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True Blood 7 Seasons 2012

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Season 5
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4.6 out of 5 stars (2,318) IMDb 8/10

See all 12 episodes from the thrilling Season 5 of 'True Blood,' plus behind-the-scenes specials and more!

Starring:
Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer
Original air date:
June 18, 2012

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Season 5
1. Turn! Turn! Turn!

Season 5 Premiere. Sookie and Lafayette struggle with what to do about Tara; Bill and Eric are visited by the Vampire Authority; Terry's PTSD is reignited; Alcide warns Sookie about the recently resurfaced Russell Edgington.

CC TV-MA June 10, 2012 52 minutes
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2. Authority Always Wins

Tara resurfaces in Bon Temps. Bill and Eric meet Salome. Pam recalls her human life, and her first encounter with Eric. Werewolves J.D. and Rikki pay tribute to Marcus, but Alcide refuses to participate or to take his rightful place as the new packmaster.

CC TV-MA June 17, 2012 55 minutes
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3. Whatever I Am, You Made Me

Bill and Eric barter for their lives. Salome and Roman enlist Steve Newlin to be the friendly face of vampirism in the face of Russell's return. After Tara bolts, Sookie goes to Fangtasia for help. Andy's dalliance with Holly comes back to bite him.

CC TV-MA June 24, 2012 59 minutes
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4. We'll Meet Again

Eric and Bill have doubts they will survive the search for Russell. Sookie opens up to Alcide. Lafayette unwittingly puts Sookie's life in danger. Roman and Salome continue their interrogation of Nora--and find a possible traitor within the Council.

CC TV-MA July 1, 2012 56 minutes
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5. Let's Boot and Rally

Bill and Eric enlist Sookie to probe for clues on Russell's hiding place. Unable to deal with the demon magic inside him, Lafayette calls out to Jesus' spirit for help. Jason wakes to a disturbing dream; Jessica advises Tara on adjusting to vampire life.

CC TV-MA July 8, 2012 47 minutes
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6. Hopeless

The aftermath at the asylum leaves Sookie with an eerie sense of foreboding. At Fangtasia, Pam breaks up a vamp-girl fight. Lafayette visits Ruby Jean. Alcide challenges JD; Roman lays out his plans to take out Russell.

CC TV-MA July 15, 2012 51 minutes
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7. In the Beginning

Salome reveals her true allegiances; Sam sniffs out several shifter shooters; Hoyt finds new friends; Alcide prepares to face-off with J.D.; Andy attempts to reconnect with Bud; Lafayette finds an unlikely ally; and Arlene takes a sentimental journey.

CC TV-MA July 22, 2012 57 minutes
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8. Somebody That I Used to Know

At the Authority, the Chancellors revel in the afterglow of Lilith-induced carnage; Sookie and Jason visit the site of their parents' deaths, with shocking results; Lafayette leads a seance; J.D. ups the stakes of his fight with Alcide.

CC TV-MA July 29, 2012 53 minutes
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9. Everybody Wants to Rule the World

As the Authority proceeds with Lilith's plan, Eric plots his escape. Gran directs Sookie to a clue to her parents' murderer. Andy and Jason search for leads to the identities of the people behind the shifter killings. Alcide recalls his pack induction.

CC TV-MA August 5, 2012 57 minutes
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10. Gone, Gone, Gone

Bill spins rising vampire violence in the Authority's favor. Meanwhile, Nora tries to convert Eric to Lilith's gospel; Jason finds a mysterious scroll; and new Vampire Sheriff of Area 5 Elijah pushes Pam and Tara to obey a new mandate.

CC TV-MA August 12, 2012 48 minutes
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11. Sunset

Bill slips further into religious fervor; the military delivers an ultimatum to the Authority. Claude and Maurella take Sookie to meet the faerie Elder, who may know something about an ancient family secret. Alcide reconnects with his father.

CC TV-MA August 19, 2012 50 minutes
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12. Save Yourself

Season Five finale. Eric embarks on a final, desperate mission to overthrow the Authority--and save Bill from losing his humanity. Andy faces the conSequences of a Light Pact he made; Alcide readies for a second showdown with J.D.

CC TV-MA August 26, 2012 53 minutes
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101. True Blood: Season 4 Recap

Get the lowdown on the spooky witchery involving Sookie Stackhouse and company in the thrilling Season 4 of 'True Blood.'

CC TV-MA May 28, 2012 3 minutes
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102. True Blood: The Authority. The First. The Last. The Eternal

Explore the theological side of 'True Blood' in this look at the Vampire Authority with Season 5 co-star Christopher Meloni and others.

CC TV-14 June 18, 2012 5 minutes
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The Bon Temps gang returns for the fifth season of HBO's "True Blood". I am a colossal fan of the show, having seen every episode since the pilot. Like every show, "True Blood" has had a few ups and downs in terms of writing. Seasons one and two were the show at its best, in my opinion. Season three was a lot of fun, but suffered from cluttered storylines and tonal problems. But, season four -- although it still can't top season one or two -- was a solid return to form (and I can't understand the bashing it regularly receives on here from other fans).

So, how does season five compare? I found this year to be even better than the last; the most compelling reason for this is the fundamental shaking up of all things comfortable and familiar on the show. All of the close relationships have been compromised or changed or they've grown apart: Sookie/Bill/Eric, Sookie/Tara, Pam/Eric, Jason/Hoyt, Tara/Lafayette, etc. This was the year of the Break Up (friendships as well as romances). But, the interesting thing is how this made way for all sorts of new and compelling bonds to form: Bill/Eric, Pam/Tara, Jason/Jessica.

Season five was definitely a game-changer (probably because it was creator Alan Ball's farewell season). There isn't even a clear-cut Big Bad this year. The villain could be seen as The Authority and through our infiltration of the system this year, we get the sense of just how ambiguous the concepts of right and wrong, good and bad really are to the vampires of the True Blood 'verse. The most compelling part about this story is finally getting to see the inner workings of the Authority and how fundamentally it changes both Bill and Eric (especially toward the latter half of the season). The members of the Authority themselves, though, are a mixed bag.
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I've been a fan of True Blood since the beginning, but this past season has begun to test my loyalty. The seasonal villain is too far-fetched. I know the characters are vampires, but it would be nice to see even one of them maintain a successful relationship. If this keeps up, we're going to need a flow chart just to keep up with who is sleeping with whom and who is now a vampire and who is still human. I still have hopes for the new season, but I'm only cautiously optimistic.
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True Blood started as everyone saying you have to see this and me grudgingly taking Season 1 from a friend. I now own all the seasons, know each character by name with background story and am humbly awaiting the release of season five. Its addicting, dont' say I didn't warn you
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Season 5 of the fantastic HBO series True Blood follows quickly on the heels of Season 4; Sookie has to think fast with a dead Tara in her arms while Bill and Eric are off trying to stake Russell Edgington for good.

In addition to simply furthering the plot, True Blood also raises the stakes to the highest level we have seen on this show. The majority of the season is spent in the underground lair of The Authority, the vampire governing body, and we are introduced to wonderful new characters like Roman and the dangerous Salome. The Authority initially vows to destroy Russell and the threat he poses to all the progress made in human-vampire relations.

As expected, things don't quite turn out the way they are supposed to - and this happens pretty early on. True Blood works best when it is operating within sheer insanity and Season 5 illustrates that beautifully. We get to see the demented fairy nightclub, a fiery Iraqi smoke demon, and an angry vampire goddess throughout the course of 12 episodes that literally fly by.

In addition to all the sheer chaos taking place, Season 5 maintains True Blood's status as a genuine horror TV show. This season is full of truly scary moments, especially because we the audience do not know how powerful these creatures are. How much of a threat can they pose to the characters we love? And what do we have to do to kill them?

What I like best about the season, however, is that it finally addresses the long-waiting issue of how the vampires should deal with their identity. Is mainstreaming a good idea? Is being accepted by society worth compromising who they are, or should they embrace their inherently brutal animalistic vampire selves?
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As a long time fan of True Blood, I can tell you in complete sincerity that season 5 adds to the series stellar reputation, while upping the ante unlike any of the previous seasons. Season 5 is multifaceted with many thrilling and thought-provoking themes, including the bizarre and skewed ideologies between the Authority and the mysterious Sanguinistas, anti-supernatural hate groups, Sookie's shrouded past, and the return of of one of the show's most memorable villains. This season keeps viewers on the edge of their seats by boldly diving into each character's psyche and revealing some of their twisted and surprising motives.

Season highlight: The final scene, which is arguably the most shocking cliffhanger in True Blood history

Fans of True Blood will absolutely love this season and devour every last drop. If you're new to True Blood, please quit reading this review and go purchase season 1 :)
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