1 "Bad Blood"
Sookie enlists the help of Eric in her search for the missing Bill. Sam begins his search for his birth parents. Tara falls into despair following Eggs's death and attempts suicide. Lafayette invites Tara's mother to help watch over her while Jason and Andy work to cover up the truth regarding their role in Eggs's death. Jessica attempts to save a man whose blood she drained. Eric is paid a surprise visit by the Vampire Queen of Louisiana, Sophie-Anne. Bill frees himself from his captors but finds himself in unfriendly territory in Mississippi.
2 "Beautifully Broken"
Sam Merlotte gets to know his shifter birth family in Arkansas. Meanwhile, Bill is an unwilling guest at the home of Russell Edgington, the vampire King of Mississippi, who has ambitions to take over Louisiana. Jessica seeks advice from Pam on feeding off humans and on the disposal of bodies. Lafayette and Tara visit Lafayette's mother in a psychiatric institution. Eric arrives at Sookie's home to protect her from werewolves.
3 "It Hurts Me Too"
Still searching for Bill, Sookie heads to Jackson, Mississippi, with Alcide, a werewolf bodyguard assigned by Eric to protect her. Sam's birth family pay him an unexpected visit at Merlotte's. Jason decides to become a police officer. Sheriff Bud Dearborne resigns in frustration. Arlene discovers she is pregnant and suspects that the baby's father may be Rene. Franklin charms Tara and disposes of a body for Jessica, but wants information on Bill in return. Eric buys Lafayette an expensive new car as an incentive. Haunted by visions from his past, Bill pledges his allegiance to the King of Mississippi. Bill and Lorena have a violent sexual encounter.
4 "9 Crimes"
Bill breaks up with Sookie and tells her not to try and find him. Alcide and Sookie attend the werewolf initiation of his former fiancee, Debbie Pelt, and discover that Russell is in league with the werewolves. Sam promises to give his brother Tommy a job at Merlotte's and his family a new home. Jessica begins working at Merlotte's. Sheriff Bud Dearborne retires and Andy takes his place. Jason blackmails Andy into making him a cop. Franklin kidnaps Tara and takes her to Jackson. Bill reveals to Russell that Sophie-Anne is selling vampire blood. The Magister leads a raid on Fangtasia and finds vials of vampire blood. Eric and Pam tell the Magister that Bill is responsible for the crime. Bill procures a stripper as a meal for Russell and Lorena and, at Russell's command, joins in the feed.
Eric visits Russell, who catches him in a lie and forces him to admit that the Magister is holding Pam prisoner and will kill her unless he turns in Bill Compton for selling V. Franklin gives Russell information on Sookie's genealogy that he stole from Bill's home. Franklin continues to keep Tara prisoner at Russell's mansion, telling her that he intends to make her his vampire bride. Alcide and Sookie visit packmaster Colonel Flood, who advises them to keep away from Russell and his werewolves. Bill goes to Alcide's apartment to tell Sookie to leave but the King arrives and thwarts his plan. Russell orders Coot to grab Sookie, who protects herself with her mysterious powers. A Viking crown in Russell's possession makes Eric realize that Russell was responsible for killing his family many centuries ago. Lafayette and Jes┐s begin to get to know each other. Tommy begins working at Merlotte's. Jason starts work as a cop and falls for the enigmatic Crystal Norris. Terry moves in with Arlene.
6 "I Got a Right to Sing the Blues"
Russell takes Sookie and Bill to his mansion, where Bill kills one of the bodyguards and attempts to kill Russell. Russell orders Lorena to take Bill to the slaves' quarters and kill him. Eric refuses to help Bill when asked by Sookie, and denies that she means anything to him. Russell tries to learn what Sookie really is. Jason discovers that Crystal has a fianc┐. Sam suspects that his parents are using Tommy for dog-fighting matches. Lafayette and Jes┐s fall out over Lafayette's drug dealing. Eric accompanies Russell to Sophie-Anne's mansion, where Russell blackmails her into accepting his marriage proposal. Eric renounces his loyalty to the Queen and pledges his loyalty to the King of Mississippi. Tara escapes from Franklin's clutches by beating his head to a pulp and tries to rescue Sookie and escape. Sookie tries to save Bill, who has been severely tortured by Lorena, and had his blood drained by Cooter and Debbie. Lorena thwarts Sookie's plan and attempts to kill her.
7 "Hitting the Ground"
With Bill's help, Sookie stakes Lorena. Alcide and Tara attempt to help Sookie get Bill to safety. Debbie tries to thwart their plans but Tara concocts a plan in Sookie's head to get the upper hand. Alcide kills Cooter, causing Debbie to vow vengeance on Alcide. Sookie lets Bill feed on her blood to help revive him, but he ends up attacking her, putting her in a coma. While in her coma, Sookie visits a magical place and meets Claudine. Learning that Sookie does not have a blood type, Bill uses his blood to save her. Sam rescues Tommy from the dog fighting ring and convinces him to leave his parents. Jason attempts to learn more about Crystal from her jailed cousin. Summer declares her feelings for Hoyt. Eric forces Sookie's cousin, Hadley, into revealing Sookie's secret. Eric, Russell and Sophie-Anne go to Fangtasia to rescue Pam. Russell forces the Magister to marry him and Sophie-Anne, killing him immediately afterward.
8 "Night on the Sun"
Sookie and Bill break up in the hospital. Sophie-Anne moves into Russell's mansion. Bill releases Jessica as her maker, but she refuses to leave him. Alcide returns to Mississippi because Debbie has burned down his sister Janice's salon. Lafayette's mother escapes from the psychiatric institution and pays Lafayette a visit; Jes┐s comes looking for her and reignites his relationship with Lafayette. Arlene hires Holly to be the new waitress at Merlotte's. Tommy makes trouble at Merlotte's. Crystal goes to Jason's house to seek refuge from her relatives. Hadley, acting on Eric's orders, warns Sookie that Russell and the werewolves are coming for her and that she should not trust Bill. Jason warns Crystal's father to stay away from her. Debbie and two werewolves go to Sookie's house to kill her. Bill and Jessica arrive to protect her. Eric stakes Talbot, drawing Russell back to Jackson and saving Bill and Sookie. Bill and Sookie have passionate make-up sex.
9 "Everything Is Broken"
Sookie tells Bill that she knows about the secret file he's been keeping on her family. Nan Flanagan visits Eric at Fangtasia to investigate the disappearance of the Magister. The Authority gives Eric the green light to kill Russell. Tara seeks therapy for her trauma. Hadley introduces Sookie to her son, Hunter, who is also a telepath. Bill meets Claudine in the mysterious dream world and finally discovers what Sookie is. Hoyt admits to Jessica that he doesn't care for Summer. Jason and Crystal tie up and plant V on her fiance, who later savages one of Andy's cops. Sam beats up Calvin at Merlotte's, and Crystal follows her father to the hospital, against Jason's wishes. Arlene admits she doesn't want Rene's child. Tara attends a rape survivors' group where Holly reveals she too is a survivor. Franklin comes back for Tara, only to be shot by Jason with wooden bullets. Russell appears on TV, killing a newscaster and pledging to wage war against humans and the American Vampire League.
10 "I Smell a Rat"
Bill reveals to Sookie that she is part fairy. Sam has flashbacks to 2003, when he was a jewel thief and killed two people. Arlene asks Holly for help with her pregnancy after telling Terry that Rene is the baby's father. Holly reveals she is a Wiccan. Hoyt breaks up with Summer. Hoyt is attacked by Tommy in dog form, but Jessica saves him. Eric makes a will, leaving everything to Pam. Lafayette heals Calvin's injuries with V. Jes┐s and Lafayette do V together and, in their drug-induced state, see Jes┐s' grandfather, a sorcerer who dabbled in black magic. Jason confesses to Sookie and Tara that he killed Eggs. Jason learns that Crystal is a were-panther. Sookie goes to see Eric, who, after kissing her, locks her up in Fangtasia's dungeon. Russell picks up a male prostitute who resembles Talbot and stakes him.
11 "Fresh Blood"
Sookie is rescued from Fangtasia's basement by Bill and Yvetta. Lafayette continues to have scary visions after his recent V trip. Jessica confesses to Hoyt that she killed a trucker and Hoyt allows Jessica to feed from him. Eric informs Russell that drinking Sookie's fairy blood will allow vampires to "day walk". Arlene believes Holly's potion has induced a miscarriage, but the baby survives. Sam goes on a drunken rampage and closes Merlotte's for the night after firing Tommy and insulting Terry and the waitresses. Jason finds out that Kitch is on V. Tara tells Andy that she knows about Eggs' murder and the coverup. While Sam and Tara hook up, Tommy breaks into Merlotte's safe. Bill and Sookie are taken captive by Russell and Eric, and brought to Fangtasia. Russell and Eric drink Sookie's blood. Eric tricks Russell into walking outside, then handcuffs himself to Russell and they await death in the daylight.
12 "Evil Is Going On"
Sookie saves Eric from dying in sunlight, despite Bill's protests. At Eric's insistence, Sookie also saves Russell, and ties him to a pole in Fangtasia. Hoyt's mother and Summer stage an intervention to get Hoyt away from Jessica, but it backfires and Hoyt asks Jessica to marry him. Sometime later, his mother is shown buying a rifle. Tara learns that Sam is a shapeshifter and that her mother is having an affair with a minister, and leaves Bon Temps. The DEA stages a raid on Hot Shot, but Jason warns the residents, giving Felton enough time to kill Calvin and escape with Crystal and leaving Jason in charge. Lafayette discovers that Jes┐s is a brujo. Bill and Eric bury Russell alive in cement, then Bill turns the tables on Eric and tries to kill him by doing the same thing. Eric escapes and tells Sookie that Bill was originally sent to Bon Temps to procure her for Sophie-Anne and that he purposely allowed the Rattrays to beat her nearly to death so that he would be able to feed her his blood. Tommy refuses to give Sam back the money he stole from Merlotte's, so Sam shoots at him. After vowing to kill anyone who knows about Sookie's fairy heritage, Bill invites Sophie-Anne to his home for a fight to the death. Sookie visits Gran's grave where she is joined by Claudine and other fairies and transported to their world.