'There is definitely some [sexual] energy between the two of them,' says executive producer Alan Ball of the dynamic between his newest mane attraction, werewolf Alcide (One Tree Hill's Joe Manganiello), and Sookie (Anna Paquin), who team up in season 3 (debuting June 12) to track down her kidnapped beau, Bill. 'It's not like either one of them is looking for romance, but they're thrown into several intense situations [and] it's hard not to bond on a deeper level.'
It probably isn't too tough for Sookie to bond with her animal sidekick on a superficial level, too. 'The first shirtless scene [Joe] had I was like, 'Who has those abs?' Ball recalls. He's in crazy peak physical condition. He's eating nothing but pure protein. And of course, this being True Blood, he's already shot his first naked scene. Hello, werewolves when they shift - no clothes!'