Season 4 of True Blood is officially in the rearview mirror, and the shocking finale saw the deaths of (SPOILER ALERT!) Jesus, Marnie, Nan, and possibly Tara. Today, co-executive producer Raelle Tucker has come forward to offer a couple of hints as to what Season 5 of True Blood will look like.

First, it has been revealed that the series' return in the summer of 2012 will bring some new characters, as well as focus on some characters that haven't quite gotten their due just yet. This is what Raelle Tucker had to say.

"There will be a very significant, strong, mysterious woman at the center of one of our main stories next year. That will be a very familiar and compelling character. It may be someone you've heard of before. Season 5 will explore more fairies, new fairies, fairies in a way you haven't really seen fairies. We will all, as well as Sookie, come to understand fairies more than in previous seasons."

Raelle Tucker went onto reveal that the identity of the wolf seen growing at Sam (Sam Trammell) near the end of the Season 4 finale will be revealed, but he would not confirm if it was Alcide's (Joe Manganiello) father, who is a fixture in the fifth of Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse novels. As well, Russell (Denis O'Hare ) will be back.

"Russell is not dead. It's safe to assume the king of Mississippi is not gone for good."

Also look for Sookie's (Anna Paquin) independent streak to continue next year.

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"While there will always be romance in Sookie's life, Sookie at the moment is choosing herself over all of them. I think that will continue to play into season 5."

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B. Alan Orange