‘True Blood’ Renewed For Season 5; Plot Details Revealed [Updated]

Published 4 years ago by , Updated September 17th, 2011 at 4:19 pm,

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Update (8/11): True Blood has officially been renewed for a fifth season. Look below for a press release regarding this announcement.

Love it or hate it, HBO’s hit vampire series True Blood shows no signs of slowing down – especially now that show creator Alan Ball announced today that he has just signed a new contract with HBO for another season.

Speaking at the True Blood panel for the summer Television Critics Association press tour, Ball laid to rest the rumors that fans have been spreading about True Blood coming to an end. Following True Blood season 2’s premiere, HBO quickly renewed the series for a third and fourth season. With that move, fans began to speculate whether or not season 4 would be his last.

Making his intentions clearer than ever, Ball stated, “I have no desire to leave. Doing the show is more fun than anything else I’ve ever done.”

Even though Ball’s contract renewal means that True Blood will almost certainly return for a fifth season, HBO has yet to officially announce its plans to renew the fan favorite series for another season. That being said, fans should take Balls announcement as a sign that the series will continue.

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To add fuel to the proverbial fire, Ball also revealed that the writers are already working on stories for True Blood season 5. While Ball wouldn’t go into much detail, he did say that one of the stories would include viewers seeing how one of the vampires was made.

Updated: HBO has officially renewed True Blood for a fifth season. Below you’ll find a press release of the announcement.

HBO has renewed the hit show TRUE BLOOD for a 12-episode fifth season, it was announced today by Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming.  Created by Alan Ball, the series will begin production of new episodes later this year in Los Angeles, with debut set for summer 2012.

“I am thrilled that TRUE BLOOD continues to enjoy a phenomenal reception from both subscribers and critics,” noted Lombardo.  “Alan Ball and his gifted team have devised the greatest thrill ride on TV.”

“I remain amazed and delighted by the enthusiasm of our viewers,” says Ball.  “I can’t imagine having more fun than this.”

Mixing romance, suspense, mystery and humor, the Emmy®-nominated show takes place at a time when vampires have come out of the coffin, and follows the on-and-off romance between waitress and part-faerie Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), who can hear people’s thoughts, and 173-year-old vampire Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer).  Series creator Alan Ball (creator of the Emmy®-winning HBO series “Six Feet Under”) is also an executive producer of the show, which is based on the bestselling Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris.

Following the disastrous third season, which was rampant with poor character arcs and a compete mishandling of the series’ ever-growing cast, fans were more than worried about what they might see as the fourth season began.

Fortunately, it appears that Ball has figured out how to perfectly handle the fantastical storylines and numerous cast members – but does that mean a fifth season will do the same?

burned russell edgington true blood season 5 True Blood Renewed For Season 5; Plot Details Revealed [Updated]Russell Edgington (Denis O’Hare) is already confirmed for True Blood season 5

As True Blood settles in its pseudo-soap opera nature, many fans are beginning to wonder whether the series has become too fantastical. With vampires, witches, gods, ghosts, shapeshifters, werewolves, werepanthers and fairies (phew!), the series, as it currently stands, is much more “grandiose” than when it humbly began.

Of course, that can be said for many series. As shows progress with age, the storylines and characters tend to grow – and it’s typical for them to lose some of the audience that originally trumpeted a premiere. With Ball only slightly basing each season of True Blood on the books, we’ll just have to wait and see how the series makes its transition into season 5.

If anything, we can at least look forward to Russell Edgington’s return, as Denis O’Hare has already stated that the producers intend to bring his character back at the beginning of the fifth season.


True Blood airs Sundays @9pm on HBO

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  1. i used to like sookie but as she jumped from bed to bed i lost interest. the only partnership i want to see is more bill and eric as they are brutal together, and given their history there’s so much potential for comedy from them as well. looking forward to Russell’s return, as he was the best villain so far. jessica’s my fav girl/vamp on the show, but my fav character is sam. He’s kickass. More sam in season 5! him and alcide would well together, as they both played parts in killing the pack master. That would be cool. so, overall, more bill and eric tagteam killing/punning, more jess and more sam.

    Please though, for the love of god, keep sookie out of other mens’ beds this season. I’d hate to see her catch something and walk around grimacing and itching her crotch all 12 episodes. jeez. . .

    • I agree, Eric and Bill make a fantastic team, both brutal and cunning, hope to see a lot more with those two working together. Sam is a boss, Alcide is a boss, yeah I could defiantly see a lot more work with those two haha. I honestly pictured Sookie going to Alcide sadly, my opinion, keep her with either bill or Eric no more jumping around just pick one and stick to. i love to hate Russell honestly, i would like to see Eric actually finding a way to kill him… just not yet More Russell, more Bill and Eric, more Same and Alcide!! less Sookie (Jason would make a boss vamp, just going off the ending of season 4 here)

    • It’s obvious you guys never read the books. It’s called a love triangle sookie is always with either bill or erik in the books. She doesn’t jump from guy to guy. She’s only been with two in the show. That was a very crude thing to say about her crotch. And actually in the books she is only bills in the first book. She has always belonged with erik in the books and she is with him in all the others. He loves and protects her too.

  2. I LOVE TRUE BLOOD!! Its a great and entertaining series. I would love to see more of Sookie and Bill thogether. They are both my favourite characters. But over all its a great series which is definately worth watching!! :) :) :)

    • Couldn’t agree more!! Bill & Sookie are soulmates!!


  3. ok honestly im going to grab the first book right now but erik is sooooo sexy <3 and she should deff. be with him

  4. Season 4 was terrible. Nothing like the book. Way to much witch and voodoo stuff. Eric and Sookie are suppose to have a wild deep relationship that did not come across in the series. I hope to see a better story line in season 5. One that follows the book more.

      • do ya know no what erics real name is :)

    • i think season 4 was awesome

      • i enjoyed all the seasons,they just keep getting better…

  5. hi

  6. I totally love true blood. I am sooo addicted. Sad part is i only have seen season 4. I missed seasons 1 thru 3