Here’s an excerpt from a recent interview with our favorite Shape-shifter, Sam Trammell:
Tell me about Sam Merlotte’s adventures in the new season. I understand you have a new love interest.
Yeah, I do. Last season, Sam sort of excommunicated his biological family, and he gains a new family in a sense because he meets this person who’s also a shape-shifter, named Luna [Janina Gavankar]. And she has a lot of mystery about her, and as the season goes on, he discovers more and more about her and is surprised. She’s an exciting, very intriguing, very alluring person for Sam.
Do you also explore the mythology of shape-shifters this season?
Yeah, we’re going to meet a group of shape-shifters. We’ve learned the rules of what vampires can and can’t do. With shape-shifting, we really haven’t seen that much. We met one shape-shifter, Daphne, in Season 2, but we really haven’t looked at that community and what it’s like to be a shape-shifter. We’re going to explore all of that, and that’s what I get excited about, when you look at the rules of the supernatural beings.
What’s the source of that mythology? Is it Native American?
The shape-shifter appears in many different cultures, but one is Native American. That’s one of the ones we’re going to take a look at this year. Every culture has a different view of what they are, and they play different roles in different cultures and different rules govern them. We’re going to have to pick and choose and create our own reality with shape-shifters. It’s really cool.
What do you think it is about the South that makes it such an appropriate backdrop for a mystical story like “True Blood”? There’s a Southern Gothic literary genre, but no Midwestern Gothic.
When you get into Louisiana, it really is like a different country in a lot of ways. The plants you see are a little different, like the weeping willows and the cypress trees that come up out of the bayou. And it’s steamy hot. There’s something about a humid, dusky evening that’s kind of sexy. In the country, it feels like you don’t have control over nature anymore — nature is in control of you. It’s like the naturalists at the turn of the century, that idea that nature is so much bigger than you and man is a small thing. You walk out to the bayou and you’re overshadowed by these strange plants and the heat and the mists, and I think that lends itself to supernatural creatures because there are things that can hide in the shadows.
If you’d like to read the full interview visit, The Baltimore Sun.