The first season of True Blood sucked in its audience with a trashy combination of sex, blood and soap-worthy storylines. The montage of scenes from season one leading into season two's premiere highlighted another attraction: the show's feverish pace, which so far isn't slowing.

The first season of True Blood sucked in its audience with a trashy combination of sex, blood and soap-worthy storylines. The montage of scenes from season one leading into season two's premiere highlighted another attraction: the show's feverish pace, which so far isn't slowing.

As it developed the romance between Louisiana waitress and reluctant psychic Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) and Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer), the Civil War-era vampire who falls for her, the first season also covered a serial killer, uncovered Sookie's boss (Sam Trammell) as a shape shifter and Bill's romantic rival, rode out an addiction to vampire blood in Sookie's perpetually misguided brother Jason (Ryan Kwanten), and introduced mysterious threats to her best friend Tara (Rutina Wesley) and Tara's blood-dealing cousin Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis).

Two more dead bodies come up in the season two opener and one of them, along with Jason's new interest in an evangelical anti-vampire movement, suggests rising tensions in human-vampire relations.

And while we finally find out what happened to Lafayette at the end of season one, the question that burns hottest from that finale - just who and what the hell is Michelle Forbes' Maryann - will be around to tantalize through another installment or two.

The sex and blood also remain, coming together in another salacious bedroom scene between Sookie and Bill, but at this point True Blood has enough personality to hold interest without having to put out.