By James Hibberd
Updated January 18, 2012 at 12:00 PM EST
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Is this really how many popular vampire franchises there are nowadays, that it’s tough to fill a role without getting an actor who hasn’t played a neck-biter before?

Or perhaps Christopher Heyerdahl just has that convincingly undead look. The Twilight and Hell on Wheels actor has joined the cast of HBO’s True Blood season five in a recurring role.

He’ll play Dieter Braun, an ancient, powerful vampire who plays a large part in the intelligence of the Authority, plus is really awesome at coming up with creative ways to torture people. So … we’re thinking he’s a bad guy then? Heyerdahl is in addition to Chris Meloni, who was previously added to the cast (and whose part description, it seems, was actually the role for Heyerdahl).

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Sookie, Bill, Eric, Lafayette, Sam and the other residents Bon Temps deal with vampires, werewolves, fairies, and shape-shifters—not to mention romance and drama

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