The Best Episodes of True Blood

Last Updated: Nov 11, 2018

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

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 8.40
964 votes
Writers: Alan Ball
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At Last

#2 - At Last

Season 6 - Episode 4

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 8.24
1,463 votes
Writers: Alexander Woo
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Cold Grey Light of Dawn

#3 - Cold Grey Light of Dawn

Season 4 - Episode 7

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 8.21
837 votes
Directors: Michael Ruscio
Writers: Alexander Woo
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And When I Die

#4 - And When I Die

Season 4 - Episode 12

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 8.21
881 votes
Directors: Scott Winant
Writers: Raelle Tucker
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Hopeless

#5 - Hopeless

Season 5 - Episode 6

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 8.18
935 votes
Directors: Daniel Attias
Writers: Alan Ball
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I Will Rise Up

#6 - I Will Rise Up

Season 2 - Episode 9

A wounded Eric plays Sookie for a sucker, to Bill’s dismay, and ends up getting inside her head. Later, Sookie and Jason bond over their recent adventures. Blaming Eggs for Tara’s bruises and bizarre behavior, Lafayette and Lettie Mae try to figure out a way to pry their kin from Maryann’s clutches. Hoyt defends his relationship with Jessica to Maxine, to no avail. Jailed by Bud along with a group of Bon Temps revelers, Sam looks for a way to escape and avoid capture by an increasingly obsessed Maryann. In Dallas, Eric and the vampires defend their recent actions to Nan Flanagan and are shocked when Godric decides to take the fall for their PR disaster.

star 8.17
794 votes
Directors: Scott Winant
Writers: Nancy Oliver
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Soul of Fire

#7 - Soul of Fire

Season 4 - Episode 11

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 8.17
857 votes
Writers: Mark Hudis
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Fuck the Pain Away

#8 - Fuck the Pain Away

Season 6 - Episode 5

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 8.16
1,420 votes
Directors: Michael Ruscio
Writers: Angela Robinson
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Let's Boot and Rally

#9 - Let's Boot and Rally

Season 5 - Episode 5

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 8.15
930 votes
Writers: Angela Robinson
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Everybody Wants to Rule the World

#10 - Everybody Wants to Rule the World

Season 5 - Episode 9

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 8.15
917 votes
Directors: Daniel Attias
Writers: Raelle Tucker
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Life Matters

#11 - Life Matters

Season 6 - Episode 9

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 8.15
1,416 votes
Directors: Romeo Tirone
Writers: Brian Buckner
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Beyond Here Lies Nothin'

#12 - Beyond Here Lies Nothin'

Season 2 - Episode 12

Bon Temps reaches a fever pitch as Maryann prepares for her ultimate bestial sacrifice, conscripting Sookie to be Maid of Honor at the bloody nuptials. Meanwhile, Sophie-Anne warns Eric to keep the lid on Bill's inquisitiveness; Jason leads Andy into the heroic abyss; and Hoyt struggles with Maxine's endless stream of insults. Deliberating on what may be his final move to save Sookie and the town, Sam places his trust, and his life, in a most unlikely ally

star 8.13
723 votes
Directors: Michael Cuesta
Writers: Alexander Woo
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New World In My View

#13 - New World In My View

Season 2 - Episode 10

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 8.13
763 votes
Directors: Adam Davidson
Writers: Kate Barnow, Elisabeth Finch
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Everything Is Broken

#14 - Everything Is Broken

Season 3 - Episode 9

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 8.13
816 votes
Directors: Scott Winant
Writers: Alexander Woo
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Burning Down the House

#15 - Burning Down the House

Season 4 - Episode 10

Bill needs Sookie to use her powers which results in breaking a spell. Jessica is implored to glamour Jason. Terry tries to help Andy with an intervention. Alcide reassesses his loyalties. Bill organizes the vampires to attack Marnie's Moon Goddess Emporium while Jesus, Lafayette, Sookie and Jason attempt to free Tara and Holly.

star 8.11
867 votes
Writers: Nancy Oliver
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You'll Be the Death of Me

#16 - You'll Be the Death of Me

Season 1 - Episode 12

Sookie finds a link to the string of killings in Bon Temps; Tara wants to make the most of her second chance; Jason finds a new calling; Bill tempts fate; Sam is upset by an encounter with an old acquaintance.

star 8.10
817 votes
Directors: Alan Ball
Writers: Raelle Tucker
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Spellbound

#17 - Spellbound

Season 4 - Episode 8

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 8.10
853 votes
Directors: Dan Minahan
Writers: Alan Ball , Charlaine Harris
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Sunset

#18 - Sunset

Season 5 - Episode 11

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 8.10
900 votes
Writers: Angela Robinson
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Don't You Feel Me?

#19 - Don't You Feel Me?

Season 6 - Episode 6

Bill seeks advice from Lillith about the human-vampire crisis; Eric and others look into Vamp Camp; Sam makes a decision about Emma; Andy names his faerie daughter; Arlene has a solution.

star 8.08
1,413 votes
Directors: Howard Deutch
Writers: Daniel Kenneth
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Fresh Blood

#20 - Fresh Blood

Season 3 - Episode 11

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 8.08
786 votes
Directors: Daniel Minahan
Writers: Nancy Oliver
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Let's Get Out of Here

#21 - Let's Get Out of Here

Season 4 - Episode 9

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 8.07
829 votes
Directors: Romeo Tirone
Writers: Brian Buckner
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Timebomb

#22 - Timebomb

Season 2 - Episode 8

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 8.06
777 votes
Directors: John Dahl
Writers: Alexander Woo
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Me and the Devil

#23 - Me and the Devil

Season 4 - Episode 5

Sookie nurtures Eric; Bill gets involved personally in the necromancy crisis; Pam takes the veil; Sam becomes Tommy's accomplice; Arlene and Terry look to religion to solve their problem; Jesus and Lafayette head to Mexico to harness a shaman's power; Jason convalesces.

star 8.05
865 votes
Directors: Dan Minahan
Writers: Mark Hudis
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Turn! Turn! Turn!

#24 - Turn! Turn! Turn!

Season 5 - Episode 1

Sookie and Lafayette are reeling from Tara's shooting, but there is also the matter of cleaning up Debbie Pelt's blood. Meanwhile, Bill and Eric face a new threat from the Authority; Marcus' disappearance sends his wolf pack after Sam; Jessica parties with her human peers; Jason has a reunion with Rev. Steve Newlin; a visit from Terry's war buddy brings back his PTSD; and Alcide warns Sookie about Russell Edgington's return.

star 8.05
1,060 votes
Directors: Daniel Minahan
Writers: Alan Ball
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Trouble

#25 - Trouble

Season 3 - Episode 5

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 8.04
784 votes
Directors: Scott Winant
Writers: Nancy Oliver
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