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Information about True BloodTrue Blood is an American TV drama series created and produced by Alan Ball. It is based on the The Southern Vampire Mysteries series of novels by Charlaine Harris. The show is broadcast on the premium cable network HBO in the United States. It is produced by HBO in association with Ball's production company, Your Face Goes Here Entertainment. It premiered on sep. 7, 2008 (9 years ago).
The show's second 12-episode season premiered on Jun. 14, 2009 (8 years ago). On Jul. 30, 2009 (8 years ago), HBO confirmed that True Blood will be renewed for a third season.Alan Ball has said that he plans to start shooting the season three before Christmas 2009 (8 years ago).
True Blood details the co-existence of vampires and humans in Bon Temps, a fictional small Louisiana town. The series centers on Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin (15 walls)), a telepathic waitress at a bar, who falls in love with vampire Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer).
The first season received critical acclaim and won several awards, including one Golden Globe and an Emmy.
PlotFollowing the creation of synthetic blood, vampires have progressed from legendary monsters to fellow citizens overnight. Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin (15 walls)) is a telepath and waitress at Merlotte's in the small Louisiana town of Bon Temps, owned by Sam Merlotte (Sam Trammell), a shapeshifter—though this secret is kept hidden. One night, Sookie meets Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer), a handsome 173-year-old vampire who has returned to Bon Temps following the death of his last remaining relative. As she cannot hear his thoughts, she finds it easy to be in his company and, over the first season, the two become romantically involved.
Season oneThe main mystery of the first season concerns the murders of women connected to Sookie's brother, Jason (Ryan Kwanten). Maudette Pickens and Dawn Green are both strangled shortly after having been alone with Jason. Though Detective Bellefleur has little doubt that Jason is the killer, the town sheriff does not suspect him. Jason and Sookie's grandmother is murdered shortly afterward. At the end of the season it is revealed that Arlene Fowler's fiancé, Rene Lenier, is actually a man named Drew Marshall who created a fake identity, complete with Cajun accent. He has been killing women he considers "fang-bangers".
The first season also focuses on Sookie's relationship with Bill and Sam's relationship with Sookie's friend Tara. Bill explains the rules of being a vampire to Sookie and, after he finds himself killing a vampire to defend Sookie, he is forced to turn a young girl, Jessica, as punishment. In the last episode of the season, this new vampire is left with Bill under his care. After Maudette and Dawn's murders, Jason becomes addicted to vampire blood and has a short relationship with another addict, Amy Burley, which ends when she is murdered by Drew. Season 1 ends with the discovery of a body in Detective Andy Bellefleur's car in Merlotte's parking lot. The first episode of Season 2 reveals the body to be that of Miss Jeannette, the drugstore clerk who has given phony exorcisms to Tara and her mother.
Season twoSeason two centers on the disappearance of the 2,000-year old vampire Sheriff of Area 9, Godric (Allan Hyde). Eric enlists Sookie's and Bill's aid in finding Godric. With Sookie and Bill in Dallas, a supernatural Maenad named Maryann causes mayhem in Bon Temps.
CastThe series is set within the fictional town of Bon Temps, Louisiana. The show acknowledges as reality that supernatural creatures such as vampires, telepaths, shapeshifters and other mythical creatures exist.
In the first season vampires have recently come "out of the casket" and many are trying to integrate, or "mainstream", into society, a process made easier by the sale of artificial blood called "Tru Blood". The main characters for the series are Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin (15 walls)), a telepath and waitress at the local bar, called "Merlotte's", owned by shapeshifter Sam Merlotte (Sam Trammell). Sookie's best friend Tara Thornton (Rutina Wesley) begins working at Merlotte's in the pilot episode, and enters into a brief relationship with Sam during the first season.
In the first episode the viewers are introduced to the vampire culture via Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer), who is rescued by Sookie when a local couple attempt to drain his blood. After drinking Bill's blood Sookie becomes psychically connected to Bill, and soon after they begin a relationship.
Sookie lives with her grandmother Adele (Lois Smith). Her older brother, Jason (Ryan Kwanten), is a road crew supervisor and womanizer. The main mystery of the first season concerns Jason Stackhouse and the murder of several women he has relations with, beginning with Maudette Pickens (Danielle Sapia), Merlotte's waitress Dawn Green (Lynn Collins) and his girlfriend Amy (Lizzy Caplan).
Jason works with Hoyt Fortenberry (Jim Parrack), and Rene Lenier (Michael Raymond-James). Lenier becomes engaged to Merlotte's waitress Arlene Fowler (Carrie Preston), and is later revealed to be the Bon Temps serial killer.
Detective Andy Bellefleur (Chris Bauer) investigates the murders in Bon Temps and favours Jason Stackhouse as the chief suspect; when he is proven wrong at the end of the season, he falls off the wagon. Bellefleur's boss is the town sheriff, Bud Dearborne (William Sanderson). Andy's cousin, Terry (Todd Lowe) is a former Army veteran who works in the kitchen at Merlotte's. Working with him is Tara's cousin Lafayette Reynolds (Nelsan Ellis), who also works as a drug dealer, dealing in vampire's blood, know within the series as "V".
Tara's mother, and Lafayette's aunt, is Lettie Mae Thornton (Adina Porter), an alcoholic who undergoes an "exorcism" in the middle of the first season to exorcise her "demons". She sobers up and kicks Tara out towards the end of the first season.
Humans who indulge in sex with vampires are referred to as "fang-bangers" and in the first season the main destination for "fang-bangers" is the local vampire bar called "Fangtasia", which is owned and operated by Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgård (7 walls)), a vampire who is sheriff of Louisiana, known as Area 5 by vampires. Eric employs Sookie to find a thief in his bar, but once the perpetrator (a vampire) is revealed and attempts to kill Sookie, Bill stakes and kills the thief to save her. Bill is thus punished for killing another vampire by being forced to create a new vampire. She is Jessica Hamby (Deborah Ann Woll), a seventeen year old girl. Once turned she proves to be a handful for Eric and at the end of the first season she is taken in by Bill.
Towards the end of the first season, Tara is involved in a DUI, following being made homeless by her mother, and meets "social worker" Maryann Forrester (Michelle Forbes), who agrees to take Tara in. While staying with Maryann Tara is introduced to "Eggs" Benedict Talley, to whom she feels an attraction.
During the first season the anti-vampire movement is represented by the "Fellowship of the Sun", a Dallas-based church run by Reverend Steve Newlin (Michael McMillian) and his wife Sarah (Anna Camp). After turning himself in for his girlfriend's murder in the penultimate episode of season one, Jason Stackhouse is recruited by the church.
During the second season, the influence of Maryann Forrester and the conflict between vampires and humans is expanded. Most of the cast from the first season returns and several new characters are introduced. Maryann Forrester is revealed to be a supernatural being with the power to influence humans, beginning with Tara and Eggs, but soon spreading to the whole town of Bon Temps.
Sookie is recruited by Eric to investigate the disappearance of a vampire in Dallas. Godric (Allan Hyde) is a vampire over two thousand years old who is kidnapped by the Fellowship of the Sun, although it is later revealed he gave himself willingly in an attempt to calm relations between the two species.
In Bon Temps, Daphne Landry (Ashley Jones) joins Merlotte's as a new waitress, though she later reveals to Sam that she is a shapeshifter. At the Fellowship of the Sun camp Jason meets a rival called Luke McDonald (Wes Brown), who competes against Jason. At Fangtasia Eric Northman's second in command Pam (Kristin Bauer) gets an expanded role, and in the middle of the second season she approaches Lafayette and tells him to begin selling "V" for Eric.
Bill's maker Lorena (Mariana Klaveno) returns for a mid-season arc, where she tries to get Bill to admit his love for her; she later reveals that she never stopped loving him after the split. In Dallas we are also introduced to Godric's lieutenant Isabel (Valerie Cruz) and her human lover Hugo (Christopher Gartin). Also in Dallas the public face of the American Vampire League, Nan Flanagan (Jessica Tuck) finally meets Sookie and Bill, having previously only being shown on TV programs.
In the penultimate episode of the second season the vampire queen of Louisiana Sophie-Anne (Evan Rachel Wood (14 walls)) is introduced. Both Bill and Eric visit her in an attempt to find out how to defeat Maryann.
ReceptionCritical reception of True Blood has generally been favorable, despite the fact that initial impressions were mixed. The New York Post critic wrote of the opening episodes: "If HBO's new vampire show is any indication, there would still be countless deaths - especially among vampire hunters and the viewers who love them - because everyone would be dying of boredom. And so it is with HBO's new series from death-obsessed Alan Ball, creator of the legendary Six Feet Under, whose new show True Blood, won't so much make your blood run cold as it will leave you cold."
Whereas USA Today concluded: "Sexy, witty and unabashedly peculiar, True Blood is a blood-drenched Southern Gothic romantic parable set in a world where vampires are out and about and campaigning for equal rights. Part mystery, part fantasy, part comedy, and all wildly imaginative exaggeration, [True] Blood proves that there's still vibrant life — or death — left in the 'star-crossed cute lovers' paradigm. You just have to know where to stake your romantic claim."
By the end of the first season, True Blood had a score of 64, indicating generally favorable reviews, on Metacritic, an aggregator of critical responses. The second season received a more favorable score of 74 on Metacritic.
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