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True Blood Premieres Suffering From Character Bloat (watch!)

Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer and Alexander Skarsgard anchor a new season for HBO's True Blood.

Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer and Alexander Skarsgard anchor a new season for HBO’s True Blood.

Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer and Alexander Skarsgard are still anchoring the hit HBO series “True Blood,” but if the show’s premiere seemed like a blur because of all the characters, it was. Sometimes there is just too much of a good thing.

The epic series started out as a story about the interaction of humans and vampires in the Louisiana bayou.

It was an intense dance macabre marked by an uneasy coexistence between blood-thirsty immortals and the merely mortal, thanks to the creation of synthetic blood (by the Japanese, of course). That allowed vampires to stop feeding on humans and reveal themselves.

But then faeries, witches, warlocks, shape shifters and creatures called “maenads,” after Greek mythology, had to get involved. What’s next ghost and gobblins? Oh… some of them have popped up, too.

The new Season Six will be more action-packed than ever because the show has been scaled back to 10 episodes from the usual 12. When you have as many plot lines as this show, that’s not necessarily a good thing.

The stories will be just as big, only the time to develop them is shrinking.

Needless to say, Episode One had a lot going on. You may recall, at the end of Season Five, vampire Bill Compton (Moyer) had just sipped first vampire, Lilith’s blood, triggering a bloody rebirth. But now he looks like he’s gone over to the dark side.

One thing is certain, no one is safe in Bon Temps. Bill is now a vampire/god with terrible new power. He has the ability to start fires with his burning stare. He shows off by promptly torching the Authority building.

Eric, Sookie, Pam, Jessica, Tara, Nora and Jason pile into an SUV and head for Bon Temps until they hear Louisiana Gov. Truman Burrell (Arliss Howard) declare a Nazi-style pogrom against vampires.

His order imposing a statewide vampire curfew, shuttering all vampire businesses and encouraging humans to buy guns may be good politics, but it doesn’t bode will for peace and tranquility in the Bayou state.

Jason has gone off half-cocked as usual because Warlow, who was made by Lilith and is one of the oldest vampires, killed his parents. Only Sookie has the power to stop him from blasting vamps with wooden bullets. But he’s still miffed and goes his own way.

New cast member Rutger Hauer, (did we need another?) who was absolutely chilling in “Blade Runner,” pops up when he offers to give Sookie’s brother a ride home. No clue yet as to exactly where he’ll fit in, but he seems to know Bon Temps well, especially the Stackhouse family.

Meanwhile, the internecine struggle among vampires rages on with Bill 2.0 flexing his new-found powers. Jessica has been under Bill’s thumb ever since he “made” her. Now Bill has plans for her and Sookie agrees to go with her to Compton Manor. A nasty showdown follows with a surprise twist. (No spoiler alert here). Let’s just say Jess is still in evil Bill’s grip, but Sookie is done with him.

Sookie also wants nothing to do with Eric, despite his best efforts. But Nora has big plans for Sookie, like using her to destroy Bill. But the reincarnated vampire has needs of his own, and asks Jess to help him keep all of his new power from going to his head. She’s not sure she can trust him, but doesn’t seem to have a choice.

Oh yes… Alcide is the new Shreveport packmaster and enjoys his new position by watching a little girl-on-girl action between Rikki and Danielle. But Rikki spoils the party with a fit of jealousy. Sam and Emma are in hiding now that Luna’s dead.

So there you have it in a very large nut shell. Stay tuned for Episode Two and follow TheImproper on Twitter for all the latest True Blood updates.


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