It's not shocking news, but it's still a relief to hear: There will be a fifth season of True Blood! HBO has signed on for another 12 episodes, and we're relieved to hear 2012's Summer Sundays will still be filled with the antics of our favorite oversexed vamps and supernatural Southerners.

With Season Four still in full throttle, it's hard to say just what we expect to go down next season, but series creator Alan Ball has a few ideas up his sleeve. Ball says he will introduce several new characters and has plans to "explore how one of the vampires was made.”

Hmm, maybe more insight into Eric's bromance with Godric? Or a look back on Eric making Pam and their "killing and fucking and laughing" spree? Either way, we're pretty psyched.

[via Variety]