If you want to watch HBO's hit series "True Blood," there are a number of things you should know first. As with most cutting-edge HBO television series )you know, the ones that have really changed the television landscape), there are certain unique plot points that are higher-concept then others. Below are five things you need to know if you are going to get into "True Blood" now, so you can understand what is going on in the series itself.

The Setup of the Series.

The basic set-up of "True Blood," which is based on a series of books, is that vampires and werewolves and other creatures actually exist in the real world and are governed by our society's laws. This removes the notion of these creatures being something that surprise us when we see them. It also creates a great metaphor for members of our society that are considered strange or different, and how rules are created to control them. Once you know that set-up, it will make it much easier for you to understand the plot points throughout the "True Blood" series.

Sookie is Telepathic.

Sookie, who is played by Anna Paquin and is the main character in the "True Blood" series, seems like a pretty blonde cocktail waitress in a backwoods Louisiana bar and restaurant. But she is unique in her own way; she has the power of telepathy, meaning she can read people's minds and hear what they are thinking from time to time. However, there are rules to her telepathic abilities, just like there are rules about vampires and other creatures in the show.

Vampires Want To Be Integrated.

Much of the first season of the show are vampires who have "come out of the coffin" trying to integrate themselves into our society. As with any types of racial integration that have occurred in societies in the past, a wide range of different human characters react in different ways to this idea, from those like Sookie who want the integration to those hate vampires and make it their mission to kill them. This slow but steady process is a theme in just about every episode of the show and is an underlying message for a lot of the character's motivations.

There Are Hierarchies In Discriminated Groups.

Later in the series, Sookie and other human characters are drawn into the dark, seductive and slightly frightening world of vampires and werewolves, to show the inner workings of their previously secret societies. What this also does is allow a view of how groups that have always been discriminated against or had to hide from regular society. It also shows how these groups have good and bad characters in them.

Death Is Not Permanent.

Death in a series like "True Blood" means very little, as most of the undead in the show are major characters, meaning they have died once and can probably be resurrected or come back in some way. While this is a great way to begin new storylines in the show, it also becomes a bit hackneyed and frustrating for audiences. So prepare yourself for a number of twists and turns in just about every episode of the "True Blood" series and just have fun.