- "There aint no heaven, and hells a dog fight. I’m gonna disappear like I never was, that’s what I want."
- ―Tommy Mickens to Sam [src]
Tommy Mickens is a major character in the third and fourth seasons of True Blood. He is played by starring cast member Marshall Allman and debuts in "Bad Blood". He was the younger brother of Sam Merlotte and son of Melinda and Joe Lee Mickens. He was killed by Marcus Bozeman.
Tommy is first seen when Sam goes up to him at a mechanic's garage. Sam asks if he is Tommy Mickens, he says that the Tommy that he is looking for six months ago, then Sam leaves. In the next episode Tommy finds Sam camping outside of his house and Tommy points a gun to his head and tells him to get out the car. Tommy brings Sam into the house where then Tommy finds out Sam is a shapeshifter and that he's his older brother. Tommy gets jealous and tells Sam he could have his parents and he walks out.
Later Sam follows Tommy and they talk about their messed up lives. Tommy then plans to take a break by running and Sam joins him. While running Tommy tries to get Sam killed by standing in front a moving truck and at the last minute when Sam is next to him Tommy shifted into a hawk and flew away. Sam barely got away. When Tommy was at home Sam walked in and told Tommy that he doesn't appreciate Tommy trying to get him killed and Tommy replies that he doesn't appreciate Sam acting like he belongs there. ("It Hurts Me Too")
Tommy later tries to steal money from Sam's safe when he and their parents visit Bon Temps. After Sam finds him sleeping in the woods Tommy explains how he needs to support his parents. Sam forgives his brother and gives him a job as a bus boy in Merlotte's. Tommy is very pleased and starts to warm up to Sam. ("9 Crimes") During his first night at work, Tommy shows interest in Jessica Hamby as he tells her that she is a "smoking hot vampire," and both have a small moment before Tommy's father Joe Lee calls in a fury telling him he must come home, but Tommy stays at work.
He asks Sam to sleep in his trailer and he agrees. Later, Joe Lee bursts in and demands Sam give back his son, and that he owns him "from head to tail!" Sam is extremely alarmed at this behavior and tries to get Tommy to tell him what is going on. At first Sam assumes an abusive relationship is going on between them because Tommy's body is covered in scars. ("Trouble")
After Arlene tells Sam that his parents own a pit bull they took out that morning, and Tommy has not come into work, Sam realizes what is going on. Melinda and Joe Lee have been using Tommy in his shifted form to make money in dog fights. ("I Got a Right to Sing the Blues") Sam tracks the Mickens to the dog fighting ring and stops Tommy's fight. After Sam offers him a better life then with his parents Tommy leaves with him. ("Hitting the Ground")
When Tommy tells Sam that he lost his family because of him and he has no way to make it in the world, Sam suggests he get a job. Tommy confesses to Sam that he is illiterate. Doubting that Sam will shoot him, Tommy picks up the bag of money and leaves; Sam's gun fires toward him. ("Evil is Going On")
- See "Tommy Mickens/Season 4"
Powers & Abilities
Tommy was born as a shapeshifter, able to change into many animals, such as birds, dogs and alligators, but not into a different human form, the reason given is that humans are too complex.
A dog is his go-to shift, which means it is the easiest animal for him to become and he also shares some traits with a dog such as a keen sense of smell. A unique trait of his shapeshifting abilities is the ability to quickly shift from one animal to another (which has not been seen in other shifters), which is something that his older brother has not learned to do yet.
|Season three appearances|
|"Bad Blood"||"Beautifully Broken"||"It Hurts Me Too"||"9 Crimes"|
|"Trouble"||"I Got a Right to Sing the Blues"||"Hitting the Ground"||"Night on the Sun"|
|"Everything Is Broken"||"I Smell a Rat"||"Fresh Blood"||"Evil is Going On"|
|Season four appearances|
|"She's Not There"||"You Smell Like Dinner"||"If You Love Me, Why Am I Dyin'?"||"I'm Alive and on Fire"|
|"Me and the Devil"||"I Wish I Was the Moon"||"Cold Grey Light of Dawn"||"Spellbound"|
|"Let's Get Out of Here"||"Burning Down the House"||"Soul of Fire"||"And When I Die"|