Thirsty for a Fresh Take on All Things True Blood?

WELCOME! Thirsty for a fresh take on all things True Blood? Pull up a virtual barstool at the Pierced Pomegranate Tavern where sisters Rachel and Rebecca are serving up juicy feminist analysis with a twist and opening a vein of thoughtful sociocultural dialogue on HBO's hit series.

Like the epic literary salons of eras past - theaters for conversation and debate which were, incidentally, started and run by women; where the spirited debate about the issues of the day ran as copiously as the actual spirits did - but updated for the digital age, the Pierced Pomegranate Tavern is a fun forum for exploring questions ripe for discourse about the human condition & today's most crucial social issues through the medium of True Blood.

Your salonnières are not peddling liquor per se, but they are offering up new and alternative ideas informed by such diverse influences as pop culture, art, music, cultural history, Goddess studies, transformative theory, literature and poetry, and archaeomythology, filtered through the sieve of their own lived experiences as feminist women of a particular age, background, and culture.

This is a space where you - patrons and passersby alike - can view and engage with these perspectives through the lens of True Blood and contribute your own thoughts. So, no matter if you're a Truebie or a more casual viewer of True Blood, or your drink of choice is a pomegranate martini - one of Rachel's favorite cocktails to drink and Rebecca's to mix - an herbal tea, a frothy double mocha latte, or a can of Fresca (wink, wink) you're invited to join the conversation on the show's complexities in a way that can spark transformation.

Hopefully you'll find something to sink your teeth...err...straw, into! PLEASE ENJOY RESPONSIBLY ;-)


The Pierced Pomegranate Tavern is dedicated to exploring social issues and more through the lens of True Blood. As such, you may encounter:

related to the often provocative and adult themes presented by the show

If you choose to enter and participate in this virtual salon, please be prepared to do so in a thoughtful, respectful, and mature fashion with the above in mind. Click here to check out our comment policy. Thanks!


No copyright infringement is intended, all rights to True Blood belong to HBO, credit is ascribed to sites where images appearing here were originally found.

Forum's Scope

Drawing Manageable Boundaries for the Discussions Taking Place in this Forum 

As your salonnières it is our job to set parameters for the conversations that will emerge here and to keep this forum's focus clear...


  • This is a space for discussing sociocultural & political themes in HBO's hit series True Blood and talking about the show's wider impact from a uniquely feminist perspective

  •  We are focused on the television show True Blood  NOT the Sookie Stackhouse aka Southern Vampire series of books written by Charlaine Harris. We do not read the books and therefore cannot discuss them intelligently. It seems like people tend to conflate True Blood with the Harris-penned books or at least blur the lines between the two; we see them as separate entities.

  • Our musings about the show and the conversations that flow from them will span the entire True Blood canon which at this time includes Seasons 1, 2 , 3 & 4.

True Blood Season 1

True Blood Season 2

True Blood Season 3

True Blood Season 4

  • We're also NOT discussing the "cult of celebrity" surrounding the show; meaning the personal lives of the actors, the red carpet events they attend, who they're hooking up with, etc. are outside the scope of this forum. Not that we're not interested in that stuff in addition to our more intellectually-related True Blood pursuits, but there are already plenty of other places to discuss these kinds of things.  


final scene S3E3 "It Hurts Me Too"

In our view this deliberately unsettling scene raises vital issues that are better addressed through thoughtful dialogue than censure and several questions ripe for discourse spring immediately to mind, for instance: 

If Lorena is as NOW suggests the classic “bitch” archetype; the vamp viewers are encouraged to hate—a characterization that reduces her to a monolith—how might this comment on our culture which has long fragmented the Feminine; that so readily casts women as either virgin or whore? What kind of cultural context would need to exist for us to think differently?

Why does this scene disturb us so? Is it too hard to reconcile the genteel and romantic Bill Compton (currently tenuous grip on his humanity and all) with his willful despoiling of Lorena; his determination to utterly ruin her—and harder still for us to place such a rapacious mindset not at the margins of what this nation is all about, but at the center?

Could Bill's pillage and defilement of Lorena be seen as a visceral rearticulation for a contemporary audience of the overthrow of the Great Goddess by the warrior god as peaceful, egalitarian society was supplanted by patriarchy in a hostile takeover bringing disparate peoples into violent conflict some five millenia ago - the collective memory of which still pulses in our modern psyches?

  • Character studies that look at the role of, and attitudes about, women and representations of the Feminine that speak to issues of identity, body image, self-esteem and self-worth, empowerment and agency, and how gender roles (both male and female) are co-constructed in dynamic interplay with each other will be part of our discourse; for instance:


The conundrum of Jessica: In a society that is so quick to cast women as either untouched innocent or harlot, how do can she reconcile her seeming duality - frozen in time as eternal virgin yet so often labeled as a whore.

Pam & Eric
Sara & Steve

Woman as peer or subordinate...

Queen Sophie Ann a position of empowered self-agency or a pawn in the affairs of men?

These are just a few examples of character studies - we know that women can't be described by an "either or" mode of analysis...we will deepen our investigation of characterization on True Blood in this space.  

We'll be looking at the guys of True Blood too, here's two examples of male character studies applying our uncommon feminist lens: 

the irrepressible Lafayette

At Dragon Con 2010 actor Nelsan Ellis gave us some insight into the character he so convincingly portrays; he said that when True Blood creator Alan Ball first sketched Lafayette he told him he wanted to have LaLa embody the masculine AND the feminine. Mr. Ellis said he questioned how an actor could play both at once...some themes that spring from this apparent contradiction include:

  • duality -vs- integration, or greater holism

  • what IS The Masculine, what IS The Feminine - can they be rigidly defined, or are their boundaries porous?

     And then we've got Bellefleur, who describes himself as "a nurturer". This seems an odd juxtaposition with his military background, since the military identity tends to be hypermasculine in the U.S. - the quality of nurturing is not privileged in this culture - mainstream U.S. OR Armed Forces, for that matter -  since it is generally associated with the feminine.

Could Terry as Wounded Warrior/Wounded Healer (dual attributes often denoting the sage or shaman) be seen as positing a new, integral model of maleness/masculinity?  

Hopefully you have gotten a taste for the type of discourse you can drink up at The Pierced Pomegranate Tavern here!

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