Nothing much ever happens in Bon Temps, Louisiana. That isn't to say that the residents weren't prepared for it though!
Two years ago, when vampires first started 'coming out of the coffin', the local bartender stocked up on Tru Blood. Buoyed up by the national furor, the people of Bon Temps watched in anxious anticipation for an infestation of vampires to plague them.
It didn't happen. The Tru Blood went off in the refrigerator. No-one so much as glimpsed a vampire, unless they drove out into the big city, where there were whole bars full of them.
Until one actually did turn up in Merlotte's Bar and Grill. Bill Compton wasn't exactly new about town. He was there when it was a collection of homesteads in the middle of nowhere. He helped build the old Compton House on the outskirts of town. When he last left Bon Temps, it was in a grey uniform with a musket over his shoulder.
Waitress Sookie Stackhouse welcomes an old (very old) war hero home. Sam Merlotte orders in two crates of Tru Blood; and local historians thrill to be introduced to a man who actually fought in the American Civil War.
Yet not everyone is happy to have a vampire in their midst, even a Southern gentleman with old time roots in the area. Even one going mainstream on Tru Blood. Sometimes the monsters aren't the ones with the fangs, and not every civil right movement was won in the '60s.