Warning: SPOILERS for True Blood Season 6…
True Blood Season 6 was the best year in ages, and part of that was the introduction of Ben and the revelation that he was the one and only Warlow – the fairy vampire who had come to take Sookie to be his lawful undeaded wife. According to actor Rob Kazinsky, who played him, Warlow was part of a much bigger plan to return True Blood back to its roots in time for its final season.
“Warlow was always meant to be a device to set us up for the final season and we had to lose a whole bunch of characters, they cut half the cast this season,” he tells SciFiNow. “They were trying to get back to what the first season was about in time for Season 7, which is a small group of people all fighting under one roof against a threat. It was when the show was at its best.”
But sadly, that meant Warlow also had to die, and come the Season 6 finale, he was a goner, held by Sookie’s faery grandfather Niall (Rutger Hauer) and staked by Jason (Ryan Kwanten) from the front. “It was very interesting playing the death of Warlow actually, because he was a guy who didn’t expect to die, and that’s a really powerful moment to play in someone’s life,” he says.
“He expected things to work out for him, and in his head he didn’t think he’d done anything wrong, and then he’s got a stake in his heart and there’s this lost little boy moment. You talk about sex scenes being intimate, but there’s nothing more intimate than a death scene. I really enjoy dying on screen; I’m like Sean Bean.”
Those who have seen Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim, one of the best sci-fi films of 2013, you will remember [SPOILER] Kazinsky as the doomed Australian Jaeger pilot, Chuck Hansen. “It would be nice, just once in my career, to play a nice person,” he admits.
“Even in Pacific Rim, while my character did save the world, he was a total douchebag. I really enjoy playing bad guys and characters that have attitude problems but I find that justifying who and why they are who they are is one if the most rewarding parts of this job, because no one ever thinks their a bad guy.
“For Pacific Rim, Guillermo [del Toro] said to me on my first day, ‘Your job is to make everybody hate you and then cry by the end of the movie’ and then on True Blood, here I was playing a character that had been built up all season to be this big bad horrifying man, and I had four episodes to make people sympathetic and care about him so that when that moment came, they were really twisted in their feelings for him.”