It's all about vampires at Comic-Con on Saturday. (And the deafening screams coming out of Ballroom 20 proved as much.)
Following The Vampire Diaries panel, the True Blood cast and executive producer Alan Ball took the stage to dish on the rest of Season 5, which includes a lot more sex scenes, Sam's fate and more flashbacks. Check out what's in store and watch the spoilery trailer below:
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1. Let's get bromantic: Bill (Stephen Moyer) and Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) were forced to team up this season and it's slowly become one of the best vampire bromances on TV. (Sorry, Salvatores!) "We've had a little too much fun together," Skarsgard said. "It's been four years of us fighting over Sookie [Anna Paquin], so now it's a Butch Cassidy Sundance Kid moment... and we have a common enemy." Where they've always butt heads, Eric has come to realize this season that he really does like Bill. "We can't do this apart; we have to do this together," Moyer added.
2. Catfight: Tara (Rutina Wesley) and Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) found some commonality last week — until Tara started feeding on Hoyt. Still, they may eventually be able to set their differences aside. "I think girls will be girls," Woll said. "We'll figure it out."
3. Will Sam survive? It's likely that Sam (Sam Trammell) will live to see another day, but what will happen to this shifter family now? "There was a question of whether Emma was a shapeshifter or a wolf, and I saw her just shift into a wolf and that's going to have some ramifications," Trammell said. "Sam's going to be trying to figure out how to fit into that family."
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4. Badass Sookie: After blowing off Debbie Pelt's head last season, Sookie will continue her butt-kicking ways this season. "Absolutely," Paquin said, refusing to reveal too much. "She always gets into some sort of action-y trouble."
5. More sexy time! True Blood is known for its very graphic sex scenes and this season will be no different. "There are definitely some very hot sex scenes and there are some wacky, 'what the f---?' sex scenes," Ball said. "Between those two, all tastes will be satisfied." It sounds like Alcide (Joe Manganiello) will be on that list: "I sexually eviscerate another cast member in one of the episodes coming up," Manganiello teased. It also sounds like that at least one sex scene will happen in the upcoming Moyer-directed episode airing Sunday, July 29. "It was amazing. I got to see Joe naked," Moyer said.
6. More romance! It's not all about sex! Ball teased that there will be three new romances this season. "There's also a lot of other people having sex, but those don't count as romances," Ball added.
7. More flashbacks: Sookie and Jason's parents have been popping up in Jason's subconscious, but Ball says we'll see more of them in different ways. "We're going to learn a little bit more about Michelle and Corbett Stackhouse, what happened to them and the effect on Sookie and particularly Jason," he said.
8. Were-tigers: Though they will be introduced at the end of Season 5, Ball said that there are no plans to make them staples on the show. However, he did note that he's stepping down as showrunner, so the writers could always bring the were-tigers on next season. In that same vein, Ball said that there's a possibility of seeing the novel's faerie war before the series eventually ends.
9. Sookie's forgotten... something? In a sneak peek of upcoming episodes, Bill is seen erasing Sookie's memory and telling her that she will now forget everything she knows about them. Plus: Tara's mother confronts her new lifestyle, Alcide tries to become the packmaster, Russell Edgington (Denis O'Hare) gets on a feeding frenzy, Lafayette holds a séance, Terry holds a gun under his chin and Godric returns! Got all that? Check out the trailer below:
True Blood airs Sundays at 9/8c on HBO.