Relationship crises are nothing new to telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), but she faces a new one of epic proportions as “True Blood” comes roaring back for its sixth season on HBO at 8 p.m. Sunday.
As fans of the show will remember, Season 5 reached its climax as Sookie's brother, Jason (Ryan Kwanten), led a daring raid on the New Orleans headquarters of the Vampire Authority, where control had been seized by the Sanguinistas, a rogue vampire faction that opposed mainstreaming with humans and worshipped a primal deity known as Lilith, the mother of all vampires. As carnage reigned throughout the complex, Sookie and charismatic vampire Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) confronted her old lover Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer), who in a fit of religious mania downed a large flask of Lilith's sacramental blood, then dissolved into the gruesome puddle of gore that generally signals that a vampire has gone to his “true death.”
Not so fast, though. As Sookie and Eric kept watching, stunned, the bloody pool suddenly began to coalesce anew, and a terrifying entity that appeared to be the angry Lilith now reincarnated in Bill's form arose from the goo and gave chase.
“Oh, yeah, all hell is breaking loose when we come back,” says actress Rutina Wesley, whose character, recently turned “baby vamp” Tara Thornton, is an active participant in the chaotic action of the first episode. “We all meet up and just get the hell out of Dodge, because ‘Billith' is no joke this season. Seriously.”
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