‘True Blood’ First Look: Christopher Meloni Is A Vampyr

Ever since we learned former “Law & Order: SVU” star Christopher Meloni would portray a high-ranking member of the Vampire Authority on “True Blood,” we’ve been dying for a glimpse of the befanged baddie. HBO has finally obliged, doling out not only a slew of new publicity stills from the upcoming fifth season but also debuting a new clip (titled “Vampyr”), which shows Christopher at his bloody best.

What exactly we’re seeing in this clip, besides some sort of platelet-letting ceremony, is a bit unclear, but the bite opens with a hooded figure sauntering into a candle-lit room, chanting what we think is Latin. Quick shots of the assembled mass reveal newcomers Christopher Heyerdahl (“New Moon”) and Carolyn Hennesy (Barb from “Cougar Town”), but it’s the closing moments that provide the biggest reveal: It’s Detective Stabler under those robes! What would Olivia say?

“I’m trying to get all the vampires together,” Christopher recently told MTV News of his role. “They’ve got to stop going around killing humans willy-nilly. I’m having to kill a couple of people just to prove my point.”

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Meanwhile, the 20 (!) images released by the network are even less telling, as they show our Bon Temps heroes in their usual states of glowering/gazing/grimacing. But there is a nice look at fresh face Lucy Griffiths, who plays Eric’s “sister” Nora. (They’re kin in that they were both created by Godric.) Lucy’s a series regular, so we’ll see plenty of her when the drama returns to the airwaves June 10.

What do you think about this new “True Blood” teaser? Is Christopher Meloni doing it for you? Are you counting down the days until the premiere? Sound off in the comments and on Twitter!