Oooooh, a French lady. Maybe they’ll speak French while having sex in the Swedish snow chalet Eric builds after Pam rescues him?????
(in my head)
"Good evening ladies and gentlemen, my name is Eric Northman”.
THR: Let’s just start with the most obvious. Is Alexander Skarsgard coming back as Eric Northman?
Brian Buckner: The character of Eric will be back as a regular on our show, but I’m not promising how we’re going to use him (SAY WHAT BITCH???????). But I also don’t want to incite more controversy. Here’s what I would like to say: Eric Northman will be back in your living rooms next summer.
THR: I assume you knew you were going to shock and piss off a lot of people with that surprising scene?
Buckner: Well, yeah, but truthfully, here’s the thing — the idea that the audience needs to and deserves to know that everything’s going to be OK sort of runs counter to what I think our job is. So, yeah, of course Skarsgard and I sat down and said, “We’re doing this story for behind-the-scenes reasons (I hope you got all that $$$$$$$$$$$$$$ you asked for in contract negotiations boo), but we knew it was going to be fun.” The anger is surprising. But I understand he’s beloved, and he understands he’s beloved and he’s going to be a part of this show going forward. We should be allowed to put characters in jeopardy — and people can hope we didn’t just do that — without death threats.
THR: Speaking of surprises, on top of all that other stuff, there was the full frontal nudity. Tell me about your discussions with Alexander Skarsgard when it came to that.
Buckner: First of all, he’s Swedish. He doesn’t feel about this the way we all do. When we usually shoot scenes with that level of nudity, the men are wearing socks. Alex is not fond of the socks. So I wasn’t entirely sure whether he was comfortable with it. When we were going to lock picture on the cut, I sent him an email. He was already off in real Sweden somewhere, and I said, “Are you comfortable with this?” and he said, “No problemo!” That was the level of the talk. That thing about Eric Northman, the too-cool-for-school, it comes from Alex. He is really a cool cucumber.
lol this guy
TVLINE | The big question coming out of the finale, obviously…
Buckner: Let me guess. [Laughs]
TVLINE | Alexander Skarsgard — will he be back for Season 7?
Buckner: 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.
TVLINE | That will be a huge relief to fans.
Buckner: I am aware! I’m not going to take Alex Skarsgard out of people’s living rooms.
TVLINE | I’m guessing Eric won’t suddenly be alive and well in the Season 7 premiere.
Buckner: No. That would be a cheat, wouldn’t it? 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?
TVLINE | Let’s talk about Alexander’s nude scene. Full-frontal nudity on a guy is not something you see often on television.
TVLINE | What kind of behind-the-scenes conversations took place prior to shooting?
Buckner: Alex Skarsgard was the coolest camper in the world. There’s no conversation with him. He’s Swedish. They’re naked all the time. As a matter of fact, when I saw what we had on camera I sent him an email that said, “We’re going to lock picture. Are you OK with this?” He said, “No problemo.” That was the conversation. It couldn’t have been easier.
I was working on this “Best of Season 6” gifset yesterday and intended to finish it after the episode aired, but no, now I’ll just leave it unfinished forever, a testament to the undoneness of my soul.
ONE MORE THING I’M SUPER FUCKING UPSET ABOUT - how HBO fucking PROMOTED “TUNE IN TO SEE ERIC’S WANG EVERYONE!!!!!!!!!” which would have been fine if it was like a fun Eric/Jason scene like I was motherfucking expecting.
BUT A SCENE WHERE HE’S FUCKING BURNING TO DEATH??????????????????????????????????????????? and you’re all like “it’s super sexxxxxxxxy.”
HATE. DAGGERS FROM MY EYES.
Can we appreciate how even though Eric has totally lost his marbles he still apologizes to that poor boy for robbing him the memory of getting to second base?