As True Blood starts charging towards the Season 4 finale, executive producer Alan Ball was on hand at HBO's summer TV session to dish out a few spoilers — and when we say few, we mean very few. Here is the transcript of our rapid-fire lightning round with the very cagey Ball:
What will we see in the war between witches and vampires?
Ball: It will go places that surprise you. It's not linear.
What can you say of the Bill-Sookie-Eric triangle?
Ball: It's complicated.
Were you careful with the relationship between Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) and Sookie because of Team Bill?
Ball: I don't worry about Team Bill or Team Eric. I love [the fourth book] because I thought it was a great story, but I'm Team Sookie.
Because Jason (Ryan Kwanten) drank Jessica's (Deborah Ann Woll) blood, will his sex dreams continue?
Ball: He's had her blood and he's already a very sexual person, but he's going to be attracted to her.
What is the season building up to?
Ball: The fate of vampires as a whole.
What's the big, bad villain for next season?
Ball: We are just in the beginning of Season 5, so it's too early to say, but we're basing it on the books.
Do you feel pressure to top each villain?
Ball: I don't think that way because that's only a recipe for trouble. I love my job, I enjoy doing it. I'm not going to put pressure on myself to top. I just want to tell the best story and the most fun story.
Why did the show really jump one year in the future this year?
Ball: The root of that was how we get Jason to be a cop.
Bonus non-True Blood question: Having created ABC's Oh, Grow Up and co-executive produced CBS' Cybill, would you ever consider doing another sitcom?
Ball: No, no, no. I would rather drive rusty railroad spikes into my eyes.
True Blood airs Sundays at 9/8c on HBO.