True Blood Writer Pitched “Killing Sookie” in Season 5

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True Blood writer Raelle Tucker participated in a seminar at the Rio de Janeiro Film Festival last week where she, along with Grey’s Anatomy producer William Harper, talked about killing off characters and other behind-the-scenes happenings on their TV series.

During the seminar, Tucker revealed that, “In season 5 I pitched to kill Sookie, I really did. Because I think nobody should be safe.” She went on to say that a certain amount of death is required on a series so audiences feel like the stakes are real for the characters.

Can you imagine if they’d gone through with killing Sookie? That would have been an enormous twist. I understand where Tucker is coming from, and I agree that without some deaths the constant “characters in danger!” begins to lose emotional impact. But for me, without Sookie there is no show. She’s the hub, the catalyst, the common denominator for all the various storylines. Thank goodness she survived season 5!

source: THR

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

4 Comments

  1. Angi

    October 10, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    So glad this didn’t happen. I started as a fan of the books and didn’t watch the series until later because I didn’t have HBO and am not a great big fan of TV. My daughter rented the season 1 DVD set and conned me into watching it with her. When I saw Anna as Sookie, moving through Merlotte’s with a serving tray, struggling to block those thoughts, I knew I was in Bon Temps. So much has changed, and like Charlaine has said many times, it is a different experience, but to have taken her away would have been too much for me to accept. Her story is more than who she sleeps with. It is her finding acceptance of herself and her own inner strength. It’s been a journey for her, and the last season was a dark one. Now I’m not saying that sometimes I wouldn’t like to slap her one, but I wouldn’t want to watch one episode without her. Also, HBO has her to thank for a subscriber. I would never have signed up if it wasn’t for True Blood. Thanks, Liz and Mel, for this site. It keeps my addiction fed!

  2. Rina

    October 11, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    Sometimes I don’t know if these writers are trolling, or if they mean everything they say. To kill off Sookie from a show based on the Sookie Stackhouse novels? She’s the reason all those characters even occupy the same screen. What would the show be about without Sookie Stackhouse? Bill, Eric, Sam, and Alcide barking like dogs at reach other for no reason? Raelle Tucker must have been really unhappy with the show in S5 to suggest that. Maybe it’s good that she’s no longer involved. Good luck to her in her other endeavors.

    • Mel

      October 15, 2013 at 11:19 pm

      Raelle Tucker is still involved with True Blood. I think you missed her point; she suggested killing off Sookie to show the audience that no one is safe. Not even the lead character. Obviously they didn’t go with her pitch (thank goodness!), but it’s interesting insight into the True Blood writers’ room that it was even considered. They really do look at every possible storyline.

  3. Elisha_Q

    October 14, 2013 at 5:27 am

    Reminds of:
    Meetings
    None of us is as dumb as all of us.

    Of course they would never do this because the ratings would drop immediately, they all know that. She was probably tired when she said that.