EXCLUSIVE: ‘True Blood’ Season 5 Update from Carrie Preston

The actress says that she's read the first script, and that fans will have most of their questions answered when the show returns next summer.
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Carrie Preston offers True Blood Season 5 UpdateCarrie Preston is returning to The Good Wife this Sunday, November 6th, for Episode 3.07: Executive Order 13224, where she will reprise her fan favorite role as attorney Elsbeth Tascioni on the hit CBS drama. We recently caught up with the actress to chat about her time spent on that set. We also got an update on True Blood Season 5, which returns the summer of 2012.

As Arlene Fowler, Carrie Preston has served as Merlotte's top waitress for the past four seasons, while also maintaining a strong bond with Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin). She's also had the divine distinction of birthing what many thought to be a demon baby. True Blood Season 4 ended this past summer with a few shockers. Carrie has recently gotten her hands on the script for Season 5's debut episode, and she assures us that fans will be pleased with the outcome.

"As you know, I'm not allowed to say anything. I will say, I have read the first script. It is very exciting. It's up to the usual True Blood standards with epic proportions of new characters and drama, and comedy. You know...Romance and everything else you've come to expect...I am excited to see where it will all go myself. We start shooting right after Thanksgiving. You will definitely get some questions answered right off the bat. Then, of course, a million more questions will come up, and those will propel us through the rest of the season, I am sure. But yes, the fans will definitely be satiated almost immediately."

While Carrie Preston couldn't divulge any pertinent story details, she did offer some insight into where she'd like to see her character go in True Blood Season 5.

"Well, you know...We left it off where there was this mysterious guy that has come back into Terri's life. That is being played by Scott Foley. It will be interesting to see how that will start to impact the home life. I trust that the writers and Alan Ball will take the role to places that I can't even imagine. I try not to speculate. Because I would never have thought that I would have gotten pregnant, and that I would have a demon baby. But it's not a demon baby, its possessed by a ghost. If I tried to dream that up? I couldn't have. I just put myself in their very capable hands. And I enjoy the ride."

Though she hasn't been privy to any new casting announcements, Carrie Preston has revealed that there will be quite a few new characters this next year, when the series returns.

"I have no idea (about the casting). I am sure there will be surprises. There are new characters in the script, in just that first episode alone. I have no idea who will be playing them. We tend to beef up our already large cast with really wonderful guest players. I am assuming that True Blood Season 5 won't be any different than what they've done in terms of that previously.

Be sure to catch Carrie Preston this Sunday, when she returns to reprise her role as attorney Elsbeth Tascioni on The Good Wife.

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  • shuabert • 4 years ago

    Hoyt has been a consistently interesting character, and I think it works keeping him around because he reminds us that Jason is still a HUMAN (they've turned every other character into a supernatural being, and I'm glad they didn't do it with Jason, even though he DOES become a Were in the novels). All of the relationship stuff between Jason and Hoyt and Jessica is pretty good. So is the relationship between Jessica and Bill.

    I also ENJOYED the way they explored what Eric might have been like if his past had been different, but I agree that the sex stuff between him and Sookie was way overplayed. That snow scene was some terrible sh*t. I'm glad they've stated that Sookie is putting an end to the romances with Bill and Eric, because it will be nice to see her actually branch out on her own as a character without being limited by who she's sleeping with.

    I agree, get rid of Tara. I liked her in the first few seasons, but now she is just dead weight. Same goes for Jesus. I'm glad they killed him off because it was pretty awful that they shackled Lafayette, one of the most interesting characters in the show, to one of the most boring.

    See, they should keep the Bon Temps residents (Terry, Andy, Arlene, Ms. Fortenberry, Hoyt, etc.) around to flesh out the town as a character, but they DO NOT NEED THEIR OWN SUBPLOTS! Gilmore Girls did this perfectly. Kirk and Mrs. Kim and Taylor were all great characters, but they just popped up here and there to give the town character, not because we needed to know what was going on in their lives.

    All in all, though, I like where they're going. With Russell and Steve coming back, Bill and Eric working together, and what will presumably be more focus on Sookie's faerie background, season 5 looks to be headed in the right direction.


    • skywise • 4 years ago

      @dan1@shuabert This last season was pretty bad overall. It had its moments but i atually had a hard time getting thru it. I agree with you @dan1 100% about Tara although she has always annoyed me and the gay stuff...i dont even know where to begin. I understand its part of the character arc. At least they make up for it with T&A (the female persuasion). If this next season is as hokey as the last i might just stop watching. I only began watching it because i went to high school with the guy who plays Hoyt. I knew his sister, he was a bit younger than me but i figured i would support them. I come from a small town. We dont have a lot of famous people but like i said....its getting hokey.


      • dan1 • 4 years ago

        How about no Tara (f*cking hate her these days), more Jessica, less subplots, and less hokey bullsh*t like Sookie n Eric cuddling on a bed with goddamn snow around them. F*ck that sh*t had me gagging (on top of all the gay stuff). It's like they want me to stop watching the show...


        • shuabert • 4 years ago

          Here's an idea: fewer stories, more focus on the characters that matter. The whole demon baby subplot last season was f*cking ridiculous, and we don't need a bunch of tertiary characters to be around if they're not doing anything. Seriously, what a waste Tara was for the entire season 4.


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