Will Eric Northman die on "True Blood"?

Many fans of the long-running HBO series have been worried about the fate of Alexander Skarsgard's character since "True Blood's" Season 6 key art was released, featuring a vampire, who looks a lot like Eric, screaming above the tagline, “No one lives forever.”

During an appearance on "Access Live" on Wednesday, actress Kristin Bauer van Straten, who plays Pam on "True Blood," opened up about the rumors regarding her character's maker.

Anchor Billy Bush said fans believe that Eric will die this season and asked Bauer if it's a fear of hers.

"It is a fear of mine for a couple of reasons. I love being around him," she said, as guest host Holly Robinson Peete noted the tears welling up in Bauer's eyes. "See? She knows something," Bush asserted. "Well, I know a lot of things," Bauer said, fighting back the tears. "But I won't say ... It's a family. You know, I'm around Alex often for 70 hours a week and we laugh and laugh. It's my favorite part of the job ... So I could cry thinking about [no longer working with him] whenever -- if it's 10 years from now and I'm not next to Alex, I'll be sad."

Bush pushed Bauer for an answer regarding Eric's "True Blood" fate, but she stood her ground. "I can't say," she replied quietly.

Bauer's emotional interview fuels the growing rumor that Eric will die in "True Blood" Season 6. In addition the poster, shortly before the new season kicked off, showrunner Brian Buckner told Rolling Stone, "One of our principal characters will not make it all the way through the season. We’re going to stop to grieve them, and try to tell the more human side of the supernatural stories we’re telling.”

Not long thereafter, Skarsgard had this to say of "True Blood" Season 6 in talking with Backstage: "There’s a war going on this season because for the first time in 1,000 years, humans are a real threat. Eric's been busy fighting witches and other vampires, but never humans. You’ll find out how and why, but humans have become a danger." The actor added that the most difficult scene he’s ever had to perform on the show is coming up this season. “I recently had to do a very emotional scene with a blood bag,” he told Backstage through somewhat of a smile. “I can’t talk about it too much, but that was quite difficult.”

Below, check out the episode descriptions for this week's episode of "True Blood" and next week's, which is the penultimate episode of Season 6.

"Dead Meet" (Episode 8)

Sookie (Anna Paquin) faces a major dilemma in deciding whether to broker a deal between Warlow (Rob Kazinsky) and Bill (Stephen Moyer). In vamp camp, Jason (Ryan Kwanten) gets to know Violet (Karolina Wydra), while Sarah (Anna Camp) goes to extremes to keep Tru Blood flowing. Alcide (Joe Manganiello) makes a decision that will impact the futures of Nicole (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) and Sam (Sam Trammell).

"Life Matters" (Episode 9)

A desperate Bill (Stephen Moyer) tries to ferry Warlow (Rob Kazinsky) away from the faerie plain, but Sookie (Anna Paquin) is having none of it. Meanwhile, Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) arrives at vamp camp, looking to inflict serious human damage. In Bon Temps, friends and family take emotional turns remembering a fallen neighbor. Bill feels the pull of Lilith's (Jessica Clark) sirens.

Do you think Eric will die on "True Blood" this season? Sound off in the comments!

"True Blood" airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on HBO.

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    Ryan Kwanten as Jason Stackhouse

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    Carrie Preston as Arlene Fowler and Todd Lowe as Terry Bellefleur

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    Alexander Skarsgård as Eric Northman

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    Sam Trammell as Sam Merlotte

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    Michael McMillian as Steve Newlin

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    Rutger Hauer as Niall Brigant

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    Kelly Overton as Rikki Naylor

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    Deborah Ann Woll as Jessica Hamby

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    Lauren Bowles as Holly Cleary and Chris Bauer as Andy Bellefleur

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    Joe Manganiello as Alcide Herveaux

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    Rutina Wesley as Tara Thornton

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    Arliss Howard as Governor Truman Burrell

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    Amelia Rose Blaire as Willa Burrell

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    Kristin Bauer van Straten as Pam Swynford de Beaufort

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    Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Nicole Wright

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    Rob Kazinsky as Ben Flynn

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    Anna Paquin as Sookie Stackhouse

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    Ryan Kwanten as Jason Stackhouse and Anna Paquin as Sookie Stackhouse

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    Nelsan Ellis as Lafayette Reynolds

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    Stephen Moyer as Bill Compton

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    Rutina Wesley as Tara Thornton, Anna Paquin as Sookie Stackhouse and Lucy Griffiths as Nora Gainsborough

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    Alexander Skarsgård as Eric Northman and Kristin Bauer van Straten as Pam Swynford de Beaufort