Christopher Heyerdahl Haunts ‘True Blood’

The Swede gets his bite on in the new season of HBO's hit vampire series.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

When Christopher Heyerdahl's The Swede was last seen on AMC's "Hell on Wheels," he had been tarred and feather before being literally run out of town. It was an ignoble fate for one of the more interesting characters of that show. But maybe Heyerdahl will have better luck in Bon Temps.

Deadline is reporting that Heyerdahl has been signed to recur in the fifth season of "True Blood." Heyerdahl's new character will be an ancient and powerful vampire  known as Dieter Braun; who works in intelligence for the Vampire Authority and he particularly likes performing "enhanced interrogation" on his victims.

Heyerdahl has previously portrayed an ancient vampire named Marcus in "The Twilight Saga" film series, as well as Todd, a member of the vampire-like Wraith on "Stargate Atlantis." Heyerdahl also has numerous genre shows and films to his credit, including appearances in "Caprica," "The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne," "Jeremiah," "SupernaturaL," "Psych, "Masters of Horror," "Kingdom Hospital" and multiple roles on "Sanctuary" including Bigfoot.

It's unknown if Heyerdahl will return for the second season of "Hell on Wheels," but if he is only recurring on "True Blood" than it shouldn't be out of the question.

As the latest addition to "True Blood," Heyerdahl joins former "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" star Chris Meloni, as well as Kelly Overton ("The Ring Two"), Louis Herthum ("The Last Exorsism") and Lucy Griffiths ("Robin Hood").

"True Blood" will return to HBO for its fifth season in the summer of 2012.

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