The BEST Episodes of True Blood

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jan 15, 2020

Network: HBO

True Blood is based on The Southern Vampire Mysteries series of novels by Charlaine Harris, detailing the co-existence of vampires and humans in Bon Temps, a fictional, small town in northwestern Louisiana. The series centers on the adventures of Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), a telepathic waitress with an otherworldly quality.

Save Yourself

#1 - Save Yourself

Season 5 - Episode 12 - Aired Aug 26, 2012

Eric makes one last attempt to thwart the Authority and save Bill from losing his humanity. Meanwhile, Alcide prepares for another battle with JD; Sam and Luna try to escape the Authority; and Andy deals with the fallout of a pact.

star 8.01
4,172 votes
Directors: Michael Lehmann
Writers: Alan Ball
Hopeless

#2 - Hopeless

Season 5 - Episode 6 - Aired Jul 15, 2012

The aftermath at the asylum leaves Sookie with an eerie sense of foreboding. At Fangtasia, Pam breaks up a vamp-girl fight, praising Tara for her tenacity. Lafayette visits Ruby Jean, who also received a disturbing message from Jesus. Fearing for his family’s safety, Terry blames his curse for his troubles with Arlene. Alcide challenges J.D.; Sam offers to help Andy investigate the recent shootings; Roman lays out his plans to take out Russell.

star 7.95
4,587 votes
Directors: Daniel Attias
Writers: Alan Ball
Cold Grey Light of Dawn

#3 - Cold Grey Light of Dawn

Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired Aug 7, 2011

With Marnie empowered by spirits of the dead, Bill issues an unpopular order to save vampires from the light. Eric embraces his amnesia; Luna discovers Sam’s not the man she thought he was; Lafayette expands his consciousness; Pam gets a body peel; Andy’s date with Holly doesn’t go as planned; Jessica has doubts about her future with Hoyt; Alcide and Debbie join a new pack.

star 7.95
5,247 votes
Directors: Michael Ruscio
Writers: Alexander Woo
And When I Die

#4 - And When I Die

Season 4 - Episode 12 - Aired Sep 11, 2011

The souls of the dead rise up in Bon Temps. Sookie makes some important associations. Jesus and Lafayette's connection is imperiled. Sam and Luna imagine a happy and perfect future. Sookie and Tara are confronted by Debbie.

star 7.94
5,961 votes
Directors: Scott Winant
Writers: Raelle Tucker
Everything Is Broken

#5 - Everything Is Broken

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Aug 15, 2010

The Vampire Rights Amendment is close to being ratified so Nan confronts Eric at Fangtasia about the whereabouts of the Magister. Russell vows revenge against all his vampire and human adversaries. Bill discovers the truth about Sookie's true identity. Unexpected help arrives as Jason goes up against Felton and Calvin. Arlene is overcome by a sense of futility about her future while Tara meets up with a new ally and with someone who caused her pain in the past. Sookie meets a new family member. Hoyt addresses his real feelings head on.

star 7.93
6,294 votes
Directors: Scott Winant
Writers: Alexander Woo
At Last

#6 - At Last

Season 6 - Episode 4 - Aired Jul 7, 2013

Sookie confronts her attraction to Ben; Eric battles Burrell's anti-vampire initiatives; Andy's daughters keep dangerous company; Sam and Nicole make a connection; Bill tasks Takahashi with synthesizing a new kind of blood.

star 7.92
3,664 votes
Writers: Alexander Woo
Let's Boot and Rally

#7 - Let's Boot and Rally

Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired Jul 8, 2012

With time running short, 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. Patrick Devins and Terry are held hostage in the bunker of their Iraq War buddy Brian Eller. Jason wakes to a disturbing dream; Jessica gives Tara advice on adjusting to vampire life; Sam visits Luna with bad news.

star 7.87
4,698 votes
Directors: Michael Lehmann
Writers: Angela Robinson
Sunset

#8 - Sunset

Season 5 - Episode 11 - Aired Aug 19, 2012

Sookie probes an ancient family secret with help from a faerie elder; Jessica is an unwilling participant in Bill's ongoing religious conversion; Alcide reconnects with his father; the military uses a video of Russell and Steve Newlin as ammunition; Sam and Luna hitch a ride into the Authority.

star 7.86
4,330 votes
Writers: Angela Robinson
Soul of Fire

#9 - Soul of Fire

Season 4 - Episode 11 - Aired Sep 4, 2011

It's up to Sookie and her powers to keep Bill, Eric and Pam from harm. While Jesus casts a spell, Lafayette is totally absorbed by the past. Sams gets even with Marcus and Alcide deals with Debbie head on. Andy's foray into the forest is filled with deep, overwhelming emotion.

star 7.85
5,660 votes
Directors: Michael Lehmann
Writers: Mark Hudis
Trouble

#10 - Trouble

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Jul 18, 2010

Alcide and Sookie turn to an alpha-wolf "packmaster" for advice on how to deal with Russell's minions. Tara considers a proposal from Franklin, who's completed his mission for Russell; Joe Lee breaks his promise to Sam and Tommy; Lafayette learns the meaning of patience from Jesus, his mother's orderly; Jason meets his match in a mysterious girl named Crystal. An heirloom reminds Eric of his past and his ongoing thirst for vengeance.

star 7.83
5,787 votes
Directors: Scott Winant
Writers: Nancy Oliver
Life Matters

#11 - Life Matters

Season 6 - Episode 9 - Aired Aug 11, 2013

Bill tries to get Warlow away from the faerie plain; Eric arrives at vamp camp; friends and family remember a fallen neighbor in Bon Temps; Bill feels the pull of Lilith's sirens.

star 7.82
3,554 votes
Directors: Romeo Tirone
Writers: Brian Buckner
Fuck the Pain Away

#12 - Fuck the Pain Away

Season 6 - Episode 5 - Aired Jul 14, 2013

Sookie asks Lafayette to summon her parents; Eric and Tara take drastic measures when Pam finds herself in dangerous territory; Sarah Newlin reconnects with Jason; Jessica seeks atonement.

star 7.82
3,621 votes
Directors: Michael Ruscio
Writers: Angela Robinson
Love Is to Die

#13 - Love Is to Die

Season 7 - Episode 9 - Aired Aug 17, 2014

Sookie retreats in confusion; Sam makes a choice; Jason exercises restraint; Eric faces a dilemma.

star 7.79
2,790 votes
Directors: Howard Deutch
Writers: Brian Buckner
Everybody Wants to Rule the World

#14 - Everybody Wants to Rule the World

Season 5 - Episode 9 - Aired Aug 5, 2012

The start of the vampire holy war is a cause for celebration for Salome and the Chancellors, but Eric may decide to go AWOL; Sookie learns more about her parents' death from a deceased relative; Andy and Jason investigate the rise in shifter murders; Alcide recalls his induction into the pack; Arlene is drawn into Terry and Patrick's strange journey; Steve Newlin gets a new pet.

star 7.79
4,624 votes
Directors: Daniel Attias
Writers: Raelle Tucker
New World In My View

#15 - New World In My View

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Aug 23, 2009

Sookie, Bill and Jason return to a Bon Temps turned upside down by Maryann. Lured to Merlotte’s by Arlene, Sam and Andy find cold comfort in their refuge from a group of bloodthirsty revelers. Bill discovers that traditional vampire techniques don’t work on Maryann; Hoyt and Jessica try to keep a lid on Maxine’s madness; and Sookie tries to push through the darkness consuming Tara. With all hell breaking loose, Jason takes the bull by the horns to rescue Sam, at least for the moment.

star 7.77
4,088 votes
Directors: Adam Davidson
Writers: Elisabeth Finch, Kate Barnow
Timebomb

#16 - Timebomb

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Aug 9, 2009

Sookie's captivity takes an unexpected turn; Sam makes a gruesome discovery at Merlotte's; Tara and Eggs eat a mysterious meal prepared by Maryann; Jason pays off his debt to Eric.

star 7.77
4,156 votes
Directors: John Dahl
Writers: Alexander Woo
Gone, Gone, Gone

#17 - Gone, Gone, Gone

Season 5 - Episode 10 - Aired Aug 12, 2012

With vampire-on-human attacks increasing, the Authority attempts to woo public favor. Meanwhile, Nora tries to convert Eric to Lilith’s gospel. Jason finds a mysterious scroll; Elijah, the new vampire sheriff of Area 5, pushes Pam and Tara to obey a new mandate; Sam and Luna search for Emma; Russell seeks a higher calling.

star 7.77
4,442 votes
Directors: Scott Winant
Writers: Alexander Woo
Somebody That I Used to Know

#18 - Somebody That I Used to Know

Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired Jul 29, 2012

The Authority revels in a new direction; Sookie and Jason visit the site of their parents’ deaths; Luna gets stuck on Sam.

star 7.76
4,555 votes
Directors: Stephen Moyer
Writers: Mark Hudis
Spellbound

#19 - Spellbound

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired Aug 14, 2011

Bill and Marnie get ready for an open confrontation. The King secures the loyalty of Sookie and Eric. Jason is conflicted emotionally. A spirit manipulates Lafayette for its own purposes. Sam must deal with Marcus who just happens to be Luna's ex.

star 7.76
5,514 votes
Directors: Dan Minahan
Writers: Alan Ball, Charlaine Harris
In the Beginning

#20 - In the Beginning

Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired Jul 22, 2012

Salome reveals her true allegiances while Bill and Eric get a powerful taste of sacred blood; Sookie to wonders what her life would be like without faerie powers; Sam sniffs out several shifter shooters; Hoyt finds camaraderie in a new group of friends; Alcide prepares for the worst in his face-off with J.D.; Andy attempts to reconnect with Bud; Lafayette finds an unlikely ally searching for Jesus’ body in Mexico; Lettie Mae pays Tara a visit; and Arlene takes a sentimental journey as her concerns towards Terry deepen.

star 7.75
4,552 votes
Directors: Michael Ruscio
Writers: Brian Buckner
Let's Get Out of Here

#21 - Let's Get Out of Here

Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired Aug 21, 2011

Sookie tries to figure out how to fit both Bill and Eric into her life. Lafayette needs Jesus' help to rid him of the spirit that has taken over. Alcide is called upon by Marcus to help render assistance. Opposing ideas bring Bill into direct conflict with Nan. Marnie secretly plans out the strategy for her next step against the vampires in spite of Tara and Holly's apprehension about the outcome.

star 7.75
5,461 votes
Directors: Romeo Tirone
Writers: Brian Buckner
Fresh Blood

#22 - Fresh Blood

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired Aug 29, 2010

Bill wants to earn back Sookie's trust but once again brings her close to danger. Eric tempts Russell with "ultimate vampire dream". Jason tries to comprehend what he's learned about Crystal. Sam alienates everyone but Tara. Jessica and Hoyt take their romance up a notch. Lafayette struggles with new demons.

star 7.75
5,622 votes
Directors: Daniel Minahan
Writers: Nancy Oliver
I Wish I Was the Moon

#23 - I Wish I Was the Moon

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Jul 31, 2011

Sookie searches for Jason under a full moon; Marnie connects with spirits of the past; Arlene and Terry cope with a suspicious inferno; Debbie urges Alcide to join a new werewolf community; Tommy trades places with Sam; Lafayette feels the spirit in Mexico; Eric surrenders to his King's will.

star 7.75
5,821 votes
Directors: Jeremy Podeswa
Writers: Alan Ball, Charlaine Harris
I Got a Right to Sing the Blues

#24 - I Got a Right to Sing the Blues

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Jul 25, 2010

Spurned by Eric, Sookie fears the worst for Bill, whose fate now lies in Lorena's hands. Fueled by a night of bloody passion, Tara executes a desperate plan to stave off Franklin's advances. In Bon Temps, Tommy finds it difficult to leave the family nest; Jessica gets her fix from a Merlotte's customer; and Jason's romance with Crystal hits a snag, as does Lafayette's with Jesus. After revealing his master plan to Eric, Russell pays a visit to Louisiana in order to start executing it.

star 7.74
6,136 votes
Directors: Michael Lehmann
Writers: Alan Ball
Evil Is Going On

#25 - Evil Is Going On

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired Sep 12, 2010

Eric plots his revenge against Russell; Sookie considers a new life without Bill; Tara discovers some surprising news about Sam; Jason finds a new calling; Lafayette turns to Jesus for help; Hoyt hopes for a future with Jessica.

star 7.74
6,028 votes
Writers: Alan Ball