Three of the recurring actors who joined True Blood in season 6 will be bumped up to series regulars in season 7.
Amelia Rose Blaire, who played Willa Burrell in season 6 of the show, will become a series regular in season 7, according to a Friday report by Deadline.
Over the course of the season, Willa had gone from vampire rights activist to vampire herself and was last seen in the season 6 finale escaping from Vamp Camp. Pam (Kristen Bauer van Straten) told Tara (Rutina Wesley) to look after Willa while she, Pam, went to search for Eric (Alexander Skarsgard).
Two other recurring actors from season 6 will become regulars in season 7. Karolina Widra, who appeared as the vampire Violet Mazurski in season 6 will be a series regular next season. Violet became Jason's (Ryan Kwanten) lover over the course of the season.
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Luke Grimes, who played James in season 6, will also become a series regular in season 7. James met Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) at Vamp Camp and the two quickly became lovers.
This means that the already large cast of True Blood will be expanding even more when the series returns next year. Regardless, True Blood showrunner Brian Buckner has revealed in numerous interviews that the show will be getting back to its roots in season 7 with most of the action being in Bon Temps.
Production on season 7 of True Blood is scheduled for December 2013. Season 7 will premiere in 2014, though a specific date has not yet been set.
Watch a behind-the-scenes look at the season 6 finale here: