SPOILERS: True Blood’s Triumvirate of Evil Plus Scoop from Skarsgard

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Ausiello has some good scoop on True Blood season 3 this week!

Question: I’m literally dying for True Blood news. Please save me from dying a slow, painful death. —Demi
Your life-saving scoop has arrived! It’ll take three villains to replace last season’s one Big Bad, Maryann. “We have a triumvirate of evil this season,” reveals exec producer Alan Ball. “I’m talking about Franklin Mott, Russell Edgington, and Debbie Pelt. They are all bad to the bone. They’re not just crazy, they’re evil.” Speaking of the yet-to-be-cast Debbie Pelt, Ball tells me that the Alcide’s psycho ex will actually have a bigger role than first thought. “We actually beefed up Debbie,” he says. “She’s going to be in more episodes, so maybe that will have an impact on [what actress] we can get for her, which is a big question right now.”

Question: Loved the pic you snapped of Alex Skarsgard at the Golden Globes. Did you by any chance get any True Blood scoop out of him? —Jessie
No, I just took the picture and ran off. Of course I got some scoop out of him. Specifically, I asked him to give me a preview of Eric’s season 3 journey. “I’d say it’s about revenge,” he told me. “He will continue to explore the whole Sookie thing and what that’s all about. He’s trying to figure out what’s different about her. He’s intrigued by that. And in addition to that, there’s something that happened a thousand years ago that he’s still carrying in his heart. All I’ll say is he’s trying to avenge someone.”

Triumvirate of Evil? Eric’s revenge? Now we’re talkin’! What do you think about Debbie Pelt’s expanded role? How about Franklin Mott being not just crazy, but evil? Who, or what, is Eric avenging?

Fan of the Southern Vampire Mysteries since 2001, and co-admin of True-Blood.net since 2008. Team Sookie!


  1. Lori

    January 21, 2010 at 9:02 am

    So happy with these spoilers

    Firstly AB has not named Eric in the evil three woohoo, could it be we get to see the real Eric this season? the one who is loyal, supportive etc…. Debbie is gonna be bad a**, she is so throwing Sookie in that trunk don’t you think.

    Secondly, Eric’s storyline looks good, not only is he helping Sppokie and exploring those feelings (like the book) but this new spoiler about avenging something that happened a thousand years ago, something that happened to his human family? this must be where the Godric flashback comes in. Notice no mention of the dancer mmm.

    • Eilan

      January 22, 2010 at 3:27 pm

      I cannot wait for the Eric/Sookie plotlines to start!!!!

    • Vamplover

      February 1, 2010 at 3:36 am

      I would really like it if AB changed his mind about the whole dancer g/f thing for Eric that’s just wrong in my book!! He can hook up with fangbangers all he wants and feed from them but the title of g/f is reserved for Sookie only in my opinion! It would be great if AB seen how much E/S fans hated this idea and re thinks it or has her killed off sooner? But if she part of season 4 I guess we have to live with it if she is working for the witches!

  2. Chelsea

    January 21, 2010 at 9:49 am

    Yeah, I do wonder where that dancer that was cast will come into the storyline since neither Ball nor Skarsgard mentioned her. I’m looking forward to the Eric storyline…we will finally get to see more of him and how he is in the books

    • Mel

      January 21, 2010 at 10:25 am

      The dancer was a one-off guest star. She was never meant to be a recurring character.

      • Sarah

        January 21, 2010 at 1:27 pm

        I agree Mel! I also love where they are taking Eric. I kept the faith it would happen sooner or later.


  3. Tara

    January 21, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    Wow, I cant wait until season 3! I hope its all Eric all the time lol So far everything about season 3 sounds awesome. I just finished the books so this will my first season of watching since i’ve read them, just cant wait:)

  4. Tara Cunnings

    January 21, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    Sounds soooooooooooo good, can’t wait for S3. UGH this is torture at its best.

  5. Pammy

    January 21, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    I think Eliza Dushku from Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Dollhouse should play Debbie Pelt =-]]

  6. Pammy

    January 21, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    All the season 3 spoilers got me soooo excited for the upcoming season! June is taking to long to get here!!!

  7. BayAreaZ Sheriff

    January 22, 2010 at 6:20 am

    Just finished season 2 and i can not wait any longer for season 3, i gotta have it, its like my version of V. I hope Bill smahes and sticks a piece of wood through Eric, i so dislike him, i cant believe all the fanbase for him, blah!!!

    • wildthotz

      January 22, 2010 at 9:46 am

      Yea, having just finished season two myself, I’m left with a strong desire that Eric had burned on the roof with Godric! That would’ve handle his trickery getting Sookie to drink his blood. I don’t understand how anyone can NOT pull for Sookie and Bill! Bill has made so much effort to be just and even-handed, especially against both his vampire nature and vampires peers. Surely there’s other ways to make Eric desirable & fascinating. I hate the feeling that we are heading for another ‘nice guys finish last’ plot-line, but I guess that’s drama.

      • Kelly

        January 22, 2010 at 10:46 am

        Have you read the books? If you have then you would understand the obsession with Eric :0)

        • wildthotz

          January 22, 2010 at 6:50 pm

          No, haven’t read them yet, and I can tell from what people who have are saying that there is an explanation. But for now, until I know what it is, the idea of Sookie switching from Bill to Eric just makes me sad.

          • Cristian

            January 23, 2010 at 3:23 pm

            Well… If that idea makes you sad… better not read the books.. you’ll discover a very aweful truth about your dear Mr. Compton

          • Layne

            January 29, 2010 at 6:26 pm

            Yes, Bill in the show is MUCH more likeable than Bill in the books. Show-Bill is more vocal and a LOT more protective of Sookie. He protected Sookie from Longshadow. Watches over her when she sleeps. Worries about her. Smacked Eric for tricking her. Told her she was his salvation and wants to marry her. Yikes.

            Not at all like the books. I really like Show-Bill much more than Book-Bill. Though I liked him too. He was more of a introverted and brooding type in the books.

    • Ashley

      February 1, 2010 at 2:42 pm

      Thats overdramatic dont you think…you may dislike Eric but Bill is a liar, in the show and the books, and honestly you would not be happy if Erics character died because it would hurt the show as a whole and none of us want that. Bill has lied to Sookie so many times..lies of omission are just as bad as straightforward lies, and hes lied straight to her face……After Sookie finds out about Jessica she asks bill pointe blank “What else are you keeping from me?” And Bill says a flat nothing….and at that point has not revealed his associations, whatever they may be, with Hadley and the Queen and has not revealed that he killed her uncle Bartlett and made it look like an accident. Bill’s mainstreaming is his attempt to act like a human but he is not and will always be a killer, just like Eric and all the other vampires. Sookie is the only human he cares about. She is the exception.

  8. wildthotz

    January 23, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    Yep, whether I learn it in the books or wait until the show gets there, it’s going to come out. Just like in real life when you find out something awful about someone you admired, it’s going to make me feel sad. Don’t believe I’m alone in that. 🙂 But since the cast is wonderful, and the story gripping, I’m sure I’ll survive. It’ll be interesting to see how much the show will deviate from the book’s plot line. I’m sure that will be revealed in the screams of the book fans!

    • Jan

      January 25, 2010 at 8:29 am

      It’s not really the deviations from the books plot lines that have bothered me as a book fan, it’s the changes to the charcaters and the way they interact.
      Book Sookie is less bitchy and more sassy, she’s stronger and more confident in her abilities as a telepath. The thing about S2 that irked me was that in the books she was in Dallas to read humans and she was the one to propose going to the FoTS to get more information, but in TB she just seemed to tag along and didn’t use her ‘curse’ much at all in the search for Godric.
      Book Bill isn’t boyfriend material, he seems to be an open option that Sookie clings to before realising a whole world of Supes are there and are interested in her. His treatment of her in DUD and LDID is borderline abusive.
      Book Eric actually has a sense of humour.
      The books are about Sookie being a telepath and finding herself in a different world solving mysteries (hence the Southern Vampire Mysteries tag) and she deals with the majority of her situations herself, but the show doesn’t seem to have Sookie doing much of anything except being Bill’s girlfriend and getting rescued. True Blood Sookie is a weak, dependant character and isn’t the Sookie that book lovers have been following.

      • TBTracker

        January 26, 2010 at 9:17 am

        I’m a huge fan of both the books and the show, and don’t mind the differences at all. I like to be surprised by the show, and most of the character differences I think work pretty well. I actually like most of them, though I am glad we’re finally seeing more of Eric’s sense of humour on the show.

        As for TB Sookie, I think she’s actually stronger and more independent than her book counterpart – for example in episode 2.03 we see her not only telling Bill she’ll make up her own mind about going to Dallas, but also making her own deal regarding her services instead of allowing Eric to tell her Bill will be the one getting paid like in the book. I really liked that she points out she should be compensated for missing work, and is looking for a way to get her OWN driveway fixed as opposed to being bitter that Bill hasn’t offered to pay for it for or having Eric provide it. It always bugged me a bit that book Sookie was mad at Bill for helping the Bellefleurs instead of her (they’d only been together a few months, not like they were married, commited life partners or anything) and contradicted herself several times thinking he should be offering her money even though she didn’t want to be a “kept woman”. Also just a note – S was the one to suggest she go into the fellowship on TB, during the initial meeting with Isabelle and Stan.

        Bill sure is vastly different, but I think that having him be a better guy in the show makes the love triangle more interesting, as long as we continue to see more and more of Eric’s positive traits. If they’re both good guys, then it’ll make it harder for her to choose between them, which is good drama! As Joss Whedon (Buffy creator) said – don’t just go for the kill, always go for the pain! 😉

      • Layne

        January 29, 2010 at 6:36 pm

        Jan, you are right.

        What I dislike the most about show-Sookie is that she has no sense of humor. Ms Harris always had Sookie’s snarky inner dialogue going that was funny. Show-Sookie has no humor.

        But I love the fact that Alan dropped a 17 year old vampire on Bill. Jessica is pure genious. I should not complain because Alan is not following the books and then adore Jessica’s story line.
        But I still do.

  9. Peggy

    January 25, 2010 at 11:17 am

    I couldn’t agree more. I understand they have to add things into True Blood to allow for more story but they have changed the characters and their story so much. Sam was not adopted in the books. And Tara owned a dress store and wasn’t such a loud mouth. Jason and TDOTS oh please. And what about Mary Ann? She scratched Sookie and told her to go tell Eric it was a message and then she and Sam started hanging out. Book Bill was just a selfish jerk and Eric was handsome and funny. Sookie, although she did get into a lot of predicaments, she sure could handle herself. Alan Ball add all the story and new characters you want, just don’t change the book characters and who they are.

  10. wildthotz

    January 25, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    Thank so much Peggy and Jan, that is the clearest anyone has made it for me regarding the uproar about the character differences. Seems that the best thing might indeed be to treat the books and the series as two different stories, and enjoy them separately rather than comparing them. If I’d known the Bill from the books, I would likely not have admired him the way I do the one played by Moyer. As it is, I’m am truly hooked on the show and having a blast with it!

    • Jan

      January 25, 2010 at 2:11 pm

      I do like the show as a seperate entity from the books, but it’s been ruined for me simply because of the amount of times I hear “Beel, Beel, Help!” followed by “Suckehhhh”. Alan Ball could have made TB Bill a nicer guy without turning Sookie into a damsel in distress. A lot of people focus on Bill staking Longshadow instead of Eric but for me Bill exposing himself to sunlight when Rene attacked rather than Sookie doing it all on her own was more offensive. I don’t know what the reasoning is for making Sookie weaker, in TB she isn’t an endearing character, if fact she doesn’t seem to have much personality at all. With the exception of Isobel, every female character in TB is dependant or psychopathic. You don’t cast Stephen Moyer & Alexander Skarsgard and expect a male majority audience – give the women watching a reason to feel empowered FFS!

  11. Kelly

    January 25, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    I think that Fairuza Balk from the Craft would be an amazing Debbie Pelt. As for the storylines, I’m happy that Alan Ball is deviating from the books. It would be somewhat disappointing to know everything that happens in advance. Still hoping for a bigger Sookie/Eric storyline though. “=_

  12. Stacey Jackson

    January 26, 2010 at 11:52 pm

    I am really excited to see Franklin Mott’s charector. Cause, James Frain is an awesome actor.. Natalie Dormer would be a good choice to play Debbie Pelt who played Anne Boleyn in The Tudors.. She is a gifted actress…

  13. Stacey Jackson

    January 27, 2010 at 1:05 am

    I also think these actresses would be good as Debbie Pelt..
    Neve Campbell, Emmy Rossum, Clare Forlani, and Christina Ricci.

  14. Noelle

    January 27, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    I agree Stacey, Natalie Dormer is a good choice. On a side note, I was reading about Adam Lambert wanting to be on True Blood and I think they should give him a cameo playing “Bubba” from the books. Even if there are no plans to write him in at all I tink it would be a funny way to include that character. What do Trubies think?

    • TBvampfan26

      January 27, 2010 at 9:58 pm

      that would be a good role for AL to play, or even Jonathan Rhys Meyers could play bubba, he has already done a protrayal of the character’s human self. they really do need to put bubba in the series he might be a small role but he plays a big part in most of the books and plus its a nice lil comedic add…who doesnt love bubba

    • TBvampfan26

      January 27, 2010 at 10:15 pm

      i think that would be a good role for AL to play, or even Jonathan rhys meyers, he has already done a protrayal of that character’s human self. but either way they totally need to put bubba in the show. he might be a small role but he plays an important part in some of the stuff that happens in a couple of the books, not to mention it would be a nice lil comedic relief

      • TBvampfan26

        January 27, 2010 at 10:17 pm

        ooops sry guys i didnt think it went thru the 1st time my bad ignore the sencond comment i made lol, i just get sooo hyped up talking bout TB and the novels :blushing:

  15. marissa

    January 30, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    I have read all the books and eric is sookie’s fate!!! true love from the start and he alway’s tell her the truth. I hope AB is going to give us more of the rea(book)l eric this season as for debbie pelt i wouldn’t mind seeing allysa milano or megan fox

  16. steffanie budge

    February 1, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    Megan Fox, now I agree I do think she would play a great Debbie Pelt! As for BUBBA, I love when I read about him.. he is just so BUBBA!! He would be such a great asset to TB even if it’s just for the soft spot we all have and the comic relief that he would bring…..ALSO, cannot wait to see more of Eric & Sookie…

    • true blood reader

      February 2, 2010 at 10:35 am

      OMG i totally agree completely she looks fantastic for the role

  17. true blood reader

    February 2, 2010 at 10:33 am

    debbie pelt is a b!t@h and she has no right to lock sookie in a trunk see true blood book club dead

  18. Claudine

    March 20, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    I wish they would include Bubba in the show. He’s just so child like. And he likes cats. =-0
    As for Sookie, I really hope she ends up with Eric. He’s sexy and dangerous but he does have a soft spot for Sookie.

  19. Scentsy

    August 23, 2010 at 10:04 am

    I’m really interested to know what Eric is going to do about the whole Sookie situation… It kills me waiting to watch and find out what will happen next. How many days until it comes on again?!