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Sheriff Bud Dearborne

1, 2, 3, 5
First seen
Appeared in
22 episodes (see below)
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Turning age
Vampire age
Date of birth
Date of death
Former Sheriff of Bon Temps
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"I’ve had it with this shit. Every time we clear one murder, two more spring up. It’s like crab grass."
―Bud Dearborne[src]

Bud Dearborne is a major character in the first, second, third and fifth seasons. He is played by starring cast member William Sanderson and debuts in the series premiere "Strange Love". He is the former sheriff of Bon Temps and was the working partner of Andy Bellefleur. He worked at the Bon Temps Police Station.

Sheriff Dearborne is shown to be a man of few words. He is much more contemplative than his co-worker, Andy Bellefleur. He seems to be a bit smarter than Andy in some aspects but he is also suspicious of vampires, just because they are vampires. He enjoys square dancing with his wife. After retiring in the third season he returns in the fifth season to serve as a secondary antagonist.



Season one appearances
"Strange Love" "The First Taste" "Mine" "Escape from Dragon House"
"Sparks Fly Out" "Cold Ground" "Burning House of Love" "The Fourth Man in the Fire"
"Plaisir D'Amour" "I Don't Wanna Know" "To Love Is to Bury" "You'll Be the Death of Me"
Season two appearances
"Nothing but the Blood" "Keep This Party Going" "Scratches" "Shake and Fingerpop"
"Never Let Me Go" "Hard-Hearted Hannah" "Release Me" "Timebomb"
"I Will Rise Up" "New World in My View" "Frenzy" "Beyond Here Lies Nothin'"
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 five appearances
"Turn! Turn! Turn!" "Authority Always Wins" "Whatever I Am, You Made Me" "We’ll Meet Again"
"Let's Boot and Rally" "Hopeless" "In the Beginning" "Somebody That I Used to Know"
"Everybody Wants to Rule the World" "Gone, Gone, Gone" "Finally" "Save Yourself"


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