‘True Blood’ Season 4: August Plotlines Revealed

HBO offers hints at what’s in store for Sookie and her fanged and/or furry friends in the dog days of summer

Last Updated: July 18, 2011 @ 1:33 PM

There are a few sentences that, a few years back, we never would have thought we'd type in the course of normal day's work. And most of them are related to "True Blood."

For example, here is an entirely ludicrous sentence that is also perfectly true: A man was raped by horny were-panthers on HBO last Sunday night.

But now that premium network has revealed information about the four "True Blood" episodes set to air in August, we're limbering up our fingers in anticipation of the many new nutty phrases we're sure to be trotting out in our near future. 

Also read: 'True Blood' Season 4: Meet the New Female Characters

The August episodes will take us up through the 10th episode of the season — so only two more remain after these. Will there be more were-panther rape? More appearances by Mona from "Who's the Boss"? We can only hope.

Episode #43: “Cold Grey Light of Dawn”
Debut: SUNDAY, AUG. 7 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT)
With Marnie (Fiona Shaw) empowered by spirits of the dead, Bill (Stephen Moyer) issues an unpopular order to save vampires from the light. Eric (Alexander Skarsgård) embraces his amnesia; Luna (Janina Gavankar) discovers Sam (Sam Trammell) is not the man she thought he was; Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) expands his consciousness; Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) gets a body peel; Andy’s (Chris Bauer) date with Holly (Lauren Bowles) doesn’t go as planned; Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) has doubts about her future with Hoyt (Jim Parrack); Alcide (Joe Manganiello) and Debbie (Brit Morgan) join a new pack.

Episode #44: “Spellbound?”
Debut: SUNDAY, AUG. 14 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)
As Bill and Marnie brace for a dangerous midnight faceoff, Sookie (Anna Paquin) and Eric pledge their allegiance to the King. Jason (Ryan Kwanten) is torn between friendship and passion, and Jessica is spurned from two homes; Lafayette becomes the pawn of a tormented spirit; Tommy (Marshall Allman) takes a walk in someone else’s shoes; Sam contends with yet another adversary in Marcus (Dan Buran), Luna’s ex and the leader of Alcide’s new pack.

Episode #45: “Run”
Debut: SUNDAY, AUG. 21 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)
Convalescing after her latest near-death trauma, Sookie envisions a world where there’s room for both Bill and Eric. Jesus (Kevin Alejandro) tries to purge the restless spirit out of Lafayette; Marcus enlists Alcide to help him deal with the Sam situation; Bill and Nan Flanagan (Jessica Tuck) clash over their agendas; Hoyt asks Jason to make a delivery to Jessica; despite Tara (Rutina Wesley) and Holly’s misgivings, Marnie plots her next move against the vampires, during a “Festival of Tolerance” event at Shreveport.

Episode #46: “Burning Down the House”
Debut: SUNDAY, AUG. 28 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)
As all hell breaks loose in Shreveport, Sookie summons her most potent powers yet to save Bill, in the process breaking a spell and leading Marnie/Antonia to re-evaluate her mission. Jason urges Jessica to glamour him for Hoyt’s sake; Terry (Todd Lowe) drags Andy to “Fort Bellefleur” for an intervention; Alcide reconsiders his allegiances after Marcus’ fight with Tommy; Jesus, accompanied by Sookie, Lafayette and Jason, tries to breach the Moongoddess Emporium’s defenses to liberate Tara and Holly, while Bill leads a brigade of vampires committed to blowing the place to kingdom come.