True Blood: Season 5 (2012)



Critic Consensus: 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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Sookie Stackhouse and her supernatural cohorts have a disturbing new political power play to deal with in Season 5--a growing war between the Vampire Authority and 'vampire fundamentalists'--and the outcome could decide the fate of human existence.


Anna Paquin
as Sookie Stackhouse
Stephen Moyer
as Bill Compton
Sam Trammell
as Sam Merlotte
Ryan Kwanten
as Jason Stackhouse
Rutina Wesley
as Tara Thornton
Chris Bauer
as Andy Bellefleur
Nelsan Ellis
as Lafayette Reynolds
Todd Lowe
as Terry Bellefleur
Joe Manganiello
as Alcide Herveaux
Michael McMillian
as Rev. Steve Newlin
Carrie Preston
as Arlene Fowler
Scott Foley
as Patrick Devins
Jim Parrack
as Hoyt Fortenberry
Deborah Ann Woll
as Jessica Hamby
Denis O'Hare
as Russell Edgington
Carolyn Hennesy
as Rosalyn Harris
Dale Dickey
as Martha Bozeman
Giles Matthey
as Faerie Claude
Brian Geraghty
as Brian Eller
Kevin Alejandro
as Jesus Velasquez
John Billingsley
as Mike Spencer
Jacob Hopkins
as Alexander Drew
Anna Khaja
as Iraqi Woman
Robert Patrick
as Jackson Herveaux
Dale Raoul
as Maxine Fortenberry
Ted Welch
as Joe Bob
Henri Lubatti
as Nigel Beckford
Tara Buck
as Ginger
Lindsey Haun
as Hadley Hale
Skyler Vallo
as Chelsea
Alfre Woodard
as Ruby Jean Reynolds
Conor O'Farrell
as Judge Clements
William Sanderson
as Bud Dearborne
Linda Purl
as Barbara Pelt
Steve Rankin
as Gordon Pelt
Helen Sadler
as Claudija
Todd Giebenhain
as Junior/Clerk
Ken Luckey
as Zander
Charlotta Mohlin
as Authority Guard Captain
Jonathan Kowalsky
as Todd Jeffries
Mike Akrawi
as Iraqi Man
Phil Reeves
as Gen. Cavanaugh
Erica Gimpel
as Faerie Elder
Dawn Stern
as Cat Ingerslev
Jeffrey Nicholas Brown
as Corbett Stackhouse
Jenni Blong
as Michelle Stackhouse
Rick Cramer
as Robert Rollins
John Prosky
as David Finch
Lara Pulver
as Claudine
Gil Zuniga
as Businessman Vamp
Melanie Camp
as Dorothy
Arthur Napiontek
as Fraternity Boy
Suzanne Rico
as Suzanne
Del Zamora
as Don Bartolo
Matthew Johnson
as Team Captain #1
Sam Adler
as Team Captain #2
Jason E. Kelley
as AHQ Guard #1
Bryant Romo
as AHQ Guard #2
Alec Gray
as Coby Fowler
Alec Gray
as Coby Fowler
Deborah Puette
as Sarah Compton-Harris
Anastasia Roark
as Christine Van Heusen
Laurel Weber
as Lisa Fowler
Lawrence Adimora
as Jemarcus Kessler
Travis Dixon
as Naked Prisoner
Dave Marlin
as Iraqi Teen
Zenali Turner
as Young Sookie
Blake Michael
as Teenage Alcide
Avion Baker
as Young Tara
Heather Hopkins
as Teenage Debbie
Erin Alexis
as Washcloth Helen
Thea Andrews
as Reporter
David Bickford
as Rev. Skinner
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Critic Reviews for True Blood Season 5

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (9)

Just when things can't get more twisted, Alan Ball's serial takes us into ever darker, kookier territory.

Jun 10, 2012 | Full Review…

A densely packed, well-paced gothic horror soap with surprisingly funny twists placed at the worst -- which is to say best -- possible moments.

Jun 10, 2012 | Rating: A | Full Review…
Top Critic

True Blood has recaptured some of the magic that makes its sex-crazed, moss-covered take on the vampire myth so compelling.

Jul 2, 2018 | Full Review…

Even though season 5 wasn't the strongest or most enjoyable of the pack, it feels great to say that the finale easily lives up to those that came before it, delivering the expected cliffhanger that will keep fans drooling for season 6

Sep 26, 2013 | Rating: 7.5/10 | Full Review…

True Blood is at fault for not even being a good version of what it aspires to be, which is doubly bad, because what it aspires to be is so low-brow and trashy.

Jun 10, 2012 | Rating: D | Full Review…

In its early years, HBO's "True Blood" was a smart, savvy show that employed satire and wit. Now it's basically Passions with better production values and an occasionally laugh-worthy rejoinder from vampire Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten).

Jun 10, 2012 | Full Review…

Swift and streamlined, lean and mean, the fifth season of True Blood has commenced with gratifying energy.

Jun 10, 2012 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

As its seasons have worn on and its universe of beasties and beastly acts has expanded, True Blood has become less interested in revising or adapting the soap-operatic tropes that made it such campy fun to begin with.

Jun 10, 2012 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Like an addiction to free-range hemoglobin, there's something undeniably compelling about the characters, human and otherwise, in a series whose plotting grows more twisted every year.

Jun 10, 2012 | Full Review…

As with everything about "True Blood," the language is not particularly inventive or clever, but it's delivered with a wink, a smile and maybe a flash of fang or unclothed hip bone, and that's - really - entertainment.

Jun 10, 2012 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for True Blood: Season 5


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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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