A few seconds of True Blood’s
opening credits (set to Jace Everett’s “Bad Things”) are all it takes
to set the mood and excite audiences of the intoxicating vampire drama,
which returns for a fifth season Sunday (9 p.m., HBO). With flashes of
alternating sexual and religious, gritty, Southern-fried, swampy images,
this intro perfectly encapsulates what fans love about the show without
even mentioning vampires.