SPOILERS: New Characters for True Blood Season 3

The first casting call has been released for True Blood‘s third season and reveals some juicy details about what’s coming up. Assuming Alan Ball didn’t sneak in some fake information, here’s who we’ll see on True Blood next summer:

Tommy Mickens, Sam’s long lost younger brother. He has a scar on his face from ear to cheek, works at a tire store in Arkansas, and a family with a bad reputation. He doesn’t know who Sam is when Sam finds him. Sounds like we’ll also being seeing Tommy nude; the casting call specifies that the role involves “backside nudity”. Another shapeshifter in the family?

During the course of looking for his family, Sam encounters Betty and Marvin, an African-American couple who live on a rundown street in Arkansas. Marvin dislikes the Mickens, but Betty – impressed by Sam’s ability to quiet her pitbull – helps him find Tommy.

As previously reported, the show is casting Talbot, the King of Mississippi’s long-time trophy husband. The official casting call reveals more about the character, however. He’s extremely good-looking, like underwear model hot, with a sarcastic personality. He’ll first appear in episode 3.02 as he shows Bill around the mansion where he’s been “invited” to stay. Does this mean Bill was kidnapped by the King?

Jesus Velasquez is a recurring character in season 3 with the possibility of becoming a regular in season 4. Let’s absorb that for a moment; the casting call for the beginning of season 3 already assumes there will be a fourth season. Hurrah! Back to the character, he’s gay, Latino, and – naturally – gorgeous. A good-natured guy, he works as an orderly at a nursing home, caring for an elderly patient who makes racist remarks that he takes in stride. He first appears in episode 3.02.

Olivia, an elderly woman who uses a walker and an oxygen tank, might be under Jesus Velasquez’s care. She sees Bill and mistakes him for her son. Could he be her ancestor?

Those who have read the books will be familiar with Franklin Mott. Described as “sexy, sexy, sexy, sexy”, this vampire is tall, dark , handsome and has an instant connection with Tara. When she faces down some racist rednecks, he rushes to her aid. Is he too good to be true?

Tara also encounters Reverend Daniels, the pastor at Lettie Mae’s church who tries to bring Tara comfort and reconciliation with her mother. It sounds like Lettie Mae has developed an infatuation with her pastor as well.

In what sounds like a challenging storyline for Bill Compton, True Blood is casting a biker gang called the F*ck You Crew who take turns stabbing and feeding on Bill. Cooter (aka Coot) is the gang’s leader, Louie, Jimmy, and Gus are his subordinates high on V. These are recurring roles.

Jason Stackhouse tries to get it on with Jen and Missy, recent NYU grads who are studying to become vets, but keeps seeing them with bullet holes in their heads. Sounds like Terry isn’t the only one suffering from PTSD.

Yvetta is Eric’s new dancer at Fangtasia, and his lover. She a gorgeous Eastern European who speaks Czech. Although she’s currently only slated for one episode, there’s the option she’ll become a recurring character.

It’s also been revealed that episode 3.01 is titled “Pack of Wolves”.

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79 comments

  1. Hmm some of these seem a little too detailed. I think AB is tricking us again!

    • Regardless, it gives us something to wrap out minds around until next summer even if it is a trick!

    • i luv vamopires and if this is all true awesome because they need to make the next season more hot than last season.

    • i know these details do sound to good to be true, but if your a TRUE “TRUEBLOOD”FAN (like me) then you’ll take whatever information about season 3 you can get… YOU GO ALAN BALL.

    • I think they are trikcking us as well, I have read all the books and most of the characaters mentioned here are not there.

      • Oh, you mean like half of season two and most of season one? lol They don’t stick true to the books at all. Regardless, it’s still a great show and all of this “purposefully leaked” info is probably true.

        • While it’s true that they haven’t stayed to true to all of the storylines, they have stayed pretty true to Sookie’s (from the books). The changes are what keep me watching since I have read all of the books (to date) and I know what happens. I like the new story lines!

  2. Oh my, let’s see how it turns out, can’t wait to see!

  3. I’m suspicious. Too much detail being given for some of the characters. Most casting calls give the BARE MINIMUM in terms of details. They keep things very quiet until the person is cast and starts getting scripts. My source for this: A man who has worked in the film industry most of his life, both directing and not (aka other “behind-the-scenes” jobs). Plus, I’m planning on going into the film industry myself, and I’ve been to casting calls, been on set, etc.

  4. During the course of looking for his family, Sam encounters Betty and Marvin, an African-American couple who live on a rundown street in Arkansas. Oliver dislikes the Mickens, but Betty – impressed by Sam’s ability to quiet her pitbull – helps him find Tommy.

    ^who’s Oliver? Olivia?

    but i was too ecstatic to think about the red herrings that might be planted in this. the season sounds very elaborate and cool and i have all faith it’ll be around for tons more seasons! if they are sending us on a wild goose chase… all the better. i won’t be bummed for supposedly being spoiled.

  5. i get major excited about this kinda stuff…

    i think the boy who played Sam’s younger self in the flashbacks should play Tommy, they’re spitting images… it could be plausible if they change the stipulation that only first borns carry the trait 9don’t think Sam specified that when telling Sookie about it).

  6. …….and no one has anything to say about Eric’s new “lover”??Where did they take this Yvetta from?!(if these are true spoilers, of course…)

    • Slated for one episode…maybe to try to make Sookie jealous? This one definately smells of herring…IMO

      • I don’t think that this “lover” will stay on… maybe a couple of episodes (I agree it would be for the jealous issue)… but AB himself said that Eric and Sookie are fated… so…. Team Eric… don’t worry yourselves too much.

        • You know my claws came out for Sookie and I’m thinking “Yvetta? Who is this b*tch?” LOL Then I settled down and saw one episode because AB should know…what we want LOL

          • Yeah, maybe Eric is going to try to make Sookie jealous, but I don’t think that she would be, at least not at this point of the story, but who knows with Alan Ball….

      • Maybe their blood bond will indeed make Sookie jealous. I was a bit jealous myself.

    • Don’t know because she is not in any of the books. This would be great if the Sookie & Eric relationship plays out. I would love to see Sookie as a hater towards Eric’s romantic attachments. I think AB should expose Bill’s real purpose so Sookie can have more than one lover before getting married. But cant wait to see Yvetta.

  7. How do you cast for these things..I wanna be Jesus Velasque..I’m puerto rican very pale brown hair brown eyes 5’9 and 20years old. I look like the latino version of James Dean.

  8. Ok, seriously, whats up with the Eric’s new “Lover”? I wish he would use the books a little more as an outline, I mean the guy is a genius, but he is gonna lose some of the dye hard fans of the books. But hey, this might just be a trick. :)

    • I agree! I wish he would stay with Charlene’s story line a little closer as well. He has done an amazing job so far but the books are absolutly WONDERFUL!

      • I agree I really hope that he does use the books as an outline. I have read them all and cant wait to find out in may with the next book. how ever what ever he decided to do to the story line I will always be a fan.

  9. It better be a damn trick, ’cause I am not liking this at all. Who the hell are all these people? I HATE how they are portraying Sam’s family. At least the got Tara and Franklin Mott going.

    Bitches.

    • The Weres make sense kinda…the book never really spells out who the ones at the compound are, so I can deal with that. I agree with you tho, that one better be a trick, or at least a one-episode-let’s-try-to-make-Sookie-jealous kinda thing…

  10. ALSO… did no one else (only people who’ve read the books would get this)… Russel’s “trophy husband”??!?!?!?!

    What the heckfire? Russel doesn’t have a husband this early in the series… he just has his boys and lives in his playboy mansion for the boys. Russel doesn’t get married until the Conference.

    I do like the show… but sometimes AB makes me angry with his blantant changes. He’s doing a good job keeping me so far (even with the little things that piss me off… like Sookie saying yes to Bill’s ridiculous proposal)… but I hope he doesn’t start messing up the book and the storylines that we all love.

    Don’t you do it, AB!!

    • I don’t really see why AB had to come up with Bill’s proposal, but I think it has its purpose, that will be revealed in the next season. One thing is for sure: that’s one of those things out of the books and I can’t really imagine in which way it will develop, because she said ‘yes’, but Bill never heard it….

      • It doesn’t matter if there’s a purpose for the proposal. He shouldn’t have done it, period.

        The only one that gets remotely close to proposing is Eric.

    • I have read the books and watched the show and im sorry but i think the twists and extras the screenwriters have added have only served to enrich the storyline from the novellas.
      Im sure that even if they only loosely stick to Charlaine Harris’ version and invent the rest it will still be the best thing on TV.

      • To be fair the books were poorly written. I think Alan and his team have done a great job in telling this story in the scope that it needs to be told in. I’m not bashing Charline Harris, because without her we wouldn’t have True Blood, but I feel that True Blood is a better version of the story.

  11. I fell in love with the books. Charlaine Harris developed the characters and the feel of the location very well. Alan Ball is helping them come to HBO so we can all see what we’ve read, or close to it. Of course HBO wants to take it even farther and pick up fans who didn’t read the books. However, just my feeling, but I think the book outlines could stand on their own with very little adjustment. And why are they switching up who writes and directs each episode? Or am I mistaken? I thought they did it in Season One but haven’t received the DVD collection for Season Two as of yet.

  12. I beleive that AB has made some good casting to represent some characters in the books. Especially when comes to Eric:
    CH vision of Eric base on her interview was Vladimir Kulich in The 13 warriors.

    A Conversation With Charlaine Harris, An interview with Alisa McCune
    April 2004:

    Have the movie/television rights been sold for the Southern Vampire series? Who would you pick to portray Sookie, the Vampire Bill, Erik, Sam, Alcide, Jason, Bubba, and Tara?
    Yes, the movie rights to Club Dead have been optioned. There was a guy in the movie The Thirteenth Warrior who would make a great Eric; not too surprisingly, he plays a Viking chieftain in the movie. I really haven’t thought too much about it. Naturally, I would accept Hugh Jackman in any part he chose to accept.

    I am looking forwards to season 3.

  13. I wish everyone would stop worrying about sookie and eric. I hope AB gives eric a girlfriend before sookie and him hook up. Where did anyone get the impression that eric was always sitting around waiting for sookie to call him. He never comes across like that in the books. Please go back and re-read them. So far AB has made eric more agressive towards sookie in the show than he ever has been in all the books. He is never waiting around on her front porch for her. If you all remember correctly sookie is the one that always goes to eric. She never wants anything from him but favors. As far as Im concerned in the books sookie always uses eric. Eric is a thousand year old vampire, he is not sitting around waiting for this girl. I hope he gets lots of girlfriends, because frankly I cant stand sookie. Her and eric together is a hard visual to get even from the books. I hope they make sookie a bit nicer this season, she is extremely annoying. I wanted to smack her after she told sam and jason to get everyone of her lawn in season finale after sam killed maryanne. I also wish AB would develop pam more. He seems only interested in developing characters he has come up with, like jessica, marryanne. I also hope this season is better than the last 2, Because I dont think I will be watching this show much longer. I expected much better from AB than what he is producing. And ERW has to go as the queen. SHE IS HORRIBLE!!!!!!!!!

    • Agreed. Sookie and Eric don’t really get together until the fourth book anyway. And I really like the set up to it…just him running around in the woods like the barbarian he is. XD

      I hate the added characters. Although everyone loves Jessica and she IS a good character, I’ll admit, she seriously needs to go.

      It’ll be wierd to see Eric with someone, period. But If that’s
      true, I’m actually kind of looking forward to it. You don’t
      know what he’s doing in he book outside of Sookie’s view. He could screwing some one different every night and we wouldn’t know.

      It would be great if it was a brunette though. I think that would be funny.

      And of course, I will always fight to include Bubba. Poor, poor Bubba. Excluded from the fun in exchange for a newer, younger, brat of girl vampire. Some times I don’t like you AB.

    • You are so right about Eric! It’s true, we don’t know exactly what he’s up to when he’s away from Sookie, but it’s definitely something worth his time and effort. He’s not just sitting around as he’s way too smart for that. Besides, it would be nice to see him take an interest in someone else for a change. Wonder if Pam feels her position threatened by his attentions toward another… Could make for an intersting storyline, eh AB? Definitely need to build up Pam’s character. She’s so witty and Kristin portrays her so well!

  14. Agree that:
    ERW needs to go…she’s pathetic as Sophie Anne. Hope she’s killed off in the first few episodes of Season 3.

    Too many “new” characters. And what’s with the FU Crew??? Sounds a little too much like the fey feeding on Sookie sequence, which happens later in the books…

    Also, we definitely need to have True Blood come to Vermont if AB plays out the whole marriage thing. Hey, maybe stage another wedding (like Tara and Franklin Mott) in Burlington that the Bon Temps vamps attend?? No way, though that Bill and sookie should get married…that would ruin everything.

  15. well, we know that the vampire kind of mississippi was cast already, and he’s not exactly model material. so these spoilers seem iffy.

  16. I’m curious about the kidnapping arc ending in episode 6! That is most of the third book! How are they going to get that done so quickly, and everything that happens to Sookie on that mission? Plus, what are they going to do for the rest of the season then! Has it been mentioned that Alcide is being csted or is he not in the 3rd season?!

  17. I agree..I don’t want Eric and Sookie yet..and you know Eric is a very sexual being..it is dumb to think he is being celibate..no way. Even Book 4 was just for a week or two..then they didn’t get together again for several more books..Sookie and Bill have to play out…and she still has to go all “Buffy” if you know what I mean..and Lorena… and Club Dead.. and Alcide and Debbie Pelt..the weres who guarded Bill at the house..they tortured Bill along with Lorena.and Debbie..and the biker gang was at Club Dead too.

  18. OkeechobeeBloodskr

    I don’t like these details. Straying away form the books a little is cool ( like the whole Maryanne story line) So I am hopeing this isn’t True. I hope they stay close to the books. Tobad they don’t hold casting calls for us regular people to do some of the parts like the waitresses,ect. It is a dream of mine to be on a show even if it is a back ground character! I love this series and think they are doing a great job!

  19. Eric can not have any other lover, he’s mine ;D

  20. Grant Bowler who was the boat captain in Lost has been cast as a vamp for season 3. He is BUFF!

  21. I love this show!

  22. Pls pls use more of Eric’s character in True blood. I think we all agree that he is the hottest vampire and actor of the show! I look forward to seeing him more on the show!
    BTW>> I read all 10 books and loved them.. I think the show should stick to the original story as much as possible.. now it’s just a different story … so confusing … I really didn’t like the last 3 episodes where the story was just around that crazy demon lady that was after Sam! that was just too much!

    • I have to agree I did not like the turn away from the Maenad character in the book. I am not really liking the change in the character of the Queen. They have changed her to look like an evil ditz. And the Queen was sooo not that

  23. all the new things coming for the 3rd season sound fun, however, I wish that the writers would stick a little more to the books

  24. Love Charlaine Harris’s books BUT, Alan Ball has clearly improved the story line, and spiced it up a few notches! His unique talent and creativity only makes the series entirely more ADDICTIVE!!! QUITE FOND of Alan’s flair!

  25. The stories have already taken a life of its own from the books. It is interesting to see where it goes. Keep it interesting.

  26. I hope it is better than last season!

    it all sounds great to me bring it on!

    I can’t wait im currently reading the sookie stackhouse books , I can’t wait for more to come!

  27. I agree about the whole eric thing – he is much nicer in the books and much prefer him to bill, but in the show bill seems nicer. But i do think that it’s good to stray from the books – keeps us all guessing and gives the show somewhere esle to go.

  28. OH NO, Bill is going to be fed and stabbed! damn, but same as usual for Jason Stackhouse though. They didnt talk so much about Sookie. I wonder whats going to happen with her. We’ll see! Eric is too sexy, but it would be cool to see were Sookie and him go as far as the show.Although it is a SPOiLER people you were warned, once you read you should of known.Im happy! Yay so excited for this new Season 3 and soon to be Season 4. This just keeps getting better!WOOO!

  29. Well I follow eric and bill’s facebook pages and both were having a conversation for a bit on bill being held captive. There was no mention of who was keeping him, but there was straight information saying he was being held captive and was going crazy with bordum. It’ll be interesting if it is infact the king who took him… But then again if it was the king why did he take him when he did during a fancy meal… SOOO many question and scenarios to contemplate!!!

  30. Ok, iv read all of the books and loved them! but why should the show stay just like the book? its a different view on the storie and if you haven’t read the, like me up untile a few mounths ago, its an amazing seires. why do you all feel the need to fallow the storie to the letter? its amzing withoug needing to do that and it attracts so meny more people(not just the book readers) out there. also its his right as an artist to add characters that he thins will better the show.

    P.S. why are we judging something we haven’t seen. i say we should all stop picking apart what this guy is doing till we see the new instalment in the show, maybe it will turn out as a trick, or maybe, just maybe, better then the books.

    P.P.S. if it where fallowed to the letter then how do we know it wouldn’t end up like twighlight a disapointment to thouse who rea the books first( i DONT like the twighlight seires just making a point).

    • oh and sorry about the spelling mistakes my kebords a little on the iffy side.
      rea= read
      thins=thinks
      the ‘the’ after haven’t read is ment to be ‘the book’

  31. Hey guys!!
    dis movie is the bomb..
    when is the third season coming out??

  32. Are you ever gonna bring in bubba i think he is a vital character in this season. I rly like his character and i am astonished that you have decided not to bring him in yet.

    • David, we are not HBO, but we do have the answer! Alan Ball has stated on several occasions that Bubba will not be a part of the show. They can’t get approval to use the likeness and Alan has said that transitioning him from page to screen has proven nigh impossible.

      • WHAT THERE NOT MAKING BUBBA A PART OF THE SHOW! That makes me sad. Hes awsome.

        I wonder if they will be introducing Claude and Claudine some time soon. ;)

  33. I’m from Holland, and i think he should keep going with his improvising thing.
    most of you say that he should keep to the books but isn’t very boring to know every detail from what you’re about to see. I know you didn’t see jessica coming, and she turns out very great.
    and if you read the books it’s like a second story so you have more material to watch and read because it is so much divrent. I hade the same with the vampire diaries the are 5 books and the persons are called the same but for exaple elene supposed to be a blond one with curls she has brown almost black straight hair in the show but is still love it because it is what it is and it is wonderful both of the show’s.

    greetz Renee

  34. I didn’t see anything about Alcide…Hmm..

  35. Isn’t anyone else a fan of Bill? I like Sookie a lot – and while I think Eric is cool, I actually think Sookie should stay with Bill…(ducking at the vegetables being thrown my way…) – Karen

    • So at the risk of ducking vegetables right along with you I will say that I actually agree with you i like Bill better than Erik, I have read some of the books in the sookie stackhouse series and while yes the books are great, I like the AB variation. Oh yeah and Im still cheering on for my Billy.

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  37. I don’t understand what all of the fuss is about. I am a HUGE fan of Charlaine’s series, so much so that I once postponed a surgery until after a release date because I couldn’t wait until after my recovery to find out what happens….That being said, I like the different surprizes that Alan Ball brings to the series. As an avid reader, I am rarely pleased with the “movie version” of my favorite stories. I usually feel that the characters never live up to what I’ve imagined myself, and I usually feel let down. However, that is definately not the case here. I think that Sookie, Bill, Sam, Pam, Jason, Tara, Lafayette, and Eric (saved the best for last) were all perfectly cast. And had it not been for the creative tweaks in the writing, Lafayette wold be dead already, and he brings such life and color to the show (Go on with your bad self Nelsan Ellis). I was grateful that it was that hag exorcism lady and not my favorite diva. As to the Bill/Sookie/Eric thing…I think Sookie should be able to have her cake and eat it, too (She really got around in the books)! Besides, it is FICTION, it ain’t hurting anybody…let the girl have her fun, and when the dust settles she’ll probably be with Eric. Bill is handsome, sweet and all southern gentleman-ly and I really love him in the show, but Eric is ATOMIC HOT! Plus, he and Sookie are “married” with that super-blood-bond thing. But, who knows? Charlaine is still writing, so there’s no telling where this story will go. I am just happy that I get to be along for the ride…..and oh, what a ride……(sighs).

  38. when Eric tells Sookie not to shoot the werewolf, I don’t understand why..when he says, “he knows’ I’m so confused lol

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