There are very few TV shows which manage to get better and better with each season. True Blood has proven that it is one of those shows. Following the strange supernatural events of the second season, the third season picks up where the last one left off and it doesn't disappoint. Certainly the darkest and most disturbing season for viewers, season three is also the most dramatic (or traumatic for the characters) as each character experiences a horrific revelation about their past or realizes how powerful the dangers are that surround them. This is the year that for the residents of Bon Temps, the shit hits the fans... and the fans of True Blood should love it.
There's a lot more focus on characterization and plot in this season and less focus on sex and violence (though there is still a decent amount of both). In this season we see into Bill's bloody past and discover some of his motives, we see into Eric's past and realize that he's not as villainous as we had thought, we see into Sam's past and for the first time get a glimpse of his regrets and his secrets, and for everyone else we become all-too aware of how flawed they are as people. There's also a revelation about Sookie and where her powers come from that should open up the series' mythology quite a bit, not to mention the addition of werewolves into the show's creature cosmology. And poor, Tara who has had nothing but hell to go through continues her downward spiral of trauma, depression, and desperate survival. But overall, season three deals with the effects of what has come before. If each season had a theme, the first season's theme would be "There are more things on Heaven and Earth... than are dreamt of in your philosophy" in which the existence of vampires and shape-shifters is revealed. The theme of the second season would be "Everybody is a freak of one kind or another" in which it is revealed that each character has ties to the supernatural and that each new encounter leads to more and more occult connections. The theme of the third season would be "All that has come before has lead me to where now I stand" in which all the events of the past two seasons culminate and reveal that things are only going to get worse before they get better.
I have no idea where this series is going, which is kind of refreshing since genre TV is often so predictable, and I like that the show manages to make an edgy, violent, sexy, supernatural soap opera out of constantly pulling the rug out from underneath its viewers. That kind of drama is rarely done well and True Blood does it bloody well.
Season 2 was a litte disappointing as the focus of the storyline got away from the vampires. This season has introduced some new creatures (werewolves and other shape shifters) but has mainly focused on the TB vampire lore. Bill has been kidnapped and is the clutches of the Vampire King of Louisianna. Eric has asserted his power and has usurped his Queen. Sookie's powers are being expanded and we learn that mind reading is only a small sampling of her powers. … more
The third season of the television series True Blood premiered on June 13, 2010, simultaneously on HBO and HBO Canada and will contain 12 episodes, bringing the series total to 36. It loosely follows the plot of the third novel of The Southern Vampire Mysteries, Club Dead.