Well my fellow True Blood Fans here we are again ……The beginning of the end ….. The final season …. and here I am again so let the spoilers and snarking begin! For those of you new to the me for the True Blood season )… let me start with my normal disclaimer …. BLAH BLAH BLAH … my spoiler reviews are long, detailed and opinionated. I speculate, bitch and generally focus on the points that I want to and for the most part I skip over a lot that doesn’t interest me. My favorite lines are listed at the bottom, assuming I found any … as the seasons have progressed the numerous gems have started to feel more like trying to find needles in a haystack (feel free to tell me any you liked that I didn’t use) and sometimes I add in random musings just because!
Still with me? Right then here we go!! After last week’s extremely annoying day set episode this week is much more interesting and action packed mainly because it all happens at night and so we get to see our vamps!! YAY!! And not just the H Vamps either!!! Some awesome Eric and Pam action coming up!!
The episode starts though in California … ummmmm WHAT??? At a Yoga class hosted by Guru Sanbir Dutta (Nope that isn’t going to be important at all but hey I figured out the name so figured I would share lol) and guess who is taking the class … a Miss Sarah Newlin! Yes she’s back everyone!! Complete with dyed hair and a new name (Newmi lol) and keeping with her typical theme of sleeping with the power people (in this case Guru Sanbir who is all about hot bodies and being in the “now” with “yourself”). More about those shenanigans later! (Opening Credits Go Here)
After the credits we go to Eric and Pam … YES This is what we all want to see …. well OK what I want to see anyway ……. And Pam is demanding to know how long Eric has had the disease and is very unimpressed that he has given up. Eric lets us know that it has been about a month but after everything for him this is the end. He admits he didn’t get it on purpose but he didn’t try not to get it either. I love Eric and Pam! I love that she never gives up on him even telling him that she has searched the whole planet for him and that she would have continued. This actually amuses Eric who claims that she wouldn’t have found him if he hadn’t been sick but the smile belies otherwise. This is by far one of my favorite Maker / Child relationships ever. Pam confirms that Tara is in fact gone as she felt her die while she was in Morocco (Well strike one for me ….. I was sure she was still around. DAMN) … anyway they share another moment about playing “the Bucket Game” and things are just lovely. You know I could watch a whole show just with these two ……. screw all the other storylines!. Pam says that Eric’s moping can’t all be about Godric and Nora .. or even Sylvie … Ummmmmm WHAT NOW??? Who is Sylvie?? Oh never mind we get a flashback to answer that question … in fact we get a series of flashbacks over the show so I will put them all in to one ready to go flashback recap …
Flashback recap – France 1986 (Based on the Fact that Pam was turned in 1905 and she states they have been together 81 years)
Eric is having a nice little fling with the lovely French Sylvie, daughter of Vineyard owner. She knows he is a vampire and we have some wonderful sex, naked Eric, and biting. Yup this episode is definitely better than last weeks :D ….. It would appear that Eric is more than a little smitten with Sylvie …… and is not happy to be interrupted from his moonlight naked frolicking by non other than Nan Flannigan!!! Ha ….. welcome back Nan we missed you! Sent by none other than Nora no less. Well Eric and Pam are in a lot of trouble for not playing by the vamp rules. (LOVE 80’s Pam!). They didn’t check in with the sheriff, they aren’t being especially discreet and with Tru Blood about to be released by the Yakinomo corporation (Some nice mainstreaming references to the drink that remind me of S1 here) and The Authority need them to start behaving. Pam is her wonderful self telling Nan that she doesn’t like you. Nan replies under other circumstances she thinks they could be friends but after Pam looks at her shoes and agrees Nan goes back to being her normal bitchy self and points out these are NOT other circumstances. As usual Pam realizes the gravity of the situation first and agrees to behave but Eric is more interested in Sylvie (really?? She’s not THAT great … maybe she has a trace of Fae in her to make her taste extra yummy) and tells the Nan and the people she represents to “Go “Fuck Themselves”. Hmmm that might not have been his brightest move. Pam is worried after Nan leaves but Eric vows to protect her.
Still in France we see Pam having fun with a French Fluzy of her own but things are about to go very wrong as a team of warriors head into their building. Next thing we hear is Pam yelling to Eric (who is busy in the yard doing some very bad things with Sylvie … Sexy Eric twice in one episode … yummy) and Eric is really not happy about the interruption until he turns to see that she is Silvered (silver choke collar) held by several Japanese warriors with a Silver blade at her throat . He works out quickly that they mean business but concludes that if they were going to kill them they would have done it already. He tries attacking one as they grab Sylvie but the threat to Pam is too much. When he finds out they were sent by the Yakinomo corporation he tries to bribe them but this fails too. They are on a mission. We learn that the Authority wants Eric alive so killing him is not an option and they demand, even after he agrees to their demands, that either Sylvie or Pam has to die. Poor Eric looks heartbroken when they won’t let him die instead and Pam and Eric change the most amazing look and he says Pam lives. Awwwwwww <3 Sorry Sylvie, time’s up and her end is swift and final with a sword through the gut with a sad smile from Eric and he falls to his knees only to be dragged away silvered along with Pam. Guess we will learn about that later. ***End Flashback***
Eric seems resigned and nothing Pam is saying is having much reaction until suddenly she mentions Sarah Newlin and lets Eric know she is Alive. Jason never killed her and Pam is going after her. This lights Eric fire and now he is MAD and they are going to find her together!! ooooh YAY!!! Welcome back Eric!!! Was worried you were going to be all pathetic this season for a minute! I am not convinced they will save the character but at least he may go out with a bang!!!! Bring on the road trip (Oh wait that won’t be at least until next week … well at least there is something to look forward to!!
Back in Bon Temps Alcide has finally realized that Sookie is gone and is not a happy bunny … well wolf I suppose … and he sniffs her out (Yup literally ….I know …. THAT’s ATTRACTIVE) … over to Bill’s house where he is really mad and smashes down the door. Sadly for Alcide, Sookie has other plans and has convinced Bill she has a plan and they have taken off in Bill’s car so she can play vampire bait for the H Vamps and not tell anyone else what’s going on. Of course we all know that Bill just wants her back so he will go along with pretty much anything at this point. Now don’t get me wrong, I know many people are all anti Bill/Sookie but I kinda like this whole back to season 1 vibe they are playing. At this point I can’t stand the wolf, Sam is annoying, and well I have pretty much always figured she didn’t deserve Eric after the way she treated him …… so Bill works for me. If this is the direction it ends in I am fine with it. There were some cute moments with Bill up in a tree “keeping watch” as Sookie sits there wondering why the H Vamps are taking so long to get to her. A couple of “moments” are shared but perhaps the most noticeable one is when she says she knows Alcide loves her more than she loves him. Well DUH!!!! We can all see you love Bill more than him and you claim to pretty much hate him half the time. Alcide was the “safe” option and she knew it. So anyway that is what is going on with them while Alcide is running around in wolf form trying to track them down. See Sookie is so damn selfish she couldn’t even leave him a note! UGH!!! Oh yes we also had some boring Bill Flashbacks to when he was going off to war with him getting pictures taken with his wife and kids…. and the photographer was a Fortenberry .. hmmmmm wonder if that will be important. Anyway these flashbacks were a LOT less interesting than the Pam / Eric ones! No shocker there!
The H Vamps holed up at Fangtasia have a problem … not enough blood. They have to feed every hour (well at least one of them does …. seriously I tell you making the rules up as they go along) …. and noone seems to be mentioning the loss of Ms Harris last week or the fact that leaves one less vamp to feed. Who knows how many are actually in the club at this point but we learn they are down to 4 humans (5 if you could the baby – so that is Holly, Arlene, Nicole, and Jane) and so they need to go find more. Oooooh Sookie being vampire bait might actually help them ….. although one bite of her and none of them is stopping but whatever …… they decide that a group will have to go and they go to the basement to find their “Trail Mix” to take with them as they can’t go long enough to hunt without a feed bag. When they get down there Holly has cast a “sort of” circle and they are chanting but it doesn’t get them anything other than Harry Potter taunts and Holy gets to go hunting with them. The crap H Vamps actually manage to fins a couple of stragglers in the woods (but not Sookie yet) and send them back to Fangtasia with a couple of the familiar looking H Vamps (The Dark Haired Girl and the Brit) while the rest keep on hunting ….. more on the H Vamp hunting party later!
Right then remember the “Wanna be Justice League” and all the drama going on with that. Well things certainly get interesting this week. Andy and Jessica get Adelyn and Wade out of the jail and then they go off to gather up Jason and Violet (who are in the middle of a big fight about what a “Real Man” is. Mildy interesting because Jason now wants a family (yes he has figured out it would mean adoption) and Violet tells him to stop being such a girl. Violet is still not happy with Jessica but she lets her in but under her rules and they can have a truce until they find Sookie. They leave Adelyn and Wade at Jason’s house and off they go on a hunt!
Sam is visiting with the reverend (With his gay vampire watcher Matt lurking in the doorway) trying to figure out the meaning of all this and how tragic it would be to be sitting there having frozen pizza with just no hope. That that was just it. Soo the rev and Sam are having a big faith heart to heart when Willa shows up with Lettie Mae high on V and the Rev has everyone else leave so he can sort out the crazy one.
Once the Rev is sorted with Lettie Mae he comes to find Willa and feed her and while she’s feeding she hears all about how the rev ended up there and that Lettie Mae and him basically saved each other. Ummmmmm wait a minute didn’t the Rev have a wife there already earlier in the series before him and Lettie Mae got together? As in he was cheating on his wife with her? Did I make that up ….. I don’t have time to rewatch and check right now but I am pretty sure that is what happened there and he didn’t arrive at a boarded up church and find a drunk Lettie Mae sitting there waiting for him and he knew his purpose. Hmmmmmmm damn you writers!!! Now I need to go find that …. well later …… ugh sidetracked. Anyway basically he explains to Willa that she can’t stay there because Lettie Mae won’t stop finding excuses to get her blood and so he thanks her for everything and then rescinds her invitation. Poor Willa :(
Sam and Matt leave and are driving along when they run into the much enlarged “Wanna Be Justice League” group now starring, Maxine, Kenya, Rocky and well as the already very annoying Vince the wanna be mayor, all armed with guns and wooden bullets which they suddenly use to kill Matt so he is now a pile of goo. Vince has decided he is now Mayor and when Sam refuses to go away they get ready to shoot him but he turns into an owl and flies away. Well then that secret is well and truly out the bag now!
Jason, Andy, Jessica an Violet find Sam’s abandoned truck shortly after and the vamps spot the goo remains of Matt and go all fangy. We hear the “Wanna be Justice League” in the woods and then suddenly they appear en masse in front of our fab 4. Andy demands to know where the Mayor is to learn that he has flown away and Vince thinks he is mayor now! Jason makes a stand and tells them all just to get out of the way because they can’t do anything but Maxine gets all mouthy and decides she wants to kill Jessica (for all the mean things she did to Hoyt) and Jason (well because he was kinda to blame too) …. and she shoots Jessica in the shoulder! Good job she is a bad shot! Violet takes action and rushes forward and rips Maxine’s heart right out of her chest and drops it on the floor, to be shortly followed by a very dead Maxine. Andy shouts for Rocky as the rest of the rabble disperse and Violet races off to get him and brings him back from the woods even managing to remember the directive to keep him alive!! Back at the car there is concern that Jessica isn’t healing. She claims she doesn’t know why. Is she stupid? She needs to FEED!!!! Isn’t that instinct? Shouldn’t her fangs pop out instinctively when food is near because she needs it. WHAT IS THE MATTER WITH THESE WRITERS GRRRRRRR!!!!!
OK enough annoyance for the moment … let’s go to Lafayette. We haven’t seen much of him this episode but when we do he is dancing his sexy little ass off and enjoying the liquid side of life until James shows up. James is on the hunt for weed because apparently vamps get high from smoking (ummmm that is a made up rule) ….. but as Lala only has pills Lala improvises and takes a nice little cocktail for James to then enjoy once it gets into his bloodstream. I am pretty damn sure that isn’t how this works …………. oh whatever …… they aren’t sticking to any rules so why the hell not this I guess. James and Lala get nice and high on his deconstructed / reconstructed drug concoction and doze off for a bit ….. a little bit too much because James thinks Lala has overdosed and won’t wake up. False alarm! Lala is fine …. or in his words “A Pro-fess- ion-alle” and they share a moment. James reminds Lala he has a girlfriend but I don’t think this is the end of that. I like James … he’s hot and amusing. Let’s hope he can keep Lafayette safe the rest of the season. At this rate though they will both be dead next week *sigh*
Remember the Sarah Newlin shenanigans I mentioned at the beginning? Well we get to see she is sleeping with the weird Guru and he seems to be besotted with her. Well that isn’t going to last long because as he sends her off to get a bottle of wine from the cellar those pesky Yakinomo corporation samari’s are back …… and I don’t think they are very happy with how Sarah left their deal last season and they find the Guru naked and surprised. When he confirms that Sarah has been but refuses to say where she is now they cut off his head and we see Sarah in the wine cellar behind a closed door as her Guru’s blood pours under the door. Oooooh this isn’t going to be good. Guess we will see more about that next week!
To finish this week everything is going to happen at once. Alcide and Sam both meet in the woods and transform just out of sight of some of the scattered Justice League … ummmmm seriously? A dog and a wolf and neither of you smelled people right there? Luckily the JL idiots took too long to make the shot and they transformed back and went off running together in search of Sookie. Sookie who is bored with the waiting game insulted that she thought she smelled special but they aren’t rushing to get her. We see her sharpening a wooden stake but not to do anything productive with ….. no she is going to gash her arm to guarantee that the H Vamps want to come eat her! It works too as Holly comes out of the bushes bitten and confused so you know that the H Vamps are not far behind. Sadly for everyone the H Vamps are prepared for vamps this time and they silver Bill so he is now useless and about to be stabbed by one of the H Vamps when Alcide and Sam appear and tear him apart, in the meantime Andy, Jason, Jessica and Violet start shooting wildly and explode all the H Vamps covering Sookie in goo which she desperately tries not to get in her mouth (or her eyes because I guess you can get infected that way too). Alcide is mad but his first concern is getting Sookie clean which amazingly Violet rushes her to the river to wash her off. Alcide is really mad at Bill and blames him for agreeing with her when suddenly shots ring out from the woods and Alcide takes one to the forehead and one to the chest and collapses as Jason realizes they are being shot at from the trees and turns to protect them but it is too late for Alcide. Alcide is dead. Jessica offers to turn him but Sookie knows that isn’t what he would have wanted and says she made that decision before and it didn’t turn out well and so we end with Andy standing over the still alive Lou (one of the Justice League) and he leaving him to die and Sookie crying over a naked Alcide’s dead body.
I think the theme this season is unexpected death whether it has a point or not. Not sure this is the best way for them to make a statement. So far all the main character deaths (apart from Maxine I suppose) have been pretty pointless if you ask me. Just killing them off for the sake of a main character death and not adding to the story. Will it get people talking about it? I’m sure ….. will it boost ratings ….. I don’t think so. Much as junkies like me will watch until the end, those that pass through will be bored very quickly. If they are trying to be Game Of Thrones with no on is safe I get it. But this is NOT Game of Thrones and I don’t like it!
UGH ….. and now we wait until next week!!! Only 7 installments left…. I know there will be tears …..Nobody is safe!! Who will make it to the end??? Sunday at 9 I WILL be watching!
Main Cast Death Count This Episode
Main Cast Death Count This Series
Tara – – OK definitely Dead … Pam says she felt her die whilst in Morocco – that makes TB 1 – VLD -0 BLAH!
My Favorite Lines From “Fire In The Hole”
- Pam– “I searched the whole fucking planet for you”
- Eric – “It Feels Better In The Moonlight”
- Eric- “And Everyone Lived Bored And Suicidely Every After” (Love this reference to Mainstreaming that pops up in S1
- Rev Daniels – “You got to have Faith” (Ha ha ha ha Fright Night Anyone????)
- Violet – “One town of dead people and you are going to let it turn you into a girl?”
- Sookie – “When we say stuff we can’t decide how people are going to take it.”
- Sookie – “I Taste Like Sunshine And Flowers And I’m Right Fucking Here!