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'True Blood': Best Bloodbath

The juicy Bill-Sookie-Eric-Alcide(?) love chain gang heats up TV screens… again

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Who needs a summer romance novel when we have Sookie, Bill, and Eric? Don’t be fooled by that terrific season 3 cliff-hanger last fall: Though Sookie (Anna Paquin) does head off to fairyland to get some much-needed time away from those maddening bloodsuckers, our heroine has to come back on June 26 and put an end to this love triangle once and for all. Will it be the gentle Bill (Stephen Moyer) or the delectable Eric (Alexander Skarsgård)? Could it be a combination of both? Or, to make things really complicated, will the swarthy werewolf Alcide (Joe Manganiello) scratch and claw his way into her heart? ”It’s hard to be Sookie,” says True Blood creator Alan Ball. ”You’ve got these three insanely hot guys battling for you, but you’re also in danger constantly and having to fight your way out of this or that, and trying to not get killed.” (Her latest foe, played by Harry Potter‘s Fiona Shaw, is a troublemaker named Marnie, a medium-cum-witch who runs a store for Wiccans in Shreveport.) The next 12 episodes — inspired by book 4 of Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse series — are what sex-starved vamp lovers have been waiting for.