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thoughts on true blood season finale: save yourself

Previously on True Blood: Sunset

I was almost a week late watching the fifth season finale of True Blood, which is forever in internet years and required a certain level of stealth to avoid any spoilers. My only slip-up was seeing the headline that went something like ‘True Blood Shocker: Did Bill Die?!’ Of course, I wasn’t too worried that Bill had in fact died, but I spent the next day or so wondering just what occurred to bring up the question, and this morning, I got my answer: Bill died, in some form or fashion, but it doesn’t make him any deader than he was going into the episode (more on that below).

This was Alan Ball’s last season and although he went out with a bang and left a lot of fun stuff to explore in season six, I can’t say the finale left me satisfied. Maybe my opinion will change after I’ve re-watched the season in its entirety, but as it stands, I would give the finale a solid 8.5 as a standalone episode and 7 as a wrap-up for the entire season. Here’s why (in order of overall importance):

Bill only sort of died. This season, Bill went from running from the Authority to attempting to run the Authority. For awhile, it was up in the air whether or not he was really into the Sanguinista Movement (boy did that name came and go with very little mention after Roman’s death) or simply playing the part to get as much info as possible. As it turns out, Bill is a hardcore Lilith believer, so intense in fact that he drank all of “her blood” (still not sold on that one), exploded in a similar fashion to the true death and rose out of the blood just like Lilith herself. For a moment there, I thought Bill was dead and during that brief second or so, I imagined all the possibilities that could come with Bill out of the way for good. This is not to say that I dislike Bill, I just find him completely boring in comparison to stronger characters (although he did become quite appealing when he tricked and killed Salome), like Eric or even season one Bill. I’ll reserve any judgement on how much I like “Bilith” until after we see how much of the psycho goddess actually got inside him or if we’re just stuck with a much more powerful, yet still completely dull Bill.

Warlow was barely mentioned. I’m sure introducing Warlow in this season had a point. I’m positive writers plan to divulge who Warlow is and his intentions with Sookie sometime next season. However, I’m not sure if Warlow will be another letdown or not. They killed off Russell with very little fanfare, which in itself bothered me, but if we learn next summer that Russell was Warlow and Eric saved Sookie’s life by killing him, I’ll be less than pleased. I still see this mysterious Warlow as a Rumpelstikin type of guy and want to believe he’s someone new and exciting that will shift the focus back to Sookie. Again, if it turns out Warlow was Russell, I will strongly consider, but in the end decide against, cancelling my subscription to HBO.

Andy is a daddy, several times over. Maurella may have made birth look magical and painless, but the moment was nothing without Lafayette’s colorful commentary. I was pleased she made it clear she has no intentions to stick around, because I really do like the new and improved Andy, as well as his budding relationship with Holly. I think watching him play single daddy to newborns will provide a little comedy here and there, and perhaps the writers will remember Arlene has two kids that aren’t named Mikey and let them return for babysitting duties. Also, does this somehow mean Andy and Sookie are related now?

Jason and his hallucinations. Maybe it’s just me, but Jason’s hate for vampires seems very reminiscent of his storyline in season two when he also developed a hatred for vampires. This time things are a little different, since he has his dead parents egging him on and he has a vampire in love with him, but it still all plays very familiar. Outside of killing Sookie, there’s not much worse vampires can do to hurt him, so I don’t see how much farther they can go with all of this. However, of all the events that transpired, I somehow think Jason’s plot will have the most relevance next season, assuming they move forward with a vamps vs. the world sort of thing next season.

Pam and Tara kissed. I have waited for this moment since the start of the season, but it wasn’t until just after that I realized I don’t actually want the two to end up together. I did appreciate that it wasn’t a “we’re two lusty vampires who like to drink blood and claw at each other” scene but instead a romantic moment that Tara had more than earned this season. I’ve also enjoyed seeing the softer side of Pam, and fans of the book version of Pam have seen her successfully carry on a relationship without losing any of her edge. However, I don’t think either of these lady vamps would do well in a relationship. Pam is Pam and Tara, whether vampire or not, is perpetually screwed up. I’d mention the fact that they’re mother and daughter, but that’s obviously irrelevant (I can’t express enough how NSFW that link is!) and would only serve to strengthen their romantic bond should the writers decide to go there.

Alcide FINALLY become packmaster. Alcide’s daddy finally served a purpose and gave his son the juiced up V he needed to kill J.D. We don’t know where he got that blood from or how he was so sure it was the superior product, but I’m hoping those are the questions Alcide thinks to ask when he comes down from his high. Similar to much in the TB universe, it’s safe to say yet another storyline is being dropped without any discussion and going in a new direction, and by that I mean Sookie and Alcide are kaput and Alcide and Rikkie are probably a go for hot, animalistic werewolf sex next season.

Luna FINALLY rescued Emma. It never seemed like they were going to kill off the cutest wolf pup in the world, so I was wondering why they kept Luna and Sam on the hunt and why I should even care. It turns out, being held up at the Authority still served multiple purposes: killing off Rosalyn, rescuing Emma, exposing to the world that vampires were behind all the bombings at all the Tru Blood factories and most importantly, exposing shifters to the world. I don’t see how any supe will be able to spin this in their group’s favorite, most of all, the vampires. Hopefully, this small detail will have major ramifications for next season and take the episodes beyond dark rooms in one stupid building.

Minor note(s): This was the first finale in the history of the show that didn’t injure or kill any characters that I care about (RIP J.D., Salome and Rosalyn). Russell deserved a better death than the one he was given or at the very least, he should have done a lot more bad in the time he was free, I would have been fine with either option.

We have another long wait ahead of us to find out how new showrunner Mark Hudis plans to address these plots, along with which characters/stories were brought up only to be dropped by the time the six season comes around. Until next summer, enjoy this look into the season finale from Ball’s perspective:

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thoughts on true blood: sunset

Previously on True Blood: Gone, Gone, Gone

“You, me, Warlow. Our destinies are intertwined.” – The Elder

Is it safe to say that Lilith is pure evil?
The moment she whispered, “Bill come to me,” I was skeptical. However, when she went on to say, “Only one can lead us, I choose you,” I was convinced. It’s not enough that she “killed” Godric, but now she wants Bill (and later Kibwe and Salome) to drink all of her blood?! Those are bad signs! She is indeed a “godless god”, and it’s pretty clear that she wants to create chaos. As Bill demonstrated when he quickly killed Kibwe, anyone who wants the lead position will have to fight a few others to get there. What I can’t determine is if having one of them drink all the blood is her ultimate goal or if she’s more interested in turning everyone against each other.

What the hell is up with Bill?!
I have lost all hope that this is just an act for Bill. The ‘feelings, mortality and weakness of humans’ is of no consequence to him, which includes the former love of his eternal life, Sookie. Oddly, I found that part understandable. Bill really has spent a great amount of time neglecting who (and what) he is to mainstream with the humans, as well deal with all the BS that comes along with having a romantic relationship with one. Now being a complete dick to Jessica and hitting her? Unacceptable! Pam’s explanation that all vamps go psychotic when they nest with other vamps only cuts him so much slack. Whether it’s his need for the power or his desire to worship Lilith completely, both result in him being a less than loveable character. But is it fun to watch the usual boring Bill embrace his inner asshole? Of course.

Are Eric and Nora running or attempting to find a solution?
It seems the two are finally in agreement that Lilith is everything Godric said. They shared a tender moment and had the type of sex that two people have when they’ve lost their faith in Lilith (assuming Eric really ever truly believed). When they killed the other vampires in the truck and fled it wasn’t really clear if they were on the run or attempting to find a solution. Nora dropped her Vampire Authority chain before they left, which either symbolized her denouncing allegiance with the Authority or was done to temporarily throw Salome and co. off the scent when they eventually come looking for her and Eric. I doubt either is absent for next week’s finale, so this will undoubtedly be addressed. I foresee Bill wiping out any remaining members of the Authority and ultimately having to face Nora and Eric. Then again, I don’t trust Nora, so I could also see her turning on Eric and leaving him to face off against Bill. Either way, I think it will come down to Eric vs. Bill (and NO, I don’t think either of them will die in the finale).

Why is the U.S. Army the only government working with the Vampire Authority?
Tru Blood factories are, or rather were, all over the world. Vampires are all all over the world and they mainstreamed in a number of countries. I would assume ALL humans would be invested in keeping the peace, which would mean all of their government officials would be invested as well. Yet, General Cavanaugh is the only high-level official that worked directly with Roman and the rest of the chancellors…that doesn’t really make sense to me. In related news: I’d love to see what cool weapons they have in place for mass-killing of vampires.

Did the Elder get caught on purpose?
She gave us random mentions of Ke$ha, John Cougar Mellencamp and Boyz II Men, remembered John Stackhouse as a creepy, handsome land owner and knew that dark times were coming. She instructed Sookie to hold on to her light and also knew of Russell Eddington. She was flighty, yet she went out to battle Russell with such conviction that I was sure she’d kill someone. Turns out she only managed to zap Steve and Jason…and get herself killed. Maybe I’m giving her too much credit, but I feel like she wanted it to happen. Similar to Jason getting caught and leading Russell and Steve right to the fairies, I want to believe that it was all some part of an elaborate plan. By noting that her destiny is intertwined with Sookie’s and Warlow’s, perhaps she gave us a clue that this was all meant to be. If not, she gave Russell exactly what he wanted and put the rest of her tribe in mortal danger.

Other observations:

  • The Faerie Elder was played by Erica Gimpel aka Wallace’s mom (and Keith’s girlfriend for a brief amount of time) on Veronica Mars.
  • General Cavanaugh was played by Phil Reeves (who should be familiar to Parks and Recreation fans).
  • While watching this episode, a certain quote kept coming to mind: “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”
  • Sookie called Warlow a vampire. We all heard that, right?
  • I think I incorrectly assumed that Luna and Sam’s only relevance to the finale would be getting Emma (aka the cutest pup in the world) back.
  • Did we really sit through the Terry/Arlene plot just so they’d be able to provide a solid example for Andy and Holly?! More importantly, of all  the men in all the land, why did Maurella pick Andy to make a little fairy-human baby with?
  • Alicde is back, and it turns out his dad was banished from his packmaster position for being a thief. Was this brief spotlight just a chance for us to see Alcide topless or does this somehow have relevance for the big fight that will (hopefully) happen in the season finale?
  • “I’m a bitch, not a snitch. Love it.” – No. Love YOU Lafayette.
  • Tara has a crush on Pam. Tara and Jessica are going to be friends. They probably won’t go too much farther with these “developments” this season, but that’s fine, I can wait.
  • Rosalyn was Elijah’s maker. Lovely how that played out.
  • I forget how old Russell is, until he says things like, “I met Jesus.”
  • Funniest moment of the episode: Sam and Pam pass each other in the hallway and he asks her to help Luna. Pam’s response? “Who the fuck is Luna?” It was so simple, yet HILARIOUS. (Runner-up: Steve getting stuck in the backseat of the cop car).

Next week’s True Blood: Save Yourself (SEASON FINALE)

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thoughts on true blood: gone, gone, gone

Previously on True Blood: Everybody Wants to Rule the World

  • Bill foils Eric and Molly’s escape plan because he truly seems to believe in Lilith..or so it seems.
  • Bud, along with Sweetie, are revealed as the leaders of the “Obamas”.
  • Still no indication who Warlow is…
  • Elijah was introduced as the new Area 5 sheriff.
  • Russell gives Emma to Steve Newlin as a “pet”.

“You and me, we live in the wind, just like I did with Eric. We don’t need this place. It’s four walls and plaster. That’s all.” – Pam

Was Salome arrogant enough to think she could keep Russell under her thumb?

Russell gladly gives away his sacred blood to werewolves and long before the Vampire Authority deemed it fashionable, he was more than willing to let humans know just how worthless they are in comparison to vampires. These may have been the things that Salome admired and thought would be beneficial to her cause, but she had to know that he was never going to toe the company line. He wants the ultimate power and the one thing vampires are denied: the sun. Fairy blood has the power to change that, albeit briefly. However, this is still in conflict with Salome’s belief that vampires are creatures of the night. Assuming Russell gets the blood and shares it with the Authority, I doubt it will repair the rift since he’s proven he’ll never go along with the group consensus if it doesn’t mesh with his own agenda. This is good and as long as the leaders are divided, it’ll make things easier for the fairies and other supes that are tasked with defending the humans, assuming it comes to that.

Is Hoyt gone from the True Blood universe for good?

I haven’t really enjoyed Hoyt’s character for awhile. He became increasingly pitiful and it was getting tough to watch. If he has to pull a Tara and leave for Alaska so he can return stronger, then I’m all for it. However, something about Jessica glamouring him and that last scene with Jason makes me feel like there was a definite finality to his character. Although they now hold all of the guilt and negative emotions associated with breaking Hoyt’s heart, having him out of the way means that Jason and Jessica get some resemblance of a fresh start. TB could definitely use a (relatively) happy couple since no one else is pulling that weight.

What is really in that blood?

We already know that drinking the blood gets the vampires very high and lets them see Lilith. This week we saw Eric and Nora take the blood together, which brought forth Godric…and Lilith. Before he met the true(r) death at the hands of Lilith, Godric noted that she was a godless god. Godric symbolizes the “good” version of vampires, which makes me think that Lilith represents all that is evil. If that really is her blood, it also makes me wonder why Roman never had the crazy hallucinations or desire to kill all the humans. Maybe it affects vamps in different ways or maybe, Salome did something to the blood to control everyone. Out of all the loose ends we have going into the last two episodes of this season, this is the one I’m most anxious to see tied up.

How will Pam and Tara factor into everything?

Although it took him awhile, Bill finally decided to send for Jessica. Eric did set Pam free, but is he concerned for her safety? Is she concerned for his? Can “living in the wind” PLEASE send Pam and Tara to find Eric?! Tara showed some gumption by killing Elijah, and she’s definitely found her footing as a baby vamp. Perhaps she can use some of that fortitude to inspire Pam and go join Eric. At the very least, I think seeing Pam would help remind Eric of his pre-Lillith days.

Who is Warlow?!

After Jason, who has become the smarter of the two Stackhouses, realizes that “look under the bed” literally meant to look under the floor underneath the bed, the two find a very ancient scroll. Not sure why they didn’t immediately go to their fairy cousins, but once they FINALLY realized there was nothing human about the symbols/characters on the ancient scroll, they asked Claude for help. It took Maurella – the 500-year old fairy who tries to pass for 300-years old – to figure out that the scroll was a vellum signed with fairy blood, as well as a contract. It seems John Williams Stackhouse gave his first, fae-bearing female heir to M. Warlow, which means that Sookie belongs to Warlow. This make me rethink my “Russell is Warlow” theory because if Russell really is Warlow, he wouldn’t have needed Eric to tell him about the possibilities of fairy blood in the third season. I’ve decided Warlow is a new character, possibly a warlock, genie or some other mystical Rumpelstiltskin-type creature that makes deals for first born children, and this is laying the groundwork for the sixth season. If Warlow is in fact someone we haven’t already met, then it’s also possible he’s the best bet for protecting Sookie against Russell.

Other observations:

  • R.I.P. Mike Spencer – Sookie still got the job done, but wouldn’t it have been smarter to load the gun with wooden bullets?
  • I HATED to see Molly go in such an anti-climatic manner, mostly because I’ve been a Tina Majorino fan since Kevin Kostner slapped her in Waterworld and similar to Chris Meloni’s Roman, I felt the character was severely underutilized.
  • Russell and Steve dancing to Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream was almost romantic, if you ignored all the dead bodies laying around them of course.
  • Lafayette was an absolute vision in the pink shirt, rainbow wristband, blue shoes…and gun.
  • Andy and Holly are really cute together, which most certainly means that the pregnant Maurella is carrying his baby, because of course there are no happy endings for any of the couples on this show.
  • I’m all for Luna and Sam’s nudity and their fun little side adventures, but please tell me there’s more to their current story than trying to rescue Emma.

Next week’s True Blood: Sunset

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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.)

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thoughts on true blood: hopeless

Previously on True Blood: Let’s Boot and Rally

“Peace is for pussies.” – Russell Edgington
“You might as well be praying to
leprechauns or unicorns or the motherfucking Kardashians”- Russell Edgington
(It was an impossible task to pick just one.)

As a variation of my usual format, this post will be in mostly observational form. Why? Well, this episode completely massacred all of my former theories. All I thought I knew? Wrong. The direction I thought the season was going in? Wrong. I have no clue what’s going on and while that makes it hard to figure out what’s happening/coming next, it has made me (perhaps prematurely) fall in love with this season.

Observations, mini-theories and quotes:

  • [SPOILER ALERT] Roman is dead. Chris Meloni has confirmed the scene between Russell and Roman was his character’s “swan song”, but he also states that, “For the time being, he’s dead.” That sort of wording can be twisted and turned to mean so many things, but mostly, I think we can expect another Roman appearance in the same way we’ve seen Godric since he met the true death: hallucinations and flashbacks. Did TB waste Meloni’s talents? Possibly, but that’s unfair to say until the season ends.
  • There is sexual tension between Tara and Pam. It’s intense. This isn’t something I’m just seeing because I want to, and no one can convince me otherwise.
  • Vampires can glamour werewolves? Did we already know that? Also, when Eric “conditioned” Alcide to find Sookie disgusting, all I could think of was the kid being hypnotized in that children’s book Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger.
  • I feel I will repeat this weekly: Emma is my favorite werewolf pup. Ever.
  • “Hoyt, this is not you.” Hoyt, listen to Jessica. The pass you get for embarrassingly pitiful post-breakup behavior only lasts for so long. Then again, time in the True Blood universe moves at such a weird pace that you might be right on schedule.
  • What does Jason have to fear, Jason’s dad?!
  • “You not gon’ be able to keep me away from her, so don’t even try.” Very sexy Sam. Let that intensity fuel you during your search for the Shifter/Supe Shooters (as they will be know moving forward or until their actual identities are revealed).
  • Don Bartolo has Jesus, according to Ruby Jean (offensive and politically incorrect as always), and Lafayette is going to rescue him. Road trips always go so well on this show, but that’s next week’s fun time.
  • J.D. as Alcide’s “formidable” opponent for the packmaster position doesn’t even seem like a fair contest, at least not without Martha there to help him out.
  • I’m slowly starting to question Molly. We don’t know her political/religious beliefs, just that she works for the Vampire Authority. All of that access and being privy to certain info could make her a great mole for the Sanguinistas.
  • Why do people always announce upcoming executions? It leaves way too much time for the best laid plans to go awry. If they simply executed Russell once they had him, Roman might have made his tee time.
  • I want to like Arlene. She’s become a lot more easygoing since being with Terry. However, she is an idiot. All of the mystical/supernatural/unexplainable occurrences in Bon Temps, yet your husband tells you that he’s cursed and somehow it’s unbelievable? Also, did she just completely forget Rene’s warning?!
  • Assuming Claude is even telling the truth, who is the vampire that killed Jason and Sookie’s parents? Russell is drawn to Sookie’s fairy blood, but so are the rest of the vampires. I doubt it was Eric and for the sake of Sookie’s increasingly fragile psyche, I hope it wasn’t Bill.
  • Maybe the Vampire Authority didn’t have just one traitor. Maybe Roman was the only one who still believed in the mission, while the other members were either on the side of the Sanguinista Movement or apathetic as long as it didn’t clash with their political agenda. However, without an “us vs. them”, there’s nothing to really drive conflict for this storyline. I forsee Dieter gunning for the leadership role before Roman’s blood is even cleaned off the carpet. I don’t think it will be Salome, but that’s only because I’m convinced her and Nora are working together.

Next week’s True Blood: In the Beginning (Russell Edgington has made a full comeback, fedora and all)

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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