- "I was trapped between worlds for four-hundred years. Lost and driven mad by my rage. I do not want that for you."
- ―Antonia Gavilán de Logroño, to Marnie Stonebrook[src]
Antonia Gavilán de Logroño, better known simply as Antonia Gavilán, was a powerful witch on the HBO original series True Blood. Played by American co-starring actress Paola Turbay, Antonia is briefly mentioned on the episode "She's Not There" at the beginning of the series' fourth season, and makes her debut on the subsequent episode, "You Smell Like Dinner", in the same season. Practicing witchcraft throughout the early 17th century, Antonia was born and raised in Logroño, Spain, and is summoned into the 21st century by another witch, Marnie Stonebrook. Antonia allows Marnie access to her own great power, which Marnie then uses to wreak havoc among the vampires of Bon Temps, Louisiana. The secondary antagonist throughout Season 4, Antonia soon becomes remorseful after seeing the bodies of the humans they murdered and realizes that Marnie has become evil. After breaking free, Antonia meets an untimely but voluntary demise by being led into the afterlife, on the episode "And When I Die", at the end of the series' fourth season.
Antonia was ultimately a kind-hearted and loyal person. She originally turned to magic to help her diseased village. When she was abused by vampires during the inquisition, it instilled a hatred within her of all vampire kind, which she viewed as inherently evil. Her hate drove her to refuse to enter the afterlife until she had purged vampires from the earth. She eventually repented when she saw the harm that her crusade was causing. She accepted the peace of the afterlife and even helped to save the lives of Bill and Eric.
Antonia de Logroño was born and raised in Logroño, Spain. She is a witch and also a healer and a midwife. She practiced her necromancy to save her village from fever and never wished to bring them harm. During the Spanish Inquisition she and her coven were captured by vampires, who had infiltrated and manipulated the Catholic Church. They were abused, raped, and tormented by Don Santiago and Luis Patiño, before she was executed she was raped by Luis and vowed that they will burn in the fires of hell. With her vow while she was being burned at the stake she and her coven (left in the dungeon) continuously chant a spell to awake all vampires of Logroño within a twenty-mile radius forcing them to walk into the daylight immolating themselves alive, as she dies she became a restless spirit and wandered the world for four centuries with her deepest hatred to all vampires.
Antonia first appears by taking over the body of the powerful witch Marnie Stonebrook, after the vampire Eric Northman invades her coven, and threatens their lives. After rejecting his "deal," Eric attacks Marnie and a hex is placed upon him by Antonia. ("You Smell Like Dinner")
Yearning to taste her power again, Marnie asks that Antonia bless her, in exchange for her loyal service. ("If You Love Me, Why Am I Dyin'?")
After Jesus Velasquez, Lafayette Reynolds, and Tara Thornton convince Marnie to break the spell, Pamela Swynford de Beaufort, better known as "Pam" mocks Marnie's attempts and threatens her for progressing too slowly. Antonia takes over once again, and curses Pam with a spell that causes her skin to decay. As Pam flees into the night, Antonia departs, and Marnie faints. ("I'm Alive and on Fire")
Alone and afraid in her cell, Marnie desperately summons Antonia’s spirit and begs her for protection. After revealing yet another vision of her previous life, Antonia is able to fully and successfully possess Marnie as her human vessel. ("I Wish I Was the Moon")
After fully possessing Marnie, Antonia makes an escape as Katerina Pellham and Luis Patiño die in the process. She later comes across a saddened Tara Thornton, whom she convinces to join her coven. After Tara recruits the local witches to join Antonia's cult, she sets forth with casting the same spell she cast 400 years ago, to call all vampires into the sun. ("Cold Grey Light of Dawn")
After the discovery of her insufficient ritual, Antonia becomes furious, and begins to plan yet another attack on the vampires. However, her motivations are soon interrupted by Bill Compton, who apologizes for her unjustly death, and asks to make peace. After Antonia agrees to meet the Vampire King, they later come face-to-face at the Bon Temps Cemetery. As neither vampires nor the witches trust the other, they are each supported by their own reinforcements. As Bill attempts to make an agreement between the two, all seems well until Sookie reads Antonia's mind and finds that she is casting a spell. During the scuffle Eric Northman impulsively kills Beverleen. As the battle between the two species emerges, Antonia bewitches Eric with a spell to captivate him as her willing slave. ("Spellbound")
Later that night, as the coven begins to question their faith in Antonia, she and Roy plan yet another attack against the vampires. However, Antonia is later visited by Debbie Pelt, who provides a distraction while Sookie Stackhouse attempts to free Eric. Before her escape, Sookie listens in on Tara‘s thoughts, which warn her about Antonia‘s plan to kill Bill during the "Festival of Tolerance." As Antonia and Roy prepare for battle, she casts a spell to seal the other witches inside, to prevent them from leaving. After using Eric to lure Blackburn, Duprez and Kirsch away from their stations, Antonia bewitches them to aid Eric in his attempt to kill the Vampire King of Louisiana. ("Let's Get Out of Here")
Fueled with anger and desperation, Sookie manages to break Antonia’s spell upon Eric by blasting a ray of light from her hands. After realizing the damage and destruction caused by her magic, Antonia attempts to abandon Marnie and her diabolical goals. As it turns out, throughout the entire process since Antonia’s arrival, Marnie has always been in control over her own actions. Later that afternoon, Jesus infiltrates the Moon Goddess Emporium, in hopes to save Marnie. However, he soon discovers that Antonia is the victim, and Marnie is responsible for the recent attacks. ("Burning Down the House")
Marnie uses her telekinesis to control a knife to stab Casey. Antonia angrily attempts to leave Marnie's body and, because of Marnie's evil actions, wishes to end their union. However, Marnie forces her to stay by binding her with a binding spell. Jesus tricks Marnie, claiming that Casey is still alive but needs help. He and Lafayette go to the storage closet with Casey's body and perform an enchantment that breaks Marnie's binding spell allowing Antonia to free herself and move on to the afterlife dispelling all her spells. Without Antonia's powers, Marnie is left defenseless and shot to death by Bill. ("Soul of Fire")
Antonia returns a final time on Halloween to calm Marnie's vengeful spirit. Together with Antonia was also Sookie's grandmother, Adele, and other spirits from the Bon Temps Cemetery. They convince Marnie that allowing Bill and Eric to live would not be letting them win, as vampires will be denied the peace of the afterlife and constrained to the pain of life until they meet the true death. At the end, they lead her into the afterlife. ("And When I Die")
Powers and AbilitiesEditAntonia Gavilán is arguably the most powerful character on the show (secondary to Maryann). Antonia was the only human mentioned who was able to gain dominion over the vampires (although it is implied that anyone who practices necromancy can do the same) and the mightiest witch known so far. It is featured that somehow her powers and abilities are specialized to exterminate vampires, her most powerful and offensive spell is her incantation that awaken vampires within a twenty-mile radius forcing them to walk into the daylight burning themselves.
Four hundred years later, Antonia was summoned by another witch named Marnie Stonebrook, whom had called upon her spirit for power and protection. After Antonia returns, she is able to use Marnie as her host, in which she creates havoc among the vampires. Her first victim is Eric who loses his memory. She later places a curse on Pam that makes her face and skin rot and decay. She later reveals the full extent of her power when she enslaves Luis and forces him to kill himself with her control. She attempts to make a large number of other vampires experience her wrath through the spell that she cast 400 years ago.
- Conjuration: The act of calling, commanding, or summoning an object, person, or spirit already in existence.
- Elemental Control: The act of controlling and manipulating the elements of air, earth, fire, water, and weather.
- Mediumship: The act of calling, communicating, and invoking the spirits of the dead.
- Spell Casting: The act of changing and controlling events by magical influence.
- Telekinesis: The act of controlling and manipulating the movements of objects and persons.
- Vampire Glamour Immunity: In "Spellbound", Bill stated that he couldn't glamour non-human or humans with powerful spiritual abilities, such as Antonia Gavilán de Logroño.
- Levitation: The act of floating, flying or rising ones body in the air by supernatural means.
- Additional Abilities: Energy projection, teleportation, illusion casting and the creation of energy barriers or shields.
- Antonia was arguably the main antagonist of the season up until the episode "Burning Down the House", when it is revealed that Marnie is "evil" and is the real antagonist.
|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"|