For many, two words can sum up season 3 of HBO’s True Blood: Russell Edgington. While the season made good on the teased introduction of werewolves, it was Dennis O’Hare’s characterization of a gaudy, and decidedly anti-human vampire that really stole the show.
Surely fans didn’t think they had seen the last of the 3000-year-old bloodsucker as the season ended, and if the recent comments by actor Dennis O’Hare are anything to speculate on, those rooting for more vampire king of Mississippi won’t have long to wait.
“I left them on a high. They have been very, very nice to me, and they tell me that they think I’m going to come back and I’m waiting. We’ll see what happens.”
Without revealing too much (for those of you who don’t shell out for premium channels), last season ended with the manipulative Mr. Edgington’s time in Bon Temps drawing to a rather distinct close. It’s done… well done. However, as any screenwriter worth his or her weight in synthetic bottled blood can tell you, nothing is set in stone. According to O’Hare,
“Someone discussed a possible idea with me, which, of course, I can’t tell you, but it’s a very cool idea. It’s not far fetched, but it’s not something that you would see coming.”
While O’Hare isn’t necessarily hinting at his immediate return in True Blood’s upcoming fourth season, the possibility does seem most likely. Despite his current predicament—or because of it, Edgington just feels like a sure thing for the upcoming season. Sure, Alan Ball has exhibited a penchant for disposing of characters permanently, but Edgington is connected to almost every major player, young and old, in the True Blood universe. From kidnapping Bill, to doling out orders to Alcide, and most importantly, his threat to Eric when we saw him last, it’s a good bet his name will show up on script pages in the near future.
Until that time, O’Hare will be appearing in theaters on February 11th in the Kevin Macdonald directed The Eagle. The actor is also about to start filming a role in Clint Eastwood’s J. Edgar Hoover with Leonardo DiCaprio. Once Eastwood’s Oscar-bait has wrapped, that leaves O’Hare’s schedule wide open, so perhaps he’ll be ready to fit in filming on True Blood.
What do you think? Was Edgington a powerful and engaging enough character that you’d look forward to more from the Mississippi vampire king?
Source: The Hollywood Reporter