Bob East (@ArtofBeast) tweeted this caricature of Joe as Alcide with a little humor at his limited wardrobe.
Viewers of HBO’s “True Blood” weren’t the only ones sad to see Joe Manganiello exit the drama series last Sunday night. Charlaine Harris — author of the book series the show is inspired by — was sad to see Joe, and his character Alcide Herveaux, exit the show too.
“I did [watch] because I’m very fond of him,” Charlaine told AccessHollywood.com of Joe. “He’s a lovely guy, inwardly and outwardly, and I was very surprised, because, of course, that isn’t how my books end, but then, I didn’t really expect them to go out the way my books did. They haven’t really followed them significantly, which is fine, but it just leaves me wondering who else will bite the dust before the series is over.”
Jimmy talks to Joe Manganiello about the final season of True Blood and the fate of his character.
The body count continues to rise on the final season of HBO’s “True Blood,” and Sunday’s episode saw another long-running character abruptly bite the dust (and, in typical “True Blood” fashion, while he was naked).
Joe Manganiello’s Alcide died doing what he did best — trying to save Sookie (Anna Paquin) — but at the end of the day, the werewolf proved to be another piece of collateral damage in the war between the humans and the vampires, shot by one of the gun-toting townsfolk just for being a supernatural creature. The knife was further twisted since, earlier in the episode, Sookie admitted to former paramour Bill (Stephen Moyer) that Alcide loved her more than she loved him.
As Manganiello told TV Guide, Alcide’s death was the only logical conclusion for his storyline: “When I read the script for the finale of last year, I called it. I put it down and I was like, ‘Oh, Alcide and Sookie are together? They’re going to kill me.’ Story-wise, you can’t have her break his heart because then the audience isn’t going to side with her. You have to get her to Bill and Eric because they have to tie up the A and B plot. If you’re looking at a show like this where they’re looking for characters to help the show be vital, meaning you can kill off main characters and all of a sudden anyone can be killed off at any time, there is no one else my character is connected to except for Sam.”
Variety spoke to Manganiello at “True Blood’s” final season premiere, and while the actor didn’t overtly spoil Alcide’s demise, he did speak generally about his exit from the series, including how he said farewell to the fan-favorite character: “To say goodbye, I actually went to New Orleans for the first time. It was a full moon on February 13 and I went down to the French Quarter and looked up at the moon and I had this nostalgic moment and said goodbye,” he reminisced.
The actor also recalled his last table read, which he described as “very surreal.”
“There was a moment where I was talking to everyone, kind of moving from conversation to conversation to conversation, and then one conversation ended and another one didn’t pick up. I wound up having this moment that felt like I was in a bubble, and it lasted for a good solid three or four minutes while everyone was talking around me, and I just looked around in my own private bubble of silence at the fact that this was it, this was the last time I was going to see these people at this table. It was sad,” Manganiello said.
As for what he’ll miss most about Alcide, Manganiello didn’t have to pause to think before answering: “His heart — playing a character that’s this savage monster but also has this huge heart, it’s such a winning combination. To me, it makes complete sense that that was the right role for me at the right time that people responded to. How could you not respond to that blend of character traits?”
While the Pittsburgh native warned that the final season would feature “a Shakespearean pile of bodies” (the show already killed Rutina Wesley’s Tara in the cold open of the season premiere) his exit from the HBO drama hasn’t slowed him down. In addition to recently premiering his directorial debut, a documentary called “La Bare,” Manganiello will soon return to his home city to direct a comedy from “How I Met Your Mother” writer-producer Gloria Calderon Kellett. “She’s writing this fantastic script for me to take back to Pittsburgh and direct,” he told Variety while promoting “La Bare.” “She writes comedy with a lot of heart, so it’ll be something along those lines. It’s for me to act in as well. I have plans to direct forever.”
“I’d love to play Alcide again,” he said. “In fact, a year ago I started writing a story for an Alcide movie, or comic book series. “I would love to return maybe in a movie. I would love to do it again.” Explaining why he would like to return as Alcide, he said: “I think there’s a lot left on the table that wasn’t explored. At the end of the day, the show had nothing to do with my character for a few years. “So I think there’s a lot more left to explore, I love the character.”
Just three episodes into the final season, and True Blood is once again proving that anyone and everyone can be killed off.
It’s never been safe to be friends with Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) — See: Pretty much everyone who has ever died on this show — but poor Alcide Herveaux (Joe Manganiello) never really stood a chance. The moment that the HBO series paired the fan-favorite werewolf with its leading heroine, he seemed destined to meet a grim fate, especially since this is the final season, and Sookie still has unfinished business with original suitors Bill (Stephen Moyer) and Eric (Alexander Skarsgard). But the real surprise was that he was killed off by a nameless character well after danger seemed to have passed.
How does Manganiello feel about Alcide’s unceremonious death? Below, the actor discusses why Alcide had to go, the “polarizing” series finale, and whether he’ll return before the end:
When did you find out that Alcide would die so soon into the final season?
Joe Manganiello: When I read the script for the finale of last year, I called it. I put it down and I was like, “Oh, Alcide and Sookie are together? They’re going to kill me.” Story-wise, you can’t have her break his heart because then the audience isn’t going to side with her. You have to get her to Bill and Eric because they have to tie up the A and B plot. If you’re looking at a show like this where they’re looking for characters to help the show be vital, meaning you can kill off main characters and all of a sudden anyone can be killed off at any time, there is no one else my character is connected to except for Sam (Sam Trammell). So by default, I did some quick math in my head and was like, “They’re going to kill me really quickly.”
I always used to have lunch with [former showrunner] Alan Ball before every season to talk about what they were going to do with my character. Sure enough [new showrunner Brian Buckner] called me up and said, “Hey, let’s go out to dinner.” It’s like that scene in Jerry Maguire with Bob Sugar (Jay Mohr). I was like, “OK, this is going down right now.” We went to get something to eat, and he had the first three scripts with him and he’s like, “We’re killing you.” and I was like, “I called it!” He’s like, “You know we have to do this, there is no way around it.” That was how I found out.
How do you feel about the way in which Alcide was killed off?
Manganiello: Getting shot in the head by some nameless, faceless hillbilly, dying naked in the woods on the ground and then being in Malibu when it was about 30 degrees out and try not to shiver? [Laughs] That’s not exactly how I saw it going down, but I guess it’s better than giving one of the vampires the bragging rights.
Why do you think they bothered to even put him with Sookie when he was just going to die anyways?
Manganiello: They want to give the audience that. It was the one relationship that they didn’t cover that actually still had mileage. The two of them probably should’ve been together in Season 5. They probably would’ve been best served to follow the books and have Sookie be the one to help Alcide become the packmaster rather than introduce a female werewolf character that really didn’t get explored or go anywhere. In the books, Sookie helped him. Also, that was the one season that they decided to have her be single, which, looking back was a mistake because it’s a sexy show. “Let’s have our ingénue be single this season?” No! You want to have her at least try it out with the good guy who was in love with her from the time he met her. Hell, HBO had Team Alcide t-shirts. It’s capitalism. We’ve got to sell t-shirts.
With Alcide’s death, do you think this opens up the door for Sookie to end up with Bill?
Manganiello: I think it paves the way for resolution of those plot lines going back to Season 1. I don’t know if it paves the way for her to wind up with somebody, but it definitely paves the way for resolution. You have to have some sort of tie-up one way or the other, whether that’s an endgame situation or a confrontation. In Charlaine [Harris'] book, she winds up with Sam, so that’s a completely different choice. Obviously we now know that it won’t be Alcide. There are infinite possibilities. The ending will be controversial, I will say that. It’s going to be polarizing.
Sookie said no to Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) turning Alcide into a vampire. Are you a little disappointed that you never got to be a vampire or are you glad they didn’t go that route?
Manganiello: Not with this character. It would’ve wrecked the character, so I think that was the right choice. I can see myself playing a vampire at some point down the road, but in a different project. I don’t think that wrecking this character by turning him into a vampire would’ve benefited the show very much. Once again, you have to get him out of the way. He has to be gone. He can’t be hanging around. You have to have him gone and you can’t have her break his heart, so you have to kill him off.
Do you think Alcide had his defining moment narratively speaking, or do you think he still had more to do?
Manganiello: I feel like there was so much left unexplored. You never really got intoRobert Patrick’s character, you never found out where his mom went and why [he and his father] didn’t get along. He had a love interest that really didn’t go anywhere. There was this little girl, Emma, that he orphaned by murdering her father — rightfully so, but still. He didn’t want to have kids because he didn’t want to pass his genes on. He is then given custody of this little girl who is a werewolf and there was no real resolution to that or exploration of him, out of guilt, helping to raise this little girl in the pack. You never really explored the guy. I would play him again in a movie if the rights became available. I would do a spin-off. I actually started writing a story line for that guy intended to be for the comic books, but then they got canceled, I guess.
Is there a possibility that Alcide will return in some way, shape or form before the series ends?
Manganiello: If anybody has been following my Twitter feed, I’ve been flying around all over the place. I’ve been super busy running around, so I really haven’t had any time to do that, which I don’t think is much of a secret. Once he’s gone, he’s done. That’s it.
Did you bond with Rutina Wesley over both being killed off so quickly?
Manganiello: I don’t think we got to talk about it because she was out of there so quick and then I was out of there so quick. I didn’t bump into her at the premiere. Going out in the cold open! The good news for her is that she showed up for one day of filming and got paid for an entire season. That’s probably a record.
Any chance of seeing you back on TV soon?
Manganiello: Not anytime soon. I was offered roles while I was on True Blood. The reason that I was being offered roles was because of the popularity of the show. But I was offered roles that I literally couldn’t show up to on the first day of filming or we couldn’t clear however many days off away from the show that I needed to go and shoot that. I then had to go to the theater and watch other people playing those parts. There was give and take with the show in terms of my film career, so there was a lot of stuff that I really didn’t get to do that I wanted to do.
Right now, it’s about movies and getting out there and really keeping myself open to be able to capitalize on those opportunities when they come up. It seems like a lot of my favorite comic book and fantasy properties are being made into shows, like American Gods or Preacher. I just chase good material. It seems like a lot of the really great material that I love and have responded to growing up is winding up going to TV. For right now, it’s probably going to be film.
Joe Manganiello has revealed that he is glad to be part of True Blood‘s core plot for its final season.
The Sabotage actor told Digital Spy that he did not particularly enjoy the path that his werewolf character Alcide had taken over the past couple of seasons.
“I thought it was very one dimensional,” he said. “There was a whole plotline that was cut from the show that dealt with Alcide and his father, played by Robert Patrick.”
For much of the HBO drama’s fifth and sixth seasons, Alcide spent large periods away from other main characters, as he took on responsibilities as a pack leader.
He continued: “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. Beating up a pack of girls? I’m a big guy, I just don’t see how beating up a pack of 100lb girls is good. I just thought it was kind of crazy.
On returning to the main plot for its final season, he said: “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.”
Manganiello also said that the show’s finale may be shocking to fans: “It’s gonna wrap up all the plotlines, 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.”
True Blood returns for its final season on Monday, July 7 at 9pm on Fox in the UK. It airs on Sundays on HBO in the US.
‘True Blood’ has already killed off a major character this season, but it looks like more supernaturals are dropping dead before the series’ end. In a new interview, Joe Manganiello teases his own death. Will Alcide really be killed off the show? We know that “nobody is safe” on the final season of True Blood, but please don’t kill off Alcide (Joe Manganiello)! What will we do without those abs? Well, we’ll die. Keep reading to see if it’s really true — but warning: SPOILER ALERT.
‘True Blood’: Joe Manganiello Teases Alcide’s Death
Joe Manganiello is one sexy beast. But not for long…
In a recent interview, the actor behind the wolf pack teased Alcide Hervaux’s pending death on the final season of True Blood. “I think it creates a sense of urgency and electricity to the season that anybody could go at any time,” Joe said on Watch What Happens Live on June 23. “No one is safe.”
Is Alcide Really Being Killed Off?
So is Joe just teasing us, or is Alcide the unsafe one, this time around?
“In the books they have Alcide Hervaux 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,” an insider told HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY. “The show is going to be pretty crazy this season and there [are] going to be several significant deaths happening.”
Even more deaths, after Tara? and Alcide?! Put a stake in us.
Even more shocking? Bon Temps hasn’t caught wind of Joe’s departure yet — if Alcide is indeed dead, the news will be just as big of a surprise to Joe’s cast mates, as it was to us.
“They have filmed stuff with Joe afterwards and have done multiple endings to that death scene,” the insider adds. “So many people in the cast and crew think he is still alive.”