'True Blood' Season 7 casts Riley Smith as Arlene's new love interest

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riley-smith-true-blood-season-7-keith-gi.jpg "True Blood" has cast another new face for its seventh and final season. Riley Smith will join the HBO series as sexy rock 'n' roll vampire Keith, who is a drummer James' band.

Deadline reports Keith will become "smitten with Arlene (Carrie Preston) on first sight." Considering his "romantic side," it seems he's going to start at least a one-sided love story with the recent widow in Season 7.

In Season 6, Arlene's husband Terry Bellefleur was killed after he organized his own death. Back in October 2013, Preston made it clear that she didn't want Arlene to find love again, especially after the flash forward in the finale of Season 6 where it was revealed she owned Merlotte's, now Bellefleur's.

"It was great to see Arlene get a little bit of power in this world and I'm hoping she'll find solace in that," she said at the time. "I hope they don't pair her up with somebody. I'd like to see her be a strong woman and be okay in the world as a mom and an owner of a business and not be someone who doesn't feel complete if she doesn't have a man. This would be a nice evolution for her."

"True Blood" Season 7 will premiere in Summer 2014.
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