June 30th, 2014
02:14 PM ET
"True Blood" is ending its seven-season run with a bang. Or, at least, a pretend one.
Sunday's episode, "I Found You," featured a dream sequence that left viewers swooning - and not just because Alexander Skarsgard's Eric finally made an appearance.
As "True Blood" writer Kate Barnow explained to Entertainment Weekly, the HBO series' creative team knew they owed fans an "Eric-Jason" sex scene from last season, and on Sunday they delivered (sort of).
Since Ryan Kwanten's Jason Stackhouse had been given some of Eric's blood for healing, he found himself sweating it out with a steamy vision of his vampire savior right from the start of the episode.
"It's always so polite of 'True Blood' to provide its own fan fiction," IndieWire joked. "The sequence is sexy and kind of funny and serves no narrative purpose whatsoever save for titillation, which rather sums up 'True Blood' in a nutshell. At least the show is embracing what it's good at."
The scene was the culmination of brainstorming between Barnow, Kwanten, Skarsgard, showrunner Brian Buckner and director Howard Deutch, the latter of whom really handed the reins over to the two leading men.
"The physicality of it was really those two actors bringing their A game," writer Barnow told EW. "They came up with all that stuff. They really believed that there would be a sort of masculine component to it because of who they both were. In talking through it all, Eric’s not the kind of character that’s used to having his belt taken off, but Jason’s goin’ for it."
After all, she added, "we didn’t want to shy away from what a real love scene would look like with them." The lone problem with going full "steam" ahead?
"When it got hot and erotic, I was like, 'Oh God, the entire crew is looking at me and thinking that this is my fantasy life,'" Barnow admitted. "That was the one problem with writing the scene. But it’s not like anyone instructed them on how to play the actual love scene—that was all them. And they had a great time doing it."
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