‘True Blood’ Comic-Con Panel

Sex, shifters, Sanguinistas, fairy magic, vampire resurrections — these words strung together in any other fashion would be odd, but not in reference to HBO’s steamy soap “True Blood” during a highly entertaining panel at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday.

There were surprise mock-stripping demonstrations, handstands and standing ovations, and in the midst of the unexpected mayhem, the cast of “True Blood” delighted fans with some delicious teasery for the second half of the season.

The Good-Time Trailer
Similar to how the “Game of Thrones” panel kicked off Friday, HBO rolled out a masterfully crafted teaser trailer full of sneak peeks at what is yet to happen on season five. The clips were short and sweet, but we got glimpses of Sookie being healed or held down by a group of fairies; Bill possibly saying goodbye to Sookie for good; Eric and Bill dealing with Roman’s (Chris Meloni) too-strict rule and ideology of the Authority; Terri worried for Arlene’s life; Lafayette helping Terri and Arlene get in touch with the ghost-like thing that’s haunting him; Tara taking her vampiness to new levels with a stripper routine at Fangtasia; and Russell Edgington back in action, fully formed, in a very public way preaching his vampire-take-all mentality.

Cast Will Strip for Tips
There was no hiding the unbridled enthusiasm fans have for Joe Manganiello, because, A) he is a fan favorite as werewolf Alcide Herveaux and B) was featured as part of the male stripper movie “Magic Mike.” When moderator Tim Stack asked Manganiello if he gave any stripping advice to Rutina Wesley for her Fangtasia dancing, his co-stars wasted no time in making a joke about asking him to “take it off,” which led to Manganiello fake stripping and doing a coupl0e body rolls. Wesley demonstrated that she learned a few tips from him with her own body rolls, which was followed by creator/executive producer Alan Ball standing on his chair and doing a couple body rolls himself. Manganiello rewarded Ball by tossing him a few dollar bills. Incredibly enough, the sexy moves didn’t stop there; Meloni did a little shimmy from the podium and Ryan Kwanten topped it all off by walking on his hands after being playfully prodded to do so by his co-stars….

Sex Play
Naturally, the subject of S-E-X came up during the very lively panel, but in contrast to discussions had on panels in previous years, the issue addressed was the considerable lack of sex between characters. Ball and the castmembers promised that the sex-scene ante will be upped considerably in the next few episodes (MTV)

Also check out this clip with MTV talking to sexy hunk, Alexander Skarsgard and his role as Eric on the show.




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It sounds like it was definitely a lively panel with my favorite sups this year in San Diego…I only wish I could have been there.  And if Joe was going to strip they probably could have raised the price of admission….although I think I could do without Ball’s body roll..

I love in this clip when they asked about Meloni’s future in the show and Skarsgard was struggling to not  give anything away…after all Meloni was staked…..but I do wonder if that’s really the end for him.