Kristin Bauer van Straten (screen cap from the video)
HBO is putting out some incredible videos this season. They are interested in what our favorite True Blood moments are, and asked everyone to tweet to #TrueBloodHBO and let them know using the hashtag #TBMoments. But in this video, we get to know what some of the cast chose as their favorite moments! Kristin Bauer van Straten, Carrie Preston, Michael McMillian, Todd Lowe, and Sam Trammell all pick their favorite moments & tell why they chose it.
I don’t know about you, but I have been waiting for this information for months. We finally get to know the details on the episode commentaries on the Season 4 DVD/Blu-rays thanks to blu-raydefinition.com.
Typically, HBO has loaded this set up with select episode commentaries from the cast and crew, a great in-episode enhanced viewing mode that takes you deeper into the series, and couple of HD featurettes that a are well worth sitting through.
Enhanced Viewing – This in-episode viewing mode allows you to watch True Blood with pop-up trivia, picture-in-picture character point-of-view commentaries and break-away flashback scenes from previous seasons’ episodes.
Inside the Episodes (1.78:1; 1080p/24)
Commentary on Episode 2 “You Smell Like Dinner” by Stephen Moyer (Bill), Deborah Ann Woll (Jessica), and Brian Buckner (writer, co-executive producer)
Commentary on Episode 3 “If you Love Me, Why Am I Dyin’?” by Anna Paquin (Sookie) and Alan Ball (creator and executive producer)
Commentary on Episode 4 “I’m Alive and on Fire” by Alexander Skarsgård (Eric) and Michael Lehmann (director)
Commentary on Episode 6 “I Wish I Was the Moon” by Raelle Tucker (writer, co-executive producer) and Gregg Fienberg (executive producer)
Commentary on Episode 9 “Let’s Get Out of Here” by Sam Trammell (Sam) and Romeo Tirone (director)
Commentary on Episode 10 “Burning Down the House” by Fiona Shaw (Marnie) Nancy Oliver (writer, co-executive producer), and Lesli Linka Glatter (director)
True Blood: The Final Touches (1.78:1; 1080p/24; 00:28:25) – A roundtable discussion with the True Blood post-production staff wherein they discuss much of their visual/special effects work.
True Blood Lines – This interactive feature lets you explore the different character types in the world of True Blood (ex. Vampires, Werewolves, Faeries, Werepanthers, etc.) and the interconnection between each type in the ongoing storyline.
DVD — Two double-sided DVDs of the entire series
Digital Copy — Downloadable Digital Copy for Mac/PC, iPod/iPad/iPhone and Windows Media-Compatible devices
By the power of a thousand bug zappers, I compel you: remember!
We pick up right where we left off at the Festival of Chaos and Bloodshed and Guttings Tolerance, where there are now four Terminator vamps on a regicide mission. Nan is not surprisingly still most concerned with destroying all the television cameras to avoid a PR disaster, but does manage to take out Blackburn by staking him with a pencil. How disappointing, the most interesting sheriff of the lot done in by stationery. Antonia and Roy are watching from the wings, like this whole spectacle of carnage is the greatest show ever and all they’re missing is some salty, overpriced snacks. Maybe they think they’re in the crowd enjoying some action from the new Vampire Wrestling Federation, as Eric is doing a pretty good job of throwing Bill around the room and even getting him in a headlock, which is broken up by Sookie jumping on his back. The second it takes Eric to swat her off is enough for GangstaBill to re-emerge (yesss!) and pop a cap in all three remaining vamps. Even though I love that he’s apparently packing heat everywhere he goes now, it does a fat lot of good because Eric just pulls the bullet out and throws him through the table full of Say No To Hate/AVL 4 LIFE/Team Flanagan merchandise. He’s about to sink a flagpole into Bill but is stopped by Sook, who summons her most impressive, double-fisted ball of fairy light yet and hurls it at the Blond One in all its zappy glory. Or should I say zappy memory restoring glory, as after it hits him we’re treated to the greatest hits of Eric Northman, now available for the first time ever in a snazzy six-second montage! Order now for your free ‘We got busy in Narnia?!’ befuddled facial expression! So all this time Eric was just in need of some electroshock therapy. Those AVL cheapskates, couldn’t even foot the bill for a good psychiatrist.
Now that the assassination is off everybody can re-group at Bill’s. Eric remembers everything, even the post-cursing romance with Blond One #2, who isn’t looking particularly happy that the Eric with a disposition of a Twinkie is no more. He can’t understand what the big deal is, since he hasn’t changed, he’s just got some extra filling. I guess that would make him a Snickers now, since he got his nuts back. But she insists it has nothing to do with him or what confection he now resembles, its that the near-staking has combined with the sexy couch fantasy to make her realise that she still loves Bill, and I guess being with one when she loves both would make her feel guilty or something highly inconvenient like that. Or, maybe it would just be too much of a compromise and she really did mean it when she said in the dream that it’s both or nothing. In which case I’ll say it again: you greedy slut! Snickers is not happy about this and tries to pull the ‘You are mine’ card, but Sook says she never agreed to anything of the sort. He then tries the ‘I love you’ card but is left hanging, then the moment is interrupted by Pam, who is probably happier than anyone to have her badass Viking back. Although not happy enough to muster up anything more than a quick ‘Well thanks’ and some frosty glares to Sook. That Pam, always a softie. I bet she’s working on the ‘Thanks for un-cursing my maker’ gift pie as we speak.
No soup for you! A true death on the other hand...
Flanagan is with Bill in his office laying out her plan to steal his civil rights analogy to put a spin on the violence that occurred. Except Bill hates her more than ever, especially since her media image-centric ‘No dead humans’ rule got in the way of him dealing with Marnie when she was, well, still Marnie, and now he’s fucking had it with her. Her and the mysterious ‘factions’, who are mentioned once again. ‘You’re not in charge anymore, and we’re taking the necromancer out. By any means necessary.’ Including sending Antonia to a fiery demise yet again, this time with the rather more modern and dramatic tactic of blowing up Moon Goddess and everyone in it. Including Tara who saved his ass and all the other humans, who will just be some unfortunate collateral in a war that will prevent a potential genocide. Sook is less than happy about the plan and leaves to start formulating one of her own, and all the vamps go to ground in silver again. Nan is trying to show Bill that she’s still boss by sentencing him to a painful and degrading execution, but he’s too busy compiling his shopping list for Explosives ‘R Us to pay her any mind. So she just starts handing out True Deaths to Eric and Pam as well. Yeah, turns out she was saying ‘True death for you’ and not ‘No soup for you’. Jess doesn’t give a rat’s who gets what soup or even what the hell they’re doing just as long as she can kill some shit.
Todd Lowe (Terry Bellefleur) reveals a few juicy Bellefleur tidbits to TVGuide.com.
As you all know, the Mighty Andy Bellefleur (Chris Bauer) has been struggling to get off vampire blood. It will be just as hard for Terry (Todd Lowe) to convince Andy he’s a better person without V. “It’s emotional and we’re going to see some things with Terry and Andy that we really haven’t seen before,” Lowe tells TVGuide.com. “We get little hints of the Bellefleur past and we’re going to learn a lot more about who they were as young boys. [It's] almost like a rivalry, like brothers except they’re cousins.”
Whether Terry will be able to knock some sense into the Bon Temps’ sheriff remains to be seen. “That will be Andy’s decision, ultimately,” Lowe adds. “But Terry is going to spell it out for him.”
Terry will also be dealing with problems of his own when Patrick (Scott Foley), an old army buddy, arrives in the season finale. “He looked [Terry] up” Lowe explains, “He found him and I guess he has something to say and something to talk about. You don’t just wander in and find someone at their workplace unless you have something important to share with him.”
Though their encounter in the finale will be brief, Foley is expected to return in a bigger capacity next season. Lowe hopes this means viewers will see flashbacks to Terry’s time in the war. “I’d like to maybe trim my beard and see Terry look a little younger,” he says. “I’d like to see where his post-traumatic stress disorder actually came from. Was it a series of events? Was it a friend or life that was lost in front of him? Was it someone’s life that he took? I’d like to see where that goes and see why Terry is so screwed up.”
“I have a feeling it’s going to go kind of dark,” he adds. “I got a hint from [executive producer] Alan Ball that we’re going to see a little darker side to Terry.”
They’ll be plenty of dark as the HBO series heads into the season finale, which takes place during Halloween — a holiday you’d expect to inspire even more craziness given all the supernaturals running around. “Wouldn’t you think it’d be just a little bit anticlimactic with all this other stuff going on?” Lowe counters. “But I guess the people of Bon Temps find a way to celebrate the Halloween holiday.”
There’s only three episodes left this season and it looks like certain storylines are finally coming to head in Bon Temps. In this week’s previews for episode 46,”Burning Down the House,” Terry and Arlene discover Andy’s secret habit, Antonia’s hostages in the Moon Goddess Emporium, which include a severely pissed off Holly and Tara, decide channel their resources to escape, and Jason immediately feels the guilt of hooking up with his best friend’s ex-girlfriend.