Because it is, apparently, impossible to have a vampire storyline that does not include a werewolf storyline, the third season of the vampire-centric TV series True Blood will introduce a new werewolf character to make the supernatural drama even more dramatic. Entertainment Weekly gives us our first look at this wolfly new character named Alcide (played by Joe Manganiello) in a just-released promo photo with TB protagonist Sookie Stackhouse (played by Anna Paquin) … behold:
“There is definitely some [sexual] energy between the two of them,” says executive producer Alan Ball of the dynamic between his newest mane attraction, werewolf Alcide (One Tree Hill’s Joe Manganiello), and Sookie (Anna Paquin), who team up in season 3 (debuting June 12) to track down her kidnapped beau, Bill. “It’s not like either one of them is looking for romance, but they’re thrown into several intense situations [and] it’s hard not to bond on a deeper level.” It probably isn’t too tough for Sookie to bond with her animal sidekick on a superficial level, too. “The first shirtless scene [Joe] had I was like, “Who has those abs?” Ball recalls. “He’s in crazy peak physical condition. He’s eating nothing but pure protein. And of course, this being True Blood, he’s already shot his first naked scene. Hello, werewolves when they shift — no clothes!”
MMMMM … yes … I guess I now understand the appeal of throwing werewolves into any supernatural mix as much as possible. Considering how much True Blood likes to showcase nudity, I’m fully expecting that we will get to know this werewolf named Alcide very, very well. I doubt we’ll be seeing what Alcide looks like in wolf form before the show premieres in June but … I guess you never know what promo goodies might come our way in the next 2 1/2 months. Could the arrival of werewolves replace the vampires atop the hottness food-chain on True Blood? What do you think?