Pretty much every True Blood fan has their own idea of who Sookie should be with. Whether you are Team Eric, Team Bill or Team Alcide chances are you have very strong ideas on why that match is the right one. Now imagine you are Stephen Moyer, who not only plays Bill Compton, but is also married to Anna Paquin, who portrays Sookie Stackhouse. It must be bizarre having fans cheering for your wife to play the love interest to another man but Moyer takes it all in stride. In a recent interview with the Hero Complex Blog in the LA Times, he says he actually thinks an Ericand Sookie romance is a great thing for True Blood and anyone looking for rivalry between Moyer and Alexander Skarsgard(Eric Northman) will be sorely disappointed.
There are many reasons HBO‘s True Blood is such a big hit. Alan Ball, the creative genius behind the show, uses True Blood as a platform for various social issues disguising it behind the vampire rights movement; the cast is incredible and beautiful and currently vampire shows and movies are all the rage. Moyer compares the show to a narcotic in that fans become hooked with the shows format of ending with a big climax causing people to need to see the next episode to find out what happens. He says he had an idea that the show could be a huge hit when he read the pilot episode so he is not surprised by the fan reaction.
So what does Moyer think draws the fans to the show? According to him the show is a one stop shop for sex, drugs, blood, violence, comedy, suspense, thriller and fans can choose to either look at the deeper meaning behind the writing, or they can go with the fluffy stuff. Either way it is an enjoyable experience.
“I think that our show is a way for Alan [Ball] to talk about what is right or wrong with society by using a framework that people don’t think he’s bashing it over their heads. So, therefore, yeah, it’s a vampire show, but we all know that that’s not strictly what it is really. I remember the first two seasons going, it’s not a vampire show. It is a not a vampire show — whenever people went, oh, are you the guy in the vampire show? I’d go, well, yeah, but we really don’t think of it as a vampire show, and I still don’t. But for the sake of doing these pieces, I’m prepared to say that it is. It’s a show with vampires in it.”
Moyer was drawn to the show for its ability to be humorous while also serving a deeper purpose. One aspect he did not consider at first, but now loves, is the ability to learn new things about his character all the time. He references the fact that in Season 1 he had no idea his character was a nightclub pianist in the 1930′s but during a flashback in Season 2 we see that he was. This ability to define the 170 year old character is a lot of fun for Moyer.
When asked what he thinks about the current vampire craze, Moyer says it is one of those unanswerable questions. He feels that movies like Twilightmake the romance look light and fluffy whereas True Blood is not like that. As Moyer says – once characters find happiness Alan Ball digs a hole for them to drive in to.
Fans of the Southern Vampire Mysteries novels written by Charlaine Harrisknow that Bill is barely seen in the fourth book. When asked what we can expect from Season 4 of True Blood, Moyer says that given the current situation with Sookie, Bill is forced to focus on other things. The only other important things he has going for him are the fact that he is a vampire and Jessica, the vampire he created in Season 1. Bill will be working at becoming a better person this year and will be going in a different direction.
Fans of the books also know that in book four the relationship between Eric and Sookie goes to the next level when Eric gets amnesia. Many people would assume that there would be tension between Moyer and Alexander Skarsgard but this is not the case. In fact, Moyer thinks the relationship between the two is a great thing. He says:
“I’m sure you’d love me to tell you that we loathe each other and we fight every day, but if you came to the set, you’d just see us having lunch, laughing, the three of us. There’s not really a story there. But we are interested in how the show works, and we are very much into helping the show move along. I went up to him at the beginning of the season, and I just went, look, I want you to do your job to the absolute best of your ability, and I will not be around when you have to do that stuff. I don’t want you to feel like you’re looking over your shoulder and there’s me at the monitor going, get your hands off her! It’s absolutely not how we roll. Me and him are mates. I think it’s great for the show, I think the fans who have been waiting for that stuff to happen will be very pleased with the way it plays out. But as I said earlier, it doesn’t always go necessarily the way you want it to. That’s what’s great about the show.”
Hmmm I wonder what the last two lines mean. Sounds like Alan Ball will be following the fourth book but the question is to what point? Only 5 more days til Season 4 starts Truebies. Be sure to tune in June 26th for the season premiere.
Source: Herocomplex.latimes.com- ‘True Blood’s’ Stephen Moyer: Sookie and Eric romance will be ‘great for the show’
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