Joe Manganiello Talks About That ‘True Blood’ Shocker

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If you haven’t seen last night’s episode of True Blood, read no further!

The death of Alcide Herveaux might have come as a shock to fans of True Blood, but Joe Manganiello saw it coming from a mile away.

“I called it as soon as [Sookie and Alcide] got together [in the Season 6 finale],” Manganiello tells Zap2it. “As soon as I read that they were together, the first thing I thought was, ‘They’re going to kill him.’ … As soon as that happened, I went, ‘Aw man, this is not going to last long.'”

It took several months for showrunner Brian Buckner to break the news, but eventually Manganiello’s gut instinct proved to be correct.

“Sure enough, a few weeks before we started shooting I got the phone call to go out to dinner with the showrunner, Bucky,” Manganiello recalls. “We went and had a steak, and I went, ‘You’re killing me, right?’ And he went, ‘Yeah.’ He says, ‘You understand it had to happen,’ and I went, ‘Of course.’ And so that was it.”

According to Joe, his character had to die to keep the show’s heroine, Suki, in a good light. “Alcide would be a smart choice for her inevitably, but you can’t have me wind up with her at the end,” he said.

“So, what? They’re going to have her break up with me? They’re going to have her break the heart of the best guy she knows? The guy who would do anything for her? They can’t do that because then the audience is going to hate her for breaking his heart. That’s why they had to kill him.”

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