How about that True Blood season finale, eh? That was a kooky one. It tied up one thread and then, boldly, jumped ahead six months thrusting its audience in a whole new situation with a lot of drastic changes.
Characters were equipped with new duties, others were hooking up and, meanwhile, there was a viral threat taking over the world. What’s in store for season seven? Showrunner Brian Buckner explained to TV Guide that this new threat, called Hep-V, is a big deal.
“That’s the work of next season. Specifically, viruses do mutate and that’s part of why we gave ourselves a six-month time passage. This is a disease that, as Dr. Overlark (John Fleck) explained when he was injecting Nora (Lucy Griffiths), can be spread in any number of ways. It has spread around the world very rapidly. Bon Temps is a microcosm of what’s happening out there in the world. The vampires who are infected, their appetite for human blood is increasing. They need to feed more often in order to survive this disease.”
He then adds:
“It’s a major outbreak. You see how people got upset about Bird Flu and no one really had it. The idea here was to isolate Bon Temps to make it the town we know vs. the world so we don’t have to leave Bon Temps in order to get story. They can only depend on one another; that’s what Sam is talking to Andy (Chris Bauer) about. Andy obviously has his own feelings about vampires right now and whether or not they can be trusted. Sam’s point is we don’t have a choice but to trust them. Without their help, we can’t protect ourselves. It’s a very uneasy alliance. I don’t want to suggest that it is conflict-free. Of course, we promised a pretty big payoff at the Bellefluer’s bar.”
By the way, did anyone spot horror fave Derek Mears at the end of the season finale playing an infected vamp?
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