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‘I’m A Tax-Paying American!!’ Learn What’s Ahead For The Vampires, Werewolves, Witches And Fairies Populating HBO’s Hugely Popular TRUE BLOOD!!

I am – Hercules!!

First off, know that computer-utilizing HBO subscribers get an extra hour of “True Blood” this weekend.

As soon as this weekend's season premiere, “She’s Not There,” concludes at 10 p.m. Sunday, the season’s second episode, “You Smell Like Dinner,” will be available on HBO GO. This will permit fans to more fully enjoy their July 4 weekend.























Bill punishes an errant vampire!! Jason begs for liberation from Hotshot! Eric surrenders to his king’s will! HBO tells us what happens in the season’s first six episodes:

Episode #37:
“She’s Not There”
Sookie (Anna Paquin) journeys away from Bon Temps; Eric (Alexander Skarsgård) and Bill (Stephen Moyer) try to win back the human public; Jason (Ryan Kwanten) learns that no good deed goes unpunished; Tara (Rutina Wesley) finds refuge in close quarters; Sam (Sam Trammell) bonds with his own; Hoyt (Jim Parrack) and Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) debate the dinner menu; Jesus (Kevin Alejandro) urges Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) to join a coven; and Terry (Todd Lowe) tries to alleviate Arlene’s (Carrie Preston) fears about the baby. Written by Alexander Woo; directed by Michael Lehmann.

Episode #38:
“You Smell Like Dinner”
Sookie (Anna Paquin) adjusts to Bon Temps’ new realities; Bill (Stephen Moyer) reveals pieces of his past; Eric (Alexander Skarsgård) crashes a witches’ meeting; Jason (Ryan Kwanten) gets his wounds licked; Andy (Chris Bauer) struggles with his addiction; Sam (Sam Trammell) learns of Luna’s (Janina Gavankar) special talents; Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) satisfies her blood cravings; and Arlene (Carrie Preston) witnesses strange behavior from her family. Written by Brian Buckner; directed by Scott Winant.

Episode #39:
“If You Love Me, Why Am I Dyin’?”
Sookie makes a deal with Eric, and reconnects with Alcide (Joe Manganiello); Bill punishes an errant vampire and counsels a guilt-ridden Jessica; Jason is cast as a reluctant savior; Tommy (Marshall Allman) eyes a scam and alienates Sam; Marnie (Fiona Shaw) flexes her newfound powers; Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) delivers an ultimatum to Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis), Tara (Rutina Wesley) and Jesus (Kevin Alejandro); Eric spoils Sookie’s faerie reunion. Written by Alan Ball; directed by David Petrarca.

Episode #40:
“I’m Alive and on Fire”
Alcide helps Sookie hunt for Eric; Marnie searches for guidance to break a spell; Bill discovers a common bond with the Bellefleurs; Jason begs for liberation from Hotshot; Sam penetrates Luna’s inner circle; Arlene sees the writing on the wall; Tommy returns to his roots. Written by Nancy Oliver; directed by Michael Lehmann.

Episode #41:
“I Hate You, I Love You”
Sookie nurtures Eric; Bill gets involved personally in the necromancy crisis; Pam takes the veil; Sam becomes Tommy’s accomplice; Arlene and Terry look to religion to solve their problem; Jesus and Lafayette head to Mexico to harness a shaman’s power; Jason convalesces. Written by Mark Hudis; directed by Daniel Minahan.

Episode #42:
“I Wish I Was the Moon”
Sookie searches for Jason under a full moon; Marnie connects with spirits of the past; Arlene and Terry cope with a suspicious inferno; Debbie (Brit Morgan) urges Alcide to join a new werewolf community; Tommy trades places with Sam; Lafayette feels the spirit in Mexico; Eric surrenders to his King’s will. Written by Raelle Tucker; directed by Jeremy Podeswa.

What happens in the season’s first eight minutes:

9 p.m. Sunday. HBO.


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  • June 25, 2011, 3:31 p.m. CST

    First? Seriously tho, the whole faerie thing is rather meh.

    by dahveed1972


  • June 25, 2011, 3:56 p.m. CST


    by NudeandAroused

    Seriously? Is this show heading in the right direction? I wonder? Still, I will watch it.

  • .........of season 4 starts on the 26th (Tomorrow) not tonight the 25th , who is right Herc? <BR><BR> I don't want to miss it ....

  • June 25, 2011, 4:57 p.m. CST

    Deborah Ann Woll

    by Extr3m1st

    Yummy, I will watch the show just for her. I still love the show but after watching GoT it may be a bit of a let down. Also Weeds starts this Monday as well.

  • June 25, 2011, 4:58 p.m. CST

    The 26th

    by Extr3m1st

    Not the 25th

  • June 25, 2011, 5:17 p.m. CST

    So maybe a spoiler question

    by skycrapper

    I heard a wierd rummor. Does Jason "go gay" this season? Those summaries kind of support that.

  • June 25, 2011, 6:58 p.m. CST

    I agree on the fairy thing

    by cripeman


  • June 25, 2011, 8:34 p.m. CST

    As extr3m1st said...

    by wickedeve

    The brief preview of True Blood seemed so very weak after the finale of GoT. It was like going from a bloody, awesome, medieval version of the Algonquin Round Table to a kiddie party.

  • June 25, 2011, 9:01 p.m. CST

    The faerie issue...

    by Dustin

    ...seems to be treading 'prophesy' ground that has brought down many a show. Let's hope they remember their training and the past experiences of other shows and tread carefully.

  • In the books the faeries were pretty bad ass.

  • June 25, 2011, 10:29 p.m. CST

    This is really every White Wolf fan's wet dream

    by DOGSOUP

    You know, the 90's WW and not the bullshit later. So in that vein, I'm fine with the faeries

  • June 26, 2011, 6:34 a.m. CST

    Re: Deborah Ann Woll/Mary Jane

    by Jack Black

    She was born in 1985, so would put her around 17 when the first Spider-Man came out (filming @16)

  • June 26, 2011, 7:59 a.m. CST

    dont care

    by VegasRonReturns

    this show is shit

  • June 26, 2011, 9:18 a.m. CST

    No, Jason doesn't go gay...

    by Judge Briggs

    But something does happen to him. Butt* it's not gay. I am still pissed that we didn't get to see the troll bouncer at the werewolf bar. WTF? The faeries in the show are pretty fucking lame ... hopefully the writers can do more to show that their bad-assess.

  • June 26, 2011, 9:27 a.m. CST

    Do care.

    by blackwood

    I think the fairy stuff has been kind of weak... but, whatever. The show is fun. Perfect summer Sunday night television. I'm excited.

  • June 26, 2011, 9:55 a.m. CST

    possible jump the shark moment...

    by gaygoonie

    perpetually bruised Amber Valletta look-alike turning into were-panther. too much.

  • June 26, 2011, 10:36 a.m. CST


    by Judge Briggs

    Umm... happens in the books? Not like the writers are making that part up?

  • June 26, 2011, 11:31 a.m. CST

    Have a little faith

    by Dancingforever

    The show has been strong so far. The only complaint I have is that everyone seems to have some kind of super power or ability to cast spells or what not. Jason being made into a werepanther just seems contrived. But, the rest of the stuff should be cool. It's Eric and Sookies season so let's see how it goes.

  • June 26, 2011, 11:44 a.m. CST

    jump the shark moment

    by blackwood

    Erm... TRUE BLOOD is a shark fucking a dolphin riding a motorcycle on a surfboard jumping over a non-partisan free-for-all orgy of dirty hillbillies covered in various body fluids stoned out of their gord. imho.

  • June 26, 2011, 11:58 a.m. CST

    Most people who bash True Blood are too poor to have HBO

    by Andrew Coleman

    Show is pretty solid. Better than most stuff on television hands down. Looking forward to more.

  • June 26, 2011, 1:45 p.m. CST

    I agree the show is solid enough

    by Extr3m1st

    For summer viewing. This for me fits in with Weeds and Eureka and Warehouse 13 and Covert Affairs. What do you guys think of Falling Skies? I still have it on my DVR, for some reason I can't get motivated to watch it. Also the new Torchwood on Starz starts in a few weeks.

  • June 26, 2011, 2:41 p.m. CST

    Aww I like it and I don't have HBO

    by cookiemunstahh

    My friends who don't like True Blood are the frat boy/sorority girl/clubbing party types who are obsessed with shows like Entourage. I once went to a friends party where I was her only nerdy friend. One girl put on the TV True Blood (I brought it with me)... everyone mentioned how they thought the show sucked. When some sexytime came on the TV all the guys were like, "Hey look, sex!" They'd watch the scene then they'd return to whatever they were doing. *Facepalm* totally shallow... *ugh*

  • June 26, 2011, 4:05 p.m. CST


    by NudeandAroused

    is excellent. I have a nephew who is the exact duplicate for Jason Stackhouse.

  • June 26, 2011, 8:14 p.m. CST

    What the fuck am I watching?

    by v1cious

    This is... kinda gay.

  • June 26, 2011, 8:20 p.m. CST

    This is pretty fucking cheesy...

    by Mr Soze

    7 days ago we were watching Game of Thrones, now this manure. Wish it was time September and Boardwalk was on.

  • June 26, 2011, 8:24 p.m. CST

    Best "Bad" Show on TV is NOT Disappointing!

    by blhotz

    Good stuff so far, LOL.

  • June 26, 2011, 8:27 p.m. CST

    I think they are trying to erase last season...

    by Mr Soze

  • June 26, 2011, 8:34 p.m. CST

    Ande if we don't have HBO GO??

    by Oldnewbie

    When do we get the second episode? next week I hope, right?? or do we lose out? As for this season, boy, they have to tone down the soap opera aspects and concentrate on what made season one (and most of two) so good. Too much fo three was bogged down by pointless relationship fodder. The relationships that matter are Sookie's and no one elses should take up significant screen time. Maybe the women like all the soapy shit, but for me keeping their eye on the supernatural aspect is key to caring about the show. I understand Alan Ball has one more season up his sleeve and then he's gone. So hopefully will this show before it becomes a total joke. And Sookie should be an Elemental not a Fairy. Bad call.

  • June 26, 2011, 8:47 p.m. CST

    bash True Blood ...

    by HongKongCavalier

    ... and now time for the weather: Tifanny?

  • June 26, 2011, 9:07 p.m. CST

    That was...

    by blackwood

    ...pretty good! I dig the reset button. Because why not.

  • June 26, 2011, 9:15 p.m. CST

    Decent Start For The Season

    by Grimmjow Jeagerjaques

    Spoilers... Only thing I didn't like is the whole "Tara's gay now thing". It's like homosexuality is just a coping mechanism for people who are bored with heterosexual sex or have issues with the opposite sex on this show. Born that way my ass.

  • June 26, 2011, 9:18 p.m. CST

    If you don't have HBO Go

    by King_In_Yellow

    how are you watching the first episode? HBO Go comes free with your HBO subscription.

  • June 26, 2011, 9:33 p.m. CST

    HBO Go

    by the douche

    I believe Time Warner and Comcast don't allow HBO Go. that opening sequence was cheesy beyond belief. All I think of when the witch storyline pops us is season 6 buffy and not even marti noxon likes season 6 buffy

  • June 26, 2011, 10:03 p.m. CST're complaining about Tara doing the Bi thing?

    by Alientoast

    It makes her scenes bearable with the introduction of her topless prone female friend! I am also guessing that Sofie Anne is taking a dirt nap since Bill is now King.

  • June 26, 2011, 10:37 p.m. CST

    I'm just wondering you do know the show is based off of books....

    by Andrew Coleman

    Loosely based but still they get the major plot lines from the books. Some of you seem to point things out and blame Ball... Problem is a lot of the stories are from the books. I like how this season is starting almost every character has something very interesting going on (minus Tara).

  • June 26, 2011, 10:43 p.m. CST

    Does Russell T Davies write for this show?

    by FrodoFraggins

    It makes his gay agenda look pretty tame. This show is a cheesy guilty pleasure. It's the kind of show I wouldn't admit to ever watching.

  • June 26, 2011, 11:09 p.m. CST

    Well...that kinda sucked

    by NoQuarter

    The ratio of interesting characters to non-interesting characters is starting to get too low, imho. I hope this season improves quickly.

  • June 26, 2011, 11:23 p.m. CST

    @ alientoast

    by Grimmjow Jeagerjaques

    My issue with Tara's newfound Lesbianness is that it's basically a desperate cliche to get people not to hate her. The producers just want people to say "look she's kissing a hot chick we don't hate her now!" instead of fixing what's wrong with the character (yes, I freely admit her arcs and personality are grating). Lame. All they could think of to do with her is make her bad Skinemax fodder. Really? They couldn't make her newfound patience and wisdom the focus of her turnaround? Keep her single indefinitely for all I care but to just use her as lesbian fetish cheesecake is just dumb. If this is something that happened in the books, fine, I won't blame the show producers for sticking to the cannon. But WHOEVER'S idea it was, it was a bad one. Hopefully there will be more to Tara's story this season than scissor-o-rama.

  • June 26, 2011, 11:58 p.m. CST

    But that's what's great about the time jump:

    by blackwood

    I don't think there's anything wrong with Tara taking the scissor train to scissor town -- at the end of last season it was suicide or complete reinvention. This episode was setting up the pieces. Bill is King now. BILL. The Renee demon baby is already born and being creepy. We didn't have to sit through an obnoxious wedding episode. Jason did something with his life. We missed out on what would have been a terribly boring, wheel-spinning season to move these characters all forward from their dull ruts. It's far, far more interesting than picking up with Tara on the run, another year of "Beehl!" "Suukeh!", Jason being a dumbass and learning things about himself and the world that he should have started learning after season 1. Tommy living with Hoyt's mom (I assume it's a creepy sex thing). It's not growth, because I don't know if these characters are capable of growth, but it is change, and that's interesting. Hoyt and Jessica bugged me. Their romance was sweet and I suspect this season is them being assholes to each other, Jessica being 'tempted' by the dark side of vampirism. That shit is already tired and it's only been five minutes of one episode. It's lazy and boring. Same thing with Sam -- he's a dull as shit character with nothing going for him. But Tara, dyking it up? I can buy that. Needing to change every aspect of your life could start with cunt. I don't think it's especially cynical of the showrunners to do it, and I don't think it's necessarily pandering. It's change from something that got tired, and I'm willing to give it a chance and see where it goes.

  • June 27, 2011, 2:42 a.m. CST

    Tara's swearing off men is not that surprising.

    by Andy Pandy

    Faeries and their world was just silly. Sookie losing a year is just plain cliche, echoes of alias. Coven stuff is promising. Would have liked to have seen how Bill Compton defeated the Queen, especially since it was established she was more powerful. Wow, those hillbillies are pricks, Jason brought them food! Hoyt & Jessica are destined to be a trainwreck. I hope Terry's baby is actually evil. Eric own's Sookie's ass! Them not showing the Shapeshifting babes nekkid... Cop out!!

  • June 27, 2011, 2:44 a.m. CST

    Whoops! that's Renee's baby, i mean

    by Andy Pandy

  • June 27, 2011, 6:10 a.m. CST

    ok so i've not read the books...

    by ultragoregrind

    BUT! It's starting to feel like true blood is going to get VERY bogged down by falling into the trap where "everyone is actually special". I loved Season 1, and more directly, I really loved True Blood when it was just the Vampires and Humans (and well when Sam was the odd ball shape shifter). But ugh, give everyone special powers and suddenly I'm bored as hell.

  • June 27, 2011, 6:31 a.m. CST

    Trying to analyze this show

    by Itchy

    is like trying to explain in scientific terms why getting sucked off feels so good. Just ignore all the illogical plotlines and have fun. What the fuck else better do any of you have to do on a Sunday night than watch evil goblinesque faeries lob balls of fire at each other and bitchy MMA fighter types chowing box ? And the lesbo plotline is clearly a way to get Tara and Pam interacting this season - the writers probably think sticking Tara in a scene with Pam is a good idea, since Pam is fantastic and Tara sucks the life out of every scene she's in .... so it would balance out.

  • June 27, 2011, 6:56 a.m. CST

    HBO Go...

    by Chest_Rockwell

    you mean you can't even watch it on the net, if you have time warner? That sucks. I have suddenlink, normally one of the lamer isp's and you can watch hbo go stuff on it.

  • June 27, 2011, 7:46 a.m. CST

    Aside from the faerie stuff, it wasn't bad

    by skycrapper

    I liked the time jump element. I thought Andy was one of the best parts of the show. "You owe me a plaque!" Skipping ahead and having Jason be a cop was a much needed jump start to his character. I wish Gary Cole would be around longer but oh well.

  • June 27, 2011, 9:32 a.m. CST

    Hated to see Gary Cole gone so soon

    by MRJONZ72

    Have liked his work for a very long time.

  • June 27, 2011, 10:43 a.m. CST

    What just happened?

    by Mooly

    I should have watched the finale again because I was lost. The faeries are goblins and bad? Except the good goblins? Gary Cole shows up to conveniently deliver a blatant plot device and then dies. That sherif is now a drug addict for no reason? I thought Eric was burried with the old king? I thought Jesus was a bad guy last season? The shapeshifter brother now lives with that other guys mom? What is going on?! I'm all for a reset, but this doesn't seem like that. This just seems confused and unsure and throwing too much at the wall. But maybe that is how the books are.

  • June 27, 2011, 10:50 a.m. CST


    by blackwood

    HBO aired the last episode of last season before the premiere -- Andy is tempted by V; Eric escapes his cement grave to tell Sookie about all of Bill's bullshit; Jesus was never bad, but he comes out as 'witch' to Lafayette after seeing Lafayette unlocked his own mojo. Tommy and Hoyt's mom, and goblin-fairies-Cole are the two things that weren't set up in the finale, but I'm taking the Tommy/Hoytmom thing as a gross joke and the other as a clumsy way out of a weird(er than normal for TB) plot nobody liked.

  • June 27, 2011, 10:58 a.m. CST

    Show keeps getting better.

    by AshMcQ

    The first season was kind of cheesy, but ever since it started to don't take itself too serious the show is really really good. Funny,wicked, exciting!

  • June 27, 2011, 11:02 a.m. CST

    True Blood season four

    by Elizabeth F. Minton

    What a colossal letdown! After the brilliance that was Game of Thrones, watching True Blood jump the entire shark tank was just sad. They threw everything onto the wall to see if any of it would stick. Because the Harris novels were not followed slavishly in past seasons, you can't place all the blame there.

  • June 27, 2011, 12:49 p.m. CST

    Hadn't seen Cole

    by proevad

    since he was so good as Bingo Bob Russell on The West Wing. Btw, 2nd episode was much better. Looks like a killer big bad this year. Still waiting on Jessica to show me those titties. Good stuff.

  • June 27, 2011, 1:52 p.m. CST


    by ccchhhrrriiisssm

    Season 1 was interesting (sort of). Then, with Season 2, the powers that be started unleashing all sorts of stupid plot elements. There are witches, werewolves, fairies, shape-shifters, minotaurs, dog-people, fundamentalist stereotypes, and plenty of pointless sex all wrapped up in a gregarious homosexual allegory. It is unbelievable that this show has lasted as long as it has.

  • June 27, 2011, 2:47 p.m. CST

    Meh, just bring back Vampire Diaries and Supernatural

    by AshokForgiven

    At this point, even Vampire Diaries is less cheesy than True Blood. What the heck happened to HBO?

  • June 27, 2011, 3:04 p.m. CST

    guilty pleasure indeed

    by Kammich

    both of my sisters are slavish to the books and the show, and got me to watch the first season before the 2nd season started airing... i've followed it on-and-off ever since. Its the type of show that I don't mind missing an episode, and any given episode can sit on my DVR for 2 or 3 weeks before I suddenly decide to watch it. but it always entertains me. and this will surely sound like the chauvinistic cliche thing to say... but this show has to have the widest array of gorgeous women of any show on television. I'm stunned that its showrunner is a gay man, because nearly every SINGLE female part(bit parts, walk-ons and cameos included) seem to be cast with utterly gorgeous women. thats a fairly successful marketing tactic to keep me watching the show, HBO.

  • June 27, 2011, 3:45 p.m. CST


    by Judge Briggs

    Was the funniest line in the entire episode... True Blood = PURE fun summer t.v. watching! Nothing more, nothing less. I was so EXCITED to see that Boardwalk Empire is coming back this Sept. I expected the show wouldn't run until at least early next year. Hoor-fucking-ray!

  • June 27, 2011, 3:45 p.m. CST


    by Judge Briggs

    And seeing Lafayette's face when the witch was rezzing the bird was HILARITY too.

  • June 27, 2011, 4:01 p.m. CST


    by grendel69

    I dont really care about this show anymore. Only reason I can think to watch it is Deb/Jessica.

  • June 27, 2011, 6:58 p.m. CST

    Eps 1 and 2 (SPOILERS)

    by BlaGyver

    Well...mostly two, actually. Everything that's been said about the first I pretty much agree with. It was solid, but 2 kicks it up a notch. 1. Given my intense hatred of the actress, seeing Evan Rachel Wood get annihilated brought a smile to my face. So gratifying. 2. The Hotshot storyline is the only part of the show that I really just wanna see vanish. Crystal is the most unappealing character I've ever seen on TV, and I've sat through some total bullshit. 3. The scene with Eric and the coven is...just...holy fucking shit. I like where that plotline is going.

  • June 27, 2011, 10:49 p.m. CST

    Why Andy is a V Addict

    by Alientoast

    They hinted at it last season, but Andy broke his arm and couldn't get in the mix of things because of how long the healing was taking. However, the V blood was a quick fix for that, as evidenced when he looked at the evidence vials last season. What I imagine happened is he took it for healing purposes and just got hooked on them...much like people get injured, get some painkillers to help, and get addicted to said painkillers.

  • June 27, 2011, 11:33 p.m. CST

    Ep. 2 is definitely better...

    by Imagikafan

    I just wish the show would kill off Tommy, Arlene, and Tara.

  • June 28, 2011, 9:01 a.m. CST

    @thedouche - HBO GO & Comcast

    by Itchy

    Comcast has it ... under the Xfinity label. It's a pretty sweet app on the iPad too.

  • June 28, 2011, 10:11 a.m. CST

    Eric's Pro-Vampire PSA Should Be Filmed and Shown Every XMas

    by frakthetoasters

    Eric continues to be awesome. Which is no surprise. From his appearing at Sookie's doorstep to his subtle disdain for politicians to the gesture of dismissal he makes to Pam and the whole PSA... ..can't wait to see what is in store for the most interesting blond Vampire since William the Bloody...

  • June 28, 2011, 10:47 a.m. CST

    Evil Faeries and a Zombie Budgie!

    by jim

    What's not to like?

  • June 29, 2011, 12:05 a.m. CST

    Hello TB fans

    by VegasRonReturns

    You're either a chick or a homosexual. No disrespt towards either demographic but if you claim to be a straight male who likes this show, commence your cock sucking.<p> That is all.

  • June 29, 2011, 2:01 p.m. CST

    The beginning was like "Yor: Hunter from the Future"

    by ufoclub1977

    it was like "Buck Rogers" form 1979 (actually I won and watch that boxed set). It was so bad, that I don't understand how they put that into production, post production, and then actually ran it! But the the Hoyt/Jessica scenes and the witch scenes were all good fun stuff. GREAT egg eating scene. The Eric/Bill/Sookie stuff is horrible and a pain to watch. I'm so bored by that stuff.

  • June 29, 2011, 2:50 p.m. CST

    I'm straight and I watch the show.

    by Michael Tyree

    I think it's a hoot and, um, have you NOT noticed the show is eat slam up with gorgeous women? I counter that it's a show a person of any sexual preference has something to like. Nice trolling though. Weird. I thought the faerie thing was going to be ace and the witch stuff eye-roll inducing. But, it's turned out just the opposite. Damned necromancers!!

  • June 29, 2011, 7:20 p.m. CST

    2nd episode was good

    by Extr3m1st

    I love the show still, seeing Tara going dyke gave me a boner. I love slim black chicks. Also the way things ended with Eric, that was some serious shit. Love this show..FU to the haters.

  • July 5, 2011, 11:44 a.m. CST


    by Wayne Tyree

    you're really dreaming of watching Eric and Bill have homo sex, aren't you. <p> perv