‘True Blood’ Goes Political in Season 5
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In its fifth season — which happens to coincide with aU.S. presidential campaign —True Blood, returning Sunday (9 p.m. ET/PT), explores political maneuverings in the vampire realm between The Authority, a mainstream group that seeks accommodation with humans, and the Sanguinistas, fundamentalists who believe mortals are simply food for their vampire superiors.
“We wanted to play with the politics/religion angle, since that seems to be something that never stops,” creatorAlan Ball says. “Some of the things being said by some people during the Republican primary were so horrifying to me that I thought, ‘What if vampires wanted a theocracy? What would that look like?’ Whenever anybody thinks they know what God wants and wants to apply that to government, whether Americans or the Taliban, it’s kind of a terrifying thing.” (USA Today)
When I hear any talk of politics my eyes immediately glaze over and I start tuning things out. I know I probably shouldn’t be that way, but I can’t help it, I just am. So vampire politics would be more entertaining to me than real politics any day of the week. Maybe it would be more entertaining to watch them bite each other’s heads off when they don’t like something as opposed to see which real politician can tell the best lies. I don’t know, I guess I’m just not that trusting of politicians as a whole and am jaded in general.
Back to the vamps… this isn’t the first time True Blood has gotten into politics….there has been a little here and there since the shows inception. Bill’s speaking at the meeting for The Descendants of the Glorious Dead, the vampires constantly trying to spin things so humans think they’re harmless, and then Bill becoming king. So I don’t think the political angle in this season will be that different than seasons past.
I will leave you with one of my favorite political True Blood clips….Eric’s vampire PSA….I love the who would you rather trust line.