Who Were All Those New People On True Blood Tonight?

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Tonight’s episode of True Blood, “Beautifully Broken”, introduced a bunch of new characters for season 3. Need a quick rundown? Here are some basics; click the character names for more detailed character sketches. WARNING: Spoilers ahead!

New Vampires

Russell Edgington, King of Mississippi: Played by Denis O’Hare, Russell is intent on expanding his kingdom to include Louisiana. He ordered Bill’s kidnapping to further his agenda.

Talbot: Played by Theo Alexander, Talbot is Russell’s consort, his companion for the past 700 years. He’s also something of a gourmand when it comes to preparing multiple course of blood dinners.

Franklin Mott: Played by James Frain, Franklin is a love interest for a heartbroken Tara, coming to her aid when a couple of rednecks started harassing her. At least he started out on a positive note.

New Weres/Shifters

Cooter (aka Coot): Played by Grant Bowler, Coot is a werewolf in Russell Edgington’s employ. He’s the leader of the F*ck You Crew who kidnapped Bill at the end of season 2.

Melinda Mickens: Played by J. Smith Cameron, she’s Sam’s birth mother and a shifter.

Tommy Mickens: Played by Marshall Allman, we met him last week. He’s Sam’s brother and a shifter.

Crystal Norris: Played by Lindsay Pulsipher, we (and Jason) got just a glimpse of her this week when the police raided Hotshot for meth.

Calvin Norris: Played by Gregory Sporleder, he’s the leader of Hotshot and either Crystal’s uncle or father.

New Humans

Joe Lee Mickens: Played by Cooper Huckabee, he’s Sam’s birth father. He’s not a shifter.

Ruby Jean Reynolds: Played by Alfre Woodard, she’s Lafayette’s deranged, bigoted mother who he had to place in a mental institute.

Jesus Velasquez: Played by Kevin Alejandro, he’s the orderly who helps Ruby Jean despite her racist remarks.

Quite an array of newbies, huh? We have even more new characters coming up on True Blood next week. Season 3 is shaping up to be another wild ride!

Fan of the Southern Vampire Mysteries since 2001, and co-admin of True-Blood.net since 2008. Team Sookie!


  1. angela

    June 21, 2010 at 2:41 am

    thanks for the run down! this was a great episode with some ‘classic true blood’ one-liners…love-love-love the lighter, comic-relief of andy and jason; terry and arlene scenes. one hour of this show is just NOT enough- and there’s waaaaay too many days between Sundays! LOL!

  2. Scott

    June 21, 2010 at 8:22 am

    This was a great episode! There was however a major mistake and I hope it’s not the beginning of poor writing as HBO has become very prone to do in their other original series. The episode in season 2 where Eric is propositioning Lorena to keep Bill out of the way Lorena specifically states, “I have not seen Bill Compton in over 70 years.” Unless I missed something from the very beginning, this show is taking place in modern day. That would mean the last time she saw Bill was prior to 1939. Anyway, Eric replied to Lorena’s comment by saying, “I haven’t seen my maker (Godric, of course) in over twice that time.” Last night showed Eric and Godric in Nazi uniforms together in 1945……..WTF!?!?

    I love this show but HBO has really f-ed up some good ones over time….The Sopranos, Big Love, etc. I hope it doesn’t happen with this.

    • Sarah

      June 21, 2010 at 7:26 pm

      If you watch that episode again, you’ll see that Eric doesn’t say that. He says, “I haven’t seen my maker for much longer…” not “twice that time”.

      • Amy

        June 22, 2010 at 11:26 am

        It’s a stretch but Eric could also be referring to other times in his and Godric’s history where they’ve gone for much longer without seeing each other.

  3. Joselin

    June 21, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    Alcide Next week! 😀

  4. Amy

    June 22, 2010 at 11:24 am

    Calvin Norris: either Crystal’s uncle or father.

    In HotShot, he could easily be both! ;P

  5. Sally

    June 22, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    ofc, Eric could have been lying to Lorena as well.

  6. Sami

    June 23, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    Calvin is Crystal’s uncle.

    • Mel

      June 23, 2010 at 4:46 pm

      In the books, yes, but there have been some references to him as Crystal’s father in spoilers for the show.