‘True Blood’ Loses James Actor Luke Grimes

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After six increasingly ramshackle outings, the HBO horror-drama-romance hybrid True Blood will finally take one last bow after its upcoming season. Fans of the series often wonder whether True Blood can muster its early-season mojo enough to give its beloved characters a proper swan song.

From at least one angle thereof, trouble is brewing. According to recent news, actor Luke Grimes (Taken 2) has decided to leave True Blood early, forcing showrunners to recast his character, the handsome blonde vampire, James.

TV Line reports that Grimes has officially departed employment with True Blood, and done so early enough that his role must be recast for the seventh season to continue. As of this time, no one has been cast to replace him as James.

Initial speculation about the reason for Grimes’ departure leaned toward his recent casting in 50 Shades of Grey and resultant scheduling conflicts. As it turns out, the true motivator may have been Grimes’ discomfort with the scripts for season 7. Disappointed with the direction the show was about to take James, he asked to be released from his contract with the series.

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Though fans who have come to know James over the past season of True Blood will no doubt be disappointed by Grimes’ disappearance, his loss will not affect the overall course of the series. A latecomer to the show’s cast, Grimes and the character he played only became entrenched in the show’s mythos during a period when many long-term adherents had already drifted away or were simply watching to see how the series could out-weird itself. James’ recasting will likely not cause much of a stir.

Of course, such a script-related shake-up does cast further questions as to whether the showrunners of True Blood will be able to right itself in time to deliver a satisfying final season. Will the series stage a triumphant comeback, or slouch into its own blood-soaked version of the final days of Dexter?


True Blood will resurrect for its seventh and final season in the summer of 2014.

Source: TV Line

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  1. I thought he only was one of many prisoners in that vampire vasility. i never had noticed if this character has never shown up again

  2. He was with Jessica in that final scene. They were an item and he might have been the first vampire lead singer of a rock band. Personally the last scene did seem like it should have been the end of the series. But they decided to show that a major war was coming once again so that they could extend the carnage one more season. Kind of hokey over all. I mean they already tied up most everyone’s story at the end of last season. They could have easily bowed out

  3. Although I liked the anti-vampire tech stuff from last season, some of my favorite characters are just horrible now.

    Tara and Lafayette are just caricatures of their former selves.

    Hopefully this vamp war is interesting, but we’ll see.

  4. I like Tara more as a Vampire but Lafayette is the same more or less even as a Medium. I was hoping for a fight between Warlow & Bilith but atleast they fought in season finale. I enjoyed the 6th season to see humans step up against vampires to see Sarah Newlin again & Steve’s demise. Bet he really wished Russell was around,especially Warlow around.

    Can’t wait to see how Eric returns cause I bet he wont be on the same page as Bill that Vamps & humans must still co-exist.

  5. I can’t pinpoint why but I always hated that guy’s face. Every time I see his face I think “ugh.” still trying to figure out what it is about him that creates the reaction in me.

    • perhaps because your attracted to him deep down and your having an adverse reaction to that. just speculating. his face is quite beautiful.

  6. Hunky? you sure have some warped ideas if you think he is ‘hunky’…
    A bit more than skinny, yes. Hunky? Jeeeeeesus!! Get your eyes checked…

    • No he isn’t a strung up roast pork, but he looks well developed enough to me. Definitely not skinny…juuuust right actually. Perhaps you hang out at the gym too much or look at too many weightlifting magazines….

  7. honestly, if you hadn’t posted this article, would anybody have noticed? A throwaway character that doesn’t matter.

  8. He’s gorgeous. So sad he won’t be in season 7!

  9. SO sorry to see a recast…very disappointed. Where in the world is Luke Grimes???

  10. HOW could some of you NOT notice James was different! That was the very first thing I noticed!! I hate when a cast changes, but I am sure he had his reasons. Hoyt and Jessica will always be my favorite couple, but that scene from Season 6 with James and Jessica..that was one I completely did a girly sigh over! I loved Luke Grimes as James! I will most definitely miss him playing the role of James this season. He was one I was looking forward to seeing in this final season :(