Big Love Plans Boyfriend, "Great Story" for Alby

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Hold on tight, Big Love fans: co-creator Marc V. Olsen says there's a "great story" ahead for the show's closeted gay villain, Alby.

Played by Matt Ross, the character will woo his first boyfriend on season four... along with a lot of controversy, of course.

Alby is “being groomed for an incredible season,” co-creator/executive producer Will Scheffer told Entertainment Weekly while Olsen added:

“Alby’s boyfriend, Dale (Benjamin Koldyke), is appointed head of the UEB - a trustee. They stumble into a relationship, and this guy is [just like Alby] struggling with his urges. He’s been going to [reparative therapy] for several years... unsuccessfully. Alby is going as well.”

Matt Ross as Alby Grant

Olsen continued, teasing the season ahead:

“There’s a provocative nature to what we’re doing. It’s more than just the Mormon culture. We’re highlighting certain aspects of the church’s relationship with its gay members that I think, as the story unfolds, is going to cause no [small] amount of controversy.”

Expect this storyline to create a great deal of acclaim for Alby’s portrayer, Ross.

Concluded Olsen: “We gave him a great story, and he’s delivering with the kind of performance that is astonishing.”

Big Love returns to HBO on January 10.

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