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Counting Down to True Blood

We are two months from the sixth season of True Blood, but some things we do know. The latest teaser trailer (see below) gives us a hint of what is to come–some of it pretty obvious really. With the Vampire Authority gone, the broadcasting of Russell feeding, the True Blood factories destroyed and Bill transformed into some kind of new, more powerful creature seems safe to say vampire/human relations are in distress. Kinda the way Isreali/Palestinian relations aren’t all they could be.

ku-largeOther tidbits we know… Rutger Hauer is joining the show.  A photo from on-set has emerged, with some rather distressing hair. But maybe that is just one scene. Hope so, anyway. Hauer, once Anne Rice’s choice to play Lestat, recently played Van Helsing in Dario Argento’s version of Dracula. His character is named Macklyn, “a mysterious and sinister figure with deep ties to Sookie and Jason.”

We’ll be looking (eventually, presumably) at the character Warlow. What is he? Who is he? Evidently this is going to be a major arc for the entire season. Indeed that is the springboard that ended season five, Nina’s startled realization that Jason had heard of him. Rumor has it Hauer will be Warlow since the character’s first initial is “M.” M for Macklyn.

Jurnee-SmollettOther new characters and cast members include Jurnee Smollett and Amelia Rose Blaire. Smollett will be pro-vamp activist Nicole Jannsen, a series regular.  Blaire  has been cast as Willa Burrell, daughter of the Governor of Louisiana Creighton Burrell (played by Arliss Howard). Her mother left her father to be with a vampire, and he wants revenge.  Understandable enough, I suppose.  Robert Kazinsky will portray Ben, a faerie who takes an interest in Sookie.

Karolina Wydra, last seen as House’s wife in the late, lamented t.v. show joins the cast as Violet, a vampire on par with Eric–sexy and smart and potentially very dangerous. Details to follow, naturally.

We also know the titles of the first few episodes!

  1. Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” Directed by Stephen Moyer! Airs June 16
  2. Here Comes the Sun” Airs June 23
  3. Rock Hard Times” Airs June 30
  4. I’m Your Man” Airs July 7
  5. F*ck The Pain Away” Airs July 14

tara and pamThat marks half of the ten-episode season.

Other arcs we can confidently expect explored–Jason’s fury against vampires, now that he knows they killed his parents. Plus the new relationship between Pamela and Tara! Jessica’s heartbreak and seeking to find some role for herself. Sookie gets a new boyfriend, and of course he’s not human.

 

By david

David MacDowell Blue blogs at Night Tinted Glasses.  He graduated from the National Shakespeare Conservatory and is the author of The Annotated Carmilla. and Your Vampire Story (And How to Write It) as well as a theatrical adaptation of Carmilla.

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