Image Credit: John P. Johnson/HBOAlexander Skarsgard’s Eric has had a wild third season of True Blood to say the least. There’s been rapid-fire sex scenes, Viking flashbacks, Sookie Stackhouse sex dreams, and then of course, his ultimately bloody tryst with fellow vamp Talbot (Theo Alexander). Skarsgard tells EW that he and Alexander really wanted the scene to be powerful for viewers. “I’d never kissed a guy before on a show or in a movie, and that was Theo’s first time as well, and we talked about it,” says Skarsgard. “It goes from being this romantic, beautiful scene, and they’re getting rough with each other and getting it on — and [then] the turn where Eric just slaughters him. It’s such a rich scene. I basically said, ‘We’ve got to sell it in the beginning. It’s got to be passionate and beautiful because then the payoff is going to be so much more rewarding.'”
For more on True Blood, including interviews with Skarsgard, Stephen Moyer, and Joe Manganiello, and season finale scoop from series creator Alan Ball, pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, on newsstands now.