I’m with you, Lafayette! That’s how I felt, after I watched this video TOO!
If you’re a True Blood fan, and you’ve stopped by this blog, during the past few weeks or so, you know that I have been getting particular joy out of “leaking” the Drop of True Blood minisodes, on here, about a week before they air live on HBO. What you DON’T know, is that I have also been trolling YouTube for solid promos for the show’s upcoming third season. Unfortunately, the ones I’d been finding, up to this point, had been a bit, forgive the expression, “bloodless,” lasting, on average, about 35 seconds, and showing little more than a teasing scene or two.
So, you can imagine how THRILLED I was, when I was randomly flipping channels this evening, and, entirely by accident, came across this gem . . .
(Special thanks go out to TrueBloodItalia for posting this, allowing embedding, and, basically, making my night!)
Color me impressed! HBO gave us A LOT to work with here, especially considering that the season premiere is still about three weeks away.
Let’s analyze, shall we?
:5 – We open with a far away shot of an unidentified shirtless man. I’m going to take a shot in the dark here, and guess that it’s Vampire Bill. As Shakira once said, “The pects don’t lie.” Or, was it hips? I don’t know. It was definitely something about a hot body part telling the truth . . .
:14 – Eric to Sookie: “You’re so blinded by your obsession with Bill Compton, that you are going to get yourself killed.”
Translation: “I love you, Sookie! Toss that Old Dead Windbag to the curb and give a tall Viking Vampire some hot lovin’!”
OK, maybe that translation was a bit of a stretch. But I’m a Sookie / Eric Shipper all the way! And I was HIGHLY satisfied with all the screen time that these two had together in this trailer! I mean, you have to LOVE Eric Northman. He’s cocky! He’s confident! He does that seductive “eye thing,” when he’s trying to infuriate / seduce Sookie . . .
In short, he reminds me VERY MUCH, of another television vampire that I adore . . .
:16 – Eric to Sookie: “You’re life is too valuable to be thrown away!” (OK. I didn’t even HAVE to translate that one. It was Eric/Sookie Shipper Friendly, all on its OWN!)
:21 – Here, we get our first shot of new True Blood character, Franklin Mott, played by James Frain . . .
The casting call sheet described him as an “older vampire and love interest for Tara” . . .
That description is consistent with a character of the same name, who appears in the third book of the Southern Vampire Mysteries, Club Dead, on which this season’s True Blood is purportedly based. However, based on the few scenes I have seen involving this character, my impression is that the show will offer a darker interpretation of Franklin Mott than the one depicted in the book. The scenes between him and Tara, seem less like love and more like rape / torture. Tara, honey, I love you, but you have some BAD taste in men and friends (cough, Maryanne from Season 2, cough)!
:22 – Case in point, that was some UNSEXY sex, if you ask me!
:23 – Don’t you hate it when you’re in some backwoods town, and some dirty hillbilly puts a huge shotgun in your face? Because it happens to me ALL THE TIME . . .
WOW! Does that screencap look 3D, or what?
:25 – 27 – It looks like this little scene was our introduction to two more new True Blood characters, namely Sam’s little brother, Tommy Merlotte, played by Marshall Allman . . .
. . . and Mommy Merlotte, played by J. Smith Cameron . . .
These two DIRTY-UP nicely, don’t they? Who knew levelheaded Sam had such Trailer Park Trashy roots?
:33 – This is what happens when Baby Vampire’s Makers go away! It makes Good Vamps go Bad! (Isn’t that the name of a Cobra Starship song?)
:34 – Ahhh, Pam! Same trademark Laura Bush-style wardrobe, same snarky attitude. Kudos to the producers for wising up and FINALLY making Kristin Bauer a series regular . . .
:37 – Eric to Sookie: “Invite me in!”
Ooh, la la! Close talking! Intense looks! He’s trying to rescue her from WEREWOLVES! My Relation-Shipper senses are all a-tingly!
:50 – This exchange between Sookie and her brother Eric? Comedic Gold! Just look how EXCITED Jason gets, when faced with the possibility that Santa might actually be real . . .
I heart Ryan Kwanten!
: 57 – WOAH! Who’s that slut rubbing up on Vampire Bill?
:59 – OK, boys, this is a classic example of what NOT to do when kissing a girl! Check out Tara’s look of utter revulsion, if you don’t believe me . . .
1:06 – Welcome back, Andy Bellefleur! Have you lost weight?
More Andy and Jason antics in Season 3 = EVEN MORE COMEDIC GOLD!
1:14 – Eric to Sookie: “You’re no good to Bill or to me, if you’re dead.” (Alexander Skarsgard looks good, even when his mouth is caked with nasty blood and guts. Now THAT’S the mark of a REAL MAN!)
1:19 – Here’s our first shot of Joe Manganiello, as Werewolf Alcide Herveaux.
Did you notice how he totally looked Sookie up and down, as he said “Eric Northman sent me to look after you.” (Sheesh, is there ANY man on this show who DOESN’T want Sookie . . . aside from her brother, of course ?) It looks like these two will be headed on a road trip to Jackson, Mississippi to “collect Bill.” And we all KNOW that naughty things have a tendency to happen on ROAD TRIPS . . . 😉
1:23 – Holy, Biker Bar, Batman! Did I accidentally flip over to Sons of Anarchy on FX, and not realize it?
1:31 – Meet Big Gay Vampire King of Mississipi, Russel Edgington, played by Denis O’Hare. Observe the most unattractive facial expression on the planet . . .
1:32 – Awwww, puppy!
Come on, those CGI graphics are WAY TOO CUTE to be a werewolf!
1:37 – Here’s a shot of Bad Ass Werewolf Biker Dude, Coot, played by Grant Bowler . . .
1:39 – Speaking of abs, Vampire Bill . . . have you been working out?
1:41 – Stop, Drop, And ROLL, Random Burning Man!
1:42 – Do I really need to explain my inclusion of this picture into this post? I didn’t think so . . .
1:43 – This picture goes out to my new blog pal, Buddy, who says I ONLY show Shirtless Men pictures on My Blog . . .
I’m pretty sure this is ANOTHER dream sequence . . . The question is: Is it Sookie’s dream, or Eric’s, or BOTH?
1:47 – Speaking of “Santa,” I’m pretty sure Christmas came early this year. After all, I was able to get a screencap of THIS blink-and-you’ll-miss-it shot from the promo!
1:48 – Four out of five dentists recommend flossing, at least once a day . . .
Vampire Bill just ate the fifth dentist . . .
1:55 – Bill to Sookie: “Do not try to find me. I do not wish to be found!” (Bill, sweetie, with men like Eric and Alcide on her side, why would she even WANT to find you? Be careful what you wish for, Mr. Compton . . .)
There you have it, the True Blood extended promo in a nutshell. Lots of new characters and werewolves, a TON of shirtlessness (both male and female), a boatload of sex, some blood, and MORE than a handful of Sookie and Eric moments, to boot . . . What could be bad?
True Blood premieres Sunday, June 13th at 9 p.m. on HBO, be there or . . . well . . . having seen THIS trailer . . . do you REALLY need any MORE reasons to watch?