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Following up on the recently released poster for the seventh and final season of True Blood, HBO has released some details about the first two episodes of the season, including the major threat that's headed for Bon Temps and a mention of who is searching for Eric. Spoilers ahead!
From the description for Season 7's premiere episode, "Jesus Gonna Be Here," it looks like a rogue of H-vamps (presumably, vampires with the hepatitis V virus) are looking for trouble at Bellefleur's. And there's a big plan in place...
A band of rogue H-vamps crashes the vampire-human mixer at Bellefleur’s, with shocking results. As Sookie (Anna Paquin) seeks refuge from accusations that she’s somehow to blame for the chaos in Bon Temps, the “one vampire for every human” plan moves forward. In the face of a vigilante insurrection led by redneck Vince (Brett Rickaby), Bill (Stephen Moyer) receives aid from an unexpected source.
I'm assuming that "one vampire for every human" is some kind of plot to even out the split between vampires and humans? If so, it sounds like a bad idea. Any time vampires talk about inching anywhere near the majority, they risk running out of food. If that's what the "one vampire for every human" plan involves, they might want to rethink it. But in terms of bringing horror and chaos to Bon Temps, that kind of effort could make for some suspenseful madness, whether it means turning a lot of humans to even out the population, or just killing them. It would explain some of the horrible images we saw in the trailer.
There's also the mention of Bill receiving aid from an unexpected source. Who could it be?
Speaking of Stephen Moyer, the actor also directed the first episode of the season, which was written by Angela Robinson.
And for those who want to know what's coming up after the Season 7 premiere, here's the description for Episode 2 of Season 7, "I Found You":
A trio of hostages taken in the Bellefleur’s attack looks to a familiar face as a possible liberator from the H-vamps. Sookie and Jason (Ryan Kwanten) visit the neighboring town of Saint Alice, where a young woman’s diary offers clues to the potential fate of Bon Temps. Spurned by Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis), a desperate Lettie Mae (Adina Porter) turns to Willa (Amelia Rose Blaire) to channel her family past. Vince whips his fellow vigilantes into a dangerous frenzy. Pam’s (Kristin Bauer van Straten) search for her maker leads her to a very familiar place.
Pam is searching for Eric! That should be of some (major) relief to those who've been wondering whether or not we'll be seeing Eric again anytime soon. At the very least, Pam is looking for him, and HBO's release notes that "Eric's ultimate fate remained a mystery" at the end of Season 6, so there's hope. We know from what True Blood showrunner Brian Buckner said last summer that Skarsgard will be back as a series regular. The last we saw of Eric, he was looking very exposed on a mountaintop, soaking in some sun, which isn't usually a good thing for vampires. So what happened to him and if he didn't turn to dust or explode into a pile of goop, where is he now? That remains a mystery
Here's who HBO has on the cast list for True Blood Season 7:
Anna Paquin - Sookie
Stephen Moyer - Bill
Sam Trammell - Sam
Ryan Kwanten - Jason
Rutina Wesley - Tara
Chris Bauer - Andy
Kristin Bauer van Straten - Pam
Amelia Rose Blaire - Willa
Lauren Bowles - Holly
Tara Buck - Ginger
Gregg Daniel - Rev. Daniels
Nelsan Ellis - Lafayette
Aaron Christian Howles - Rocky
Joe Manganiello - Alcide
Noah Matthews - Wade
Bailey Noble - Adilyn
Nathan Parsons - James (previously played by Luke Grimes)
Adina Porter - Lettie Mae
Carrie Preston - Arlene
Brett Rickaby - Vince
Jurnee Smollett-Bell - Nicole
Deborah Ann Woll - Jessica
Karolina Wydra - Violet
True Blood Season 7 premieres Sunday, June 22 on HBO. The DVD set for Season 6 arrives June 3.