Sam Trammell Talks Shifting, Stephen Moyer, True Blood Finale

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TVLine has an interview with True Blood’s man of the hour, Sam Trammell, following his amazing turn in this week’s episode. Sam talks about playing the tricky role, working with Stephen Moyer, and teases a “very bloody” season finale.


Stephen Moyer directs Sam Trammell in a scene from True Blood 5.08.

TVLINE | Did you approach this as playing a feminine version of Sam or as Luna as Sam? 
It is kind of a mix. I always want to do it as the person, and Janina is obviously a woman so she has a certain kind of walk. I definitely tried to do a little bit of that. But the way she plays Luna is not overtly feminine… I tried to get the rhythm of her speech. She helped me out. I actually worked with her and watched her read scenes, which was really helpful. But it was really tricky. When I had scenes with myself, particularly in the scene where she comes in after Sam turned into a snake, we shot so many different angles and I kept switching from me to her and then her to me… It was back and forth for 10 hours! I had to go back and forth in the scene and know how each person would play it and also react to that person saying those things… Also, just getting into character — being Sam Merlotte and then being Janina in my body — was really exhausting! [Laughs]

TVLINE | And, of course, we have to talk about your co-star Stephen Moyer directing this episode — particularly given some of the things you were tasked with during the hour. 
It was so fun. We’re all friends and Stephen is such an easygoing guy. He was so well prepared — you would never have known it was his first time directing the show because he was so at ease. He knew what he wanted, and that’s half the job right there. So, it was great. We kind of figured it would be like that. He has a really good rapport with the crew, and we had some laughs and had a good time. He was really supportive. I just knew it was going to be a hardcore episode for me, but I love it. I love doing that stuff.

TVLINE | Given the way the episode ended, it’s safe to assume Luna is on death’s door. But what else can you tease about what’s ahead in the coming weeks?
There is the issue of who is shooting shapeshifters with wooden bullets. Sam has definitely been set on a path and part of my storyline will be dealing with that. The next episode is just ridiculous. Some crazy stuff happens and you will continue to be surprised. There’s some more insane stuff happening.

TVLINE | We’re also hearing a very bloody finale awaits us. Care to add anything to that? 
I think we have one of the best season finales we’ve ever had. For sure. There’s definitely going to be a ton of blood spilled and a lot of people die. The very end [of the episode], people are going to be like, “Holy s–t!” It’s a major, major cliffhanger.

(Read the full interview here…)

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  1. Niecey

    July 30, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    They can kill all they want. That being said if Eric is one of the casualties I’m done! #Justsaying

    • Madeleine

      July 30, 2012 at 2:01 pm

      No way they’re killing Eric off!! Not going to happen!! And please refrain from scaring us further … 😉

  2. Dee

    July 30, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    Sam did a fantastic job with the unbelievably complex changes he had to jump between in this episode!

    He was actually a BIG…MAJOR…Emmy snub, in my humble opinion!
    Last season, playing Tommy (as Sam) was so worthy of an Emmy nomination!

  3. Tara

    July 30, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    Sam Trammell is so dreamy, and a great actor! I love everything about him.

    I’m thinking Hoyt, Luna and most of the authority will be the ones that are killed off.

  4. Team Sook

    July 30, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    I agree with Tara, I do think some of the Authority members will meet the true death! IDK about Hoyt and Luna thou. But I don’t like Hoyt that much anymore, He is annoying and bitchy so I wouldnt mined if he died. Luna like, it would be sad to see her go. And oh man the final sounds EPIC!!!! Maybe Lilth will really show up and kill everyone??? Cant wait!!!

  5. Diana

    August 1, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    Hoyts Big Mamma has been a bad bad person…. She has to be the big ol woman Luna scented.