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

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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.)