True Blood Season 3: The Drama Continues

June 13, 2010 by  

Many readers on our site are familiar with Janie Logan as a regular writer for Janie recently had the fortunately opportunity to write an article regarding season 3 of True Blood for the well-known and respected website, Many thanks to Janie for allowing us to publish her article here in its entirety.

The V-ddiction continues this Sunday, June 13th, when HBO‘s hit series True Blood returns for its third season, offering plenty of fangtastic fun to sink your teeth into. And doesn’t it feel good to break out the vampire puns again?

(Minor spoilers ahead)

The premiere, entitled “Bad Blood,” resumes right where we left off in the Season 2 finale. The momentum quickly builds up and takes the characters off on different paths.

In the wake of Maryann’s (Michelle Forbes) destruction, the citizens of Bon Temps are trying to get back to normal life. For the majority of them, the wild orgies were blackouts they will never remember. Some people, however, are left with emotional wreckage that will take more time to heal.

After shooting Eggs (Mehcad Brooks) and allowing Andy (Chris Bauer) to cover for him, Jason (Ryan Kwanten) feels haunted by what he did. Tara (Rutina Wesley) is full of grief and rage over losing the first man who ever made her happy. To keep her from self-destructing, Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) must play the role of protective cousin, even though he has problems of his own to deal with, from his compulsory arrangement with Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) to sell vamp blood, to his demented mother, Ruby Jean (Alfre Woodard), in a mental care facility.

Sam (Sam Trammell) follows up on the information given to him by his adoptive parents and travels to Arkansas in search of his biological family. Hopeful that knowing where he came from will make him less ashamed of what he is, the reality seems to make him even more conflicted.

Bill (Stephen Moyer) was taken with silver before Sookie (Anna Paquin) could come back from the restroom to accept his marriage proposal. The circumstances surrounding his kidnapping are much more complicated than they seem at first. Over the first few episodes, it becomes clear that he has a very difficult road ahead.

In Bill‘s absence, Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) is confronted by the fact that she still has so much to learn about being a vampire. For advice, she turns to Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten), who teaches her lessons that Bill would most certainly take issue with as Jessica‘s Maker.

As for Sookie, she is at a loss of what to do with Bill missing. After first angrily accusing Eric of being responsible, she then tearfully enlists his help. She doesn’t trust him (and rightfully so given his manipulative deeds in the past), but she has no one else to ask. He agrees, mostly because she is valuable to him as a telepath and as a woman he wants to sleep with.

The intricate network of vampire politics is explored further when we meet Russell Edgington, the Vampire King of Mississippi (Denis O’Hare) and also see some familiar faces. The power dynamic between them all is fascinating. It can be chilling to see one as old and strong as Eric, usually so in control, waiver under authority higher than his.

And in the midst of it all, werewolves are making a bloody mess of things. They introduce a very dangerous element to the show because they have managed to stay hidden for so long, and they want to stay that way. It will take the ruggedly handsome Alcide Herveaux (Joe Manganiello) to protect Sookie as she ventures into that society.

Even with several separate storylines established, certain themes emerge connecting them together. Executive producer Alan Ball has commented that the theme of this season is identity–characters discovering who they are and what they’ll fight for. All of them have struggles ahead, and as they encounter new people in their lives, they need to question motives. After Rene and Maryann, who both seemed nice and then turned out to be villains, we–and, hopefully, the characters–have grown suspicious of strangers.

Nothing stays buried for long. Everyone is either seeking to uncover secrets, or to hide them. The inevitable consequences are looming over each of them because the truth can be harder to face than not knowing.

Lest you think you have already seen True Blood at it’s craziest, Season 3 is scarier and more twisted than ever before. It continues to push the limits of what can be done on television. And yet, it also continues to find that balance between darkness and comedy. The writers and the actors never forget that the story’s power is in the emotions, and it is for that main reason that the show returns as compelling as ever.

So what are you all most excited about seeing? Waiting sucks, but not for much longer.

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