Joe Manganiello Teases True Blood Character as "Moral Compass" of Show

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Are True Blood fans ready for another hunk to enter Sookie's life?

On season three of this HBO smash, Joe Manganiello comes aboard in the key role of Alcide Herveaux, a werewolf sent by Eric to protect Sookie in her search for Bill. What can we expect from this character?

"He's kind of a moral compass on the show," Manganiello told MTV. "He's big, he's strong and he's protective. He's a good person."

Female viewers also hope he'll be shirtless a lot...

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The actor went on to compare Alcide to a childhood toy. To wit:

"I describe him as a slinky. It's this coiled piece of metal that when it's coiled a certain way, it can walk downstairs and do these amazing things. But if you were to try and straighten that slinky out, it would cease to be special. That's kind of how I see Alcide in a way - he's this amazing creature trying to live within the confines of human society. It's a lonely existence."

While True Blood spoilers have revealed Alcide and Sookie will confront an underground society of werewolves, any attraction between this pair will run into a problem. A psychotic problem, at that.

"Alcide has a psycho ex-fiancée named Debbie Pelt (Brit Morgan) who's floating around causing him trouble. She's crazy. She's psychotic. She's twisted. It's a fascinating dynamic between her and Alcide. She's a character on the edge and Alcide's caught in that spot between letting her go and trying to save her."

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True Blood Quotes

Everyone I love leaves, everything I touch dies, so forgive me if I don't share your faith in my lord.


I don't know what it is about me that makes people think I want to hear their problems. Maybe I smile too much. Maybe I wear too much pink. But please remember I can rip your throat out if I need to. And also know that I am not a hooker. That was a long, long time ago


True Blood Music

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Good behaviour Good Behaviour Powersolo iTunes
Pistol whip me Pistol Whip Me Acumen Nation iTunes
Crazed country rebel Crazed Country Rebel Hank Williams III iTunes