Who's New, and Who's Doing Who, in True Blood Season 3
True Blood already has a ridiculously sprawling cast filled with vampires, shapeshifters, were-vampires, shape-wolves, and drunken hayseeds (the most dangerous of all!), but it seems like every day brings with it a new casting notice for Season 3. Who are all these new people? Who will they be playing? And most importantly, how naked will Alan Ball make them get? Here's Movieline's handy-dandy guide to help you make sense of it all:
THE LOVE INTERESTS
Alcide Heveraux: Joe Mangianello
Backstory: One of the most anticipated new roles, as the courteous Alcide becomes a love interest for Sookie later in the series. (Say what you will about Sookie having too many love interests too soon, but you have to admire the girl's commitment to interspecies diversity.)
Chances of Getting Naked: By the time these two get together, Anna Paquin's breast-baring will have lost its novelty value. Someone's gotta pick up the slack.
Franklin Mott: James Frain
Backstory: Franklin has a lot to live up to, as he'll be replacing the oft-objectified Eggs as Tara's new main squeeze.
Chances of Getting Naked: Described in the casting notice as "sexy, sexy, sexy, sexy." (In casting parlance, that fourth "sexy" means the auditioning actor has to slate, read, and submit to an in-the-room improv exercise that involves manscaping and cupped genitals.)
Caroline: Shannon Lucio
Backstory: Bill's Civil War wife, who he abandoned after he was turned after he was turned into a vampire.
Chances of Getting Naked: Did they actually get naked during the Civil War? I always thought they mourned the loss at Fort Sumter, then engaged in heavy petting through a sheet.
Reverend Daniels: Gregg Daniel
Backstory: The church pastor who counsels Lettie Mae, Tara's mother.
Chances of Getting Naked: Says the casting notice: "He's a bit uncomfortable when Lettie Mae's hug goes on too long." As are we. Let's end it there.