Series True Blood
Season 5, Episode 6
True Blood 5x06 003
Air date July 15th, 2012
Writers Alan Ball
Director Daniel Attias
Producers Bruce Dunn; Marlis Pujol; David Auge; Angela Robinson; Mark Hudis; Raelle Tucker; Alexander Woo; Brian Buckner; Alan Ball; Gregg Fienberg; Christina Jokanovich; Luis M. Patiño; Gianna Sobol
Starring Anna Paquin; Stephen Moyer; Sam Trammell; Ryan Kwanten; Rutina Wesley; Alexander Skarsgård; Chris Bauer; Kristin Bauer van Straten; Lauren Bowles; Valentina Cervi; Nelsan Ellis; Scott Foley; Janina Gavankar; Lucy Griffiths; Todd Lowe; Joe Manganiello; Michael McMillian; Denis O'Hare; Jim Parrack; Carrie Preston; Deborah Ann Woll
Episode guide
"Let's Boot and Rally"
"In the Beginning"

"Hopeless" is the sixth episode of season five of the vampire television series True Blood and the fifty-fifth episode of the series overall. It was directed by Daniel Attias with a script written by Alan Ball. The episode first aired on HBO on Sunday, July 15th, 2012 at 10:00 pm. In this episode, Hoyt Fortenberry tries to get his vamp on and witnesses a vampire chick fight between Jessica Hamby and Tara Thornton. In Bon Temps, Lafayette Reynolds goes to visit his mother, Ruby-Jean. Arlene Fowler continues to think that husband Terry Bellefleur is off his meds. The Vampire Authority capture Russell Edgington and Roman Zimojic decides that they are going to execute him.

Cast Edit

Principal Cast Edit

Actor Role
Anna Paquin Sookie Stackhouse
Stephen Moyer Bill Compton
Sam Trammell Sam Merlotte
Ryan Kwanten Jason Stackhouse
Rutina Wesley Tara Thornton
Alexander Skarsgård Eric Northman
Chris Bauer Andy Bellefleur
Kristin Bauer van Straten Pam De Beaufort
Lauren Bowles Holly Cleary
Valentina Cervi Salome Agrippa
Nelsan Ellis Lafayette Reynolds
Scott Foley Patrick Devins
Janina Gavankar Luna Garza
Lucy Griffiths Nora Gainsborough
Todd Lowe Terry Bellefleur
Joe Manganiello Alcide Herveaux
Michael McMillian Steve Newlin [1]
Denis O'Hare Russell Edgington
Jim Parrack Hoyt Fortenberry
Carrie Preston Arlene Fowler
Deborah Ann Woll Jessica Hamby

Guest Stars Edit

Actor Role
Alfre Woodard Ruby Jean Reynolds
Dale Dickey Martha Bozeman
Louis Herthum JD Carson
Kelly Overton Rikki Naylor
Lindsey Haun Hadley Hale
Christopher Heyerdahl Dieter Braun
Peter Mensah Kibwe Akinjide
Carolyn Hennesy Rosalyn Harris
Tina Majorino Molly
Jeffrey Nicholas Brown Corbett Stackhouse
Jenni Blong Michelle Stackhouse
Giles Matthey Claude Crane
Emma Greenwell Claudia Crane
Camilla Luddington Claudette Crane
Stephen Monroe Taylor Prisoner Jimmy
Ted Welch Joe Bob
Todd Giebenhain Junior

Co-Stars Edit

Actor Role
Brendan McCarthy Nate
Chloe Noelle Emma Garza
Jayden Lund Doug
Alissa Ford Prisoner Kate
Kiva Jump Nurse Hastigan
Jonathan Kells Phillips Male paramedic
David Atkinson Unsavory vampire

Notes & Trivia Edit

  • This episode is rated TV-MA. It is suggested for mature viewers. It contains violence, nudity, adult language and sexual content.
  • Casting for True Blood was provided by Junie Lowry Johnson, CSA, and Libby Goldstein.
  • Actress Alfre Woodard receives a Special Guest Star credit in this episode.
  • Dancers in this episode are played by Lockhart Brownlie, Colleen Craig, Cody Green, Nicholas Lanzisera, Rachel Markarian, Cassidy Noblett, Genise Ruidiaz, and Jillian Schmitz.
  • Dancer Nick Lanzisera is credited as Nicholas Lanzisera in this episode.
  • Dancer Rachael Markarian is credited as Rachel Makarian in this episode.
  • Actor Michael McMillian is credited in this episode, but does not make an appearance.
  • This is the seventh and final appearance of Hadley Hale.
  • This is the first appearance of Macklyn Warlow, who appears in flashback only in this episode. He will become a key antagonist in season six beginning with the episode, "The Sun", where he will be played by actor Rob Kazinsky.

Allusions Edit

  • The title of this episode is taken from the song "Hopeless" by Percy Mayfield. It plays during the end-title credits.

Quotes Edit


  • Roman Zimojic: Not that I know too much about these fancy antique bloods. All I know is that it cost a fucking fuck-load of money!


  • Russell Edgington: I wanna gorge on human blood not because some fucking bible tells me to, but because I like it. It's fun. It makes my dick hard.



  • Russell Edgington: You're fucking worse than humans. You might as well be praying to leprechauns or unicorns or the motherfucking Kardashians. That makes just as much sense.


  • Lafayette Reynolds: Mama, how do you know all this?
  • Ruby Jean Reynolds: I ain't got no fucking clue, baby. The electricity just runs through me. It always has. I be seein' shit I ain't got no right to be seein'. Shit that I don't even know what it even is.


  • Ruby Jean Reynolds: Jesus loves you, Lala, through and through. Don't you ever forget that. Jesus love the little faggots.

Crew Edit

See also Edit

The World of True Blood




External Links Edit

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References Edit

  1. The actor is credited, but otherwise does not appear in this episode.
  2.; True Blood, "Hopeless"; Original International Airdates.