True Blood: Season 5 (2012)


Season 5
True Blood

Critics 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.



Critic Ratings: 18


Audience Score

User Ratings: 219
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Air date: Jun 10, 2012
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Air date: Aug 5, 2012
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Tv Season Info

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
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
Alec Gray
as Coby Fowler
Bryant Romo
as AHQ Guard #2
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…

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…

The show is still crazily entertaining.

Jun 10, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | 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…

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…
Top Critic

While politics come into play later, it is human emotions such as grief, regret and loss that fans can look forward to sinking their teeth into at the start of the season.

Jun 10, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for True Blood: Season 5

  • 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.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • 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!!
  • 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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