"Who Are You, Really?"
Series True Blood
Season 6, Episode 1
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Air date June 16th, 2013
Writers Raelle Tucker
Director Stephen Moyer
Producers Robin Veith; Bruce Dunn; Marlis Pujol; David Auge; Rob Des Hotel; Angela Robinson; Raelle Tucker; Alexander Woo; Brian Buckner; Mark Hudis; Alan Ball; Gregg Fienberg; Christina Jokanovich; Luis M. Patiño
Starring Anna Paquin; Stephen Moyer; Sam Trammell; Ryan Kwanten; Rutina Wesley; Alexander Skarsgård; Chris Bauer; Kristin Bauer van Straten; Lauren Bowles; Nelsan Ellis; Lucy Griffiths; Rutger Hauer; Arliss Howard; Todd Lowe; Joe Manganiello; Michael McMillian; Kelly Overton; Robert Patrick; Carrie Preston; Deborah Ann Woll
Episode guide
"Save Yourself"
"The Sun"

"Who Are You, Really?" is the first episode of season six of the supernatural drama series True Blood and the sixty-first episode of the series overall. It was directed by series star Stephen Moyer with a script written by Raelle Tucker. The episode first aired on HBO on Sunday, June 16th, 2013 at 9:00 pm. In this episode, Bill Compton is reborn with the power of Lilith and the surviving members of the Vampire Authority battle run for cover. Sam Merlotte rescues Emma Garza, but is unable to save her mother. Eric Northman presses Nora Gainsborough to research the Book of Lilith to find out exactly what Bill Compton is and Pam De Beaufort has a breakdown. The governor of Louisiana, Truman Burrell initiates a zero-tolerance campaign against all vampires, and orders all vamp businesses shut down and a stringent curfew is put into effect. Jason Stackhouse meets a strange man who turns out to be his literal fairy grandfather.

Synopsis[edit | edit source]

This is the one where the recently 'sploded Bill Compton is resurrected as the monstrous servant of Lilith and goes completely bug-f*ck. Sookie, Eric, Jason, Nora, Pam, Tara and Jessica barely escape the Vampire Authority headquarters with their lives.

The group splits up (like always) and engage in several new and exciting adventures. Sam Merlotte has to abandon the dying Luna Garza and brings her daughter, Emma back to Merlotte's. Alcide Herveaux is sworn in as the new pack master of the Shreveport werewolf club and punctuates the even by chowing on somebody's severed arm, and having wild animal sex with Rikki and Danielle. Jason hitches a ride on a dark highway and is picked up by old man with crazy hair, who ultimately reveals that he is his fairy grandfather.

Then there's that Governor guy. No, not the dude from The Walking Dead, but an entirely different type of Governor, who is just as evil as the other one. Truman Burrell, Governor of Louisiana, publicly decries the recent actions of the vampire community, and enacts a zero-tolerance policy against all vampires. He sends the Louisiana Area Vampire Task Force to close down Fangtasia. Afterward, he enters into a mysterious buisness relationship with Ms. Suzuki of the Yakonomo Corporation - the makers of Tru Blood. He sells her an abandoned bottling plant in Baton Rouge.

Later, Eric Northman comes to visit Sookie and sells her house back to her, that way she can restrict access to all vampires - including him.

Bill returns to the Compton residence and tries to take stock of his resurrection by consulting the Book of Lilith. Doing so, prompts the appearance of three strange naked chicks covered in blood who are Lilith's sirens.

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Notes & Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • This episode is rated TV-MA.
  • Actress Janina Gavankar is given a "Special Guest Star" credit in this episode.
  • Actress Dale Dickey is given a "Special Guest Star" credit in this episode.

Director Stephen Moyer; "Inside the Episode".

  • This is the first television acting work for Abigail Lowe. It is possible that she may be related to actor Todd Lowe. She plays one of the three-year-old girls in this episode, who will eventually be identified as Charlaine Bellefleur, though she will be played by a different actress at this point.
  • This is the first television acting work for Briana Berlingeri. She plays one of the three-year-old girls in this episode, who will eventually be identified as Braelyn Bellefleur, though she will be played by a different actress at this point.
  • Bill takes flight! This is but one of several new abilities that Compton develops as a result of his resurrection. Up until this point, Eric Northman is the only vampire shown to be able to fly. Presumably, Russell Edgington possessed this ability as well. This episode also shows that Nora Gainsborough can also fly.

Allusions[edit | edit source]

  • The title of this episode is taken from the song, "Who Are You, Really?" by recording artist Mikky Ekko. It is played during the end-title credits of this episode.
  • Pam De Beaufort refers to Bill Compton as "Billith" in this episode. The name reflects the reborn Bill Compton with the power of Lilith. The name came about during a time when it was trendy for the media to combine celebrity couples' names into one name, ala Ben Afflect and Jennifer Lopez as "Bennifer", or Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt as "Bradjolina".
  • Jason Stackhouse compares Billith to a "naked evil Superman". Superman is a comic book superhero featured in titles published by DC Comics. The character is considered an American pop culture icon and was created by writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Schuster and was introduced in Action Comics #1 in June, 1938.
  • Jason Stackhouse compares his experiences with seeing his dead parents to that of Cole Sear, who was the "I see dead people" kid from the 1999 film The Sixth Sense.

Explicit material[edit | edit source]

  • Profanity: Extensive usage of various vulgar words by most of the main characters. In fact, the very first word in the episode is "Fuck", intoned by Sookie Stackhouse after seeing Bill Compton's resurrection.
  • Female frontal nudity: Werewolf Danielle is shown in full frontal nudity. The three blood-covered sirens that torment Bill in his mind are also completely nude.
  • Female topless nudity: Werewolves Rikki and Danielle are shown topless, though Rikki's breasts are partially obscured. Another female werewolf is also seen topless.
  • Male rear nudity: Alcide Herveaux shows his butt. Bill Compton's blood-covered cheeks can also be seen.
  • Implied nudity: Bloody Billith stalks towards the camera from a distance, implying full frontal nudity, but nothing is overtly shown.
  • Homophobia: Jason Stackhouse calls Haley Joel Osment's character from The Sixth Sense gay.

Quotes[edit | edit source]

  • Bill Compton: I brought you here tonight so you could see for yourselves, I am no monster. I do not wish any of you harm but if you force me to defend myself again you will be sorry.


  • Eric Northman: Bill is out there and he could be coming for us, the state of Louisiana basically just declared war against us.


  • Jessica Hamby: When you summoned me Bill, you almost tore me apart. Please don't, I want you to hear me because when we left you at the authority that was not Bill Compton that we were leaving, you were a fucking monster. And when your pull lead me here, I had no idea what I was going to find, I had no idea what I was walking into and I still don't.



  • Sookie Stackhouse: Eric, I want to be that girl again, the one in the white dress. I want my life back, which is why I am rescinding your invitation to my house.


  • Pam De Beaufort: I don't know about the world but I'm about to end your face!


  • Arlene Fowler: Well I got news for you Andy, life ain't fair, and there ain't no Santa Clause neither, and when you stick Mister Happy inside somebody's hoo-ha without a raincoat on, babies come out!


  • Jason Stackhouse: It's not much like that movie anyway, I don't see all dead people, just my parents, telling me to do stuff, and they've gotten kinda racist and scary since they went to heaven...

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  1. Credited, but does not appear in this episode.
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  3. TV Rage.com; True Blood, "Who Are You, Really?"; Episode Info.
  4. True Blood: Nothing But the Blood

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