Sep. 07, 2008
60 min.
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Telepaths, vampires, shape shifters, oh my! Supernatural creatures abound in the small town of Bon Temps, Louisiana where telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse finds herself tangled up in dangerous vampire business when she falls in love with Bill Compton, a 200-year-old vampire.

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Michael Raymond-James (born Michael Weverstad; December 24, 1977) is an American actor. He is best known ...

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Drew Marshall was René Lenier's true identity.

Little is known about Drew Marshall's life prior to arriving in Bon Temps. He had a sister named Cindy who was a waitress at a pie shop. It is also known that Drew harboured a deep resentment for vampires and fangbangers, so much so that he killed his own sister in a fit of rage, because she had slept with a vampire. ("You'll Be the Death of Me").

Season One

He worked on the road crew with Jason, Hoyt, and Lafayette. He was known in Bon Temps as René Lenier, and was a seemingly very charming, nice man with a Cajun accent. He developed a relationship with Arlene Fowler and seemed to be very accepting of Sookie's relationship with Bill. However, he was the killer behind a rash of murders including those of Maudette Pickens, Dawn Green, Gran, Sookie's cat, and Amy Burley. Gran's murder was accidental, as he was expecting to find Sookie that night ("Cold Ground"), and her cat was killed and left as a warning to Sookie ("Plaisir D'Amour"). The other three victims were killed because he believed that they had slept with vampires, although Amy had not.

He proposed to Arlene by pretending his truck had a flat tire ("Fourth Man in the Fire"). He later sabotaged Sookie's engine so that she would need a ride home, which he offered to provide. Once at her house, René removed the bullets from the shotgun that Sam had left for Sookie to use for protection. Sookie then read his mind and saw him killing her Gran. She ran to get the shotgun, but after finding it without any bullets, she hit him over the head with it. René then chased her to the cemetery but lost sight of her when she jumped into an empty grave. He announced that he was thinking about going to the woods to look for her, but this was actually a ploy to get her to reveal herself, which she did. When he got a hold of her, Sam (in the form of a dog) came leaping in to save her, having recognized René's scent from Dawn’s crime scene. At first Sam held his own, but René quickly threw him off and began to beat him before Sookie grabbed a shovel and decapitated him. ("You'll Be the Death of Me")

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03x02 - Beautifully Broken
Season 3, Episode 02
01x06 - Cold Ground
Season 1, Episode 06
03x11 - Fresh Blood
Season 3, Episode 11
05x07 - In The Beginning
Season 5, Episode 07
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