'True Blood' Season 6: What We Know So Far

Ooooh, Janina Gavankar, you know what we like. The "True Blood" actress took a break from her Luna duties today just to tease fans on Twitter—with a winky little note that the show was back in business, with cast members doing an initial read on the first episode of season six. And now, of course, we're all dying to hear more (and crying a little at how very, very long it'll be before our favorite fanged folks are back on the tube. Waiting! Sucks!) But in the meantime, we can add Janina's tweet to the list of Things We Know About "True Blood"'s Sixth Season. What list? THIS LIST. Here's what we know so far about what's in store.

It'll be short and sweet!

Due to Anna Paquin's maternity leave, the upcoming season will cram its action into 10 episodes rather than the usual 12.

Back for more: Daddy Herveaux and the mysterious Warlow

Robert Patrick is officially on board for regular appearances as Alcide's wayward father—and the creators have confirmed that we'll also get to meet the as-yet-unseen vampire Warlow, who has a contractual claim on Sookie's life thanks to a poorly-thought-out promise on the part of a Stackhouse elder.

Sookie will continue her romantic tour-de-supe...

...with a brand-new faerie boyfriend! "Eastenders" actor Rob Kazinsky has been tapped to play Sook's next-season love interest, who may or may not be competing for the waitress's affections with Alcide, Eric and every other non-human dude in Bon Temps.

Rutger Hauer will join the cast

The show's producers announced shortly after the close of season five that Rutger Hauer had signed on to play Macklyn, a new character with important connections to the Stackhouse family... which is news we've already reported, but any excuse to revisit this picture is good enough for us.

Creighton Burrell wants your vote.

The ongoing conflict of politics between vampires and the humans who hate 'em should be coming to the forefront of "True Blood" again: producers have promised to introduce a new character, Creighton Burrell, the governor of Louisiana who despises and fears vampires after his wife left him for one. Ouch.

And finally, Luna...isn't dead?

We guess? At least not yet? The fierce shapeshifter was left in bad shape after her Steve Newlin skinwalk during the season five finale, but Janina's presence at the reading suggests that she'll survive at least long enough to say a line or two.

Got any other gossip to add to our list?

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