- "God gave that boy a penis and a brain, and only enough blood to run one of 'em."
- ―Tracy, on Jason Stackhouse[src]
Jason W. Stackhouse was the brother of protagonist Sookie Stackhouse on the HBO original series True Blood. Played by Australian starring actor Ryan Kwanten, and American child actor Labon Hester during flashbacks of a young Jason, Jason makes his debut in the series' premiere episode, "Strange Love", in the series' first season. A sheriff deputy working for the Bon Temps Police Station in the small town of Bon Temps, Louisiana, Jason was a womanizer and former member of the Fellowship of the Sun. Playing a recurring role through the series' first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh seasons, Jason marries Brigette, a microbiologist from Alaska, and the former girlfriend of Jason's best friend since childhood Hoyt Fortenberry. One of only four characters to appear in every episode, the other three being his sister Sookie, vampire Bill Compton and Merlotte's Bar and Grill short order cook Lafayette Reynolds, Jason was last seen in the series' finale episode, "Thank You", in the series' seventh, and final season.
Jason is the older brother of Sookie Stackhouse. For the first three seasons, he works alongside Hoyt Fortenberry and Lafayette Reynolds on a road crew. Since Season 4, he is the deputy of the Renard Parish police department. Jason is a former high school football player, and is known around his small town of Bon Temps as the local womanizer, having bedded nearly every young woman in town. He is caring and brave, but can also be very impulsive, which has manifested as rushing headfirst into danger on several situations. His impulsive nature has often led him down negative paths, and has been expressed with an on/off bigotry against vampires which includes a temporary membership with the anti-vampire church, the Fellowship of the Sun.
Although Jason is not uneducated or mentally incompetent, he is often portrayed as slow-witted and makes many comical semantic errors and malapropisms, such as "It's like if a tree falls in the woods, it's still a tree, ain't it?" ("Beyond Here Lies Nothin'") However, he has an enduring desire of self-improvement, and always strives to become a better person. This leads him to overcoming an addiction to vampire blood by quitting cold turkey, and, later on, joining the local police force (although, he initially attempts to cheat his way in).
Jason is fully human, but he is of Fae heritage, having descended from Niall Brigant, the king of his Fae tribe. Although he is not a Faerie, remnants of his heritage have been expressed through being exceptionally good-looking and being naturally seductive. Throughout the series, Jason has had numerous girlfriends and sexual conquests; he has arguably had the most sex scenes of anyone else in the cast. However, his inability to maintain a relationship for more than a few weeks has troubled him greatly, and he takes to heart when his former best friend, Hoyt Fortenberry, angrily tells him that his personality is too deficient for a long-term relationship.
Powers and Abilities
Jason is fully human, but he is of Fae heritage, having descended from Niall Brigant, the king of his Fae tribe. Although he is not a Faerie like his sister, remnants of his heritage have been expressed through being exceptionally good-looking and being naturally seductive.
As a former high school football quarterback, Jason has remained very athletic and maintains his fitness levels with a strict workout regimen. Due to his training as a police officer and his short stint in a paramilitary group, -- the Soldiers of the Sun -- he is quite proficient at hand-to-hand combat, and is a very accurate shot with firearms. He is seen to have killed more vampires than any other human in the series (none of which were innocent). After killing several vampires in combat he says to Nora, "I've had lots of practice killing your kind.""Who Are You, Really?"
In the book series "The Southern Vampire Mysteries", Jason is turned into a werepanther, and, as such, can shift at will from human form to panther. In the HBO series, this does not occur because the Panther, like werewolves and shapeshifters, must be inherited.
- "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."
- "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."
- "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 premedicated choice... to be a dick!"
- "Will you listen to me?! I've got gout... of the dick!"
|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"|
|"F**k 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"|