Vampire King’s End Game

June 30, 2010 by  

While several new characters have been introduced this season, Russell Edgington is one of the more intriguing ones. In his first episode we found out that he is responsible for kidnapping Bill Compton and that he is working with the werewolves. The big question everyone is asking is why? We know that Russell wants to marry Queen Sophie Anne and unite the two kingdoms but his real motivation for that is unclear. Denis O’Hare, who portrays Russell, tells the New York Post:
“It’s kind of like the old royalty of Europe, where you’d get married to prevent an invasion or form an alliance. [Russell] also takes cues from today’s politics in terms of playing the media. There comes a point later on when he starts using the media to destroy or create something – it’s wonderful.”

Russell’s kidnapping of Bill has set several other exciting plots in motion for this season. Now that Bill has sworn fealty to the King and is giving up Sookie and his life in Bon Temps, what will Edgington have in store for him? According to O’Hare the plans the King has for Bill are constantly changing.

“What’s great about all the characters is that they don’t always know what they’re doing. They have an idea and a plan, but as they go forward, that plan changes. What Russell initially wants from Bill is much smaller. But what he gets throughout his relationship with Bill is information that leads to a much bigger plan. So Russell himself doesn’t always know what he’s doing. There are times when you’ll see him with Eric [Alexander Skarsgard] or Bill where he’ll be dealing lies on at least two different levels – every character is lying about everything. These people are playing a massive game that keeps shifting every episode.”

How will the Queen and Eric react to the news about Bill, and how does Russell plan to get the Queen to marry him? Watching his end game unfold will no doubt make for a great season. O’Hare is also excited to see how the season plays out.

Russell had two very big secrets that paid great dividends for me as an actor. I can’t tell you what they are, but everyone is fueled by overarching motives – for respect, for affection, for food. Whatever drives you, is the same for vampires – they used to be human, so quite often they’re motivated by their nascent human emotions.”

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  • annm

    I have really enjoyed Russell too!! I was amazed at the interactions he had with Bill. One minute he’s saving Bill from wolves and the next he’s basically taking him prisoner. Then he encourages Bill to turn Sookie, the next minute he’s forcing him to make a choice to leave her. I love villians like that because they are not one dimensional.
    Speaking on the whole turning Sookie thing, has she and Bill ever talked about it on the show? I know the books clearly tell how she feels about being turned. I can’t recall the show bringing that subject up but when Bill told Russell it was “impossible” I was wondering where that can from. Unless it’s something that hasn’t been revealed yet.

    • lizzie1701

      Not quite right about the King saving Bill from the Weres. If you recall, Bill not only killed some Weres in his car, whilst being drained and in silver, escaped and fed of a 90 year old lady, and then killed 3 more Weres, took off an ear from another one and was ready to do Coot in, when the King arrived. Coot also mentions this to the King, on how Bill is the killer!

      Bill is quite the guy, don’t you think?

      • annm

        You’re right, Bill wasn’t saved, he laid waste to them. I guess I was thinking of the image of Russell pulling Bill up on horseback and forgot the rest. Russell goes from being charming and acting like your friend and then flips to threatening your loved ones. He’s going to be an interesting bad guy.

      • pbt

        Yes, Bill was such a delicious killer in that scene. Tearing ears and limbs off of the weres. I always enjoy a wonderful gory kill myself. It was amazing how strong he was after having a nip of Olivia’s blood.

        Actually we are getting to see alot of Bill’s darker side this season. Personally loving to see this on the screen. I agree that Russell is devilishly evil on the show and I wouldn’t trust him about anything that he says.

  • pbt

    Loving the devilishly evil and suave Denis O’Hare as Russell Edgington. He has plans for everyone on True Blood and from this interview it appears even Russell doesn’t know what he is entirely up to. It appears that he changes his mind and plans on the fly.

    I am sure that none of this will bode well for Sookie or the Viking.

  • Cherie DeSange

    Uh OH! In my comment above I made Tommy’s last name “Micklen” and it should be “Mickens” – sorry Marshall Allman.

  • Cherie DeSange

    I have never seen a series with such deeply rich and rewarding charater portrayals. I would be hard pressed to pick a favorite character from this Season Three. From Denis O’Hare to Tommy Mickens and everyone in between (both original and new) have given me NO disappointment. Thank you, again, Alan Ball,for your brilliant re-make of the novels and your selection of cast members (writers & crew)who are truly treating True Blood as the visual art form that it is – I am completely blown away with this amazing and delightful series due to the craftsmanship of the cast as well as the storylines honed by thewriting staff.

  • jaxx

    I like the Russell character, he’s intriguing. Can’t wait to see what he has in store for Bill and Eric, because a takeover will involve the area 5 vamps as well. Hmmmm…..