When "True Blood" returned for its seventh and final season earlier this summer, fans immediately noticed that one crucial character had a different face -- James, the studly vampire who entered the show in season six to romance Deborah Ann Woll's character, Jessica, was now being played by a new actor, Nathan Parsons. The actor who initially played James, Luke Grimes, issued a statement saying that his abrupt departure "had nothing to do with storylines" and more to do with other opportunities. He'll be appearing in 's sure-to-be megahit " Fifty Shades of Grey ," for example. And HBO, for its part, attributed his decision to "the creative direction of the character.
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Ellis: You have to be open. But more importantly, you make a statement when you do something like that. If you have a child, if you have a son, and he comes out as gay, what are you going to do? If you have a daughter who comes out gay…? You just made a statement, and it has ripple effects.
True Blood's very sexy, very gay Season 3 debut.
It was up to HBO to come up with new programming that could keep the network going. As such, there was a lot of turmoil going on behind the cameras. James would fall in love with Jessica and the two of them would escape the camp in which they were imprisoned. James eventually left Jessica for Lafayette and the two were still together as of the final episode.
Jason is known as a ladies' man and is associated sexually with many women in Bon Temps and other neighboring communities. He is selfish and often involves Sookie in his troubles. Sookie says, "What they didn't get was that reckless and wild as my brother was Jason's favorite person in the entire universe was Jason Stackhouse. In the first book, Jason is suspected of killing a series of girls in Bon Temps. Videotapes of his sexual encounters with each girl were damning evidence against him.