Alex Skarsgard & Kristen Bauer on their True Blood backstory: we waited 5 years

Mild spoilers for previous and future episode of True Blood below
EW has details of the True Blood panel at Comicon, and I’ve just spent a few enjoyable minutes watching the highlights, above. EW doesn’t even do the video justice, it must have been amazing to be there. Kristen Bauer (Pam) gets chocked up when she describes how much she cares about Alex Skarsgard (Eric) and how emotional it was for her to film the scene where he released her as his progeny. (That’s at 2:30 in the video above.) Then he kisses her hair! It’s really sweet. In their interview with EW, (video is at the bottom of this page on EW) Alex talked about filming his back story with Pam, calling it “amazing,” and adding that they’ve “been waiting five years for that.” They both agreed that they wanted more details behind that story. You can tell they have a close friendship.

At about 5:30 in the video above, Ryan Kwanten (Jason) walks on his hands across the stage! It’s amazing, and I got the feeling that Joe Manganiello was wishing he’d taken his shirt off instead of just standing up and doing a little half-stripper move. You know he would have taken it all off if he thought he could get away with it. (at :30)

Anyway here are the highlights from EW, with more at the source. Again, spoilers!

On Bill and Eric’s Bromance
Moyer tells Skarsgard he looks good in his black T-shirt. (They’re playing up that bromance we’ve seen this season). “We’ve had a little too much fun together and its been four years of us fighting over Sookie. There’s like a Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid,” says Skarsgard. Moyer adds, “We have to join together so animosity aside, I felt like when we work together, there is something between us in the past that we haven’t seen yet, like an old friendship.”

Kristen Bauer (Pam) on her Walmart sweatsuit
Time to address Pam’s wardrobe! “I see a Walmart sweatsuit in the front row,” says Von Straten of a group of costumed fans. She talks about the day it was picked out for her. ”There was a rack of Walmart sweatsuits and we start with a yellow one and we say, I don’t think we have to try on anything else.” Meanwhile, Tara has discovered her boobs while stripping! Is she discovering her leathery side, too? “Pam went up to Tara and made me up,” Wesley explained. “My mother called me and said `that bustier!’ It’s been fun to have the fangs out.”

On what’s to come & the series’ future
There will be more flashbacks of the Stackhouse parents, Ball promised. “Were going to learn more about what happened to them and the affects on Sookie and Jason.” Ball confirms that there are “definitely some hot sex scenes,” coming up, “and all tastes will be satisfied.”

A fan asks whether we’ll see a faerie war in the series. “We have at least one, possibly two more seasons, um possibly three for all I know of the show going forward. I would say there probably is a chance of that,” Ball said.

On 50 Shades casting rumors
Moderator tells Skarsgard that a lot of people on Twitter want him to star in the movie version of 50 Shades of Grey. “I gotta read that. I haven’t read it.” Moyer replies, “He’s just lived the life.” Says Skarsgard, ”All I heard is he’s got a chamber in his basement.” Paquin: “You’ve got experience in that!”

Stephen Moyer thanks showrunner Alan Ball, who is stepping down after this season
Moyer ends the panel by paying tribute to Ball. ”Everytime you think you just did the most amazing scene, you get something more incredible from Alan Ball. It would be a very fitting end to this panel to thank Alan Ball for making this happen.” The crowd and the cast give Ball a standing ovation. “If I wasn’t so old and tired and so beat up I would do more seasons of this show,” Ball said. “It’s the most fun I’ve had in my career.”

[From EW]

As for where this show is now, True Blood really ramped up this season and last’s night’s episode was one of the most interesting so far. I have to say, however, that there’s very little I’m invested in beyond the plots with the vampires. Whatever is going on with Terry and the smoke monster, Alcide being pack master, the faerie land, and Jesus’ soul being trapped in the underworld is just not as exciting to me. It’s still solid TV, though. As I’ve mentioned before, there are parts of the show that I don’t pay as much attention to. The cliffhanger last night had me on the edge of my seat, and I enjoy the drama over masked bandits killing supes. I love this show and it’s so much fun for me to see the actors discuss their characters and relationships.

Here’s the trailer for Season 5. Some of these things we’ve seen happen already, but there are also spoilers – beware.

Alex is shown alone looking hot outside Comicon on 7-13-12. Photos from Comicon are from 7-14-12. Anna is getting big, and she does not look thrilled about it. Cute! Credit: Tonnessen/Steinberg,

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  1. beyonce's bump says:

    I am huge fan of TB. I am not too sure about this season though. I feel like there are just way too many story lines with the characters. the writers really need to pick a bunch and just develop them deeper as oppose to getting superficial glances of each character’s story line. ugh

  2. sanna says:

    Even though Kristin is married (to some cheesy long-haired dude) I still want her and Alex to be together forever and have babies and stuff. Dangit. They’ve always been the best part of the show.

    • rufustfirefly says:

      Those two ran away with he show at Comic Con. I thought I was going to break down and start sniffling right along with Kristin when she started crying. They are so wonderful together, and they are definitely the reason I keep tuning in to watch TB.

  3. marie says:

    I love TB, but there are a lot of things going on right now that I don’t care to watch. Like Terry and the smoke machine, Sam (poor guy always gets crapped on)and Hoyt-go away already..

    See, last night to me wasn’t a cliff hanger, I knew it was coming-just wasn’t sure when..

    • Celebitchy says:

      The Terry thing I agree with, but I actually kind of like Hoyt as a fangbanger and how desperate he is to get Jessica back. I find their story line really sweet.

      I just want to know how the situation in the room with Russell resolves itself – like does anyone else die, does he just zoom out of their afterwards, etc? You know that Eric and Bill are going to be fine, but what happened to the rest of the higher-ups in that movement? Is it over now, etc.

      • marie says:

        I think if anyone else dies, which I’m not sure they will-it will be the red-headed lady and the older gentlemen (never remember their names) I think the rest of them were in on it, with Salome? (7 veils lady) being the leader. Not sure who will take up lead of VA, unless it’s Bill/Eric just to kill Russell..

      • MorticiansDoItDeader says:

        I know all the monsters stem from real folklore, but all that smoke monster does is remind me of Lost.

      • Isabel says:

        Agreed, When the thing appeared I even heard the Lost Smoke Monster sound, or I am going insane, also possible. Anyways, found it too much the same.. Was afraid i was the only one hahahaha

      • MorticiansDoItDeader says:

        @isabel, I too thought they used the same sound effect for the smoke monster! I think we may be on to something!

      • Isabel says:

        Hhahaa thank god I am not the only one then, haha! Thought I was going a bit crazy xD

  4. Genevieve says:

    PHEW!! Just looking at Alex makes me HOT…what a lucky little wench Kristin Bauer is to have played opposite Alex for so many seasons.

    The “release” scene with K and A had me boohooing. Everyone in that cast keeps their sh*t tight, the writing veers off into “Huh?” land at times, but I dearly love the show. Sunday on HBO is must see TV for me (well, until The Newsroom came along).

  5. mayamae says:

    All the actors used their real accents except Skarsgard – I am just dying to hear that accent!

    I don’t know if it’s HD or bad makeup, but Pam has looked every one of her 45 years this season. It was very noticeable in the flashback scenes. Maybe it’s because the actress is painfully thin.

    • MorticiansDoItDeader says:

      It’s been said before but, bears repeating, after a certain age a lady has to choose between her face and her ass. (In other words, if you want to be that thin, your face will suffer but if you put on a few lbs it really helps out facially).

    • cr says:

      Alex does an ‘Eric’ voice for TB, but he doesn’t really have a Swedish accent anymore, got rid of it for Generation Kill, and tweaked it for Straw Dogs.
      It sneaks out on occasion, though.

  6. grabbyhands says:

    While I think most of what I’ve seen so far has been a vast improvement over last season, I’m always still surprised when I hear people say that they think its the best season ever. There are some bright spots, but for the most part the show is still suffering from the the same problem it has had for the past two seasons-too many new characters and too many side stories that no one cares about. And they REALLY need to stop trying to make the fairies happen. I hope they find a way to rein it in next season, because the Comic Con doesn’t make me that excited-it makes me afraid that they’re going to try and cram too much into the rest of the season and it will end up being a clusterf**k again.

    • Jenna says:

      I agree. From what I’ve heard, the show may have some highlights, but overall it’s just bad. Quality TV it is not.

  7. Ashling says:

    Alex and Kristen are always fun to watch in real life. They have great chemistry and Alex really loosens up with her. Why no pics of Alex kissing Christopher Meloni? That was one of my favorite moments.

  8. Jenna says:

    Eric and Pam need their own show. Now THAT I would watch. Love Alex and Kristen.

    As for the ‘steamy sex scenes’, if it’s what’s rumored, I’m even happier I ditched the show. Hopefully next season will be its last, and the actors can move on to something better.

  9. MorticiansDoItDeader says:

    How do these panels work? Do fans get to ask whatever they want or is it all the entertainment mags and the like?

    • the original bellaluna says:

      I think it’s a mix of fan questions and media questions. (I have to ask my oldest nerdling to be sure.) 😉

  10. Az says:

    No Chris Meloni? Really? Also, where was Tara?

    • Amy says:

      They’re in the two seats on Sam Trammell’s left (when Ryan Kwanten hand-walks at the end of the video).

  11. Katyusha says:

    The Smoke Monster is stupid.

    I think Deborah Ann Woll is so gorgeous!!!

    • RHONYC says:

      ‘I think Deborah Ann Woll is so gorgeous!!!’


      u read my mind! 😀

  12. Jen says:

    LOVED the interaction between Kristen and Alex. Pam has really grown on me the past couple of seasons, and their scene when Eric released her had me sniffling.

    I never fast forward through True Blood but I absolutely can’t stand the smoke monster garbage. If they *had* to give Terry his own thing, they should’ve made Scott Foley (can never remember his character’s name) the pyromaniac. To me that would’ve been much more interesting.

    I love True Blood, but they need to cut back on the story lines. Terry, Lafayette, Andy, and Sam don’t need their own this season. Hoyt I can see because it does directly relate to vampires. Tara as well.

    It’s like they’ve tried to give all the secondary characters their time front and center, and all it ends up doing is creating a bunch of garbage no one cares about. If they trim that extra stuff off and not try to cram every folklore/supernatural thing in it’d do wonders for the show, IMO.

    That said, it’s still my favorite show on TV right now.

  13. the original bellaluna says:

    Pam, Eric, and LaFayette are the reasons I still watch TB. Oh, and Jessica!

    I cried when Eric released Pam. So heart-wrenching.

  14. iseepinkelefants says:

    Eh I stopped watching after the first episode this season. I might get back into it if Ball leaves. Ball sucks and made this show his personal wet dream. Ugh.

    • Amy says:

      (I realize you haven’t had the pleasure of witnessing them if you quit after ep 1, but…) The fairy nightclub scenes are SO embarrassing. Ugh.

  15. Isabel says:

    Skars and Kristin are the cutest together! Their chemisty on and off screen is amazing. They both seem like really cool people anyway, Kristin being all about the animals and always crying, such a sweetie. The fact that she is so close with Skars makes me believe he is a great person too, otherwise Kristin wouldn’t like him, the sweetheart she is.
    I agree she looks so much older suddenly, in these pics not so much, but on screen.. WOW. Bad lights I guess. You can also see she wears a pancake of makeup in some scenes, too bad because she looks better with less. Same with Skars, he also looks old sometimes, the wrinkles in his forehead can start their own show. In normal photos/videos they don’t pop out that much, must also be a lot of makeup (he has to look pale after all, so sure lot of powder and foundation is involved) and bad lights.
    I mainly watch the show for Pam and Eric (and Lala is hilariou), if one of them dies I stop watching. They are amazing together, it almost surprises me there aren’t any creepy datingrumors surrounding them, since the paps don’t care if someone is married or not (waits for a story of Kristin cheating on Abri with Skars, ohohoh please god no!).

  16. Amy says:

    Adorable. I love that Ryan and Stephen use their natural accents when doing promotion. I wish more of my favorite TV actors would do the same. Skarsgard, Andrew Lincoln, and Joel Kinnaman, I’m looking at you.

    • MQ says:

      I sometimes wonder if Alexander has been accustom to be living for quite sometime know in the States that he just speak unconsciously with the accent that he is using daily and the one he is hearing constantly, like cr says he doesn’t have a Swedish accent anymore, got rid of it for Generation Kill.

      Maybe when he is back in his homeland he starts listening to his native language and if he speak in english one could hear the accent but I do doubt it since I think this is the way he is familiar with.

      • cr says:

        I think if he were to spend an extended time back in Sweden the Swedish might creep back in a bit.

        He’s said his speaking voice in English now will be the one he has until he has to get another accent for a role.

  17. foozy says:

    love love and more love. hope alex gets fifty shades of gray!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. Miles says:

    Alex and Kristen are so great together, Alex really is a gorgeous guy and you can really see it when he’s “live”. As far as I’m concerned it could be the Alex/Kristen/Nelsan show.

    • cr says:

      And Denis O’Hare’s Russell, who had the best line of episode:

      “You’re fucking worse than humans. You might as well be praying to leprechauns or unicorns, or the mother fucking Kardashians! That makes just as much sense.”

  19. Mouning the Death of Music says:

    I’ve said it before on other posts but I’m going to get up on my soap box and repeat myself: I am one of the (apparent) few who do like the various story lines and have a vested interest in many of the “secondary” characters.

    I’m going to get bitchy about people calling Terry’s curse “The Smoke Monster”.

    Eller explained to Terry and Patrick that the curse is an Ifrit.

    Exerting the energy it takes to do a few key strokes and hitting Enter can easily give one the answer of exactly what an Ifrit (“smoke monster”) is.

    But for those who can’t be bothered here are a few exerts:

    In Islamic mythology, a class of infernal jinn (spirits below the level of angels and devils) noted for their strength and cunning.
    An Ifrit is an enormous winged creature of smoke, either male or female, who lives underground and frequents ruins.

    An Ifrit may be either a believer or an unbeliever, good or evil, but he is most often depicted as a wicked and ruthless being.

    Now excuse me while I hop off my soap box and savagely kick it across the room.

    • cr says:

      It’s not my favorite storyline, but I have no doubt it’ll tie into one of the main storylines (though hopefully sooner rather than later).
      One of the articles that I read after that episode mentioned other entities/groups that were also considered jinn-including Daughters of Lilith.

    • sup says:

      @Mouning the Death of Music [sic] Yes! Thank you. You just said everything I wanted to say.