True Blood‘s season six finale shocked, awed, and even irritated many of the show’s most dedicated fans, with the surprising death of a semi-villain and the apparent death of one of the show’s best characters.Those behind the show’s production continue making the rounds to discuss season six’s plot and what’s in store for the future of the show. The most recent comments shed some light on character deaths, their consequences, and what the Hep-V vampires will mean for humans and vampires.
Last week, True Blood showrunner Brian Buckner made comments that indicated that Eric was still alive and will continue to participate in True Blood as a full time character. Now, fearing he said too much, the executive producer is backtracking on his statements in an attempt to add more mystery to Eric’s fate, potentially adding insult to injury:
Well, I did not confirm that he’s alive. Not that I want to create more conversation, because I don’t, but to be clear, we’re not saying how we’re going to use him, we’re simply saying that we are using him.
With Eric’s fate still up in the air, fans must turn their questions toward where Eric was and why he was there. Although Buckner isn’t ready to reveal all of the details surrounding Eric’s winter getaway, he was willing to reveal a bit of the distressed vampire’s motivation:
With Nora gone, and having sought vengeance for her death, he found that the pain was still there and he doesn’t want to feel it again. So he retreated and returned home. That’s as much as the audience is meant to know. For now.
Eric’s death aside, fans were upset for another reason: Warlow’s death. Season six’s build up toward an important storyline involving Warlow came to a crashing halt as Warlow was staked by Jason, dying almost instantly. Why did Warlow die so easily? Why were there no consequences for his death?
Nobody knew the rule that if Warlow died, the blood that he gave to you would lose its efficacy. It was a surprise to all the vampires who realized that they just lost their ability to walk in the sun, but Eric was the only one in a timezone where it was light out. I think in the sort of “What the f— just happened?” of it all [Laughs] some people missed the idea that it was Warlow dying that precipitated that event. So if people called it an anticlimax, that Warlow’s death came and went without consequence, no, the Eric thing is the consequence of Warlow’s death.
The final moments of the finale left viewers with a major question: just what are the Hep-V vamps, and what are the consequences of their existence? Buckner elaborated on what these vampires are and what they mean for vampires and humans alike:
They’re weaker and driven by a need to eat in a way that the vampires that we’ve come to know are not. They have to drink human blood in larger quantities and more frequently than before. And the other thing to clarify — honestly, it feels weird to have to clarify everything, which is essentially what next season’s job is [Laughs] — but they’re not going to be zombies. They’re far more organized and haven’t lost their mental capacity.
True Blood won’t be back until Summer 2014, but you can always re-watch the series on HBO and HBO Go!