I saw the tweet on this and SM was responding to the question regarding what would have been a good twist to the ending in his opinion.
I can’t help but have some comfort in knowing that SM understands. I recall similar sentiment re: Eric/Sookie when he directed 6x01 when Sookie rescinded Eric’s invitation. I think SM gets that there really was something real between those two.
I think he does yes, and Anna too. As she went out of her way to include Eric when being asked about Bill, as someone that Sookie also had a deep and real connection to. That connection after all had been carefully developed over 5 seasons with AB. And Buckner did not honor that. Hell, he couldn’t even give them a proper goodbye, and actually have Sookie acknowledging verbally that Eric had been good to her.That she cared.
This tweet by Moyer, Anna’s thoughtfulness in interviews and Buckner’s being “impressed by the romantic undertones” (seriously dude, wtf?) kind of touch upon something I’ve been wondering for a long time and I think I mentioned it before - there was a disconnect between what was said and thought out in the writing room, and what actors and directors discussed about the characters when shooting. It’s like Buckner and his friends were up there in Mount Olympus playing gods, and the actors were down there, still playing the same characters they’ve been playing for years, as best as they could given the material they were given.
Anna and Alex could have downplayed their character’s feelings for each other and the chemistry. Because say what you will I think chemistry is not something magical, I think chemistry is a professional effort, I think Alex and Anna had chemistry because they worked for it, because they understood the dynamic between their two characters. Similarly, while I haven’t been watching, I’ve heard several people commenting on the lack of chemistry between anna and Steve, and hell, if that isn’t bias, and let’s admit, it could be, if it’s not a fan’s bias, maybe Anna and Moyer understood their characters too well to be able to truly get through the load of bullshit they were handed. Who knows.
But rlly if Buck was so “impressed” by the “romantic undertones” everybody under the sun watching this show was hyper-aware of and unsurprised by… I mantain there was definite disconnect between Mount Olympus and the earthlings on the set.
Yes indeed there was. A huge disconnect. another example is that Stephen kept playing Bill as an arrogant prig faced douche canoe when he knows very well how to portray charm and winning heartfelt smiles and honest amusement. But that’s not Bill to Moyers. Even in the flashbacks Bill was superior,smug, condescending and cowardly. Moyer played him that way and so we never saw this heroic rehabilitated Bill that BB keeps going on about. As far as Alex was concerned Eric would always love Sookie because he does not give up on people and once he loves it is for always. As for Anna ,it was her understanding that Sookie felt as deep a connection to Eric as she did to Bill,so Anna played Sookie like this when she played opposite to Alex’s Eric. So of course their was an impressive degree of romantic undertone. The diologue as written wouldn’t allow it to become an overtone but since the actor’s stayed in character and their character loved one another,there it undeniably was.