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'True Blood' season five inspired by Rick Santorum, says Alan Ball

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True Blood creator Alan Ball has revealed that former Presidential hopeful Rick Santorum inspired the show's fifth season.

The writer - who will shortly exit the HBO drama - told The Wrap that he finds the Republican politician "terrifying".

True Blood writer Alan Ball

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Rick Santorum

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"For me, the jumping off point [for season five] was watching the Republican primaries, watching Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum, and asking what would it be like to have a theocracy in America – which is way more terrifying than any fictional monster could ever be," he explained.

He continued: "Our jumping off point was, 'OK, what is a vampire theocracy?' You don't really see vampires being religious creatures. They are excluded from God.

"But what if there was a vampire bible? A religion? Theocracy? How would that impact our human characters, or vampire characters? I haven't really seen that before."

Of Santorum, Ball added: "What's terrifying is how many people agree with him."

New True Blood star Christopher Meloni recently hinted that his vampire character Roman will clash with rogue vampire Russell Edgington (Denis O'Hare).

"He truly does have incredible strength as a vampire because of his age, so I think he's a natural enemy," explained Meloni. "On top of it, I think he's unstable. There's nothing worse than an old, psychopathic vampire."

True Blood airs on Sundays at 9/8c on HBO in the US. It will air on FX in the UK later this year.

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