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Melinda Mickens

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Season(s)
3, 4
First seen
Last seen
Appeared in
9 episodes (see below)
Mentioned in
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Also Known As
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Status
Deceased
Age
50
Turning age
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Vampire age
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Date of birth
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Date of death
2009
Origin
Arkansas
Profession
Participated in illegal dog fighting rings
Species
Powers
  • All human abilities
  • Shapeshifts into animal form
Family members

Joe Lee Mickens - Husband (deceased)
Sam Merlotte - Son
Tommy Mickens - Son (deceased)
Nicole Wright - Daughter-in-law
Victoria Merlotte - Granddaughter

Unnamed Grandson - Grandson
Portrayed by

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"You can't trust Sam. He may be blood, but he ain't family. And he ain't never gonna be. He looks down on us, thinks he's better than us."
―Melinda Mickens, to her son, Tommy[src]

Melinda Mickens is a shapeshifter on the HBO original series True Blood. Played by American guest starring actress J. Smith-Cameron, Melinda makes her debut on the episode "Beautifully Broken" in the series' third season. The mother of Tommy Mickens and Sam Merlotte, she was only 16 when she gave up Sam for adoption by the Merlottes. Playing a recurring role through the series' third and fourth seasons, Melinda was last seen in the Season 4 episode "Me and the Devil".

PersonalityEdit

BiographyEdit

BackgroundEdit

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Joe Lee and Melinda Mickens

Melinda was sixteen when she had Sam, and because Sam's father, Joe Lee Mickens, was in prison, Melinda thought Sam would have a better life with another family. ("Beautifully Broken")

As a shapeshifter, Melinda took part in dog fights, and when she became pregnant with Tommy, Joe Lee convinced her to keep the child in the hope that he would turn out to be a shapeshifter like her. ("I Got a Right to Sing the Blues")

Season 3Edit

"Beautifully Broken"Edit

Melinda's first appearance is when Sam Merlotte is brought at gun point in her house by Tommy. After a short discussion, she realizes who Sam is and explains the reason she gave him up, hoping that he would have a better life. Melinda feels bad and apologizes to Sam when she finds out that the Merlottes left him when he was fifteen. ("Beautifully Broken")

"It Hurts Me Too"Edit

After Sam returns to Bon Temps, she and the rest of the Mickens visit him at Merlotte's Bar and Grill. ("It Hurts Me Too")

"9 Crimes"Edit

Having been thrown out of their home, she and Joe Lee camp in the Merlotte's parking lot, until Sam offers them a place to stay. ("9 Crimes")

"I Got a Right to Sing the Blues"Edit

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Melinda and Joe Lee Mickens

She visits Tommy when he refuses to return with Joe Lee, and admits that although Sam is blood, he is not family, and convinces Tommy to continue to participate in dog fights. ("I Got a Right to Sing the Blues")

"Hitting the Ground"Edit

She is saddened when both her sons leave her following the incident at the dog fighting ring. ("Hitting the Ground")

"Night on the Sun"Edit

She visits Sam and Tommy to retrieve her belongings and tells them she understand with want to leave her and that she continues to love them. She also asks Sam for money, after which he makes her leave. ("Night on the Sun")

Season 4Edit

"Me and the Devil"Edit

True Blood Season 4 - (3)

Tommy kills Joe Lee and Melinda

When Tommy returned to visit Melinda, she lied to him claiming she left Joe Lee, but in reality she had not. Joe Lee attacked Tommy by choking him with a chain in an attempt to capture him and force him to participate in dog fighting once again. Tommy feigned passing out then used the chain on Joe Lee. Melinda tried to stop him, but Tommy killed him with multiple blows to the head with a pipe. He then inadvertently hit Melinda with the pipe as well, snapping her neck and killing her instantly. ("Me and the Devil")

Powers and AbilitiesEdit

Melinda is a shapeshifter, able to change into many animals. She can not shift into a different human form, the reason given is that humans are too complex. A dog was her go-to shift, which means it was the easiest animal for her to become.

Years of participating in dog fights have taken their toll on Melinda and her ability to shift may have been affected.

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AppearancesEdit

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"

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