‘True Blood’ Season 3: Just-Released Photos Reveal New Castmembers

Waiting sucks, as the marketing campaign for the third season of “True Blood” is quick to point out — but thankfully, you don’t have to wait any longer to get your first substantial look at the vampire drama’s upcoming season!

HBO has released a slew of new photos from the third season of “True Blood,” premiering on June 13th, 2010. Fans are waiting with bated breath for the return of Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), Vampire Bill (Stephen Moyer), Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgård) and other familiar faces, but there are more than a few new guys on the street that you’ll want to sink your fangs into.

Hit the jump for your first look at some of the season’s newest cast members!

In the just released photos, fans will get their best look yet at Tommy Mickens (Marshall Allman), the brother of shape-shifting Sam Merlotte (Sam Trammell). Tommy was first revealed during a “Waiting Sucks” teaser video, in which he held his own brother at gunpoint.

Also seen in full is Franklin Mott (James Frain), the crude vampire with a taste for Tara Thorton (Rutina Wesley). Franklin made his premiere this past Sunday in the latest “Waiting Sucks” video.

Revealed for the first time ever is Russell Edgington (Denis O’Hare), the Vampire King of Mississippi, and his boyfriend Talbot (Theo Alexander, right), described as an “intensely beautiful” vampire.

But that’s not all, “True Blood” fans — the new photos also reveal the fates of several key characters such as Bill Compton and Jessica the Vampire (Deborah Ann Woll), so keep clicking on to see more!

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