Plus, Ryan spills on Jason’s relationship with Crystal & his surprising lack of shirtless scenes this season.
It’s going to be a nail-biting season for fans of True Blood‘s Jason Stackhouse, as the Southern charmer finds himself in more danger than ever — or as Ryan Kwanten tells HollywoodLife.com, he’ll be “very much at death’s door.” And even worse than Jason’s possible death, fans will also be sad to hear that he’ll be taking “a little break” from all the shirtless action they’re used to.
Fans of Charlaine Harris‘ novels are fully aware that [SPOILER ALERT] Jason gets kidnapped and turned into a were-panther — and while Ryan wisely avoids confirming that big secret, he does confirm that Jason “quickly finds himself in a position he may not be able to get out of.”
Here’s my full interview with Ryan:
So Jason’s the mayor of Hot Shot now. … How’s that going?
He’s someone that really shouldn’t be put in a position of authority or power, and I think strange things happen when someone like Jason is put in that that position. He can choose to either man up or back off from it. It’s a real test for Jason to turn himself from a boy into a man. It’s a good season for him. He started so low on the evolutionary scale that he can only go up anyway.
From the teasers we’ve seen, he also looks like he’s going to be in some trouble.
He gets very close to death, if not very much at death’s door. Nothing is what it seems on True Blood, and we very much continue that philosophy this season.
Jason’s such a lovable character. What do you love about him?
It’s an invigorating character to play, because I’m really nothing like him. There’s a sense of liberation when I put on those tight jeans and Western shirts. I can’t help but be swept up in his world, and it’s really the epitome of playing a character.
Any qualities you don’t like about Jason?
Even his faults, things that stand in his way, are what you inevitably fall in love with. Those things at first that you initially don’t like are the things you end up falling in love with. You’ve got to embrace the faults as much as the goodness.
Now let’s talk about the shirtless elephant in the room. How much skin will Jason be showing this season?
Not much by Jason, actually. A lot of the other boys try their hand at it, though. Believe me, I’m not totally off the radar on that front, but compared to previous seasons, it is a little break.
How does Jason and Crystal’s relationship progress over the course of season four?
She’s very much under a spell, for lack of a better phrase. And Jason’s so in love with this girl that he goes along with it for a little while, but he very quickly finds himself in a position he may not be able to get out of.
Are you familiar with their relationship in the books, or with the books in general?
To a certain point. To be honest, I only read two-and-a-half of the books before I realized that Alan Ball and the rest of the team of writers were doing a very TV savvy version. So in terms of my acting, reading the books didn’t help too much. I didn’t want to know what was going to happen in the future.
We’ve also seen some crazy fairy action in previews. Does Jason get to play with them?
He does not deal with them, certainly in the first half in the season. He’s got his fair share of other things to deal with.
Watch Jason & Crystal in action below — and be sure to tune in for the fourth season of True Blood, premiering June 26 at 9 p.m. on HBO!