Stephen Moyer, Alexander Skarsgard and Lucy Griffiths
Switching over from the White Walkers of the "Game of Thrones" finale to the vampires and werewolves of the "True Blood" premiere has been harder than I expected. I mean seriously, I'm fond of Sookie (Anna Paquin), Tara (Rutina Wesley) and Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis), and the eye candy that is Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) and Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) sends my female pulses a pounding, but "True Blood" lost its lustre last season and with winter and the White Walkers comin', it was easy to forget the goings on in Bon Temps.
But all that changed when I got the fifth season "True Blood" premiere screeners. After eagerly sucking them dry like a newbie at Fangtasia, I'm please to tell you the folks of Bon Temps have a host of interesting surprises coming up.
The most pressing question: what happens to Sookie's best friend Tara, last seen lying in a pool of fatal-looking blood on Sookie's kitchen floor? I could tell you but I'm pretty sure exceutive producer Alan Ball would come to my house and put me through some of the Vampire Authority's special torture techniques if I did.
All I can say is Sookie and Lafayette have to work together to deal with the aftermath of Tara's fate.
On other plot fronts, Bill and Eric quickly get into hot water with the all powerful Vampire Authority. And if you think Republicans and Democrats have differences, add blood sucking to the mix, and "True Blood" vampire politics are on a whole other level.
Terry Bellefleur (Todd Lowe) has trouble with someone from his past, Alcide (Joe Manganiello) is in trouble with his pack because he won't play nice in the werewolf dog park, we get some fascinating tidbits about Pam's (Kristin Bauer van Straten) life before Eric, and if that's not enough, Russell Edgington (Denis O'Hare) has escaped from his concrete tomb and is surely ready to get some payback from Bill, Eric and Sookie.
Alcide and his pack of werewolves continue to be underwhelming and take away valuable plot time from the main characters. And while I long for those hot and steamy days of Sookie and Bill in the sack, we get a small sexy morsel of Eric having steamy container ship sex with Nora (Lucy Griffiths) a woman from his past.
In addition to Griffiths, the former Maid Marian of the BBC's excellent production of "Robin Hood," also new to the cast is "Law & Order's" Christopher Meloni as Roman, the well dressed leader of The Authority.
So after 10 weeks of swords and sorcery, I'm ready for some fangs.
"True Blood's" fifth season premieres tonight at 9pm on HBO.
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