- "You realize I'm a witch, right? My kids are delinquents? I live in a motel?"
- ―Holly Cleary
Holly Cleary (née Darwin) is a major character in the fourth, fifth, and sixth seasons of True Blood. She initially appeared as a recurring character in the third season. She is played by starring cast member Lauren Bowles. She is a witch and waitress at the local Merlotte's Bar and Grill. She is the first witch to appear in the show. She has two sons and she is currently in relationship with Andy Bellefleur.
Holly is the first witch introduced in the series. She is the mother of two sons, Wade and Rocky Cleary and the ex-wife of an abusive alcoholic. She is first seen applying for a job at Merlotte's to Arlene. After getting a job at Merlotte's, Holly explains to Sam that she is a Wiccan and offers him an herbal remedy to cure his stress. Holly later assists Arlene Bellefleur with a spell that would rid her of her unwanted baby.
- See "Holly Cleary/Season 4"
Holly is a long time Wiccan because of issues with her mother. Due to her experience, she is able to perform a ritual to possibly kill Arlene's baby by herself. While being held hostage by Marnie, Holly had the insight to cast a spell with Tara that would break the entrapment spell cast by Marnie & Antonia. On Halloween of 2009 Holly (with the help of Sookie & Tara) created a mystical barrier so strong as to repel the combined power of Lafayette possessed by Marnie harnessing the power of Jesus' demon, making her perhaps one of the most powerful witches in Bon Temps. It is not clear if Holly's potency as a witch stems from raw power or her experience and level-headedness; in either case, she has proven herself able to deal with the strange goings on around Bon Temps with much greater competency than any of the other witches encountered.
- Holly, though completely different in personality, is good friends with Tara. They were both in the same rape victims help group and were both held hostage by Marnie.
- Holly quips that she prays to the Goddess so her two boys won't end up in jail or getting someone knocked up, suggesting her primary interest in magic is as a spiritual experience. ("And When I Die")
- Holly once stated that she smokes marijuana because it calms her nerves.
I'm a Wiccan.
Fucking chill, Roy!
How about a hug. I could really use one tonight.
Holly: I knew it was in here somewhere.
Sookie: You carry salt in your purse?
Holly: Yeah, and sage and a lock of my aunt Josie's hair. It's like a Wiccan first aid kit."
Sookie: Have you ever done anything like this before?
Holly: Goddess no, usually I just light a candle and ask the spirits to make sure my boys don't end up in jail or knock somebody up. So far that's worked out okay.
Holly: You realize I'm a witch, right? My kids are delinquents. I live in a motel.
Andy: I live with my grandma. I'm an alcoholic and a recovering V addict.
Holly: Hey, next time you're in Merlotte's I'll buy you a cheese burger.
Andy: You mean like a date?
Holly: Oh, I wasn't exactly thinking that because my house almost burn down and all.
Tara: I am not going to die in a Wiccan shit store with them, I fucking refuse!
Holly: There ain't no spell that can't be undone if you got the juice. Marnie or Antonia is just another witch.
Tara: A mother fucking ancient pissed off witch.
Holly: She ain't no more pissed off than I am. You?
Tara: Yeah, I got some rage!
Holly: We are strong, angry women Tara. All we have to do is force a crack in her wall.
|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"||"Sunset"||"Save Yourself"|