Unlike Lestat, Louis tries to be a vegetarian vampire of sorts, subsisting off animal blood rather than human blood à la “Twilight.” He means well, but he’s also shown a pattern of denial, something his interviewer, Daniel Molloy (Eric Bogosian), calls him out on in the season finale. In his own (non-vampire) interview with Vanity Fair, Anderson continued to underline the moral complexity of the vampire world, and how that relates back to the real world, saying:
“These vampires do some awful things in those books. Some truly awful things, including Louis. But it’s really difficult to moralize them or to look at them in the same way that you’d look at a human. It’s one of the reasons why I think this show really fits into the place we’re in right now as a society. I think we really want to moralize the world—we need to put it into boxes. We need to say, ‘This is good and this is bad and this is right and this is wrong.’ And you need to pick a side, you need to pick a lane. But we live in a very complex world and human beings are very complex. There are nuances that contextualize all behavior and it doesn’t mean that you have to agree with any of it. But you have to acknowledge the nuance in human behavior, and therefore, vampire behavior.”
“Interview with the Vampire” season 1 foregrounded Louis and Lestat’s relationship, and both the finale and Anne Rice’s literary source material suggest season 2 will be shifting focus to Louise and the new vampire “love of [his] life,” Armand. Suffice it to say, that relationship looks to be no less complex.
“Interview with the Vampire” season 1 is now streaming on AMC+.