"True Blood" creator Alan Ball tells TheWrap.com that the show’s current season was inspired by a prominent Republican politician — former presidential hopeful Rick Santorum.
"For me the jumping off point was watching the Republican primaries, watching Michelle Bachman, Rick Santorum, and asking what would it be like to have a theocracy in America — which is way more terrifying than any fictional monster could ever be," Ball said.
Asked why he focused on Santorum, Ball replied, "What’s terrifying is how many people agree with him.”
"[Actor] Chris Meloni comes in, he is the guardian of the blood. Supposedly they have a vial of blood of the first vampire — like a Catholic icon. The governing body of vampires is like the Catholic church plus the Supreme Court for vampires. But it’s a very secret organization," Ball said.
Asked what projects he’s working on, Ball noted two movies — the comedy "The F Word" and the dark comedy "What’s the Matter With Margie?" Ball, who also was behind “Six Feet Under,” explained his interest in moving to the feature film world, saying, "I’m a little old for the TV grind.”