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Hoyt Fortenberry

Hoyt Fortenberry
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7
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56 episodes (see below)
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Christian †
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Julian Fortenberry - Ancestor (deceased) †
Mr. Fortenberry - Grandfather (deceased) †
Mrs. Fortenberry - Grandmother
(deceased) †
Carl Fortenberry - Father (deceased) †
Maxine Fortenberry - Mother (deceased) †

Jessica Hamby - Wife
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  • All human abilities
  • Repairing
  • Attractive to Vampires
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"I want you to see if you can try to catch your breath, and once you've caught it, I want you tell me the story of us."
―Hoyt Fortenberry, to Jessica Hamby[src]

Hoyt Fortenberry was a major character on the HBO original series True Blood. Played by American starring actor Jim Parrack, Hoyt makes his debut in the series' premiere episode, "Strange Love" in the series' first season. A resident of Bon Temps, Louisiana, Hoyt was working for the State of Louisiana Department of Transportation road crew along with Lafayette Reynolds, under the direction of Jason Stackhouse. Playing a recurring role through the series' first, second, third, fourth, and fifth season, Hoyt was in a relationship with the young vampire Jessica Hamby, and moved to Alaska after they broke up. He returns to play a recurring role through the series' seventh season, and winds up marrying Jessica Hamby in the series' finale episode, "Thank You", in the series' seventh, and final, season.


Sweet and good-natured, he is the only person Sookie Stackhouse knows whose thoughts are consistently kind and broad-minded. He is also remarkably progressive toward vampires and other social outcasts. This is in stark contrast to his mother, Maxine Fortenberry, who was extremely prejudiced and judgmental of most people, humans and vampires alike. His lack of experience with, and high respect for, women makes him extremely shy around them. Unlike his best friend Jason Stackhouse, he has no desire for frivolous hook-ups, and remains a virgin until he meets and falls in love with the vampire Jessica Hamby. For the majority of Season 1, he is bossed around by his mother, but begins to assert his independence in Season 2. Throughout the series, his character development shifts from happy-go-lucky to a much more serious and emotional young man.


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Although fully human, Hoyt is quite strong, which is likely due to his athletic lifestyle in high school, and his strenuous professions of working on a road crew and an Alaskan oil-drilling ship. He is strong enough to knock out Jason Stackhouse with a single blow. ("Love is to Die")

He also has all other human abilities.




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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" "Finally" "Save Yourself"


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"