13 Aug '11, 1am

Real witches cry foul over True Blood's Marnie Stonebrook

Real witches cry foul over True Blood's Marnie Stonebrook

Cast member Fiona Shaw, who plays witch Marnie Stonebrook, arrives at the premiere for the fourth season of 'True Blood' in Los Angeles. -- PHOTO: AP NEW YORK (Reuters) - Critics of bloody violence and excessive sex on TV have long had HBO's vampire drama True Blood in their cross hairs, but now the popular series has another group of wary citizens - witches, real ones. The series' fourth season has focused on Marnie Stonebrook (Fiona Shaw), a seemingly harmless medium and leader of a Wiccan group who becomes the physical conduit for Antonia, a long dead witch who is hellbent on vengeance against vampires who persecuted and burned her at the stake. Marnie winds up as the mouthpiece for Antonia's spell to drive the bloodsuckers of fictional True Blood town Bon Temps into the daylight. And that sort of deadly revenge, say some modern-day witches, is what gives witchcraft a b...

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