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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

  • Eric and Pam make a new friend. Sookie happens upon shocking discovery.

  • While searching for an enemy in Dallas, Eric and Pam go to a fundraising event. Sookie hesitantly throws a party. Andy contemplates a decision he must make. Bill recollects being human.

  • Sookie hatches a dangerous plan to take down the H-Vamps, even as Vince and his armed vigilantes pose an equally serious threat. Lafayette gets high with James; Jason eyes a family future with Violet; Willa is forced to find a new place to stay; Sarah Newlin sheds her past. Pam offers Eric a compelling reason to return to Louisiana – and be the vampire he used to be.

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'True Blood' Star Cast in 'Daredevil' Series

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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.

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

Another major character died a true death in Sunday's "True Blood." What does the actor have to say of the death, and the show's future? Beware of spoilers.

'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.

'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.

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

It's never too soon to start getting excited about a new season of "True Blood," especially when the season in question is the final season of the series. A new teaser trailer for the show's seventh season gives some hints about a dire situation that will plague Bon Temps, Louisiana, during this season.

'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.

'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.

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Say Goodbye to Sookie: 'True Blood' Ending After Season 7

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.

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