Minor Spoiler: After that fetching (and controversial) scene with Eric Northman in True Blood’s finale, there’s been a lot of discussion about whether he really died, and whether Alexander Skarsgard will return.
Showrunner Brian Buckner was asked the crucial questions by the Hollywood Reporter.
THR: Let’s just start with the most obvious. Is Alexander Skarsgard coming back as Eric Northman?
Brian Buckner: The character of Eric will be back as a regular on our show, but I’m not promising how we’re going to use him. But I also don’t want to incite more controversy. Here’s what I would like to say: Eric Northman will be back in your living rooms next summer.
THR: Speaking of surprises, on top of all that other stuff, there was the full frontal nudity. Tell me about your discussions with Alexander Skarsgard when it came to that.
Buckner: First of all, he’s Swedish. He doesn’t feel about this the way we all do. When we usually shoot scenes with that level of nudity, the men are wearing socks. Alex is not fond of the socks. So I wasn’t entirely sure whether he was comfortable with it. When we were going to lock picture on the cut, I sent him an email. He was already off in real Sweden somewhere, and I said, “Are you comfortable with this?” and he said, “No problemo!” That was the level of the talk. That thing about Eric Northman, the too-cool-for-school, it comes from Alex. He is really a cool cucumber.
Buckner also said he thinks the show has 2 more seasons in it.