The upcoming sixth season of HBO’s ‘True Blood’ may not have generated a large A-list casting round-up like its fifth year, but there have been many new developments already revealed. Anna Paquin (who plays lead character Sookie Stackhouse) gave birth to twins in November 2012. Due to her and Stephen Moyer’s (Bill Compton) recent family additions, the show has been truncated to 10 episodes as opposed to HBO’s traditional 12 episode format. The sixth season’s premiere title is “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” and will be directed by Moyer.
To date, four characters have been upgraded/introduced as series regulars on season six, meaning they will appear in all ten episodes, including:
- Texas Governor Creighton Burrell: a “morally murky politician with a major hate for fangers, owed to the fact that his wife ditched him with their only daughter to be with a vampire” (source). As a new character, it’s assumed that the governor role will be similar to it’s ‘Walking Dead’ counterpart – brutal, evil, and menacing. Burrell will be played by Arliss Howard, most notably known for roles in films ‘Full Metal Jacket’, ‘To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everthing Julie Newmar’, ‘Amistad’, and more recently, ‘Moneyball’.
- Ben: a “faerie who gets close to Sookie and helps her and Jason better understand their family history” (source). At first, it seemed that ‘Ben’ would replace ‘Quinn’ from the Sookie Stackhouse novels as Sookie’s last love interest introduced, but with the character being a faerie (as opposed to a were-tiger), it’s not likely we’ll meet Quinn. Ben will be played by Robert Kazinsky, whose acting credits include TV shows ‘EastEnders’ and ‘Brothers and Sisters’ and more recently, the 2012 film ‘Red Tails’.
- Macklyn: a “mysterious and sinister figure with deep ties to Sookie and Jason” (source). This role seems to pick up on the Warlow storyline introduced at the end of season five. Macklyn will be played by the legendary Rutger Hauer, most notable for roles on the TV series ‘Buffy The Vampire Slayer” and in the 2005 ‘Batman Begins’ film.
- Jackson Herveaux: previously introduced in season five, Robert Patrick (who portrays Alcide’s father) will appear in all of season six. In the novels, Jackson’s issues with his previous pack caused Alcide lots of trouble. His promotion to series regular gives hope that this storyline will be fully played out during season six. Before the show, Patrick was widely known as T-1000 from the ‘Terminator’ film series.
The final major casting revealed was that of Nicole Jannsen, a naive, optimistic, and charming do-gooder to the core whose idealism is ultimately vaguely idiotic and dangerous (source). Jannsen will lead a group of civil rights activists similar to the 1960s Freedom Riders. To date, Jannsen’s role has not been cast, but it has been confirmed that she will also appear in all ten episodes of season six (source). With Alcide’s father the only role mentioned in both the novels and the books, the other roles will be completely new to ‘True Blood’. Fans of the novels will be both disappointed and surprised to see how Billith will play out with the newest cast additions. Although filming has not begun yet, ‘True Blood’ season six premiers on June 9, 2013.