Rutina Wesley, Deborah Ann Woll
With Louisiana declaring war on vampires, the supply of Tru Blood all but depleted and the vampire population being rounded up in an internment camp, it seems like all hope is lost for our favorite True Blood characters. While Bill (Stephen Moyer) works to find a way to save his friends and family, his progeny Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) has given up on "life." After draining three of Andy's (Chris Bauer) daughters, Jessica has become a self-loathing vampire, giving up hope of ever surviving the internment camp — and even if there was hope, she'd turn her back on it since she feels like she deserves to die. But will she meet the true death as Bill has prophesied? TVGuide.com turned to Woll to get the scoop:
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Jessica is really dealing with a lot of regret.
Deborah Ann Woll: She's suffered from self-hate and self-doubt all along, so this is just a confirmation of all those fears; those fears that she is a monster because of these dark urges that she has. She thinks she's going to die, that's what Bill foresaw. She understands that's what's going to happen. She'll save as many of her friends as she can, but I don't think she feels like she has to work too hard for herself because it's not as bad if she doesn't exist. That's a pretty dark place for her to be.
Do you think her connection to James (Luke Grimes) might give her some sense of purpose?
Woll: I do. This is the first vampire who has really shown her that you can retain your sanity. We've all done bad things, but if we work hard at it and we care, we can get past it. That's a perspective that she hasn't heard before. James will continue to bring her out of her shell and help her find her self-worth and help her find a way to suppress these darker urges.
Jason (Ryan Kwanten) went to the internment camp to save Jessica, but now his life is in danger. Will she come to his aid?
Woll: First she has to find out he's in trouble, which is coming up. For Jessica, Jason following her in there is a beautiful gesture that he's made, but now he's put himself in danger. The last thing she wants, knowing in her mind that she's going to die and there's nothing that anybody can do about it, she certainly doesn't want him to die with her. She cares deeply for him and feels like she's hurt him more than he ever deserved to be. That scene of her letting him go was like, "I'm not worth it. Get out of here." We'll see if they're able to come out of this.
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Because all of the Tru Blood is contaminated with Hep-V, what steps will our vampires take to avoid drinking it?
Woll: They have to be careful. If they're too open about it and the authorities know, they'll find another way to kill them. They'll force-feed them or something, which means they have to sacrifice a lot of vampire blood. We can only really tell the few people we love and try to keep it quiet. That's the plan for now.
With Jessica thinking that she deserves to die, how does she feel about the prophecy possibility coming true, especially since her maker Bill is putting his own life on the line to save her?
Woll: She doesn't want to take any active steps towards saving herself, but she doesn't feel that her friends deserve to die and that anybody should die risking themselves for her. She's of the mindset that she will help people out to the extent that it saves vampire kind, but she's trying to come to terms that it may not save her in the end.
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True Blood airs Sundays at 9/8c on HBO.