Now that the True Blood season 5 finale has set things in motion for an extremely exciting sixth season, it’s time to find out what exactly we can expect as our stay in Bon Temps is extended one more year.
True Blood’s bloody finale left fans wanting answers to even more questions, chomping at the bit to find out the more about the mysterious Warlow. With almost a year’s wait until True Blood season 6, series creator Alan Ball exits the series by revealing some things that fans can expect to see next season.
After seeing Bill bloodily transform into Bill/Lilith (Bililith?), everyone is wondering exactly what kind of monster Sookie and friends will have to deal with in season 6. Though Bill showed a brief bit a fear before spontaneously exploding, his demeanor after being reborn was anything but friendly. Touching about this aspect, Ball hints that Bililith may not be completely gone, even if he is terrifying:
“Who’s to say what Lilith really is? He is still Bill but he is something different.
It is Bill, but it is a transformed Bill. He is not a completely new person. It’s not like his memories or his experiences have been left out and he’s just a baby.
Is he going to be evil? What does he want? What is he going to do? Will he be able to revert back to Bill? That’s for future seasons. The implication, certainly, is that he is more ferocious.”
Though having to fight the always present supernatural inhabitants of Bon Temps, perhaps a former lover turned vampire god isn’t the best thing to have hanging around Sookie. While there’s no doubt that Bill will somehow have to fight off the power that Lilith’s blood brings him, we can only guess how much destruction will have come before that moment. And even if Bill somehow rights himself, there’s still one mysterious name left to deal with: M. Warlow.
Ball will only say that Warlow will play a big part of True Blood season 6. Even fans of the books are left in the dark on this mystery, as Sookie’s parents were murdered by a pair of fairies in the novel, and the name “M. Warlow” never comes up. That being said, there were still a few hints given about what type of creature Warlow might be. Having been able to present himself to Sookie, it’s clear that Warlow has some kind of supernatural power, likely fairy. Combine that with the fact that we already know he’s a vampire and there’s a very good chance that Warlow is some kind of vampire-fairy hybrid.
Taking a turn for the romantic, the surprising relationship between Tara and Pam caught many off guard. As many will wait and see what comes from television’s most powerful women coupling, Ball quickly puts a stop to any type of “happily every after” the future lovebirds may have:
“They both were, if not full-on lesbians, than bisexual. They both were characters with real attitude. And they both hate each other — at least they did at the beginning of the season. And that, to me, felt like it could create a lot of tension that could turn romantic towards the end.
…here’s the thing with relationships on True Blood: Once they happen then you have to throw a monkey-wrench into them, because to have people be happy is not that exciting.”
Now that Bill is an evil vampire god, the heroic light is shining even greater on the one-time villainous Eric. Putting a different spin on the former vampire Sheriff, Ball reveals what his longtime stance has been on the allusive Northman:
“Eric was kind of like a mischievous cad, but I don’t think he was ever, like, a true villain the way that Russell was or the way that Maryann was. And he’s done a lot of really heroic things himself. So I never really looked at Eric as the bad guy and Bill as the good guy – at least not since the very early seasons.”
Essentially bringing any True Blood season 6 information to an end, Ball talks about one of the great losses from this season. As one of Bon Temps fan favorites, fans couldn’t help but mourn the departure of Hoyt Fortenberry. Though still very much alive, Ball reveals why he decided to write Hoyt off his series:
“I felt like we had told his entire story. There weren’t many places we could go with him that we hadn’t been, but I love that character and I love Jim [Parrack] so much I didn’t want to kill him. He’s always been such a good soul. I wanted to have the possibility for him to return as well. But he fell in love and he couldn’t let go.”
To wrap things up, Ball gives his final thoughts on working on True Blood, and why he decided to move on.
“It’s bittersweet. It’s been such a big part of my life for so long; of course it’s hard to step away. But running that show is such a huge job and I’ve been doing it for five years straight. I just don’t think I have another season left in me. I need to re-charge. And then I’m interested in doing something new — something with different characters and a different tone. As a writer, it’s fun to create. And once you get into a long-running show with very established characters and a very established tone and format, after a while it’s a really great job but that’s what it is — a job. You’re just continuing to create the same show. I’m at the point in my life where I don’t want to work as hard. Actually, I’ve had to take a good hard look at workaholism and it’s effect on one’s mental health. [Laughs] And, also, there are things I want to do that are different. I want to try something completely different.”
True Blood season 6 premieres on HBO in 2013.