With the season four finale upon us, it’s a bittersweet day for True Blood fans. This has absolutely been the best season of the show so far and I can’t wait to see what Alan Ball and all the writers have in store for us tonight!
I had the pleasure to talk to Carrie Preston, who plays Merlotte’s resident red head Arlene Fowler on the HBO supernatural hit drama this week to gain a little insight as to what might be going down.
Things got right-down crazy for Arlene when she was confronted with her biggest fears, that her son Mikey (by ex-fiance and season 1′s serial killer Rene Lenier) would turn out to be just as his evil as his father. Her current husband Terry Bellefleur (Todd Lowe) is a down-right nice guy and won’t be as easily convinced……
……until weird things start happening in the Bellefleur household that freak everyone into believing that Arlene might have been on to something!
Rosy: “Things got crazy for Arlene this season, that storyline with the baby was bananas! Now that they Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) and Jesus (Kevin Alejandro) have helped the spirit cross over, will Arlene still be worried about Rene somehow affecting little Mikey?
Carrie: “I think that is something that she will always be concerned about, it’s not something that is easily fixed. It didn’t really get answered, she learned that her baby was not being possesed by him but the baby was being controlled by something so that was scary!
I feel like she is always going to have one eye out for Rene’s influence.”
Rosy: “Arlene has always had a distaste for the vampires and now with witches and werewolves in town, how has she been able to cope?”
Carrie: “She doesn’t really know about the werewolves and the shape shifters because they aren’t really out but as far as the witches she had her experience with Holly (Lauren Bowles) out in the woods in season three when she tried to help her “release” the baby.
I think that experience was probably be enough for her as far as witchcraft is concerned. Arelene is definitely someone who gets a little concerned when its something that she doesn’t understand.
Those kinds of things scare her, she’s a very practical woman.
With the vampires being so prevalent in society right now that she is starting to have come to terms with them and find a way to accept them and tolerate them. So let’s see how long that holds.”
Rosy: “There is a rumor floating around that you won’t be back next season. Is this true? If so, what will happen to Arlene?”
Carrie: “I can’t really answer to anything that happens beyond this season. I think you’ll have a better sense of who’s around and who’s not at the end of the finale of this season.
Rosy: In Sunday’s episode, Terry went back to look for Andy after their showdown. Now Andy is back but no sign of Terry. Is there something wrong?
Carrie: “Terry was out looking for Andy because he hadn’t come home yet. He was out making love to a fairy! He was out in the woods hooking up with that fairy.
Terry didn’t know what was going so he went out to look for him while Arlene was waiting at home.
When Andy came in it was a really wonderful scene I got to do with Chris Bauer, I was very happy about that. You got to see a little tender moment between Andy Bellefleur and Arlene Fowler which was not something anyone was expecting.
We were very pleased with that scene. That day was just full of ease and grace.”
Rosy: “Speaking of the Andy/Fairy hook-up, is there anything you can tell us about that?”
Carrie: “Your guess is as good as mine! We don’t really know where that is going to go but certainly his mind was opened and it seemed like some kind of opening to the fairy world as well.
Which we hadn’t really touched on since the premiere of this season.
Rosy: “Arlene was involved with the wiccans before. Will she have any more involvement with them?”
Carrie: “I think that for Arlene she’s most comfortable with things that she understands. Anything outside of her realm of understanding something that I think, she wants to avoid.
But it was interesting to see her in a scene when that spirit came out of Lafayette’s body and Arlene was there to witness it. I think that was an interesting moment for her to experience something outside of the practical world.
I’m curious to see if that will have any effect on her.”
Rosy: “What can you tease us about the overall finale? Will we lose any main characters?”
Carrie: “Well you’re definitely going to experience one of our biggest cliff hangers yet! But that’s no surprise, it’s True Blood.
You can’t have a season finale and not have a huge cliffhanger but this one is pretty extraordinary.
Rosy: “What other projects are you working on?”
Carrie: “I just shot a film in Nebraska called Vino Veritas and it was an independant film and it was just four actors. It was a lot of work but a lot of fun.
The movie I directed during last hiatus is now being submitted to festivals so I’m spending a lot of time and energy to get that out into the world. It’s called, “That’s What She Said” and it stars Anne Heche.
I’m also writing a web series and I’ve been shooting a little bit of that that I’m starring in. It’s called The Dody Show so I’m doing a lot of stuff with my production company Daisy 3 Pictures.
I’m a little worried that Arlene and Terry will be pretty sick of having all this supernatural drama going on around them that they might want to round up the kids and get out of dodge. Who wants to raise their children around all the madness that has taken over Bon Temps?
We can’t end a True Blood finale discussion without mentioning the Sookie (Anna Paquin), Eric (Alexander Skarsgard), and Bill (Stephen Moyer) love triangle!! I think you all know who I’m rooting for!! I’m just sad we didn’t get any Sookie/Alcide (Joe Manganiello) love going on but I think that might be a good set-up for next season.
Especially now with Debbie (Brit Morgan) out of the picture!
Carrie also chatted with us about all the fun things she is doing during New York Fashion Week which we will feature with some of her looks over at CurvyChica.com later today.
Don’t forget to tune in to the season finale of True Blood tonight on HBO!