Credit: John P. Johnson/HBO Photo: Eric Northman Dies in True Blood Season 6, Episode 10: “Radioactive”?

True Blood fans everywhere can now rejoice in the fact that fan-favorite full-frontal nudist Eric Northman will officially be back for Season 7 of the supernatural drama, showrunner Brian Buckner confirms to TVLine.

Eric’s fate was up in the air following the Aug. 18 Season 6 finale, in which the naked vamp burst into flames in the Swedish sun after Jason staked Warlow, completely negating the effects of Lilith’s blood, which allowed the sexy vamp to sunbathe in the first place.

When asked about portrayer Alexander Skarsgard’s future on the show, Brian matter-of-factly stated, “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.”

However, Brian also warns that fans shouldn’t expect Eric to just miraculously heal after his encounter with that giant ball of fire in the sky. “That would be a cheat, wouldn’t it?” he asks. “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?”

Considering Pam’s utter devotion to Eric, it would come as no surprise if she were to rescue her Maker, and we couldn’t be happier about Eric’s guaranteed return!

Are you surprised that Eric will be back for Season 7, or did you suspect his return all along? Sound off below!

Source: TVLine