Played by: Sam Trammell
Occupation: Owner of Merlotte’s Bar and Grill
Who is Sam Merlotte?
Sam Merlotte (Sam Trammell) was adopted as a child by parents who abandoned him after discovering his knack for taking on animal forms. Once a troubled youth, shapeshifter Sam is now a respected member of Bon Temps and the owner of Merlotte’s Bar, a cornerstone of the small town.
Sam was in love with Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) and revealed his shapeshifting abilities to her early on. Though Sookie has a special affection for Sam, she did not return his romantic feelings. Her rejection put Sam on a path of misguided relationships, which led him to a series of hook-ups with Tara Thornton (Rutina Wesley), and to form a close bond with another shape-shifter named Daphne, who betrayed him.
Sam finally got over his feelings for Sookie when he met the beautiful Luna Garza (Janina Gavankar): a Skinwalker trying to protect her daughter, Emma, from her werewolf ex, Marcus.
Jealous pack leader Marcus intended to kill Sam and take Luna back, but luckily Alcide (Joe Manganiello) stepped in and dispatched Marcus first. But that didn’t exactly smooth things out for Sam & Luna — a group of vigilantes targeting supernatural creatures of almost killed Sam’s new love, and Sam had to shift his way into the depths of The Vampire Authority to rescue Emma (in puppy form) from Steve Newlin (Michael McMillian), who was keeping her as a pet.
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- Wetpaint Entertainment Staff, Amie Simon