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True Blood Season 5
True Blood Season 5 DVD Cover.jpg
DVD cover art
Country of origin USA
No. of episodes 12
Original channel HBO
Original run June 10, 2012 (2012-06-10) – August 26, 2012 (2012-08-26)
Home video release
DVD release
Region 1 May 21, 2013 (2013-05-21)[1]
Region 2 May 20, 2013 (2013-05-20)[2]
Region 4 May 22, 2013 (2013-05-22)[3]
Blu-ray Disc release
Region A May 21, 2013 (2013-05-21)[1]
Region B May 20, 2013 (2013-05-20)[2]
Season chronology
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Season 4
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Season 6

The fifth season of the HBO supernatural drama series True Blood premiered on June 10, 2012 and features twelve episodes, bringing the series total to 60. It picks up right after the events of season four. It is loosely based on the fifth book in The Southern Vampire Mysteries series, Dead as a Doornail, but incorporates much more of the following books than the previous seasons have.

Cast and characters[edit]

Main cast[edit]

Special Guest Stars[edit]

Guest cast[edit]


No. in
No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
49 1 "Turn! Turn! Turn!" Daniel Minahan Brian Buckner June 10, 2012 (2012-06-10) 5.20[4]
Lafayette and Sookie are in the kitchen with the bodies of Tara and Debbie, when Pam appears. Sookie and Pam make a deal: if Pam resurrects Tara by turning her into a vampire with Pam's blood, Sookie will help repair Pam's relationship with Eric, in addition to "owing her one". Meanwhile, Bill and Eric are arrested by the Vampire Authority for Nan Flanigan's murder, when Nora, Eric's 'sister', rescues them and has sex with Eric. The former Rev. Steve Newlin confronts Jason and declares he's a "Proud Gay American Vampire" and has been in love with Jason ever since he met him. Outside Merlotte's, Sam is confronted by Marcus' wolfpack, who take and torture Sam, until Alcide reveals he killed Marcus, not Sam. Meanwhile, Jessica attends a party with the local college students; Jason arrives and becomes jealous of Jessica when he sees her with another guy. As a result of his hookup with Jessica, Jason realizes his friendship with Hoyt will never be the same again. Andy hooks up with Holly, but her two sons catch them in bed. Terry's old Marine friend, Patrick, visits a hysterical and rude Terry much to Arlene's chagrin when Terry starts yelling at her for no reason. Alcide asks Sookie to live with him due to Russell Edgington's return, but she declines the offer. Sookie and Lafayette wait for the arrival of vampire Tara to awaken when Pam digs herself out of the ground. An upset Sookie and Lafayette assume that it did not work and Tara is dead for good as the fanged Tara pops up and lunges for a frightened Sookie. 
50 2 "Authority Always Wins" Michael Lehmann Mark Hudis June 17, 2012 (2012-06-17) 4.42[5]
Eric and Bill try to keep their wits about them when they're put through the interrogation wringer at the Vampire Authority headquarters in New Orleans. Eric and Bill proposition that the Authority spare their lives in exchange for their assistance in stopping the former king-now-fugitive Russell Edgington. Meanwhile, Pam recalls her first meeting with Eric in 1905 San Francisco when she was human and running a local brothel and he saved her from a rapist/killer. Alcide turns his back on Marcus' wolf pack. Emma's grandmother puts a strain on Sam and Luna's relationship because she suspects Emma will become a werewolf, which turns out to be the case when Luna finds Emma as a baby werewolf. Steve Newlin wants Jessica to give Jason to him, but Jessica remands him for thinking she would give up her friends. Jason's womanizing comes back to haunt him when he tries to apologize to Hoyt about seducing Jessica, but Hoyt refuses to accept it. Hoyt's overbearing, vampire-phobic mother, Maxine, however, is secretly grateful to him for breaking Hoyt up with the vampire Jessica. Sookie and Lafayette have considerable difficulty keeping the newly turned Tara under control. They manage to get her in Eric's day chamber with silver before the sun rises. However, when the sun falls, Tara wakes up and runs off into the woods. 
51 3 "Whatever I Am, You Made Me" David Petrarca Raelle Tucker June 24, 2012 (2012-06-24) 4.66[6]
In New Orleans, Bill and Eric barter for their lives with the Authority Chancellors and their leader, Roman. Salome and Roman enlist a new ally, Steve Newlin, in the face of Russell’s return to be their new spokesperson. Searching for Tara, Sookie goes to Fangtasia to ask Pam for help, who is still caught up in her memories of Eric and the strange murders at the Comstock Brothel back in 1905. Tara turns to Sam for help after feeling betrayed by Sookie and Lafayette for making her a vampire. Meanwhile, Andy’s relationship with Holly comes back to bite him in the butt when revealing photos of him are posted by Holly's sons over the Internet. Later, Andy is visited by Gordon and Barbara Pelt, who are searching for Debbie. Jason bumps into an old high school teacher who was his first sexual partner, but their reunion brings up conflicting feelings. Sookie finally decides to tell Alcide the truth about what happened to Debbie. After storming out of Merlotte's, Tara attempts to commit suicide in a tanning salon, which is immediately felt by Pam. 
52 4 "We'll Meet Again" Romeo Tirone Alexander Woo July 1, 2012 (2012-07-01) 4.54[7]
Eric questions Pam regarding Russell's escape to find out what she really knows. He believes her when she says that she didn't tell anyone of Russell's whereabouts, but he releases her for her own protection. Out of options, Bill and Eric decide to force Sookie to help them. An irate Lafayette unwittingly puts Sookie’s life in danger using his brujo blood. At Authority headquarters, Roman and Salome continue interrogating Nora about the Sanguinistas – and they find and execute a traitor within the Council. Meanwhile, Pam forces a reluctant Tara to embrace her nature and live as a vampire. Andy and Jason are invited by Judge Covers to an undergroud burlesque party only to discover it to be a fairy brothel before getting kicked out. Also, Sam’s shifter friends invite him for a run, only for Sam to find them mysteriously murdered. Elsewhere, Terry flashes back to a deadly night in Iraq as he and Patrick travel to South Dakota to find their former service buddy whom may be the suspected arsonist. In his attempt to protect Sookie, Alcide tells Gordon and Barbara Pelt that Marcus Bozeman murdered Debbie. Afterward he finds Sookie drowning her sorrows with drinks and joins her. 
53 5 "Let's Boot and Rally" Michael Lehmann Angela Robinson July 8, 2012 (2012-07-08) 4.50[8]
Sookie and Alcide are getting intimate as they enter her bedroom, Alcide whispers to her that he has been waiting for this for a long time, only for Sookie to then react by puking on his shoes, and is caught off guard by Bill and Eric who appear watching them from the doorway behind them with Eric replying: "Alcide, you really know how to treat a lady." Bill and Eric ask Sookie for her help on their search for Russell. She reluctantly agrees, accepting that her life will never be normal. Unable to deal with the demon magic inside him, Lafayette calls out to Jesus’ spirit for help and later wakes up to find Jesus' head with its lips sewn shut. In South Dakota, Patrick and Terry are held hostage in a bunker by their Iraq War squadmate Brian Eller, who claims that he is actually protecting them because an Iraqi woman they killed during the war cursed them by calling upon an Ifrit to kill them and their loved ones. Meanwhile, Jason wakes up from a disturbing dream where his parents are having breakfast with a young Sookie and vampire marks on their necks start leaking blood. Jason and Andy are sent to investigate the murder of Sam's shifter friends. Sam warns Luna about the attacks but before he leaves, a truck with masked gunmen appear and shoot them, incapacitating both of them, but Emma escapes. Terry realizes Eller is right and convinces him to free them, however, Patrick ties Eller down believing he's the threat. They leave Eller tied up; the Ifrit appears and kills him. Elsewhere, Jessica gives Tara advice on being a vampire, saying they can be "girlfriends" but when Jessica later discovers Tara feeding on Hoyt she attacks Tara. In the garage parking lot where Russell was buried, Sookie uses her fairy powers to discover that a woman from the Vampire Council glamoured Alcide's employee and rescued Russell. This leads Alcide, Eric, Bill, and Sookie to a charnel house where they find humans used as food. They find Russell recuperating; as Eric says that they've "come to finish" what he and Bill started a year ago, Russell states "give it your best shot" when it cuts to another werewolf surprise attacking Alcide from behind. 
54 6 "Hopeless" Daniel Attias Alan Ball July 15, 2012 (2012-07-15) 4.63[9]
Wolves attack Eric, Bill and Alcide while Russell attempts to feed on Sookie. Fortunately, the Vampire Authority soldiers appear and take Russell, Bill and Eric to the Authority--after glamouring Sookie and Alcide to forget everything--where they are praised as heroes. At Fangtasia, Tara's fistfight with Jessica ends quickly after Pam stops it, proud of Tara. Meanwhile, Lafayette visits Ruby Jean in the hospital after realizing they both found an alarming message from Jesus. Sam and Luna are taken to the hospital where Sam tells Luna that Emma is safe, when Emma and her grandmother (Marcus' mother) come and it is decided Emma should stay with her grandmother until the shifter murders are stopped. Sookie learns from Jason about their parents' true death (they were killed by vampires) and they go to the fairy night club (which sits invisible in an open field) where they discover their parents died because of Sookie's scent, the vampire having smelled Sookie and killed her parents. Elsewhere, Sam chooses to help Andy with the case regarding the murders, and they go to a weapons store that specializes in arming humans against "Supes", the owner is about to kill Andy but Sam saves him. Terry rushes home and finally tells Arlene that she is no longer safe with him because of the Ifrit. Alcide challenges J.D. as pack leader. Eric visits Nora and realizes Nora or Salome must have dug up Russell. As the Authority gathers to witness Russell's execution via iStake, the iStake doesn't respond when Roman repeatedly attempts to activate it, Roman stares at the iStake technician in puzzlement, in that split second of distraction, Russell races across the floor, throws Roman on the table and yells "Peace is for pussies!" immediately after Roman is given the True Death by Russell with a stake he had hidden prior to his execution. 
55 7 "In the Beginning" Michael Ruscio Brian Buckner July 22, 2012 (2012-07-22) 4.46[10]
Salome reveals to everyone at Authority where her true allegiances lie, admitting she was the one who dug up Russell's grave after following Eric and Bill the night Russell was buried alive and Nora was her patsy to divert suspision away from her. In Bon Temps, Sookie considers life without fairy powers; after discovering that her fairy powers are finite, she decides to use them up on the night sky. After a fight with Jessica, Jason runs towards the light in the sky emitted by Sookie. Meanwhile, Sam locates one of the shooters at the hospital after catching his scent. Hoyt finds a new group of friends whom are the vigilanties hunting "supers". Alcide prepares for a fight with J.D. for leadership of the pack. At Fangtasia, Tara's estranged mother, Lettie Mae, pays a quick visit where she breaks all ties with Tara after learning that she's a vampire, and Tara makes a veiled threat back at her mother for the years of abuse and mistreatment. Elsewhere, Lafayette travels to Mexico and searches for Jesus' body but ends up getting held hostage by Jesus' uncle. The Chancellors, Nora, Bill and Eric, now under Russell's lead, drink the blood of Lilith and become high. They raid a private party on Bourbon Street and feast on all of the humans present. A vision of Lilith (guest star Jessica Clark) appears, commanding them to continue draining the humans, while looking at Nora. Godric appears in a vision to Eric, stating Eric knows what he is doing is wrong but his sister does not, and Eric must save her. 
56 8 "Somebody That I Used to Know" Stephen Moyer Mark Hudis July 29, 2012 (2012-07-29) 4.60[11]
At Authority headquarters, the Chancellors revel in the afterglow of the recent events. However, Eric sobers after his message from Godric, but Nora will not back away from her newfound idology. Bill is shaken by a distant memory when he is persuaded by Salome to feed, and afterwords, Bill proposes blowing up all the True Blood producing factories in the USA, telling Eric that he is "evolving". Helped by Claude and his fairy sisters, Sookie and Jason visit the site of their parents’ deaths in an attempt to learn the identity of the vampire that killed Mr. and Mrs. Stackhouse that night, with shocking results. An emotional Luna escapes from the hospital after morphing into Sam and she cannot change back. Sam continues to help Andy try to find the vigilantes hunting shifters and other supernatural beings. Hoyt’s new friends bring him a present; Jessica whom they try to persuade him to kill. Hoyt instead frees Jessica, but refuses to associate with her anymore. Meanwhile, Tara has a run-in at Fangtasia with an old high school rival whom Pam glamours to be Tara's personal blood bank. Elsewhere, Lafayette returns home from his harrowing adventure in Mexico where Arlene and Holly persuade him to lead a séance to purge the Ifrit curse on Terry and Patrick. Also, J.D. ups the stakes of his fight with Alcide when he persuades him to hunt down a teenage boy. Alcide is forced to forfeit his right to leadership, and Martha stops J.D. from killing Alcide. 
57 9 "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" Daniel Attias Raelle Tucker August 5, 2012 (2012-08-05) 4.50[12]
Sookie, with the help of Lafayette, receives a clue from the ghost of her deceased grandmother implicating the retired Bon Temps Sheriff Bud Dearborne as having knowledge of her parents' deaths. She goes to Bud's house to investigate but is assaulted and held captive in a pigpen with Hoyt. Meanwhile, Andy and Jason discover that Bud is the mastermind behind the shifter murders just as he and his mistress attempt to feed Hoyt to swine. Aided by Sam, Andy and Jason track Bud down to his farm and shoot him in time to save Sookie, but Hoyt's fate is uncertain. Also, Terry confronts and kills Patrick, whose body is claimed by the Ifrit, thus settling Terry's blood debt. Elsewhere, Russell goes to J.D.'s pack gathering and kidnaps Emma, much to the despair of her grandmother Martha. At Authority Headquarters, Eric attempts to escape, but is discovered and captured after Bill betrays him. 
58 10 "Gone, Gone, Gone" Scott Winant Alexander Woo August 12, 2012 (2012-08-12) 4.49[13]
Sookie and Jason find a mysterious scroll under the floorboard of her house and they go to the Fae haven to figure out what it has written on it. Hoyt asks Jessica to glamour him so he can forget her and Jason and move to Alaska to start his life over. Meanwhile, Nora and Bill "convince" Eric to believe in Lillith and Bill summons Jessica to the AVL. Also, Sam and Luna sneak into the AVL to try and find Emma while Russell has other plans on his mind, plans that concern walking in the sun by drinking fae blood and a giddy Steve is glad to help out which leads to Russell and Steve romantically hooking up and going on a killing spree. 
59 11 "Sunset" Lesli Linka Glatter Angela Robinson August 19, 2012 (2012-08-19) 4.93[14]
Slipping further into religious fervor, the radicalized Bill orders Jessica to turn Jason into a vampire, which she is loath to carry out. Armed with a damning video of Russell and Steve killing the college students, the US military delivers an ultimatum to the Authority, which backfires as Eric recklessly kills the Commander. Eric and Nora re-connect and escape on the pretext of needing to glamour parts of the Military to get back the video of Russell and Steve killing from the previous night. Meanwhile, Pam takes the fall for Tara's murder of the new vampire sheriff and is taken to the Authority. At the Fae sanctuary, Claude and Maurella take Sookie to meet the fairie elder, who may know something about an ancient family secret. Elsewhere, Alcide reconnects with his estranged father and they defend themselves against baby Vamps. Also, Sam and Luna hitch a ride into the Authority to try to rescue Emma only to get taken hostage. Sam is transported off to be breakfast for Bill. Also, Bill believes he was chosen to lead vampires after seeing a vision of Lilith, but so does the rest of the authority. At the end, Russell and Steve force Jason to take them to the Fae sanctuary where they find the fairies and kill the elder... leaving the Fae haven exposed. 
60 12 "Save Yourself" Michael Lehmann Alan Ball August 26, 2012 (2012-08-26) 5.05[15]
Eric arrives just in time where he finally kills Russell Edgington and saves the faeries. Eric holds Nora back from draining Sookie, who has saved his life on more than one occasion. Along with Nora and Tara, he convinces Sookie to assist them in overthrowing the Authority, with Jason tagging along. Jason carries his parents' images with him, who aren't fond of vampires. Meanwhile, Luna skinwalks as Steve Newlin to rescue Emma and announces the Authority's crimes to the world while Steve is on air. Sam breaks free and ends up killing Chancellor Rosalyn and escapes with Luna, Emma and the rest of the humans. Back in Bon Temps, Andy is forced by the pregnant Maurella to deliver her quadruplet faerie babies with assistance from Holly; afterwards, she goes off without them. Alcide, with help from some vampire blood from his father, kills J.D. and takes over as the new leader of the pack. At the climax, Sookie, Eric, Nora, Tara, and Jason team up to lead an all-out assault on the Authority complex and kill all of the guards in a huge bloodbath. Sookie and Tara free Pam and Jessica from the holding cells where the reunited Pam and Tara share an affectionate kiss much to Sookie's surprise and Jessica's amusement. Before Sookie and Eric go after Bill by themselves, Bill tricks Salome into drinking blood laced with silver and kills her. He then drinks all of Lilith's blood in front of Sookie and Eric, faces the "true death," only to rise a more powerful, un-killable, and very evil vampire than before. Eric screams for Sookie to run. 


True Blood was officially renewed for a fifth season on August 11, 2011.[16]

In February, 2012 it was announced that creator Alan Ball would be stepping down as showrunner at the end of the fifth season. Ball will continue on as executive producer in a more advisory role and leave the day-to-day production of the series to others.[17] "Because of the fantastic cast, writers, producers and crew, with whom I have been lucky enough to work these past five years, I know I could step back and the show will continue to thrive," said Ball in a statement.[17]

Series co-star Stephen Moyer made his directorial debut with the eighth episode of season five, titled "Somebody That I Used to Know."[18] D.E.B.S. writer/director and former The L Word producer Angela Robinson has joined the writing staff. She wrote episodes five and eleven.[19]

Series co-star Rutina Wesley confirmed that the character Tara would be returning.[20]


Episode number
(Production number)
Title Original air date Ratings share
(Adults 18–49)
(in millions)
Rank per week
on Cable
49 (5.01) "Turn! Turn! Turn!" June 10, 2012 (2012-06-10) 2.9[4] 5.20[4] #10[21]
50 (5.02) "Authority Always Wins" June 17, 2012 (2012-06-17) 2.6[5] 4.42[5] #11[22]
51 (5.03) "Whatever I Am, You Made Me" June 24, 2012 (2012-06-24) 2.6[6] 4.66[6] #10[23]
52 (5.04) "We'll Meet Again" July 1, 2012 (2012-07-01) 2.6[7] 4.54[7] #11[24]
53 (5.05) "Let's Boot and Rally" July 8, 2012 (2012-07-08) 2.6[8] 4.50[8] #7[25]
54 (5.06) "Hopeless" July 15, 2012 (2012-07-15) 2.7[9] 4.63[9] #11[26]
55 (5.07) "In the Beginning" July 22, 2012 (2012-07-22) 2.6[10] 4.46[10] #9[27]
56 (5.08) "Somebody That I Used to Know" July 29, 2012 (2012-07-29) 2.6[11] 4.60[11] #9[28]
57 (5.09) "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" August 5, 2012 (2012-08-05) 2.7[12] 4.50[12] #4[29]
58 (5.10) "Gone, Gone, Gone" August 12, 2012 (2012-08-12) 2.6[13] 4.49[13] #3[30]
59 (5.11) "Sunset" August 19, 2012 (2012-08-19) 2.8[14] 4.93[14] #6[31]
60 (5.12) "Save Yourself" August 26, 2012 (2012-08-26) 2.8[15] 5.05[15] #3[32]


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