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True Blood Season 6
True Blood season six promotional poster.jpg
Region 1 DVD cover
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 10
Broadcast
Original channel HBO
Original run June 16, 2013 (2013-06-16) – August 18, 2013 (2013-08-18)
Home video release
DVD release
Region 1 June 3, 2014 (2014-06-03)[1]
Region 2 June 14, 2014 (2014-06-14)[2]
Region 4 June 4, 2014 (2014-06-04)[3]
Blu-ray Disc release
Region A June 3, 2014 (2014-06-03)[1]
Region B June 4, 2014 (2014-06-04)[3]
Season chronology
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The sixth season of the HBO supernatural drama series True Blood premiered on June 16, 2013. The season had an abbreviated run of ten episodes, as opposed to the usual twelve, partially to accommodate the pregnancy of lead actress Anna Paquin.[5] It is also the first season not to be primarily based on the corresponding novel in The Southern Vampire Mysteries series (in this case Definitely Dead), instead taking elements from multiple books in the series.

Cast and characters[edit]

Episodes[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
(million)
61 1 "Who Are You, Really?" Stephen Moyer Raelle Tucker June 16, 2013 (2013-06-16) 4.52[6]
Sookie, Eric and the others flee the Authority compound after Bill's reincarnation. Meanwhile, Louisiana Governor Burrell declares war on vampires. Eric says he is no longer Pam's maker, and she no longer follows his orders. Upset, Pam goes to Fangtasia with Tara, when some S.W.A.T. troopers arrive and shoot Tara, after announcing all Vampire businesses are closed. Jason hitchhikes and is picked up by an old man, who he believes to be Warlow after the old man says "Nothing can keep Warlow from Sookie." Jason shoots at the man who disappears, while the faerie blood contract promising Sookie to Warlow starts to glow. Sam, Luna, and Emma escape from Authority headquarters, though Luna dies from her injuries, entrusting Sam to take care of Emma. Jessica is called by Bill, who is somewhat normal but more powerful. He is nearly staked by Eric and is staked from behind by Sookie. He demands they all leave, except Jessica. Meanwhile, Alcide is about to have sex with a young woman in the pack when Rikki comes, and they have a threesome, although Rikki insists she is Alcide's "number one bitch" as they have sex. In Bon Temps, Andy tries to take care of his faerie kids, who age fast. Eric signs Sookie's house back over to her in his blood, while she takes back his invitation. Nora insists Eric is in love with Sookie. Bill talks to Jessica in her room, but hears noises as he leaves. Returning to his room, he sees Lilith, who appears to enter his body.
62 2 "The Sun" Daniel Attias Angela Robinson June 23, 2013 (2013-06-23) 4.08[7]
Sookie and Jason meet their fairy Grandfather, and Sookie connects with an injured stranger revealed to be a fairy- halfling. Bill enters a trance where Lillith warns him about the future and ugly new beginnings. Eric strives to thwart Gov. Burrell's plans,but things don't go as expected. Sam encounters a zealot and is attacked by Alcide and Martha who steals Emma after a fight. Bill considers his heightened powers.
63 3 "You're No Good" Howard Deutch Mark Hudis June 30, 2013 (2013-06-30) 3.94[8]
Irate over Burrell’s blatant aggression towards vampires, Eric takes matters into his own hands. After dangerously testing the limits of his powers, Bill enlists a TruBlood innovator to synthesize a new type of blood – but has difficulty finding the right donor. Sookie begins to learn why Warlow is after her. Sam receives unexpected help from Nicole and her Vampire Unity Society (V.U.S.) associates. Steve Newlin (Michael McMillian) finds his past ideals turning into a current nightmare.
64 4 "At Last" Anthony Hemingway Alexander Woo July 7, 2013 (2013-07-07) 4.14[9]
Sookie confronts her attraction to Ben by inviting him to dinner. Eric counters Burrell's brutal anti-vampire initiatives by hitting him where it hurts the most. Andy's faerie daughters keep dangerous company. Bill gives Takahashi the task of synthesizing a new kind of blood.
65 5 "Fuck the Pain Away" Michael Ruscio Angela Robinson July 14, 2013 (2013-07-14) 4.54[10]
Sookie gets Lafayette to summon her dead parents. Warlow revisits some painful memories with Lilith. Eric and Tara resort to drastic measures to rescue Pam. Sarah reconnects with Jason. Andy picks up the pieces of his ravaged family. Jessica seeks atonement.
66 6 "Don't You Feel Me" Howard Deutch Daniel Kenneth July 21, 2013 (2013-07-21) 4.47[11]
Bill travels to another plane and seeks Lilith's advice on the escalating crisis between humans and vampires. Eric, Pam, Nora, Jason and Jessica get an inside look at Vamp Camp. Sam tries to make the best decision for Emma's future. Andy names his remaining faerie daughter. Eric discovers the truth about TruBlood's resumed production. Meanwhile, Sookie says she's a 'danger whore' and has sex with Warlow, after discovering that it was him who saved her from her parents, and not the other way round as she had always believed. Bill attacks the Governor's residence, killing him and uses his powers to force the guards to kill each other.
67 7 "In the Evening" Scott Winant Kate Barnow July 28, 2013 (2013-07-28) 4.36[12]
Eric makes a last-ditch attempt to save Nora by pledging allegiance to Bill. Hearing the news of Terry's death, Sam ignores Alcide's warning and returns to Bon Temps. Jason "breaks-in" to the vamp-camp to save Jessica, where he runs into Sarah. With the Governor out of the picture, she vows to get revenge on Jason. Jessica shows her gratitude to a fellow prisoner. Sookie and Warlow move to their special hiding place. She gives Warlow her blood, she takes his blood- they have sex. Warlow wants to get married, Sookie isn't so sure.
68 8 "Dead Meat" Michael Lehmann Robin Veith August 4, 2013 (2013-08-04) 4.17[13]
Since Nora dies, Eric decides to take the vampire fate into his own hands. Sookie struggles between staying human/fae or letting Warlow turn her to save Vampire kind. Meanwhile everyone in the vamp-camp begins to drink the True Blood tainted with Hep-V. Reverend Newlin accidentally lets slip to Sarah that they know about the tainted blood, after which she locks up all the vampires who refuse to drink it in the white room, in accordance to Bill's vision.
69 9 "Life Matters" Romeo Tirone Brian Buckner August 11, 2013 (2013-08-11) 4.00[14]
Sookie and Bill clash over Bill's desire to use Warlow's blood. Eric arrives at Vamp Camp, releasing its captives and starting a massacre by leading all into attacking the human staff. Sarah Newlin escapes, however, and opens the roof of the White Room in order to burn the trapped vampires inside. Bill arrives to prevent this, offering the vampires his blood so they are immune to the sunlight. Eric intervenes when Steve Newlin tries to get his share, however, forcing Newlin into the sun and to his death. Bill, weakened by his blood loss, is visited by Lilith's sirens before being rescued by Jessica. While Eric starts destroying the infected TruBlood bottles, Jason decides not to kill Sarah Newlin and lets her go. In Bon Temps, a funeral takes place for Terry Bellefleur, and the town inhabitants take turns telling stories about Terry.
70 10 "Radioactive" Scott Winant Kate Barnow August 18, 2013 (2013-08-18) 4.14[15]
In the sixth season finale, Bill discovers that salvation comes at a price. Due to excessive feeding from his blood, Bill loses his powers inherited from the blood of Lilith. Sookie tries to talk Warlow into dating her rather than marry her just then and there. Warlow turns violent and holds her captive. Bill releases Takahashi, but is grievously stricken for the way he behaved with Sookie. Jessica encourages Bill to save Sookie, and they take the help of Jason, Violet, Andy and Adylin. Bill saves Sookie. But Warlow soon overtakes everyone and just as he is ready to take Sookie with him, her Grandfather appears and holds him while Jason puts a stake through Warlow's heart, killing him. As soon as Warlow dies, the power of walking in daylight is also taken away from all other vampires who inherited the trait. Far away in Sweden, Eric also loses the power which causes him to burn. Six months later, things come back to normal in Bon Temps: Bill has become a writer, Sam Merlotte is the new Mayor, Arlene has taken over Sam's bar and renamed it "Bellefleur's", Sookie and Alcide are in a relationship and so are Jason and Violet. However, the Hepatitis-V virus has spread around the country and infected vampires run amok. While a search for a vaccine is ongoing, Sam and Bill offer that each citizen pair with a healthy vampire as protection. Jessica asks for forgiveness from Andy and Adylin and promises to protect them; Andy almost shoots her, but Jessica mounts guard anyway. Tara's estranged mother, Lettie Mae, offers herself to Tara to "nourish" her in an attempt to make up for her neglect of Tara while she was growing up. In the final scene, during the "pairing" meet at Bellefleur's, a horde of infected vampires gather around the building and are about to attack.

Production[edit]

In February 2012 series creator Alan Ball announced he would step down as day-to-day showrunner of True Blood but would stay on as executive producer.[16] Mark Hudis, who joined the writing staff at the beginning of the fourth season, was chosen as executive producer for season six. However, the producers announced in March 2013 that, after only a single season, Hudis would also depart the series to focus on developing his own HBO series. Brian Buckner filled the position for the rest of the season and will continue in the role for the seventh season.[17] On Monday, July 15, 2013, HBO renewed True Blood for a seventh and final season.

Ratings[edit]

Episode number
(Production number)
Title Original air date Ratings share
(Adults 18–49)
Viewers
(in millions)
Rank per week
on Cable
61 (6.01) "Who Are You, Really?" June 16, 2013 (2013-06-16) 2.4[6] 4.52[6] #4[18]
62 (6.02) "The Sun" June 23, 2013 (2013-06-23) 2.2[7] 4.08[7] #9[19]
63 (6.03) "You're No Good" June 30, 2013 (2013-06-30) 2.2[8] 3.93[8] #9[20]
64 (6.04) "At Last" July 7, 2013 (2013-07-07) 2.3[9] 4.14[9] #5[21]
65 (6.05) "Fuck the Pain Away" July 14, 2013 (2013-07-14) 2.5[10] 4.54[10] #5[22]
66 (6.06) "Don't You Feel Me" July 21, 2013 (2013-07-21) 2.4[11] 4.47[11] #8[23]
67 (6.07) "In the Evening" July 28, 2013 (2013-07-28) 2.4[12] 4.36[12] #4[24]
68 (6.08) "Dead Meat" August 4, 2013 (2013-08-04) 2.2[13] 4.17[13] #7[25]
69 (6.09) "Life Matters" August 11, 2013 (2013-08-11) 2.2[14] 4.00[14] #11[26]
70 (6.10) "Radioactive" August 18, 2013 (2013-08-18) 2.3[15] 4.14[15] #12[27]

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