‘True Blood’ Nears A Season 5 Renewal

Alan Ball closes a new deal with HBO and hints at what's ahead during the Television Critics Association press tour.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

With the current season of "True Blood" averaging some of the highest ratings for the series to date, a fifth season pickup seems inevitable. And earlier today at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour, the creator of the series indicated that one major hurdle is already out of the way.

Deadline is reporting that Alan Ball announced his new multi-year deal with HBO to produce "True Blood" and potentially develop new series for the network. Although the official renewal has yet to come, Ball's deal almost certainly means that "True Blood" will continue next year.

“Everything ends, and there will be an end for me on this show at some point,” said Ball. "But I don't have any desire to leave because I’m having more fun than I have in my entire life."

According to the report on Deadline, Ball is only tied to "True Blood" as the showrunner/executive producer for one additional season, after which Ball can decide whether to remain on the series in that capacity or focus on new projects for HBO over the length of his contract.

Over on TVLine, Ball mentioned that the writers have already begun planning stories for the fifth season and he promised that at least one of the episodes next season will examine the origins of how one of the main characters was turned into a vampire. During the "True Blood" Comic-Con panel, Ball indicated that Pam's past would be explored, so she may be the character that he is referring to.

Ball also mentioned that Sookie (Anna Paquin), Bill (Stephen Moyer) and Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) have a standout moment in the ninth episode this season; for which Ball credited  Paquin's input into the scene. Ball later said that Pam (Kristin Bauer) has a particularly great one-liner coming up that may be her best line of dialog on the series.

Regarding the creepy doll and the seemingly possessed baby storyline that has divided some "True Blood" viewers, Ball said  “I had no idea where that was going to go [when we first showed the doll]. And now the creepy baby doll has found its way to creepy baby. They’re teamed up now. There’s something going on between those two, I can tell you that.”

"True Blood" airs Sunday nights on HBO.