'True Blood' season 6: 5 things we learned from the premiere (Video)
Warning: Spoilers ahead. "True Blood," one of the most buzzed-about summer series, is set to return for its sixth season on HBO on June 16 and the show's stars appeared for the red carpet premiere in Los Angeles on Tuesday, June 11.
Last season ended with a game-changing finale that included shapeshifters being outed, the fall of the vampire authority, Pam and Tara finally sharing their first kiss and a somewhat brainwashed Bill going all the way over to the dark side by drinking Lilith's blood.
Bill disintegrated into a messy pool of blood and flesh before rising out of it, naked and covered in blood, becoming a creature fans have since dubbed "Billith."
OTRC.com correspondent Jonathan Novack was at the premiere and got a chance to talk to the show's stars including Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Alexander Skarsgard, Joe Manganiello and more, about the new season and what fans can expect.
Check out five things we learned about season 6 of "True Blood" below.
1. The war brewing between humans and vampires hits a breaking point.
Many of the show's stars talked about how this season was really about the battle between humans and vampires, which had been slowly brewing throughout the series. It hits a breaking point this season, now that the humans are better equipped to deal with their super-powered enemies.
"It's going to be mostly about the war that's going on between the humans and the vampires. I mean, 'cause there's a True Blood shortage and the governor [of Louisiana] declares war," Rutina Wesley, who plays Tara on the show, told Novack. "We're hungry and we have no humans to really eat because they're carrying guns and wooden bullets."
"It's like the tables have turned," she later added. "It gets pretty bloody."
Skarsgard, who plays Eric, said, "The humans -- they've tried to fight back in the past, but they've just been food. They're blood bags to a guy like Eric, who's been around for a thousand years. They actually pose a real threat now."
"So he has to fight really hard to not only save himself, but also the vampires that he really cares about, he loves, like Nora and absolutely Pam," he added.
2. "Billith" is trying to figure himself out.
"He doesn't know what he is," Moyer, who plays Bill, said about his character. "It's storytelling where the audience finds out at the same time as he does and so, you know, as he is working out everything this season, you're finding out at the same time. I like it when the story unfolds that way."
Will Billith try to reunite with Sookie? Moyer said, "He has got so much that he believes that he has to do, that he doesn't have time for anyone else ... to his detriment."
3. Being pack master of Alcide's wolf pack is 'terrible.'
Alcide became the pack master of his wolf pack last season when he killed the previous leader. It seems like he finds out this season that the job is not all it's cracked up to be.
"You think it was this awesome job. It's not. It's terrible," Manganiello said. "I mean the first episode, there -- you'll see there's some perks to being pack master, but past that, it's just terrible. All these wolves getting out of line, trying to test the alpha and you have to beat them back in line. Show them who's boss."
4. The werewolves are hesitant to 'out' themselves.
Last season, Sam's girlfriend Luna accidently outed herself as a shapeshifter on television. She was posing as one of the authority's vampires during a live broadcast but couldn't keep the act going and unintentionally shifted back to her natural state. According to Manganiello, the event also has consequences for the werewolves.
"Well there's a shifter that's potentially has exposed themselves to the world. So there's a big question as what to do with the werewolves," he said. "Do we come out? Do we not? Do we hold up and protect ourselves?"
"We definitely get into that this season and you'll get answers to that," he said.
5. Rutger Hauer's character helps Sookie?
(Correction: The original version of this article suggested Rutger Hauer had been cast as Warlow. His role has not been confirmed.)
During season 5, Sookie discovered that her parents weren't killed in a flash flood, but by a vampire named Warlow. Warlow was attracted to the scent of Sookie's blood on a band-aid in the back seat of her parents car and killed them.
He was looking for Sookie and tried to collect on a contract signed by one of Sookie's ancestors. It promised the first fae-bearing female in the Stackhouse bloodline to Warlow. That female just happens to be Sookie.
Sookie began to see apparitions of Warlow saying he was coming for her. The audience never formally met the potential villain, but "Blade Runner" actor Rutger Hauer has been cast this season in a mysterious role. He can be seen in character here.
Hauer implied during his interview that his character might not be evil.
"From what I get is that the fairies are kind of desperate because there's like two and a half of them left," Hauer said. "We don't want to let that happen and Sookie is the one who -- she gives -- she can, you know, she can have some kids and have a few more fairies, but it's not happening."
"She's in big trouble," he added. "There's a lot of, you know, she has to go through a lot of things so -- but I'm helping her a little bit."
More notes from the premiere:
- Hauer also said he was a little nervous about joining the show:
- "I wasn't sure if I could actually fit. You know? It's a different craft in a way. You work completely different ... I was nervous now and then, yeah."
- Kristin Bauer van Straten, who plays Pam, said she got the "worst stomachache" last season before her kiss with Wesley. The actors weren't sure when the big scene was going to happen, so the actress kept eating mints all day, which left her with a bad stomachache.
- Anna Paquin knows Sookie will never have a normal life:
- "I think normal and Sookie are a long way away from happening. I think that boat sailed quite a few seasons ago. You know, she is making a solid effort, usually at the beginning of each season to try to have a normal life, which usually doesn't end up going very well because trouble kind of finds her."
- Jurnee Smollett-Bell plays an activist this season and she shed a little light on her character:
- "With my character's storyline, there's a lot of physicality and so having to pay attention to that stuff while you're still going through the emotions and being present with the other actor can be challenging and I haven't had to do a lot of that."
- Alcide still carries a torch for Sookie, according to Manganiello:
- "Alcide's never lost his flame for Sookie. Werewolf women are terrible. The worst. So the dating pool is really small when you're a super-powered creature. I mean, he hates vampires. They're terrible, that's not compatible and then you've got this beautiful, sweet, nice fairy who has this really great heart and she's super-powered but different enough but cute enough."
"True Blood" season 6 premieres on June 16 on HBO. Check out the trailer below.
Reporting by Jonathan Novack, correspondent for KABC Television's entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).