With the continued ascendency of "True Blood" — the show even got its own "Sesame Street" parody last year — Skarsgard's public profile is only likely to grow. This season, Eric is at the center of the key storyline that sees witches rob the vampire of his memory, and he must rely on Sookie's kindness as he struggles to rediscover his true identity.
"It's a completely different side of Eric," Skarsgard said. "He doesn't know who he is so all that baggage is gone — 1,000 years of resentment and bitterness, the whole loathing humanity kind of stuff is gone. But there has to be an element of danger there still. I didn't want him to become too much of a little puppy.... I don't think it would be fun to watch him for very long if he was completely emasculated."
As for the romance brewing between Eric and Sookie, Skarsgard has the support of at least one cast member. "I think it's great for the show," Moyer said, pointing out that there's no rivalry between the actors. "I went up to him at the beginning of the season, and I just went, 'Look, I want you to do your job to the absolute best of your ability and I will not be around when you have to do that stuff. I don't want you to feel like you're looking over your shoulder and there's me at the monitor going, "Get your hands off her!" 'It's absolutely not how we roll. Me and him are mates."