True Blood: See Christopher Meloni & More In Brand New Season 5 Cast Shots

Christopher Meloni, Stephen Moyer, Alexander Skarsgard in 'True Blood' Season 5 -- HBO/John P. Johnson

"True Blood" Season 5 is on the way and HBO just gave fans their first look at several new cast members in their new roles.

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The shots, released by the network on Friday, feature former "Law & Order: SVU" Christopher Meloni holding a dagger-like device in his role as a member of the Vampire Authority.

It also appears Scott Foley, who briefly appeared at the end of Season 4 in a scene with Terry, may figure prominently into the drama this season, as two photos of the recent "Grey's Anatomy" alum were dropped.

VIEW THE PHOTOS: True Blood Season 5 Cast Shots

Elsewhere, fans got their first look at "Cougar Town" and "General Hospital" actress Carolyn Hennesy in her new role as a vampire, and Peter Mensah, most recently of "Spartacus: Vengeance," who is playing another Vampire Authority member.

In addition to the newcomers, there were also brand new pics released of regulars Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard), Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis), Alcide (Joe Manganiello), and Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten).

Noticeably absent from the series of shots was Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten). Like the campaign says, "waiting sucks."

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"True Blood" returns on June 10 at 9 PM on HBO.

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