5 ways a True Blood reboot could work

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SAN DIEGO, CA – JULY 26: Actors Stephen Moyer (L) and Anna Paquin attend HBO’s “True Blood” panel during Comic-Con International 2014 at San Diego Convention Center on July 26, 2014 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) /

4. Focus on different characters

Right now, it doesn’t sound like the original cast is expected to return for the reboot. I doubt that a new version of True Blood would have Sookie Stackhouse as the protagonist. And while it’s disappointing that we might not get to see our faves again, I think fans would prefer to meet brand new characters rather than recasting. No one else can play Eric Northman the way Alexander Skarsgard could. That said, it would be fantastic to get some cameos from the original cast if the reboot does progress.

3. Introduce a tonal shift; less camp & more horror/mystery this time

Apart from being bloody sexy fun, True Blood was best known for being crazy, over-the-top campiness that made it the perfect summer television show. It encapsulated everything we love best about escapist television and was almost always entertaining to watch. A True Blood reboot could excel by trying something new and leaning more into the horror elements and mysteries present in the novel.

The first season of True Blood perfectly balanced the dark tone with camp and an overarching mystery. We lost that as the series progressed. The books are called the Southern Vampire Mysteries for a reason. If the True Blood reboot gave its characters more True Detective-style cases to solve with a supernatural twist and the same wild gore and horror we’ve come to expect from HBO and the series as a whole, then it could be a winner.