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Set in the fictional town of Bon Temps, Louisiana, Alan Ball's HBO series True Blood depicts a world where vampires have revealed themselves to humans and walk among the living as a persecuted minority group. The inspiration for their reveal is the invention of True Blood, synthetic blood developed by Japanese scientists which allows vampires to survive without killing people. The trademark bottles are a regular fixture of the show, although there remains a large faction of vampires who oppose integration with humans and rarely drink it. The show is based on the Southern Vampire Mysteries series of books by Charlaine Harris, though it frequently strays from the source material. Besides vampires, Bon Temps proves to be home to a variety of supernatural beings, werewolves, shape-shifters, witches, and fairies, to name a few.

The heroine of True Blood is a telepathic waitress named Sookie Stackhouse, played by Anna Paquin. The New Zealand actress is famous for being the second-youngest Academy Award winner in history, and she makes her first foray into a television series with the role. Sookie works at a local Bon Temps bar named Merlotte's, owned by Sam Merlotte (Sam Trammell), and lives with her lovable but dim brother, Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten). Other main characters who feature in the human world of Bon Temps include Sookie's best friend, Tara (Rutina Wesley) and Tara's eccentric cousin, Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis), who also works at Merlotte's.

Sookie's world collides with the world of vampires when she meets Stephen Moyer's stoic vampire Bill, who comes into the bar one night and orders a bottle of True Blood. Sookie, who has never actually met a vampire before, discovers that the telepathic gifts she finds hard to turn off when she is around humans don't work on Bill at all. It's a much-needed relief, and it begins the classic human-vampire love story that dominates the early seasons of the show, as Sookie is drawn further and further into Bill's world and discovers just how dangerous some vampires can be.

In contrast to Merlotte's, the vampire world of True Blood is centered around its own bar, Fangtasia, which is owned by ancient vampire Viking Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard). Eric and his sidekick, Pam (Kristin Bauer), don't exactly play by the rules when it comes to drinking blood from humans, though they maintain the guise of operating a True Blood-only establishment. In the seedy vampire underworld, some humans enjoy being fed off of, and others are addicted to the healing, drug-like qualities of vampire blood and will do anything to get it.

Enemies come from every species and faction in True Blood, from fanatical vampires to fanatical humans, with all manner of creatures in between. Blending comedy, romance, and horror, it features an ensemble cast and an iconic title sequence, set to the song Bad Things by American songwriter Jace Everett. The soundtrack for the show has twice been nominated for Grammy awards and is a large part of the attempt to create a spooky feel for the story - a combination of the folk side of the American South and the dark side of the supernatural.

Alan Ball made True Blood the first project in his development deal with HBO after coming across the first novel in Harris' series by chance in a bookstore, and Harris chose his option for her novels over various others due to his understanding of her vision. The series has been successful not only in the ratings, but with many spin-off products as well. True Blood comic books, character busts, jewelry, and even a cook book have been marketed to the public, as well as an actual version of the True Blood beverage. Throughout its run, the show has utilized viral campaigns and vampire mockumentaries to generate a mass amount of fan excitement. Since it debuted in September of 2008, the show remains the most-watched series on HBO, averaging nearly 5 million viewers a season.

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True Blood Full Episode Guide

  • Sookie must make a decision if she wants to have a future with Bill.

  • Bill tries to push Sookie away; Sam makes a decision; Jason exercises self-control; Eric struggles with a dilemma.

  • Eric thinks over his options. Sookie puts her life on the line for Bill. Lettie Mae finds closure. Violet craves revenge.

  • Sookie wants a miracle to fix her current situation. Eric and Pam draw closer to Sarah.

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Watch the 'True Blood' Cast Say Goodbye In This Behind-The-Scenes Finale Video

It's time to say your goodbyes to Bon Temps! The "True Blood" finale aired last night and ended, after all the blood and crazyness, with a calm epilogue flash-forward. The Thanksgiving scene provided a chance for the whole "True Blood" family to reunite for one final time, so HBO took advantage of the opportunity and made a little behind-the-scenes video to let the cast and crew say goodbye. "It's just an incredibly ridiculous blessing to have a job like this," says Chris Bauer (minus his Andy Bellefleur accent) in the video, "where you can actually measure how much you've been positively changed and affected by your employment and all of the people therein.

'True Blood' Star Cast in 'Daredevil' Series

"True Blood" is on its final season, but that doesn't mean you'll have to say goodbye to those vamps you've grown to know and love. Simply follow them on to their next projects - like Jessica, a.k.a. Deborah Ann Woll, who will be heading over to Netflix now that shooting has wrapped. Woll has just been cast as Karen Page on the Marvel re-imagining of "Daredevil." Netflix has picked up the series, which will debut 13 episodes in 2015. Will it share the same success as other Netflix ventures, like "House of Cards" and "Orange is the New Black?" Let's hope it at least picks up a larger fan base than the poorly recieved 2003 big-screen version of "Daredevil," which starred Ben Affleck and probably some other people (we fell asleep).

Joe Manganiello Is Dating Sofia Vergara and the World Might Explode

Warning: This news might actually be so sexy that it could cause you physical harm. Sources say, and outlets confirm, that "True Blood" star Joe Manganiello and "Modern Family" star Sofia Vergara are dating. We'll let that sink in for you for a minute. Sources close to the couple say that they "just started to hang out," but Manganiello has said before in interviews that he considers Vergara to be his ideal woman. Of course, Vergara is probably the ideal woman of rougly 90% of straight men everywhere and, let's be honest, a good percentage of gay men as well, so Joe isn't exactly going out on a limb with that statement.

Another 'True Blood' Favorite Bites the Dust [SPOILERS]

Fans of the "True Blood" series have been consistently shocked by this seventh and final season. First, in the season opener, we lost Tara Thornton (Rutina Wesley), and last Sunday's third episode "Fire in the Hole" killed off another staple - the werewolf Alcide, played by the uber-ripped Joe Manganiello. Although he's been a character on the show since season three, Alcide's death left many fans both horrified and unsatisfied when a few bullets to the chest and head put a quick end to his storyline.

'True Blood' Premiere Brings Shocking Death of Major Character

What just happened on the "True Blood" season seven premiere? Did we just lose a major character? Spoilers ahead! The first episode of the final season of "True Blood" wasted no time getting to the action. The little human/vampire mixer turned south fast when the Hep-V infected vampires showed up and started attacking humans and vampires alike. When the dust settled, it turned out that Arlene, Holly and Nicole were all taken away. But then, the big shocker: Sookie walks through the aftermath of the carnage and finds Lettie Mae, Tara's mom, holding Tara's remains and wailing that her daughter was dead.

'True Blood' Could Come Back from the Dead As a Musical

Looks like "True Blood" might not meet its True Death after all! The show is set to begin its seventh and final season this Sunday, but if the show's composer gets his way, that won't be the last you see of Sookie Stackhouse. In fact, "True Blood" might come back from the dead as a Broadway musical! An AP article featuring an interview with "True Blood" musical composer Nathan Barr has some details: "Barr said the musical will revolve around protagonist, telepath and waitress Sookie Stackhouse, portrayed in the series by Anna Paquin.

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'True Blood' Season 7 Full Trailer: It's Going to Be One Bloody Finale

Things aren't looking so great in Bon Temps. "Everyone blames me for what happened to this town," says Sookie in the "True Blood" season 7 trailer. If that's true, it'll be tough for Sookie to save face: The Hep-V vampires are on a rampage, and no human is safe. Although the trailer promises plenty of blood in the seventh and final season, "True Blood" won't do away with the relationships that really hold the season together. For starters, you can see Sookie and Alcide sharing a kiss and seemingly getting along quite well.

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Watch: 'True Blood' Final Season Teaser, 'There's No One Left'

The premiere of the seventh and final season of "True Blood" is two months away, but HBO is getting the anticipation started with a new teaser trailer that hints at some big trouble in Louisiana. In the trailer, a voiceover by Sookie lays out the plot of, presumably, the season's first episode and beyond. She tells of "an attack at the church tonight" and the speculation that the attack was carried out by the "sick vampires." Her narration is accompanied by images of a vampire feeding frenzy, dead bodies, deserted streets and "the good folks of this town" taking up arms, "turnin' on each other" and "acting like animals.

'True Blood' Season 7 Teaser Trailer Reminds Us of a Very Morbid Fact

Get ready to say goodbye to Bon Temps. The season seven teaser trailer for "True Blood" is out today, and it isn't all that uplifting...in fact, it's downright morbid. The teaser takes us through a graveyard, showing us gravestones for many of the Bon Temps residents that we've lost over the years. That includes, of course, the recent death of Terry Bellefleur, who is the second-to-last grave we see. The final grave belongs to "True Blood" itself, giving fans a sad reminder that season seven will be the last season ever.

'True Blood' Star Alexander Skarsgard Takes Naked Instagram Pic...On the Toilet. In Antarctica.

If you're a fan of "True Blood," you're probably pretty used to seeing Alexander Skarsgard naked. But probably not like this. Skarsgard showed up on some Instagram feeds today in this pic from friend Inge Solheim. In the pic, the Swedish actor poses completely naked on a toilet in the middle of Antarctica. Why? We have no idea. "#southpole -30C What are you reading Alex? The script for season 7 of #truebloodHBO?" wrote Solheim with the pic. We're less concerned with what he's reading and more concerned with why that toilet doesn't have any walls around it.

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