True Blood showrunner Brian Buckner has confirmed our worst fears – a trusty part of the main cast will die without getting through season six. And if you think you’re going to take it hard as a Truebie, that’s nothing compared to how the cast members, themselves, reacted.
“It’s heartbreaking,” Ryan Kwanten, who plays the intelligence-challenged Jason Stackhouse, said of the table read for the highly anticipated scene. After five seasons without a major character dying, Ryan did say it’s somewhat to be expected. As he put it, "I was actually quite surprised that we had survived as long as we have without any true main cast dying. It was tough; even in the table read when we knew that this character was going to go, there were tears galore."
It looks as though we’re not losing Alcide, as big, burly Joe Manganiello, who plays the werewolf packmaster, implied it was someone other than himself. "The table read was really sad, heartfelt. That person cried,” Joe revealed. He went on to say the show tried to make it a celebration, however. "We all clapped, and then in 'True Blood' fashion, we had red velvet cake. When someone dies, they serve red velvet cake. Like, bloody cake, and you eat it ceremoniously, which is kind of what werewolves do." Where do we sign on to be included on a True Blood death party?
Chris Bauer, who plays the grumpy but lovable Sheriff Andy, didn’t mince any words, saying, “It sucked!” He went on to talk about the difficulty in saying goodbye after so long. “When you get used to being around somebody and get to know them both as their character and who they are, it's just not fair to see them go."
Carrie Preston, who plays quirky waitress Arlene, confirmed what the others said, calling it “sad,” and saying there were “a lot of tears.”
Here’s the kicker – the only quote they got from Alexander Skarsgard was that it was “emotional,” leaving us to think his tight-lipped nature has to do with the fact that his character, Eric Northman, is the one who meets the true death. And this is what we’ve suspected all along. Sigh.
Read what you want into what the showrunner said, but we think it sounds like he’s implying it was a supernatural being who dies. As Brian revealed to Rolling Stone, "We're going to stop to grieve them, and try to tell the more human side of the supernatural stories we're telling."
Whoever it is will likely be honored in episode seven, entitled “The Funeral”. A vampire funeral? Now that’s something you don’t see every day.
Who do you think it is that will die on season six of True Blood?