Sunday Tribune

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IN THE swamps of Louisiana the creatures are stirring once again… It’s October, Halloween is around the corner and what better time for the second season of True Blood to make its debut (M-Net, Tuesday, 9.30pm). The successful vampire TV series, based on the Southern Vampire Mysteries novels by Charlaine Harris, was an absolute hit last season, winning a Golden Globe for Best Actress and a nomination for Best Drama Series, and its reappearan­ce on the small screen has been much anticipate­d.

In the world of True Blood, vampires have come out of the dark and are now living among humans peacefully, at least in theory. With the creation of the synthetic blood called Tru Blood vamps are now off the vein and on the bottle, but, despite that, are still being treated with suspicion and, occasional­ly, the clichéd blazing torches and stakes.

But this paranoia might be well-deserved, as not all the vamps are following the new, human-bloodfree way, preferring to get their food straight from the source.

Sookie Stackhouse, played by Anna Paquin, is the star of the show with her toothy grin, golden hair and sunshiny outlook on life. She accepts the vampires into society without blinking an eye, but then she’s not exactly normal herself. While serving beers at the local bar, owned by her shapeshift­ing friend Sam Merlotte (Sam Trammell), she plasters a perky smile on her face as she tries to hide the fact she can hear every dirty little thought running through her customers’ heads – thanks to her telepathic skills.

Then one day the new local vampire Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) walks into her life and she finally finds silence as he has no brainwaves. He orders a bottle of Tru Blood from a newly smitten Sookie and gets more than he expected when an instant connection is formed. So begins the love story of Bill and Sookie, with much heavy breathing.

This season Bill and Sookie are still living up to the 18 age restrictio­n, but someone from Bill’s past is coming to town and it spells trouble for the happy couple.

Eric (Alexander Skarsgard), local sheriff, friend of the vampires and owner of Fangtasia, a favourite haunt for vamps and “fang-bangers”, hires Sookie to find a missing vampire, while the vampire blood (V) drug-dealing Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis), is back to his illegal ways and getting more involved with the seedy side of vampire society than is safe.

Jason (Ryan Kwanten), Sookie’s brother, has left his man-whore ways behind him and joined the Fellowship of the Sun, a religious anti-vampire movement. Now he has to have family dinners with his sister and her undead boyfriend – a whole new kind of awkward.

Tara Sookie’s tough best friend was kicked out on the street and after being arrested for drink driving was taken in by the kind Maryann Forester, a social worker who is a little too good to be true.

This season will be all about the ins and outs of vampire society as we are introduced to the public face of the American Vampire League. This season is set to be sexier, edgier and more disturbing than the last, expanding on the themes of religious fanaticism and human prejudice, while keeping us entertaine­d with a bloody good story. Strictly not for kids.

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