In only a month and a half, "True Blood's" seventh and final season will premiere on HBO. The cast is keeping their mouths shut about what twists and turns can be expected, especially since Season 6 ended with a game-changing finale.
Zap2it spoke with Amelia Rose Blaire about the final season, and she was very vague in her teases. Her character, Willa, evolved from being a secondary character to one of the major players in Season 6, and Blaire promises an "out of control" ending to HBO's campy vampire drama.
Amelia Rose Blaire: In true "True Blood" tradition, we're going to pick up right where they left off. So where we left off, the Hep-V vamps were encircling Bellefleur's. To put it nicely, s*** was about to go down. After that, I don't really want to say much else, but being the final season of "True Blood" -- which is a show that always pushes the boundaries -- I think anything can happen and everything will happen.
When you came on as Willa in Season 6, did you know how long your arc would go?
No, no. I had absolutely no idea. I had gotten cast as a recurring character, and originally I think it was only supposed to be like four episodes, and then it quickly turned into seven, and then I ended up in being in nine out of the 10, which was so special. Then when I got the call that they wanted me back as a regular, I just started crying because I couldn't believe that it was actually happening.
What do you think it is about Willa that makes her so important for this final season?
I think she played a very crucial role last season with the vamp camp and what the governor was doing to all the vampires. Eric kind of used her as the biggest pawn, in a way, so she's been put in the middle of this huge fight between vampires and humans and the intolerance that has happened. In regards to what role she's going to play in the new season, I don't want to give too much away but I think she comes into her own as what it means to be a vampire.
The final half an hour of "True Blood" Season 6 really spun the show on its head. Will Season 7 have a return back to where it started?
I think it will be a combination of both because one thing I know that Bucky [Brian Buckner], the showrunner, really wants to do in this final season is to bring it back to what fans loved so much when the show first started, which was the relationships between vampires and humans, and the different layers of that. So I think that's definitely going to play a big part in the final season. But it is the final season, so I think things are going to be spinning and whirling out of control as well.
Each season of the show has its own sort of social commentary. What do you think that is in Season 7?
The spread and the creation of this new virus, Hep-V, which is infecting all the vampires can represent many different things, but off the top of my head I think of AIDS because it's incurable. I actually don't know how the whole season's going to end because we haven't seen the final couple of episodes, which is exciting not knowing where it is going. I don't quite know what the button's going to be that's going to end the whole series, but I think it's going to bring up relevant issues like it has in the past.
With the fact that you don't know how the show is going to end, does the cast theorize at all about what will happen those last three scripts?
For me, every time I had had an assumption or an idea of where I thought things were going to go, it went in a total different direction. So I have stopped myself from trying to make assumptions or trying to think about where I think everyone's going to end up, because every time I have, it's been wrong. And it's kind of fun not knowing what's going to happen, because it's really similar to life where you don't know what's going to happen the next day or you don't know what's going to fall into your lap. It's cool to get the scripts one at a time and [discuss], "What's going to happen? Oh my God, I can't believe that this is going down!" It's very fun. It's kind of like watching the episodes for the fans, I guess. That same type of anticipation.
We know Eric is going to come back this season, so can we expect his relationship with Willa to be just as complex as last year?
I'm not going to answer that question because I don't want to give away anything about Eric. I know that he is one of the most popular characters on the show, and literally every time I have an interview, everybody asks about him. So I don't want to say anything about that because I want people to be surprised.
How does the recently released promo for Season 7 serve as a representation for the season?
I think it's a really good tease. It has some really cool moments. One of my favorites is of Karolina [Wydra], who plays Violet, with two stakes in each of her hands and her fangs are out and she just looks like she is about to attack somebody. I was excited when I saw it.
People keep comparing the Hep-V vampires to zombies. Do you view them as zombie-like creatures, or do you perceive them as something else?
I mean, they're definitely really creepy looking. Any time there's actors playing the Hep-V characters on set, it just looks so scary because of all of the veins and everything and the way that they've made them up. But I don't really know, because "zombies" for me implies dead in the brain. Like, that's just not working and you're kind of a walking body. I don't think that the Hep-V vamps, in my opinion, are like that.
Any other thoughts on the experience of shooting this final season?
I'm very excited that I get to be part of the end of such a special show and such an iconic show, and one that I have been a fan of since Season 1. To get to bring it home with all the characters and the actors that I have been watching for five years has been really, really cool, and definitely a huge privilege. I know that everyone is working their hardest to make this the best end for a show that it could possibly be, because everybody has loved working on it so much and they want to do it justice.
"True Blood" Season 7 premieres on June 22 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.
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