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New blood! Population on the rise in Bon Temps

BEN FLYNN (Rob Kazinsky)

First Spotted

In episode 2 when Sookie (Anna Paquin) nurses him to health after a vamp attack.

Powers?

He's a ''moderately powerful'' faerie, and sparks with Sookie ''literally and figuratively.''

On Nudity

''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)

First Spotted

The vampire-rights activist turns up in episode 2 to rally for the cause.

Powers?

The actress, 26, won't say whether Nicole is human...or something more.

Set Shocker

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)

First Spotted

''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.''

Powers?

He's magic-free!

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)

First Spotted

The governor's daughter appears in episode 2, but without her father's anti-vampire views.

Powers?

Nope — she's human.

Audition Motivation

''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)

First Spotted

The super-super-old faerie debuts in the premiere to help relatives Sookie and Jason (Ryan Kwanten).

Powers?

''I show them a few tricks,'' says Hauer, 69.

That Hair?

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

Originally posted May 24, 2013 Published in issue #1261-1262 May 31, 2013 Order article reprints
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