'True Blood': Is Eric Dead? Four Season Finale Shockers

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Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgård) has never looked hotter than he did on True Blood's sixth-season finale. And that's not just because he suddenly burst into flames atop a remote, snow-covered mountain. Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgård) has never looked hotter than he did on True Blood's sixth-season finale. And that's not just because he suddenly burst into flames atop a remote, snow-covered mountain.

Eric Is Dead, Long Live Eric: The world's sexiest vampire may have suffered from painfully bad timing--sunbathing in naked perfection at the ends of the Earth when Warlow's (Rob Kazinsky) vampire sunshine spell broke--but it's impossible to believe he's really dead. We've seen him snap, crackle and pop before and recover just fine; and Pam, who was also MIA in the six-month time jump, surely saved her maker. We'll accept no other alternative.

Warlow Is Positively, Absolutely, Undeniably and Reliably Dead: With a little help from her fae friends--and a nearly insurmountable suspension of disbelief from viewers--Grandpa Niall (Rutger Hauer) somehow returned from exile and assisted Jason (Ryan Kwanten) in staking the formerly invincible fairy vampire. Unfortunately his demise turned the off switch on his blood's sun-walking power, so everyone who drank it had to run for cover. On the plus side, Sookie (Anna Paquin) was released from her marriage/vampire pact and free to date other people.

Sookie Is Dating Alcide! This girl really, really gets around. Are there any eligible supes she hasn't hooked up with? (Or tried to seduce, like Bon Temps' new mayor, Sam Merlotte?) We're not complaining: they certainly make a gorgeous couple, and Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) is busy on a book tour to promote his confessional exposé And God Bled.

The Walking Dead: Zombie vamps incoming! Just when we thought True Blood had run out of supernatural tropes, the show has now appropriated the zombie craze. Yep, hordes of Hep V-infected vamps are roaming loose and attacking everyone--except those who, at Mayor McShapeshifter's urging, are tag-teaming with healthy vampires. Like Tara and her mom, for instance. Ewww!

What's in store for Bon Temps in Season 7? Will zombpires take over, or will Sheriff Rick Grimes ride in to save the day? And if Eric doesn't return, will anyone really care what happens?

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