By Mandi Bierly
Updated October 18, 2010 at 03:54 PM EDT

Image Credit: John P. Johnson/HBOSpoiler alert! If you haven’t read Charlaine Harris’ Dead to the World, the fourth book in the series upon which HBO’s True Blood is based, and don’t want to know what may await you in season 4, do not read this item. Those of you who have read the book or can’t help yourself, continue…

Fans have long wondered whether Alan Ball, who’s strayed far from the novels, would keep to the script when it comes to Alexander Skarsgard’s Eric losing his memory at the hands of witches and staying with Sookie in her home where he’s deemed safest. While the shower scene is definitely something we’d like to see played out (read it here by opening the document of Sookie/Eric moments and clicking on book 4 and page 67), it’s the possibility of watching Skarsgard play clueless that really excites us — and his costar Kristin Bauer (Pam). “The storyline with Eric losing his mind next year may happen, which I think would be very hysterical,” she told EW at the Scream Awards. “This is an extremely comedic actor. He is very funny. A lot of people didn’t see him in Zoolander and [don’t] know how funny he can be. I would love for him to do that in his vampire character.”

In addition to giving Skarsgard a chance to flex his comedic muscles (as he did when Eric pretended to be human while rescuing Sookie from the Fellowship of the Sun), it would also work storywise. At the end of season 3, Sookie was fed up with both Bill and Eric. The show wouldn’t be the same without the Sookie-Eric sexual tension, and really, the only way we can imagine her letting him back in her life now is if he didn’t remember his deliciously deceptive ways, her fairy taste, and their complicated history. She can’t trust Eric, but maybe she can trust this Eric — the nicer version with the same sexy fangs and killer ass.

Your turn. Who’d like to see Eric lose his memory? For playing, we offer you this bonus tease from Sam Trammell (Sam), who promised us the show would up the ante even more in season 4. “What would that mean for me? I don’t know,” he said. “I just know I’ll be taking off my clothes a lot.” (Reporting by Nicholas E. White)

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