'True Blood' Season Four Promo; Episode One Plot Synopsis

The last two seasons of True Blood haven’t exactly blown my mind – season two’s Maryann-centric storyline was depressingly bad – but the show has been consistently entertaining and there were even moments of true greatness (Russell Edgington’s hilarious televised speech comes to mind).

Regardless, True Blood is still one of the more highly anticipated television shows of the summer season. Today, we have the first official promo for season four as well as a synopsis of the first episode, entitled “She’s Not There.”

First, the promo. I wish I could tell you that there was something especially exciting in this thing. Alas, it’s literally just a bunch of silent floating heads making various facial expressions over moody music. No more, no less. We see all the main characters from the past three seasons of True Blood, including Sookie, Bill, Eric, Sam, Jason, Tara, Pam, Jessica, and LaFayette, and the only thing worthy of note about any of them is – I don’t know – they have better makeup? And hair?

Check out the promo below:

So, there’s absolutely no plot information to glean from the promo. (Sad face.) But that's okay, because we also have the official plot synopsis for season four's first episode, “She’s Not There.” (Somewhat happy face.)

Check it out below:

Sookie journeys away from Bon Temps; Eric and Bill try to win back the human public; Jason learns that no good deed goes unpunished; Tara finds refuge in close quarters; Sam bonds with his own; Hoyt and Jessica debate the dinner menu; Jesus urges Lafayette to join a coven; Terry tries to alleviate Arlene’s fears about the baby.

One assumes that Sookie’s “journey away from Bom Temps” – as well as the title “She’s Not There” – refers to the fact that (POSSIBLE SEASON 3 SPOILER ALERT!) she teleported away to a magical fairyland at the end of last season's finale. Indeed, in season 3, we were made aware that while Sookie is mostly human, she also has some percentage of fairy inside her. Hence her strange ability to read minds, shoot energy bolts out of her hands (or whatever those are), and move objects telekinetically.

We know from previous interviews with Alan Ball, the show’s creator, as well as the casting of Fiona Shaw (Aunt Petunia from Harry Potter) as “a depressed and incompetent local medium/palm reader who becomes possessed by the spirit of a powerful witch,” that season four’s storyline will involve witches – at least in part. The good news is that Dennis O’Hare, the actor who played the awesome Russell Edgington, might be making his return as well. Boy, I hope so.

The season four premiere of True Blood airs at HBO on June 26th.

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