With season seven already confirmed as being its last, what can we expect from the penultimate run of HBO’s vampire drama True Blood? (WARNING: Contains mild spoilers.)
Season five finished with Eric staking Russell Edgington and Bill drinking Lilith’s blood and rising again. Here are five things to watch out for over the course of the next ten episodes.
1. Who dies?
Season six has been promoted with the ominous tag-line “No one lives for ever.” We can expect to see a significant cull of not one but several secondary characters – and, possibly, one of the principal ones – from an ensemble cast which has become increasingly crowded over the past few years.
2. Back to basics
In recent seasons the True Blood universe has expanded to include maenads, werewolves, witches and faeries. Season six sees the narrative focus return to the vampires and their uneasy relationship with humans.
3. New and returning characters
We will finally see Warlow, the vampire who killed Sookie and Jason’s parents. He will play a major role throughout the season, and in particular in Sookie’s life.
Louisiana Governor Truman Burrell and the returning Sarah Newlin (wife of Revered Steve) will also have significant parts to play as the human population reasserts itself against the vampires.
And watch out for Rutger Hauer in a recurring role as Niall Brigant, Sookie’s faery grandfather.
Having been introduced in the pilot episode as the key which enabled vampires to come out of the coffin and co-exist openly alongside humans, TruBlood will play a key role in changing the nature of that relationship again over the course of the season.
5. A game-changing finale
As in the series’ first year, part of the finale serves as a prequel to next year’s seventh and final season. Expect some fundamental changes which will effectively reboot the lives and relationships of the people of Bon Temps.
Dying for more? Then sink your fangs into this teaser preview …
True Blood season 6 premieres on Fox on Monday September 30 at 10pm.
This preview was originally posted on Metro.co.uk.