Over the past week or so, details on Season 4 of True Blood are seeping out like dead vampire guts, so we may as well get involved. I can’t stand feeling left out.
One would suppose the title alone would be enough warning, but just in case some of you clicked the link without reading or you’re drunk, stoned or on the meths again: ****Spoileriffic Stuff Lies Ahead**** Also be warned that these spoilers involve Charlaine Harris’ book series as well and that people love to post book spoilers in the comments. Onward.
Alan Ball said at the end of the third season that the fourth would be the season of the witch, which would indicate that there’s plenty Pretty Jesus to go around so let’s all give a little “Amen” to that. Although Ball has been following the books pretty loosely, even mixing them within a season, he did specifically reference Hallow Stonebrook (who is featured in Book 4, Dead to the World). I’ve only just started Dead to the World which begins with Eric hiding out at Sookie’s place and apparently Kristin Bauer (Pam) has said that Eric’s memory loss may indeed play out on the show. Of Alexander Skarsgård, Bauer said, He is very funny. A lot of people didn’t see him in Zoolander and [don’t] know how funny he can be. I would love for him to do that in his vampire character.” Indeed, I’d love Eric’s sense of humor (among other things) to be explored.
Entertainment Weekly has gotten the goods on several new characters who’ve been mapped out: Queen Mab, who presumably rules over something in faerie land; Marni (Hallow), a lousy palm-reader who becomes possessed by a witch; Andy Bellefleur’s sister, Portia; Naomi, a cage-fighter and a “Real Housewives type” named Suzanne McKittrick, who is possibly connected to the shape-shifting gang.
And finally, Sam Trammel (Sam Merlotte) had this to say about his character, “I know that they’re going to do some really interesting stuff with shapeshifting that we haven’t done yet. Yeah. And we’re going to kind of look into the myth of the shapeshifter and what it is and the community or non-community in Bon Temps…”
Truth be told, none of this new stuff sounds terribly compelling, save the Eric storyline. Season 3 was so up and down, I’m not nearly as excited as I was at the end of Season 2 but I’ve still got some hope for the main characters. Alan Ball needs to realize that the core characters should be the main focus of the show and that we don’t need fifty kazillion new people to track - we just need a few good storylines with good characters/actors. I don’t mind the witch business (Pretty Jesus!) but bringing them into the mix shouldn’t take over or completely refract the prevailing light…er…dark.