Alan Ball Explains the Theme for True Blood Season 5

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Entertainment Weekly has their companion article to the bounty of True Blood covers posted online now, and it includes an interesting interview with executive producer Alan Ball who explains more about the struggle for power within the vampire hierarchy this season:

When penning the fifth season of True Blood, the frightening yet disarmingly funny vampire drama that returns to HBO this Sunday, creator Alan Ball found inspiration (in all places!) by watching the scary-in-their-own-right presidential primaries.

“My first instinct about going into religion and politics was from watching Michele Bachmann, who thinks she has a direct line to God.” Ball told EW. “What would happen if she became president? A lot of right-wingers would like to see a theocracy in America. From there we thought, ‘What would a vampire theocracy be and how would you justify it? What kind of impact would it have on humans?’”

The result is a battle between the Tru Blood-sipping Authority, headed by Roman Zimojic (Christopher Meloni), and religious extremists like the Sanguinistas, who believe humans were created by God for one purpose only: to serve as a hearty meal. “Sanguine is from the Latin word for blood, and I was trying to find a name that like a real movement,” explains Ball.

I’m sure the article is more extensive in the magazine itself, but that’s certainly a tantalizing tidbit for us to chew on in the meantime.

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  1. venus

    June 7, 2012 at 11:00 am

    yes it is and thank you for the Roman cover for me to drool over as I read it. I think this season will be the best.

  2. Dee

    June 7, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    This season is just shaping up to be BEYOND FANTASTIC!!!

    Entertainment Weekly has quite the True Blood Season 5 photo extravaganza going on now on their website!!!

    Lots of very yummy and a wee bit spoilerish photos.

    • Liz

      June 7, 2012 at 3:30 pm

      Yup, just click on the link in the original post above and you’ll see it all! 😉