July 14, 2012 6:24pm PT by Rebecca Ford
Comic-Con 2012: 'True Blood' Will Have Three New Romances This Season, Says Alan Ball (Video)
True Blood is currently airing its fifth season, so when the stars and creator of the show gathered in Ballroom 20 at Comic-Con on Saturday, there was plenty to talk about.
But there was also plenty to look at, with at least four castmembers doing stripper-esque body rolls, incuding showrunner Alan Ball. And Ryan Kwanten even did a walking handstand for the adoring crowd.
A new trailer (watch below) showed lots of juicy scenes to come in the remainder of season 5, including plenty of sex and lots of drama.
When it came to secrets for the rest of season 5 of HBO's sexy vampire drama, the cast -- featuring Joe Mangienello, Kwanten, Deborah Ann Woll, Sam Trammell, Rutina Wesley, Christopher Meloni, Alexander Skarsgard (the loudest applause), Kristin Bauer van Straten, Stephen Moyer and Anna Paquin (cradling her pregnant belly) -- was tight-lipped.
One piece of exciting news came when a fan asked what was in store romance-wise. Ball stated that there would be three new romances this season. "There’s also a lot of other people having sex, but those don’t count as romances," he added.
Ball also mentioned that audiences will get to learn more about Sookie (Paquin) and Jason's (Kwanten) parents.
"We’re going to learn a little more about Michelle and Corbett Stackhouse and what happened to them and the effect of what happened to them on Sookie and particularly on Jason," he said.
The rest of the panel involved plenty of witty banter between the stars. Here are some of THR's favorite quotes from the True Blood panel:
1. "Trying to figure out what’s a sex crime on this show is very different," says Meloni when asked about the difference between working on Law and Order: SVU and True Blood.
2. "My sweet daughter and I share a saw room where we have sex with them and torture them," said Skarsgard of his Fangtasia room he shares with Pam. He was asked if he could potentially be a part of the Fifty Shades of Grey movie and what he has in common with the male character who has a sex chamber.
3. “I literally will not go anywhere near taking anything off when Joe is on the cast. And also Ryan," said Moyer when a fan asked if the male members of the cast would show of their muscles for the audience.
4. “There’s a rack of Walmart sweatsuit. We started with the yellow one, and we said, 'I don’t think I need to try on anything else,'” said van Straten about finding the perfect look for her season 5 turning scene.
5. "It was amazing. I got to see Joe naked," said Moyer about directing episode 8 of season 5. The actor added that he was nervous to direct because he loved the cast so much. The entire cast praised Moyer's work as director.
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