Anna Paquin Confirms Rutger Hauer is Back for True Blood Season 7

May 26, 2014

Sookie’s Fairy Grandfather, Niall Brigant, Will Return:

In Season 6 of HBO’s True Blood, we met Sookie Stackhouse’s (Anna Paquin) fairy grandfather, Niall Brigant (played by Rutger Hauer). While his storyline completed its arc with the advent and then subsequent demise of the Season 6 baddie, Warlow/Ben Flynn (Robert Kazinsky), Niall was still very much alive. Since the Season 6 finale, many fans have been more concerned with whether Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) will live or die in True Blood Season 7, but there was still the fact that Niall was alive. This meant he could possibly stage a return for True Blood’s final season.

Well, now it seems Anna Paquin herself has confirmed Rutger Hauer has indeed returned to the True Blood set with the following recent tweet:

 

First base, huh? With your ear? EW!

I wonder how Niall’s storyline will conclude in Season 7? Will it involve more hilarious one liners between Niall and his ’embarrassing’ grandson Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten)? Does this suggest that Niall will be needed to fight yet another evil fairy? Maybe Niall will be one of the characters returning in a flashback this season? Or did Rutger Hauer merely drop by the set and Anna is just stirring the pot with her comment on Twitter?

Let us know your theories about Niall’s apparent return in the comments below!

Source: Twitter – Anna Paquin

(Photo Credits: HBO Inc./Twitter.com)

 

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True Bloods Truth About Rutger Hauer

June 27, 2013

Is He Only the Fairy King, Or Perhaps Something More Sinister?

 

Rutger Hauer stars as Niall Brigant in HBO's True Blood Season 6

For those, like me, who have read the Charlaine Harris books you might have been waiting for Niall Brigant to appear; and who better than renowned bad guy Rutger Hauer to be posted into the role. True Blood’s casting director was a genius in Season 6 and it has left us all wondering, is he JUST Sookie (Anna Paquin) and Jason’s (Ryan Kwanten) fairy grandfather; or more?

Ever since his casting, rumours have been flying that he is ALSO Macklyn Warlow the powerful vampire who murdered Sookie’s parents and is now tracking her to get what he is ‘owed’. Unfortunately, Hauer, when interviewed by TODAY.com refused to confirm – or deny – the rumours.

That’s how it started, and at that point they said it was a misunderstanding. It was a misunderstanding that was created — but OK, who am I to say? Because I didn’t know what I was doing. I signed on blind.

What we DO know so far is that he has some big news for Sookie, who is the first Fae-baring Stackhouse that the ancient contract talks about, and without Niall, she and her kind are in great danger.

Niall is showing up because the last of the fairies are in the wrong corner. And Sookie needs to know something that I can tell her. I can show her something that she doesn’t know, and it will help her in the end. It will save her if she loses her life. But then there’s all kinds of spins happening after that, that kind of make that go away a little bit.

Warlow has made a few poignant appearances in Episodes 1 and 2, apparently with more impact yet to come with Hauer promising:

[Expect] big things in Episode 4

Rob Kazinsky, who plays Fairy Ben, a new love interest for Sookie, talks about how he savoured every onscreen moment with Hauer and apparently the feeling was mutual.

Rutger was probably one of the best things that ever happened to me. I’m a huge fan. The tears in rain scene (which Hauer famously improvised) in ‘Blade Runner’ is my favourite scene in pretty much any movie ever. He’s an incredible actor. … We had so much fun.

So how evil is Hauer’s on screen persona? Knowing he has played some legendary villains in the past. This is what Rutger had to say:

I have no idea …I play a character — I think he’s pretty nice, you know. He’s grumpy, but he’s nice. I think he’s got a dangerous side that makes him who he is. They wrote it that way a little bit and they cast me, it’s pretty clear that I’m going to go there a little bit.

I guess, the only thing we can do is hold on and go along for the ride. What do y’all think? Is he more than he makes out?

Source: Today.com Entertainment – Rutger Hauer Spills on ‘True Blood’s’ New Big Bad

(Photo Credit: HBO Inc.)

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True Blood’s Rutger Hauer gets a Name Change!

June 4, 2013

Macklyn Becomes Niall Brigant:

Rutger Hauer stars as Niall Brigant in Season 6 of HBO's True BloodBack in November, we announced (along with all the other media outlets) that Rutger Hauer would be playing the role of Macklyn in Season 6 of HBO’s True Blood. For months now there have been many articles written in relation to Macklyn and how he will affect Sookie (Anna Paquin) and Jason Stackhouse’s (Ryan Kwanten) lives. Also, there has been plenty of conjecture between fans as to Macklyn’s role. Some even suggested that Macklyn was really the elusive Warlow.

Now, all of a sudden, along with the emergence of official photos from HBO, there seems to be a name change for Rutger Hauer’s character.

Say hello to Niall Brigant.

Fans of the Southern Vampire Mystery novels will be familiar with this name. Niall is in fact someone very dear to Sookie. It will be interesting to see just how closely HBO will follow the books in relation to this character.

What do you think about the name change? Let us know in the comments below.

Sources: TrueBloodNet – True Blood Brings Rob Kazinsky On Board for Season 6

TVLine – True Blood Exclusive: Rutger Hauer Joins Cast as Regular — What’s His Connection to Sookie?

HBO’s Inside True Blood – Meet The Characters of Season 6

Rutger Hauer’s Official Website – True Blood Season 6 2013

(Photo Credit: Credit: John P. Johnson/HBO Inc.)

 

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