By Tim Stack
Updated May 30, 2012 at 11:37 PM EDT
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HBO’s True Blood returns to the airwaves on June 10 with a plethora of fresh meat, including Law & Order: SVU‘s Chris Meloni, but there are also some familiar faces back for season 5. TURN AWAY NOW TO AVOID A SPOILER!

EW has learned exclusively that Academy Award nominee and Emmy winner Alfre Woodard will return as Ruby Jean Reynolds, the schizophrenic mother of Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) last seen in season 3. Ruby Jean was a patient in a local mental hospital and under the care of Jesus (Kevin Alejandro), who later went on to have a tragic romance with Lafayette.

Woodard was nominated for an 2011 Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series — for the Blood role. She’s set to appear in episodes 5 and 6 of the HBO series, and possibly more.

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