Mega Buzz: True Blood Death, Criminal Minds Returns and The Killing's New Case
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I can't wait for True Blood to return! Please tell me you have some scoop! — Andre
NATALIE: To sum up the show's return: Blood. Death. Blood. Repeat. (But that second death won't stick.) More specifically, remember last season when Sookie and Jason discovered that someone named Warlow killed their parents? Well, suffice it to say that finding and destroying him will be at the narrative fore (particularly because of this casting). What will surprise you, though, is Warlow's connection to Bill's occupation of/transformation into/death by Lillith. Nora is going to have to brush up on her vampire Bible, tout suite.
If Criminal Minds won't "repeat The Replicator" story line in Season 9, what are they going to do? — Emily
ADAM: You might see some blasts from the past! Besides smaller arcs — á la The Reaper — showrunner Erica Messer wants to bring back a few old faces and maybe close some open cases. "I'd like to see old unsubs, like we did in [Season 5's] 'Outfoxed,' but do it differently," she says. "That might be a world we'll explore this year — people we've hunted in the past. We also have a few unsubs still at large. ... Maybe we'll finally catch them too."
What can you tell me about the new season of The Killing? — Janet
ADAM: Well, there's this girl named Rosie Larsen... kidding! The new season, which takes place a year later, finds Holder investigating the death of a prostitute whose killer took her rings and broke her finger — details eerily similar to one of now-retired Linden's old cases. Although she tries to ignore the connection at first, it isn't long before Linden is back in action (she fires her weapon in the very first episode!) and questioning Ray Seward (Peter Sarsgaard), the man now 30 days from being executed for the murder of his wife. Although he surprisingly maintains he is guilty of the crime, the grisly final shot of the premiere suggests that the real killer has been far more active than Ray's prison sentence would allow.
Only two episodes of Game of Thrones left this season! Give me some scoop or I'm going to weep manly tears into my ale! — Jorge
NATALIE: Get ready to make love and war with a new colorful yet charismatic warrior, as the producers are looking to cast Oberyn in Season 4. This highly skilled and cultured man with a vendetta will run afoul of at least one of the Lannisters, while cultivating another to his side. But will his bloodlust overshadow his lust for a string of diverse lovers? Let's just hope he doesn't peak too soon!
What's Jane's history with the new guy on Rizzoli & Isles? — Rebecca
ADAM: You won't have to wait very long to find out. All will be explained via flashback in the new season's second episode, when Lt. Det. Rafael Martinez (Amaury Nolasco), the new head of the Boston PD drug unit, arrives. The case-of-the-week involves the drowning of Martinez's confidential informant. The ordeal brings back painful memories of a case Jane was involved in nearly a decade earlier. Let's just say she clearly understands what Martinez is going through.
How does Wonderland fit into the world of Once Upon a Time? — Betty
NATALIE: Let us take a look back to what executive producer Edward Kitsis told reporters before the show was picked up to series: "Wonderland takes place post-curse, so the pilot actually starts when magic comes and the Wraith happens." Note the Wraith, because that's very important to where the spin-off actually picks up, with fans seeing a different character's point of view that won't make you angry. Also look for the spin-off to feature other lands in a mash-up style similar to Once that may make you question who a past character really was.
I'm loving Hannibal. Got any teases about what's coming? — Kyle
ADAM: Will's increasingly erratic behavior will hit its breaking point on Thursday's episode, when even his teammates begin to question him. But it's not just the murders Jack Crawford is asking Will to investigate that are getting to the gumshoe. "There's a culmination of Hannibal's manipulations," executive producer Bryan Fuller says. "He's taking advantage of [Will] to drive him over the edge." Of course, Hannibal remains convinced he's "helping" Will. "[For Hannibal,] it's a form of therapy to free [Will] from his neuroses and his personality disorders — to break him down and reshape him, perhaps in something closer to his own image," Fuller teases. "Hannibal's radical therapy on one level works very well, and Hannibal gets what he wanted."
How is Agent Coulson alive in Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.? — Matt
NATALIE: "He's a Skrull," Clark Gregg jokes. (Don't worry, he's not really a Skrull!) But Gregg promises the reveal will be realistic and won't undermine the integrity of The Avengers. In my very humble comic-book-nerd opinion, I would put money on Coulson being a Life Model Decoy. (#CoulsonLivesLMD. Tweet it now before everyone does come September.)
Got any more information about Nadine Velazquez's character on Major Crimes? — Alex
ADAM: Don't be fooled by the former My Name Is Earl star's first scene as Emma Rios, the new deputy D.A. assigned to prosecute the Philip Stroh case. Although she almost faints at the sight (and smell) of a dead body in the morgue, she's no shrinking violet. In fact, when Emma learns that her case might be threatened because Rusty, her best witness against Stroh, is living under Capt. Raydor's roof, Emma and Raydor have quite the verbal showdown about removing Rusty from the home. We won't spoil who wins the first battle, but you should count on a season-long war.
Do you have any scoop on the Chicago Fire spin-off? — Adrian
NATALIE: Even though Peter Mills picked up an application for the police department in the season finale, that does not mean Charlie Barnett is heading to Chicago PD. A source says that while it's obviously a possibility, nothing has been set in stone yet. Would you rather see young Peter Mills on Fire or PD? Hit the comments!
What's next on White Collar after Peter's arrest? — Maria
ADAM: Surprisingly, It doesn't take long for Peter to get back into the FBI's good graces, and once he does, he looks into starting a new joint task force with the NYPD for large-scale busts. In the meantime, Peter and Neal will fall into their old routine quickly. In fact, before you know it, Neal will be posing as a butler for an affluent family Elizabeth knew way back when so that he can investigate the rebellious eldest son. Call me crazy, but I'm not so sure that Neal will be very good at taking orders.
Do you know if Thea or Roy will become Speedy on Arrow? — Zach
NATALIE: Even though DC Comics fans have always suspected that Roy would go on to become Oliver's sidekick Speedy, the Season 1 finale seemed to indicate that he might skip over that and go on to become Red Arrow or Arsenal. (He is always wearing that red hoodie!) "One of the fun elements is what I call the comic book destinies for each of the characters and seeing how much they'll follow those destinies and how much they'll deviate," executive producer Marc Guggenheim says of Roy's future. "As we've probably shown a couple times in Season 1, we like to be unpredictable."
Adam's Mega Rave: I may be a hypocrite, but Don's hookup with ex-wife Betty is one Mad Men affair I can get behind. Plus: Looks like it's time to retire this.
Natalie's Mini Rant: In an otherwise superb SVU finale, it seemed totally insane to let Benson go home without protective detail after serial rapist William (Pablo Schreiber) was released on bail.
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(Additional reporting by Joyce Eng, Sadie Gennis, Hanh Nguyen and Kate Stanhope)