True Blood's Alexander Skarsgard says he and co-star Theo Alexander had never had an onscreen male kiss before filming their electrifying scene.

After Skarsgard's vampire character Eric bests Talbot (played by Theo Alexander) at chess, Talbot declares he's bored and commands Eric to take off his clothes. Eric does as instructed and the men begin to kiss, but Eric is more concerned with revenge against King of Mississippi Russell Edgington (played by openly gay Denis O'Hare) than making love and ultimately kills Talbot, Edgington's partner of 700 years.

Skarsgard told Entertainment Weekly that neither he nor Theo Alexander had previously kissed a man onscreen.

“I'd never kissed a guy before on a show or in a movie, and that was Theo's first time as well, and we talked about it,” he said.

“It goes from being this romantic, beautiful scene, and they're getting rough with each other and getting it on – and [then] the turn where Eric just slaughters him. It's such a rich scene.”

“I basically said, 'We've got to sell it in the beginning. It's got to be passionate and beautiful because then the payoff is going to be so much more rewarding.'”

The curtain falls on season 3 of the HBO vampire drama on September 12.