While news of former True Blood cast members venturing into new entertainment forays has populated news gossip websites this past week, HBO producer Alan Ball has made a few new additions to the award-winning vampire drama for its upcoming fifth season.
The most recent new face to grace the screen this summer will be actor Peter Mensah. Mensah is currently known best for his role of Doctore on the Starz network original series Spartacus: Vengeance, as well as his previous appearances as the Messenger in the opening scene from 300 and the leader of the Horse Clan in Avatar. Additional television roles have included Star Trek: Enterprise, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and Witchblade.
Mensah will be joining the True Blood cast as Kibwe, a vampire originally from Africa and The Chancellor for the Authority. Kibwe is working on "mainstreaming the Authority" under "Roman's tenure", though what exactly his ulterior motives are have yet to be revealed. As with many of the new plotlines, The Chancellor for the Authority is not a character to be found in the original Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris. However, it has been noted that the fifth season will return to a more vampire-centric plotline including reports that Eric and Bill's war against the Authority will be featured prominently. Here's to hoping!
Peter Mensah joins the additional new recruits Chris Meloni (Law & Order: SVU), Christopher Heyerdahl (Twilight), Kelly Overton (The Ring 2), Louis Herthum (The Last Exorcism), and Lucy Griffiths (Robin Hood). Season 5 of True Blood returns June 22.