Once Were Women: The Kick-Ass Female Vampires of True Blood

March 4, 2010 by  

I love Sookie: she’s smart, brave, and kills evil guys with spades (way cool), but in this article I want to take a look at some of True Blood’s other women … er …well, once were women anyway.

I’m talking about the female vampires of True Blood: Pam, Lorena, Jessica, and Nan.  They are quickly becoming some of our favorite fictional vampire ladies.

Pam Ravenscroft
Pam is Eric Northman’s number one hench-vampire and helps him run the Shreveport vampire bar, Fangtasia. Eric turned Pam about 100 years ago or so, and, to her everlasting joy, freed her from the strictures of Victorian propriety. Pam never looked back.

Pam is a no-nonsense, smart-talking, cynical, world-weary, sort of gangster’s moll type of girl. In a film noir movie she’d be the hooker with heart of gold, but neither hooker nor the heart really apply to Pam, do they?

Though she didn’t get a lot of screen time in Seasons 1 and 2 of True Blood,  word is Pam will be a regular in Season 3.

Lorena is Bill Compton’s maker,  snatching Bill from his family in 1868 and led him on a 70-year blood soaked frenzy until he forced her to release him.

Lorena is a femme fatale: beautiful, sexually dominating, vengeful and dangerous, but underneath all that she is co-dependent and so very lonely (not to mention as nutty as a fruit bat). She uses her immortality to seek out a perfect man and then enslaves him.

Lorena appeared only once in Season 1, but re-appeared in a number of Season 2 episodes just to torture Bill some more, all in the name of love. The big question of Season 3 is whether she will get her comeuppance.

Jessica Hamby
Jessica is the sweet, virginal, home-schooled girl who, like Persephone, is dragged down into the underworld to be turned into a vampire against her will. (Not that I’m saying that Bill turned Persephone – at least not that I know of.)

Jessica is transformed by the change in more ways than one. Just like Pam, Jessica is freed from suffocating societal strictures and becomes a teenage vampire rebel without a cause. Just like all teenagers, she seeks an identity separate from her parents, both human and vampire, and we go along for the tempestuous ride.

Introduced as a guest character in the latter part of Season 1, Jessica stole the heart of the True Blood writers and became a regular in Season 2. In Season 2 she got to explore her sexuality, test her boundaries, and get into a whole lot of trouble by the final episode. We are all on tenterhooks waiting to find out what Season 3 has in store for little Jess.

Nan Flanagan
Nan is the first female vampire we meet in True Blood. In Season 1 we see her as the talking head for the American Vampire League (AVL). In Season 2 she is revealed as a much more powerful figure when she knocks heads together after the FoTS debacle.

We don’t know much about Nan. In public she is the acceptable face of vampire society – all professional lines and cool colors. In private she is a kick-ass, black leather clad enforcer who can even face down Eric with a withering glance.

And, no, I didn’t forget Dianne who we met so briefly in Season 1. I do wish she’d return in a flashback – she is such a deliciously mean girl.

(Photo credits:  HBO Inc.)

  • Thanks Patty for this article! We do tend to forget our wonderful women of True Blood and what makes them tick.

    Good on you from a fellow Aussie!

  • jay

    we can also include queen sophie ann

  • Antonio

    This is a great article! Its nice to see 1 about the hot gals of TB for a change! Sookie is cool but she is not a vampire.
    I hope to see more sexy Female vampires and other supes on the show in the next seasons! I agree with the assesment that these TB gals can and do kick butt! Sookie is No pushover and not “helpless” either. Bella Swann all but fell apart without her guy in New Moon. I’m sure that Sookie will be much better at handling her separation from Bill and fending off Eric…We’ll see! 🙂

  • jaxx

    Female vamps rock. Can’t wait to see more of them in S3. Have to admit Pam is my favorite.

  • amber

    You totally forgot about Isabel. The first Hispanic female vampire may I add. With Godric gone, she’s probably the sheriff of Dallas.

    • Patty

      Good point, Amber. Maybe we’ll be lucky and get to see Isabel again.

  • Gabrielle

    Hey, isn’t Dianne sorta dead?? Her and the two other males we meet in season 1 that she was hanging with were in their coffins when some idiots set their house on fire. And what was left over of three vampire bodies in three coffins were liquid bloody goo.

    • Patty

      Dead in present day – but she could return in a flashback to Bill’s past. I wish she would!

  • Adam Pender

    In the article it says that Lorena turned Bill in 1868, but before Bill says he was on his way home from the Civil War. That would have put it in 1865or is there something I am missing?

    • Patty

      Hi Adam – eek! It’s a book vs TV series confusion. In the books Bill is turned after the Civil War in 1868 and in the TV series it at the end of the war in 1865. Forgive me – I’m an Aussie. American Civil War history not my thing.