In its six years on TV, “True Blood” has taken viewers on a wild ride. From Maenad’s to witches to crazy anti-vampire humans; the poor townsfolk of Bon Temps have seen it all. But as the HBO show winds down with its seventh and final season, fans can expect the series to return to its roots – possibly reuniting Bill and Sookie.
WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD!
“In the final season, we’re telling a more personal story,” Executive Producer Brian Buckner teased TV Guide.. “We’re going back to the original promise of the show: Bill and Sookie. People are going to be very surprised about the way we get there. There’s romance, sadness and resolution.”
“True Blood” fans will remember that Bill and Sookie have had a rocky relationship – especially in the most recent seasons. While Bill was Sookie’s “first” and even proposed to her before getting kidnapped, their romance ended up deteriorating – leading Bill to push her into the arms of the crazed half-faerie, half-vampire Warlow in Season 6.
Thanks to Niall, Warlow was defeated before Sookie was forced to marry him. And in the end of Season 6, viewers found Sookie happily dating Alcide. However with the Hep-V vampires on the loose, Bill resurfaced in her life wanting to right his wrongs. The former God (Billith, if you may) offered Sookie protection, but both Sookie and Alcide denied his help.
A trailer for the upcoming season revealed that a blood bath will occur (courtesy of the Hep-V vampires) -- but will that be enough for Sookie to turn to her former lover for protection? It’s definitely possible. As Buckner dished, a “bloody barbecue with consequences” is on the horizon for the Season 7 premiere. And according to Sookie’s Anna Paquin, her character is going to need help getting out of some situations. However there is no denying that Alcide will do everything in his power to protect the blonde Bon Temp faerie.
“No matter where Sookie was, Alcide came running,” Joe Manganiello told TV Guide of his character. “That’s just the kind of guy he is. He’s a good, solid choice. But nobody stays happy for long in Bon Temps.”
While “True Blood” fans will have to wait and see who Sookie ends up with, Buckner teased that “there’s a profound lack of clothing” in the seventh and final season.
So, what can viewers expect other than Bill and Sookie drama, gore and sex? We’re breaking it down:
Episode 1 Synopsis
Episode 1, “Jesus Gonna Be Here,” is going to premiere on HBO on Sunday, June 22, at 9 p.m. EDT. According to the official synopsis, “a band of rogue H-vamps attacks Bon Temps.”
Episode 2 Synopsis
Episode 2, “I Found You,” will air on HBO on Sunday, June 29 at 9 p.m. EDT. According to the official synopsis, “Sookie and Jason visit an abandoned town in search of clues; Pam continues to search for Eric.”
E! News reported in early May that characters from previous seasons – dead or alive – will be showing up in Season 7 for “surprise cameos.” No actors have been confirmed, but we have our own wish list.
Season 7 will be featuring a couple of flashbacks to further explore the history of some of the characters. Through a flashback, viewers will meet Joe, Tara’s “scary, abusive drunk” father. Bill’s previous life as a human will also be explored via flashback, featuring his parents, wife and children.
“True Blood” fans will remember that Jason let Sarah Newlin run off at the end of Season 6. But that doesn’t mean the feisty blonde will stay off the radar. Sarah will be returning along with her family – her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Crabtree, and her “angry, bitter, gothed-out sister,” Amber.
Two new villains will be introduced in Season 7 – The Figure and Mr. Gus. The Figure is described by TV Line as “scary, hulking, ugly, mean and crafty -- like Leatherface or Jason Voorhees, but this guy talks.” Meanwhile, Mr. Gus is a Japan native out for revenge “who has fully embraced the ‘everything’s bigger in Texas’ way of living.”
The seventh and final season of “True Blood” will premiere on HBO on Sunday, June 22, at 9 p.m. EDT. What are you looking forward to seeing? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section or send a tweet to @AmandaTVScoop.