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True Blood Sookie Stackhouse, Waitress, Telepath and Fairy

Updated on August 19, 2013
Anna Paquin as Sookie Stackhouse
Anna Paquin as Sookie Stackhouse | Source

True Blood Sookie

Sookie Stackhouse is the central character in the True Blood TV series, which is based on the books by Charlaine Harris, the Southern Vampire Mysteries. In the HBO series she is played by Anna Paquin. Sookie works as a Waitress in Sam Merlotte’s Bar and Grill, in Bon Temps, Louisiana.

True Blood supernatural people

The True Blood universe mirrors the real world closely, except for the fact that a couple of years before the start of the series, vampires had revealed their existence. The development in Japan of a synthetic blood substitute, the True Blood of the title, means that they are no longer dependent on feeding on humans. Other supernatural creatures like werewolves and shape shifters exist, but they have not revealed themselves yet.

Telepathy and vampires

Sookie is telepathic, which seems to be more of a curse than a gift, constantly hearing what people are thinking has made her struggle to lead a normal life and to form relationships with men. When she meets Bill Compton, the first vampire to openly settle in the town, she is immediately attracted to him, because she cannot read vampires’ minds.

As Sookie’s relationship with Bill develops, she learns more about the vampire world, and comes to the attention of Eric Northman, the vampire sheriff of Louisiana and owner of the Fangtasia bar because of her telepathic powers. Eric uses Sookie to find out information and solve mysteries such as who was cheating him in the bar and the whereabouts of his maker, Godric.

Sookie does seem to be popular with the supernatural characters in Bon Temps. Not only is Bill the vampire clearly attracted to her, but also her boss, Sam Merlotte, who is a shape shifter, has been her admirer for a long time. In time Sookie Stackhouse will also attract the attentions of Eric and of Alcide, a werewolf. It emerges that Sookie’s blood is irresistible to vampires.


Fairy Heritage

When she was seven years old, Sookie’s parents were killed in a flash flood, and she and her brother Jason, had lived with their grandmother Adele Stackhouse. Her brother Jason had inherited his parent’s house, but at the beginning of the series Sookie is still living with her grandmother. At one point Adele suggests that Earl, Sookie’s grandfather also had her telepathic ability.

Occasionally Sookie exhibits other supernatural abilities, when in great danger her hands shoot out a powerful wave that repels all enemies. She also seems to be immune to the hypnotic powers of vampire’s ‘glamour’.

Many of these abilities are explained at the end of season 3 of True Blood when we discover that she is in fact part Fairy. The part fairy heritage explains why vampires find her blood so special. As Sookie herself puts it “I feel better protecting myself, now that I know I am basically vampire crack."

The revelations complicate her relationship with Bill. There have been many negative times, including the fact that he had to create a teenage vampire, Jessica, the fact that he killed her Great uncle after Sookie revealed that he molested her as a child. Their trust was severely tried when, after she rescued him from Russel, an injured Bill lost control and almost drained her of her blood. However, it was Eric’s revelation that Bill knew about her part-fairy nature and was investigating her on behalf of queen Anne-Sophie that really ruined any chances they had together. As Sookie tells Bill “I don't know how you did things in the 1800s, but keeping a file on the woman you love is... creepy."”


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