Illustration by Mari Rosa

A ‘True Blood’ Love Letter

Bidding farewell to 2018, our minds inevitably move back toward the past. 

Before saying our goodbyes to this year and moving on to the next, we must pay our respects to a show that was like no other in its combined level of wit, sex and tremendous amount of blood. True Blood celebrated its 10-year anniversary in 2018 of that fateful night when Bill Compton first walked into our lives, fangs and all.

To honor the show we still cry bloody tears over losing (let’s totally forget the series finale, of course), here are five reasons we will always feel mad passionate, violent love for the HBO series. 

1. Hot, hot dirty sex. OK if you tell people you watched the show for its storyline or even its interesting infusion of political statements, you are a big fat liar. You watched it for the vampire sex. It’s OK, we did too. 

2. The blood. The only thing that matched True Blood’s intense eroticism was the unrelenting – often sexualized – violence. It was wonderfully unrepentant, visceral and totally gory. What’s not to love? 

3. Shapeshifters, werewolves and fairies, oh my. Of course, beyond the show’s complete disregard for a basic sense of morality or human decency (humans were food after all), True Blood showed us a world where fantastical creatures lived among us. It opened our imaginations to the possibilities … what if there were vampires, werewolves and fairies? What would we do? More importantly, what would they do to us?

4. Eric and Pam. Sure, Sookie and Bill’s mad romance had all the warm, tingly stuff. But Eric Northman, the Nordic vampire, and Pam Swynford de Beaufort, his progeny were the perfect representation of all of the above: sex, violence and power. They were a highly entertaining force til the very end. 

5. Louisiana drawl. The cherry topping the True Blood cocktail has to be the show’s setting in the Pelican State. The vibe, the accents, the colloquialisms … they all just worked. 

Thank you for keeping us entertained for so many years True Blood. Our time together may be over, but our love for you is eternal.