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COMIC-CON 2010: 'True Blood' brings 3rd season spoiler reel as 'gift' to fans

July 23, 2010 |  7:35 pm

The powers behind HBO's vampire hit "True Blood" -- currently in the middle of its third season -- came to Comic-Con on Friday bearing a provocative reel of highlights from episodes coming up the rest of this summer. Yes, that's right -- some mild spoilers follow! (Find the reel here).

Mangiello Executive Producer Alan Ball thanked the raucous crowd in Ballroom 20 at the San Diego Convention Center for its support and described the clip reel as a "gift to you." And an appropriately puzzling gift it sometimes was, with some brief glimpses of a red-eyed werewolf, quite a bit of fang-sprouting and a suddenly bad-ass Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) toting a shotgun and yelling: "Get out of my house, bitch!"

 Offscreen, there was some news too: Panelist Joe Manganiello, who's played the werewolf Alcide Herveaux this season, confirmed that he's just been promoted to a series regular.

Otherwise, the panel was the "Comic-Con" love-in that might be expected for a vampire show whose ratings have only grown since its breakout last season. 

Among the highlights:

-- Asked for further upcoming plot developments, Ball replied:"Everyone goes to therapy, everyone goes on medication and everyone is really happy." Joke, it's a joke, people.

-- Ball said he'd like the show to run as long as possible. "But I don't want to get to the point where we have to explain why vampires are aging," he added.

-- Author Charlaine Harris, who writes the books on which the show is based, said that "things are evolving differently" in her fictional world than they are in the TV version and she advised fans to treat them as "two separate entertainment experiences." She also said she's known for eight or nine years how the story ultimately ends. "But please don't capture and torture me to try to find out," she said.

-- Scott Collins (follow me on Twitter @scottcollinsLAT)

Photo: Joe Manganiello and Anna Paquin last season. Credit: John P. Johnson.