In contrast to Merlotte's, the vampire world of True Blood is centered around its own bar, Fangtasia, which is owned by ancient vampire Viking Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard).
The trademark bottles are a regular fixture of the show, although there remains a large faction of vampires who oppose integration with humans and rarely drink it.
The show is based on the Southern Vampire Mysteries series of books by Charlaine Harris, though it frequently strays from the source material.
These include Carlo Teodorowych, Jack Monger, Max Theoharis, Marcus Spinetti, Jack Riddle, Harry Roberts, James Roberts, Nicholas Stevens, Cameron Stevens and Cooper Scott. Nicodemou viewed Dean as a "surrogate son" and felt the same way that Leah does for VJ.
She has also stated that she became attached to each actor that has played VJ.
Besides vampires, Bon Temps proves to be home to a variety of supernatural beings, werewolves, shape-shifters, witches, and fairies, to name a few.