May 4, 2012 at 8:25 PM ET
Sink your fangs into this, "True Blood" fans! The first image of former "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" star Christopher Meloni as a vampire on the hit HBO drama is now available!
As you can see, he tidies up quite nicely and yet retains the fierce look "SVU" fans came to love so much. (And which many now desperately miss from the long-running procedural.)
In his new role, Meloni plays Roman, "an ancient, powerful vampire who holds the fate of Bill and Eric in his hands," creator Alan Ball told TVLine. Let's hope Roman, who is a member of The Authority, gives the two vamps some leniency -- even if they did deal the True Death to Nan Flanagan in the season four finale. (Please don't use that pretty stake on the boys, Roman! We wouldn't want you to get your spiffy suit bloody ...)
"True Blood" returns on June 10 at 9 p.m. on HBO.
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