True Blood Season 5 To Focus On Religion and Politics

In interviews, Alan Ball has explained:

“We wanted to play with the politics/religion angle, since that seems to be something that never stops,” he told USA Today. Recalling the moment he first imagined such storyline, he shared to Entertainment Weekly, “My first instinct about going into religion and politics was from watching Michele Bachmann, who thinks she has a direct line to God.”

“Some of the things being said by some people during the Republican primary were so horrifying to me that I thought, ‘What if vampires wanted a theocracy? What would that look like?’ ” he went on elaborating. “Whenever anybody thinks they know what God wants and wants to apply that to government, whether Americans or the Taliban, it’s kind of a terrifying thing.”

Brought in to heat up the vampire political world is Christopher Meloni‘s Roman, who is the leader of Vampire Authority. Describing his character, the “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” alum said, “He’s a vampire wanting to change the system, fighting against what he sees as fanatics. He’s a man interested in co-existence. I think he’s a forward-thinking guy.”

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Stephen Moyer is saying that the show will be more serious and less campy this year. Here’s hoping it is more focused and less scattered in tis storytelling. Last season there were too many stories just moving an inch at a time every single week. The show would do well to learn from other great shows like Lost or Battlestar Galactica or The Sopranos and occasionally spend an episode zeroed in on several characters and even omit others altogether sometimes so that some self-contained stories that mean something can actually be told.

In either case, I am really looking forward to the show’s return.

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