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After last night’s super racy season six premiere of True Blood, Joe Manganiello’s a$$ has its own fan club (and we may just be a part of it). The Daily Beast posted a compelling article, however, posing the question of whether the show has really just been boiled down to a bunch of svelte nudes and gratuitous sex romps.

As the article notes, Bilith’s derriere shows up only 59 seconds into the episode, with naked werewolves showing up 19 minutes later. Only 36 minutes into the premiere, there is a super steamy threesome between Alcide and two of his female pack members.

The author of the article, Kevin Fallon, says, “let’s face it: after five seasons, the introductions and deaths of too many characters to remember, and the now necessity of having a flowchart handy to keep track of the various plot points, the main reason any of us are still watching True Blood may be the sex and nudity.”

Kevin goes on to quote a review from last season, which said the show has become an “overcrowded, emotionally empty, frustrating, convoluted, nonsensical mess,” implying that sex is the only thing that keeps us Truebies coming back for more.

However, the article does point out that the show drew in 6.3 million viewers for the Season 5 finale (they compared it to this season’s Mad Men premiere which, although wildly popular, drew a paltry 3.4 million in comparison). The bottom line? We’re still watching, and not all of us are just here for the sex and violence.

We’d like to defend the notion that there are other things that we love on this show besides those steamy sex scenes (although we’re not complaining about those, either). One thing that we savor that reigns true, season after season, is a love story for those of us who are hopeless romantics. We can’t be the only ones who melted during last night’s premiere when Sookie emotionally rescinded Eric’s invitation into her home, and he watched her through the window with teary puppy dog eyes. Swoon.

What do you think? Do you watch True Blood for anything other than the sex and nudity?

Source: The Daily Beast

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