Are You Ready for Sookeh? ‘True Blood’ Will Tell
It’s hard to deny that vampires remain one of the most popular supernatural creatures in entertainment. Through the ages many vampires have been portrayed as seductive and alluring, with an ability to charm humans into doing almost anything. And while werewolves are volatile and messy, ghosts are hard to hold, and zombies are, frankly, stinky and gross, vampires are most often presented as sexy. Any fan of HBO’s hit vampire drama True Blood will tell you that vampires transcend sexy and are intoxicatingly hot, so it is no surprise that fans are excitedly gearing up for the third season of the show, which begins Sunday at 9pm EST.
If you’ve read the Southern Vampire Mysteries by Charlaine Harris, you are probably wondering which aspects of the third novel, “Club Dead”, will make it into the new season, and what new twists will be added just for the show. The extended season 3 trailer at HBO.com gives some hints about what’s to come, but doesn’t reveal exactly which direction certain elements, such as the werewolves, will take. Werewolves? That’s right! This season will have warm-blooded supes as well. There has been a lot of buzz about the casting of these characters, and although I haven’t seen the episodes yet (and thus don’t know if the actors have gotten the mannerisms and personalities down), I must say that the physical match to the book descriptions of a few key characters is amazing!
If you’ve read all the books and seen every episode and still can’t get enough True Blood, you might also be pleased to know that a True Blood comic book is going to be released in July (available for pre-order now, though I plan to wait until I can read it on my iPhone) from IDW (Disclaimer: ComicMix’s publishing partner). HBO also has a series of six mini-episodes, which they are calling “A Drop of True Blood” on their True Blood page. The shorts are little character pieces that give us some insight into things that happened around the time of the end of last season while also getting fans revved up for the new one. Be forewarned that two of the videos are not safe for work and require registration before viewing because of mature content.
Some fans of the show have expressed concern over the fact that characters from later books in the series are being introduced earlier in the run of the show than they were in the novels, and are concerned that this might detract from the Sookie and Bill storyline. Some followers are happy that more secondary characters are coming aboard and are hoping that the Bill and Sookie storyline will be focused on less. I know that, for those who like spoilers, they are apparently available
on fansites such as True-Blood.net, but I am hoping to
avoid spoilers since speculation and discovery is so much fun. If you want all of the details and stats (almost like an RPG. Oooh…I wonder if there’s a tabletop True Blood game in the works – there are certainly a lot of online RPGs going), you can find them broken down at the fansite, along with pictures of the actors. One thing that everyone who watches the series for the eye candy will want to know is that, in addition to a particularly significant male character joining the show (as well as a few more), there will be several lovely new female characters.
If you watch the show purely for story and character development, it is true that the books significantly picked up with the third novel, bringing a kind of energy and excitement that is sure to make season three a ton of fun and have fans begging for more as they wait anxiously for Sunday night.