True Blood‘s Jason Stackhouse Is Our One True Hero

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Ryan Kwanten and Anna Paquin in True Blood
Am I the only one who started really wishing I had an older brother while watching last night’s True Blood? Jason (Ryan Kwanten) gave Sookie (Anna Paquin) exactly the talk she’s been needing: “You are who you are because you have Mama and Daddy inside you.” (And this after she accidentally zapped him, but of course he cheerfully informed her, “I’m all right; you got me in the head!”) Last week, too, he gave his li’l sis a gentle speech about how he always thought he was to blame for their parents death and was forever grateful that she never blamed him. This is all cementing my theory that Jason is the most emotionally evolved character in the entire series. While Sookie and Bill have become more self-involved thanks to their suffering, Lafayette still wants to escape his reality at any opportunity, Tara can’t let go of her wretched temper, Sam still wants to play foolish hero, Jessica can’t control her wild impulses and Eric is making the tiniest baby steps toward becoming a compassionate vampire, Jason’s been actually building upon five seasons of life lessons. Here’s the evidence.

He accepts supernatural forces enough to trust them to find his parents’ killer. Early Jason never would have tried any fairy hand-holding.
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Searching for his parents’ killer actually seems like a good mission. Better than saving an entire town of inbred werepanthers or crusading against vampires.
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He’s learned sleeping with every woman who falls for him, like his old teacher, sometimes makes him feel worse about himself.
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And he’s become very tolerant of others’ differences, even newly out and proud vampire Rev. Steve Newland.
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None of this is to say we mind seeing the old Jason come through once in a while — a sweet dumb smile and gratuitous shirtlessness is always welcome in these parts!

[Photos: HBO]