True Blood creator Alan Ball talked about Season five and how he got the idea to mix religion with the vampires, fairies, werewolves and shape-shifters already taking up residence in the swampy Louisiana town. The answer? The Republican primaries. It was the religious right that got his creative juices flowing, and it was Rick Santorum that was his inspiration for Roman.
"For me the jumping off point 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 said. "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?"
Roman, played by Law and Order's Christopher Meloni, aims to intensify the divide between humans and vampires by instilling the notion that humans are inferior and vampires were created in God's image.
About Roman/Rick Santorum: "What’s terrifying is how many people agree with him," he said of the ultraconservative candidate with the strong religious following.