True Blood: Season 4 (2011)


Season 4
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Thanks to a reliable returning cast, some fresh new faces, and sharp direction, True Blood still manages a deft blend of sexy melodrama, satire, campy fun, and horror.



Critic Ratings: 17


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User Ratings: 230

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Air date: Jun 26, 2011

Life goes on in Bon Temps---with and without a "traveling" Sookie---in the fourth-season premiere as Eric and Bill take different public-relations routes to win over humans; and Sam bonds with kindred spirits. Meanwhile, Hoyt and Jessica can't agree on dinner; Jesus introduces Lafayette to a local coven; and Tara finds a release for her anger.

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Air date: Jul 3, 2011

Sookie reunites with Tara and seeks a solution to a vexing real-estate problem. Meanwhile, Bill flashes back to his past and informs Eric of a local coven whose recent experiments could become a problem for the vampire community; Jason receives some unorthodox medical attention; Sam learns more about Luna's demons; and Jessica struggles with her cravings for human blood.

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Air date: Jul 10, 2011

Sookie has her hands full when she tries to help an uncharacteristically befuddled Eric, but she's in for a bigger surprise on a visit to Shreveport to see Alcide. Meanwhile, Sam balks at joining Tommy's moneymaking scheme; Jessica turns to Bill for advice about a moral dilemma; Marnie searches for an elusive spirit; and Pam sets her sights on a meeting with a witch.

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Air date: Jul 17, 2011

Alcide joins Sookie in her search for Eric; Marnie needs help breaking a spell; Bill finds something in common with the Bellefleurs; Jason pleads for his freedom from Hotshot; Sam tries to learn more about Luna; Tommy gets back to his roots.

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Air date: Jul 24, 2011

Lafayette goes to Mexico with Jesus to witness the power of a shaman; Bill becomes personally involved with the necromancy problem; Arlene and Terry hope religion can resolve a family issue; Sam teams up with Tommy.

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Air date: Jul 31, 2011

Sookie hunts for Jason under a full moon; Arlene and Terry wonder about the cause of a strange fire; Debbie pressures Alcide to relocate; Lafayette has a spiritual experience in Mexico; Eric gives in to a higher authority; Marnie has contact with her supernatural predecessors.

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Air date: Aug 7, 2011

Marnie's powers from beyond force Bill to take evasive, though unpopular, action to save vampires; Luna learns something new about Sam; Andy has a date with Holly; Jessica reconsiders her future with Hoyt; Alcide and Debbie run with a different crowd; Eric turns his amnesia into an asset.

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Air date: Aug 14, 2011

Sookie and Eric side with the king when Bill and Marnie prepare for an epic confrontation; Lafayette is possessed by a troublesome spirit; Tommy gains a new perspective on life; Sam finds a dangerous opponent in werewolf leader Marcus, who also happens to be Luna's ex; Jessica faces a housing crisis.

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Air date: Aug 21, 2011

A Festival of Tolerance in Shreveport finds Marnie plotting another strike against the vampires, much to Tara and Holly's dismay. Meanwhile, a recuperating Sookie mulls a world where Bill and Eric can coexist; contrasting agendas create friction between Bill and Nan Flanagan; Hoyt asks Jason for a favor; Marcus recruits an ally to deal with Sam; and Jesus tends to Lafayette's spiritual well-being.

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Air date: Aug 28, 2011

Big trouble in Shreveport requires Sookie to draw on her untapped reserves of power to rescue Bill, causing Marnie to rethink her grand plans. Meanwhile, a fight between Marcus and Tommy creates a moral dilemma for Alcide; Terry stages an intervention for Andy; Jesus tries to free Tara and Holly; and a company of vampires sets out to wreak total havoc.

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As if vampires, werewolves, werepanthers and shapeshifters weren't enough, Sookie Stackhouse and her allies in Bon Temps must face another round of otherworldly threats, including a vampire-slaying witch, in Season 4 of this acclaimed HBO drama series.

Critic Reviews for True Blood Season 4

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (5)

It's a little wearing sometimes, to be honest, though it has enough narrative strength to keep hard-core fans happy.

Jun 26, 2011 | Full Review…

It's getting a little long in the tooth now, but new blood is still capable of energizing True Blood.

Jun 26, 2011 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

It's still sexy and blood-soaked, but the novelty's worn thin.

Nov 1, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

If there's another TV show that can approach its ability to meld melodramatic horror, fun and social metaphor, I haven't seen it.

Jun 26, 2011 | Full Review…

We should be encouraged-and thanks to Shaw's boffo performance, delighted-to see True Blood thinking, even for a moment, about controlling itself.

Jun 26, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The structure of the show is based on its season-to-season escalation of the supernatural, but it's also rooted in the escalation of the personal. Just about every character has something to do this season, which is fairly typical for True Blood.

Jul 2, 2018 | Full Review…

HBO's True Blood rises from the grave of last year's uneven season, smarter, spookier and sexier than before.

Jun 22, 2018 | Full Review…

Suffice to say, this season felt like a horrible mockery of the previous years - it lacked a cool villain, and meanwhile Vampire Eric was mistreated in the worst way.

May 11, 2018 | Full Review…

The problem with True Blood at this point is that there isn't any room to breathe.

Mar 2, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

True Blood returns with too many new characters, not enough time with the characters I like, a general evasion of the most prickly parts of last season's finale, and some plodding hints at a lumbering dramatic direction for this season.

Jun 26, 2011 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

If you're addicted to True Blood's brand of smoldering melodrama, well, there's a lot of it this season. And it looks as though about half of it might actually be worth watching.

Jun 26, 2011 | Full Review…

As this story has lost credibility, the vampires as a plausible metaphor for "accepting difference" is falling apart.

Jun 26, 2011 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for True Blood: Season 4

  • Apr 05, 2015
    Picking up from where it was left off, season 4 jumped forward a year later from season 3 with characters moving in new directions. Lousianna was once again under the threat of supernatural forces, with an ancient vengeful witch vowing to destroy all vampires, any humans standing along the way shall perish too. Sookie and friends must work together to save the day. The main plot was great, I enjoyed the gore and thrill but various subplots were completely unnecessary.
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  • Mar 30, 2019
    Plays like borderline fan fiction in some parts. But it gave us more from Pam and I'll take more Pam.
  • Feb 11, 2019
    A seven season supernatural ride in the American landscape, delivered by an awesome cast & crew!! Truly imaginative storyline that takes the Vampire franchise in a new direction- a must see for fans of the genre!!
  • Nov 20, 2014
    Bringing back the social metaphor that we learned to love and some cool storylines, True Blood season 4 still offers some silly storyline and an overload on new characters.
  • Jul 27, 2014
    A great final run of episodes can't overcome the fact that the season starts weak, but in the end it's another fun run of episodes.
  • Jul 05, 2014
    You know my review of season 3 that I said it's a good season but it's not as good as season 2. The story is interesting and as I said before the cast do a good job in they roles. overall a good season with some with little nick picks.
  • Jun 19, 2014
    for 2011: it's the 'season of the witches' for True Blood Sookie has been absent for a year and a half into the Faire realm and a lot has changed since then the on-going debate between the vampires and humanity wages on, the wolf packs are growing and their leadership is questioned as to whom will lead them, new shapeshifters arrive, a new species called werepanthers complicate things a bit, Layfayette's new romance has a special gift of his own as well, and a new evil has surfaced once again in the form of witches/Wiccans Marnie is the leader of the new clan but not only is her own agenda to get rid of vampires once and for all but another dark presence exploits her abilities from within to settle an old score dating centuries back the storyline here has a legitimate purpose and it's not just to add on to the show's ever-expanding mythology the show now has virtually no limits from every kind of supernatural being the blood, the thrills, the melodrama and the new hidden reveals are smartly written but alas, every new threat that is thwarted by Sookie, Bill, Eric, Pam, and Jessica is never laid to rest new enemies will emerge, old ones will show their faces again, and blood will continue to be spilled for the survival of the fittest creatures Alan Ball keeps making the show more enticing and as rigorous as it can get

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