True Blood's Deborah Ann Woll: Roman's Death, Lilith's Arrival Will Change Everything
Deborah Ann Woll | Photo Credits: Lacey Terrell/HBO
Ding dong! The Guardian is dead!
True Blood bid farewell to Christopher Meloni on Sunday after Russell Edgington (Denis O'Hare) turned the tables on Vampire Authority Guardian Roman, staking him in the heart and seemingly driving a nail in the coffin of the mainstreaming movement, which has seen centuries-old vampires assimilate into the human world on the HBO series.
How will Roman's death affect the war between the mainstreamers led by the supposedly devoted Authority and the ruthless Sanguinistas, who wouldn't hesitate to rip out your spine on live television and drink your blood for sport (Hello, Russell!)?
To get the scoop, TVGuide.com turned to Deborah Ann Woll, who plays teenage vamp Jessica, who says Roman's death and the arrival of original vampire Lilith will impact the rest of the season. Plus: How will Jason (Ryan Kwanten) feel towards Jessica now that he knows vampires were the cause of his parents' death?
How will Roman's death change the war?
Deborah Ann Woll: In the previous episodes, when Roman is walking around the table and he knows there's a traitor in his midst, it sort of looked like everybody thought it was going to be them. So I don't know how much our Authority members really believe in mainstreaming. Do they believe in it because they actually believe in it? Or do they believe in it because they were afraid of Roman? Or do they believe in it because it's what is vogue right now? We don't know where everyone's loyalties lie. In the aftermath of the death of Roman, we'll see more clearly who will fall where.
What will we see of war between the mainstreamers and the Sanguinistas?
Woll: The tension so far has been between the Guardian, who is so extremely mainstream that it's self-hating in a way, and the Sanguinistas, who are so extremely pro-vampire that it's elitist. We have people on both sides of the extremes and they're going to have to fight it out at some point. Then people like Jessica, who are really right down the middle, are going to get caught in the middle of all that.
While that war is building, so is the inevitable one between the vampires and the faeries. What can you tell us about how that is ramping up this season?
Woll: Right now the faeries are pretty safe. They have the portal to their club where they can stay away from vampires. We also know, we have Russell now, who appears to be stronger than we thought he was. He looks all weak at the hospital, but he was able to take down the Guardian of the Authority. We know how much he likes faeries and he likes faerie blood, so that's a strong adversary. He had Sookie's (Anna Paquin) blood and probably hasn't forgot about it.
What interaction will Jessica have with Russell, if any?
Woll: A little bit, certainly her maker [Bill] is in the presence of Russell, and we'll see how long he lets Jessica stay home alone, particularly if there are big changes to come in the power structure. I think she's scared of [Russell]. He's made life very hard for her as a vampire. Here's this guy who was on television and killed a human being in a very violent manner and made the entire world very scared of who Jessica is. They're going to be on opposite sides.