Slow crawling after seven bloody seasons, the final stake through its heart felt like a merciful release True Blood was exactly the show vampire fans were crying out for – a southern gothic mystery with torrents of blood and sex. Although they both premiered in 2008 the True Blood vampires had a lot more bite than the anodyne, twinkling corpses of the Twilight universe. Beneath the campy eroticism and over-the-top fantasy there was more to True Blood than anyone expected. The vampires of True Blood emerged from their coffins boasting violence, verve and sociological metaphors. Were they a surrogate for HIV-positive people? Should vampire marriage be legal? Sometimes they’d hit you in the fangs with their messages – banners declaring “God Hates Fangs” were a typical bit of True Blood subtlety about the subtext of the show – but it was always a fun ride.
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