The season premiere of “True Blood” is right around the corner and HBO has released over 20 photos to promote it. They include fan favorites like Sookie, Jason, Bill, Eric, Tara, and Lafayette as well as a few newbies. The series’ small southern town will get infused with werewolves, Lafayette’s mother will be introduced, and Tara will take a walk on the wild side with a vampire. Here’s what else season 3 has to offer…

There are a lot of new characters making appearances this season with the most notable being Lafayette’s mother. She’ll be played by Oscar nominee Alfre Woodard and her presence will bring a love interest for her son. She stays in some type of nursing institution and actor Kevin Alejandro plays one of the facility’s workers who takes a shining to Lafayette.

Also, James Frain (“The Tudors“) stars as Franklin Mott a vampire who gets up close and personal with Tara. From what we’ve seen in the trailers he tries to bite her multiple times, and one of those times she requests it. Lindsay Pulsipher (Do Not Disturb) also joins the cast as a fresh faced love interest for Jason Stackhouse. This season is going to be awesome. Get ready!

“True Blood” premieres Sunday on June 13th.

What do you think of the latest photos from True Blood? What do you think of the new characters?