Casting update *spoilery*

One of the roles identified earlier in the fall has been cast. Details below the Read More!

TVLine announced that the role of Creighton Burrell, the Governor of Louisiana, has been cast and will be played by Arliss Howard, who was most recently in Moneyball.

Here’s what Michael Ausiello had to say about the role:

Arliss Howard True Blood Season 6 Governor of Louisiana True Blood has crowned a new king… of Louisiana, at least.

Arliss Howard (Rubicon, Medium) is joining the HBO drama’s forthcoming sixth season in the series regular role of Louisiana Governor Creighton Burrell, TVLine has learned exclusively.

The character is described as a good ol’ boy politician who has a major beef with vampires ever since his wife ran off with one, leaving him as a single father to their only daughter. Politically savvy and perhaps overly ambitious, Creighton tends to let his personal aspirations overshadow his humanity.

Howard’s other credits include the films Full Metal Jacket, Ruby, The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Moneyball.

True Blood‘s sixth season is slated to premiere in June.

My thoughts: First up, I would say the descriptor of Burrell as “a new king of Louisiana” is just a way of describing the character’s leadership role. I don’t think he would literally replace Bill on the vampire throne since he’s not a vamp!  It’s still not obvious to me whether this role is the same as the Rick Perry-esque Texas politician who also has a daughter, but I’m thinking it is most likely that they have reshaped the nature of the character as they’ve been writing.

Meanwhile, Janina Gavanakar posted the following on her FB page yesterday, 12/19/12

Hey #TRUEBIES ….guess where we are. *cough cough* Season 6 episode 1 table read *cough*
So, Luna has to live long enough to at least get a couple of lines out!  I personally think she isn’t going to make it and little Emma is going to go live with her werewolf Grandma, but sounds as if we will at least get some closure on Luna’s character and probably the Sam/Luna relationship.
Only six months to go now! Woohoo!! Missed some spoiler to date? Check out my running list of them here. 

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