Despite its success in the last few years, it’s hard to get fans to pick their favorite “True Blood” episodes. The HBO hit show has been a fan favorite ever since it debuted in the summer of 2008 featuring characters and storylines from the hit series of novels called “The Southern Vampire Mysteries” by Charlaine Harris. It centers on a young woman named Sookie Stackhouse and the odd cast of characters she interacts with. Some of the best “True Blood” episodes to date are:

“Strange Love”. The original “True Blood” episode introduces us to all of the main characters like the clairvoyant Sookie, Bill Compton, a vampire who is just now settling back int the town he left during the Civil War, and Sookie's friends. The action takes an interesting turn when a couple attempts to capture and kill Bill and drain him of his blood, which serves as an addictive drug for humans. Sookie saves him, but at a great cost to herself.

“You’ll Be the Death of Me”. The season one finale, this “True Blood” episode resolves the big mystery that has been going on all season and answers who exactly has been killing all of the vampire groupies in town. It also introduces the character of Maryanne, who will play a major role in season two, as a mysterious benefactor for Tara when she gets in over her head after a confrontation with her mother.

“Timebomb”. One of the best “True Blood” episodes of season two, it’s the final confrontation between Godric, a 2,000 year old vampire (and Eric’s maker), the group of anti-vampire activists who are bent on destroying him, and the group Eric sent to rescue him. Let’s just say the episode ends with surprising twist audiences did not see coming.

“I Smell A Rat”. It’s nearly at the end of season three that audiences of “True Blood” finally learn how Sookie came by her increasingly strange powers and why vampires are so attracted to her. The answer does not sit well with her and she starts to make plans to prepare herself for the battle that she knows is coming. This “True Blood” episode also features the aftermath of Russell Edgington’s nationally televised breakdown and what it means for the vampire community as a whole.

“Evil Is Going On” It’s the final battle for Sookie, Bill, Eric, Russell, and Sophie that will change everything in one of the best “True Blood” episodes ever aired. Secrets are revealed, alliances are forged and broken and Sookie makes a fateful decision that will alter her life forever asd she accepts her destiny.

-Mark Dodson