BEN FLYNN (Rob Kazinsky)
In episode 2 when Sookie (Anna Paquin) nurses him to health after a vamp attack.
He’s a ”moderately powerful” faerie, and sparks with Sookie ”literally and figuratively.”
”In your contract you can specify, like, ‘45 degrees of the right cheek,”’ Kazinsky, 29, admits. ”I didn’t give them any demands whatsoever, which means that I’m pretty much naked the entire season.”
— LANFORD BEARD
NICOLE WRIGHT (Jurnee Smollett-Bell)
The vampire-rights activist turns up in episode 2 to rally for the cause.
The actress, 26, won’t say whether Nicole is human…or something more.
Working on Friday Night Lights didn’t prep her for True Blood’s realities. ”It’s funny,” she says. ”You’re just walking to the stage, and you’ll see someone covered in blood just eating chicken as if it’s nothing.”
— ERIN STRECKER
GOV. TRUMAN BURRELL (Arliss Howard)
”He starts wreaking havoc in the premiere,” says executive producer Brian Buckner of Howard, 58. ”He’s got short-range goals, long-range goals, and ulterior motives for every single one of them.”
But He’s Still a Menace
”I’m scared of him,” says Buckner. ”Even while he’s doing unimaginable things, he thinks he’s doing good. That’s what’s so scary about Burrell.”
— LYNETTE RICE
WILLA BURRELL (Amelia Rose Blaire)
The governor’s daughter appears in episode 2, but without her father’s anti-vampire views.
Nope — she’s human.
”My sister’s cat had just been hit by a car, so we had this huge ceremony, like, the day before to honor him,” says Blaire. ”It was this really big, moving experience. It just shifted something. I just had this very different perspective on life and death.”
— MANDI BIERLY
NIALL BRIGANT (Rutger Hauer)
The super-super-old faerie debuts in the premiere to help relatives Sookie and Jason (Ryan Kwanten).
”I show them a few tricks,” says Hauer, 69.
His snowy mane doesn’t always look shocked. ”There is this electric moment where my hair stands up. That was only in a scene and a half. Funny enough, the next day that picture showed up on the Internet. It was amazing.”
— LYNETTE RICE