Denis O'Hare reanimates his gay character on the upcoming fifth season of the HBO supernatural drama True Blood.

In season 3, O'Hare's flamboyant Russell Edgington, vampire king of Mississippi, was entombed in concrete after he lost his partner of 700 years, Talbot, played by Theo Alexander.

“In a strange way, Russell is actually a lot funnier this season,” O'Hare, who last appeared in the Clint Eastwood directed film J. Edgar, told “He's not toothless, but he's a little more of a comic foil … until he isn't. And then he becomes very, very vicious again. Which I love.”

Edgington's exhumation leaves him “grateful to somebody,” O'Hare said.

Bon Temps' oldest vampire also returns ready for romance.

O'Hare described season 5, which debuts on June 10 at 9PM, as “all about vampire politics – it's like the inside baseball of vampires, which is so fun.”

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