E-1 This so-called "Great Revelation" has split vampires into two camps: It has also caused similar divisions amongst non-vampires; some believe that they should be accepted and granted rights, while others view them as monsters to be destroyed.
Throughout the series, other supernatural creatures are introduced, among them shapeshifters , werewolves , faeries , witches , and a maenad. The series revolves around Sookie Stackhouse Anna Paquin , a telepathic human-faerie hybrid known as a halfling not to be confused with similarly named, but unrelated creatures found in other fantasy works. Sam is a shapeshifter, though this secret is kept hidden from most of the town. True Blood became the first project under the deal, after Ball became acquainted with Charlaine Harris ' Southern Vampire Mystery books.
He read the entries that followed and became interested in "bringing [Harris'] vision to television". She said she chose to work with him, though, because "[Ball] really 'got' me. That's how he convinced me to go with him. I just felt that he understood what I was doing with the books.
Conceptually, the sequence was constructed around the idea of "the whore in the house of prayer"  by intermingling contradictory images of sex, violence, and religion and displaying them from the point of view of "a supernatural , predatory creature observing human beings from the shadows The sequence also features images and themes of death and rebirth; the circle of life. A Venus fly-trap can be seen engulfing a frog, while a rotting fox's head is sped up to reveal maggots feeding off the corpse.
Rebirth is also recognized through an image of a woman being "washed clean" from her sins in a lake, as well as a Reverend blessing and possibly performing an exorcism on a member of his congregation. Digital Kitchen then took a four-day trip to Louisiana to film as well as shot at a Chicago church, and on a stage and in a bar in Seattle.
The last frame of one shot and the first frame of another were taken as a single Polaroid photo, which was then divided between emulsion and backing. The emulsion was then filmed being further separated by chemicals, and those shots of this separation were placed back into the final edit. Composer Nathan Barr writes the original score for the series, which features the cello, guitar, prepared piano , and glass harmonica among other instruments, all of which he performs himself.
The third volume was released on September 6, , a few days before the season four finale. The title usually indicates something about the events that will unfold throughout the given episode. For example, episode ten of season four is titled " Burning Down the House ", and the end credits feature a cover version of the classic Talking Heads song performed by The Used. A prequel comic was handed out to attendees of the Comic-Con. The comic centers around an old vampire named Lamar, who tells the reader about how TruBlood surfaced and was discussed between many vampires before going public.
At one point, Lamar wonders if TruBlood is making the world safe for vampires or from them. Several commercials featured on HBO and Facebook  aired prior to the series premiere, placing vampires in ads similar to those of beer and wine. Some beverage vending machines across the US were also fitted with cards indicating they were "sold out" of TruBlood.
The second, A New Type, discusses vampire culture from Nosferatu to today's sensual, sexual creatures. To that end, the show also covered the modern vampire subculture and real-life vampire clubs. The shows first aired on September 6, , on HBO.
Thousands of DVDs of the first episode were handed out to attendees of Midnight Madness, a special film festival. Blockbuster Video provided free rental of the first episode of True Blood several days before it was broadcast on HBO. The video had a faint promotional watermark throughout the episode. The image uses a perspective technique that shows observers one of two images.
Blood,  a beverage branded to resemble the fictional synthetic blood that appears in the show. The beverage is a carbonated blood orange-flavored drink, developed and manufactured by Omni Consumer Products , a company that specializes in defictionalizing brands from television and movies, and FMCG Manufacturing Company, a specialist manufacturer of licensed entertainment products.
There is also a website for The Fellowship of the Sun,  antagonists from the book series, featuring videos about hot-button issues such as becoming a vampire. FX , available in the UK, launched an extensive promotional website for the series.
Inspired by the series, the jewelry has a Gothic look and features sterling silver, polished steel, and rubies. Contest winners were invited to watch a special live, the Season 2 finale, a preview of Season 3, and a live interview on the set of True Blood with the cast and Alan Ball.
Busts of other characters will also be available later. The first booklet, with a print run of 53,, was released in July  and soon sold out. The second issue went on sale August 18, , with a second printing of the first issue going on sale August This was the first in a series of four graphic novels released by HBO under the True Blood franchise and sold in major bookstores.
Cast and characters[ edit ] Main article: List of True Blood characters True Blood employs a broad ensemble cast composed of regular, central characters and a rotating group of impermanent supporting characters. Though the series is based in the fictional town of Bon Temps, Louisiana, a noticeable number of the actors comprising the cast are originally from outside the United States.
In an interview, Ball explained that he didn't intentionally seek out "non-American" actors, but was willing to go anywhere he needed to in order "to find the actor who makes the character breathe".
Ball went on to explain that, in casting, there was more of a focus on who would portray the character in a compelling way rather than who would physically resemble the characters from the book.
Noting that there's a definite difference between the characters and storylines portrayed in True Blood and the ones depicted in The Southern Vampire Mysteries, he described Harris as being very understanding in terms of how her work was being reinterpreted.