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'True Blood': Season finale preview

A character-by-character guide to all the key beauties and beasts

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It may have been a cruel summer for some of the inhabitants of Bon Temps, La. (sorry about that, Tara!), but all the murder and mayhem has been great for fans of HBO’s hit series. From truly twisted sex scenes to exploding vampire innards, season 3 of True Blood has been filled with very beautiful people (and beasts) doing very bad things. With the Sept. 12 finale lurking on the horizon, EW talked to three of Blood‘s most desired men about how the wild ride — wait, Sookie is a fairy?!? — will end. ”The finale is pretty huge,” teases series creator Alan Ball. ”There are a couple of revelations that are shocking, that are total game changers.” Read on to find out what’s in store for the rest of the cast (as well as their sexiest scene ever) and to get an exclusive peek at what sort of creatures will be popping up in season 4. (Hint: They like to fly around on brooms.)

Sookie Anna Paquin
Where we left off Kidnapped once again by Russell and Eric and seemingly betrayed by her beloved Bill, Sookie is left fighting for her life after both vamps drink her blood.
Sexiest scene The season 2 premiere, in which Bill and Sookie strip down for a raw, intense encounter.
What’s next ”As Sookie finds out what she is, it becomes more of a story of how that impacts everyone around her,” says Ball. Oh, and — surprise, surprise — little Ms. Stackhouse ends up in danger yet again. Adds Ball, ”She’s always in danger. She’s a little magnet for chaos.” Who knew fairies had it so tough?

Sookie Anna Paquin
Where we left off Kidnapped once again by Russell and Eric and seemingly betrayed by her beloved Bill, Sookie is left fighting for her life after both vamps drink her blood.
Sexiest scene The season 2 premiere, in which Bill and Sookie strip down for a raw, intense encounter.
What’s next ”As Sookie finds out what she is, it becomes more of a story of how that impacts everyone around her,” says Ball. Oh, and — surprise, surprise — little Ms. Stackhouse ends up in danger yet again. Adds Ball, ”She’s always in danger. She’s a little magnet for chaos.” Who knew fairies had it so tough?

Jason Ryan Kwanten
Where we left off After discovering that the love of his life (or at least this particular week) is a were-panther, Jason fights with and then makes up with Crystal (Lindsay Pulsipher).
Sexiest scene The psychedelic love scene between Jason and Amy (Lizzy Caplan) after they’ve both taken V in season 1.
What’s next ”Jason finds himself in a bind where he has to decide what is the right thing to do in a very difficult situation,” says Ball. ”Jason will be called upon to become something he never thought he would have to be.” (Um, smart?)

Tara Rutina Wesley
Where we left off She and Sam wallow in their misery by having sex. Plus, Tara confronts Andy (Chris Bauer) about the truth behind Eggs’ (Mehcad Brooks) death.
Sexiest scene Her tryst with vamp Franklin (James Frain) may have been a mistake, but the sheer passion made Tara’s eyes roll back.
What’s next ”Tara’s facing up to her life and to what it is that she wants out of life, and if that’s possible,” reveals Ball. Look for her to venture over to the dark side. ”Well, she was abducted and raped and fed upon by a psychopath. I don’t think one gets over that right away.”

Sam Sam Trammell
Where we left off Sam and Tara, doing the do.
Sexiest scene Sam’s season 2 pool-table tryst with fellow shifter Daphne (Ashley Jones) at Merlotte’s didn’t really seem hygienic, but it sure was hot.
What’s next Says Ball, ”He’s trying to guide Tommy [Marshall Allman] toward a different life, which is like if you rescued a fighting dog. It’s not gonna be easy. It may not be possible.”

Jessica Deborah Ann Woll
Where we left off Bill’s vampire charge reconciles with Hoyt (Jim Parrack) but may face a threat from his domineering mother (Dale Raoul).
Sexiest scene Her Dallas hookup with Hoyt in the second season felt both romantic and innocent.
What’s next ”She really embraces what she is and doesn’t necessarily feel the need to keep it covered up,” says Ball.

Pam Kristin Bauer van Straten
Where we left off Pam watches helplessly as her maker, Eric, appears to perish in the sunlight in an attempt at vengeance against Russell.
Sexiest scene Pam and Fangtasia dancer Yvetta’s romp in the beginning of season 3 was a sultry kick.
What’s next Always loyal, Pam gets involved in the epic Russell-Eric showdown. Says Ball, ”If Eric is in danger, Pam is in danger.”

Lafayette Nelsan Ellis
Where we left off After coming down from his V high with Jesus (Kevin Alejandro), Lafayette has yet another vision in which his religious statues talk to him.
Sexiest scene The tender but still incredibly hot first kiss between Lafayette and Jesus.
What’s next ”There’s more to Jesus than meets the eye,” says Ball. ”That has a lot to do with the attraction between him and Lafayette. I hesitate to use this word, but [Lafayette] serves the same purpose that shamans serve in a more tribal society. Jesus is gonna help him see that and maybe help him explore that more.”

Russell Denis O’Hare
Where we left off Russell is convinced by Eric that drinking Sookie’s fairy blood will allow him to walk in the daylight. He goes outdoors, only to realize Eric has tricked him.
Sexiest scene Uh…the scene where he cradles a crystal urn containing Talbot’s innards was kinda sweet, we guess.
What’s next Says Ball, ”The great love of his life has just been viciously murdered, so I think everything is out the window. He is consumed by a sort of psychotic grief. Russell wants his own revenge, and Eric has to deal with that.”

Q+A: True Blood‘s Eric
Alexander Skarsgard talks about his big guy-on-guy kiss

EW Eric has been such a roller coaster this season in terms of being nice and then vicious.
AS Well, that kind of sums up the character. You never quite know what he’s up to or where you have him. It’s been great to dig deeper and show a different side.

EW The scene in which you seduce and then kill Russell’s husband, Talbot [Theo Alexander], was intense. What was it like to film that?
AS I’d never kissed a guy before on a show or in a movie, and that was Theo’s first time as well, and we talked about it. It goes from being this romantic, beautiful scene, and they’re getting rough with each other and getting it on — and [then] the turn where Eric just slaughters him. It’s such a rich scene. I basically said, We’ve got to sell it in the beginning. It’s got to be passionate and beautiful because then the payoff is going to be so much more rewarding.

EW Eric has definitely had his share of sex scenes. Do you have a personal favorite?
AS I did like the one where I’m having sex with Yvetta [Natasha Alam], and Sookie shows up, and I’m kind of flirting with her naked. And this is like five seconds after she saw me f—ing another girl. I think that’s pretty cocky.

EW What’s in store for Eric in the finale?
AS I think that it’s over for me. There’s no way I can beat Russell. He’s three times my age. But then I come up with an idea of how I could possibly take him with me to meet the true death. So that’s my plan. To go down with him together.


Q+A:True Blood ‘s Alcide
Joe Manganiello on why he likes to sniff women

EW Why do you think Alcide has become such a fan favorite?
JM He’s just all heart. He’s like a puppy dog: He grumbles and growls, but he always ends up doing the right thing. He’s a big, strong, moral, protective guy who would fight for you to the death — but he’s this big, sensitive puppy dog on the inside.

EW Alcide and Sookie had a moment where they almost kissed a few weeks ago…
JM Yeah, the sniff. You know what’s funny is there’s so many things that are written into the character of Alcide that I do already.

EW Are you saying you sniff women?
JM I have this crazy sense of smell. I do sniff. I’m notorious. I am big on smells. When they wrote that in there, I just laughed because that’s what I do. It’s how I say hello.

EW What was the workout routine like to get those abs of yours?
JM Forty-five minutes of cardio in the morning, and then in the afternoon I would train with Ron Mathews. He trained Hugh Jackman for X-Men and Jennifer Garner for Alias. It’s high intensity, high impact, high heart rate. You don’t stop moving for an hour. It feels like somebody is jamming a red-hot poker into my abdomen repeatedly. I have no problem telling everyone what my workout ”secrets” are because there really are no secrets — it’s just a brutal ass kicking, repeatedly. Twice a day, six days a week. I really wanted to come correct for Alan [Ball]. The biggest thank-you letter I could write was I am going to kick f—ing ass.

EW What’s going to happen with Alcide in the finale?
JM Sookie and Alcide are gonna kind of pick up where that last scene left off. So you’ll see the continuation of that. Basically, [Bill, Alcide, and Eric] all have a beef with somebody. There are going to be some unlikely alliances formed because of that beef.


Q+A: True Blood‘s Bill
Stephen Moyer discusses the finer points of naked mud baths

EW Bill has been really dark this year. Has that been more fun to play than the stoic hero?
SM I think this is the tightest season in terms of everybody’s plotlines being so strong. It’s very powerful, visceral stuff.

EW Let’s talk about the head-twisting sex scene between you and Lorena [Mariana Klaveno] at the end of episode 3.
SM We had this rubber doll that literally was Mariana. Our visual-effects guys put a T-shirt over her so that nobody could see her boobs because of course it’s a life cast. It’s her boobs! It’s what they look like! At one point I’ve got her tied around my waist, and you can imagine horsing around with this naked Lorena attached to my pelvis!

EW Do you have a favorite True Blood sex scene?
SM They’ve all got little subtitles. ”Crazy mud sex” is one [in season 1, Bill emerges from a grave and has sex with Sookie in the dirt]. That scene is very memorable because we got me all muddied up and ready for the scene. I had five people with dirty, muddy sponges, and I was naked and had my hands over my bits. You can see a white patch where my bum cheeks are. Somebody has to get in there with a dirty sponge — it was so hilarious.

EW What’s coming up for Bill in the finale?
SMThere’s a difficult moment for Bill where he has to make another decision — the only way to protect Sookie is to put her in danger. Of course it’s very tough because he doesn’t want to do that, but he’s left with no choice.

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