‘True Blood’: What’s up with the creepy babies?

Jim Parrack and the show’s eerie new prop.

Vampires, faeries, werewolves and witches all populate Bon Temps this season on “True Blood.” But the character that’s freaking us out the most? The creepy baby terrorizing momma Arlene (Carrie Preston) and daddy-through-marriage, Terry (Todd Lowe).

When speaking to journalists gathered at the Television Critics Press tour, creator Alan Ball admitted it’s “great to take a really angelic baby and put scary music [in the scene].”

The child, biological son of Arlene’s dead serial-killer ex, is now paired up with an even more terrifying tyke — the creepy doll.

“I think I actually wrote the script,” Ball says of the introduction of the mangled plaything to the series last season. “Hoyt [Jim Parrack] and Jessica [Deborah Ann Woll] moved in, and he said, ‘You know, let’s go to New Hampshire. I’ll become a minister and marry you,’ Ball reminisces of the couple’s reunion. “So I said, ‘There should be something weird, like maybe let’s just put a creepy doll in.’ So the camera tilts down, and you see it. I had no idea where that was going to go. Then when we came back to work, I said, ‘We’ve got to pick up that doll. We’ve got to figure out what’s going on with that doll.’ And, you know, that doll has found its way to the creepy baby.”

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