'True Blood' cast reflects on series finale Thanksgiving dinner scene

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For many of the cast of "True Blood," the Thanksgiving scene at the end of the series finale was the last scene they shot on the show. Stars Noah Matthews, Bailey Noble and Gregg Daniel told Zap2it at the HBO Emmys party red carpet that it was an emotional day of filming.

"That was really emotional for me, but it was really nice to have so many cast members there for my final day of shooting," Noble, who plays Adilyn, says. "Everybody stood up and got a round of applause and we all hugged it out at the end. I was really emotional about it. That was when it really clicked in and hit me."

The scene only took a few hours to film, and it was timed during the cast's lunch so they could actually eat a Thanksgiving dinner provided by craft services.

"I think it was the perfect last scene. I think because we had everyone sitting down there at the same time at the same table, and we got to say what we were thankful for, and that was a really special moment," Matthews, who plays Wade Cleary, says. "I was thankful for all the experiences that we had. It was just such a blessing."

For Daniel, who plays Reverend Daniels, the last scene was the best way to end the show. "What a great ending," he says. "Renewal, rejuvenation, [Sookie's] having a baby, families are being created. I hope our fans got out of it what they deserve after seven, loyal, enthusiastic seasons."

Rob Kazinsky, who played Warlow in Season 6, walked the carpet with Noble and told Zap2it he had no idea what to expect from the finale. "It was actually really nice not being involved in the season because I had distance and I didn't read any scripts, I didn't know what was going to happen, and like everybody else I was guessing the whole time," he says. 

Though he was "hoping things were going to end one way, and then they didn't end that way," he still felt satisfied with the ending. 

"I think everybody saw a decline in the quality over a few seasons, and then [showrunner Brian Buckner] took over," Kazinsky says. "He's had two seasons to take it back to where it should be, and I think he did exactly that. He took it down to a more familial unit, made it about people's personal relationships, and the viewers, who stayed with it who kept faith with it, I think their faith was rewarded. I think it ended in the best possible way."

For Noble, it wasn't a surprise that Bill would die at the end. "I kind of had a sense that he was going to go, and I'm actually happy that he did because he wanted so badly to go," she says. "He made it clear that that was the choice he wanted to make, and I think it's good that's what he did and Sookie stayed true to herself, which is really beautiful."

Daniel was happy he got to shoot a one-on-one scene with leading lady Anna Paquin in the finale, and that it was such a significant moment.

"That was probably the only time I got to work one on one with Anna," he says. "It's such a pivotal scene in terms of what Sookie's going to do next with her faeriness, and I just appreciate the quality of the writing. It's so human. It's just so human and so sentimental. I'm just trying to advise another human being on 'be yourself in the end, whatever God created for you.' I just love the simplicity of it, but it's so profound at the same time."

He continues, "People are born that way and that's who you are, particularly in our contemporary society. You shouldn't be ashamed of that, and the fact that she embraces who she is, that she's just as good with or without, I thought that was important."
Photo/Video credit: HBO