SUMMER VAMPS: Bill (Stephen Moyer, left) and Eric (Alexander Skarsgard, with Lucy Griffiths) form an uneasy partnership.
‘TRUE BLOOD’ ★★★
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Updated: July 9, 2012 6:15AM
Yom Kippur is being celebrated late this year in Bon Temps, y’all.
Granted, none of the residents of the fictitious Louisiana city is Jewish, but as HBO’s hit supernatural series “True Blood” begins season five this Sunday, everyone seems to have a lot to atone for.
We won’t spoil the fate of Sookie’s best friend Tara (played by Rutina Wesley; her character ended season four with half her skull blown off on Sookie’s kitchen floor). Sookie (Anna Paquin) has enough to deal with in the season opener after killing werewolf Debbie (Brit Morgan). Leave it to Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) to state the obvious when he tells her to go to the police and claim self-defense because Sookie is, after all, white “and they’ll believe you.” Sookie is hearing none of it, of course.
Other Bon Temps denizens dealing with consequences of their actions:
† On the run from the Vampire Authority, vampires Bill (Stephen Moyer) and Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) have to forge an alliance after staking Authority member Nan Flannigan and learning that the former vampire king of Louisiana has escaped from his cement prison. The subplot is reminiscent of “The Defiant Ones.”
† Vampire Pam (Kristen Bauer van Straten), still reeling from a fight with her maker Eric, really proves she’s a team player when she dons a sweatsuit from Walmart (the fashion-conscious Pam has most likely killed for less, trust me).
† Sookie’s horndog brother Jason (Ryan Kwanten) is looking to put all the meaningless sex behind him. (This may disappoint fans who tune in to see Mr. Kwanten in various stages of undress).
Alan Ball, who created the series based on the hit books by Charlaine Harris, sees things a bit differently, though.
“This season we meet the Authority,” Ball said in an email, “and really see the politics and power struggle between the Authority’s agenda — to drink [the blood substitute] Tru Blood and mainstream into society with humans (or “co-exist” if you will) — and fundamentalist vampires who subscribe to the belief that they are superior to humans, that humans are merely a food source. So, one could say that there’s a lot of politically charged drama, which is something that’s always existed within the world of the show, but has never really been fully explored.”
Christopher Meloni (formerly Detective Stabler on “Law and Order: SVU”) shows up in later episodes of the season as the head of the Vampire Authority. While politics come into play later, it is human emotions such as grief, regret and loss that fans can look forward to sinking their teeth into at the start of the season.
Misha Davenport is a Chicago free-lance writer.