“True Blood”: What We Know Is Happening This Season

Hope everyone has already started planning their viewing party—Sunday night is the premiere of “True Blood” on HBO. I haven’t figured out what food I’m going to serve, but I know that for drinks, we’ll be having True Bloody Marys. I have very high hopes for season three of the show, especially after reading this week’s “TB”-themed issue of Entertainment Weekly, which is full of fleshy plot tidbits. After the jump the Cliffs Notes. And, uh, SPOILER ALERT.

  • Last season ended with Bill (Stephen Moyer) being kidnapped. Sookie (Anna Paquin) and Eric (Alexander Skarsgaard) set out to find him, with the help of newcomer Alcide (played by Joe Manganiello), a werewolf who owes Eric a favor because of a debt incurred by his father. Evidently, Eric has a big bone to pick with werewolves.
  • Sookie and Eric are already hot for each other after Sookie drank Eric’s blood last season. Now Alcide will get in on the sexual tension, too. “There’s definitely a love square going on,” says Maganiello.
  • The Queen of Louisiana (Evan Rachel Wood) is back, and the King of Mississippi (newcomer Denis O’Hare) is plotting to woo her to double his power, even though he’s married to a vampire dude named Talbot. One or more of them will get staked during the season.
  • Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll), the vampire Bill sired last season, is on her own with killing that trucker. The only one she’ll have to turn to is Pam (Kristin Bauer), Eric’s assistant.
  • Tara (Rutina Wesley) finds love again—maybe. While she’s mourning the death of Eggs, she meets the mysterious Franklin Mott (James Frain), a vampire detective who is investigating Bill.
  • Sam (Sam Trammell) finds his biological family and discovers that he has a shapeshifter younger brother.
  • Jason (Ryan Kwanten) has a new lady friend, who will turn out to be … yeah, we don’t know yet.
  • Oh, and Sookie will finally find out where her telepathic powers come from.

Good. Times.