Do you know the way to Fairyland? 'True Blood' Season 4 premieres tonight
And now, the wait is over.
The fourth season of HBO's addictive vampire series "True Blood" officially debuts Sunday night, meaning loyal viewers of the cable network's most popular current program finally get to catch up with Anna Paquin's Sookie Stackhouse -- who appears to have spent some significant time in fairyland during the hiatus. Thank goodness she knows better than to sample the seductive light fruit that seems to be all the rage among the guests of the fae.
Even with Ms. Stackhouse on an alternate plane, things in the supernaturally inclined burg of Bon Temps, La., appear to be just as charged as ever, with the emergence of a new coven of witches that is poised to rob handsome Viking Sheriff Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) of his identity, maybe more, this season.
"It's a completely different side of Eric," Skarsgard told The Times in an interview last week. "He doesn't know who he is so all that baggage is gone — 1,000 years of resentment and bitterness, the whole loathing humanity kind of stuff is gone. But there has to be an element of danger there still."
With big changes in store for Eric and fellow vampires Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) and Jessica Hamby (Deborah Ann Woll), not to mention Sookie's living, breathing friends and relations including brother Jason (Ryan Kwanten), who's about to get in touch with his animal instincts, it promises to be another dizzying season of paranormal activity.
We'll do our best to help you keep up.
-- Gina McIntyre
Photo: Alexander Skarsgard as Eric Northman in "True Blood." Credit: HBO