5 Things to expect in True Blood Season 4

Spoilers ahead…

1. Sam Merlotte (Sam Trammel) is joined by a sexy new shifter and romantic interest played by Janina Gavankar. Meanwhile, vamp Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) and human Hoyt (Jim Parrack) are experiencing relationship troubles and Arlene (Carrie Preston) is still fretting that her son has serial killer blood running through his veins.

2. Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten) has become a cop and helping Sheriff Andy Bellefleur (Chris Bauer) with a V addiction. His controversial relationship with werepanther Crystal will lead to more than cold looks from the Hotshot community when he ends up trapped in a freezer.

3. Showrunner Alan Ball has strayed away from the original material once more and has introduced another supernatural being into the dense mix – “disembodied spirits – ghosts if you will,” Ball tells The Hollywood Reporter. “ We get more into the Brujo tradition: the demonic black magic that Jesus may have inherited from his grandfather.”

4. Tara (Rutina Wesley) experiences a sexuality swerve when she falls for a woman. “We felt like it was time for Tara to stop being the victim,” Alan Ball tells THR. “It was time for Tara to really take charge of her life in a way that would be surprising and would give us some fun places to go story wise. We thought, ‘If somebody has been through something like that, maybe they would be prompted to create a whole new life and identity.’ And why not?”

5. Witches will be the main big bad this season, with Jesus (Kevin Alejandro) introducing Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) to a coven of witches led by Marnie. “Most enemies sort of have boundaries,” Kristin Bauer, who plays vampire Pam, tells THR. “Witches don’t really, so they fight in an unseen world. You know they’re not going to throw something at you or throw a punch at you. They are going to do spells and things that you can’t predict, you can’t know, and you can’t react to necessarily in a physical way. So that creates chaos.”