The wait is finally over. Season 6 of “True Blood” premieres Sunday night at 9/8c on HBO. When we last visited Bon Temps, Bill morphed into evil goddess Lilith after drinking her blood, Sookie and Eric escaped from the Authority and went on the run, and Andy discovered he’d fathered five fairy babies.
At a screening of the premiere, the cast revealed that this season will be even wilder. “Season 6 is a season on steroids. It takes the world that we all know and love and pumps it and explodes it in a way we’ve never seen before,” said Lauren Bowles (Holly.)
Here are five reasons that you need to watch:
1. The Rise of Billith
Is he Bill? Or Lilith? Or Billith? Bill’s transformation into a villain is one of the season’s major storylines. Stephen Moyer described Bill’s agenda. “He is out to try and find out what he is and what he can do. He doesn’t know. He doesn’t know what his purpose is. The last thing that he did is, I guess you could say it’s a selfish act. He drank the blood. He didn’t know what it was going to do. He just knew that he’d been led to that point. From then on, you are finding out just at the same time as he is what he is.” Jessica Clark (Lilith) adds, “I think Bill has qualities that – he’s not gone, he’s still Bill – but he’s Bill on another level. He’s got a prophetic ability and I think that’s going to be tremendously impactful.”
As for Bill and Sookie’s relationship, according to Moyer, “Bill, at the moment, has got other fish to fry.”
2. Sookie Gets A Family…
There have been numerous rumors that Rutger Hauer was joining the cast as Warlow, the vampire who killed Sookie’s parents. Hauer insists that’s not the case, that his character Niall is a friend to Sookie, not a foe. “[The rumors] are only because I thought I was going to play a vampire because I signed onto the show without knowing what I’m going to do. Then I found out that I was playing something completely different. It was a secret for a long time. I kind of found out on my feet with the series. I don’t know what’s up with this guy and then in the next episode I went, ‘Oh, okay. I didn’t know he was family.’”
“I show up as her great-grandfather. She’s like, “So what?” You can’t just show up like that and have a connection. We have a few more scenes before we got to really acknowledge each other…. He’s not so kind. He’s grumpy. But he loves his little family that is left. He’s not out for revenge. He’s out to heal.”
Niall does have an agenda beyond family bonding. “The only thing he really does is he tries to get Sookie because he has a secret that he wants her to know and he’ll talk to her so she can figure it out. There’s only two and half, or something, fairies left. The vampires have eaten them.”
3. …And a New Man
After five years of vampires and werewolves, Sookie meets a guy who is of her species, Ben (Robert Kazinsky). Kazinsky reveals:
“He’s a half-fairy like Sookie. She finds him by the side of the road. He’s as ostracized and lost and broken as she has ever been and for that reason. He’s the only character on the show that has ever had a real understanding of who she is and that offers her a real chance at a future of relative normality.” Of course, normality is a relative term on “True Blood.” “It’s a very, very sexual character as all fairies are. It’s a very, very sexual species.”
4. The Vampire-Human War
Now that the humans are aware that the Authority actually feeds on them, an all-out war arises between the two groups. Everyone is taking sides, including some returning characters from previous seasons. Sarah Newlin is back with a vengeance. Her portrayer Anna Camp explains, “In Season 2, there’s a reference to her sister getting addicted to V and everything that happened [with Steve turning into a gay vampire], she is really passionate about putting them in their place and segregation. She’s all about segregation and she thinks that they’re the devil incarnate if you know what I mean. She’s on a crusade to get the out of their society. She’s actually getting more and more powerful.”
“I think that the vampires are vulnerable in a way they never have been before. Their rights have been rescinded. Tru Blood is limited. The Authority is gone. The human government is saying go buy wooden bullets, so I think they’re vulnerable in a way they never have been. I would hate to see the vampires lose,” says Clark.
“The vampires are f–ked,” counters Hauer. “They can go on like this for a while. But no one lives for ever. Not even vampires.
5. The Sex
Let’s be honest. A big part of “True Blood’s” appeal is that the gorgeous cast is frequently naked. This season promises even more shirtless and pantsless men. Kazinsky claims he was constantly nude. “Sex scenes, sex scenes, some more sex scenes, dream sequences, sex scenes, sex scenes. I was doing ADR and I’m voicing-over a sex scene I’m doing and I had this really weird moment where I’m going, ‘I can see my ass from a third-person perspective.’”
Moyer, who has six years of sex scenes under his belt, said, “There are all sorts of inappropriate fall-out situations that we’ve all been through at various points and as John Gielgud once said to one of his leading ladies, I apologize to you if nothing happens below and I also apologize to you if something does.”
The sixth-season premiere of “True Blood” airs Sunday, June 16 at 9/8c on HBO.