Entertainment Weekly’s new True Blood covers featuring Sookie and her men

Entertainment Weekly has a series of three covers for their upcoming issue, out this Friday. They feature True Blood star Anna Paquin (Sookie) in American Gothic style poses with Alex Skarsgard (Eric), her real life husband Stephen Moyer (Bill) and potential werewolf love interest Joe Manganiello (Alcide). They’re very clever and amusing, with Paquin making slightly different expressions in each. There’s a lot of anticipation for this Sunday’s season four True Blood premiere, and I have to admit I’m getting anxious for it too. I just don’t want to get my hopes up too much, given the highly disappointing first eight minutes that HBO has put out. The (mild spoiler I guess) fairy fantasy fight sequence that was released was so reminiscent of campy Star Trek that I’m not expecting too much this year. Still, there will be plenty of hot guys, sex scenes, and bloody lusty moments and that’s usually more than enough for me. I love a good sex scene with some head twisting thrown in, and what other shows are doing that really?

The advance details on Entertainment Weekly’s website have Alex being incredibly gracious and grateful to his fans, as usual. I just hear his voice in my head when I read these delicious quotes and I melt a little.

Spoilers for this quoted text I guess, especially if you haven’t read the books yet:

Playing the smoking hot vampire Eric Northman is humbling, to say the least, for Swedish actor Alexander Skarsgard. So to say that he’s used to the adoration from female fans of True Blood, the subject of this week’s Entertainment Weekly cover story, would be a bit of an understatement. (For proof, consider this little detail that EW dug up from Charlaine Harris, the author of the extremely popular Sookie Stackhouse novels that serve as the inspiration for True Blood: She says that fans often ask her to autograph the tomes to “Mrs. Alexander Skarsgard.”)

“I’ll never get used to that,” Skarsgard said of his googly-eyed fanbase. “It’s just very, very humbling and flattering. The character Eric means so much to me and I’m having so much fun playing him. Of course it means a lot when you meet fans and you can actually tell there are people out there who really do care about the character. It means something to you, then. That’s kind of why you do this whole thing.”

Eric fans could have plenty to salivate over this season, which begins June 26 on HBO. This year, True Blood is inspired by book four of the Stackhouse series, Dead to the World, which features a steamy shower scene between Sookie and the tall, light and handsome vamp. Unfortunately, Skargard isn’t in the mood to kiss and tell. He will say, however, that sex this year is, um, a little more down to earth. “I did some crazy stuff last year. I almost had sex with a Greek man and I was covered in his goo. Everything from here on is pretty childish. Everything’s quite innocent.”

For lots more about Eric and the other hot men in Sookie’s complicated life, pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, on stands Friday, June 24. And what’s that you say? You’re not a Skarsgard fan? No worries: We published two other collectible covers to satiate those who prefer Stephen Moyer and Joe Manganiello. No thank you necessary. It was our absolute pleasure.

[From EW.com]

So the “sex with a Greek man” quote threw me a little, but then I realized that he was talking about when his character seduced Talbot so he could kill him and get back at Russell. I loved that plot twist and while I’ve read all the books I couldn’t tell you if it was in there or not. This show is incredible and so many of us are waiting for it to come back on Sunday. As long as Eric will be there, so will we. I hope he’s misleading us about the “quite innocent” part for this season, though. That would be highly disappointing.



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  1. Sunday says:

    Holy frik Alcide is SMOKING!!!!

  2. seVen says:

    I am SO ready for Season 4. I have re-watched 1, 2 and 3 as a little “get me going” ritual. Bring on the Eric booty shots!

  3. original kate says:


  4. LOVE ANGELINA says:

    *squeals* Just a few more days!!! I have never wanted it to be Sunday so bad in my life. I like the cover with Eric the best but they are all adorable. I would go buy them but I feel like my collecting is turning to hoarding so I am not gonna, but I am soo excited.

    I just love how Alexander talks too. Like, OMG, he is so sweet, he doesn’t have a big massive ego or nothing. Like most dudes who get famous like that would think they are the sh*t and start acting like dbags but he is just so cute and humble about it. *melts*

  5. linda says:

    Why is Alcide hairless? such a turnoff.

  6. EF says:

    I’m completely distracted by fake fangs. They ruin entire picture for me. Same thing is with their posters for season 4. Gosh, it looks cheap and ridiculous just like that 8 minute preview. Everything went down the hill from Season 2: writing, acting, promos…

  7. Jeri says:

    Well that’s “quite innocent” in comparison to screwing a guy from behind then staking him and being covered in his vampire guts.

    The fairy stuff isn’t really a big part of this season.

  8. Gwen says:

    I love Eric. That’s all 😀

  9. Iggles says:

    linda – I know! Shouldn’t the werewolve be hairy all over — not just his forearm and face???

  10. JM says:

    Love all 3 covers but Alex is my favorite. I’m trying very hard not to go into S4 with great expectations due to the sketchy S3 and God awful first 8 minutes we’ve been shown. But I do hope the writers rebounded and we get a stellar season like S1 & the first half of S2.

  11. phlyfiremama says:

    Love the Eric character! Bill is meh for me. If you havn’t read the books~ they make no pretensions about being great literature, but they are a fun series to read & give you so much more watching the episodes. I wish they would fix tha awful southern accents though, they are atrocious!

  12. cz says:

    I didn’t really get into the series after watching the first few episodes of the first season but if you like all the sexual…..you might like the Anita Blake series by Laurell K. Hamilton. If they introduce that to television, I will watch for sure.

  13. Dee says:

    But what about Godric? 🙁

  14. Luna says:

    Can’t stand her voice but will watch it for Eric.

  15. girl says:

    In that top pic, I thought he was just missing his two front teeth.

  16. vanessa says:

    cannot wait for Sunday! pretty soon dexter and californication will be back and then I’ll feel it’s officially summer

  17. Amanda G says:

    I’m so excited because I’ve finally come to the fourth book of the series so it’ll be great to read along with the show. Get rid of Bill and just focus on Eric LOL

  18. Jen34 says:

    I’m a little nervous since I just read an awful review by Linda Stasi of the NY Post. She watched the first 3 episodes and wondered where all the sex went. She wrote “more story, less gory, more text less sex.” I hope she’s kidding.

  19. original kate says:

    “But what about Godric?”

    yes – what about godric? the most interesting character and they kill him off in 2 episodes, whereas that horrible marianne/eggs/tara/maenad sex cult fiasco went on forever! WTF?

  20. Jeri says:

    @Jen 34 – you call that a review? What a freaking unprofessional. She’s seriously that mad because there’s not enough sex in the first three episodes? What a hack.

  21. Moops says:

    @Celebitchy – the Talbot revenge-murder scene wasn’t in the books. (In fact, I don’t recall anyone named Talbot in the books whatsoever.) The whole Russell “King of the Werewolves” Edgington plot is Alan Ball’s creation, as was the idea that Godric & Eric were avenging the werewolf murder of Eric’s regal parents. In the books, Eric was a commoner, and Appius (not Godric) was his maker. And in the books, vampire-vampire action is frowned upon, at least for anything more than a one-night stand.

    I am officially a nerd now.

  22. Louise says:

    The cover with Alexander is the best.

  23. hairball says:

    Why did they choose this as the picture backgrounds…..???

    Finally though Anna Paquin looks actually pretty.

  24. Amanda G says:

    @Moops Talbot was in book 3 (just finished reading it), but I don’t believe he was a vampire and he definitely wasn’t killed lol

  25. Bellaboo says:

    I hate Bill. He is such a wimp and is always getting the crap beat out of him. Eric is my fave!

  26. LittleDeadGirl says:

    Me and my friends are having a little true blood party this sunday night, getting together, and watching it before another week of work. All I know is “if eric is there so shall I be” though I must say I have a thing for Alcide as well

  27. Carragh says:

    I believe Talbot was Russells human lover and wasn’t really mentioned very much. Might be wrong though, been a looongg time since I read the books! Also, Eric= FAF. Completely and utterly FAF.

  28. TEXASSWEDE says:

    Talbot was one of the pretty boys at Russels mansion in book three. He brought clothes for Sookie to wear to leave at daylight. He flirts with Eric and Eric leaves the room with him to try to get some info from him. He returns with a hicky on his neck and tells her he has fed.

    I really liked the Eric cover until remembered that the original painting was of a father and daughter. Now I can’t look at it without cringing. lol