Ever since he stopped playing Detective Stabler on Law & Order: SVU, we’ve been jonesing for some Christopher Meloni on our TV screens. So when we heard the news months ago that he would be joining the True Blood cast as super-old vampire Roman, we thought: Perfect! However, the first look at his character has ebbed some of our enthusiasm.
Over the weekend, a teaser went out showing Roman participating in some sort of blood ritual with a younger female vampire and a bunch of folks in Opus Dei-type robes. (That seems to match up with the True Blood wiki’s assertion that Roman has inducted several important members of the Vampire Authority, including Rosalyn Harris.) He uses some cool-looking knife to cut his wrist and offer up a drop to the woman; then he removes his hood and bares his fangs at us.
JustJared caught a good snapshot of Meloni’s vamp face, and it just… looks cheesy. Maybe it’s just me, but here he looks like a cartoonish Dracula figure, not one of the fearsome vamps we know prowl through Bon Temps and the South at large.
Of course, this is based on a two-second shot—we’ll reserve full judgment for when True Blood season 5 starts up on June 10th. Especially if Roman is naked.