“True Blood” delivered yet another shocker on Sunday night, and as the HBO series draws closer to the finish line, it will be doing so without yet another fan favorite.
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Bon Temps’ hunky werewolf Alcide (played by Joe Manganiello) met his demise on Sunday night as a human shot Alcide moments after he shifted from werewolf to his human form in the woods.
So when did Joe know his “True Blood” ride was coming to an end?
“Before we started shooting the season,” Joe told Entertainment Weekly. “I used to have lunch with Alan Ball before every season, and he would let me know what the arc was going to be for the character. So I had dinner with Bucky [showrunner Brian Buckner], and he brought the first three scripts and said, ‘We’re killing you.’ I said, ‘I know.’ He said, ‘You do?’ I said, ‘Yeah. What are you gonna do with Alcide if he’s with Sookie? We’re gonna have a nice wedding and take off for Bermuda, then move away from town and stay there and have babies? That’s not the show.
“The fairy has to be with the vampire, so you gotta get the werewolf outta the way,” he added.
Following the episode, Joe took to Twitter to say goodbye to his Bon Temps persona and thank the show’s fans for all of their support over the years.
“RIP ALCIDE - I will miss you more than anyone. Thank you @TrueBloodHBO, my cast, my Truebies, and my Wolfpack for these past 5 years. #LOVE,” he wrote.
And in typical “True Blood” form, Joe found himself filming his final scene as he had so many scenes before that – with no clothes on.
“It’s 30 degrees in Malibu at night, and you gotta lay on the ground naked in wet dirt and try not to shake [laughs] which is not easy to do when you’re out there for hours,” the actor joked with EW.
Speaking of being naked, Joe said he did take one notable souvenir from the set as a memento.
“I took my sock,” he revealed. “I’m gonna frame it and put it up in my guest bathroom. That’s a fun piece of memorabilia. Maybe I’ll donate it someday to the Academy museum.”
-- Eric Anderson