Bon Temps’ winsome wiccan reflects on the ‘season of survival,’ including the ‘surprising’ finale to come.
During the past six years, True Blood fans have seen Holly Clearly wear many different hats: mother, lover, and my personal favorite, wiccan. But this season, she’s also taken on the role of a comforter, helping her loved ones through horrific tragedies — and as we head into the Aug. 18 season finale, Lauren Bowles tells HollywoodLife.com that the tragedies are far from over. “It’s pretty clear this year is the season of survival,” she says. “You really have to band together with your tribe in order to, well, survive.”
Here’s my full interview with Lauren, in which we chat about Sunday’s finale, the biggest deaths of season four, and what’s to come in season seven. (Spoiler alert: Very good things are coming! Very good things!)
Q&A: ‘True Blood’ Star Lauren Bowles
>> You referred to this as the ‘season of survival.’ Were you flipping through every script to make sure Holly wasn’t a victim?
Oh, honey, that’s what I’ve done with every script I’ve gotten since the day I was cast on this show. It wasn’t until my second year that I got the whiff of, ‘OK, they call you if they’re killing you off.’ They’re very respectful. You don’t just get the script and are like, ‘Oh, damn.’ … Now, just every time my manager calls, I listen to the tone of their voice. Are they in a good mood?
>> We’ve lost quite a few characters this season. Which one hit you hardest while watching?
It’s been a bloodbath this season, but I’ll say there were two. [The cast] knew about Todd Lowe‘s character at the beginning of the season, but reading the page — Arlene singing Terry to death — was so heartbreaking. That just wrenched me. Plus, I couldn’t adore Mr. Todd Lowe more. … We were actually put in a movie together while we were on hiatus, and I got to play his wife. We felt like we were cheating on Carrie Preston and Chris Bauer.
Also, being on a show with a huge cast, we don’t always get to work with everyone. Like Holly, as a human, doesn’t spend too much time with the vamps. So sitting down and watching [Lucy Griffith‘s] death scene was also heartbreaking. … It was so emotionally raw, yet the end [with her melting] was so gruesome.
>> The fans love Holly and Andy together. What are your hopes for them?
Well, I’d love to see them end up together, but happy couples don’t seem to last too long on our show. Someone was like, ‘That’s the kiss of death. Once they make you happy, doom is on the horizon.’ I’d also like for Holly to get back to some of the wiccan stuff, so we can see her harness her goddess power. That’s always great fun.
>> That reminds me, Brian Buckner recently said season seven will get back to ‘True Blood’s’ roots. Your thoughts?
The second he told me that, I wanted to hug him for so many reasons. For one thing, the cast is so big that it’s felt like we were doing a few different shows. To me, the draw of the whole show was watching small-town folk bouncing against their differences, with the vampires being an allegory for minorities in society. Seeing everyone interact, to me, was what we did so well. For me, as a fan, that was a huge appeal of the show — before I even came on it!
>> Any last-minute teases for the finale? I know you can’t say too much.
The end of this season, I think, is going to surprise everyone. I love the direction that it goes in — I’m not sure if everyone will — but I do. And I can promise that you won’t be bored. It really takes the show and blows it up in a way that will make everyone clamor for season seven.
HollywoodLifers, what are your predictions for the finale? Are you excited for a ‘smaller’ season seven? Drop a comment with your thoughts below!
— Andy Swift