True Blood Season 7: Will werewolf Alcide Make the Final Cut?
July 5, 2014 by Rachel Tsoumbakos
Joe Manganiello Opens Up About Being Alcide Herveaux:
With the death of Tara Thornton (Rutina Wesley) so early on in HBO’s True Blood Season 7, fans are now starting to worry about a rumor circulating about the possible death of Alcide Herveaux (Joe Manganiello):
In the books they have Alcide Herveaux still alive, but the books and the show have not always been the same, and this season will prove that point on multiple occasions with one of the big things being Alcide being killed.
This was reported recently on Hollywood Life by an apparent True Blood insider source, but has yet to be confirmed as factual. Fans have also pointed to the fact that Joe made the following comment in relation to the show as extra confirmation:
I think it creates a sense of urgency and electricity to the season that anybody could go at any time.
While there is no way to prove or disprove this rumor until either Alcide dies or survives True Blood Season 7, Joe still has plenty to say about being Alcide that can be substantiated. Recently he spoke to GQ magazine about what it’s like being known more for his abs than his acting career:
I think a lot of people don’t realise I’ve been acting for 21 years. They think that I just started a few years ago. There are probably a lot of people out there that also don’t think I can walk and chew gum at the same time because they are focused on the exterior, which you know is fine. When you’re underestimated, you spend an entire lifetime sneaking up on people and it’s easy to get ahead that way, so it’s all good.
But this actor is more than just the brawn that is Alcide. While working out is a big part of his life, the actor has so much more to offer, albeit recently still revolving around his physique. Thanks to being asked so often about his work out routine, he published a book, Evolution. Now he finds, while he still likes to talk about fitness and working out, he can direct people to his book and therefore free up time to chat about other things. He can also add documentary maker to his resume thanks to his success in the stripper flick, Magic Mike. La Bare is a doco that delves into the world of strippers also:
La Bare which is a real-life Magic Mike about a group of male strippers at one of the oldest clubs in the world in Dallas, Texas. It’s insane. I directed, financed and produced it with my brother Nick.
You can read the full interview GQ did with Joe Manganiello by clicking here.
And as for confirmed details about his character, Alcide Herveaux, in Season 7 of True Blood, it seems Joe is glad to be working with the core group of actors he started with after his disappointing story line in Season 6. He had the following to say to Digital Spy:
In my first couple of seasons on the show, I worked with the main cast. Then as time went on, I wound up on this satellite werewolf offshoot TV show, that was part of the show, but away from the main plot. I was happy with season seven because I got to come back to the main cast and work with those people again, and felt like I was part of the show.
I thought it [the Season 6 story line] was very one dimensional. There was a whole plotline that was cut from the show that dealt with Alcide and his father, played by Robert Patrick…We switched showrunners and one of the casualties was the loss of that storyline which I thought added balance, because without that storyline it came off as mindless yelling.
His final words on True Blood Season 7 confirm that there is still plenty of action to be seen before the show winds up for it’s final season:
It’s gonna wrap up all the plot lines, in hopefully a satisfying way for the fans, going all the way back to season one. I’ll be interested to see how the crowd reacts. It’s gonna be controversial to some fans, I think, and hopefully satisfying to others.
How do you think Alcide’s story line will be finalised – with a death or true love? Let us know by commenting below!
Sources: GQ Magazine – Joe Manganiello would prefer to keep his shirt on, if you wouldn’t mind
Hollywood Life – ‘True Blood’: Alcide Killed Off? — Joe Manganiello Teases His Death
Digital Spy – True Blood’s Joe Manganiello: ‘Alcide plot became one-dimensional’
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