Anna Paquin, Joe Manganiello
[Warning: This story contains major spoilers from Sunday's True Blood finale. Read at your own risk!]
After destroying the vampire internment camp, killing off pretty much all of this season's villains and making sure that Sookie (Anna Paquin) didn't end up as Warlow's (Rob Kazinsky) fae-vampire bride, True Blood jumped ahead six months, effectively wiping the slate clean — which is exactly what showrunner Brian Buckner wanted.
True Blood Finale: Did Sookie become Warlow's faerie-vampire bride?
From the onset, Alan Ball's successor hoped to get the show back to its roots, which meant streamlining the tangled web of storylines — namely by ditching the wolf pack and...
Rutina Wesley, Anna Paquin, Lucy Griffiths
Billith has risen!
True Blood returns for its sixth season Sunday (9/8c, HBO), picking up just moments after Bill (Stephen Moyer) drank the blood of original vampire Lilith (Jessica Clark), exploded and then resurrected from a pool of blood. Totally normal, right? But Billith will be the least of everyone's worries this season as Louisiana declares war on vampires. Not to mention, the mysterious Warlow is also coming after Sookie (Anna Paquin). With so much in store, TVGuide.com caught up with the cast of HBO's hit series to get the low down:
Denis O’Hare and Michael McMillian
Now that True Blood's Vampire Authority is running rampant and killing humans, it's every man — and vampire! — for themselves. Naturally, consummate survivor Steve Newlin (Michael McMillian) has successfully planted himself where he'll be most useful: Alongside Russell Edgington (Denis O'Hare), Salome (Valentina Cervi) and Nora (Lucy Griffiths) in a place of power.
How will the formerly vampire-hating baby vamp survive in the impending battle between the mainstreamers and the Sanguinistas? TVGuide.com turned to McMillian to get the scoop, including the future for Steve and his human crush Jason (Ryan Kwanten), and Bill (Stephen Moyer) and Eric's (Alexander Skarsgard) involvement with the Authority moving forward...
The Authority vs. the Sanguinistas: Let the battle begin!
True Blood's vampire civil war is about to kick off in a big way. With the Authority divided and fearful of whom to trust now that it's been revealed that Nora (Lucy Griffiths) wasn't the only traitor — RIP,
the chosen one Alexander Drew — the rival Sanguinistas may actually stand a chance of taking over the world, especially considering their biggest acolyte, Russell Edgington (Denis O'Hare), is on the loose.
True Blood: Now that Pam is free, what's next?
And even though Nora has been hooked up to the silver torture machine for the better part of this season so far, Eric's (Alexander Skarsgard) vampire sister will soon fight back — even against Roman (Christopher Meloni). "Nora definitely comes off better," Griffiths says of Nora's feud with the Authority Guardian. Plus: The impending arrival of one very special vampire may also help with the upcoming war. To get the scoop, TVGuide.com grilled Griffiths on what's in store:
True Blood's Russell Edgington is on the loose, and apparently, there are only two vamps truly capable of taking him down... again.
With the news that the most psychotic vampire is once again free to wreak havoc on the world, The Authority decides to enlist Bill (Stephen Moyer) and Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) to hunt Russell (Denis O'Hare) down. First, however, Roman (Christopher Meloni) needs to see if the dynamic duo from Bon Temps can be trusted, which is why he'll turn to his own trusted right-hand vampire, Salome (Valentina Cervi), to get the dirt.
But whose side is Salome really on? TVGuide.com turned to the Italian actress who portrays her to discuss her new relationship with both Bill and Eric — which is almost as dirty as Season 4's dream-sequence threesome — her role in the impending civil war against the Sanguinistas and what Nora's (Lucy Griffiths) betrayal of The Authority really means in the long run. Plus: Get the scoop on original vampire Lilith below:
Christopher Meloni has traded in his badge and gun for a set of fangs and one scary-looking stake.
The Law & Order: SVU alum makes his True Blood debut Sunday as the stoic, yet vicious Vampire Authority guardian Roman. The Authority already has its hands full with the threat of a civil war, so the betrayal of one of their own — Nora (Lucy Griffiths) had unsuccessfully tried to help Bill (Stephen Moyer) and Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) escape the council's clutches — will not make Roman a pleasant vampire to be around. Still, there may be a way for Eric and Bill to survive... but what Roman wants from them in return won't be easy.
Sookie's future, new romance and 11 more True Blood spoilers
To get the scoop, TVGuide.com turned to Meloni to find out what kind of vampire Roman is, why Meloni choose True Blood as his follow-up to his years on the cop beat over on NBC and what's next for him. (Hint: Could there be a Wet Hot American Summer sequel coming? Please?)
Nelsan Ellis and Anna Paquin
True Blood had quite an action-packed Season 4 finale: Sookie renounced Bill and Eric. They killed a Vampire Authority member. Tara took a bullet for Sookie, who shot Debbie Pelt in the head. Alcide murdered the packmaster. Lafayette killed Jesus. Jason revealed to Hoyt that he slept with Jessica. Steve Newlin showed up as a vampire. And Russell Edgington escaped. All caught up?
True Blood Scoop: What is Tara's fate?
If your head is still spinning from all that, then Sunday's fifth season premiere (10/9c, HBO) won't make it slow down anytime soon. We're sworn to secrecy from revealing just about anything from Season 5... but the cast isn't! Creator Alan Ball, stars Anna Paquin, Joe Manganiello and more open up about what's in store, including new romance, Tara's fate and the return of the most dangerous vampire on earth: Russell Edgington (Denis O'Hare). Get the scoop:
1. Sookie's future: As if the Stackhouse home hasn't seen enough damage...
True Blood, Stephen Moyer, Alexander Skarsgard and Lucy Griffiths
SVU's Stabler is a vampire! So is Steve Newlin! Eric has a sister! And ABC's resident cougar is part of the Authority! So much to digest for the new season of True Blood. Our heads are spinning...
True Blood poster
A new teaser for the upcoming fifth season of True Blood brings tears to our eyes.
In the poster HBO released Wednesday, we see a close-up of an eye crying blood, which is how our undead vampire friends express sorrow or pain. It's not a pretty sight.
When True Blood premieres June 10, we'll get a taste of Eric Northman's bloodsucking, Godric-made vampire sister, Nora (Lucy Griffiths).