Nothing But The Blood
Episode 1 of 12 within Season Two. Item 13 of 86 overall.
Production number S2E01.
Alexander Woo - Writer
Daniel Minahan - Director
19 votes
A shocking murder outside Merlotte’s has Bon Temps reeling.

Meanwhile, Sookie’s relationship with Bill is tested when she learns about Jessica, and of his involvement in her uncle’s death. Sam recalls a shape-shifting encounter he had with Maryann  as a 17-year-old. Jason gets a sudden windfall that allows him to pay for a leadership retreat with the Fellowship of the Sun. Two adversaries find themselves sharing a mysterious dungeon and, possibly, the same fate.

original airdate-June 14,2009    rating--3.70 million


songs--Theme song-"Bad Things" by Jace Everett

  1. "Butterfly By" by Extreme Music
  2. "Hello Walls" by Faron Young
  3. "Lá Vem a Baiana" by Jussara Silveira
  4. "It's All Good Lovin To Me" by Black Toast
  5. "Leave This All Behind" by Black Toast
  6. "All Night Through" by The Shaker Sisters
  7. "The Golden State" by John Doe featuring Kathleen Edwards
  8. "Nothing But The Blood (Of Jesus)" by Randy Travis
  9. "Wanna Cause Some Trouble (As Heard In True Blood)" by Craig Stull


Trivia--Jason wears a baseball cap with a panther, or cougar on it. In the later books that true blood is based on, Jason becomes a bitten werepanther.

Allusions--"Nothing But the Blood" is a play on the line " . . . nothing but the truth . . ." which can be heard in court cases when a person is sworn in to testify.
  • In a similar manner in which Maryann's nature was implied in the final episode of Season 1 with Rene singing She is a devil in disguise an allusion exists in the scene where Lettie Mae tells Tara to watch out the demon and right after Maryann gets into the scene.


In the near future, thanks to the Japanese invention of synthetic blood, vampires have "come out of the coffin" and are trying to peacefully co-exist with humanity. When a vampire moves into the small Louisiana town of Bon Temps, the tolerance of the locals is put to the test. Local waitress Sookie Stackhouse, unusual in her own right because she can read minds, finds herself drawn to the stranger whose mind is hidden from her.

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Previous episode :
012 You'll Be the Death of Me (season finale)
Next episode :
014 Keep This Party Going

alternative title

Also known as - Southern Vampire

regional titles

Niets anders dan het bloed
Nothing But The Blood
Rien d'autre que le sang
Nichts als Blut
Ní dhéanfaidh aon ní Ach na Fola
Nient'altro che il sangue
Solamente la sangre