As the ancient vampire Salome, Valentina Cervi is one of the most intriguing new faces on this season of “True Blood” — while she does not have the Guardian title that Roman does within the Authority, she is equally intelligent and perhaps has some other fascinating tools at her disposal as a woman.
So how is Salome going to operate moving forward with her new prisoners in Bill Compton and Eric Northman? Speaking to TV Guide, Cervi promises that above all, we are going to see some feelings start to form — but how they end up manifesting themselves is still a mystery:
“There’s an apparent reason and it is to bring [Bill and Eric] on her side. She wants people to be on her side, and she understands who people are. At the beginning, she can’t really trust Eric. She knows Eric, she knows everything from his past, and she knows about Godric and Nora. With Bill, she feels that he is someone she can, in some way, manipulate more. At the same time, she respects Bill more because she sees his heart and she knows that he has a good heart. She’s really intrigued by him. She will have feelings for both of them during the season. It’s not that she wants something; she’s a loving character, even if it doesn’t seem like it. She’s full of love and needs to be loved. It’s complicated.”
Cervi also had some interesting things to say about the upcoming appearance of the mother of all vampires in Lilith — who, according to their version of the Bible, was created before Adam and Even in God’s own image. Not everyone will necessarily believe Lilith is who she claims she is upon her first appearing, but she will leave an imprint rather quickly on everyone:
“When Lilith appears, she’s everything that we all think she is. She’s this beautiful, seducing, motherly goddess, and then a lot of things are going to happen. I can’t reveal too much, but it’s not what it seems, and even we will be very surprised. You believe in something and then suddenly things change, then you find yourself in a crisis, but it’s great fun. It’s great fun because it really leaves all the doors open for the characters to explore different sides of their personality and different sides of life, if you can call that life.”
Do you like the idea of seeing more in the way of vampire politics and religion during season 5, even if it has seemingly separated Sookie from the two vampires who spent much of last season fighting over her?