‘True Blood': Inside Real Vampire Politics

The Queen is dead. Long live the King. Tonight’s “True Blood” episode, “You Smell Like Dinner,” finally shed some light on how Sheriff Bill Compton ascended the throne to become King William Compton (R.I.P. Sophie-Anne), but if you think such vampire intrigue is simply something dreamed up for television, you’d be wrong.

In fact, our real vampire commentator Michelle Belanger told us the hierarchy we see on “True Blood” is fairly true to life.

“I gotta tell ya. Vampires seem to love their politics,” Michelle said. “It’s one thing I love and hate about the modern vampire community.”

But not all areas are as well governed as fictional Bon Temps, Louisiana.

“New York City is perhaps the most in keeping with what you get to see on ’True Blood,'” Michelle explained. “In fact, in the ’90s, the [vampire] courts of Gotham were set up very much like feudal monarchies with different vampire houses, each with their own head and with the overarching court and this was the collection of vampire houses usually hosted at a night club event.”

It’s not all fun and games, though. “I feel for poor Nan Flanagan,” Michelle continued. “Her job isn’t easy.”

Click play on the video above to hear everything Michelle has to say about this hierarchy, including the NYPD’s vampire connection.

(Check back in the morning for our full “True Blood” recap!)

What did you think of tonight’s “True Blood” episode? Are you surprised to hear that the show’s vampire politics are true to life? Tell us in the comments and on Twitter!