True Blood Season 3: A Roll Call Of Who’s New

December 18, 2009 by  

bigger-photo-of-vampires_on_true_bloodSeason 3 of True Blood has now started shooting. However, Season 2 has left us with enough questions to ponder on until the show returns for Season 3 in 2010. For example, we are left wondering: Who took Bill? What is Sookie? Will Sam finally meet his real parents? What will happen to Jessica and Hoyt? Alan Ball has also assured fans that the Viking vampire, Eric Northman, will be a prominent character in Season 3 and apparently, he’ll be given loads of scenes with a new True Blood character, Yvetta, Fangtasia’s new Czechoslovakian dancer.

However, in spite of all these tantalizing tidbits, we won’t know the answers to our questions until Season 3 of True Blood returns in June. It’s certainly going to be a long wait. However, news has been forthcoming on new cast members who, in addition to vampires, will now include a vampire king, were-bikers, shapeshifters, werewolves and exotic dancers.

Readers of Charlaine Harris’ Southern Vampire Mysteries will be familiar with Alcide Heveraux. Alcide, a werewolf, will now be appearing in Season 3 of True Blood and he will be played by none other than Joe Mangianello, ending months of speculation among die-hard True Blood fans. Alcide is one of the most anticipated new roles in Season 3 of True Blood. He will apparently become Sookie’s new love interest later in the series.

The new cast of vampires expands to include the vampire king Russell Edgington. Readers of the Southern Vampire Mysteries will be familiar with Russell, the gay vampire king of Mississippi. He will be played by Denis O’Hare. Another new vampire joining True Blood is Talbot. He is Russell’s hunky, sarcastic boy-toy and will be played by Theo Alexander. Talbot is described as an “intensely beautiful male vampire [with] the buff good looks of an underwear model.”

Another vampire making an appearance in Season 3 is Franklin Mott, played by James Frain. Franklin will be replacing Eggs as Tara’s new main squeeze. He is described as “sexy, sexy, sexy, sexy.” But let us not forget our favorite vampiress, Pam, played by Kristin Bauer. Formerly a recurring member of True Blood’s cast, Bauer’s role as vampire Pam has been upgraded to regular status. Fans of vampire Pam are undoubtedly cheering at this latest news.

The number of shapeshifters in True Blood has also expanded in Bon Temps. In addition to Sam Merlotte (Sam Trammell), we will now be seeing Sam’s brother, Tommy, played by Marshall Allman, another shapeshifter in the Merlotte family.

In addition to Tommy, we’ll also be seeing Joe Lee, Coot and Melinda, all shapeshifters we believe though not to sure yet about Joe Lee played by Cooper Huckabee, Sam Merlotte’s father. Melinda, shapeshifter and Sam’s mother, is played by J Smith-Cameron. Coot, a hunky werewolf biker and leader of the were-bikers, is played by Australian actor, Grant Bowler.

Lest we forget the humans, new additions to the True Blood cast include Shannon Lucio, Alfre Woodard and Gregg Daniel. Shannon will be playing Vampire Bill’s Civil War wife, who he was forced to leave behind after he was turned into a vampire. Alfre Woodard, formerly of Desperate Housewives, will be playing Lafayette’s mother. Meanwhile, Gregg Daniel will be playing Reverend Daniels, the church pastor who counsels Lettie Mae, Tara’s mother. Yvetta, Eric Northman’s new dancer at Fangtasia, will be played by Natasha Alam (The Bold and the Beautiful) who is definitely going to catch the viking vampire‘s eyes as they will have some steamy moments with each other.

With its expanded cast of fascinating, dangerous and libidinous vampires and werewolves, Season 3 promises to continue feeding our obsession with True Blood, delivering to us a Southern Gothic world steamier than the Louisiana climate.


Picture credit: HBO Inc.

  • Bobbie Jo

    I agree with Flowerbite. I like no I love True Blood but there are some things that should remain the same like the genetics of the shapeshifters. Only the first born of a shapeshifter couple is a shapeshifter. Now if there is two different fathers and they are only half brothers that would be possible because it is the first born of any given were or shapeshifter couple. Gosh I have read the books way too many times….lol. I have in fact been alternating rereading the books and watching season 1 and 2 since season 2 last year so I have pretty much memorized the books….lol. Well I don’t quite have the new one memorized since I just finished it for the first time. I wish they would have Pam mor like she is in the books as well. But other than that I love the way Alan Ball does the show.

  • FlowerBite

    Sam has a shapeshifter brother? He had better be HALF brother or TWIN brother because I’m already getting really tired of them changing the rules in the Sookieverse. Only the first born child to 2 pure shifters (of any kind) can be a shifter. >_<

  • Yvonne K

    nim says:
    December 19, 2009 at 4:36 am

    Eric’s dancer can’t be Czechoslovakian. That country not exist any more, it separated to the Czech Republic and Slovakia in 1992, so I guess she’s Czech.

    If she’s a vampire it would probably mean that she’s very old which means she was from there before 1992 no? So I don’t see the need to pick stupidities like that out just to show everyone how smart you think you are.

  • Stuart

    Can’t wait for season 3 coz i love Desperate Housewives, Ugly Betty and One Tree Hill and the amazing actors from them shows now on TB is …. I’m over the moon. I personally think that this years casting has been on the spot. Did you know that the actor who played Eggs in Season 2 played Alfre Woodard’s character’s son in season 2 of desperate housewives! also when are they gonna cast Debbie Pelt? she seems to be the last one to be cast in the first casting call.

  • nim

    Eric’s dancer can’t be Czechoslovakian. That country not exist any more, it separated to the Czech Republic and Slovakia in 1992, so I guess she’s Czech.

  • Mona_Lisa

    The addition of all these new characters is a bit troublesome. I realize that Sookie’s life in Harris’ books is forever changing and it’s good to keep things fresh but I fell in love with this show because of the chemistry between Bill and Sookie. If Ball follows Harris’ lead and we lose that relationship it will break my heart.

  • vil4real

    My brother and some friends talked me into watching Tru Blood, because I had no interest in seeing it at all. So after they finally convinced me I started watching it at the beginning of season 2, so I was a little backwards. I also had On Demand so I watched the entire season in two days (I didn’t want to stop that first night but I had to get some sleep). Honestly, I was hooked after watching the first two episodes, it wasn’t until the last couple of episodes, which I renamed “Children of the Corn,” that I became a little disappointed in the story line. I was okay with how they finally killed the Mary Ann demon chick, but I was very disappointed with the shaky Mary Ann taking over the town and possessing the town’s people into sex orgies. I was scared for a minute and I started to think that the series was going to turn out like Heroes did; good in the beginning and very disappointing at the end. Needless to say I was tremendously ecstatic when Mary Ann was tricked by Sookie, Vampire Bill and Sam, with a clever shift shaping trick, and I was equally happy as hell that, that story line was over. Yeah, back to mind readers, shift shaper and bloodsucking vampires… or not (I wonder what Tru Blook taste like… cherry soda…uhm). So when the show ended with Bill being kidnapped and Sookie ready to wed the dead, I was immensely disappointed that it was over. But just when I thought my Tru Blood withdrawals were about to bite me in the neck, my brother suggested I rent the first season, so I did. And OMG, OMG, wow, it blew me away. Incredible! I’m actually sorry I didn’t listen to my brother that first season and start watching the show. The writing is so raw and believable. I love Lafayette, Tara, Sookie, Gramps and Jason, my five favorites from the first season. Gramps was so warm and sweet, she made me nostalgic for my Grandmother that passed in 2001. I was so upset when she died (I can kill that damn Renee, if he wasn’t already dead). As for Lafaette, Tara and Jason, who ever writes for them all I got to say is DAMN! Everything that came out of there mouths were believable. I wanted to go to Louisiana look for Merlotte’s and go have a beer, Tru Blood an Aid burger and talk to some dead people, with garlic on my neck, of course, but talk to them. As for Sookie, I began to understand why she was turning into a Hostess Ho Ho in season 2 with the Eric dreams and what not. She was a frustrated virgin in season one until Bill came along and she didn’t care if people accepted him or not, she loved him anyway. All I have to say in closing is that I was pretty damn mad when I finished that last episode of season one, b/c now I have a long winter and spring with no Tru Blood to cuddle up to. I guess I can always watch season 2 again… Naw, I’ll think I’m gonna re-rent season one or buy it. Oh yeah, I can’t wait for season 3, and please, please don’t mess it up!