But first, characters and viewers alike will be dealing with the mystery of what exactly happened to Bill Compton.
“I think Bill’s gonna be asking himself the same question,” says Robinson. “In the first episode, we pick up where we saw him [last], and he is this blood thing, and we’re not sure what he is. Then he returns to Bon Temps, and a lot of what we’re dealing with is Bill trying to figure out what he is and why.”
While Bill will be dealing with more than just a complete transformation — his love Sookie, played by Moyer’s real-life wife Anna Paquin, will meet a new love interest of her own, a faerie named Ben, in Episode 2 — Moyer had it even tougher, as he directed the season premiere, often caked in fake blood as he did so.
“Stephen is one of the most directorial actors I’ve ever worked with,” says Bauer van Straten. “Even in past seasons, Stephen was the person I would gravitate toward to ask if I should do a line this way or this way. He has always understood the entire scene on the set, and he can move seamlessly from one side of the camera to the other. I feel like he was made to be a director and an actor.”
Despite Bill’s identity crisis and Sookie’s new liaison, Robinson says that the relationship between the two is still central to the show, and that their storyline will gather new steam in the new season.
“When you have something as serialized as ‘True Blood,’ the romantic triangulating, and where characters need to go, is always in flux,” says Robinson. “But Bill and Sookie will always be at the heart of the show. Sookie does encounter a new love interest, and how Bill deals with that is part of the story we’ll be telling.”