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    Sookie (Anna Paquin) is the leading lady of "True Blood." A waitress at a local restaurant, Merlotte's, Sookie has the ability to hear people's thoughts (usually negative), which has proven problematic in forming relationships. Falling in love at first sight with Bill Compton, a vampire, Sookie is over the moon when she realizes she cannot hear his thoughts, providing her much needed peace. A relationship ensues, but by the end of Season 3, the two have split after Bill's true motives are seemingly revealed.
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    A true Southern gentleman and veteran of the Civil War, vampire Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) does his best to "mainstream" (drink the synthetic "True Blood" beverage rather than feast on the blood of humans), but trouble always finds him. Whether facing discrimination from humans who believe Bill should not be dating a human, waitress Sookie Stackhouse, or from vampires, who believe mainstreaming is the same as selling out, Bill always finds a way to balance the fine line between the vampire he is and the human he claims to love.
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    Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten) is Sookie's only sibling. Not the brightest bulb on the porch, Jason is famous for using his country boy charm to win over the ladies. Jason gets frustrated when he finds out all of the girls he fools around with are also vampire-loving "fang-bangers." Jason's prejudice against other-wordly creatures is challenged, however, when he falls for a werepanther named Crystal.
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    Eric Northman (Alexander Skaarsgard) holds a powerful role in the vampire world as the Sheriff of Area 5, which includes Bon Temps, La., where Bill and Sookie reside. More than 1000 years old, Eric was a Viking warrior during his human life; he is now the proprieter of a popular vampire bar in Shreveport, called Fangtasia. Eric, who is fascinated by Sookie, is constantly meddling in Bill and Sookie's affairs and often shows up in her erotic dreams.
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    Pam (Kristin Bauer) is Eric's loyal vampire assistant. She is a feisty vampire who helps carry out Eric's dirty work. The details of how Pam was made vampire have yet to be revealed, but she can often be heard speaking Swedish with Eric.
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    Sookie's best friends since childhood, Tara (Rutina Wesley), has been through the ringer on "True Blood." Raised by an abusive, alcoholic mother, Tara finally had a shot at love with the character "Eggs." It was not meant to be, however. Eggs was soon murdered and Tara falls in love again, with an abusive vampire. Having had enough of Bon Temps, Tara cuts her hair and is seen heading out of town at the end of Season 3.
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    Jack of all trades, aka Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis), is connected to almost all the characters on "True Blood." Not only is Lafayette Tara's cousin, but he works with her, Sookie, Sam and Arlene as a short-order cook at Merlotte's. He's also a drug dealer specializing in "V" (vampire blood), works on a road crew with Jason Stackhouse, and sometimes sells his body for money or "V."
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    Though he did not grow up in Bon Temps, Sam Merlotte (Sam Trammell), left, is treated pretty much like one of the locals thanks to the popular restaurant/bar he owns called Merlotte's, where Sookie, Tara, Arlene and Lafayette all work. Sam, who has the ability to change into other animals (a shapeshifter), prefers to copy the shape of his own dog. Having been given up for adoption as a baby and feeling like a "shifter" outcast his entire life, Sam is at first happy to find his biological parents and brother. When they turn out to be low-lifes, Sam takes on his rambunctious younger brother who seems to be always causing problems for Sam.
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    Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) was made vampire by Bill, as punishment to him for killing another vampire (which he did to save Sookie's life). Forced to take the life of a human and turn her into a vampire is a difficult decision for Bill. He feels enormous guilt but eventually gives in. Now Bill is Jessica's mentor and must teach her everything about being a vampire. While he does his best, teenage rebellion kicks in and Jessica finds it difficult to fight the urge to kill, finding lonely old men to feast on. Perhaps the love of a good human (the character Hoyt) will help her find her way.
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    Arlene (Carrie Preston) is a single mother who has the self-proclaimed "worst taste in men," including one who took it upon himself to kill all the "fang-bangers" in Bon Temps before he was killed. Most recently, however, she has hooked up with Iraq war veteran Terry (Todd Lowe), right, who seems sweet enough, despite odd behavior that seems to be the result of post traumatic stress disorder.
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    Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) shares face time with Eric (Alexander Skaarsgard), the Sheriff of Area 5, on "True Blood."
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    Eric (Alexander Skarsgard), left, and Pam (Kristin Bauer) are shown at Eric's vampire bar, Fangtasia, on "True Blood."
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