw in season 3 was an illusion!
Q&A with Alan Ball about Season 4 of True Blood:
Gianna: What are you most excited about this season?
Alan: I really love the Eric storyline.
Gianna: What’s going to shock the fans?
Alan: What happens to Jason…throughout the whole season.
Gianna: Got any advice for fans that are chomping at the bit?
Alan: We’re working as fast as we can! In the meantime, I recommend watching the Swedish film Let the Right One In and the Russian films Day Watch and Night Watch.
PaleyFest True Blood Panel
Anna was calling him Skirtsgard….giggle*
After Season 2 finale, Sept 2009:
Televisionary: In that same episode, Godric’s death also enables us to see a different side of Eric. Was that a way for you and the writers to give Eric an added layer of vulnerability?
Alan Ball: Yes, absolutely. [edited for length] We started off the season and we wanted to make Eric a bad-ass. And then in order to have him be a real, viable option for Sookie, you have to have some humanity there. She may be attracted to him physically, especially now that she’s had his blood, but she’s never going to go with somebody who she feels is evil or at the very least amoral. That was definitely what we were thinking of with Eric.
Season 3 PAYOFF! Episode 11, ”Fresh Blood”:
Bill: Do you have feelings for him?
Sookie: Not feelings feelings. I drank his blood. I can’t help it.
Bill: It’s more than than that. [It’s that obvious, eh Bill?]
Sookie: You weren’t there on the roof with Godric. I saw a whole other side
to him, and it was real.
Denis O’Hare: It’s hard to describe how genuinely lovely he is. He’s just such a lovely guy.
Alan Ball: He’s so amazing at sort of assuming this persona of this icy cold vampire. When, in life, he’s just like a big, goofy guy.
Denis: That’s exactly the word I use.
Alan: You know he’s so down to earth and so not pretentious or anything. And seemingly unaware of his own beauty and everything.
In the season 3 commentary one of the directors said that the fairies are definitely evil and will get more deceptive as the season goes on, but obviously they’re trying to get Sookie to trust them/go with them so that’s why it’s all rainbows and butterflies right now.
Not so different from CH…especially after Dead Reckoning…Good job Alan Ball….
AB gets a lot of flack for “messing” with the books. But I do think he has a really fine nose for the undercurrents of the books. And this is just the latest thing he sort of sensed out of the CH’s creation, and before the Dead Reckoning even came out. Fairies are definitely evil.
To be fair, long before DR, it was clear that not all fairies were sunshine and roses. The water fae, the Thing One and Thing Two … even Great-grandpa Nial, they all were creepy as hell. No big assumption there. But after DR, it’s clear that ALL fae have dark agendas, and AB is going in that direction it seems.
As the show has grown into a cultural phenomenon, does it affect how you plan and write for it? Do you feel like you have to respond to the wishes of the fan base?
I find that whenever I start to think about how I believe people are going to respond, then I get in trouble. Because then it’s no longer writing, it’s marketing. You start thinking about your audience, or your consumers, what are their needs and how do you meet them, and you’re no longer just telling a story. For me, I was reading Charlaine’s books and yeah, it was about a vampire, and then there were werewolves and all of this other stuff. That’s part of what I love about this. The fact that’s it’s this big onion and you just keep peeling back the layers, so I just tried to take that into the show as much as I could.
I like what he says here. You can’t be all things to all people, and you can’t let outside forces dictate your process. He’s right about that becoming marketing (although, of course, anything has an essential built-in audience to which it’s marketed). That way lies creative suicide.
As the books’ readers know, the predatory Eric Northman falls prey to amnesia, something that changes his outlook on life and the world in general… and likely will affect his strained relationship with his would-be paramour, Sookie. “As fans of the fourth book in the series know, when Eric gets amnesia he’s a different guy,” said Ball.
“He’s kind of ‘emo Eric’ and soft and romantic and gentle and tender. That’s just what Sookie needs right now.” But don’t think that Eric has become, well, toothless. “And, of course, you have Alcide lurking around, like, “I’m here, hello! I won’t bite you!” But we basically explore the Sookie/Eric arc. We’re very true to the books in that sense.”
I’m sure Alan knows the pitchforks will be out if it doesn’t…
But we basically explore the Sookie/Eric arc. We’re very true to the books in that sense.” YEAH!!!
Alexander Skarsgard and Alan Ball — True Blood Season 4 premiere (June 21st, 2011).
Oh, Alex brought a date! lol
No, seriously, this picture is cracking me up. :)
HQ: Alexander Skarsgard with Alan Ball at the premiere of True Blood season 4.
Bwah. No, seriously, it does look like a prom photo. I love it!
“Alan, thank you for letting Eric & Sookie have some sexy time in season four…”
The fourth Charlaine Harris novel also features Sookie and Eric becoming very close, like, in the biblical sense. Will the fourth season stay true to that? “If you know the books and you like the fourth book in the series, you won’t be disappointed,” executive producer Alan Ball says. “[In that book], they have a pretty hot hookup that goes on for a while, but all I’m saying is fans of Team Eric will be very happy this year.”