Played by: Denis O'Hare
Occupation: Former Vampire king of Mississippi/Chancellor of the Authority
Who is Russell Edgington?
Russell Edgington was the vampire king of Mississippi, and lived in a mansion with his progeny/lover Talbot, which was guarded by a pack of gnarly werewolves. Russell was over 3,000 years old, making him one of the oldest vampires in the region.
Beneath his charming Southern exterior, Russell revealed a sadistic and maniacal nature, killing humans with impunity and using a werewolf pack as slaves by controlling them with his own vampire blood. Once he discovered the special properties of Sookie Stackhouse’s blood, he became obsessed with her and was determined to drain her in order to gain even more power.
In addition to kidnapping Bill Compton and blackmailing vampire Queen Sophie-Anne, Russell’s checkered past includes hanging with Julius Caesar, destroying the Aztecs, joining the Nazis, and murdering Eric Northman’s father, King Ulfrik Northman. While visiting Russell’s home, Eric saw his father’s crown and realized Russell was responsible for his entire family's slaughter. As revenge, Eric seduced and staked Talbot, which sent Russell on a murderous, and very public, bender.
Realizing Russell would relentlessly pursue Sookie until he had her, Bill and Eric worked together to trick him and entomb him in cement, but Russell was freed later by Salome Agrippa in order to defeat Roman Zimonjic and lead the Sanguista movement. Russell reveled in his new role, even finding a replacement for Talbot in former nemesis Steve Newlin.
The evil vamp finally met the True Death at the hands of Eric, just after draining and killing the faery elder and exposing the faeries’ lush burlesque club hideout.
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- Wetpaint Entertainment Staff, Amie Simon