Alexander Skarsgård confirmed to return for season 7 of 'True Blood'

And his character Eric Northman will continue to play a significant role in the show

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Alexander Skarsgård will definitely be back for next year's seventh season of True Blood, showrunner Brian Buckner has confirmed.

The last episode of season six aired in the US on Sunday (August 18) and ended in a way that didn't look promising for Skarsgård's character, charismatic vampire Eric Northman.

However, Buckner has now reassured fans that Eric will continue to play a significant role in the show. "I can tell you that Alexander Skarsgård is going to be a part of the next season of True Blood. He will be a series regular," Buckner told TVLine. "I'm not going to take Alex Skarsgård out of people's living rooms."

Buckner admitted, though, that the show won't pretend that nothing happened to Eric when the new season begins. "No. That would be a cheat, wouldn't it? That would be an incredible cheat," he said..

HBO officially recommissioned True Blood last month (July) and season seven is set to air in summer 2014. The new episodes, Buckner went on to reveal, will see a return to core values for the long-running saga.

"The show started out as, 'Let's see if vampires and humans can get along'. We're returning to that original premise of the show," he explained. "And because humans and vampires are being forced together, we're going to be examining that with all of our characters. Everyone's going to come under the umbrella of that main story. These are complicated relationships now because they're feeding – it's not necessarily sex, but things get confused sometimes, especially in vampires' minds – so you’re going to be looking at a number of complicated three-way, four-way relationships."

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