True Blood always had a bit of humor, but do you feel like those moments have increased in recent seasons?
I think it’s grown steadily out of the writer’s seeing all of us cast members’ hidden talents. You always get humor with Jason (Ryan Kwanten) and there’s a serious side to him, and Lafayette(Nelsan Ellis). Nothing has played over the top, but there’s subtlety in some of the interactions between the human and the vampires, the supernatural.
Terry and Arlene, they’ve gone through an awful lot. Do you think there’s anything at this point that can come between them? They seem like a really good team.
There’s love there on both sides, and they support each other. And we’ll see moments when Terry’s had to be more supportive for Arlene, and we’ve had a lot of moments where Arlene has to support Terry. So we’ll see a few of those this year.
What do you think makes them such a good team?
Well, I think Terry is finally a good man for Arlene. She’s had bad luck with husbands in the past, especially in Season 1 being, married to a serial killer who left a potentially evil seed inside her. And he’s been supportive to Terry. Arlene is just the most beautiful, redheaded thing that he’s ever seen, and she’s going to give him a life of normalcy.
True Blood Music Supervisor Gary Calamar and Todd Lowe sat down with Extra at The Grove to chat about the soundtrack of the HBO series. Todd also talks about what’s in store for Terry this season on True Blood.
One of the defining aspects of Terry Bellefleur has always been the fact that he suffers from PTSD. Did you do any first-hand research on it?
I knew some people growing up – some family members, some friends of the family – who had done time over in Iraq and done a couple of tours, and I kind of based it on them. I didn’t do too much medical research into it – I’m leaving that up to the writers to determine what’s going to happen – but I didn’t know until the beginning of Season Five, when Alan [Ball] sent me an e-mail saying what was going to go on with my character, what had actually happened over there. I didn’t know in Season One that I had shot an innocent woman while high. So having that at the beginning of this season, like, “Ok, you did do something just terrible and nightmares are going to plague you forever.” That is the cause of why he’s been [the way he is], among other horrors I’m sure he saw over there. That’s the one that was the most personal.