With many months to go until the third season of True Blood debuts on HBO, numerous spoilers are already circulating around the Internet.
For how long will Bill remain kidnapped? What's the deal with Sam's family? What other creatures can fans expect to meet?
Show writers Raelle Tucker and Alexander Woo sat down with Sci-Fi Wire this week and answered a few pressing questions. Let's take a look at how they've teased upcoming storylines...
The return of Bill: Expect the kidnapping arc to run for approximately the first six episode of season three. We'll see scenes of Bill with his captors during this time.
What's the deal with meeting Sam's family? Says Tucker: "They aren't the brightest people, maybe. At least they appear that way. They're fairly dysfunctional, but like anybody else, they have their good things about them and not-so-good things. They're still getting to know each other. Sam's still getting to know them, and so are we."
On the supernatural world: "The entire world is going to get a lot bigger," Woo says. "Not only the human world, but in Sookie's eyes, she's going to see the whole supernatural world. Luckily, since this show is through Sookie's eyes, as an audience we'll get to see a much larger supernatural world."
Super Sookie: "I think that Sookie is conscious of her abilities more this season than she's been, and she's questioning them more," Tucker says. "We're going to be exploring that more this season."
Less trouble (and clothing) for Jason: "I think Jason's path this season is actually about not getting into trouble," Tucker says. "It's about trying to stay out of trouble. I think it's going well for him."New characters are on the way: First, a biker gang will come to Bon Temps. Says Tucker: "The one thing I will say is that they are very mysterious. They're a group who's been around a lot longer than you think. I don't want to say too much about them right now, because I think that we are in the early stages of figuring that out."
As for Tommy Mickens? Woo says: "He's a completely new character, but he plays very prominently in the emotional life of at first one and then, later, several other of our characters. He'll be the first domino to push the rest."
On the Vampire King of Mississippi: Creator Alan Ball jumped in for this description, saying: "He's older [than Sophie-Anne]. He's much more mature. He's much more methodical and grounded. She's kind of crazy... very egomaniacal and very self-obsessed and doesn't really think about her actions, whereas the Vampire King is very much an adult.
He has an agenda. He has things he wants to achieve. I think he's much more formidable than she is."
HBO is yet to set a premiere date for True Blood, but season three will air throughout the summer of 2010.