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Dead or undead? Christopher Meloni reveals his 'True Blood' fate

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Roman (Christopher Meloni, right) thought he had the upper hand over villain Russell Edgington (Dennis O'Hare) just moments before he found himself under the pointy end of his own stake.

On Sunday night’s episode of “True Blood,” a last-minute twist of fate saw the highest ranking vampire around impaled on his own stake. It seemed Roman, otherwise known as the Guardian of the Authority, was gone for good. But things aren’t always what they seem.

The morning after the episode aired, viewers started debating Roman’s fate. After all, while he contorted and splashed a little blood around, he didn’t explode into a mess of goo, as is the “True Blood” custom. In a Clicker poll, over 6,500 of our readers threw their votes behind the theory that Roman is still alive -- or more accurately, undead. So what’s the true scoop?

Actor Christopher Meloni, the man behind the vamp, revealed his take on Roman’s final fate in an interview with TVLine.

When asked if the Guardian was a goner, Meloni simply said, “You saw the show (Sunday) night.”

That non-answer aside, when reminded that “True Blood” characters often survive against all odds, the former “Law & Order: SVU” star opened up a little more.

“That is true,” he began. But as for Roman, “for the time being, he’s dead. I think that was my swan song.”

Tricky language there. “Swan song” sounds final, but “for the time being”? It seems as though Meloni’s comments will do little to clear up fan confusion. That means, at least until next Sunday’s show, Team Dead and Team Undead still have plenty to debate about.

The next episode of “True Blood” airs July 22 at 9 p.m. ET on HBO.

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