- "God gave that boy a penis and a brain, and only enough blood to run one of 'em."
- ―Tracy on Jason[src]
Jason W. Stackhouse is a major character in the series True Blood. Played by starring cast member Ryan Kwanten, Jason debuts in "Strange Love" in the series' first season, and has remained a prominent character through the series' second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh seasons.
Jason is the older brother of Sookie Stackhouse. He is a former construction worker in Bon Temps, Louisiana and has since joined the Bon Temps police. He has struggled with an addictive personality including dependence on V and using sex as a substitute for emotional intimacy. Jason is known as a ladies' man and is associated sexually with many women in Bon Temps and other neighboring communities. He is selfish and often involves Sookie in his troubles. Jason may not be the brightest bulb on the porch, but this free-wheeling, small-town bachelor can easily make anyone fall for him, thanks to his good looks and silver tongue. He doesn't scare easily and will do anything in his power to protect his loved ones. He is also a playboy. Jason knows he is better off if he decides with his brain instead of his libido, but that's something he is not capable of doing. He constantly searching for the next great high, and he is not afraid to take a walk on the wild side to get it. Though he is a bit of a screw up, Jason has a certain innocence that makes him endearing. Jason methodically works his way through every attractive woman in Bon Temps. Gossip travels in a small town - and his sister Sookie hears plenty of it in Merlotte's - but when it comes to Jason Stackhouse, not many ladies are willing to hold anything against him for long.
In Jesus Gonna Be Here, Jason is horrified with Tara's death and helps others who have been attacked, calling Andy to come over for assistance. Later on, he and violet drive home but they are confronted by Vince's protest group who ask Jason for his help to stop the vampires but he refuses and he and Violet drive away to find the nest of the infected vampires and he also talks about his memories with Tara as a child, to Violet but he also gets angry that everyone he loves dies and gets angrier with Violet for drinking his blood but not letting him sleep with her. Violet enjoys the anger and the two end up ripping of each others clothes and having sex on the car's bonnet. Jason was later seen in Reverend Daniels church memorial and is happy to see Sookie, but gets confused when she forces herself too leave after hearing the negative thoughts on her.
In I Found You,
In Fire in the Hole,
In Lost Cause,
In Love is to Die, Jason rushes to Hoyt's house after hearing that Jessica is spilling the truth. As he arrives, Hoyt punches him and knocks him out. When Jason wakes, he is being driven home by Brigette. He tells her they won't have sex that night. Later, the two end up talking over a beer, Jason explaining the hurtful things Hoyt once said to him. Brigette brings him to bed, but only to lay there and talk.
Powers and Abilities
While Jason did not inherit any powers as his sister did, he does carry the blood of his fae ancestors. This makes him more attractive to straight women and gay men. As a former football star quarterback, Jason is very athletic and keeps up his fitness through an intense workout regimen. Fearless and loyal to a fault, he will often run into dangerous situations without fully thinking them through. He is shown to be capable of handling himself in a fight and is unafraid to challenge or attack individuals with strength that dwarfs his own if someone he cares about is in danger. He has proven multiple times he is quite proficient in the use of firearms as he usually hits his intended target with uncanny accuracy. He is also quite brave and outspoken. While he can seem like the epitome of a "simple Southerner" and is not very "book smart," Jason is much more intelligent than others (and himself) give him credit for. He has shown an incredible capacity for logical thinking and problem solving, getting himself out of a variety of dangerous situations.
Due to many head injuries (from football) and faerie blasts he was able to see his dead parents or at least an apparition of them, causing him to momentarily hate all vampires. After joining the police force, Jason got a chance to use his skills such as: marksmanship and fighting. He used to fight kids for Hoyt during grade school and is a natural when it comes to shooting.
In the books he is turned into a werepanther and as thus he can switch from panther to human form. In the series his transformation apparently will never happen. Despite having fae blood, Jason is not of supernatural status as Maryann was able to influence him and only the supernaturals were immune to Maryann's influencing power, however Jason did have a certain amount of resistance to Maryann's influencing power , proving that he does have some supernatural blood.
- "Sometimes the right thing to do is the wrong thing. I know I did the right thing."
- "Everyone in this town ain't what they're supposed to be. So... you turn into a panther. I love you."
- "You got no right being in my head. That's... trespassing."
- "Sook, say something. You brain damaged?"
- "I didn't think I was smart enough to get depressed."
- "Every time I keep looking at you two I see big ole bullet holes in your heads."
- "I reckon I already been to heaven. It was inside your wife."
- "What am I thinking about right now - like in my brain."
- [To Hoyt] "If you and me are gonna be roommates, there's a certain amount of pussy overflow you just have to get used to dealing with."
- "It's like if a tree falls in the woods, it's still a tree, ain't it?"
- "Sometimes you need to destroy something to save it. That's in the Bible... or the Constitution."
- "Evil is making the premeditated choice... to be a Dick!"
- '"Hey, when you and Lafayette role play, does he ever pretend to be a woman named Mavis?"
- "Will you listen to me?! I've got gout... of the dick!"
- Lafayette: [knocking Jason to the ground] I told you to keep your goddamn mouth shut!
- Jason: That's my good shirt and yeah, I kept my mouth shut.
- Lafayette: My supplier, he gone! He fuckin' missing and if other vampires find out that I been sellin', the same shit gonna happen to me!
- Jason: [getting to his feet] You got nothin' to worry about.
- Jason: There's werewolves? Big Foot, is he real, too?
- Sookie: I don't know, I guess it's possible.
- Jason: Santa?
- Jason: "Could you not make me a rapist?"
- Crystal: "I'm sorry!"
- Jason: "I got a lot on my mind lately."
- Lafayette: "That must be new."
- Andy: "(...)and women do just throw themselves at you. You don't even have to do anything."
- Jason: "Actually I do. I work out like a motherfucker and I watch a lot of porn to learn stuff."
- Sarah: "All I stood for, all I believed, I violated to be with you. I gave everything for a lie. You're worse than Judas."
- Jason: "Why, what did he do to you?"
|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 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"|
|Season six appearances|
|"Who Are You, Really?"||"The Sun"||"You're No Good"||"At Last"|
|"Fuck the Pain Away"||"Don't You Feel Me"||"In the Evening"||"Dead Meat"|
|Season seven appearances|
|"Jesus Gonna Be Here"||"I Found You"||"Fire in the Hole"||"Death is Not the End"|
|"Lost Cause"||"Karma"||"May Be the Last Time"||"Almost Home"|
|"Love is to Die"||"Thank you"|