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TV Line interview Stephen Moyer about Season 7

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Stephen Moyer is currently busy promoting “The Sound Of Music” but of course the temptation to question him about the final season of True Blood is just too much. Today he has been speaking to TV Line.

HBO’s decision to bring True Blood to a close after its upcoming seventh season was the correct one — so believes leading man Stephen Moyer.

“I think they made the right call to say, ‘Let’s finish it on a massive run of 10 episodes,’” he tells TVLine, adding that the cabler considered extending the series through an eighth season. “It was either going to be one season or two seasons… and I would’ve definitely [stayed] on. But it’s very difficult with a show like ours to keep finding a Big Bad and creating all the drama around it.

Moyer — who stars alongside Carrie Underwood in this Thursday’s three-hour event The Sound of Music Live (8/7c, NBC) — admits he remains mostly in the dark about what showrunner Brian Buckner has in store for the vampire hit’s final stretch. But in the following mini-Q&A, he shares what little he does know about the 10-episode farewell. He also opens up about the “sad” goodbye that awaits him and the one ill-fated True Blood pairing he’s still mourning.

TVLINE | When I spoke to Brian at the end of Season 6, he mentioned that this final season would be a reset of sorts for Bill. He specifically said that he doesn’t want to see Bill be an a–hole anymore. Reaction? I think that it’s really hard. The characters can’t [always] be who the audience — or the actor — wants them to be at all times. That would be dull. A bunch of people loved Bill and Sookie together, but a whole bunch of people didn’t. So you can’t just please this bunch or that bunch. As [series creator] Alan Ball once said, “I’m not interested in people being happy.” And I’ve always said, as soon as you see one of our couples get together, you know [they're] f—ed. As soon as Hoyt and Jessica got together I was like “No! They’re going to f—ing kill this, I know they are!” Because [that relationship] was so beautiful… I loved playing [Bill]. I love him. Whether they’re were things that I feel were done well or badly or right or brilliantly, I love him.

TVLINE | Brian also said the final season will focus more on Bill-Sookie, specifically the Bill-Sookie-Alcide triangle. I know nothing. I’m directing the first episode, as you probably know, and I haven’t seen [the script]. We shoot [The Sound of Music Live] on the fifth of December and I start prep on True Blood on the ninth.

TVLINE | Wow, no break for you. No. [Laughs].

TVLINE | Personally, do you think Bill and Sookie are the endgame? I don’t know whether they can be, given everything that’s happened between them. What Bill did was open up something inside her that she had never had before. He was the key to a new world for her. And maybe that’s all he was supposed to be — a window into that world. I don’t think that there is a right or wrong answer. I think a bunch of people would be happy if that was the story and a bunch of people would be pissed off if that was the story. I don’t read that s–t, so I don’t care, ultimately. All I want to do is do the show and have fun doing it.

TVLINE | What does Anna think? She would have a completely different answer. She would probably say, “Sookie should go off and become a barwoman in New York.”

TVLINE | How are you feeling emotionally about this chapter of your life coming to an end? Sad… You know what a crazy group of people it is. Around Episode 4 or 5 [of every season] we always start getting panicked about that season ending, because it’s a f—ing family. That word is bandied about a little bit too much, but it really does feel like [a family]. I’m going to be very excited about what’s to come [career-wise], but slightly bereft that it’s all going to be done.

 If Stephen is starting his prep for directing on Monday, hopefully we may get a title and a writer soon.
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24 comments on “TV Line interview Stephen Moyer about Season 7

  1. Wow, Thanks for the info. Evie!!! That’s good to know that Steve will be going back to work on Episode one this coming Monday. Hopefully, something will leak out about the episode soon. I know that Season 7 will not be what we want it to be and thats’ what is most dishearting to me. I really in all truthfulness, can not look forward to the last season on the series, hopefully, I will feel a bit differently when it get closer to the start.

    • You said it perfectly. I cannot wrap my head around this series ending so soon. When Stephen saying it’s difficult to make up a Big Bad…Geez Ms. Harris did it for 13 books and we can’t get more than 7 seasons! But, knowing whatever the audience wants whether Bill or Eric we aren’t going to get any of it and that is very sad!

  2. I read this interview, it made me really sick in my stomach!!!! I don’t believe what Brian Buckner said (those interviews are super old, probably those those idiots changed after those minds by now after receiving those complaints). I believe this Michael Auseillo is a mega annoying douchbag lover. I really hope they kills him off in the 1st ep!!! I CAN`T STAND Billy Boy sh*t anyway.

    That’s right, the whole of us eric fans don’t want to see Sookie ends up with that Douchbag Billy!!!!!

  3. PLEASE tell me that Brian Buckner’s got nothing to do with Season 7???
    Bring back Alan Ball,and let him get the train back on to the tracks..
    NO more Hep-V storyline …What I want to see is Eric/Sookie.

  4. I’m not sure what to make of this: if he’s being sincere or just touting what he (or the people prepping him for this interview, if there were any) thinks Trubies might want to hear. The whole thing was rather interesting though, albeit I am unsurprised by what he said about A-Ball…

    So, Anna thinks Sookie should become a bar-woman, eh??? LOL I wander if there’s any other vampire with bar experience that might be able to help her… :p

    • I think Stephen is being pretty sincere. I remember an interview with him a while back where he said that he gave up worrying what people thought about Bill mid-way through season 2. He knows Bill is not the most popular character and Bill & Sookie are not the most wanted couple but there are fans out there who still want them back together like in season 1.

      I just hope the media aren’t going to get too obsessed with Bill & Sookie in the build up next season, that could put a real damper on the build up for fans of everyone else. The problem is that a lot of the media don’t watch the show regularly so they just go by seeing promo posters or Bill & Sookie from the early days.

  5. I believe ******** is the 1 who started the show as a ****** ripout with “Billy Boy luv Sookie” cr*p to making money off on their relationship (like Stephenie Meyer did with Robert Patterson/Kristen Steward were dating).

    I finds this Michael Auseillo really annoying, I want someone to punch this Billy boy lover in the face to shut him up,because he keep on asking Steve Moyer. No one don’t want to see Sookie have a Happily Ever After with her sicko lying abusive ex.

    I have to wait what Alex will say after he get back from the South Pole.

    • I’m sorry but I have had to edit your comment due to the homophobic nature of your remark. We like to be easy going here with comments as we know fans need to let off steam and we want to keep it that way, but personal insults aimed at real life people have no place here or on any blog.

      • No disrespect to Shelli, but thank you, Evie. (And thanks for the post in general.)

      • I am sorry, I am trying to say Alan Ball is the 1 that started the show as Twilight rip out to making money off on Anna/Steve`s relationship.

        I am not trying to make fun people`s sexual. I still respect them who they really are. I have a aunt who like Pam(I like Pam a lot) and my high school my friend is bisexual (I still treat her my sister).

        I am sorry I said those things. The truth is I am really tick at this interview. I am really disappointed Michael brought Eric up and asking nonsense to SM that he believe Brian said.

        • I meant I was really tick at the interview

          • I also meant he didn’t brought Eric up in the interview.:'(

          • Shelli-It’s all good. We all say things we wish we hadn’t said, or wish we had said differently (like I did here the other day when I tried to join in what I interpreted as a light-hearted joke about the Sound of Music remake). And I like Pam a lot too.

            I certainly share your frustration with TB. I was thinking the exact same thing: why was there no mention of Eric in this interview (that I know of)? Or Alex, for that matter.

  6. I still say Buckner is going to pull a “Harris” and have Sookie settle for Seal Sex Sam after Plot Device Nicole is conveniently killed off or sent away at the last possible second, with a generous side helping of a fake-“redeemed” Rapist Bill. No, thanks.

    The media usually seem to ship Sookie crawling back to her Abuser Bill. Why, it’s like the first FIVE YEARS of the show, regarding Sookie and Bill and Sookie and Eric, pretty much never happened…I must have imagined those seasons. :)

    Please correct me if I’m wrong, but I thought Buckner may have said post-s6 finale that there isn’t going to be a Big Bad in s7? Yet Stephen said in this interview that the writers have to keep finding a Big Bad and creating drama around that character, and that that gets difficult to keep doing.

    Again, I do not buy for one second that Stephen is pretty much clueless about how Buckner will end TB. The writers consider Abuser Bill their “most important” character.

    I never thought I’d say this, but I think I miss Alan Ball. I think. :(

    I still have no interest in attempting to stomach a “love triangle” between Sookie, her rapist Bill, and her (JUST MY OPINION) attempted rapist Alcide. That’s not what I consider appointment television.

    Stephen publicly called the Sookie-Bill s1 graveyard dirt scene a rape. In this interview, Stephen keeps saying he “loves” the character. Stephen publicly claims to love a character who he himself has admitted is a rapist and who keeps getting away with his evil actions and keeps getting the “hero’s” welcome? I really hope Stephen is trolling. Otherwise, that just makes this show even more of a depressing letdown to me.

    I respectfully disagree with Stephen. There IS a right answer. Sookie needs to try to get away from her abuser Bill once and for all. Tina Turner eventually was able to get away from Ike, thankfully lived, survived, and THRIVED, and found her own HEA with Erwin Bach. Most of the audience will be depressed but resigned if Sookie crawls back to Bill. I would hope that Stephen would not genuinely want that. That is a terrible message to put out in the world. Terrible.

    I have more to “say,” but something came up. I’ll be back. :)

    • It won’t be Sam, he has his own shit to deal with. I doubt he wants any of Sookie’s drama, as was proven last season when he shot her down, but he would still be a better choice than Bill. Hell, anyone would be. So far, I haven’t heard one thing that makes me even remotely interested to watch the final season.

      • I think it might be Sam. I don’t think Buckner had Sookie (the supposed main character) more-or-less say, “Gee, Sam, I always thought you and I would end up together” for nothing. I think Buckner WANTS us to think that was the end of Sam as a possibility for Sookie. I think Buckner might think that’s clever misdirection. I agree that Sam would be better for Sookie than Bill, but that’s not saying much; I also think that pretty much anybody would be, even Alcide. We’re speaking the same language on that point. We’ll know where Buckner jumped less than a year from now. I’m also not interested in watching s7. I’ll come to E&SL for the recaps, wait till the series finale airs, and if I can stomach it, then and only then will I watch.

        • Oh, by the way, in case anybody at HBO is reading this and is interested, I stopped buying the TB DVDs and comic books after DEA was spoiled, and I will not spend one more direct penny on TB ever again unless I like (or, dare I say, love) the ending. That is all. Carry on…:)

        • I’m sure it was for nothing, just like everything else on this show. They did it to acknowledge the last book, that was it. With only 10 episodes left, they’re probably going to focus more on the nauseating triangle that no one gives a damn about. There wouldn’t be any time to throw a last minute romance with Sam in there, then again, CH had no problem pulling that out of her ass when it didn’t go at all with the rest of the books, I don’t care what she says. But I’m sure these writers had a Bill ending planned since the very beginning, I don’t see it changing now.

          • I actually think Ball/the writers could have planned a Sookie/Sam endgame all along. Get the audience all worked up/distracted over Team Bill vs. Team Eric (vs. Team Alcide vs. Team Warlow) and quietly slip in Sam at the last second. A “clever” ending for a supernatural story. Maybe, maybe not. At the very least, I think Ball knew since he started developing TB what Harris had in mind for her SVM endgame. I think Buckner may have done the Sookie/Sam scene as more than a DEA acknowledgment. It could be foreshadowing. You could be right, though. We’ll know next summer. I hope I’m wrong, but I’m prepared for it.

            My guess on Harris is that she intended Sam, got lost on the Eric “side trip” because it was lucrative, then, starting with book 11 (or even book 10), tried to awkwardly jam it back to Sam for her “artistic integrity.” Who cares what she wrote before? :)

            I find the TB s7 triangle nauseating too. Which is why I’ll only read about it, here at E&SL, from these souls who are much more brave than I.

        • Thank you for defending me for that. I was worry that they report me or block me. :(

          I can`t believe that idiot Micheal believe in Buckner`s b***s**t,because those interviews are freaking 7 months old. I believe they changed their idiotic minds after getting a lot of complaints. It looks Micheal is only Billy lover beside Rutina. I believe this Michael misheard what Brian Buck said or didn`t listen those interviews. Brian Buckner made up stuff all time.

          It looks like Stephen Moyer getting annoy by that Michael guy to asking Is there going be “Billy boy and Sookie HEA” c**p.*vomit* If I was him or viking, I punch that idiot in the face. That idiot Micheal. (Thanks goodness, I unliked Tvline and I am not going that tvline site never again).

          Steve don’t known anything, all he known Brian Buckner and his writers looking a new big bad. It looks like they decided to change things up after they receiving those complaints, hopefully,because probably Brian Buckner was planning to make Eric as a big bad for next season(that I was worry about, he was thinking about Eric as evil or a zombie vamp. :( ) before a lot people got tick off) At least they didn’t screw around Eric character so far.

          I still believe lame,boring Alcide/douchbag /Sookie triangle only will last 2 or 3 eps of the beginning of season (until Eric shown up at the end of ep 1) and I don’t think Sookie is going to running back to douchbag unlike Michael Auseillo thouht. I got funny feelings that Eric is coming back in Bon Temps and cause trouble between douchbag and Sookie,because there`s a lot of hints that Eric`s coming back (1st ep title: “Jesus gonna come”,Willa as a regular, and casting his luv interest for ep2).

          I am sorry for nasty things in the beginning of my comments, but that Michael Auseillo was getting on my nerves. I really hope you guys didn’t block or report me. :( I always luv this site matter what if the show over. I hope the site continue on the beautiful viking Eric`s legacy.

          • Shelli-for what it’s worth, you sound sincere to me in your apology for that previous post. We all make mistakes. God knows I do. :)

            I apologize too for my previous post where I tried to join in what I felt was a light-hearted joke about the Sound of Music remake. I never intended to disrespect Stephen or anyone involved in the project or anyone interested in the project.

            Back to TB…Shelli, I wish people like Michael Ausiello would ask all the TB people more important questions. Like: why have previous characterizations and plot lines seemingly been erased in order to do whatever you feel like doing now?

            I still have no trust in Buckner and the writers but I’ll read the recaps here at E&SL.

            I hope Shelli is right that Alcide as part of the fake “triangle” is over soon in the season. No offense to Manganiello, but I don’t understand why this character is still around. I have concern that Bill might be put on a fake “redemption” tour, but hopefully that’s not where Buckner is headed. I wouldn’t mind Eric, IN CHARACTER, coming back to Bon Temps, but I still suspect Buckner might end it badly. :(

            I suspect Sookie might settle for Sam at the last second, again.

            I agree with Shelli that I hope everyone here continues E&SL after TB is over, if you’re still interested. Perhaps, like you guys suggested, as an Alex site…

  7. I’ll try to finish my initial “statement” :):

    I respectfully disagree with Stephen: I don’t think a bunch of people would be happy if Bill and Sookie were “romantic” (I use that word VERY loosely) endgame. He can’t seriously think that, right? RIGHT? He HAS to be trolling. PLEASE tell me Stephen is trolling. I would like to think that Stephen would care about participating in sending a message to the TB audience that it’s acceptable and LOVING for a victim to take back her abuser, or at least be “friends” with her abuser. That’s one of the messages that Harris left her SVM audience. I would hope that Stephen-and EVERYONE involved with creating TB-would care about that.

    I’m very concerned about the whitewashing of Bill and Alcide, Violet abusing Jason, Sookie, Eric, Pam, etc., being written OOC (my opinion), Lala not having a s/l, Tara being stuck with her original abuser Lettie Mae, Sam’s creepy relationship with Nicole (I feel sorry for her), all of Sam’s “girlfriends” being conveniently killed off (even technically Tara) to keep Sam inorganically on the line for Sookie, previously established characterizations and s/ls being completely disregarded, etc. NONE of this seems to have been addressed by Michael Ausiello.

    I like Anna’s wish for Sookie. A LOT. I think Anna would do a MUCH better job of writing this show than Buckner. (And I like Alexia’s comment about this part of Stephen’s interview.)

    I’m sorry to “say” this, but right now the only thing I’m feeling about TB ending is relief. I hope to change my mind, but right now I don’t see it happening. Right now TB feels like DEA/AD to me, and it makes me sad. :(

    I still would like to know why most of the original TB writers left the show…

    I wonder if Stephen has some issues with Alan Ball’s writing. Stephen referred to the s6 Billith storyline (which Buckner inherited from Hudis, and which Hudis inherited from Ball) to Chelsea Handler as “boring.” In this interview, Stephen says the characters can’t be who the audience-or the actors-want the characters to be. Then Stephen mentioned Alan not being interested in watching happy people on TV. Stephen (again, JUST MY OPINION) hinted that he may not be entirely happy with how Bill has been written at some points. Maybe on Alan’s watch, maybe not, maybe both. I’m just curious here. NO disrespect to Stephen intended.

    I’m getting off my soapbox for now (I think :)). Thanks for the forum to express ourselves. And thanks for posting this interview, Evie. Wishing everyone here a good day and a good Holiday/Winter season.

    Again, love the E&SL “snow.” :)

  8. To be fair to Stephen, he could have been joking when he called the Billith storyline “boring.”

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