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Everything You Need To Know For The Return of 'True Blood'

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HBO’s long-running vampire series True Blood is sort of like the little girl in that Longfellow poem: When it’s good, it’s very, very good, and when it’s bad it’s horrid.

After six wildly uneven seasons, the faeries, vampires, witches, mediums, shifters, werewolves and who-knows-what-else of Bon Temps are back for one last hurrah. The seventh and final season of the show premieres Sunday at 9 p.m.

Though True Blood hasn’t always maintained consistent quality, it’s at least stayed compulsively watchable. The perfect frothy summer viewing, it doesn’t shy away from gross-out horror, melodramatic romance or lots and lots of gratuitous sex. It’s amassed a sizable gay following not only because the central conceit positions vampires as a loose allegory for the LGBT community, but also for showcasing several same-sex couplings and enough hunky man-flesh to rival most Channing Tatum movies.

In case you need a refresher on True Blood’s myriad characters and storylines ahead of Sunday’s premiere, we’ve got a quick reminder of where we left some of our favorites, AFTER THE JUMP

(SPOILERS AHEAD)

 

The biggest thing giving us hope for this season of True Blood is that there is an excellent plot device in place that should unite all the disparate characters in one cohesive storyline. Last season’s conspiracy to spike the nation’s Tru Blood supply with the Hep V virus has resulted in an epidemic of (essentially) zombie vampires. These deadly vamps are more aggressive (though weaker), and they are hunting in packs. That means there’s plenty to worry about for the human (and human-ish) residents of Bon Temps, plus a potentially lethal disease ravaging the vampire community.

Here’s where we last left our main characters:

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Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) has written a tell-all book about murdering the governor in an attempt to stop the spread of Hep V. He’s the new public face of the vampire community.

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Sam Merlotte (Sam Trammell) is now the mayor and encouraging every human that’s not a carrier of the Hep V virus to pair up with a vampire in a monogamous feeding relationship. The humans provide clean blood, while the vampires offer protection against the infected horde. His girlfriend, Nicole (Jurnee Smollett-Bell), is pregnant. Will their baby be a shifter like its papa?

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Sookie (Anna Paquin) is settled in with sexy werehunk Alcide (Joe Manganiello). She’s done with Bill. For now.

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Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten) has partnered with vampire Violet (Karolina Wydra). She’s been demanding sexual pleasure from him multiple times daily (wouldn’t you?), but refuses to reciprocate.

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Tara (Rutina Wesley) agreed to feed off her neglectful mother, Lettie Mae (Adina Porter). Tara is still, presumably, the worst.

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Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) has offered to protect Andy Bellefleur (Chris Bauer) and his daughter Adilyn (Bailey Noble) without feeding off them to make up for murdering all of Adilyn’s sisters.

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Arlene (Carrie Preston) took ownership of Merlotte’s (now called Bellefleur’s) after her last husband, Terry (Todd Lowe), died last season. She’s now presumably the boss of Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis).

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When we last saw Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgård), he was totally naked atop a mountain, engulfed in flames, but Pam (Kristen Bauer) was on her way to find him.

Do you plan on watching this week’s premiere? Check back after it airs to discuss the episode with our recap!

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  1. HBO's been running overnight marathon repeats of each season, one per night. Earlier in the week, I thought it was a poor idea to remind us of how good the show once was, but I've been enjoying them.

    This morning I woke up to the finale of the last good season, so I'm going to skip the next two nights. The only episode I enjoyed of the fifth and sixth season was the Lilith-blood allegory of LSD where the vampires and a revived Russell Edgington trip their way through a blood bath in New Orleans. But who knows what ungodly time that will be on. So I'm going to sleep soundly the next two nights ... and yes, eagerly watch every episode of the new, final season - in hopes they manage to reach some of their former glory.

    Posted by: Zlick | Jun 20, 2014 12:15:17 PM


  2. I don't really care about any of the story setups described above. It just seems like tedium at this point. The only thing I'm interested in seeing is the Eric/Bill sex Stephen Moyer has been lobbying for.

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | Jun 20, 2014 12:48:55 PM


  3. Take True Blood for what it's worth: droll, satirical, sardonic, wildly fantastical, with damned good actors playing everything tongue-in-cheek-over-the-top and winking at us all along. Uneven? Probably. Uninteresting? Never! I've watched all previous seasons and will watch this one avidly. I mean, it is the LAST season, so you KNOW all bets are off.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jun 20, 2014 12:54:33 PM


  4. Well... even Alan Ball is tired of it. He is selling the concept of a "TruBlood Broadway Musical" because he want's to get back to the story basics.

    We have been watching Season 6 on DVD, and... it's just wretched. We are only watching now to see who gets killed.

    Posted by: Rad | Jun 20, 2014 1:53:47 PM


  5. True Blood was super fun for a few seasons but man did it devolve into a mess (and not the fun kind it was originally). I actually thought it was already over since the entire world seemed to stop talking about it shortly after I and everyone else I know stopped watching it.

    Posted by: JMC | Jun 20, 2014 8:42:04 PM


  6. Ryan Kwanten better be tied down and speed eagle naked this season because I have been waiting six seasons for it! And Sam Trammell too (he's actually a lot more sexy!). Just saying...

    Posted by: TyInTennn | Jun 21, 2014 1:02:05 AM


  7. "the Lilith-blood allegory of LSD where the vampires and a revived Russell Edgington trip their way through a blood bath in New Orleans."

    That sounds really deep.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Jun 21, 2014 7:14:42 PM


  8. There's a theory about that Tara's mother is infected with Hep V and intentionally infected Tara.

    Posted by: antisaint | Jun 22, 2014 12:22:27 AM


  9. I liked season 6. I am confused about one thing. Why is Sookie being blamed for everything by the town and by herself. I can't remember what she did to deserve this other than befriending all the vamps?

    Posted by: Liam | Jun 23, 2014 9:58:37 AM


  10. I am really sad that this is the last season. I loved it (some season more than the others). I don't think Eric is really dead but we will see it...

    Posted by: Handyortung | Jun 26, 2014 4:46:27 AM


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