'True Blood' Star on His Character's Shocking Death

PHOTO: Sam Trammell, Ryan Kwanten, Anna Paquin, Joe Manganiello, and Chris Bauer appear in HBOs "True Blood." Tony Rivetti/HBO
Sam Trammell, Ryan Kwanten, Anna Paquin, Joe Manganiello, and Chris Bauer appear in HBO's "True Blood."


On Sunday night's episode of "True Blood," another fan favorite -- Joe Manganiello, who played Alcide, -- was shot.

“I don’t know how to make it more suspenseful than that. I get shot in the head by this random character whose name I don’t even know and die naked in the woods,” Manganiello told EW.

Manganiello, who plays Sookie's love interest on the show, said he knew about his death before they started shooting this final season.

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"I had dinner with Bucky [showrunner Brian Buckner], and he brought the first three scripts and said, 'We’re killing you.' I said, 'I know.' He said, 'You do?' I said, 'Yeah. What are you gonna do with Alcide if he’s with Sookie? We’re gonna have a nice wedding and take off for Bermuda, then move away from town and stay there and have babies? That’s not the show. The fairy has to be with the vampire, so you gotta get the werewolf outta the way. You can’t have her break Alcide’s heart, because then people won’t like Sookie -- they’ll get mad at her for breaking the good guy’s heart. So it’s the only choice you have, really -- you gotta kill him.'" he said.

He added, "And if you’re looking for characters to kill, it’s not like any other characters are gonna cry for Alcide because nobody knew him. The only one I interacted with in five years was Sam. There was a bunch of werewolf characters that we never got into. He was pack master for, like, a day-and-a-half. So it’s the perfect character to kill off. As soon as I read the season finale last year and he was with Sookie, I went, 'I’m dead, they’re gonna kill me, immediately. Like, immediately."

Manganiello, 37, also wasn't surprised he died naked.

"Yeah, totally. It’s 30 degrees in Malibu at night, and you gotta lay on the ground naked in wet dirt and try not to shake which is not easy to do when you’re out there for hours," he said, adding he's glad he didn't die at the hands of a vampire. "I’m glad it wasn’t a vampire, ’cause I think that might have been emasculating. He hates vampires so much, then he gets taken out by one of them? Is it better to get taken out by a nameless hillbilly?"

And then's there the souvenir he took from the set.

"I took my sock," he said of the prop he uses when he's naked. "I’m gonna frame it and put it up in my guest bathroom. That’s a fun piece of memorabilia. Maybe I’ll donate it someday to the Academy museum."