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True Blood’s Denis O’Hare Talks Season Five Finale


True Blood fans bid good bye to many characters in the season five finale on Sunday. Russell Edgington met the final death at the hands of Eric Northman. It was long coming but a bit sad none the less. Denis spoke with Vulture.com and the interview is below:

Those who’ve not yet seen the season finale of True Blood should turn back now, for there be spoilers ahead: Several of the show’s vampires have met their true death, and one vampire might have become something else altogether. For now, let’s focus on the demise of the 3,000-year-old vamp Russell Edgington, who may have provoked an all-out war by feeding on a bunch of frat boys (the massacre was caught on video), then met his own end when he drank from a fairy and opened himself up to a sneak attack by Eric. Denis O’Hare, who’s played the deliciously evil Russell, chatted with Vulture about bringing his story line to a close, making out with Steve Newlin, and why it’s probably best he’s gone.

When did you first find out Russell was going to die?
I didn’t find out definitively for a while, but there was some controversy about how to do it. We always knew in the end it would be Eric, but the question was how. Given that Russell’s so powerful, how could Eric surprise him? So the plausible answer is that he was drunk on fairy blood lust, and he isn’t watching his back, and Eric takes advantage before he can respond. There’s a nice moment when Russell begins to glow, like, Oh, maybe the fairy blood has made him immune, maybe it’s not going to happen. And then the glow withdraws — oh no! [Laughs.]

And at that moment, he only has one thing to say: “F#ck.”
That was Alan Ball’s rewrite, and when I saw that, I thought, Oh my God, that’s perfect. I mean, what else is Russell going to say? I love that his attitude is more like, Ah, well, not a sense of resistance or a last flash of anger, pity, or pathos. I think you get that sense in Interview With the Vampire that vampires get bored after they stay alive a long time, and it’s hard to keep forming new attachments. When Russell lost Talbot [in season three], he also lost some of the meaning in his life, and that’s why he grabs on to Steve Newlin. He needs a reason to enjoy life, because at this point, the pursuit of power isn’t enough. He might as well die; who is there left to meet — Mitt Romney?

Russell Edgington and Steve Newlin were such a cute couple, though. They would have made a great spinoff.
That would be nice, right? Once you got us in a room, we were gangbusters — and Mike McMillian is just brilliant. We would improv stuff on set all the time, some of it got cut, but some of it was great material. When we met Jason on the porch, we were having so much fun with that scene. I decided to do an old-fashioned hypnotism thing with my fingers, and Ryan [Kwanten] was cracking up. When we walk Jason to the patrol car, Steve and I tussled over who got to sit in front: “Shotgun!” And when we got to the field, Steve was stuck in the back seat going, “Baby, let me out!” Or when we had the scene where we killed the frat boys and we were dancing? We were more than dancing — we were making out. They decided not to keep the shot of us kissing, but we definitely went for it.

What do you think Bill’s become, after he’s risen from the blood? Is he Lilith made flesh? Is he now a vampire deity?
Even in season three, they were stepping away from the books, but now? We’re in uncharted territory. Bill was always the moral center, and to unmoor him like this? How will he find his way back to “humanity”? Would he have to die for Sookie? I don’t know.

Do you think Russell could return as a flashback or hallucination for his progeny the way Godric does for Eric? Or did Russell not have any others besides Talbot?
We have not met his other progeny. He could be a guy who never made any others. There was a lovely scene in season three where Russell and Eric had an intense moment, where Eric accepts his authority, and kneels before him, and you discover how Russell never had a son and he adopts Eric. That scene was cut, but there is an echo of that when Eric kneeled before him again this season. And for Eric to take Russell’s life, it was appropriate, and Russell knew that and he welcomed it. This was the only person he’s ever accepted as a son.

Sounds like a lot of moments were cut. Ever figure out who Russell’s maker was?
You know, I had my own back story for Russell. Alan Ball and those guys let me run with it, and at one point they asked me for this info: “Can you send it to us?” We never officially talked about this on the show, but Russell’s real name was Korun, which is ancient Celtic and means “Raven.” And I know who his maker is, but whoever it was, he killed him. Again, this is all back story I made up, and HBO hasn’t approved it, but I’ve been playing with it for years. My theory was Russell was a slave for most of his life, and after he was made a vampire, he killed all the slave masters and in that same hateful rage, he killed his maker.

What did he think gorging on fairy blood would do to him? And why not save a binge for closer to daylight?
There’s no fairy blood handbook. No one has any schematics on how much fairy blood you should take to be in the sun, how long you can survive in the sun on it. Is it good for a year? A day? And Russell is more instinctual versus strategic. I’m not sure he has a plan, so he’s not thinking, I should wait until 7:30.

What are you going to miss the most?
During season three, we had such a great core group — the actors who played Lorena [Mariana Klaveno], Talbot [Theo Alexander], Franklin Mott [James Frain], plus Alex [Skarsgard], Stephen [Moyer], and Anna [Paquin]. We hung out so much on set, because we had a lot of scenes together. I was pretty close to Kristen Bauer, too. I love her. We were such a good group. And there was definitely talk around the set during season five about not killing Russell. One of the cast members was lobbying to keep Russell around, and he went and talked to Alan and the head writers, but they sadly shook their heads, and they said, “For credibility’s sake, he has to go. We can’t let him survive again.”

Who was lobbying on your behalf?
I can’t say. I will say that it’s a very major character. But I totally agree with Alan Ball and the writers. There was no way for Russell to survive. And you would get tired of him if he did.

You’re nominated for an Emmy for American Horror Story. Any chance you’ll pop up on the show’s next season?
I don’t know. There’s always a possibility. If we storm the Emmys, we’ll probably put Jessica [Lange] in front of us and hide behind her, like one big bowling pin, because she’s invulnerable.

She’s sort of the Russell of that show.
She is! I remember thinking that. Even though my character Larry was well received, he wasn’t as wildly popular, because he was pathetic. People like strong characters, who seem definite and have a lot of confidence. Being neurotic is almost never sexy.


True Blood Episode 5×08 Promo Video

Next week’s episode of True Blood is titled “Somebody  That I Used to Know”. Episode 5.08 will air on July 29, 2012 and fans had a taste of the episode tonight. The video below is the promo for episode 5.08:

The episode description states:

 “Somebody That I Used to Know”: The Authority revels in a new direction; Sookie and Jason (Ryan Kwanten) visit the site of their parents’ deaths; Luna (Janina Gavankar) gets stuck on Sam (Sam Trammell). (Written by Mark Hudis; directed by Stephen Moyer.) Playdates: July 29 and 31

UPDATE: Full description released by HBO 7/23/12:

Episode descriptions for episode 5.07-5.12:

Episode 7: In The Beginning

“Bill and Eric get a powerful taste of sacred blood. A revelation at Hot Wings causes Sookie to wonder what her life would be like without faerie powers. Meanwhile, Sam sniffs out several shifter shooters; Hoyt finds camaraderie in a new group of friends; Alcide prepares for the worst in his faceoff with J.D.; Andy attempts to reconnect with Bud; Lafayette finds an unlikely ally searching for Jesus’ body in Mexico; Lettie Mae (Adina Porter) pays Tara a visit; Arlene takes a sentimental journey as her concerns for Terry deepen.”

Short description: “Salome reveals her true allegiances; Sookie embraces her human side; Sam sniffs out some perps; Alcide braces for a fight.”

Episode 8: Somebody that I used to Know

“At Authority headquarters, the Chancellors revel in the afterglow of recent events; Eric gets a message from Godric; Bill is shaken by a distant memory. Helped by Claude and his sisters, Sookie and Jason visit the site of their parents’ deaths, with shocking results. An emotional Luna tries to walk in Sam’s shoes. Hoyt’s new pals bring him a present; Lafayette leads a séance to purge a curse; J.D. ups the stakes of his fight with Alcide.”

Short description: “The Authority revels in a new direction; Sookie and Jason visit the site of their parents’ deaths; Luna gets stuck on Sam.”

Episode 9: Everybody Wants to Rule the World

“Vampires celebrate the start of the holy war; anti-supernatural zealots put Sookie in danger.”

UPDATE: Episode summary from HBO 7/23/12:

As the Authority proceeds with Lilith’s plan, Eric (Alexander Skarsgård) plots his escape. Gran (Lois Smith) directs Sookie (Anna Paquin) to a clue to her parents’ murderer. Andy (Chris Bauer) and Jason (Ryan Kwanten) search for leads to the identities of the people behind the shifter killings. Alcide (Joe Manganiello) recalls his pack induction; Arlene (Carrie Preston) gets caught in Terry (Todd Lowe) and Patrick’s (Scott Foley) crossfire; Steve (Michael McMillian) gets a new pet.
Written by Raelle Tucker; directed by Dan Attias.

Episode 10: Gone, Gone, Gone

“Bill puts a spin on the rising vampire violence; Jason uncovers a mysterious scroll.”

With vampire-on-human attacks increasing, the Authority attempts to woo public favor. Meanwhile, Nora (Lucy Griffiths) tries to convert Eric to Lilith’s gospel. Jason finds a mysterious scroll; Elijah (Keram Malicki-Sanchez), the new vampire sheriff of Area 5, pushes Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) and Tara (Rutina Wesley) to obey a new mandate; Sam (Sam Trammell) and Luna (Janina Gavankar) search for Emma (Chloe Noelle); Russell (Denis O’Hare) seeks a higher calling.
Written by Alexander Woo; directed by Scott Winant.

Episode 11: Song of the Dead Faerie

“Bill slips into religious fervor; Sookie seeks insight from the faerie Elder.”

Episode 12: Save Yourself

“Eric tries to save Bill from losing his humanity.”

Gallery below has the screen caps: (still working on them)

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In The Beginning True Blood Episode Screencaps

True Blood aired episode 55 tonight “In The Beginning”. Another action filled episode for fans to enjoy.

Gallery below contains the screen caps from the episode. (I am working on more so keep checking to see the gallery)

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True Blood’s Denis O’Hare Poses A Question: Guess Who

Denis O’Hare recently tweeted to fans: (image above)

So who do you think that is supposed to be? I say it looks like Russell Edginton. Yes the big bad vampire King from True Blood.

Denis is also on the CBS show “The Good Wife” but I’m not sure that is his look from that show. (his hair is much shorter on The Good Wife). Russell Edginton made quite an impression on True Blood when he made a surprise appearance on the news program (screencap below). He is due to return in the fifth season of True Blood. I know I can’t wait to see what mayhem he causes this season!

American Horror Story Video Preview Episode 11

Last night’s episode of American Horror Story on FX was another wild episode. A lot of things were explained in the episode for fans and yes just as many new questions emerged. True Blood’s Denis O’Hare was a treat to watch in his role of “Larry” the burning man. We finally got to see just how he received those awful burns. The video trailer below is for episode 11 titled “Birth”. click on read more for the video trailer: Continue reading

American Horror Story Premieres Tonight on FX

True Blood fans are left waiting for something else to satisfy their need for new “blood”. Perhaps the new show that is premiering today on FX “American Horror Story” will satisfy that need. TV Guide posed that question today in their online article “will American Horror Story be a hit for FX?” Their article also took a look at the recent history of horror on TV. (and yes True Blood was featured) The image above shows 3 images from 3 different horror shows- Walking Dead, True Blood and Supernatural.

Here is an excerpt of their article:

[box] Historically, horror hasn’t scared up a great track record on TV. Supernatural series? Yes. Terrifying ones? No. The good news for FX, which on Wednesday launches American Horror Story, is that audiences seem to be growing braver. Millions have dared to peek out from behind their fingers, making hits out of The Walking Dead and True Blood. Even when Nip/Tuck dipped its scalpels into overt horror — terrorizing us with sadistic serial killer The Carver — it drew record numbers to FX.

But do viewers have the stomach for a haunted house dreamed up by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, who gave us both Glee and Nip/Tuck? American Horror Story’s got veteran actors Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott and Jessica Lange, but also a homicidal basement-dwelling creature, angry twin redheads, an enigmatic, er, spirit in a fetish suit, demonic murals, a grotesque burn victim… and that’s just in the first episode.

To gauge the show’s chances, we look back at the last 20 years of horror TV: Dark Shadows revival (1991, NBC), Nightmare Café (1992, NBC), American Gothic (1995-96, CBS): The prime-time reboot of cult melodrama Dark Shadows revived conflicted Barnabas Collins (whose comrades included a young Joseph Gordon-Levitt) as a more feral lovelorn vampire. Fans fell, and hard, until the onset of the Gulf War and erratic scheduling cooled ratings.

A year later, NBC tried out Wes Craven and Robert Englund’s Nightmare Café, a weekly cross between Nightmare on Elm Street and The Twilight Zone that lasted just six episodes. Something more sinister arrived in 1995, when CBS unleashed the bone-chilling, genre-bender American Gothic starring Gary Cole as an immoral sheriff — read: murderous maniac — of a creepy small town in South Carolina. Critics raved, but a too-small audience forced the network to drop it after a season. [/box]

For the full article please visit TVGuide:

American Horror Story will air on FX 10/5/11 at 10pm. I will be watching! They have an interactive online site here where you can explore the home. It has been quite a lot of fun checking out their site to see if they have opened up new “rooms” on the site. Getglue also has limited edition stickers fans can earn based on their check-ins to the show.

Here is a review of the show from Trubookies:  Waiting for season 5 of True Blood sucks but at least with this new show and the premiere of Walking Dead coming soon the waiting will be less painful. American Horror Story site has a full set of clips and behind the scenes videos here:

True Blood’s very own Denis O’Hare has a role in the new show. He will play the role of “Larry the burn guy” in the season premiere. (screencaps above are of Denis in his role from a trailer from FX)

True Blood Season 3 Finale Viewer numbers


Photo Credit: HBO 3.12

True Blood’s season 3 finale reached 5.4 million views at 9 p.m. . This figure is only 60,000 viewers shy of the figure from the week before for episode 3.11 “Fresh Blood”.

For the season , True Blood averaged a series high gross audience. This figure includes the TV plays, DVR views and HBO on demand consumption of 12.7 viewers.