Category Archives: Episodes

Askars talks about the end of “True Blood”

Refinery 29 talked with Alexander Skarsgard about The Giver, the end of True Blood — and his role in Tarzan.  Having finally watched an episode of TB this season — #9 — I’m not that excited about how he felt winding up the show, although he was definitely what kept me watching for seven years.   (I found the episode slow and kind of weird, although I admit I am picking up at the end of the season without having seen anything before so can’t really place it in context.  But Sookie loving Bill and Eric acting as their “marriage counselor”?  That tells me that Show Sookie is an idiot and Eric is better free of his love for her if that is what he is reduced to.  Ugh.)

In the interview, I was much more interested in his comments about Tarzan. Apparently, the new movie is set at a time where Lord Greystoke has settled down with his bride Jane but is called back to the Congo.  So, will we get flashbacks of how they met or anything? And I love the comment about how quickly the suit comes off!  😉

ASkars on True Blood:

And, about the end of True Blood
“Well, I can’t give anything away. There’s only a few episodes left, so I don’t want to say anything about the plot, but I can talk about how difficult it was to leave the show. I had to leave two months before the other guys because of Tarzan, which I’m shooting in London now. It was incredibly emotional, sad, and weird saying goodbye to, not only a character that I played for seven years, but to the show’s dynamic — the cast and the crew.”

How did you stay connected to your True Blood character, Eric? You’ve certainly managed to not define yourself by him.
“First of all, I was very fortunate that the two first jobs I booked in Hollywood were Generation Kill and True Blood. After a season of True Blood, I creatively searched for something different, something challenging, something I was interested in. All the characters I’ve played — between Melancholia, Disconnect, What Maisie Knew, The East or even The Giver — are very different from Eric Northman. I kept searching because I wanted to come back to the show after a five-month break excited to playing Eric again.”

And Tarzan:
Tell us a bit about what you’re doing in Tarzan.
“I’m playing Lord Greystoke. He lives in England with his wife, Jane. The story is obviously based on the novels, so he was born and raised in the Congo. He starts in England as a very well-adjusted British lord, but goes back to the Congo. It’s there that the adventure begins down. The suit definitely comes off pretty early on in the story. [Laughs]”

Casting spoilers for 7.1 *spoilers*

Bookies Luv True Blood has details about the first episode of season 7, below the Read More.

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Stephen Moyer to direct season 7 premier

According to Michael Ausiello at TVLine, Stephen Moyer has been tapped to direct the opening episode of True Blood season 7, just as he  did for the premiers of seasons 5 and 6.  No details yet about the episode title or casting sides, but the episode will begin filming in early January.  This will be True Blood’s final season, with only 10 episodes scheduled.

 

Eric Northman season 6 fan video

Cantrous has put together a visually fabulous fan video of Eric Northman in season 6, juxtaposed against the song for the finale, “Radioactive.”  It is so good that it almost makes up for — well, you know.  Enjoy!

 

HiddenEloise’s finale recap

HiddenEloise recaped the finale and articulates why so much seemed so incredibly off.  Well worth reading, especially her critique on Sam’s sudden relationship with Bill after what had happened at The Authority.  I’d like to think that six months’ time jump was a dream as she speculates, but I don’t think it was meant to be anything but the new reality, alas.  That said, after finally rewatching the episode (and yes, it took my four days to be finally sit down and watch it again without getting sick to my stomach), it played better the second time since I knew when to expect the shocks.  Since they have not yet started breaking the stories for next season, I am still hopeful that they will make an effort to address some of the criticisms brought up.

EW interview with Brian Buckner *spoilers*

Entertainment Weekly sat down with Brian Buckner after the season six finale and asked him to explain what viewers had just seen.  (And to me, that he had to interpret it for viewers is not a sign of a job well-done.) Excerpts related to Eric are below, but if you want to hear Buckner’s explanations about the zombie vampires and all the other changes in the second half of the finale, you will want to read the whole article.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: You’ve confirmed that Alexander Skarsgard will return and be a regular on the show next season. Eric’s alive!
BRIAN BUCKNER: [Laughs] Well, I did not confirm that he’s alive. Not that I want to create more conversation, because I don’t, but to be clear, we’re not saying how we’re going to use him, we’re simply saying that we are using him. I will say that I do long for the days when television audiences could stand to wait and enjoy the tease. But I understand we’re living in a different time. I don’t want to watch a show without him either.

So we can start with the next important question: Whose idea was it for Eric to be sunbathing nude on a snow-covered mountaintop in Sweden?
It was mine. The original idea was that it’s basically like a Corona commercial, but I didn’t want to do a beach because it’s obvious. This is a man who doesn’t want to love, and doesn’t want to feel pain, and every connection he has to people ends in pain. So if Eric could be an island, he would be. So with Nora gone, and having sought vengeance for her death, he found that the pain was still there and he doesn’t want to feel it again. So he retreated and returned home. That’s as much as the audience is meant to know. For now.

So he wasn’t suicidal, sitting on that mountaintop so exposed?
Nobody knew the rule that if Warlow died, the blood that he gave to you would lose its efficacy. It was a surprise to all the vampires who realized that they just lost their ability to walk in the sun, but Eric was the only one in a timezone where it was light out. I think in the sort of “What the f— just happened?” of it all [Laughs] some people missed the idea that it was Warlow dying that precipitated that event. So if people called it an anticlimax, that Warlow’s death came and went without consequence, no, the Eric thing is the consequence of Warlow’s death.

I think we’ve seen fairy blood wear off before, so a lot of viewers were thinking that was a possibility. Or are you saying Warlow’s blood would never have worn off?
Maybe it’s on us. Warlow’s blood was special in that once you had it, it was not gonna wear off. It was the real deal. That’s why Sookie’s blood and Adilyn’s blood didn’t do what Warlow’s blood could do. Bill, at a certain point in the season, realized Warlow is the prophecy, that’s why Lilith all along said that you alone are going to be responsible for the continuation of the species. But when Warlow died, out went everybody’s ability to walk in the sun.

And these two answers that are more general but may be relevant to our Viking:

I know you’re not going to tell me who’s being paired up [vampire and human pairs], but have the writers started debating it? I imagine that’ll be fun to decide.
This is the first time that we’ve actually ever taken a break between the previous season and the next one. Usually we’re back in the writers’ room on the day of the wrap party. What happens then is that we haven’t really had a chance to digest the season and feel how the fans digest the season, and what went down well and what didn’t go down as easily. This time, we’re back in on Sept. 3, and I’m sure everyone’s gonna come full of ideas and there will be much debate about it. But the pairings are fun. If people are considering pairings, then they’ve got the right idea.

Is there anything else you want to say?
I want to allay everyone’s fears; at the same time, I want them to trust us. [Laughs] I promise people none of this has been done without forethought.

I’m happy to hear Eric will be back – but if whatever has happened to him makes it obvious he and Sookie have no future, I will probably become one of those people who just watches the Eric scenes on Youtube, at least until I see what happens.  My emotional energy isn’t up to the drawn-out angst.

However, the knowledge that the writers are not going to reconvene until September 3 to start breaking the next season means there is time for Buckner to hear (and maybe even process?) fan feedback.  I’m going to review the letter I wrote to Buckner last night and probably send it today.

California Kat’s Snjóflóð!

If you’re looking for a different way to look at last night’s episode, you might want to check out California Kat’s one-shot story, Snjóflóð!.