Interview with the Vampire is a go for Season 3 and the gays are thrilled

With Season 2 still winding down, we’re already heading back to the bayou for Season 3 of Interview with the Vampire. AMC has confirmed queer bloodsuckers Louis and Lestat will be back in the recently renewed series.

The first two seasons largely followed the plot from the titular first novel in Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles. Set in New Orleans in the 1910s, newly made vampire Louis de Pointe du Lac (Jacob Anderson) is taken under the wing of his maker, Lestat de Lioncourt (Sam Reid). Lestat leads Louis reluctantly into a hedonistic lifestyle, culminating in the pair turning and caring for vampire child Claudette (Bailey Bass/Delainey Hayles).

As the title suggests, there is a frame narrative in which the modern day Louis recounts his life story to interviewer Daniel Molloy (Eric Bogosian), which is subsequently published as a fiction book.

But whereas the novel series featured noted homoerotic undertones, with bloodsucking acting as a metaphor for sex, the TV series has brought that subtext out of the closet and onto the screen. In the AMC version, Lestat and Louis are explicit (if toxic) lovers.

From the sound of the synopsis, Season 3 will venture into the sequel novel, The Vampire Lestat, which focuses on the life of the series’ (sort of) antagonist, Lestat. “Resentful of the perfunctory portrayal in the trashy best-seller Interview With the Vampire, the Vampire Lestat sets his story straight in a way only the Vampire Lestat can — by starting a band and going on tour. Gabrielle. Nicholas. Magnus. Marius. Those Who Must Be Kept,” the synopsis reads.

“They join Louis, Armand, Molloy, Sam, Raglan, Fareed and others we can’t tell you about yet on a sexy pilgrimage across space, time and trauma. No Auto-Tuning. No Trigger Warnings. All Feels Amplified.”

Overall the series has earned critical acclaim for its daring new approach with its subject matter. Showrunner Rolin Jones thanked the cast and fans for contributing to the series’s success.

“Thank you to the brilliant casts and crews of the first two seasons that got us to this day,” he said in a statement. “Thank you to the rabid, beautifully unwell fandom that scaled the castle walls to get us to this day. Thank you to Dan McDermott, Ben Davis for the funds and tools to continue the great work of dramatizing Anne Rice’s extraordinary novels. And sincere apologies to the family and friends of actor Sam Reid, for the possession that continues to this day. Monsieur L extends his promise to return his body upon cancellation (may that evening never come).”

The Season 2 finale of Interview with the Vampire airs June 30 on AMC and streaming service AMC+.

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