It’s safe to say that psychotic vamp Russell Edgington is still down there somewhere in the concrete, one manicured fingernail carefully scraping away crumb after crumb of his prison as he grows madder and madder. But will he emerge within the lifetime of the show? Denis O’Hare (Russell Edgington) says yes — but not this year.
“It was up in the air,” he tells Film School Rejects. “They were definitely bringing me back, it was just a matter of if they wanted to bring me back the last couple episodes or bring me back at the beginning. So they decided to do it at the beginning of Season 5.”
That probably means we won’t see him interact with the witches. Probably just as well. We don’t know what would be worse: if they didn’t get along, or if they did.
Denis also reveals that he had a hand in Russell’s origin story. “I was looking at history about where he might be able to come from, and there’s only two sources. He can come from the Levant’s from Palestine, or what they call Philistine, or he could have been somewhere really interesting like the Danube. I just thought, ‘Let’s not make him a Roman or Greek. Let’s make him something else.’ So we made him this Pagan Celt. They are just wild people. They have a very different relationship to everything in terms of nature and in terms of their own belief system. I just love that. That kind of helped make him just a different kind of character.”
Yeah, because other vampires are models of decorum. “My pagan Celt upbringing made me do it” is no excuse.