The Top 10 Best Episodes of True Blood

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The bloodier, the better.

True Blood is officially over after an impressive seven-year run. Though the show faltered in its later seasons, it still presented a few glimpses of the magic it once had. Below, we’ve compiled a list of the series’ most outrageous, ridiculous, and totally amazing episodes. Whether you’re a die-hard Truebie or completely new to the world of Bon Temps, you’ll want to check these out.


Photo Credit: “Death is Not The End” (Season 7, Episode 4): The final season of True Blood struggled a lot with its sense of fun, the one exception being this greatly adventurous episode. After Eric and Pam return to Bon Temps, things heat up quickly as Sookie and the gang rally together to take down the H-Vamps in Fangtasia. Sookie gets a chance to be a strong character again, and Lafayette and Jessica share a meaningful moment over their past mistakes. All in all, it serves a welcome reminder of everything the show is capable of.


Photo Credit: “She’s Not There” (Season 4, Episode 1): The fourth season premiere presented a time-jump gone right. After realizing her fairy kin are not who they appear to be, Sookie escapes back to Bon Temps and finds that she’s actually been gone for an entire year. Jason is now a cop, Tara is a boxer in New Orleans, Andy is addicted to V, and Bill is the new vampire king of Louisiana. It’s this sort of mayhem that True Blood is known for, and this episode introduced us to a new season in the best way possible.


Photo Credit: “F*ck the Pain Away” (Season 6, Episode 5): Season six occurred during the height of True Blood‘s downward spiral, but it certainly had its positive moments. Take this episode, for example, which proved the show still knew how to create a wonderful sense of zaniness. A bizarre flashback shows how Lilith made Warlow a vampire, while in present day he wants nothing to do with the all-powerful Billith. Meanwhile, at the LAVTF camp, Pam and Eric prove just how powerful of a team they are. It’s a very entertaining hour, to say the least.


Photo Credit: “And When I Die” (Season 4, Episode 12): The season four finale is very eventful. As Bon Temps celebrates Halloween, Sookie, Tara, and Holly rescue Bill and Eric from a possessed Marnie. Speaking of possessed, Lafayette tragically kills Jesus under Marnie’s control. Jason tells Hoyt about sleeping with Jessica, who later show’s up in a sexy Red Riding Hood outfit at Jason’s door. Bill kills Nan Flanagan and, in a welcome moment of badassery, Sookie shoots the obnoxious Debbie after Tara takes a bullet for her. Bleak? Yes. Exciting? Absolutely.


Photo Credit: “In the Beginning” (Season 5, Episode 7): True Blood is known for its outrageousness, and this episode featured a spectacularly shocking sequence in which Bill, Eric, and the rest of the Vampire Authority crash a wedding on Bourbon Street after drinking Lilith’s blood, and turn it into scene of bloody carnage. Lilith appears in a hallucination, but Godric also shows up to warn Eric of the danger that’s arising. Back in Bon Temps, Sookie has important moments with both Sam and Jason as she tries to get rid of her fairy powers. It’s a little delirious, but never uninteresting.


Photo Credit: “Life Matters” (Season 6, Episode 9): This episode took a break from the season’s narrative arc at the LAVTF camp, and focused on one of show’s more ancillary characters: Terry. What could’ve been a sappy sob-fest, ended up being a surprisingly poignant tribute to someone who was always in the background of everyone’s lives. Through flashbacks, we get to see just how much of an impact Terry actually had, making his loss all the more meaningful.



Photo Credit: “Keep This Party Going” (Season 2, Episode 2): Season two was arguably the show’s most compelling season, with two narrative arcs that offered non-stop thrills. While Jason becomes fully inducted into the Light of Day institute, Maryann begins to show her wild nature by turning Merlotte’s into a great party scene. Meanwhile, Jessica really comes into her own when she convinces Sookie to take her back to her parents house. Offering both playfulness and pathos, this episode is really what True Blood is all about.


Photo Credit: “Everything is Broken” (Season 3, Episode 9): Russell Edgington is, without a doubt, the show’s best villain. A ruthless killer with the charm of a Southern Belle, he steals almost every scene he’s in. Nothing, however, could’ve prepared me for this episode’s climax, which sees him on a warpath after the death of his lover Talbot. Ripping a news anchor’s spine out on live TV is certainly shocking, but even better was his perfectly comical line afterward: “Now time for the weather. Tiffany?”


Photo Credit: “Hard-Hearted Hannah” (Season 2, Episode 6): This episode occurred in the midst of season two’s madness, and boy was it a blast. Jessica and Hoyt’s adorable relationship begins to blossom, while Sookie meet’s another human who’s dating a vampire. That’s about as subtle as things get, with the rest of the episode revving things up to an extreme level. A flashback reveals Bill’s more savage nature, and it’s…very bloody. Things end with Sam getting led to one of Maryann’s insane orgies that now includes an ostrich egg—a scene that needs to be seen to be believed.


Photo Credit: “Cold Ground” (Season 1, Episode 6): Of all the shocking deaths on True Blood, none has ever been as devastating as the loss of poor, sweet Gran. Her murder is severe, and Sookie’s reeling in the aftermath is both interesting and incredibly endearing. Of course, the real reason this episode is True Blood‘s best is because it’s the one that started it all. In a moment of heightened emotions, Sookie runs to Bill’s house and makes love to him for the first time. The rest, as they say, is history.



So, what did you think of our list? Were we spot-on, or dead wrong? Which True Blood episodes are your favorites? Sound off in the comments below.



By Mike Papirmeister

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