Five seasons in, "True Blood" still has its loyal viewers enthralled. Besides the endless reinvention of new and old characters, campy flavor, satirical punch lines, and sizzling states of undress, the intricate plot lines keep fans engaged and anticipating every new season. Season 5 is only one third of the way through and already it's turning out to be another notable hit for one of HBO's most viewed series. Among the many reasons this latest season is so captivating, the five below are the most prevalent.
Pam's Softer Side
The greatest part about Pam is her lack of sentimentality and the dry sarcasm it comes attached to, but showing her softer side as Tara's maker is a novelty worth watching. It's a sentimental edge not present in her display of love and loyalty to Eric (although Eric did finally show his tender side when it came to the passing of his maker Godric in Season 2). Pam may not have known she had motherly instincts, but judging from her inclinations to save and guide Tara through her new existence as a vampire, one would say she is a natural.
Tara Joins the Dark Side.
Tara has, at times, not had the most engaging storylines, but being turned into a vampire after a shotgun blast to the head is certainly fascinating. While Tara had some trouble adjusting to her new place on the food chain (even trying to commit suicide via a tanning bed), she is coming around to her old sassy self. She is sure to make a fascinating addition to the vampire race once she overcomes her suicidal tendencies.
Sookie Lets Loose and Goes Wolf.
After all the trauma and near death adventures Sookie has endured, she finally gives herself a break by breaking into Gran's liqueur cabinet and throwing caution to the wind. Alcide and Sookie hook-up, which has been a long time coming, and although briefly shown in Episode 4, there is likely more to come. When it finally started, though, it was as satisfying as last season's Sookie and Eric, no-holds-barred action on the rug in Sookie's entryway.
Eric is Bad as Ever.
Now that Eric is back to his regular, cut-throat, sexathoning self and over the doe-eyed, love struck, Sookie's lap dog phase, viewers can go back to enjoying his remorseless naughtiness. Although the sister fornicating thread is slightly disturbing, Eric looks as good as ever in all his semi-shadowed, nude glory.
King Bill the Outlaw
The good vamp, bad vamp game has been played out ad nauseam on every modern vampire series, but when Bill found his edge and quit the southern gentleman act, he also piqued viewer interest. Bill behaving badly not only makes for more interesting storylines, but it also gives him a sexier edge. Although Bill loves Sookie unconditionally, his jealousy leads to statements like, "I don't think we give her the choice," when it comes to Sookie being the bait to help Bill and Eric find Russell Edgington.
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