thoughts on true blood: somebody that i used to know

Previously on True Blood: In the Beginning

  • The remaining Authority members, along with the weird baby-eating vampire, Bill, Eric, Russell and Steve drink Lilith’s blood and go on a drunken killing spree. Lilith was “reborn” in a pool of blood and Godric appears to Eric.
  • Jason shoots Jessica, but only after she bites him.
  • Ifrit taunts Patrick and Terry, which makes Terry threaten suicide.
  • Lafayette is almost killed, but instead Don Bartolo is stabbed by his wife, Maria, Lizzie Borden style.
  • Sookie tries to get rid of her powers.

“Praise Lilith. Praise Jesus. Praise Moses’ cock. I am born again!” – Russell

Should we be worried that Luna’s going to end up like Tommy?
Similar to Tommy, Luna is a skinwalker. Although Tommy died from the beating Marcus gave him, it was pretty obvious that shifting into humans wasn’t doing any favors for his overall health. If we’ve learned anything from watching True Blood (or HBO in general) it’s that no character is ever truly safe. Emma has a grandmother and pack to take care of her if something happens to Luna and if the writers can break up Lafayette and Jesus so callously, there’s no way Sam is immediately exempt from losing his new love as well.

Was Roman’s death really sanctioned by God?
It seems that seeing Lilith was enough to let Nora, Salome and the rest of the bunch know that Russell killing Roman was not only a good plan, but it was inevitable. However, Godric seems to disagree. It’s not clear if he’s warning Eric because of all the humans that will soon be killed or if he just knows that something darker is at play. Bill’s idea to destroy all of the True Blood factories and Nora’s assertion that Godric was a blasphemous apologist during his final days makes it pretty clear that Eric is alone on this one. Although I’m still not convinced that the typically good guy Bill isn’t just going along with things so that he can figure out what’s really going on.

So wait, Alcide really isn’t going to be the packmaster?
After his training and rawkus lovemaking with Rikki, I assumed that Alcide has this whole “taking over Marcus’ pack” thing in the bag. I was sure Martha would have his back since it was revealed that JD is a fiend for the V, but she played things relatively neutral. Unfortunately, Alcide just wasn’t alpha enough to best JD and instead of leading the pack, he had his ass kicked and subsequently kicked out. I’m still a little annoyed we didn’t see more between him and Sookie, so I’m really hoping Rikki is the kind of girl that follows the power and ends things with Alcide.

Who was that figure in Sookie’s bathroom?
With the hat and creepy demeanor, the obvious answer is Warlow (who looked a lot like Bill…or maybe Eric…or perhaps Russell??), the vampire (??) Claudine killed (??) after he (??) murdered Sookie’s parents. As you can see, my thoughts on this are pretty scattered. However, Claude noted that the Elders wouldn’t be happy that Sookie tapped into the past from the vampire’s perspective instead of her mother’s, which was the original plan. With that in mind, it could just be the faeries attempting to scare her a little bit so she doesn’t dig any deeper into what happened. Although Claude does all of the talking, I think Claudette is the one with the answers, something I believe Jason will figure out.

Will Terry kill Patrick?
I have to be honest, I’m torn between not caring how this plays out and wanting Terry to just shoot Patrick already and end this. The Ifrit demon situation is still terribly boring. I don’t know Patrick’s character well enough to care if Terry kills him, so there’s that. I also have a hard time feeling bad for Terry, since he did kill Zaafira. It’s like the writers really wanted to give these supporting characters something to do, just like last season, and they failed to give them a really interesting plot that unites their story with everything else that’s going on. Also, Lafayette deserves so much better than being forced to play medium for whatever dead chick feels like inhabiting his body.

Other observations:

  • Although it wasn’t hard to find True Blood x Somebody That I Used To Know mash-up already in existence, as evidenced by the song playing during the end credits, the writers had the Elliot Smith song in mind when naming this episode. (Edit: I stand corrected.)
  • “I’m fine, you got me in the head.” Wait, shouldn’t that have hurt Jason more than being blasted with faerie power on another, less important body part?
  • It didn’t play out so well for her in this particular episode, but I’m loving the newer, raunchier Jessica this season.
  • Another boring Bill flashback, which took us back to him with his daughter Sarah in Baton Rouge circa 1910. He didn’t turn her, even after she begged him to. Tragic, but why is this important to the overall story of this season?! Side note: Lorena would have LOVED to see Bill all doped up on Lilith blood.
  • We get Jesus for 10 seconds…that’s it?
  • “I hate this goddamn town.” Poor Andy.
  • Who pulled the gun on Hoyt…and why the hell did he think it was smart to leave Jessica and instead walk miles to get help? By the time he got wherever he was going, it was going to be dark, at which point Jessica could have easily protected herself.
  • Steve and Russell are actually really adorable together. I know this is true because I don’t like Steve Newlin’s character so much, yet, I’m not bothered when he’s on the screen in close capacity to Russell.
  • Did anyone else find the band-aid thing really gross?
  • If the “Dragon” that Luna smelled isn’t Maxine and she isn’t the leader of this whole charge to kill all the supes, I will be SUPER shocked.
  • “He’s off his meds, ciao bitches.” Lafayette is still one of my favorite things about this show.
  • Pam’s mad face/happy face thing also deceived me too, because I really didn’t think she was going to do something nice for Tara. A very pleasant surprise, Tracy totally deserved that.
  • Possibly a stretch. Scratch that, very likely a stretch, but I’m gonna toss it out there anyway. There is a Warlow, Germany. We’ve seen a flashback with Godric and Eric in Germany when Eric was almost killed by a werewolf. Maybe the name Warlow is somehow connected to Russell (a nickname, perhaps?), who as we know has very long history with werewolves.

Next week’s True Blood: Everybody Wants to Rule the World (The Bill/Sookie scene better be a flashback.)

Nicole is a TV junkie and TVDM helps her feed a lifelong addiction. She can be found here, providing biased commentary (sprinkled with a few Pop Up Video-esque insights) on her favorite shows, every week.

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3 thoughts on “thoughts on true blood: somebody that i used to know

  1. I think we see the scene with Bill and his daughter because he specifically says being immortal is a curse and I think that should be kept in mind while he is allegedly “plotting” with the Lilth Groupies.

    I also believe the “large” woman is the woman “Sweetie” we saw with Bud Dearborn in the previous episode. She’s also been in a couple random Merlotte’s scenes in the past, one of which she seems awfully disgusted by the supes around her. She’s done a lot of smaller roles over the years but she has a very recognizable face. Plus, if it was Maxine I think Sam would know her scent. … I suppose Bud could be “dragon” (leader of the hate group) because he went through 40+ years of madness, but it doesn’t seem quite right to me. However, a younger woman manipulating a former long-term sheriff for everyone’s dirty secrets seems quite a bit more plausible.

    I guess no matter how bigoted Maxine may seem I just don’t see her wanting to kill Sam (after insisting they were family and he call her ‘mama’) and actively wanting to kill a child (emma).

    I’m also thinking there is a good chance that “warlow” is some sort of fae/vampire hybrid or some dark pure fae that the vampires truly come from. I am of the belief Lilth’s blood was ancient pure Fae blood, which would explain why they were so “high”.

    I really wish they would end the Terry/Patrick storyline by end of next episode. I really would hate to see this continue to the finale. I mean, Terry is AWESOME but they’ve basically turned him into a murderer and removed “wounded vet” from him and just ruined a bit of the character for me. Getting high on drugs, murdering innocents and then setting them on fire??

    I am also wondering if we’re done with Maria Bartolo or will she be making an appearance in Bon Temps?

    • nicolewritenow says:

      It would seem that Sam should know Maxine’s scent, but then again, in season one he couldn’t make out Rene’s scent when he was investigating all of those murders. Also, Maxine was capable of trying to kill Jessica and we still don’t know how she feels about seeing Hoyt turn into a full-on fangbanger, which could have sent her right off the edge.

      Warlow as a fae/vamp hybrid is an interesting twist; however, it would mean introducing a new character to the overflow of characters they already have and that’s not something I think will benefit the season at this point. If they decide to reveal Warlow as a new character in the season finale, I think that would change my opinion.

      If Maria comes to Bon Temps, I’m worried it would only be to add further drama to Lafayette’s life instead of bring good tides or whatever. I miss the old, relatively care-free Lafayette.

      • I forgot about Rene! That would make it more plausible for Maxine being one of our “baddies” for the season. However, I still just don’t want that to happen. If they’d picked up the scent of pork rinds, then I would be totally on-board. Ya know, cause of her famous pork rind casserole! 😉 I definitely think Maxine has something to hide, I’m just hoping for something different.

        I have been reading that there will be a massive amount of blood shed and a lot of people are dying in the season finale, I think that may help if they do introduce Warlow as a new character.

        Did it seem to you that when Sookie said the name “Warlow” it seemed to resonate with Jason a bit? I had to play it back to see it, but it was almost like something clicked, but he didn’t seem to know what it meant(typical Jason)

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