True Blood
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Title: True Blood
Format: Live-action
Running time: 60 min (no commercials)
country: USA
Network: HBO
Seasons: 7
Episodes: 81
Production company: HBO Studios
Your Face Goes Here Entertainment
Executive producers: Alan Ball; Brian Buckner; Raelle Tucker; Alexander Woo; Nancy Oliver; Gregg Fienberg; Mark Hudis; Angela Robinson
Producers: Bruce Dunn; Christina Jokanovich; W. Mark McNair; Marlis Pujol; Luis Patino; W. Mark McNair; David Auge; Carol Dunn Trussell; Robert Del Valle
Principal cast: Anna Paquin; Stephen Moyer; Sam Trammell; Ryan Kwanten; Alexander Skarsgård; Rutina Wesley; William Sanderson
Air dates
First aired: September 7th, 2008
Last aired: August 24th, 2014

True Blood is a television series that began airing on HBO on September 7th, 2008. The series was developed by Alan Ball (Six Feet Under) and adapted the Southern Vampire Mysteries novels written by novelist Charlaine Harris. The plot revolves around the development of an artificial blood substitute called Tru Blood, which enables vampires the ability to sustain themselves without the need for physically drinking human blood. As such, vampires are now able to "come out of the coffin" and reveal themselves to the general populace. The series takes place in the fictional town of Bon Temps, Louisiana and is shown from the perspective of a young waitress named Sookie Stackhouse - a psychic who develops a romantic relationship with a vampire named Bill Compton. Although vampires are the primary supernatural element in the series, the show also showcases other bizarre creatures including shape-shifters, psychics and maenads.

Series description[edit | edit source]

Thanks to the creation of a synthetic blood substitute called Tru Blood, vampires not longer need to sustain themselves off the blood of the living. As such, they have "come out of the coffin" as it were and coexist side by side with humanity. While many humans are intrigued by the existence of vampires, many more regard them with great apprehension, if not outright hatred. But there are other creatures lurking the shadows who do not share the vampires' ideology of exposing their secrets to humankind. Werewolves, shape-shifters, witches, faeries, and even Maenads find themselves faced with new challenges as their lives interweave with those of the other supernaturals of the world.

A vampire named Bill Compton arrives in the small idyllic southern town of Bon Temps, Louisiana where he meets with young Sookie Stackhouse - a waitress with a gift for hearing other people's thoughts. Sookie grows enamored with Compton, for she cannot perceive the thoughts of a vampire, and is drawn into a web of intrigue that opens her eyes to the wonders of the world around her, but also places her in great danger. Enter: Eric Northman - an ancient vampire, who runs a vampire bar in Shreveport known as Fangtasia, who is a rival of Compton's, who likewise takes an interest in Sookie Stackhouse.

Sookie's journey finds her world turned upside down as she struggles to balance her dreams of a simple life with the darkness of the world of the vampires. Adding to that, she finds her friends and family falling sway to the hypnotic powers of a Maenad, who wishes to turn her home into the epicenter of a modern day grand Bacchanal. Sookie learns about the existence of werewolves and forms a close relationship with a man named Alcide Herveaux.

After being caught up in battle between the vampires and the werewolves, Sookie learns the true nature of her telepathic abilities. She is half human and half Fae. Members of this mystical race introduce themselves to her, and she learns more about her abilities, but also about how the Fae race have had an impact on her family lineage.

Inter-species conflicts intensify as shape-shifters find themselves challenged by the other were races (including werepanthers and skin-walkers) and the vampire community grows divisive between the efforts of the Old World Sanguinistas and the governing Vampire Authority. This leads Bill Compton to become tainted by the blood of the oldest vampire, Lilith, and with her power, decimates the Authority.

Because of Compton's actions, Louisiana governor Truman Burrell initiates strong restrictions on vampire lifestyle, but also uses his power to create a vampire concentration camp. Burrell's connection to the manufacturer's of Tru Blood pave the way for a deadly virus known as Hep-V, which is fatal to vampires. As more and more vampires become infected, drastic changes come about between human and vampire relations.

Characters[edit | edit source]

Sookie Stackhouse: Sookie is a waitress who works for Sam Merlotte. She possesses psychic abilities and develops a relationship with a vampire named Bill Compton. Their relationship goes through many pitfalls as she finds herself pitted between Bill and his vampiric superior, Eric Northman. Sookie eventually learns the truth about her fairy heritage and becomes involved in several situations involving not only the vampires of Bon Temps, but a religious group of hunters based out of Texas, a powerful Maenad, a pack of werewolves and a coven of witches. Through it all, Sookie learns to harness her fairy powers and becomes a powerful ally to Bill and Eric.

Bill Compton: Bill Compton is a vampire and a native of Bon Temps. He served during the American Civil War and only recently returned to his home town to lay down some roots. He falls in love and courts Sookie Stackhouse despite growing resistance from members of the community. Through vampire edict, Bill is forced to turn a girl named Jessica Hamby into a vampire.

Sam Merlotte: Sam Merlotte is the owner of Merlotte's Bar & Grill and is a keystone figure in Bon Temps. Despite his well-meaning attitude and his overt affection for Sookie Stackhouse, Sam also has a dark secret - one that only few others know about. Sam becomes the prime target of Maryanne Forrester, an evil maenad with tremendous powers.

Jason Stackhouse: Jason Stackhouse is the brother of Sookie Stackhouse. A well-meaning though dim-witted man, Jason at first harbors a great distaste for vampires. However, his experiences with a vampire captive calls his prejudices into judgment and he finds himself to be a lost soul. Jason is eventually recruited by a cult calling themselves the Fellowship of the Sun who trains him to become a vampire hunter. When the cult threatens his sister, he betrays them and returns to Bon Temps.

Tara Thornton Tara is Sookie's best friend and a waitress at Merlotte's. Tara goes through a tremendous ordeal when her mother convinces her that she has a demon living inside of her. Tara goes to a woman for an exorcism, but unwittingly summons forth a maenad named Maryanne Forrester. Maryanne uses her powers to brainwash Tara as well as many others living in Bon Temps.

Lafayette Reynolds: Lafayette Reynolds is a homosexual drug dealer, road worker, prostitute, go-go dancer, and short-fry cook. Through a network of special connections, Lafayette is the number one connection in Bon Temps for V (vampire blood). Eric Northman kidnaps him and holds him captive, which has long-lasting repurcussions on Lafayette's psyche. Lafayette later enters into a relationship with brujo Jésus Velasquez, and learns that he is in fact a medium. Lafayette becomes possessed by the ghost of witch Marnie Stonebrook and murders Jésus, but also inherits a portion of Jésus' power.

Eric Northman: Eric Northman is a one-thousand-year-old vampire of Nordic heritage. He is the sheriff of Area 5 in Bon Temps and conducts his day-to-day affairs from a vampire bar known as Fangtasia. Upon discovering Sookie Stackhouse's ability to read minds, Eric sets his sights on her and stops at nothing to disrupt the relationship she has with his rival, Bill Compton. Eric is drawn deeper into the world of vampire politics after his maker, Godric, is kidnapped by a group or religious zealots. He then forms a reluctant partnership with Bill Compton to bring down the vampire king of Mississippi, Russell Edgington. Eric and Bill again find themselves partnering up when they are abducted by the Authority.

Alcide Herveaux: Alcide Herveaux is a werewolf from Shreveport who has occasionally allied himself with Eric Northman. Alcide initially shied away from the politics of his werewolf kin, but had a handfull of trouble when it came to his girlfriend, Debbie Pelt, who had fallen in with a pack led by Marcus Bozeman. Alcide eventually had to kill Bozeman and reluctantly accepted the role of packmaster. Following the death of Debbie Pelt, Alcide has been romantically tied to Sookie Stackhouse and another werewolf named Rikki.

Episodes[edit | edit source]

Season One[edit | edit source]

Episode Title Airdate
1x01 Strange Love September 7th, 2008
1x02 The First Taste September 14th, 2008
1x03 Mine September 21st, 2008
1x04 Escape from Dragon House September 28th, 2008
1x05 Sparks Fly Out October 5th, 2008
1x06 Cold Ground October 12th, 2008
1x07 Burning House of Love October 19th, 2008
1x08 The Fourth Man in the Fire October 26th, 2008
1x09 Plaisir d'amour November 2nd, 2008
1x10 I Don't Wanna Know November 9th, 2008
1x11 To Love is to Bury November 16th, 2008
1x12 You'll Be the Death of Me November 23rd, 2008

Season Two[edit | edit source]

Episode Title Airdate
2x01 Nothing But the Blood June 14th, 2009
2x02 Keep This Party Going June 21st, 2009
2x03 Scratches June 28th, 2009
2x04 Shake and Fingerpop July 12th, 2009
2x05 Never Let Me Go July 19th, 2009
2x06 Hard-Hearted Hannah July 26th, 2009
2x07 Release Me August 2nd, 2009
2x08 Timebomb August 9th, 2009
2x09 I Will Rise Up August 16th, 2009
2x10 New World in My View August 23rd, 2009
2x11 Frenzy August 30th, 2009
2x12 Beyond Here Lies Nothin' September 13th, 2009

Season Three[edit | edit source]

Episode Title Airdate
3x01 Bad Blood June 13th, 2010
3x02 Beautifully Broken June 20th, 2010
3x03 It Hurts Me Too June 27th, 2010
3x04 9 Crimes July 11th, 2010
3x05 Trouble July 18th, 2010
3x06 I Got a Right to Sing the Blues July 25th, 2010
3x07 Hitting the Ground August 1st, 2010
3x08 Night on the Sun August 8th, 2010
3x09 Everything Is Broken August 15th, 2010
3x10 I Smell a Rat August 22nd, 2010
3x11 Fresh Blood August 29th, 2010
3x12 Evil Is Going On September 12th, 2010

Season Four[edit | edit source]

Episode Title Airdate
4x01 She's Not There June 26th, 2011
4x02 You Smell Like Dinner July 3rd, 2011
4x03 If You Love Me, Why Am I Dyin'? July 10th, 2011
4x04 I'm Alive and on Fire July 17th, 2011
4x05 Me and the Devil July 24th, 2011
4x06 I Wish I Was the Moon July 31st, 2011
4x07 Cold Grey Light of Dawn August 7th, 2011
4x8 Spellbound August 14th, 2011
4x9 Let's Get Out of Here August 21st, 2011
4x10 Burning Down the House August 28th, 2011
4x11 Soul of Fire September 4th, 2011
4x12 And When I Die September 11th, 2011

Season Five[edit | edit source]

Episode Title Airdate
5x01 Turn! Turn! Turn! June 10th, 2012
5x02 Authority Always Wins June 17th, 2012
5x03 Whatever I Am, You Made Me June 24th, 2012
5x04 We'll Meet Again July 1st, 2012
5x05 Let's Boot and Rally July 8th, 2012
5x06 Hopeless July 15th, 2012
5x07 In the Beginning July 22nd, 2012
5x08 Somebody That I Used to Know July 29th, 2012
5x09 Everybody Wants to Rule the World August 5th, 2012
5x10 Gone, Gone, Gone August 12th, 2012
5x11 Sunset August 19th, 2012
5x12 Save Yourself August 26th, 2012

Season Six[edit | edit source]

Episode Title Airdate
6x01 Who Are You, Really? June 16th, 2013
6x02 The Sun June 23rd, 2013
6x03 You're No Good June 30th, 2013
6x04 At Last July 7th, 2013
6x05 Fuck the Pain Away July 14th, 2013
6x06 Don't You Feel Me? July 21st, 2013
6x07 In the Evening July 28th, 2013
6x08 Dead Meat August 4th, 2013
6x09 Life Matters August 11th, 2013
6x10 Radioactive August 18th, 2013

Season Seven[edit | edit source]

Episode Title Airdate
7x01 "Jesus Gonna Be Here" June 22nd, 2014
7x02 "I Found You" June 29th, 2014
7x03 "Fire in the Hole" July 6th, 2014
7x04 "Death Is Not the End" July 13th, 2014
7x05 "Lost Cause" July 20th, 2014
7x06 "Karma" July 27th, 2014
7x07 "May Be the Last Time" August 3rd, 2014
7x08 "Almost Home" August 10th, 2014
7x09 "Love Is to Die" August 17th, 2014
7x10 "Thank You" August 24th, 2014

Theme Song[edit | edit source]

The opening theme song was written by Jace Everett. The sequence features video clips of sensual displays of sexuality juxtaposed with images of religious fervor, suggesting that the emotional gratification one receives from both sex and faith is equitible to one another. The lyrics to the theme song are as follows:

When you came in the air went out.

And every shadow filled up with doubt.
I don't know who you think you are,
But before the night is through,
I wanna do bad things with you.

I'm the kind to sit up in his room.
Heart sick an' eyes filled up with blue.
I don't know what you've done to me,
But I know this much is true:
I wanna do bad things with you.

When you came in the air went out.
And all those shadows there filled up with doubt.
I don't know who you think you are,
But before the night is through,
I wanna do bad things with you.
I wanna do real bad things with you.
Ow, ooh.

I don't know what you've done to me,
But I know this much is true:
I wanna do bad things with you.

I wanna do real bad things with you.

Notes & Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The June 8th, 2012 issue of Entertainment Weekly was released with eleven different alternate covers, each one spotlighting a different cast member from season five of True Blood.
  • Season two stars Mehcad Brooks and Michelle Forbes were both born in Austin, Texas. Coincidentally, Texas was one of the main settings for the season, though Mehcad and Michelle's characters were not involved in that storyline.

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