We are just days away from the 7th and final season of True Blood on HBO and today get to see main characters Bill and Sookie (real life marrieds Stephen Moyer and Anna Paquin) on the cover of this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly magazine. As you can see below, Bill’s barely baring his fangs while Sookie poses seductively (and nekkidly) on top of him while the pair appear to be laying (or standing) inside of a pine wood coffin. So goth. Click below to get your first look at what might possibly be the final EW cover to feature characters from True Blood.
Viewers will need to savor these last few drops of Blood. In just a few weeks, production will wrap for good on HBO’s True Blood after seven seasons (the final batch of episodes begin Sunday at 9 p.m.). In the most basic terms, the show — based on the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris and created for TV by Alan Ball (Six Feet Under) — follows half-faerie waitress Sookie (Anna Paquin) and her relationship with gentlemanly vampire Bill (Stephen Moyer). But there have been detours into witches, werewolves, orgies, and one really nasty meat tree. Blood has been a huge hit for HBO, averaging 11.4 million viewers a summer, but for Paquin and Moyer it’s been life-changing. The pair met filming the series, married in 2010, and had twins, Charlie and Poppy, in 2012. Says Paquin, “Because it has lasted seven years and because of the relationships, not just between us but the way they all evolved as a family, it’s been extraordinary to have that experience that is completely life-changing in all of the best possible ways — and with the person you want to spend the rest of your life with. We will always have this.” For this week’s cover, EW sat down with Paquin and Moyer at Bellefleur’s, in the very booth where Bill first saw Sookie, for a revealing (take a glance at that cover!) look back at their bloody good time in Bon Temps. Here’s a brief tease:
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Speaking of nudity, in the first episode of the new season, Stephen you directed a love scene between your wife and Alcide, played by Joe Manganiello.
STEPHEN MOYER: There are moments where I’ll be watching on a monitor [and say], “Oh, Joe, just move your hand up towards Anna’s breast. Good. And can you move your right thumb just a little bit towards her nipple? Great.” And then I’ll go, “Babe, babe, enjoy it.” I’m certainly talking to her as “babe.” “Darling, go for it. Yeah, feel the nipple.”
ANNA PAQUIN: We set the bar very high for weird very early on. We’ve done a lot of odd shit on this show. Actually, the potentially awkward couplings [are] not the weirdest sh– that we’ve done on this show.
MOYER: In a funny way, I feel like — without revealing too much — it’s quite interesting for us as a couple because we’ve kind of gone to places where a lot of people don’t get to.
PAQUIN: Or have to.
MOYER: And we’re still here. And I think that’s good for us in a way.
My love for True Blood has waned in recent years but now that the show is ending, I might have to get back on board. The whole vampire thing has been done to death but True Blood was one of the first TV shows to really capitalize successfully on the genre. I guess it’s fitting that the show is ending because, yeah, the whole vampire thing is so yesterday. Are you excited for the final season of TB? Someone tell me why I need to start watching again.