"LOS ANGELES — With nearly every major character on HBO's "True Blood" in some sort of life-threatening peril, season three of the Alan Ball-produced series has been an eye-opening blast. According to Kristin Bauer van Straten, who plays Eric Northman's vampire prodigy Pam, fans are about to learn a lot more.
"(With) the whole vampire hierarchy, you're starting to see that it's a very tangled web now," Bauer told AccessHollywood.com of the show's latest revelations, which include Pam being held hostage by The Magister for helping deal vampire blood, and details of Eric's human Viking past and connection to now-Mississippi vampire King Russell Edgington.
The July 25 episode, which saw Russell (Denis O'Hare) propose to Queen Sophie-Anne (Evan Rachel Wood), Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) prepare to die, Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) attacked by Bill's maker and the unraveling of Eric's steely cool due to his worry over The Magister's very real threat to kill Pam was just an appetizer.
"The king and the queen and she having to marry him, and (Eric) trying to save me, and Bill and Sookie and all of that is just going to continue to snowball," Bauer continued. "It's a dwindling spiral for all of us. Every script I read, I thought, 'How are they gonna get out of this?' Like heads are gonna roll on this thing, I'm sure."
It's Pam's head that's currently on the chopping block, and Bauer revealed that fans will start to learn more about how the blonde became the first vampire Eric made.
"Yeah, that's the whole rest of the season really," Bauer said of her story line. "Her drama and her tests are all related to her relationship to Eric. It was really fun."
Not so fun was preparing for the last time Pam was featured on screen — the episode where she was being tortured (in true "True Blood" style wearing just a teeny, abdomen revealing top) at Fangtasia — by The Magister and his henchmen."