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‘True Blood’ Creator Alan Ball Says Republicans Are ‘More Terrifying’ Than Vampires

Film & TV

‘True Blood’ Creator Alan Ball Says Republicans Are ‘More Terrifying’ Than Vampires

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If you’ve been wondering why Roman—the head of the Vampire Authority who made his debut on True Blood last night—seemed so familiar, creator Alan Ball has an explanation for you. In an interview published on The Wrap yesterday afternoon, he said the “vampire theocracy” plot line was inspired by this year’s ugly Republican primaries, specifically religious zealots like Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum. Ball characterized the Vampire Authority as “the Catholic Church plus the Supreme Court for vampires,” and also referred to the idea of an American theocracy as “way more terrifying than any fictional monster could ever be.” Law and Order stalwart Christopher Meloni, who plays Roman, told the Hollywood Reporter earlier last week that his character is driven by the “rightness of his cause,” a turn of phrase that makes us think Ball was rather explicit with his inspirations. We’re guessing this won’t win the show any new fans in the red states.