Has True Blood's season 5 Big Bad been revealed?

True Blood has cast another brand-new female vampire for the series' upcoming fifth season who may just be the next ''Big Bad.'' And from the looks of it, the former King of Mississippi, Russell Edgington (Denis O'Hare), could face stiff competition in the crazy vamp department next year.

Mike Ausiello from TV Line reports that Italian actress Valentina Cervi (Artemisia, Zen) has been cast as Salome, a new series regular who is described as:

''an ancient vampire who is a world class seductress and fiercely intelligent. She also has quite a lot of madness in her. She is the most powerful person in every way yet capable of hiding this power when it serves her purposes.''

Just like Eric Northman's (Alexander Skarsgard) newly cast vampire sister Nora (Robin Hood's Lucy Griffiths), Salome is a new character created by show creator Alan Ball and company for the hit HBO series and doesn't exist in author Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse books. At least, she's not in Dead as a Doornail, the book on which season five will be based, nor in any other book.

Let's hope lighting strikes again with this new character and she turns out to be fantastic. At any rate, Sookie's (Anna Paquin) still not gonna be a happy fairy/waitress/camper again next year. We don't need to be psychic to predict a whole lotta trouble coming again to Bon Temps.

Do you think Salome—whom we actually think could be THE Salome from the Bible, you know, the one with that whole St.-John-the-Baptist thingy?—could be True Blood's season-five Big Bad? Are you excited by this casting news?

HBO's True Blood will return in the summer of 2012.

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