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True Blood season No. 5 finale — love it or hate it? August 26, 2012

Posted by Diana McCabe in Entertainment, HBO, News.
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Loved parts of it and totally hated other scenes. The worst? That birthing scene. Totally annoying. The best? Bill. What the heck is he now? And who looks like the hero? Eric. The storyline on the HBO show is so different from the books that I can’t even begin to think where they are going to take this in Season No. 6, especially because before that season begins, we’ll already have Charlaine Harris’ ending to her series.

Some links to good recaps/commentary of the finale:

EOnline.com:  Bill’s Religious Fanaticism Explodes

WSJ’s recap from SpeakEasy blog

TVLine.com: Tales from the Dark Side

And here is the bonus scene from the finale that was on HBO GO on the iPad app. Note what is said at the end!

You’re never really dead on HBO’s ‘True Blood’ June 10, 2012

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You’re never really dead on HBO’s TRUE BLOOD.

And as Season No. 5 of the Sookie Stackhouse saga kicked off, we also find out that vampire love can be oddly fickle.

Here’s a quick recap of the premiere (Spoiler Alert — if you haven’t watched the episode and don’t want to know — stop reading!):

Is Tara dead?
Technically yes. When we last saw her, she was lying on the floor of Sookie’s kitchen with her head blown off. Tara took a bullet fired by Debbie Pelt, who was after Sookie. And yes — Sookie offs Debbie. But in her grief, Sookie strikes a deal with vampire Pam to turn Tara. So what kind of vamp will Tara be? Is there any doubt she won’t be nasty? (Some great scenes with Pam. Ironic that she is Tara’s maker because the two hated each other.) And did anyone catch why Pam was at Sookie’s place and what she said? Did she turn Eric into the Authority?

Best line from the episode?
“I finally have the strength to say, I’m a gay vampire American,”  says The Rev. Steve Newlin, who professes his love to a naked Jason. Ummmm — is Newlin telling the truth? Dunno. But he gets nasty when Jason does not return his affections, and it’s the lovely Jessica who saves Jason by telling Newlin he’s hers and to back off. (By the by — Jessica has become quite the littler party girl. And Hoyt is still mad at Jason for stealing his girl. I was surprised that Jason didn’t tell Hoyt to take a flying leap because Hoyt had dumped Jessica.)

How is the bromance going?
It’s a little odd to see Eric and Bill working together — but what a team. And while Sookie/Eric and Sookie/Bill fans might be sad that it seems like the guys have given up on her so fast, I wouldn’t worry. We know they are all fated to reunite again. We just don’t know how HBO will handle that! What’s really weird? Watching Eric reunite with his sister Nora — a high-ranking member of the Authority. Eric and Nora share the same maker in Godric, so I guess they aren’t siblings in the true since. Otherwise, their relationship is wayyy incestuous.

What happened to Jesus’ body?
We don’t know! Lafayette — who had been possessed by Marnie — killed Jesus and the body was left in Lafayette’s living room. But when a grieving Lafayette returns with Sookie to take care of the body — it’s gone! Poor Lafayette. He killed his lover. His cousin has been turned into a vampire. And he has to help Sookie clean up the body parts from Debbie Pelt’s murder. All in one night. Blech.

Are things heating up between Alcide and Sookie?
Not right now. Alcide offers Sookie his protection (see below) and she has to refuse because she offed his girlfriend Debbie Pelt. She almost blurts it out but Lafayette stops her just in time. Sookie tells Lafayette that she didn’t kill Debbie in self defense. She wanted to kill her — and that makes it all the yuckier for her. 

Why is the wolfpack after Sam?
Because they think he killed Marcus. But Sam wants to protect Alcide — who really did kill the evil werewolf — and Luna and her daughter so he confesses to the murder. But Luna finds Alcide, who shows up just as Sam is showing the pack where the body is. And then it gets gross. The pack — including Marcus’ mom — decides to eat Marcus’ body. Ick. Technically, Alcide is now the pack leader. But does he want to lead? And will the group let him?

What’s up with the humans in Bon Temps?
Plenty. Andy and Holly hook up but her sons walk in on them as they sleep naked in bed. And Terry’s old Marine friend — Patrick — is in town. He wants to find out why a series of fires have killed members from the platoon he and Terry served in. But Terry doesn’t want to hear anything about the fires or deaths.

Who dug up Russell Edgington?
Dunno. But someone is taking care of the vamp and Alcide — who helped Bill and Eric bury the sucker — knows he’s back. He warns Sookie and later Eric. We do learn that there are two factions within the Authority: One that wants to exist peacefully with humans and one that does not. So maybe the faction that wants all humans to die is helping Russell get back in the hunt?

What was your favorite scene?

True Blood video: Russell is backkkkk! May 28, 2012

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HBO aired this new TRUE BLOOD series 5 trailer just before GAME OF THRONES last night (May 27) and it’s clear that Russell Edgington is back!

The video shows a lot, including  one scene where Sookie quips, “A 3,000-year old vampire wants to suck my blood. Must be Thursday!” We hear Pam asking “How could you think I would dig up Russell Edgington.” Eric saying “I trust no one.” And in another, Bill says “There’s a leak somewhere.”

Other tidbits: Eric gets a visit from the Vampire Authority, the werewolf pack comes after Sam and we meet Roman, played by Christopher Meloni.

This will be Alan Ball’s last season on True Blood, and Sookie watchers wonder how Anna Paquin’s true life pregnancy will play into — or not — in this season. What do you think, will we have a pregnant Sookie at the end of this season?

Season No. 5 of TRUE BLOOD airs on June 10.

The deets on the latest ‘Game of Thrones’ season No. 2 video! February 28, 2012

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Wow! This is the second preview for “Game of Thrones” season No. 2 and it’s a long clip!  Spoilers abound! Great ones! For a full recap — and don’t read it if you don’t want to know the deets — CLICK HERE to read the excellent scene-by-scene breakdown of the clip from the fab westeros.org website. (If you’re a GOT fan and don’t have that site bookmarked — do it. It’s usually the first with scoops and news on the series.)

And don’t forget — season No. 2 starts on April 1!!!

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Another ‘Game of Thrones’ teaser: The Cold Winds Are Rising December 11, 2011

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Here’s the latest trailer for season No. 2 of Game of Thrones, which airs in April!!!!! (For tons of info about the series, check out the fabulously awesome westeros.org website.)

Dinklage thanks dog sitter but not GRRM in Emmy win for ‘Game of Thrones’ September 18, 2011

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Peter Dinklage won an Emmy for best supporting actor in a drama for his role as Tyrion Lannister in HBO’s GAME OF THRONES. GOT was shut out in the other three categories it was nominated for, including best drama series, but that’s typical for a brand new series going head-to-head with old faves like MAD MEN. 

Dinklage — who is superb playing the GOT imp, — seemed surprised that he won. In his acceptance speech he thanked David Benioff and D.B. Weiss for offering him the role. He thanked HBO for “letting artists create.” He even thanked  his dog sitter. But he forgot to thank A GAME OF THRONES author George R. R. Martin, who was in the audience. I mean — geesh! We know he didn’t think he was going to win and didn’t prepare an acceptance speech — and as everyone is reporting — he was sooooo surprised. I don’t doubt it. But without GRRM, there would be no Tyrion, a fave GRRM character.

Guess we’ll just chalk up Dinklage’s glaring omission to nerves.

Photos and comments from ‘Game of Thrones” panel at Comic-Con
Interview with ‘A Game of Thrones’ author George R.R. Martin

Season 4 of ‘True Blood’ ends with a big whimper September 11, 2011

Posted by Diana McCabe in HBO, News, True Blood, Vampires.

Did Sookie choose Bill? (Not with that ugly robe!) > HBO

It’s Halloween in Bon Temps (or Samhain if you’re one of the witches) for the season 4 finale of True Blood — and we get lots of tricks and treats in “And When I Die.”  But seriously — what was Alan Ball and his team of writers thinking? This was a total snoozer of a finale. Here’s why: (Spoiler note — don’t read if you haven’t watched the show!)

How did Marnie tie up both Bill and Eric? > HBO

Marnie takes over Layfayette’s body and forces Jesus to give her his magic. And then she kills him. No shocker there.

This fork scene made many of us grimace. > HBO

Then she somehow (we never see this) finds Bill and Eric, binds them with silver to a pyre and proceeds to burn them to death. Just as the vamps are in flames, Sookie, Holly and Tara arrive (they figured it out) and chant a spell that calls the dead to help them. Antonia and Gran and a bunch of deadskies show up. Gran pulls Marnie’s spirit out of Layfayette’s mouth (kind of gross) and then Marnie is persuaded to shuffle off into the night with the other dead to her rightful place. I thought this whole ending to the Marnie storyline totally weak, given the buildup in the previous shows. I was disappointed this is how the writers concluded the major story arc of the series. (Sigh — and it started out so well, too!)

Lafayette seems to be OK. I wondered for a minute if Alan Ball would really kill him off — but then thought — NOT. (Later, Jesus shows up while Lafayette is trying to sleep and says goodbye.)

Sam lays Tommy to rest. Sookie gets her job back.  And ohhhh — I wondered if Rene would show up, and he sure does. (Remember, it’s Samhain — when the dead are closest to the living — and Sookie, Holly and Tara cast that spell to bring dead spirits around!) He

Is Scott Foley gonna wreck havoc with Terry & Arlene? > HBO

warns Arlene about Terry, saying the dude is bad news and that his ghosts won’t remain quiet for long. He says she should run from Terry. Meanwhile Terry’s Marine buddy Scott Foley — who has this creepy look on his face when he finds out Terry is married — also comes to town. Seems like Terry saved his life twice. Terry thought the guy was dead …. just saying …. but is he a bad ghosty? Not sure where this is going but might be interesting. Again — another big foreshadowing for the next season. Alan Ball likes to just drop new stuff in at the last minute.

Thinking he’s doing the right thing, Jason tells Hoyt he slept with vampy Jessica. Guess what? Hoyt doesn’t take the news well and gives Jason a pretty good pounding. That night, Jessica — dressed as a naughty Little Red Riding Hood — shows up at Jason’s house, and yeah — big sex scene follows. But afterward, she tells Jason she just wants to be friends — with benefits — but nothing more. Puppy dog Jason agrees. After she leaves, the Rev. Newlin shows up on Jason’s doorstep and he’s sporting fangs. (Trick? Is The Rev. really a vamp or is it a Halloween gag he’s pulling on Jason? Anyway — he can’t come into Jason’s house unless Stackhouse does something stupid — like invite him in.) This part of the series is still fun and entertaining. You want to see what happens next season with these folks.

Sookie — after feeding crispy critters Bill and Eric at the same time — decides she can’t choose between them because she loves them both. So, she won’t be with either of them. Glad she’s dumping them both — although it took her forever to get her lovey-dovey lines out.  Personally, Bill in the HBO series is more likeable than in the book — where she kicks him to the curb for some time. But Eric is just plain sappy in the TV series. He has a lot more edge in the book and I hate the “nice” TV Eric. Blech on both of ’em. (And what was with the matching ugly robes?) Now, there is some good news. Don’t forget Alcide. He dumps Debbie Pelt and makes a pitch to Sookie. Could get interesting. At least he has a pulse and fab abs.  Since the TV series is veering away from the books, why shouldn’t she hook up with the hunky Alcide. (Ummm — not sure how he’s gonna take the news about Debbie — see below.)

Holly is the only "fairy" who showed up in the last episode. > HBO

It appears the evil Debbie Pelt. The she-wolf comes at Sookie with a shotgun but winds up hitting Tara, who leaps in to save Sookie. Ummm — shot to the head. Sookie gets the gun from Debbie and — after hesitating for just a sec — blows off Debbie’s head in the kitchen. She’s a goner for sure. (Sookie also offs her in the book series.) But Tara — I’m thinking it would be mighty hard for her to recover from that head wound unless one of the vampires gives her a ton of blood. Now — wouldn’t that be ironic. For once, a vampire could help Tara? But I think she’s a goner. Remember, they foreshadowed her death earlier in this episode when she and Sookie talk about growing old and sitting on the porch together. So not going to happen.

I did enjoy watching  Bill and Eric team up to kill vamps.  They get rid of Nan, who was fired from her position as spokeswoman for the American Vampire League. She came to kill Bill and Eric but then started to talk about teaming up. But her fatal flaw? Shooting off her mouth about Sookie and her fairy blood. So, the vamp boys offed Nan. Yup — she wound up as a sticky patch on the King’s floor. Let’s see if they can stick together in season No. 5.

Hey -- who let out the King? > HBO

–Is Marcus really dead? Or is that him snarling at Sam at the end? Or is it another wolf from the pack, bent on revenge for their leader’s death?
–What is with the goofy Andy and Holly scene at the end? He gives her a big hug. I’m wondering when nympho Fairy with the ET finger will show up? Remember she made him promise to protect her — always? (OK — and where are the Fae? We open up the series in their land but then — that’s it. Hardly a mention of ’em.)
–No big surprise to see that Russell Edgington has managed to claw his way out from his concrete prison. Can’t wait for him to get back into the storyline.

Might be me but if Sookie started to cry one more time I was gonna whack her. That’s not the Sookie we know. Good grief, the last scene was of her wailing for help with a mortally wounded Tara in her arms on the kitchen floor. Get a grip girl! And while I thought season 4 was good overall — really funny and witty in so many places —  I can’t help but feel the pacing of the last two shows was off. It was much slower and — frankly — not all that surprising. Doesn’t mean I won’t tune into season No. 5. In fact — can’t wait. But I hope they pick up the pace and lighten up a bit. And please turn off the faucet Sook!

Jesus to Marnie: “You can’t trade magic like f****** Pokemon cards.”
Pam to Ginger: “I’m so over Sookie and her precious fairy vagina and her stupid name.”
Eric to Sookie/Holly/Tara: “Excuse me, we are feeling a little crispy here.”

OK — so what did you think?

True Blood: Which regular dies in season 4 finale? September 7, 2011

Posted by Diana McCabe in Entertainment, HBO, News, True Blood, Vampires.

Eric & Sookie in Season 4 of HBO's True Blood. Photo: HBO

I’ve been on vacation — even from vamp blogging — but am back and am getting ready for the season 4 finale of TRUE BLOOD this Sunday. Here’s the official description of the finale from HBO:

SUNDAY, SEPT. 11 “And When I Die” (Season Finale)
It’s Samhain, Wicca’s greatest holy day, and spirits of the dead surface in Bon Temps, giving Sookie valuable allies to combat Marnie’s newest incarnation. Lafayette’s latest medium encounter imperils his relationship with Jesus; Jason finds confession good for the soul, but not the body; Alcide makes a heartfelt appeal to the woman he loves; Terry receives an unexpected visitor at Merlotte’s; Sam and Luna  envision a storybook ending, for once; Nan wears out her welcome with Bill and Eric. Debbie confronts Sookie and Tara with deadly consequences, and the denizens of Bon Temps brace for a new crisis with a familiar face.

If you don’t want to read any spoilers, stop now!

Photo from HBO

Michael Ausiello, editor of TVLine.com, says “By the end of the hour, the show will be down at least one series regular.”

TV Guide Magazine, in its Aug 29-Sept. 11 edition says Sookie “finally chooses between her vamp lovers when the war against Marnie the witch gets bloody deadly.”

TV Guide also says not everyone survives Halloween clash between vampires and witches in the fourth-season finale:

“There is a body count by the end,” says creator Alan Ball. “It’s more than one death – people we know and love – and it’s pretty shocking.” Alan also says that Antonia is the toughest foe that Bill, Eric, Pam and Jessica have ever fought; that Sookie’s decision choosing between Eric and Bill is her toughest decision she’s ever had to make and two major past characters return. (Says Alan, “One is beloved, the other despised. One reveal is terrifying, and one is emotional and powerful.”) And finally, Alan says, “A lot of things that seemed like they were happening outside of the witch story find their way into it. You’re going to think things are finished when they are not.”

So, who does Sookie choose? Who dies? Who are the two past major characters who return?

Is Russell Edgington — the King — coming back? That would seem a logical answer. But The Hollywood Reporter says an HBO spokesperson says actor Denis O’Hare doesn’t appear this season.

Do we lose Lafayette, who in the Charlaine Harris series dies in the first book? What about Tara?

Several websites, including WetPaint.com, have reported that in the last show of season 4 we’ll meet Patrick Devins, 35 to 45, tough, and ruggedly attractive, he served in the military with Terry, and they share a serious history: Terry saved Patrick’s life twice. Does he return the life-saving favor(s)? Do we get a reprise of Rene?

Photo from HBO

These are fun: True Blood preview videos! May 16, 2011

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OK — I think these TRUE BLOOD previews are pretty fun. June 26th can’t arrive fast enough! (Love it in this first one when Sookie says, “Alcide, stop making that noise.”)

And here’s the second one, where Sookie says, “Oh great, now I have to deal with witches?”

‘True Blood’ nominated for drama series — but no acting nods July 8, 2010

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Can’t say I’m totally surprised. No solo acting nominations for HBO’s True Blood. It’s not like last season focused on one actor. But the series — which is based on Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse novels — did get a nomination for drama series and for outstanding cast in a drama series.

It was also nominated for:

  • Outstanding Art Direction For A Single-Camera Series: “Never Let Me Go”, “I Will Rise Up”, “Frenzy” – Suzuki Ingerslev, Production Designer; Cat Smith, Art Director; Laura Richarz, Set Decorator.
  • Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup For A Series, Miniseries, Movie Or A Special: “Scratches” – Brigette Ellis, Department Head Makeup Artist; Ned Neidhardt, Special Makeup Effects Artist; Bernhard Eichholz, Special Makeup Effects Artist; Anthony Barlow, Special Makeup Effects Artist; Sam Polin, Special Makeup Effects Artist; Danielle Noe, Special Makeup Effects Artist; Todd Masters, Prosthetic Designer, Special Makeup Effects Artist; Dan Rebert, Prosthetic Designer.
  • Outstanding Sound Editing For A Series: “Beyond Here Lies Nothin’” – John Benson, Supervising Sound Editor; Jason Krane, Dialogue/ADR Editor; Stuart Martin, Sound Effects Editor; Brian Thomas Nist, MPSE, Sound Effects Editor; Bruno Coon, Music Editor; Zane Bruce, Foley Artist; Jeff Gunn, Foley Artist.

The awards show is July 31. To read more about the nominations and download the complete list, CLICK HERE.

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