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


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

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HBO Announces End of 'True Blood'


True Blood will end its run in 2014, HBO announced today, the HuffPost reports:

“'True Blood' has been nothing short of a defining show for HBO," Michael Lombardo, president of programming at HBO, said in a statement. "Alan Ball took the books by Charlaine Harris, assembled a brilliant cast led by the magnificent Anna Paquin in the role of Sookie Stackhouse, and crafted a show that has taken its many devoted fans on an Unforgettable journey. Alan passed the baton to Brian Buckner, who led our fantastic writers and crew in crafting a spectacular sixth season, and he will lead us through the seventh and final season of this amazing show. Together with its legions of fans, it will be hard to say goodbye to the residents of Bon Temps, but I look forward to what promises to be a fantastic final chapter of this incredible show."

Said Alan Ball: “From the moment I read Charlaine’s books, I thought there was potential for something really special. Then our amazing writers, cast and crew brought her world to life in a way that exceeded my wildest expectations. I’m deeply grateful to HBO for being true partners and collaborators, and, of course, to the viewers who chose to spend Sunday nights in Bon Temps with us."

'True Blood' Gets Steamy With Dreamy Jason Stackhouse And His Faerie Friend, Ben: VIDEO


This week's episode of 'True Blood' found Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten) lusting after, and shaving, a male faerie named Ben...in his dreams, the Huffington Post reported. Though the HBO series, now in its sixth season, has put plenty of homoerotic action on display, our own recent countdown of its steamiest man-on-man scenes shows just how little of this sexy show's sexuality is gay, plain and simple. Thus far, dreams, manipulation, shirtless stand-offs, and death have marked the show's gayest moments. Throw us a bone, HBO - we want some true romance. 

For now, though, getting lost in Jason's dream is just fine.

Watch the sensual encounter, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Ryan Kwanten Dishes On 'True Blood' Season Five

KwantenTrue Blood's new season got off to a fast and furious start last week, and where that show will go next is anyone's guess.

While the cast is absolutely forbidden from discussing specific details, Parade magazine managed to get Ryan Kwanten, the drool-worthy actor who plays Jason Stackhouse, to offer a few details on where his character is headed.

Kwanten also spoke out about Stackhouse's acceptance of [SPOILER] nemesis Rev. Steve Newlin, who has come out as a "gay vampire American."

"When you look at Jason in season one he had a very tunnel view of the world and some would say an ignorant view. And now, that speech he gave to Newlin was 'Look, I accept who you are, whether it's a vampire, whether it's a gay man, or both. But that's not the way this dog barks,'" he said.

"That's a huge step for Jason to change his spots...Towards the end of the season, which we are shooting now, he puts the things he has learned into practice and starts to show his true colors."

Read a bit more about what Kwanten told Parade AFTER THE JUMP

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Chris Meloni is the Vampire Authority in Epic New 'True Blood' Trailer: VIDEO


This new 90-second trailer should whet your bloody appetite for the new season of True Blood.

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'True Blood' Teases Flesh, Fangs of Season 5: VIDEO


The first True Blood teaser for Season 5 has arrived:

The first to actually show new footage and characters from the upcoming Season 5, the short 30-second clip gives a montage of scenes with a voiceover from an assumed Authority member (which will be led by Law & Order: SVU star Christopher Meloni as Roman). Clearly, the movement to have humans and vampires coexist isn’t on their agenda.

“So as the beetle nourishes the lark,” the ghostly voice says. “So shall human nourish vampire.”

Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP...

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