Waiting for a favorite show to return whets the appetite, especially when you throw a cliffhanger into the mix. “True Blood” fans must be elated, then, to learn that HBO has confirmed the second season’s premiere date: June 14. Notice that’s confirming, not announcing, because said date has been posted on various sites – IMDb.com included – for some time before this announcement. (Warning: Those who have not seen the first season of “True Blood” should stop reading now, lest ye be spoiled.)
The premium cable channel also was kind enough to release a few second season photos, which can be found here. The one in this post happens to be a favorite because, well, check out the track suits. Vamps in track suits. Bela Lugosi really is dead. Between their stances and their threads, this photo makes it look like somebody is either about to get served (as in dinner) or get served (as in a poppin’-n-lockin’ battle straight out of “Breakin’.”).
But I digress…the photos and season premiere confirmation are nice treats, but they give no clues about the first season finale’s big mystery: Is Lafayette done for? His alter ego Nelsan Ellis and series creator Alan Ball have teased fans for months, refusing to deliver a definitive answer. (Who can blame them? It’s been a while since an HBO season finale inspired such anxiety among viewers.) In Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse novels, the character dies. Then again, from what we understand, the Lafayette on the page was not the larger-than-life figure that Ellis created for the show. “True Blood’s” fans adored Lafayette. Even casual viewers couldn’t help liking the guy.
Ball may end up being loyal to the source material, but this is television. The man can twist the plot in whichever ways he desires, as he proved to us time and again throughout the run of “Six Feet Under.”
Not enough comfort for you? Fans in the Los Angeles area on April 13 might be able to pry some answers out of Ball when he and the cast chat about “True Blood” as part of Paley Fest ’09. Notice that Ellis is included on the list of castmembers currently scheduled to appear. Granted, that could mean nothing if the aim of the discussion is dissecting the show’s first season, but other actors whose characters have gone beyond the veil (including Lois Smith, Michael Raymond-James, and Stephen Root) aren’t on the current roster. Make of that what you will…