This schism is itself addressed within the third episode. Contradictions abound, and when Eric Bogosian’s now-aged interviewer Daniel Molloy clobbers the vampiric interviewee about revisionist historical past, the fangs come out and the tapes get burned. Within the first a part of the novel, Louis hates Lestat. Within the sequence, Daniel performs a portion of the unique 1973 tapes the place Louis calls himself Lestat’s “full superior,” and concludes he had been “sadly cheated in having him for a instructor.”
By taking the difficulty on, the present redeems its combined message. It additionally does it with a humorousness sadly lacking from the movies, and underplayed within the books. Louis and Lestat could also be lethal severe and severely lethal, however their true skills lie in deadly assessments, snide asides, and wry takedowns.
Who would have thought Anderson, who frowned on trivial issues like jokes when he performed Gray Worm on Sport of Thrones, may hurl straight strains with such comedian accuracy? The repartee between Louis and all characters is a spotlight, from the bitter banter with the jaded Daniel to the indulgent insolence reserved for the troubled teen Claudia. Lestat could get the higher strains, and Reid excels in underplaying his caustic wit, however he thinks of himself because the extra harmful creature. He’s not, it’s Louis.
Anderson’s Louis is in a state of flux in some ways. Not solely is there new blood pumping in his veins, however revolutionary ideas in his psyche. In life, Louis has an excellent status as a person who runs a home of ill-repute. His undead road cred is a little more sophisticated. Louis is a digital vampire vegetarian, feeding on animals, as if stray cats don’t have households to grieve for them.
As a badass dwelling brothel proprietor in New Orleans’ red-light district of Storyville, Louis maintained as brutal a maintain as was vital to make sure his enterprise thrived. As a Black man within the south, no matter his success, he’d been consuming Jim Crow legal guidelines so lengthy he barely observed the bitter style of the unusual fruit hanging from the poplar bushes. However as soon as he tastes blood, he bites the hand that feeds him. Anderson’s Gray Worm urged slaves to “kill the masters” on Sport of Thrones. His newly turned vampire will get to savor that kill.
Within the e book, Louis is a white slave-owner with a sugar plantation, one thing his father ran to the bottom earlier than the occasions of the sequence. Slavery mildly flavors Rice’s Interview with the Vampire, the place Lestat additionally feeds off slaves, however the aftertaste lingers. Race performs a far bigger function within the sequence, at the very least at first, whereas Louis nonetheless has ties to the human group he leaves behind within the e book.