Hollywood Life conducted an interview with Michael McMillian, who plays Steve Newlin, and asked him about the major death predicted on True Blood. What he said is below the Read More.
As we venture deeper into True Blood‘s sixth season — we are officially half-way through it, in case you weren’t aware — Truebies everywhere have one burning question on their collective brain: Which major character is heading for the grave? HollywoodLife.com chatted with Michael McMillian, who plays the lovable (former) reverend Steve Newlin, for his take on the upcoming death; and he assured us it’s going to be devastating.
“I obviously can’t say who it is, but I was definitely surprised when I found out,” Michael admitted, adding that the shocking death “changes the tone of the show” entirely.
Um… that‘s not comforting!
Ever since showrunner Brian Buckner revealed that “one of the principal characters will not make it all the way through the season,” fans have speculated which vampire will meet his (or her) true death. That is, if it’s a vampire at all.
As for Steve, who I assume is not the major character being killed off, season six is very much about reflecting on the past – particularly on past mistakes.
“The important thing to remember, and what I think is actually really cool, is that all of this is Steve’s fault,” Michael says. “He and Sarah came up with these camps together back in the Fellowship of the Sun, and now he’s become a victim of his own creation.”
Speaking of Sarah (Anna Camp), Michael says he was thrilled to reunite with his former on-screen wife
“There’s so much to work out between them, considering everything they’ve gone through as a couple,” Michael acknowledges. “And I actually think fans will be really surprised by the way they interact with each other. It won’t go down the way you might expect.”
We got our first taste of their surprising interaction this past week when Steve assisted Sarah at vamp camp, and if I know Steve and Sarah the way I think I do, it’s only going to get weirder from here.
Rereading Brian Buckner’s statement, I wonder if by calling it a “principal character” he is hinting that it is one of the principle actors? The principles are those actors whose names appear first in the credits and who consequently have the biggest contracts/salaries. On True Blood, this would be Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell, Ryan Kwanten, Rutina Wesley and, since sometime in season 2 or 3, Alexander Skarsgard. (I can’t remember what episode it was where he went from regular cast to principle, but it definitely wasn’t until sometime after season 1. Alex is the only regular actor to have been promoted to principle since the show started in 2008.) Other actors appear in alphabetical order in the regular cast list, which will change season to season.
Among the principle actors, who would be a likely target? We know they aren’t going to kill Sookie, but I have wondered this year whether it will be Rutina since she is pregnant, or even Stephen Moyer since it would free him up to direct more. Of course I could totally be misconstruing Buckner’s comment and it might be another long-term but regular character such as Lafayette, Arlene, or Terry.