As if there weren't enough monsters in the
"Witches? Oh great, now I have to deal with witches!" grumbles Sookie Stackhouse (
In this season's most promising storyline, a mousy Wiccan named Marnie (
Sorry, but I was giddy with laughter when Sookie disappeared in a poof of pixiedust. "True Blood" works best when its freak flag flies—as long as its core characters are along for the ride.
The season premiere (8 p.m. June 26, HBO; **** stars out of four) takes them on a rolicking roller coaster. Since HBO already has released the first eight minutes online, I'm not spoiling by telling you that Sookie finds out her fairy godmother (insert groan here, but I love it) and all the other spirits are not as sweet as they seemed.
Back home, Sookie’s brother, Jason (
And boy, does vampire sheriff Eric (
Skarsgard, sexier than ever, stands out in the episodes I've seen. Eric smirks, schemes and smolders like always, but he also shows a surprising amount of innocence and vulnerability.