"I'm a gay vampire American."
Steve Newlin
"Turn! Turn! Turn!"
Series True Blood
Season 5, Episode 1
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Air date June 10th, 2012
Writers Brian Buckner
Director Daniel Minahan
Producers Bruce Dunn; Angela Robinson; Mark Hudis; Raelle Tucker; Alexander Woo; Alan Ball; Gregg Fienberg
Starring Anna Paquin; Stephen Moyer; Sam Trammell; Ryan Kwanten; Rutina Wesley; Alexander Skarsgård; Chris Bauer; Kristin Bauer van Straten; Lauren Bowles; Valentina Cervi; Michael McMillian; Nelsan Ellis; Janina Gavankar; Lucy Griffiths; Todd Lowe; Joe Manganiello; Christopher Meloni; Denis O'Hare; Jim Parrack; Carrie Preston; Deborah Ann Woll
Episode guide
"And When I Die"
"Authority Always Wins"

"Turn! Turn! Turn!" is the first episode of season five of the vampire television series True Blood and the forty-ninth episode of the series overall. It was directed by Daniel Minahan and written by Brian Buckner. The episode first aired on HBO on Sunday, June 10th, 2012. In this episode, Sookie Stackhouse kills Debbie Pelt, but pays a heavy price when her best friend Tara suffers a fatal gunshot wound to the head. Sookie and Lafayette entreat the aid of Pam to give Tara a second chance by turning her into a vampire, but Pam doesn't do anything without getting something in return. Meanwhile, Bill and Eric are now on the run from the Authority. They are briefly captured, but are subsequently rescued by Nora - Eric's "sister", who is also a progeny of Godric. The Reverend Steve Newlin makes a surprising return and is now a vampire. Newlin comes out of both the coffin and the closet when he professes his love to Jason Stackhouse. Sam Merlotte is blamed for the death of Marcus Bozeman and the werewolf's former pack mates want revenge. While Bill Compton is away, Jessica Hamby has the run of the house and throws a college frat party. A more pressing threat lurks on the horizon however, as Russell Edgington rises from his entombment.

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Notes & Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • This episode includes a recap of events from season four. The climax from "And When I Die" is replayed at the beginning of this episode.
  • The turning of Tara Thornton is uncharacteristic of other vampire turnings in that she is fully dead before Pam takes her to ground. Generally a human is taken to the point of death, but are still very much alive when a vampire turns them.
  • First appearance of Holly Cleary's kids, Wade and Rocky.
  • Although Denis O'Hare is credited in this episode in the role of Russell Edgington, the character actually only makes a behind-the-scenes appearance. He is briefly seen in recap footage from season three as well.
  • The actor who plays the vampire Hayes (whom Nora destroys) is uncredited in this episode.

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  • Lafayette Reynolds includes Maenads as part of the list of "supernatural bullshit" he is sick of dealing with. A Maenad is a mythological being of Greek origin. The character of Maryanne Forrester, who was another primary antagonist from season two was a Maenad.
  • Pam De Beaufort makes an uncomplimentary reference to her Walmart jogging suit. Walmart is an American multinational retailer corporation that runs chains of large discount department stores and warehouse stores. The company is the world's 18th largest public corporation, according to the Forbes Global 2000 list, and the largest public corporation when ranked by revenue.

Quotes[edit | edit source]

  • Pam De Beaufort: I'm wearing a Walmart sweat suit for y'all. If that's not a demonstration of team spirit, I don’t know what is.
  • Pam De Beaufort: Even if I try, what's to say she wont rise up out of the ground tomorrow night completely and utterly fucktarded?
  • Pam De Beaufort: If you can use your magic hands or super snatch, whatever power it is you have over Eric, to fix what's broken between us, and you still owe me one... you've got yourself a deal.

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