True Blood – “Russell Edgington’s Primetime Debut”
Following the death of his long-time lover Talbot (Theo Alexander), at the hands of Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard), Russell Edgington (Denis O’Hare) lost what was left of his 3000 year-old vampire mind and decided to take on the entire world. With Nan Flanagan (Jessica Tuck), from The American Vampire League, watching (along with the rest of the world), Russell Edgington made his primetime television debut by ripping out the spine of a newscaster, revealing to the television viewing audiences what vampires are really capable of. Not to mention, threatening to eat everyone’s children.
With the third season of True Blood turning out to be a mess of characters, unfulfilling story-arcs and conclusion-less plots, the character of Russell Edgington was most certainly the exception to this season’s unfortunate rule of underwhelming revelations. As this shocking scene took place at the conclusion of the episode, “Everything is Broken,” it provided one of the few seasonal cliffhangers that this series used to be known for.