1st look at True Blood's fanged Christopher Meloni [vid + 20 pics]

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Dec 17, 2012, 3:16 PM EST

This is an awesome day of firsts for True Blood fans, 'cause we're getting our first thrilling look at Law & Order: SVU's Christopher Meloni as an ancient and powerful vampire named Roman who will control the fates of our favorite bromantic vampire couple—Bill (Stephen Moyer) and Eric (Alexander Skarsgard)—in the upcoming fifth season of the hit HBO series.

But wait: There's more!

We're also getting a first look at Stargate Atlantis and Sanctuary vet Christopher Heyerdahl (both in the new video and the pics), who's playing another ancient bloodsucker named Dieter Braun.

While we're still talking of firsts, we're also having a first glimpse at Eric's beautiful vampire sister Nora, played by Robin Hood's Lucy Griffiths, as well as a few other new characters and a boatload of returning, familiar faces. Welcome back to Bon Temps, guys!

Oh, and we also spy with our little eye Spartacus' Doctore Peter Mensah as Kwibe. Dude looks as awesome in a suit as he did half naked.

Have a look at all the True Blood season-five goodness.

What do you guys think? Does Chris Meloni look like a true True Blood badass vamp to you? How much trouble will Bill and Eric get into? Are you excited about season five?

True Blood kicks off on HBO June 10.

(via Digital Spy)