HBO released some quick synopses of the first three episodes of the sixth season of True Blood. Due to economics as well as star Anna Paquin’s maternity leave, this season consists of ten episodes instead of the usual twelve. It also marks the first under the new show-runner Mark Hudis.
Naturally, what follows are full of spoilers–so you’ve been warned!
Episode 6.01: “Who Are You, Really?” Debut: SUNDAY, JUNE 16 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT)
In the wake of Bill’s (Stephen Moyer) blood-soaked reincarnation, Sookie (Anna Paquin), Eric (Alexander Skarsgård), Jason (Ryan Kwanten), Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll), Tara (Rutina Wesley), Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) and Nora (Lucy Griffiths) flee the Authority compound as Sam (Sam Trammell), Luna (Janina Gavankar) and Emma (Chloe Noelle) dodge swarming guards. Now packmaster, Alcide (Joe Manganiello) discovers that the job comes with unsavory side dishes, but other major perks. In Bon Temps, Andy (Chris Bauer) deals with parenting four newborn human-faerie hybrids. Meanwhile, Louisiana Governor Truman Burrell (Arliss Howard) vows open season on vampires. Jessica returns to Compton Place as Jason hitches a ride with an eerie stranger. Written by Raelle Tucker; directed by Stephen Moyer.
Episode 6.02: “The Sun” Debut: SUNDAY, JUNE 23 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)
A long-lost relative reveals himself to Jason and Sookie. After Tara is victimized by a new government weapon, Eric takes matters into his own hands in an effort to thwart Burrell’s anti-vampire initiatives. On the road to work, Sookie is drawn to a handsome stranger who shares her faerie abilities. Sam is unnerved by supernatural-rights zealot Nicole (Jurnee Smollett-Bell), and is confronted by Alcide and Martha (Dale Dickey) about Emma’s future. Bill contemplates the scope of his heightened powers. Written by Angela Robinson; directed by Dan Attias.
Episode 6.03: “You’re No Good” Debut: SUNDAY, JUNE 30 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)
Irate over Burrell’s blatant aggression towards vampires, Eric takes matters into his own hands. After dangerously testing the limits of his powers, Bill enlists a TruBlood innovator to synthesize a new type of blood – but has difficulty finding the right donor. Sookie begins to learn why Warlow is after her. Sam receives unexpected help from Nicole and her Vampire Unity Society (V.U.S.) associates. Steve Newlin (Michael McMillian) finds his past ideals turning into a current nightmare. Written by Mark Hudis; directed by Howard Deutch.
We also know at least the titles and airing dates of the following six episode–all but the finale in fact:
Episode 6.04: “I’m Your Man” Debut: SUNDAY July 7 (9:00-10:00pm)
Episode 6.05: “F*ck the Pain Away” Debut: SUNDAY July 14 (9:00-10:00pm)
Episode 6.06: “Don’t You Feel Me?” Debut: SUNDAY July 21 (9:00-10:00pm)
Episode 6.07: “The Funeral” Debut: SUNDAY July 28 (9:00-10:00pm)
Episode 6.08: “Dead Meat” Debut: SUNDAY August 4 (9:00-10:00pm)
Episode 6.09: “Live Matters” Debut: SUNDAY August 11 (9:00-10:00pm)
Given the seasonal quote for this year–“No One Lives Forever”–episodes seven and eight presumably resolve around the final death of somebody. Just as we can probably guess that episode five includes a fair amount of the series’ signature graphic sexuality.
Or not. We’ll have to wait and see, but not for much longer!