Stephen Moyer chatted to TVLine‘s Michael Ausiello about Bill’s jaw-dropping resurrection at the end of the season five finale, and what lunacy might occur in season six…
TVLINE | As billed, the finale featured a lot of blood.
Stephen Moyer: We didn’t skimp on the death. [Laughs] During the table read for the episode, we were all going, “Oh my f—ing God!” It was like every five seconds somebody exploded. And I know what that means to shoot an episode that has that many deaths in it. Every single time you have to replace the body with a bag of blood, which we call a ‘Goo Drop.’ The ‘Good Drop’ is something like 20 to 30 gallons of blood being smashed down on the floor. And they came up with an even better way of doing it where they jettison 15 gallons of blood into the air as 16 gallons of blood falls down onto that blood, so you get this splatter effect that goes out wide. But that takes the best part of two or three hours per hit. So when we all read that episode, we were going, “Okay, three hours, six hours, nine hours… that’s a day, that’s another day.”
TVLINE | How long did it take to shoot the episode?
Stephen Moyer: It was three very intense weeks. We’re very lucky on our show because we get to shoot like 20, 25-day episodes, which I don’t think anybody else on television gets to do.
Stephen Moyer was interviewed by Michael Ausiello for TVLine. It’s a great interview, as always with both Stephen & Michael.
TVLINE | Are you having as much fun playing Evil Bill as it seems?
You’re saying he’s evil and I’d say he thinks he’s doing the right thing. But I suppose dictators always think they’re doing the right thing. [Laughs] He’s been lost and he’s found something to grab hold of that he thinks is the right way forward… When you play a character you have to ask yourself, “Can I make sense of what’s happening here? Is this authentic?” And if you can sort of find a through line of authenticity, then you can play that beat — which might come across to somebody else as evil. [But] there were a couple of things that were tough to play, and one of those was with Deborah Ann [Woll].
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Since we are celebrating Stephen Moyer‘s True Blood directorial debut tonight (episode 508, ‘Somebody I Used To Know’), why not celebrate him on the covers of the new True Blood comics (Issue #3)? Bill Compton is on both Cover A and Cover B. (Good luck finding Cover B, it is not as easy to find.) They are available now in comic book shops or you can order Cover A at HBO.com.
Co-Written by Michael McMillian, “Steve Newlin” from the show, with fan-favorite Ann Nocenti (Daredevil, Green Arrow)!
Series features covers by Tim Bradstreet (The Punisher)!
We got some photos for you of Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer at the ‘True Blood’ Press Conference at the Four Seasons Hotel on June 24, 2012 in Beverly Hills. We’re sure you’ll enjoy them because really, don’t they look lovely?
HBO released two new clips for episode 51, titled “Whatever I Am, You Made Me.” The first clip finds Sam out back in Merlotte’s, where nothing good ever seems to happen, sniffing out a freshly-silvered and emotional vampire – who just happens to be Tara. In the other clip, the newly-introduced Authority debate Bill and Eric’s fate after propositioning to bring in vampire enemy No. 1, Russell Edgington.