Alan Ball Spills About a True Blood Musical Episode, His Favorite Characters, and More!
As True Blood creator Alan Ball steps down as showrunner, he is getting nostalgic.
Throughout the past five seasons, Alan has written and produced nearly all of the show’s 60 episodes — even directing a few — but he still can pinpoint his favorite story arcs.
“I really enjoyed Season 2, because I felt like that was when the show really became a phenomenon, and I loved all of the Maryann/Dionysis cult stuff and the Fellowship of the Sun stuff,” Alan said in HBO’s Q&A. “And then I really enjoyed [Season 5] and the undermining of The Authority by the fundamentalists. I thought it was a really fun thing for our characters to be involved in and really interesting and complicated.”
And when it comes to favorite scenes, many of Alan’s favorites were actually from the Season 5 finale, although he honestly loves them all.
“Even after five years, I still enjoy just about every single scene of every single episode,” Alan admitted. “Watching the finale last night, I really liked the fly POV, Maurella giving birth, Rosalyn's death, and Bill tricking Salome out of Lilith's blood.”
Since Alan seems to favor shocking moments, it should come as no surprise that the characters with the biggest transformations stuck out to him over the years.
“I really enjoyed Bill because he's always struggled with being what he is. I've [also] really enjoyed Jason because I think he has really struggled to find meaning in his life over these last couple of seasons, and he's really hit a wall with being the 'hot guy,' and that's not really doing anything for him,” Alan spilled. “I've enjoyed Pam and how earlier she was mostly comic relief but now she's developed her own story with her own emotional landscape. And I think that's really interesting, because she's such a guarded character.”
But when it comes to the most fun to write? He loves “all the characters deeply, but the most fun … to write are Jason, Lafayette, and Russell Edgington [because] they each have such a distinctive voice.”
With that being said, many Truebies have wondered if Alan will write any future episodes now that Mark Hudis is stepping in as showrunner. His answer was as vague and cliffhanger-ridden as the Season 5 finale, saying, “That remains to be seen.”
The one thing that he would write off, however, is a musical episode. When asked, he gave a very definitive answer.
“No, that's been done. It feels derivative,” Alan pointed out. “And I don't understand how I could make sense of everybody just singing all of a sudden.”