'True Blood' News: A Fourth Season Will Happen, Plus Expect More Alexander Skarsgard!

On "True Blood," Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) has no shortage of potential love interests to choose from, including bad boy bloodsucker Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgård), the chivalrous vampire Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) and shapeshifter Sam Merlotte (Sam Trammell), just to name a few.

But even if Sookie can't decide which one to choose, at least fans of the series can all agree upon one man we all love dearly — Alan Ball, the series' creator and showrunner. Alan recently spoke with Buzzy Multimedia Publishing about his work on "True Blood" and the upcoming third season, offering some tantalizing details about Eric, the show's lovemaking scenes, and more.

Eric's presence on "True Blood" the series is much greater than it is in Charlaine Harris' novel series, thanks to the outpouring of support from fans of Alexander Skarsgård. Luckily, those fans have plenty more to enjoy from Eric.

"Season Three is a big Eric [season]," said Alan. "And Season Four is really big for Eric's character, according to the books."

Whether or not "big" means a further step in Eric's fruitless wooing of Sookie remains to be seen, but even if those two manage to avoid the bed sheets, Alan says that the sexual aspects of "True Blood" are an important part of the show, if not a major leap from the books.

"Certainly, the first time that [Bill and Sookie] get together, we made it pretty bloody," he said. "It's a little more violent. The books are violent, but I think it's one thing to hear about it and another to see it."

The interview is loaded with other details about the production process behind "True Blood," but perhaps the biggest fact to glean is this — Alan Ball has signed on as showrunner of "True Blood" for two more seasons, meaning the series will be around at least until the fourth season's conclusion. Whether you're on Team Eric, Team Bill or Team Sam, we can all agree that this is very good news.

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