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 …