(just fair warning to everyone who isn’t caught up on the current season and storyline of True Blood.)
If you’re a watcher of HBO’s True Blood, you may have noticed the sudden departure of Luke Grimes in December. It’s the final season and with so much happening in an effort to wrap that mess up, one day James (Luke Grimes) was a hunky vampire returning from Season 6 and the next thing you know, poof! He’s gone.
At the time, HBO said that it was because of a creative decision on the part of the director. Fair enough. You want to make sure things end perfectly, we get it.
Except now that Season 7 is developing and we’re beginning to see how things are going to possibly play out, that reason for leaving is becoming suspect. Sure, it’s not confirmed that James’ character is gay, but it’s looking like it enough for a source to reveal the real reason Luke Grimes left.
Luke Grimes did not want to play gay, y’all. It made him uncomfy.
Buzzfeed has the scoop on all the details, but HBO has confirmed that they stand by their original statement. And, I suppose if you look closely at the details you can easily see that the statement would still technically apply. The director took one direction with the character and that creative direction was not appealing to the actor because playing a gay vampire somehow crosses his comfort threshold. Vampire? Sure! Hunky, vampire on a show with LGBT undertones and lots of sex? Of course! Gay vampire! Nope, too much.
The source also related that cast members were confused, angry, and upset. And I get it, because I’m confused. I’m not quite sure if I’m “Kirk Cameron gets a stand in so he doesn’t ever kiss another woman other than his wife kind of confused”, but pretty close.
As Luke, his publicist says it’s all a matter of scheduling and Fifty Shades of Grey and whatnots. What do you think?