When Christopher Meloni left ‘Law and Order: SVU,’ you could practically hear the cries from fans trying to accept the fact that he wouldn’t be shirtless on TV anymore. But then the news came that he’d join the cast of vampire studs on ‘True Blood‘ and the heavens seemed to open again.

Watch Christopher Meloni in the New ‘True Blood’ Season 5 Promo

Meloni will be playing the top dog of the vampire world. In the ‘True Blood’ universe, (at least what we know about ‘True Blood’ so far) that means he plays Roman, the head of the vampire Authority.

We are literally biting our nails waiting for the moment when we get to see him shirtless. And trust us, HBO will make sure that he gets at least one shirtless scene this season. See him in all his glory below.

If you haven’t watched ‘SVU’ or even ‘Oz’ religiously, then we know what you’re already thinking: “There’s no way he’ll be as sexy as Ryan Kwanten, Alexander Skarsgard, Stephen Moyer or Joe Manganiello.” Well, you’re in luck, ’cause we’ve found evidence that proves otherwise. See for yourself.

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