Roman, we hardly knew ya.
In a shocking turn of events, the Vampire Authority bigwig got staked to death by Russell on Sunday’s True Blood — bringing Chris Meloni‘s run on the HBO smash to an unexpectedly early end. That’s assuming, of course, that he is actually dead. In the following Q&A, tube all-star Meloni sets the record straight about Roman’s fate, shares his most memorable moment on the show and reveals why he’s jealous of co-star Denis O’Hare.
TVLINE | Is Roman really dead?
You saw the show last night.
TVLINE | I did, but this is True Blood. Characters have survived worse.
That is true. For the time being, he’s dead. I think that was my swan song.
TVLINE | Five episodes is an unusually short run for someone billed as a series regular. Was this a case of you only being able to commit to a short arc because of your busy schedule?
I think what happened was they got sick of me complaining about the glazed donuts at the craft services table so they decided to off me. [Laughs] We had always decided that this was the way to go.
TVLINE | It seemed like you really enjoyed yourself.
Absolutely. I think part of the success of the show is what you are truly seeing is actors who are happy and really enjoying what they’re able to do. I fit right in with them.
TVLINE | As far as onscreen deaths go, this one was fairly memorable. Did you get a chance to watch the episode yourself last night?
I was caught in traffic having just come back from Comic-Con, so I’ll be seeing it tonight. But I will say it was a lot of fun to shoot that scene. There’s no one else I’d rather get staked by than Denis O’Hare. And his final words to me were really funny. I was actually a little jealous. I wish I had been able to say, “Peace is for p—ies.” [Laughs]
TVLINE | Favorite moment as Roman?
I really enjoyed staking that kid, [Vampire Authority chancellor Drew]. Really nice actor, really nice kid. But I thought the idea of me staking a kid was really outrageous and inappropriate and very satisfying. [Laughs] I don’t know what that says about me…
TVLINE | You’ve done some really dark stuff in your career — where does that rank?
Really not that [high] because for Roman it was a matter of survival. When you are in the middle of a war, the statute of permissible behavior gets widened. Chris Keller on Oz did a few more despicable things. And let’s not forget I humped a refrigerator at a children’s camp in Wet Hot American Summer.
TVLINE | What’s next for you?
I’m actually right now working with those same maniacs who brought you Wet Hot American Summer. It’s a movie called They Came Together, [starring] Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd. I play the CEO of a candy corporation. And I’ve already been able to do outrageous stuff. I look forward to more outrageous stuff.