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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
- First Aired: August 18, 2013
In the sixth season finale, Bill discovers that salvation does not come without sacrifice; Jason senses a vampire attraction firsthand. Sookie considers her future with Warlow.
- First Aired: August 11, 2013
A desperate Bill tries to manipulate Warlow away from the faerie plain, but Sookie won't stand for it. Meanwhile, Eric arrives at vamp camp, with intentions to inflict serious human damage. In Bon Temps, things get emotional as loved ones remember a fallen neighbor. Bill feels the pull of Lilith's (Jessica Clark) sirens.
- First Aired: August 04, 2013
Sookie faces a major dilemma. In vamp camp, Jason becomes acquainted with Violet, while Sarah is willing to do anything to keep True Blood flowing.
- First Aired: July 28, 2013
Eric makes a frantic effort to save Nora. A tragedy brings Sam back to Bon Temps regardless of Alcide's warning. Jessica is grateful for James (Luke Grimes), a fellow incarcerated vamp and an invigorated Sarah exacts a measure of revenge on Jason.
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Sookie and the residents of Bon Temps, Louisiana, will bid farewell to viewers at the end of next summer's season. HBO announced on Tuesday that "True Blood" will not be returning for an eighth season.
"True Blood" ended its sixth season last Sunday, and "Breaking Bad" followed up its most popular episode ever. It was a battle of cable heavy hitters in the same time slot, and only one series could come out on top.
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Sookie learns there may be more to Ben than meets the eye; Sam helps Nicole escape; Bill tries to save the vampire race.
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Niall enlists the handsome Ben to help protect Sookie from Warlow; Jason's head may have taken too many knocks; Bill tries to figure out what Lilith needs from him.
Sookie finds a new friend on the road; Bill speaks to Lilith and learns more about his mission; Eric takes action against the human threat.