[TV] True Blood Showrunner Brian Buckner Says Alexander Skarsgard Will Return For Season 7 (POTENTIAL SPOILERS)
Posted by Joseph Lee on 08.21.2013
Fans will be relieved...
In an interview with TV Line, True Blood showrunner Brian Buckner revealed the fate of Alexander Skarsgard, who plays Eric Northman on the show. The end of the season six finale had many fans wondering if Eric would be coming back to the show for the next season. Here are highlights:
On the status of Skarsgard: "I can tell you that Alexander Skarsgard is going to be a part of the next season of True Blood. He will be a series regular. I'm not going to take Alex Skarsgard out of people's living rooms."
On if Eric will be alive in the season seven premiere: "No. That would be a cheat, wouldn't it? That would be an incredible cheat. Pam has gone off in search of Eric, and maybe she's going to be the one to find him, y'know?"
On jumping ahead six months: "Look, we're going into a seventh season. I'm aware that people like the familiar, but we have to change. We have to be able to pivot. There were bits of story in there that I didn't necessarily, nor did any of the other writers, want to show. The fallout from what Bill had done… Ours is a show that is so constrained by [our narrative structure]. We're not 24, but we're damn close – and sometimes it's really refreshing to be able to shuffle the deck. For me, it's fun. We will obviously pick up some of the pieces and explain how certain things happened. But what I think some people found jarring, to me was really refreshing. It was that: The world has changed, this virus has mutated, and this is the way the world is going to look now. Meanwhile, life beats on in this small town."
On the Sookie/Alcide relationship: "In a world where almost everybody is a creature of some kind, Alcide is the most human of all of our creatures. Now, that's not to say that it was his most human season. We all felt the same thing that the audience was feeling, which was that Alcide needed to come back to center. So it was that as much as anything else. And it was also that Sookie's going to put her money where her mouth is and say "no more vampires." She got into it with Warlow without knowing he was a vampire, so she was trying. But this shows growth for Sookie. I mean, I suppose he's a hunk, so at least she's still getting her piece. [Laughs] He's the most normal, most human, most down-to-earth of any of her suitors. To me, with Eric gone and off on his own story going forward, I think it's a pretty obvious triangle we're setting up between Bill and Sookie and Alcide."