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Caroline Compton (née Shelby) was ex-confederate soldier turned Vampire King Bill Compton's wife on the HBO original series True Blood. Played by American actress Gabrielle N. Brown in a photograph and by American guest starring actress Amber Dawn Landrum in the series' first, season Amber was replaced by American actress Shannon Lucio in subsequent seasons, Caroline was a "comely" dame seen during flashbacks of Bill's life in the mid-1800s. Making her debut on the episode "Escape from Dragon House" in the series' first season, Caroline plays a recurring role through the series' first, third and seventh seasons, was mentioned on the episode "She's Not There", at the beginning of the series' fourth season, and was last seen on the episode "May Be the Last Time", in the series' seventh, and final, season.
Caroline Shelby was born to Stewart and Claire Shelby, and moved to Bon Temps in around 1855. Coming from an upper-class Southern family, her reluctant courtship with William Compton was arranged by their parents. Upon meeting, however, Caroline and William are quickly smitten with each other. Caroline admitted to young William that she had been expecting him to be overweight like his father. William admitted that he also had had low expectations from his father's old-fashioned description of her as "comely." ("May Be the Last Time")
When the Civil War broke out, William and Caroline attempted to escape to the North with Minus and other runaway slaves to avoid conscription into a war that they knew was a lost cause. They were caught by William's old frenemy Charles Dupont, who shot Minus dead and forced the rest to turn back. William was soon drafted into the Confederate Army and promised to return home to Caroline and their children after the war. ("Lost Cause")
When William does not return from the war, Caroline assumed that he had perished. ("It Hurts Me Too")
Three years after being made vampire, Bill returned to his human home after becoming concerned for his family's welfare when a pox epidemic broke out. Overjoyed to see him, Caroline inadvertently invited her vampire husband into the house, and revealed that their son Thomas had died from pox. Unable to control his emotions, Bill began to weep, and Caroline became frightened by his bloody tears. Believing him to be a demon, she shot him with her shotgun, only to watch the bullet wound heal immediately. She began to flee the house, only to be stopped by Bill's maker Lorena Krasiki, who unexpectedly appeared at her door. In an uncharacteristic show of compassion, Lorena told Bill to glamour Caroline into forgetting their arrival to spare her the pain of seeing her husband as a vampire. She and Bill then buried Thomas in the Bon Temps Cemetery, as no one else was willing to handle a corpse inflicted with pox. Caroline never saw Bill again. ("It Hurts Me Too")
While at a ribbon cutting ceremony for a senior citizen's center, Bill expresses his thanks to Caroline. He mentions what a great citizen she was, as she planted many of the trees with the Arbor Society. He named the center in her honor. ("She's Not There")
- Caroline's middle name is "Isabel" in "The Southern Vampire Mysteries", the series of novels in which the HBO original series True Blood is based.
|Season one appearances|
|"Strange Love"||"The First Taste"||"Mine"||"Escape from Dragon House"|
|"Sparks Fly Out"||"Cold Ground"||"Burning House of Love"||"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 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 seven appearances|
|"Jesus Gonna Be Here"||"I Found You"||"Fire in the Hole"||"Death Not the End"|
|"Lost Cause"||"Karma"||"May Be the Last Time"||"Almost home"|
|"Love is to Die"||"Thank you"|