Gotta Love The Hot and Hunky Men of "True Blood" (Spoilers, Video)

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If y'all like hot and hunky men and you aren't watchin' True Blood, you might as well get yourselves to the local loony bin, 'cause the men of Bon Temps, Louisiana are smokin'!

Sunday night, True Blood kicked off its third season with a bang -- or rather a fang, since the show is a modern-day vampire drama. Based on the Sookie Stackhouse books by Charlaine Harris, the characters include a mind reader, a shapeshifter and a graveyard full of vamps, all living, loving and lusting, side by side.

And what would a vampire show be without sexy, dangerous, tortured vamps just waiting to be saved by a good woman? Forget those boys masquerading as men in Twilight -- True Blood's got the real thing. Here's a sampling:

Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer):

Bill Compton Stephen Moyer True Blood
Image courtesy HBO

Vampire Bill is over 140 years old, having been turned during the Civil War. He and Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), a waitress with the ability to read minds, are Bon Temps' original human/vamp supercouple. Bill has the formal manners of a gentleman of the old south, and when it comes to Sookie is beyond protective off his lady love. But no sooner did Bill ask Sookie to marry him during last season's finale than he disappeared before she could say, "Yes." In Sunday's season premiere, Sookie had to enlist the help of Bill's rival, Eric, for her affections.

Eric Northman (Alexander Sarsgard):

Eric Northman Alexander Sarsgard True Blood
Image courtesy HBO

Eric is the vamp sheriff of the Bon Temps territory -- and Bill's romantic rival. Last season, he tricked Sookie into thinking he was dying so she would drink from him. And we all know what happens after that: Sookie's tied to Eric and prone to having erotic fantasies about this tall glass of Nordic iced tea. Just to tantalize us further, our first view of Eric this season was from the rear. Um, er his naked rear. Sookie bursts in as he's having his way with a new dancer at Fangtasia, the local vamp hangout and Eric gets a kick out of showing Sookie what she's missing out on.

Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten):

Jason Stackhouse Ryan Kwanten True Blood
Image courtesy HBO

Sookie's brother Jason is a down-home cutie pie who can't keep his pants zipped to save his life. More than once, that's gotten him into more trouble than he can handle. Last season he joined an anti-vamp church group, and eventually went all commando on them when their whacked-out fanaticism put Sookie in danger. In last season's finale, he saved the life of local lawman Andy Bellefleur (Chris Bauer) when he killed a crazed attacker. To protect Jason, Andy's telling everyone he did the shooting, but Jason's conscience can barely stand it.

In the funniest scene of Sunday's season premiere, Bellefleur tells Jason he has to act just like normal -- which, of course, means bedding as many women as possible. He tells Jason, "Conscience off, d**k on!"

Sam Merlotte (Sam Trammell):

Sam Merlotte Sam Trammell True Blood
Image courtesy HBO

Sam is the owner of Merlotte's, Bon Temps' local bar. He's a shapeshifter who used to have the hots for Sookie, but after being spurned, had a fling with Sookie's best friend, Tara. Sam's a little bit on the scruffy side, but he's got his heart in the right place. Last season, to save the good folk of Bon Temps from an evil demon, Sam risked his life and had to drink from Bill to save himself. This season, he's on the hunt in Arkansas for his real parents. In the hottest scene of the premiere, Sam dreams about a shirtless Bill knocking on his door, asking to use his shower. Then, when he invites Sam to join him he says, "I hear the water in Arkansas is very hard."


Lafayette Reynolds (Nelsan Ellis):

Lafayette Reynolds Nelsan Ellis True Blood
Image courtesy HBO

Lafayette is Tara's cousin, a cook at Merlotte's and a hustler of the first order. He's not above selling himself for a buck or trafficking in the illicit, pure vampire blood, known as "V," which humans use as a drug. He's got a smart mouth, a quick wit, and can put a hurtin' on rude rednecks quicker than you can say, "Well, shut my mouth!" Last season, after being kidnapped and suffering torturous trials at Eric's hands for selling "V," Lafayette was rescued by Sookie and Bill and swore to turn over a new leaf. Let's see how long that lasts.

This season, among all the other paranormal creatures roaming around Bon Temps, the werewolves arrive. Who knows what luscious eye candy they may bring with them? Well, here's a sneak peek: foxy Joe Manganiello will be playing wolfy Alcide Herveaux.

8 June 2010 - Hollywood, California - Joe Manganiello. HBO's True Blood Season 3 Premiere held at Arclight Cinemas Cinerama Dome. Photo Credit: Byron Purvis/AdMedia

Yummy!

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Megan Smith is the BlogHer Contributing Editor covering Television/Online Video.. Her other blogs are Megan's Minute, quirky commentary around the clock and Megan's Minute Rad Review.

 

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