As you have probably noticed my contributions towards AndyErupts have mainly focused on TV based horror, this is due to the fact that whenever I have free time I end up wasting away my days watching a LOT of horror TV shows and as I love nothing more than talking about horror and making people take heed of my opinion… I’d like to welcome you to a wee section of the site dedicated solely to the world of TV Horror.
When it came to deciding where to start with the gigantic marathon of TV shows in which to look at in my duty as a contributor to AndyErupts, I felt that it would be appropriate to begin with a current show that has been a massive hit, which has recently been driving fans mad with tit-bit trailers and teaser posters for its up and coming fifth season, and also being the one show that I am entirely up to date with in every way possible… therefore, I would like to introduce my guide to True Blood.
True Blood is an HBO show based on the original book series written by Charlaine Harris ‘The Southern Vampire Mysteries’ also known as ‘The Sookie Stackhouse Collection’. It is about a southern girl called Sookie who lives with her Grandmother in fictional Bon Temps, Louisiana, while working as a waitress at the local bar ‘Merlotte’s’.
Sookie is a quiet, sweet and rather innocent girl with a special gift… she can hear people’s thoughts. It becomes apparent that Sookie’s world is somewhat different to our own as vampires exist out in the open in Sookie’s world it and are not merely creatures of myth, and as the story begins, a vampire named Bill Compton, finds himself in ‘Merlotte’s’ after recently returning to the town he lived as a human, 150 years ago. After Sookie hears the thoughts of someone in the bar planning to drain the vampire Bill of his blood, which has great value, she manages to save Bill and what begins as an act of kindness completely turns Sookies life around as she is dragged into a world of sex, violence and supernatural politics…
When the show began in 2008, it seemed to be a big hit with adult audiences who felt that the Twilight series was a romanticised view of the violent world of vampires and that the series and the movies it spawned in particular, where more designed to reach the pre-teen girl audience (this is pretty obvious as the films have 12A ratings). What True Blood has offered is definitely for an adult audience of both genders. The storylines don’t drag out too long and there is a considerable amount of sex, blood and violence, which tends to keep everyone happy. Don’t get me wrong, True Blood isn’t for everyone and it’s definitely not something you want to sit down and watch with your parents/children/grandparents because let’s be honest, shit could get a little awkward, but it definitely hits the nail on the head with the whole fantasy of the vampire/human relationship, the inclusion of ‘fang-bangers’ in the storylines definitely emphasises the sexual taboos that make vampires so intriguing and so god damn sexy… let’s be honest, biting, licking, sucking, blood letting, danger and domination; these are all associated with vampires and the writers of the show certainly use this to their advantage.
True Blood has also been massively successful thanks to it’s fantastic cast, Anna Paquin as Sookie Stackhouse and Stephen Moyer as Bill Compton work fantastically together on screen, the fact that the pair are married in real life obviously contributes to their chemistry, and Nelson Ellis who plays Lafayette in the show has been such a hit with audiences that his character has survived 3 seasons longer than it should have (unfortunately Lafayette is killed in the first chapter of the second book) and introduced more angles to explore on the show.
In my opinion, True Blood is a cracking horror TV show, it may not be the kind of horror that keeps you awake at night or hijacks your dreams (well, it might but for completely different reasons…) but it covers the supernatural with a new edge and has all the old favourites in the mix.
With a definite white trash, dirty, southern look that immediately made me think of a Rob Zombie music video, there is definitely something eye-catching about the show and it’s not just the many, many nude scenes. Effects are well handled and, while at times slightly over the top, the blood and gore is used frequently and well in the show, which is one of its best features.
There is no doubt in my mind that True Blood will continue on well after the much anticipated fifth season has aired.
And now for those of you who haven’t watched the show or you aren’t up to date with some of the episodes, I have provided a brief summary of each series with a cheeky wee episode guide… Enjoy!
****While the episode guide may contain spoilers there are certain things I decided not to mention, however, if you continue to read beyond the season’s that you have watched then I cannot be held responsible for any details revealed, you have been warned! ****
True Blood – Season 1
Anyone who has had the pleasure of reading ‘The Sookie Stackhouse Collection’ by Charlaine Harris, will know that the first series of True Blood pretty much follows the main storyline of the first book ‘Dead Until Dark’. This is our introduction to Sookie Stackhouse and a world in which not only do vampires exist, but also they are out and proud and thanks to a synthetic blood or ‘Tru Blood’ they no longer have to drink from humans to survive. Sookie has a special gift allowing her to read the thoughts of those around her but when she meets vampire Bill Compton, whose thoughts she cannot hear Sookie is intrigued and after a case of girl meets vamp, girl saves vamp, then vamp has to save girl for saving vamp, the two become involved. This is all lovely, apart from the fact that there is a killer in Bon Temps who seems to be targeting women, particularly those involved with vampires. With suspicion falling on Sookie’s brother Jason, as well as the vampire community, Sookie sets out to find the true killer to clear her brother’s name and figure out if Bill Compton is all he seems to be, while also trying to avoid becoming the killer’s next victim.
Episode 1: Strange Love
Sookie meets Bill for the first time at Merlotte’s bar where she is waitressing, after hearing the thoughts of the Rattrays, a married couple known for causing trouble in Bon Temps, Sookie decides to take action as they plan to drain the vampire Bill Compton in order to sell his blood, used by humans as an ‘aphrodisiac’ drug. Sookie attacks the Rattrays in the car park of Merlotte’s and surprisingly manages to fight them off in time to save Bill. Tara, Sookie’s best friend, loses her job due to her anger issues and ends up working at Merlotte’s. It also seems that there is a killer lurking in the quiet town of Bon Temps when a local women known in the community for being a ‘Fang-banger’ is murdered and Sookie’s brother Jason is implicated by the evidence found at the scene.
Episode 2: The First Taste
The Rattrays return for revenge and attack Sookie outside Merlottes, Bill comes to the rescue but not in time to stop Sookie being severely injured. To save Sookie, Bill allows her to drink his blood, healing her injuries ultra fast and temporarily heightening her senses. The next day, it seems there has been an unusual turn in the weather as the Rattrays are reported dead, after a freak tornado takes out their caravan, Sookie knows that Bill is really responsible. Bill meets Sookie’s grandmother, who seems to have just as big a crush on him as Sookie does and Jason makes it clear that he will not make ‘living’ in Bon Temps easy for the vampire.
Episode 3: Mine
After dropping by to see Bill, Sookie is introduced to some other vampires who show her the darker side to their existence. When Sookie hears the thought of one of their human lovers, she warns the vampires that the human is deliberately trying to infect them with Hepatitis D (known as sino-aids in the novels), the only virus that can affect vampires. Another woman is found murdered, this time one of Sookie’s co-worker’s, who had ties to Jason and the vampire community. Infatuated with Jason but getting nowhere, Tara gets closer to Sam instead.
Episode 4: Escape From Dragon House
Jason is arrested under suspicion of murder until Tara provides him with a false alibi. Sookie and Bill visit the local vampire bar ‘Fangtasia’ in nearby Shreveport to find out information on the two murdered women and their links with vampires.There they meet it’s owner Eric Northman, the oldest vampire and local sheriff of the vampires and his faithful bodyguard Pam. Jason gets more than he bargained for when he visits Lafayette to score some ‘V’.
Episode 5: Sparks Fly out
Sookie decides to call it a day with her relationship with Bill, giving Sam the opportunity to ask Sookie for a date. Bill gives a speech at Sookie’s grandmothers Descendents of The Glorious Dead meeting in which he talks about his experiences of war which goes down well within the community, however the night ends in tragedy when another murder takes place.
Episode 6: Cold Ground
Sookie finds it hard holding it together as she prepares to bury her grandmother. Jason isn’t much support as he is in withdrawal from ‘V’ and holds his sister and the vampires responsible for his grandmother’s death. Sam and Tara continue to get closer after Tara has a run in with her alcoholic mother Lettie May. Sookie decides to try again with Bill and to finally lose her virginity.
Episode 7: Burning House of Love
While Sookie is over the moon about being with Bill, her friends and co-workers are not and their relationship is the talk of the town. Jason’s obsession with ‘V’ leads him to Fangtasia where he meets a mysterious girl called Amy. Bill’s friends show up at Merlotte’s causing a stir, further alienating Bill and Sookie. Sookie reveals a painful childhood secret involving her uncle to Bill. Lettie May creates a scene at the bank after an argument with Tara in which she reveals that she needs money to pay for an exorcism.
Episode 8: Fourth Man in the Fire
After worrying that Bill was one of the four killed in the arson attack on the three vampires who caused a scene at ‘Merlotte’s Sookie is over the moon to find him unharmed. Eric calls for Sookie’s assistance leading to an encounter at Fangtasia. Sookie’s co-worker Arlene gets engaged… Tara rexamines her life and her anger issues when she sees the amazing results of her mother’s exorcism. Jason and Amy’s relationship deepens, as does their need for ‘V’ causing some problems for Lafayette and his supplier.
Episode 9: Plaisir D’Amour
After the encounter at Fangtasia, Bill finds himself in hot water as a result of killing another vampire, agreeing to leave with Eric in order to face the Tribunal for his actions he discretely asks Sam to watch over Sookie. Having kidnapped the vampire Eddie, who was supplying Lafayette with ‘V’, Jason has second thoughts while Amy steps it up a gear with her plans to drain the vampire… Tara thinks an exorcism may be her only option in turning her life around while Sheriff Bellefleur has a few questions to for Sam.
Episode 10: I Don’t Wanna Know
Sookie is shocked to find out Sam isn’t what he seems, leading to a revelation that Sam is a shape-shifter and that’s not his only secret. Bill faces the Tribunal for protecting Sookie and killing one of his own and recieves a rather creative punishment… Arlene and Rene have their engagement Party at Merlotte’s in which an altercation in the dark with the serial killer shows Sookie flashes of the killer’s past, she decides she has no choice but to find out more… Vampire Eddie deteriorates as Amy and Jason continue to drain him, Jason grows friendly with Eddie but the vampire fears that he will die at Amy’s hands… After her seemingly successful exorcism Tara’s anger resurfaces when she discovers something shocking about Miss Jeanette, the mysterious woman who performed the ritual.
Episode 11: To Love is to Bury
Bill pays the price for his crime and turns a young woman Jessica, into a vampire, feeling guilty for what he has done to Jessica, Bill is further unsettled by her enthusiasm in embracing the vampire life. After Vampire Eddie’s demise, Jason is at breaking point with Amy and givers her an ultimatum, Amy chooses Jason but one last hit of ‘V’ ends in tragedy… Sam and Sookie head out to track down the serial killer after following the clues Sookie picked up from her visions, leading them to a diner in another town, where they find out that Bon Temps may not have been the first time the killer had taken a life. When Bill finds Sookie and Sam together on his return, it causes a row ending in Sookie telling Bill to leave… Tara finds herself in jail and is made an offer by a strange woman called Maryann after her mother disowns her…
Episode 12: You’ll Be The Death of Me
Tara goes to stay with Maryann, who we learn has a history with another of Bon Temps residents. While wary of Maryann and her kindness Tara is persuaded to hang around when she meets a guy called Eggs, another guest offered a helping hand by Maryann. Jason is in jail following Amy’s death, and this time even he is convinced of his guilt… The serial killer is revealed as Sam and Bill have to fight to save Sookie before the killer gets reaches her first.
True Blood – Season 2
Season 2 picks up two weeks after the events in the season 1 finale. Rene, Arlene’s fiancé, was the serial killer, and after a showdown in the graveyard, he is now well and truly dead and gone. Life hasn’t got any quieter for Sookie though as her boyfriend Bill shows up with a pretty teenage vampire in tow. Bon Temps is still a little uneasy after Rene was found to be the killer when another murder takes place, this time the victim had their heart ripped out. Sookie is also called in to help out Eric, the Sheriff of the vampires. Tara loses control again, Lafayette goes through a trauma, Sam meets someone he can finallyy relate to and Jason finds God. This season brings us fanatical cults, cruel human beings, merciful vampires, bombs, heart pies, orgies, booze and the curse that is vampire virginity. True Blood Season 2… Boom!
Episode 1: Nothing But The Blood
With the town recovering from the revelation that Arlene’s fiancé Rene was the serial killer, the locals of Bon Temps are shocked again when the body of Miss Jeanette is found in a parked car in Merlotte’s parking lot and Tara makes herself the likely suspect after confessing that she knew Miss Jeanette… Tara and Eggs get a lot closer while living under Maryann’s roof… a connection between Sam Merlotte and Maryann is revealed with a look at their past. Sookie goes to visit Bill and is shocked when a semi-naked Jessica appears, leaving Bill to explain himself to Sookie. Lafayette wakes up in a dungeon as it becomes apparent that Eric is hunting down those responsible for the death of the three vampires killed in the arson attack. Jason attends a meeting of the Fellowship of the Sun, and believes he may have found the answer to all of his problems.
Episode 2: Keep This Party Going
Eric once again requires the assistance of a reluctant Sookie… Sookie decides to make friends with Jessica which ends in a disastrous visit to Jessica’s parents home. Lafayette gets wounded attempting to escape from Eric, leading to him in an attempt to make a deal with the vampire… Maryann visits Merlotte’s and livens the place up a bit too much for Sams liking. Another Fellowship of the Sun meeting leads to Jason becoming more deeply involved with the anti-vampire group.
Episode 3: Scratches
Sookie and Bill argue over the potential fallout of Jessica’s family visit while driving, ending with an enraged Sookie deciding she’d rather walk home. Walking alone on the road, Sookie is attacked by some massive creature which leaves gaping wounds on Sookies back, when Bill discovers the wounded Sookie and his attempts to heal her fail, he takes her to Eric, who manages to find the help she needs when it becomes apparent that she has been poisoned. Sam takes a late night dip with one of his employees and Jessica makes quite an impression on one of Jason’s friends, Hoyt Fortenberry.
Episode 4: Shake and Fingerpop
After making a deal with Eric, Sookie, Bill and Jessica head to Dallas on vampire business walking straight into trouble on arrival. Lafayette finds himself involved with Eric again. Tara decides to move in with Sookie much to Maryann’s hidden displeasure. Jason is overwhelmed when at church camp the Reverend Steve Newlin and his wife Sarah select him to join the ‘Soldiers of the Sun’. Maryann throws Tara a birthday party at Sookie’s house while she is in Dallas and the locals who attend find themselves getting somewhat carried away.
Episode 5: Never Let Me Go
Sookie is shocked to meet another telepath, an employee at her hotel in Dallas. The locals suffer the fallout of Tara’s birthday party and Maryann uses powers of persuasion on Tara after an argument, in order to move into Sookie’s house. Jason is a big hit at the Light of Day Institute, particularly with Sarah Newlin. When Eric arrives in Dallas he reveals that they are there to find Godric his creator, who it seems has been abducted by a local anti-vampire organisation .
Episode 6: Hard Hearted Hannah
Eric meets up with an old flame of Bill’s in order to get Sookie for himself. When out driving with Tara, Eggs gets déjà vu and fears that something untoward has taken place there. Sookie and the human lover of one of Eric’s vampire friends go under cover as a couple to meet up with the Newlins at the Light of Day Institute, and find Godric. When Jason is asked to participate in building a shrine that will be used to execute a vampire, he starts to reconsider his future with the organisation. Maryann’s antics grow out of control as Tara and Eggs return to an orgy, where it looks like Sam has been set up to take part as the ritual sacrifice. Jessica and Hoyt find it difficult to communicate thanks to Hoyt’s over-bearing mother.
Episode 7: Release Me
A drunken Andy Bellefleur saves Sam at the last minute. Sookie is caught out and imprisoned by Steve Newlin, she realises that they were ready for her and figures out that someone betrayed her. Bill can’t come to Sookie’s rescue as his old flame Lorena has him in a tricky situation. Sookie discovers the person who betrayed her as Steve Newlin connects Sookie to Jason. Jason finds himself facing the barrel of a gun when he has to deal with an emotional Sarah Newlin. Maryanns behaviour gets stranger whilst the locals from the orgy, including Tara and Eggs have no memory of the night before. Sookie finds a saviour in Godric. Eric overhears a message meant for Bill and sets off to save Sookie and Godric from Steve Newlin.
Episode 8: Timebomb
With Sookie being saved by Godric, Eric and his master are reunited as he arrives at the church. The vampires and Sookie face a fight to get out, as the group still want a vampire to burn. Jason joins them in the fight at the last minute. Hoyt and Jessica have sex for the first time, which proves even more difficult than they anticipated. Tara and Eggs continue to question their black outs which leads Maryann to serve them up a special meal. Sam gets arrested for murder and a gathering in honour of Godric leads to some harsh truths from Godric himself and an unexpected ending to the evening when Steve Newlin appears…
Episode 9: I Will Rise Up
In the fallout of the bomb blast, Sookie is tricked into drinking Eric’s blood thinking she was saving him. Godric is questioned as a leader and makes a decision that devastates those around him, in particular, the loyal Eric. Maryann continues to take over the lives of the people of Bon Temps as Tara and Eggs question their actions the night before. Jessica meets Hoyts mother for the first time which ends in tears. With Lafayette and Lettie May worried about Tara and her behaviour they abduct her from Sookie’s house. Maryann breaks into the jail to get her hands on Sam, Sam escapes and runs to Andy Bellefleur for help. Godric says goodbye to Sookie and Eric.
Episode 10: New World In My View
Eric and Sookie get closer in her dreams as his blood takes its effect. Bill, Sookie and Jason head back to Bon Temps but discover the locals going mad and the town in a state of disrepair on their return. Sam is under pursuit as the locals, under Maryann’s control, band together to catch him. An encounter with Maryann leaves Bill worried as he doubts his ability to stop her, while Sookie discovers she may have another ability. Sookie and Bill catch up with Lafayette and Lettie May as they try to break the spell Tara is under, and Jason tries to rescue Sam and Andy from the locals at the bar. Bill leaves Sookie in order to retrieve the one vampire he believes may be able to help them.
Episode 11: Frenzy
Bill asks the vampire Queen of Louisiana for information on getting rid of Maryann. After managing to bring Tara back form the spell she was under, she escapes in order to save Eggs but ends up back under Maryann’s control. The locals continue to worship Maryann and bring offerings for the sacrifice, and we find out why Maryann showed up in Bon Temps in the first place. Sam goes to Eric for help leading to another visitor for the Queen. Sookie and Lafayette go after Tara with disastrous results.
Episode 12: Beyond Here Lies Nothin’
It becomes apparent that Sophie-Ann, the Queen of Louisiana, is the real culprit behind Eric’s antics in selling ‘V’ as she asks the Sheriff to try and deter Bill and his questions. Sookie finds herself involved in the sacrifice as she becomes a part of the ritual. Jason and Andy race to Sookie’s house to try and stop the ceremony but quickly get fall under Maryann’s control. Bill, Sookie and Sam are left to take on Maryann alone with each of their special abilities coming in handy.
Everyone in town awakens from Maryann’s spell and try to piece together what has taken place over the past few days. In an attempt to help him, Sookie offers to show Eggs what happened during his blackouts, inadvertently pushing him over the edge. It seems the recent events have taken their toll on Jessica as the vampire in her takes over. Bill has a very important question for Sookie, but will he stick around for her answer?
True Blood – Season 3
Picking up immediately after the Season 2 finale, Bill has just proposed to Sookie and then been abducted before she can give her answer. Eggs is dead, shot by Jason, with the town thinking Andy Bellefleur is responsible. Tara is struggling to cope with letting go. We are introduced to the wonderful Russell Edgington, the vampire King of Mississipi, who provides some of the season’s best laughs and a fair share of it’s gore. We meet werewolves, as well as one or two other supernatural beings that crop up in and around Bon Temps. Sookie and Eric go closer as she and Bill are torn apart and Tara faces further trauma as she is dragged into the world of vampires. Lafayette has a romance, there is a pregnancy on the cards for someone in town and Sam finds out more than he would like when he tracks down his family.
Episode 1: Bad Blood
After needing a minute to decide on her answer, Sookie returns to accept Bill’s proposal to find him gone, and is left dejected when her attempts to report Bill missing are brushed off by local police. Sam has left town in search of his real family. Bill awakens in a car with his captors, none of whom he recognises but who proceed to feed on the vampire with an insatiable thirst. Sookie and Tara fall out over Sookie’s hand in Egg’s demise and Tara struggles with life without him. The queen and the vampire authority show up in Fangtasia investigating the sale of ‘V’ much to Eric’s displeasure. Sookie and Jessica go looking for Bill and we find out that Russell Edgington, the vampire King of Mississipi and some werewolves now have their hands on Bill.
Episode 2: Beautifully Broken
Russel Edgington, comes up with a plan to make himself all powerful and all ruling as a vampire. Lafayette makes an effort to help Tara recover from losing Egg’s, Tara finds some comfort in talking with a vampire she meets, but all is not what it seems with the strange Franklin. Eric looks back on the events from his past, while Sam is reunited with his biological family.
Episode 3: It Hurts Me Too
After deciding a life on the force is for him Jason has to sit his police exams. Tara pushes the limits with Franklin, Jessica loses something that could cause her a lot of trouble. Tara buries Eggs, with Sookie’s help. Arlene gets some surprising news about her pregnancy, but can she tell Terry? Lorena’s presence brings back memories for both her and Bill, which arouses some long hidden desires. Sookie heads off in search of Bill with Alcide, the werewolf Eric provided as protection after an altercation with another wolf at Sookie’s home.
Episode 4: 9 Crimes
Bill swears to stick by the King, and calls Sookie to end their relationship, leaving Sookie devastated and Alcide to comfort her. Franklin glamours Tara to find out info on Sookie, his efforts fail but he has Tara and is taking her to his boss. Eric dreams about Sookie. Sookie uses her powers to find out information on Alcide’s ex, Debbie Pelt, a were-bitch addicted to ‘V’ who is involved with the group who abducted Bill. Sookie heads to Debbie’s engagement party with Alcide to find out more. Bill informs Russell of the Queen and Eric selling ‘V’. Lafayette gets jumped in an attempt to sell ‘V’ with Eric coming to his rescue. Sam offers his family a place to stay, if they can give up their criminal ways and Jessica gets a job at Merlotte’s.
Episode 5: Trouble
Tara is now at Russell’s as Franklin as taken her to his boss. Bill appears and Tara thinks she may be saved, but Bill does nothing. Franklin causes trouble for Bill when he reveals information the vampire had on Sookie. Eric arrives to ask for the Kings assistance. Sookie and Alcide visit Alcide’s pack-master for help, but find nothing but fear. Debbie shows up at Alcide’s thinking he and Sookie are together. A mysterious girl called Crystal catches Jason’s eye, while Jason struggles with working at the Sheriff’s office. Lafayette makes a friend named Jesus. Franklin tells Tara he wants her as his bride, and Bill and Sookie are briefly reunited but trouble is close behind him.
Episode 6: I Got A Right To Sing The Blues
With Sookie in his clutches, Russell Edgington tells Lorena to kill Bill, as he is of no use anymore. The King reveals to Sookie that her meeting Bill may have been down to more than just chance, as Bill has been keeping a file on her life and the ability she has. Eric seems to be siding with the King. After a rendezvous with Crystal, Jason is even more attracted when Crystal runs off, claiming it is too dangerous for them to be together. Lafayette and Jesus get closer but an encounter with the men who jumped Lafayette when selling ‘V’ gives the clean-living Jesus second thoughts. Franklin has Tara tied to a bed in his room until their nuptials take place, so Tara has to go to extreme measures to escape him. Russell has an unusual proposal for Sophie-Ann. Sam makes an effort with his younger brother Tommy and makes a shocking discovery about his parents.
Episode 7: Hitting The Ground
Having found Bill, Sookie manages to escape with him, killing Lorena. With Alcide and Tara’s help they fight off the werewolves and escape in a van. Sookie attempts to feed Bill her blood to help him recover but Bill can’t resist in his weakened state and violently attacks Sookie in order to drain her. Sam takes steps against the cruelty his brother is involved in. Jason’s obsession with Crystal continues. Alcide and Tara rush Sookie to hospital after discovering what Bill has done, and we are offered a clue to as to where Sookie’s abilities come from and what her blood can do. Russell’s plan continues to develop as he marries Sophie-Ann against her will.
Episode 8: Night On The Sun
Sookie realises that her relationship with Bill is over, Eric sends her a message that warns of the Kings intention to hunt her down. Debbie pays Russell a visit to get revenge for her dead fiancé, by killing those responsible, Sookie and Alicide, while Eric suggests getting rid of Sookie all together. Tara continues to struggle with what happened with Franklin. Arlene is haunted by the fact that Rene is her baby’s father. Tommy moves in with Sam, who tells his younger sibling to let go of his parents. A new waitress starts at Merlotte’s. Lafayette’s mother shows up after escaping from a psychiatric unit and Jesus comes to the rescue. Eric finally reveals his true colours.
Episode 9: Everything Broken
Russell returns to find what has become of his lover Talbot. Sookie and Bill are back in the throes of passion, as are Lafayette and Jesus. Crystal causes a lot more trouble for Jason. The Authority want answers for the missing Magister, while Eric warns them about Russell and his plans. Sookie’s cousin Hadley pays her a visit and Arlene is convinced that the baby she is carrying is evil. Russell Edgington makes an unforgettable TV appearance. Sookie’s heritage is finally revealed.
Episode 10: I Smell A Rat
Sookie is revealed to be a Faerie, much to her disappointment. More of Sam’s past comes to light after a violent altercation brings back unpleasant memories. Eric is convinced he will die at Russell’s hands. More is revealed about Crystal. Hoyt and Jessica struggle with being apart. Tara reveals that Bill left her to die with Franklin and Arlene tells Terry that Rene is the baby’s father. Russell’s behaviour becomes even more erratic and Eric kisses Sookie.
Episode 11: Fresh Blood
Bill rescues Sookie from Eric and Pam, revealing that Sookie was to be offered as a gift to the King. After experimenting with ‘V’, Lafayette experiences hallucinations which leave him suspicious of Jesus. Crystal reveals who and what she is to Jason. Hoyt and Jessica give it another go. The new waitress, Holly offers Arlene an unusual way out of her pregnancy. Eric and Bill use Sookie’s blood to trick Russell in to walking in the sun.
Episode 12: Evil Is Going On
Sookie saves Eric from burning in the sun and a surprising intervention saves Russell. Sam reveals his secret to Tara, who tells Sam she can’t be near anymore of the supernatural. Crystal’s town is about to be busted for selling drug’s, with Jason in a race against time to stop it. Lafayette’s hallucinations continue, Bill and Eric get rid of Russell, but is it for good? Sookie bans all vampires from her home and goes to see some very distant relatives.
True Blood – Season 4
Three’s a crowd in season 4 when Sookie rescues Eric by the side of the road after he loses his memory. In the finale of season 3, Sookie left with the fairies and when she arrives she has a strange, scary but rather short encounter with some goblin like fairies and she meets her grandfather again. On her return Sookie has missed 12 and a half months of her life and things have gone on without her. Jason has sold his home, Tara has moved away, Bill is a vampire King and Sam has joined a support group, of types, after shooting his brother Tommy. When a local coven leader, Marnie, takes Eric’s memory, him and Sookie grow closer as she feels more distant from Bill. Season 4 has a war between vampires and witches, a haunted baby, possession, shifters and a hell of a lot of raunchy dream sequences. Never to disappoint, season 4 of True Blood is another glorious offering of sex, blood and supernatural rivalry that should not be missed!
Episode 1: She’s Not There
Sookie loses a year of her life after a short visit with the faeries, and an encounter with her grandfather. On her return her home has been sold. Eric and Bill are working together to improve the image of vampires amongst humans. Jason gets involved in more trouble when he visits the kids at Hotshot. Tara is no longer living in Bon Temps. Lafayette goes with Jesus to a meet some witches and Sam has joined a support group.
Episode 2: You Smell Like Dinner
Jason wakes up to find he has been kidnapped by Crystal and her family and that they need him for reproduction purposes. Sookie is worried that Eric now owns her house and is trying to seduce her so she goes to Bill for help. We are shown flashbacks of the time that Sookie was away and Bill becoming King. Sam gets closer to another shifter called Luna. Tara returns to see Sookie and Lafayette. Lafayette is concerned about what happened with the coven and he is not the only one. Andy goes looking for Jason.
Episode 3: If You Love Me, Why Am I Dyin’?
Sookie finds Eric wandering in the road, naked, having lost his memory following his encounter with Marnie and the coven. Sookie takes Eric back home with her. Lafayette gets into trouble with the vampires again, due to his associations with the coven. Marnie pushes her power further after her close call with Eric. Jessica glamours Hoyt,to hide her infidelity. Jessica gives Arlene’s baby, Mikey, a creepy doll that she can’t seem to get rid of. Jason is subjected to abuse by the women of Hotshot and Eric, finding it difficult to control himself, accidently kills Sookie’s fairy godmother.
Episode 4: I’m Alive and On Fire
Drunk on Faerie blood, Eric flirts with Sookie and then disappears. A scared young girl in Hotshot may offer a way out for Jason. Sam’s mother appears again, looking for Tommy. Marnie tries to reverse the spell on Eric, but can’t as it was the spirit she conjured that cast the spell. Sam discovers Luna has a daughter, and Luna’s ex is a werewolf. Sookie and Alcide find Eric and when Bill comes looking for the vampire, Sookie hides Eric and lies to her ex.
Episode 5: Me And The Devil
Pam is disfigured and is continuing to rot as a result of Marnie’s magic. Tommy runs to Sam after a fight with his parents turns deadly. Sookie and Eric spend the night together when Eric has a bad dream. Jesus and Lafayette head to Mexico to visit Jesus’ grandfather, who is a shaman, for help. Tara’s girlfriend uncovers the truth about Tara. Sookie receives a message from her grandmother when she visits Marnie. Bill imprisons Marnie and finds out that she is telling the truth about the spirit, as its revealed that it is the spirit of a sorceress named Antonia, who has unfinished business with the vampire kind. Alcide is pestered to join up with the local were-pack.
Episode 6: I Wish I Was The Moon
Bill discovers Sookie has been hiding Eric and immediately arrests him, locking him up with Pam, while Sookie begging that he should not be harmed. Bill tells the Authority that Eric should receive the true death. Strane things continue to happen around baby Mikey, this time Arlene’s house bursts into flames and Mikey is found in the yard, with the creepy doll. Tara comes clean to her girlfriend Naomi. Tommy tricks Luna into sleeping with him. Lafayette and Jesus experience the shamans power. Bill has a change of heart.
Episode 7: Cold Grey Light Of Dawn
Marnie has been completely taken over by Antonia, and escapes from her cell. Lafayette and Jesus leave Mexico and Lafayette is aware that he has a gift. Once he has arrived back in Bon Temps, Lafayette soon discovers what the strange presence is around baby Mikey, and it isn’t Rene. Tara sends Naomi away in order to protect her. Jason becomes increasingly aware of Jessica. Bill reveals that Antonia can control the vampires and make them walk into the light, and so comes up with an unpopular way of preventing this. Tara joins forces with Antonia and rounds up the rest of the coven in order to take down the vampires. Sam discovers Tommy’s betrayal. Jessica puts herself in danger when Antonia takes control.
Episode 8: Spellbound
Jason saves Jessica just in time, and gets a kiss as his reward. The werewolves agree to stay out of the war between the witches and the vampires. Eric feeds on Sookie. Jessica has a disturbing dream about Hoyt and Jason. Sookie and Eric fall in love after spending an unusual day together. Lafayette is possessed and steals Andy Bellefluers gun and baby Mikey. Bill and Antonia meet and the situation quickly turns violent.
Episode 9: Let’s Get Out Of Here
Bill and Alcide come to Sookie’s rescue as Eric is taken over by Antonia. Antonia has a plan to use Eric as her puppet to ensure that the vampires are seen as the monsters they are. While the Authority are planning a festival to project a better public image for vampires, Bill suggests they put it off until he war with the witches is over. Sookie dreams of a life where she can have both Eric and Bill. Jesus helps the possessed Lafayette solve the mystery behind the woman who has taken over him. Tommy is seriously injured when he pretends to be Sam. The festival goes ahead but things do not go as planned when Eric appears.
Episode 10: Burning Down The House
The Festival turns to chaos as Eric under Antonia’s control, goes berserk, going after Bill, but Sookie uses her powers to protect Bill just in time. On seeing this,Antonia breaks her spell and disappears, and Eric’s memory returns. Jason sleeps with Jessica, then asks her to glamour him to avoid feeling guilty. Sookie, Tara, Lafayette and Jesus are all trapped as Marnie reveals she is the one in control now. Terry stages an intervention for Andy for his ‘V’ addiction.
Episode 11: Soul Of Fire
Eric, Pam, Jessica and Bill attempt to get to Marnie but can’t get past the forcefield she has created around her and the others. Alcide goes after Marcus, the father of Luna’s daughter Emma, who has kidnapped the little girl after he confronts Debbie. Marnie promises to release Sookie, if Eric and Bill die. Andy meets a strange woman out walking. Sam deals with Marcus after Alcide tracks him and Emma down. Jesus and Lafayette team up to take down Marnie with magic, with Bill and Eric finishing the job. But is Marnie really gone?
Episode 12: And When I Die
Marnie has taken over Lafayette and it doesn’t take Jesus long to realise that she is after his power. Marnie kills Jesus in order to take his magic and goes after Eric and Bill. Sookie, her gran and Antonia team up to send Marnie to where she belongs and leave Lafayette in peace. Tara consoles Lafayette over Jesus’ death. Jessica and Jason meet up for sex again. Sookie decides she can’t be with Eric or Bill. Sam finally gets his happy family. Debbie Pelt appears again, this time with a shotgun and shoots Tara in the head.
True Blood – Season 5
The first episode of True Blood season 5 picks up immediately after the events of the season 4 finale in which Jesus died at the hands of Lafayette, whose body had been taken over by witch Marnie. Tara has been shot by deranged werebitch Debbie Pelt whose bullets were meant for Sookie, and Eric and Bill have a lot of explaining to do to the Vampire Authority for their actions in dealing with Marnie and for Nan’s death.
The first episode of certainly doesn’t disappoint, it is very much action-packed, following on from the storylines in Season 4 perfectly, including the appearance of Steve Newlin at Jason’s door, Jessica and Jason’s relationship, and Sam’s ongoing problems with the werewolf pack.
Season 5 promises the return of Russell Edgington, vampires at war over religion with Steve Newlin lending a hand, Jason Stackhouse finally reaching maturity and a completely single Sookie Stackhouse (for the first few episodes at least). There is certainly a lot happening this season, so sit back, relax and catch up with True Blood Season 5 Episode Guide!
Episode 1: Turn! Turn! Turn!
Lafayette and Sookie are broken hearted as Tara lies dying after being shot by Debbie Pelt, however an obtrusive Pam may hold the answer to this particular problem. Sookie reflects on her friendship with Tara, while Lafayette struggles with the loss of both Tara and Jesus. Bill and Eric are captured by The Authority, when Eric’s “sister” Nora comes to the rescue, they escape, but how long can they keep running. Sam runs into trouble with the werewolf pack as they hunt for Marcus, leaving Luna to go to Alcide for help. Alcide warns Sookie that Russell Edgington is once again loose, but the events of the night before and Lafayette, prevent Sookie from accepting his help. Sheriff Andy Bellefleur meets Holly’s kids, in a rather compromising position. Terry’s past in Iraq comes back to haunt him. Jessica is home alone without Bill and decides to throw a party, leaving Jason feeling rejected when he isn’t invited, while Hoyt still can’t forgive his friend for sleeping with Jessica.
Episode 2: Authority Always Wins
Lafayette regrets his and Sookie’s decision to get Pam to turn Tara into a vampire when his cousin comes back blood thirsty and crazy. Bill, Eric and Nora have to answer to the Authority, with all three facing the true death Bill comes up with an interesting deal that may offer a way out. Terry’s past in Iraq comes back to haunt him leaving him edgy and Arlene worried. Steve Newlin’s obsession with Jason continues leading to a confrontation with Jessica. Pam feels lost without Eric and looks back on her past. Jason attempts to repair his friendship with Hoyt but fails.
Episode 3: Whatever I am, You Made Me
Tara runs off as she struggles with her vampiric tendencies and her anger towards Sookie and Lafayette leads her to turn to Sam for help. Steve Newlin gets a new job with the Authority but immediately offends the Guardian. Andy Bellefleur finds himself talk of the station after an intimate photograph appears online but grows closer to Holly as a result. Debbie Pelts family arrive in town, in search of their daughter. Pam continues to pine for Eric giving us another glimpse at her past and Eric and Bills first meeting. Bill and Eric find themselves under the charge of the Authority. Alcide discovers the truth about Debbie.
Episode 4: We’ll Meet Again
Pam returns to Tara and the responsibilities she has as her maker. Bill and Eric return to Bon Temps. Sam’s shifter group show up at ‘Merlotte’s’. Everyone starts to turn their back on Sookie as the news about Tara gets out, including Tara and Lafayette. Lafayette starts to experience some overly aggressive behaviour. Alcide lies to the Pelts about Debbie’s death in order to protect Sookie. Terry continues to experience flashbacks to his time in Iraq while in search of an old army buddy. Lafayette nearly kills Sookie as he takes his anger out on her car, causing her to crash. One of the Authority members is revealed to be a traitor by Nora and is dealt with by the Guardian. Alcide and Sookie get drunk. While it seems that there may be a few more fairies in town.
Episode 5: Let’s Boot and Rally
Bill and Eric go to Sookie for help with tracking down Russell and catch her in an awkward moment with Alcide. Tara gets a job at Fangtasia. We find out who may be responsible for the fires that happened in Terry and his friend’s homes. Sookie takes charge with the boys while on the hunt for Russell. Jason and Andy investigate the murder of Sam’s shifter friends, but it looks like Sam and Luna are next on the killers list. Tara and Jessica get into a catfight over Hoyt.
Episode 6: Hopeless
Bill and Eric hand Russell over to the Authority, Eric attempts to glamour Alcide in order to make him repulsed by Sookie. Pam puts Tara in her place…again. Luna survives the shooting while Sam and Andy try to figure out who is responsible. Jason takes Sookie to the fairy club in order to get to the bottom of their antics in Bon Temps. Lafayette visits his mother as he struggles with recent events. Terry comes clean to Arlene about the curse and he decides he has to leave for good to protect his family. Russell’s execution doesn’t go exactly as planned and Nora reveals that it’s all in God’s plan.
Episode 7: In The Beginning
Sookie finds out that her fairy powers won’t last forever, while Sam puts his shifter gifts to good use to track down the hate group responsible for the shootings. Eric and Bill find out who the real traitor in the Authority is and Nora joins up with Russell. Alcide gets in to shape in order to take over as Pack-leader. Arlene and Holly look back at a happier time and their conversation helps Arlene to realise that she can’t give up on her husband. Andy questions his ability as Sheriff. Lettie Mae visits Tara at Fangtasia and informs the new vampire that she is dead in her eyes. Lafayette gets more than he bargained for when he pays Jesus’ grandfather a visit. Hoyt falls in with the hate group members. The remaining Authority members along with Russell, Nora, Bill and Eric cause chaos after becoming drunk on Lilith’s blood.