Claudine is a recurring character in the third, fourth, and fifth seasons. She is played by guest star Lara Pulver and debuts in "Hitting the Ground". She is a fairy and states that she, and others like her, had protected and, on occasion, saved Sookie from danger. She is killed by Eric Northman in the fourth season.
When Sookie is comatose after being drained by Bill, she meets Claudine in a dream. Claudine gives her glowing water to drink and asks her if she wants to come to her "home". As the portal to her is a pond, Sookie is afraid to enter as she does not know how to swim. Sookie hears in Claudine's thoughts that "the water did not kill them". This implies that Claudine knows how Sookie's and Jason's parents died. When Bill comes to Sookie's hospital bed, night comes to the dream realm. The other Fairies in the dream enter the pond and Claudine warns Sookie to not let 'him' take her "light". ("Hitting the Ground")
A few days later, Bill enters the dream realm Sookie had visited. There he is met by Claudine, who first thinks that he has killed Sookie. After a short chase Bill pins Claudine down, but seems unable to control himself. Before he can feed on her, Claudine uses the same light power Sookie is capable of, and throws him a few meters away. Bill convinces Claudine that Sookie is alive and he would never harm her, and also pleads to Claudine to reveal the true nature of what Sookie and Claudine are, so that Sookie can protect herself. ("Everything Is Broken")
The next night when Sookie visits her grandmother's grave, Claudine and other fae appear to her. Claudine tells Sookie she is not alone and she should come with them. Sookie holds out a glowing hand to Claudine and the two disappear along with the other fairies. ("Evil is Going On")
Claudine magically transports herself and Sookie to her home dimension, known as Faery. Sookie inquires if Claudine is head of the fairies. Claudine laughs this off and tells Sookie she is actually her fairy godmother. Sookie snipes that she didn't do a very good job to which Claudine replies "You're still alive aren't you?" Claudine then leaves Sookie so she can go and mingle with the other fairies and recently transported half fairies such as old acquaintance Barry and her grandfather Earl Stackhouse.
When Sookie realizes that Faery is a trap for the half humans, she is confronted by queen of the fairies, Mab. As Mab tries to force feed Sookie a Lumiere fruit in order to magically manipulate Sookie into seeing Faery as a bright, peaceful place, Claudine looks on guiltily. When Sookie accidentally uses her powers to uncover the true barren world of Faery and the true, grotesque face of the fairies to all those around; Sookie and Earl try to find a way of escaping Faery and its malevolent inhabitants. As Sookie runs off, a distressed Claudine calls out for her until she is ordered by Mab to go after them. ("She's Not There")
Claudine arrives at Sookie's front porch and demands that Sookie come with her back to Faery. She tells Sookie about the times she helped save her life, however Sookie replies with a no. In a flash, Eric Northman captures Claudine and begins to feed from her. With amnesia, Eric doesn't know how to stop drinking her blood. He kills her, making her true form appear and to lose her light, thus bursting into a pile of fairy dust. ("If You Love Me, Why Am I Dyin'?")
Powers and abilities
As a full blooded fairy, the full extent of Claudine's powers are not yet fully known. Claudine is capable of performing fae magic - the most obvious being photokinesis in which she manipulates light energy as a form of attack against enemies. This is evidenced when she blasts back Bill feet away when he breaches the fairy realm after drinking a large quantity of Sookie's blood. ("Everything Is Broken") Claudine is also capable of telepathy, the ability to hear the thoughts of others and communicate mentally. This is seen on two occasions. ("Hitting the Ground") ("She's Not There") Claudine can also teleport between the human and fairy worlds and also seems to be able to infiltrate dreams, appearing in Bill and Sookie's. ("Evil is Going On")
Claudine in the books
- Claudine is played by British actress Lara Pulver in the third and fourth seasons of True Blood. Pulver portrays Claudine with her natural English accent. In the books, Claudine's accent is never specified.
- Claudine appears in a very brief scene in the unaired pilot episode of True Blood. After Sookie throws the chain at Mack Rattray, it wraps itself around his neck. There is then a close shot of Claudine's eyes viewing the scene. Bill notices the figure and when she realizes he notices her, she makes a run for it. Bill neglects to mention Claudine's appearance after this scene. It is revealed that she used her powers on the chain to save Sookie in episode 3 of series 4 including a flashback to the event.
|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"|
|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"|
The Sookie Stackhouse Books
- Fairy Dust