‘True Blood’ makes summer hotter—and gayer

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imageAny cross-section of Gleeks and fangbangers is probably queer. As season finales give way to summer limbo, that subset and an additional crop of LGBT fans rabidly welcome Sunday’s premiere of a gayer-than-ever season of “True Blood.”

And who would we be at Project Q Atlanta if we didn’t call out the Q Factor and lay out the most tantalizing tidbits? Of course, bloodsuckers demanding “vampire rights” has always been a pretty clear analogy, but we are loving that the show is getting even more literal in its gayness this year.

Our beloved Lafayette is joined this season by Vampire King of Mississippi Russell Edgington (Denis O’Hare, top photo right) and his companion of seven centuries, Talbot (the luscious Theo Alexander, left). They play heavily into the early-season plot and beyond, but there’s more gay to come, friends, as the series heats up.

imageSpeaking of heating up, Kevin Alejandro (who we’ve ogled shamelessly in every show he’s graced, from “Ugly Betty” to “Big Love” to “Southland” and guest spots on pretty much every other popular show) enters “True Blood” as Lafayette’s love interest, the sexy, mysterious–and if we have our way, dirty as hell–Jesus (second photo).

That would make two, count ’em, two gay couples on one show. Throw in the lesbian innuendo, and that’s more homos than anything outside of Bravo or Logo can ever boast in the same hour. Go, gay director Alan Ball! Go!image

For the women who love women, Pam (Kristin Bauer, third photo), has been giving our heroine, Sookie (sexy Anna Paquin) undeniably lecherous stares since, well, forever.

But the character that the books say is bisexual hasn’t given us much heat so far. Producers hint at a larger role for her, but won’t give us enough scoop to promise anything lesbi-riffic.image

Then there’s hyper-sexual Sophie-Anne Leclerq (chameleon Evan Rachel Wood, fourth photo), the Vampire Queen of Louisiana. She definitely seduces both ways.

Sources say that Sookie’s cousin Hadley (Lindsey Haun) brings on the Sapphic steam with Sophie-Anne early on with recurring hotness throughout the season. We’ll see.

Those are the gays that producers are outing before the first scene even debuts, but what about the regular roster of hotties in the new season? As Sookie would say, Oh my. My my my.

imageBefore we get to the ones you know about, take a long, lustful gander at Alcide (Joe Manganiello, fifth photo), a werewolf.

Because you know, vampires, shapeshifters, spell casters and blood addicts weren’t enough. Whatever trouble the wolves ultimately get into, Alcide will probably tempt us to get into it with them.

Guys will be glad to know that the never-ending gay parlor game “Who’s Hotter, Jason or Eric?” continues unabated.

imageWe hear that Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten, sixth photo) will get his rocks off to viewers’ delight early on. Uh, how will we possibly maintain our composure? We see DVRs rewinding in our near future.

The plot also finds a way to fit in an extended scene in which Eric (Alexander Skarsgard, bottom photo) shows us he’s been working out in the off season. As if he needed to. Our psychic powers also tell us that DVRs on full-stop pause are imminent.

A gay man could wear out a DVR on this show, and that’s with no word yet on what kind of hotness Sam Merlotte (Sam Trammell) will bring in Season 3 as the good-natured bar owner who just happens to get naked, dang it, before each shape-shift.

imageReports have it that there is another homoerotic scene in the first three episodes between two unnamed male characters that implies much more to come. Like the lesbian factor, we’ll have to wait and see.

As for main storylines, last season’s cliffhanger (“Who took Bill?”) is answered right away, and Sookie’s on the case—with little help from Eric. Tara tries to wrap her head around the death of Eggs — we’ll miss you Mechad Brooks)—with little help from Jason and Andy. Meanwhile, teen vamp Jessica is finding her way and getting hungrier.

More new characters–Hey Alfre Woodard! We’re sure to love you as Lafayette’s mom!–and multiple-thread storylines make it crowded in Bon Temps this year. We can’t wait.

Season 3 of ”True Blood” premieres Sunday, June 13 on HBO, 9 p.m., with a preview show at 8:45 p.m. Catch up with a Season 2 recap on Sunday at 3:45 p.m. Click any of our photos for larger versions.


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