New 'True Blood' photos feature evil looks and bloody vampires

Can't wait until the return of "True Blood" next month? You're in luck! HBO has released a whopping 22 photos from season six for your enjoyment.

As fans already know from the trailer, it's going to be a battle between humans and vamps next season, thanks to Russell Edgington and his love Steve Newlin being caught on tape gorging on a bunch of non-supernaturals. Then there's also the little issue of Vampire Bill, who ended last season by feasting on Lilith's blood and being reborn as a super vamp with a god complex.

To get a little taste of what's coming up for the Bon Temps gang, take a look through the slideshow:

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    'True Blood' season 6 photos

    Get a sneak peek at the upcoming season of HBO's supernatural drama in 22 photos!

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    Bill Compton -

    Bill (Stephen Moyer) is back! Season five ended with the formerly nice vamp indulging in Lilith's blood, exploding in a gooey, bloody mess, and being reborn.

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    Eric Northman -

    As far as the faeries were concerned, Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) saved the day in the season five finale by giving Russell Edginging the true death.

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    When viewers last saw, Sookie (Anna Paquin) had infiltrated the Authorities headquarters, only to witness Bill's death and rebirth.

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    Alcide Herveaux -

    At the end of season five, Alcide (Joe Manganiello) -- with the aid of a little vamp blood -- killed pack leader JD to lead his wolves on the right path.

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    Jessica Hambly -

    In the penultimate episode, Bill ordered Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) to turn Jason Stackhouse into a vampire.

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    Jason Stackhouse -

    Jason (Ryan Kwanten) delivered some lighter moments in the season five finale, breaking up the tense scenes inside the Authority's headquarters with his goofiness.

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    Lafayette Reynolds -

    In season five, Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) taps into his powers as a medium to help his friends.

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    Pam Swynford de Beaufort -

    Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) was freed from the Authority's prison, and when reunited with Tara, the two got a bit passionate, much to viewers -- and Sookie's -- surprise.

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    Tara Thornton -

    Tara (Rutina Wesley) was transformed into a vampire by Pam in the premiere, and spent much of the season highly upset by the new life that was forced upon her.

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    Sam Merlotte -

    Poor Sam (Sam Trammell) had a tough season. The shifter ended up getting shot by a bunch of folks who hate supernaturals, and girlfriend Luna seems to be making herself deathly ill by her constant shifting.

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    Arlene and Terry -

    Arlene (Carrie Preston) and Terry (Todd Lowe) nearly split up in season five after Terry was convinced a curse would lead to his beloved family's death if he didn't leave them.

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    Holly and Andy -

    Holly (Lauren Bowles) and Andy (Chris Bauer) spent much of the season in the honeymoon phase of their relationship. But at the end, it turns out that the Sheriff of Bon Temps fathered four -- FOUR! -- babies with faerie Maurella.

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    Eric and Pam -

    Heartbreak! In season five, Eric released his "child" Pam.

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    Tara, Sookie and Lucy -

    Can viewers look forward to some girl power this season, with Tara, Sookie and Nora (Lucy Griffiths) at the center of the action?

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    Steve Newlin -

    Russell and Steve's (Michael McMillian) crimes against humanity were revealed at the season's end, so expect the former holy man to face some sort of punishment in season six.

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    Jason and Sookie -

    Will Jason and Sookie finally learn the truth behind their parents' deaths?

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    Niall Brigant -

    Rutger Hauer joins the cast as Niall Brigant in season six. In the Sookie Stackhouse novels, he's a faerie, great-grandfather to Sookie and Jason.

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    Ben Flynn -

    Rob Kazinsky joins the cast as Ben Flynn.

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    Truman Burrell -

    Arliss Howard joins the cast as Gov. Truman Burrell.

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    Willa Burrell -

    Amelia Rose Blaire joins the cast as Willa Burrell.

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    Nicole Wright -

    Jurnee Smollett-Bell joins the cast as Nicole Wright.

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    Rikki Naylor -

    Kelly Overton is reprising her role as werewolf Rikki in season six.

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"True Blood" season six premieres on June 16 on HBO.

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