Spoiler alert! Read no further if you don’t want to know what’s happening in August 2011 on the fourth season of HBO’s fangtastic vampire/werewolf/telepath series, True Blood.
Episode #43: “Cold Grey Light of Dawn”
Debut: SUNDAY, AUG. 7 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT)
Other HBO playdates: Aug. 7 (11:00 p.m.), 9 (11:30 p.m.), 10 (9:00 p.m.), 13 (10:00 p.m.) and 26 (8:00 p.m.)
HBO2 playdates: Aug. 8 (9:00 p.m.), 11 (10:00 p.m.), 12 (midnight) and 14 (5:00 p.m.)
With Marnie (Fiona Shaw) empowered by spirits of the dead, Bill (Stephen Moyer) issues an unpopular order to save vampires from the light. Eric (Alexander Skarsgård) embraces his amnesia; Luna (Janina Gavankar) discovers Sam (Sam Trammell) is not the man she thought he was; Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) expands his consciousness; Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) gets a body peel; Andy’s (Chris Bauer) date with Holly (Lauren Bowles) doesn’t go as planned; Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) has doubts about her future with Hoyt (Jim Parrack); Alcide (Joe Manganiello) and Debbie (Brit Morgan) join a new pack.
Written by Alexander Woo; directed by Michael Ruscio.
Episode #44: “Spellbound?”
Debut: SUNDAY, AUG. 14 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)
Other HBO playdates: Aug. 14 (11:00 p.m.), 16 (11:30 p.m.), 17 (9:00 p.m.), 20 (9:45 p.m.) and 26 (9:00 p.m.)
HBO2 playdates: Aug. 15 (9:00 p.m.), 18 (10:00 p.m.), 19 (1:15 a.m.) and 21 (5:00 p.m.)
As Bill and Marnie brace for a dangerous midnight faceoff, Sookie (Anna Paquin) and Eric pledge their allegiance to the King. Jason (Ryan Kwanten) is torn between friendship and passion, and Jessica is spurned from two homes; Lafayette becomes the pawn of a tormented spirit; Tommy (Marshall Allman) takes a walk in someone else’s shoes; Sam contends with yet another adversary in Marcus (Dan Buran), Luna’s ex and the leader of Alcide’s new pack.
Written by Alan Ball; directed by Daniel Minahan.
Episode #45: “Run”
Debut: SUNDAY, AUG. 21 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)
Other HBO playdates: Aug. 21 (11:00 p.m.), 23 (11:30 p.m.), 24 (9:00 p.m.), 26 (10:00 p.m.) and 27 (2:00 a.m.)
HBO2 playdates: Aug. 22 (9:00 p.m.), 25 (10:00 p.m.), 26 (1:15 a.m.), and 28 (4:30 p.m.)
Convalescing after her latest near-death trauma, Sookie envisions a world where there’s room for both Bill and Eric. Jesus (Kevin Alejandro) tries to purge the restless spirit out of Lafayette; Marcus enlists Alcide to help him deal with the Sam situation; Bill and Nan Flanagan (Jessica Tuck) clash over their agendas; Hoyt asks Jason to make a delivery to Jessica; despite Tara (Rutina Wesley) and Holly’s misgivings, Marnie plots her next move against the vampires, during a “Festival of Tolerance” event at Shreveport.
Written by Brian Buckner; directed by Romeo Tirone.
Episode #46: “Burning Down the House”
Debut: SUNDAY, AUG. 28 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)
HBO playdates: Aug. 28 (11:00 p.m.), 30 (11:30 p.m.) and 31 (9:00 p.m.), and Sept. 3 (1:30 a.m.) and 7 (8:00 p.m.)
HBO2 playdate: Aug. 29 (10:00 p.m.)
As all hell breaks loose in Shreveport, Sookie summons her most potent powers yet to save Bill, in the process breaking a spell and leading Marnie/Antonia to re-evaluate her mission. Jason urges Jessica to glamour him for Hoyt’s sake; Terry (Todd Lowe) drags Andy to “Fort Bellefleur” for an intervention; Alcide reconsiders his allegiances after Marcus’ fight with Tommy; Jesus, accompanied by Sookie, Lafayette and Jason, tries to breach the Moongoddess Emporium’s defenses to liberate Tara and Holly, while Bill leads a brigade of vampires committed to blowing the place to kingdom come.
Written by Nancy Oliver; directed by Lesli Linka Glatter.
True Blood was created by Alan Ball; based on the Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris; executive producers, Alan Ball and Gregg Fienberg; co-executive producers, Brian Buckner, Mark Hudis, Raelle Tucker, Nancy Oliver and Alexander Woo; associate producer, Christina Jokanovich.