True Blood: Season 5 (2012)


Season 5
True Blood

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Its sheen may have worn off a bit, but True Blood's fifth season piles on the kooky storylines while maintaining its cheeky brand of Southern Gothic drama.

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Critic Ratings: 19

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Air date: Jun 10, 2012

Sookie and Lafayette clean up a mess; Bill and Eric receive a visit from the Vampire Authority; Alcide's werewolf pack goes after Sam; Jessica enjoys her freedom; Jason is visited by Steve Newlin; Alcide warns Sookie.

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Air date: Jun 17, 2012

Bill and Eric meet Salome at the Vampire Authority headquarters; Pam recalls her human life and first encounter with Eric; Sookie gets a home-protection system; Arlene investigates Terry's erratic behavior; Steve Newlin makes Jessica an offer.

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Air date: Jun 24, 2012

Bill and Eric must barter with the head of the Vampire Authority for their lives; Sookie asks for Pam's help; Andy gets a visit from Gordon and Barbara Pelt; Jason reunites with his former high school teacher.

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Air date: Jul 1, 2012

Eric and Bill are afraid for their lives; Sookie opens up to Alcide; Lafayette endangers Sookie; Roman and Salome search for a traitor in the council; Andy and Jason go to a party; Terry has a flashback; Sookie drowns her sorrows.

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Air date: Jul 8, 2012

Bill and Eric hope Sookie can help them find Russell; Lafayette calls out to Jesus' spirit for help; Patrick and Terry are held hostage; Jason has a disturbing dream; Jessica gives Tara advice; Sam gives Luna some bad news.

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Air date: Jul 15, 2012

Sookie has a sense of foreboding; Pam breaks up a fight at Fangtasia; Lafayette visits Ruby Jean; Terry blames a curse for his troubles; Alcide challenges J.D.; Sam offers to help Andy; Roman reveals his plans for Russell.

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Air date: Jul 22, 2012

Sookie considers life without faerie powers; Sam locates shooters; Hoyt finds a new group of friends; Alcide prepares for a fight; Lafayette searches for Jesus' body.

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Air date: Jul 29, 2012

The Authority heads in a new direction; Sookie and Jason visit the site of their parents' deaths.

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Air date: Aug 5, 2012

Eric plots his escape; Sookie gets a clue about her parents' murder; Andy and Jason search for leads; Alcide recalls his pack induction; Arlene is caught in Terry and Patrick's crossfire; Steve gets a new pet.

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Air date: Aug 12, 2012

The Authority tries to gain public favor; Nora attempts to convert Eric; Jason finds a mysterious scroll; Pam and Tara must obey a new sheriff; Sam and Luna search for Emma; Russell seeks a higher calling.

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Cast & Crew

Anna Paquin
Sookie Stackhouse

Actor
Stephen Moyer
Bill Compton

Actor
Sam Trammell
Sam Merlotte

Actor
Ryan Kwanten
Jason Stackhouse

Actor
Rutina Wesley
Tara Thornton

Actor
Alexander Skarsgård
Eric Northman

Actor
Chris Bauer
Andy Bellefleur

Actor
Kristin Bauer
Pam De Beaufort

Actor
Lauren Bowles
Holly Cleary

Actor
Nelsan Ellis
Lafayette Reynolds

Actor
Valentina Cervi
Salome Agrippa

Actor
Scott Foley
Patrick Devins

Actor
Janina Gavankar
Luna Garza

Actor
Lucy Griffiths
Nora Gainesborough

Actor
Todd Lowe
Terry Bellefleur

Actor
Joe Manganiello
Alcide Herveaux

Actor
Michael McMillian
Steve Newlin

Actor
Jim Parrack
Hoyt Fortenberry

Actor
Carrie Preston
Arlene Fowler

Actor
Deborah Ann Woll
Jessica Hamby

Actor
Alan Ball
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for True Blood: Season 5

Audience Reviews for True Blood: Season 5

  • Mar 24, 2022
    Each season fails to come up to the first four seasons and this is true with this season, that's why I give it a *4* star rating!!!!
  • 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!!
  • Apr 05, 2015
    Vampire council was in trouble with some siding with the traditional belief of humans being inferior to vampires and vampires wanting to get along with humans. Power struggle ensures and it was up to Sookie and her friends to save the day. Season 5 kinda regressed into the cliche story of the vampire struggle, there were plenty of jokes but again, stupid subplots were involved to ruin the experience.
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  • Jul 27, 2014
    Season 5 is a messy, overcrowded season that ends up with a bang after what was mostly a weak year.
  • Jul 13, 2014
    Great, even brilliant…for 5 seasons. Set in modern times, vampires roam the earth and are humans mortal enemies. However, a substitute has been found for human blood, a substitute that vampires can consume with the same effect as human blood. This is True Blood. Now humans and vampires can coexist in harmony, and even form relationships. But there will always be rogue elements on both sides ready to exploit the uneasy truce. Superb, for the first few seasons. Original, uncompromising and highly engaging. Great character depth, clever, intriguing plots, interesting relationships and good performances. For 5 seasons this was fantastic. However, the producers didn’t know when to quit. The writing were already starting to feel a bit jaded, with retreads of previous plots and characters and, especially, different life-forms being introduced just to give the illusion of originality. The final two seasons were mediocre, at best. The final season, Season 7, was particularly bad. No originality and the writers and actors seemed to be just going through the motions. Watching became a chore, something I had to do so I could finish the series rather than watching because I enjoyed it. Season 7 may well be the worst final season in the history of TV, especially when compared with what came before.
  • Jul 10, 2014
    Bill: "I'm god". This may be the weakness season of true blood because the characters this time are not interesting and you don't really care if there life of die. there where some episodes that I enjoyed and some I didn't, Bill and Eric are the only good thing in this season and that's all.
  • Jun 20, 2014
    for 2012: by far one of my favorite seasons Alan Ball and the writers have a talented gift for having this show be as modern and as relevant as possible this time the authority steps in and tries to cloud everyone's judgment and beliefs with the ultimate in vampire religion they even go far as to introduce the Vampire Bible and worship the goddess known as Lillith as the founder of all immortals Eric and Bill are forced into the institution to either follow the members' faith or be destroyed meanwhile Sookie is coming into her own with her newfound abilities as a Faire princess and discovering how endangered her own race is against the vampires and as always a brand new evil is about to show its ugly face and test Sookie to her limits we have old friends, new allies and old enemies returning to pile on the drama and increase the tension a supporting character goes through the ultimate transformation after a deadly fate bestowed upon her from the end of Season 4 just to make things more tricky the rest of humanity is also growing in their own fear and hostility learning about the existence of other supernatural beings and that spells certain doom for all werewolves, shapeshifters, werepanthers, fairies and so on this season is all about the test of faith, shutting out other beliefs, conflicting ideologies and sociological issues, and embracing identity what will become of the humans now? is there a true messiah for all kinds of people or another in many forms? who is man and who is God and who is monster? great stuff

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