With all of the changes behind the scenes and in front of the camera, the upcoming sixth season of HBO's True Blood is shaping up to be the most anticipated and unpredictable yet.
Following the departure of series creator Alan Ball to work on his new Cinemax drama Banshee, writer/co-executive producer Mark Hudis stepped up to replace him as showrunner. Recently, Hudis was featured in the official magazine of his alma mater, Haverford College, and let slip some tantalizing tidbits regarding the next cycle of the supernatural drama.
In the finale of Season 5, Bill (Stephen Moyer) exploded after consuming the blood of vampire goddess Lilith and was resurrected as a far more powerful and sinister being. How will that effect his characterization in the new season? "Certainly he's not going to be the Bill we know and love," Hudis acknowledged. "He's going to have more bite, no pun intended."
The new showrunner vaguely discussed some of his other plans for Season 6, noting that he would be returning the focus of the show to the hometown of the central characters, Bon Temps, rather than the wider national and international scope of last season. As expected, Hudis promised that this season will chronicle the journey of Stackhouse siblings Sookie (Anna Paquin) and Jason (Ryan Kwanten) as they attempt to hunt down Warlow, a mysterious vampire responsible for killing their parents. Hudis also mentioned that he will concentrate on telling fewer stories with more characters, which likely means we won't be seeing every peripheral character get his or her own personal storyline as has been the case over the past couple of years.
Can True Blood survive without the guiding hand of Alan Ball?