“True Blood” is back and better than ever!
After a lackluster second season (in my opinion, anyway), the HBO series has *vamped* things up considerably. I’m loving the dynamic duo team of Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten) and Andy Bellefleur (Chris Bauer), and the increased sexual tension between Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) and Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) is nothing short of A-W-E-S-O-M-E. (Can’t wait for the show to delve further into the novels’ plotlines in that regard!)
While I’m definitely looking forward to our formal introduction of Alcide Herveaux (Joe Manganiello) this Sunday, I’m also really digging James Frain’s portrayal of bad vamp Franklin Mott. He may have only just shown up in Bon Temps, but his presence is definitely steaming things up. (Tara Thornton – who’s played by Rutina Wesley – has been far too wimpy for my taste the last two seasons and had better look out!)
But my hands-down favorite moment so far this season is Sam Merlotte’s (Sam Trammell) all-too-intimate dream about Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer). Let’s watch it again, shall we?
“I hear the water in Arkansas is… very hard.”
It’s a shame Stephen’s recent 20 questions interview with Playboy doesn’t mention that scene! It does, however, talk about the show’s in-your-face sexuality:
“Last season had one quite graphic moment when my character would have had his head between Anna’s character’s legs,” Stephen reveals. “It was scrapped because of technical difficulty getting the shot with the number of camera setups they had planned—as opposed to because it was too graphic. Sex on our show is like a big muffin that’s heating up, overflowing and expanding in an oven. This time last year I was thinking, ‘What the f*** are we going to do next year to top this?’ Well, I can tell you it’s weird and exciting this year. As I said, the show is more character-centered—and I’m not saying it’s better or worse for it—but there’s certainly just as much, if not more, interesting sex because of it.”
I think the unexpected homoerotic scene between Sam and Bill certainly fits the bill, doesn’t it?
The full Playboy interview – which you can read here – also covers Stephen’s relationship and on-screen chemistry with fiancee Anna (including her bisexuality), his own sexual awakening as a teen, and his feelings about “True Blood”/”Twilight” comparisons.