By Steve Marzolf
Ever since Bon Temps fangbangers started winding up dead in Season 1 of ‘True Blood,’ the story has been rocketed forward by a string of mysteries. So naturally when the cast appeared with exec-producer Alan Ball at a Comic-Con panel Friday evening, the moderator, Entertainment Weekly’s senior writer Tim Stack, came looking for answers. The panel members did their best to oblige.
The Case of Eric’s Warm-Ups
No one was complaining when Eric Northman showed up on the roadside shirtless and childlike. But Alexander Skarsgard did raise one nagging question: How did Eric find a sweat suit at Sookie’s house that could fit a Viking vampire? Sookie’s brother Jason is many things, but 6’4” is not one of them. “It might be Hoyt’s,” Skarsgard ventured. “Something he’d forgotten at Sookie’s house. That’s kind of what we figured.” Alan Ball, however, decided this was one burning query he could put to rest.
“I believe that if you took the Latin of the spell that was cast on Eric and were to translate it,” Ball explained, “there would be a part that said, ‘And by the way, you will lose your shirt, and then you will find a really dorky outfit that you will wear for several episodes in a row … and still be insanely hot in.’”
The Magic of Pam’s Facial Peel
The actors on this show are no strangers to wild visual effects. But when the witch Marnie cast a spell that left Kristin Bauer van Straten ripping off a hunk of her own face, it definitely set a high-water mark for cringe-inducing gore.
“We worked really hard to make you squeamish,” she said. “But doing it is a very technical many-hour experience. It starts with being encased in plaster and making a cast of my head. Then a nine-hour makeup test. There was a little hole with tapioca pudding and coffee grounds that I had to find. The direction I had was: ‘Kristin, find the hole and push up.’ And I thought, ‘Only on “True Blood” is that going to be the only direction I get in a scene.’ I’m happy to hear that it was very gross.”
Clues to a Shower Scene
A growing subset of book-reading fans – the same people who casually toss around terms like “Sooric” – have been dying to know whether a certain famous shower scene will make its way into Season 4. In typical form, Alan Ball addressed the issue by providing a half-answer that raises even more questions. “There will be a moment in the show when Sookie and Eric are together in a shower,” he said. “It may not exactly be what happens in the books. It may be weirder … and dirtier. Maybe.”