Meet True Blood's Vampire King of Mississippi
With the evil machinations of Maryann coming to a gruesome and goring end in the season 2 finale, the role of outright evildoer was left glaringly vacant.
Despite all the fang-flashing and glowering (mixed with a generous amount of carnal blood-sucking) they are prone to, the blood-lusters of Bon Temps can't seem to shake that annoying habit called humanity.
In fact, Godric – the oldest and most powerful vampire that viewers had been introduced to – seemed to have come full circle, showing more compassion and understanding than most of the human characters and ultimately choosing to sacrifice himself in the name of human-vampire relations.
Well, there's a new King in town, and his name is Russell Edgington, the Vampire King of Mississippi, and it's safe to say that he is no Godric.
"I have plans," actor Denis O'Hare says of his character. "I am 2,800 years old and I am the oldest and the strongest vampire."
And when the oldest, strongest vampire in the land says that he has "plans," think bloody redecorating on a global scale with the human race as throw pillows.
"Russell intends to take over the world," O'Hare tells PEOPLE. "He feels that human beings have squandered their stewardship of the earth by not treating it well. And he is an old Celt, a Druid, who was an earth-worshipper, and he feels like he needs to take over."
The reign of terror is really more of a reign in response to human error, but according to O'Hare, Russell isn't all doom and gloom.
"I have a boyfriend on the show," the actor says. "Talbot – he's a beautiful Greek man and we've been together 700 years."
While it's safe to say that none of us will ever know what it is to feel the 700-year itch, O'Hare was kind enough to let us in on the secrets to keeping a relationship together for nearly a millennium.
"When you get to be 2,800 years old, you've seen it all, you've tried all of the positions. Nothing surprises you because you've tasted everything," O'Hare says with a laugh. "A marriage at that point is more than just sex. It's about supporting each other and mutual interests. It's about telling the truth even when it hurts. It's about sharing a willing live human!" –Reagan Alexander