- "I must die. So I may return to fulfill the prophecy. It's been the plan all along, that I must die for all our sins. But I will return as the princess of peace... the messiah."
- ―Sarah Newlin[src]
Sarah Newlin (née Crabtree) is a recurring character on the HBO original series True Blood. Played by American co-starring actress Anna Camp, Sarah makes her debut on the episode "Nothing but the Blood" at the beginning of the series' second season. Ex-wife of Fellowship of the Sun televangelist Steve Newlin, their marriage eventually falls apart. She had a brief affair with Jason Stackhouse, believing it was a sign from God for them to get together. By 2009, Sarah had masterminded a Vampire concentration camp and the systematic extermination of the vampire race, seeking a career in politics as well. With Governor Burrell's untimely demise, it appears that she is the "tyrant" of which Lilith speaks. After Hep-V spreads, she goes into hiding under the alias "Noomi". Her blood is the cure for Hep-V, and she is eventually caught and locked in the basement of the vampire nightclub Fangtasia where she remains today. Playing a recurring role through the series' second, sixth, and seventh seasons, Sarah was the main antagonist of the series' sixth and seventh seasons, and was last seen in the series' finale episode, "Thank You", in the series' seventh, and final, season.
- 1 Physical Appearance
- 2 Personality
- 3 Biography
- 3.1 Background
- 3.2 Season 2
- 3.3 Season 3
- 3.4 Season 6
- 3.5 Season 7
- 4 Gallery
- 5 Memorable Quotes
- 6 Notes
- 7 Appearances
Sarah is a slender blonde. She often wears bright colors to showcase her supposedly "sweet and gentle" personality, though it is ironically the polar opposite of what she thinks it is. She dresses modestly to give off a mature and well-mannered religious, southern woman feel.
At first impression Sarah is a very warm and kind person. When vampires first came out of the coffin, she and her sister marched up to Washington to promote their equal rights. She changed her mind however, after her sister disappeared at the hands of the same vampires they were trying to help. She has since expressed a deep hate for vampires completely opposed her former personality.
Towards non vampires Sarah remains a warm and kind individual. She expresses concern for others well-being and has never been a great supporter of violence (even towards sympathizers of vampires).
Sarah has also shown a great capability of leadership and organizing talent. When running the Fellowship of the Sun, Sarah was the main person dealing with everyday businesses while her husband, Steve Newlin, was advocating their cause.
In her time of rising through the political spectrum, Sarah has become corrupted with power. A devoted Christian, she believes that the cruelties committed against vampires, as well as the madness that surrounds her, are all God's plan to save the human race by annihilating the vampire race. She is also mentally-unstable, as she was seen talking to and even kissing Burrell's decapitated head as if he were alive. She later brutally killed Ms. Suzuki and praised Jesus after doing so.
Later upon her escape from the facility and being forced to live on the run from both law enforcement and the Yakuza that she had betrayed and being further pursued by Eric and Pam, Sarah seemed to have become paranoid, delusional and desperate, and has developed an apparent identity crisis as she converted from Christianity into Buddhism and changed her name to "Noomi" in an attempt to both hide from her various enemies and her actions. This seemed to have also assisted her with her attempts at self denial as she has even begun, to see "Sarah" and "Noomi" as almost as two separate people to hide from her guilt. However her mind eventually began hitting its breaking point after the deaths of her mother, father and sister due to their attempts to protect her and eventually leading her to begin manifesting the full culminations of her guilt in the form of highly realistic hallucinations of all the men she has slept with that begun forcing and taunting her to face her mistakes. Eventually the full extent of her mental instability culminated in her developing a full blown Messiah-Complex, due to her blood containing the cure for Hepatitis V, the very same virus she created In order to justify herself and convince herself that she wasn't evil or that all of her awful decisions that lead her through actions to be wrong.
As seen in the finale, Sarah has now become a complete shell of who she once was as she began being used by Pam to make millions by selling her blood, as seen where she is now shown to be constantly sullen and miserable. She is shown to still suffer from highly realistic hallucinations of her ex-husband who is shown to still torment her for her situation. By the time of the end, Sarah was shown to have become nihilistic.
Little is known about Sarah's family life, her only known family member is her sister, Amber. When vampires first made their existence public, Sarah and her sister marched on Washington to advocate for vampire civil rights. Months later Sarah's sister, Amber, disappeared: she had become hooked on V and the vampires had taken her. She also used to be a vegetarian during her pro-vampire days.
Sarah's opinion of vampires completely changed after her traumatic discovery. Sometime later, whilst working in a hospice, she met Steve Newlin whose father ran the Fellowship Of The Sun church and who was working on destroying the vampire race. Steve and Sarah married, and after her father-in-law's death, the newlywed couple ran the church.
On a show named "Sunday Morning with McCafferty", that hosts a debate about the "Vampire Rights Amendment", it is revealed that the Steve Newlin is divorcing Sarah and is under scrutiny by the IRS. ("I Got a Right to Sing the Blues")
- "Ye though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil. For thou art with me, thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me. Thou anointest my head with oil, my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever... DIE FUCKERS!!!"
- "I must die. So I may return to fulfill the prophecy. It's the been the plan all along, that I must die for all our sins. But I will return as the princess of peace... the messiah."
- "I'm not a monster, I'm a Buddhist."
- Sarah was a secondary antagonist for Season 2, and the main antagonist for Seasons 6 and 7.
- She has been True Blood's most recurring antagonist.
- Sarah is also the only main antagonist to have been a recurring character in a previous season, not counting Maryann as she was clearly being set up as the main villain, while Sarah was only a love-interest and brief antagonist for Jason.
- Sarah's body count possibly reached highest among all main antagonists due to the fact that she was responsible for all of the Hep-V deaths.
- Sarah has changed the most of any character. First off she's a blonde devout southern Christian, who acts as a love interest for Jason, then becoming an antagonist for him. When she returns in Season 6, she is the main antagonist and a psychotic, slightly unstable, killer. She comes back in Season 7 as a brunette Buddhist, who is an outlaw in the world. Then, once captured after it becomes known that she is the cure, believes all of this was part of God's plan and that she is the messiah. Then she becomes blonde again and attempts to become Pam's new vampire girlfriend.
- As of the series finale, Sarah is the only main antagonist to still be alive.
- Arguably, Sarah is primary antagonist of the series as a whole.
- Sarah pronounces the last line of the entire show: "Nothing", she says as an answer to the question "What are you thankful for, Sarah?" pronounced by Steve Newlin.
- Despite loathing being referred to as "Steve Newlin's ex-wife", Sarah continues to use Newlin as her surname.
- Her maiden name was Sarah Crabtree.
|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 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"|