‘True Blood’ Season 4 Villain is A ‘Harry Potter’ Actor (New Characters Revealed)

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:30 pm,

True Blood is an endlessly entertaining television show. The first season was a quality murder mystery with some supernatural trappings and a creative combination of comedy, soap opera, and horror. The second season had bright spots, sure, but was mostly just a waste of my (and likely your) valuable time. The third season, while certainly much better than number two, still had a long way to go before it stacked up to number one.

Nevertheless, it’s still, as I said, endlessly entertaining. Which is precisely why any news about the fourth season is good news, in my opinion. Now, according to Deadline, not only do we have word regarding True Blood season four’s plot, but we also know who will be playing the season’s main antagonist: Harry Potter’s Aunt Petunia.

That’s right, Fiona Shaw, better known in the States as the horrible, selfish, and cackling Aunt Petunia, will be playing Marnie Stonebrook, a depressed and incompetent local medium and palm reader who becomes possessed by the spirit of a powerful witch. Originally, the show had intended to cast someone considerably younger, but Shaw, a longtime stage actress, was apparently just too good to pass up.

Fans of HBO’s True Blood won’t be totally taken aback by news that the main thrust of season four will involve witches, as there was plenty of foreshadowing in season three that indicated this would be the case – in addition to series creator Alan Ball saying it outright at Comic-Con:

“There will be witches and some of the characters we’ve known all along will have powers that maybe they didn’t know about.”

News about Fiona Shaw’s casting comes hot on the heels of Entertainment Weekly’s revelation about several new characters’ back-stories. In addition to Marnie, there will be the following new characters (with more likely to come):

  • Portia Bellefleur, sister to Sheriff Andy Bellefleur, a drop-dead gorgeous attorney-at-law.
  • Naomi, an Asian-American, lesbian cage fighter.
  • Queen Mab, a beautiful ruler of a fantasy kingdom with a terrible temper. (Could this be the same fantasy realm that Sookie Stackhouse continually found herself in during season three?)
  • Suzanne McKittrick, a Real Housewives-esque shapeshifter who throws massive parties for her shapeshifting brothers and sisters.
  • Emory Broome, an African-American (and fellow) shapeshifter.

Personally, I’m of the opinion that True Blood isn’t the best show on television, but it is a sort of show that’s not unlike every tawdry soap opera you’ve ever seen (don’t pretend you haven’t) – i.e., enjoyable even when it’s stupid beyond belief.

And yet, True Blood is not like Twilight or anything of that ilk. It’s funny, it’s clever, it’s subversive, and it’s incredibly self-aware. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait for the next season. (As well as any True Blood movie that emanates therefrom.)

True Blood’s twelve-episode fourth season begins shooting early next year and is set to debut on HBO in summer 2011. Got any casting suggestions to go along with these new characters? We’d love to hear them.

Sources: Deadline, MTV’s Hollywood Crush, and Entertainment Weekly

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  1. Cautiously optimistic and really looking forward to Fiona Shaw.

  2. Wow – this season is going to be crazy. The list of characters sound like a joke but the best thing about True Blood is that it’s not! I can’t wait for the next season! And I’m really excited to see Aunt Petunia in her role. I’m glad they didn’t just cast another buxom beauty. There will certainly be enough hot body sex going on anyway.

  3. I’m in the minority in thinking this but I actually loved season 2 and hated season 3. I had so many problems with last season especially with the finale. This show is so awesome but I had so many problems with last season.

    • You know what..I have to agree. Now that I think about it..I like season 2 more than Season 3….

  4. Go Fiona!!!

    • LOL. You don’t even watch the show, let alone any TV.

      • you already know 8-)

  5. I thought the first season was the best. Second season was ok. Third Season was better then the second but was kinda a let down with the wolves and the ending.

    Here for Season four to bring back what made me love Trueblood in season one!

  6. After the last season, I want to watch the next season, but not that badly. Right now, I have Smallville, and Burn Notice; they are the only shows that I really like, oh and The Walking Dead.

  7. Every time I see a picture of Fiona Shaw all I picture her in is “3 Men and a Little Lady” as the headmistress to the all girls school. Ha-ha! She was just GREAT in that movie.

    Considering how she played a cat-in-heat type opposite Tom Selleck (and let’s be honest, how much was she really acting? ;) ) I can definitely see her matching sex-wits with the residents of Bon Temps.

    This is great casting decision by Alan Ball.

  8. I don’t know, I loved the first season, thought the second season was ok but I didn’t really like the third. I made the mistake of reading the books and although the author isn’t the best writer the story is pretty interesting but the show has deviated so much that I just can’t separate the two in my head and the show is kinda ruined for me. I will keep watching it, but mostly for the actors themselves, not the story.

    • That’s why it’s best not to read the books. I went to wikipedia and read what’s in the books so I’m glad that Alan Ball isn’t following in the lines as the book reads! I love the story line but I feel like Alan Ball has added some creativity to the show and makes it more interesting and consistent.

  9. i really don’t understand why people have a problem with true blood. It’s actually a good show and is very racy! I know the show is spun from books and I’ve been reading up on the books and I’m so glad the show isn’t like the books! Cuz really the books lack some of the creativity that Alan Ball has added to make the show worth watching. I love how on the end of every episode and the end of every season there’s been a cliff hanger! It just makes people want more and if you don’t like it, deal with it, cuz there’s nothing you can do besides wait til next season. I dunno sometimes I think all this negative feedback will persuade them to pull the show off the air or something which i know sounds ridiculous but hey sometimes it makes you wonder. If you want to rag on a show there’s plenty that need to be off the air. Let’s say a show like Jersey Shore. That show and many others like it SUCK A$$! There’s no creativity and all you see on television these days is reality tv and don’t people watch tv to escape reality? I know I do.

    • See for anyone who has not actually read the books…you can’t compare. “Reading up” on the books and reading them are 2 different things. Honestly I am a big fan of the books, the show in comparison is a total let down. If Alan Ball followed the books a bit more, the story would be so much better. The only reason I’m still watching the show is because I’m hoping that it follows the books a bit more in upcoming seasons. Season 2 was awful, Maryann was obnoxious…and was not even a large character in the books, for good reason.

      • Yeah I totally agree. Ive followed the books since the start and think true blood is a bit of a let down when compared.
        Very few of the characters are how I imagined them which I guess is inevitable and I really do wish he would follow the books more and stop introducing randoms. He missed out some great characters too! Where’s bubba! I can’t believe someone has posted don’t read the books as it ruins it for the show. Totally backward!
        That said I love Alan ball and when I watch the show I take it for what it is and try not to compare it to the books as it’s his interpretation of it. Can’t please everyone.