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? I warn you …. this is a long one ….. Right then here we go!! Wow can you believe we are on the 4th episode already? That means we are almost halfway through. Not liking that. Neither did I really care for the beginning of this week’s episode, which was of course dealing with the big death last week. We have Sookie calling Jackson to tell him his son is dead and then (far more moving) we have Jason calling Hoyt to tell him that Maxine has passed. Poor Hoyt …. and poor Jason <3. They did a really good job here what with Jason having grown up with Hoyt but Jessica’s glamour still working its vampire magic. Awwwwwww. Wonder what will happen when he comes back to Bon Temps. I guess we will see ……… After the phone call Jason has decided he is done with everything but Sookie gives him the “Man Up” speech because Andy is gone (to look after Holly) and so he is all that is left. Well who would have thought THAT would have been the case 6 seasons ago??? ***Opening Credits ….. I still love this song ………***
As with most episodes, by far the best thing in it were the moments with Eric and Pam and in particular the flashbacks. I am loving getting more of their history together, especially when it involves 80’s and 90’s flashbacks. Oh the memories …. but I digress ….. We start on a plane with Eric and Pam heading to Baton Rouge because Pam has decided that is where Sarah is likely to have reached out. Eric is not amused by this and stops feeding on the lovely Air Hostess to demand they go to Shreveport to get Willa. Eric and Pam are so great with the way they play off each other but Eric lets it slip that he is dying which Victoria (pretty Air Hostess) is unamused about as she is now going to lose her job. I know it’s wrong but I LOVE that neither Eric nor Pam care one bit!! YES!!! This is the Eric and Pam we want to see. The looks they share, their chemistry is just awesome….. I love them!
We now get the first of several flashbacks but as they are all related and are BY FAR the best bit of this entire episode I am going to put them all together …. because honestly? I want to lol.
Remember last week Pam and Eric got taken by the Yokomoto corporation after they dispensed with Sylvie back in 1986? Well this flashback picks up right after that with Pam and Eric being “released” in Shreveport in a parking lot that will look very familiar to all the fans. Yes this is where they get Fangtasia. But wait …… it is not the Fangtasia we know and love …. it is …. a VIDEO RENTAL STORE lmao!!! Complete with extra porn section in the basement!!! Oh Pam is so disgusted by the whole thing it is hilarious!! We get to meet The Magister (remember him) and we learn that he made Eric Sheriff (Something Eric actually looks rather pleased about) because he wants to be able to keep an eye on him. They learn that this punishment (running the store) is basically a forever thing at this point and when The Magsiter tosses Pam the keys she ignores them as they smack her in the chest and fall to the floor. Oh it was so well done!! Bravo!!! Now pay attention here …. The Magister throws out that there is an abandoned, walled up tunnel behind the basement …… FULL OF HISTORY he says ….. but that will be VERY important later. ****OK mini side rant here ….. do we have different writers doing the flashback things? They are so awesome with the details and the remembering things, and adding in little “extras” …. where is that in the MAIN show??? Hmmmmmm??? Continuity has just LEFT THE BUILDING with pretty much everything else…….. UGH OK I’m done for the moment … back to the flashbacks …..****
We jump to 1996 and poor Pam is STILL stuck working in that horrid little video store which is now upgrading to DVDs. In walks a nerdy looking brunette with a list of obscure vampire movies she wants to watch. Pam is actually impressed and the selections and half listens as the girl goes on and on about the course she is taking about monsters being misunderstood. Suddenly out walks Eric …. in full 90’s boy band style ….with the background music of “I would die for you” ….. LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!!!! And then I realize …. IT’S GINGER!!!! HA!!!! Without the blonde hair and minus the screaming I didn’t see it at first….. and well she just about dies …. right there on the spot. Jaw on the floor …. ummmmm yes that might have been my reaction too …. WOW …. ummmmm where was I ……. oh yes so Ginger meets Eric and decides she wants to work there … and well the rest is history ….. actually we get a little more history …. and I LOVE it!!
Fast forward to 2006 and the vamps are coming out of the coffin and we see Ginger (looking much more like the Ginger we all know) getting out of a hearse, with a big chair, and heading into the video shop where they are still working. Pam is waiting for her and is unamused by the chair until Ginger lays out the whole plan for Fangtasia, right down to Eric sitting up on the throne we all know and love. Pam loves the idea …. and totally steals is – glamouring Ginger into thinking it was Pam’s idea in the first place. Awesome!!!!! Flash forward to Eric and Pam back on the plane and Eric is smiling and lovingly calls Pam a Bitch ….. but she says “but you still love me” ….. and he looks at her and just says “always”. Awwwwwwww ❤ such a look. Just perfect!!! I’m telling you I would watch a whole series just about these too!!!! FANGTASTIC!!!!
Right then back to the rest of what is going on …….. Sookie, Jason, and Sam head over to see Andy and Holly and find Coby and Lisa who Sookie decides to go talk to. Lisa is moaning that everyone is treating them like they are stupid but they know things are wrong. After a heart to heart with the (now not so little) kids Sookie promises that she will bring their Mom back. UGH Stupid Sookie!!! You know better than to make promises like that! Especially with the kill count this season. Anyway Sookie knows that Holly knows what happened and that it was just glamoured away so Sookie heads in to fix that. Remember her little trick with the Black Eyes back in Season 2? Yup she can MAKE you remember and she does just that with Holly. Oh it isn’t pretty and leaves Holly a snivelling mess for poor Andy to deal with but they don’t have time for that!! Sookie does leave him with a piece of advice ….”We like to be held”…. well OK then!!! So they know where the survivors are and they have a plan! Well Sookie has a plan …. she is going to Bills …. in the middle of the day ….. Jason and Sam …. they have to go tell Rosie that Kevin is dead.
Staying with Jason and Sam for a moment, Sam has a little melt down and thinks he is going to go to Fangtasia now and rescue Nicole (STUPID SAM!!!!!) but Jason manages to stop him (by threatening to shoot him in the head) and they eventually get to Rosie’s and she is not happy to see them and even less happy with the news. She makes them promise that they will avenge Kevin which, of course, they promise to do.
Over at Bill’s house Jessica and James are fighting over the fact that Jessica isn’t healing because she isn’t eating. Apparently it has been months. Hmmmmm they do like to change how long these vamps can go without feeding. James goes to get Bill and Bill tries to convince her but is not doing a very good job. Sookie turns up in the middle of it all and decides that Jessica can feed off of her. Jessica isn’t amused because as she points out Sookie is a fairy but Sookie says she trusts her. Sookie gets Bill and James to leave and then lays one of the best guilt trips on Jessica that I have heard in ages. Basically Sookie doesn’t care what is going on with Jessica and her life but she needs help and Sookie has been good to Jessica so Jessica needs to suck it up and help her! Amazingly THIS WORKS but she won’t feed off Sookie and so they send for James’s human … the wonderful Lafayette!!!!
This leads to a wonderful scene! Nelson Ellis is OUTSTANDING this week with just the right amount of sass, sympathy, and use of the word “Hookah” to convince Jessica that he is a bad person too. He misses Jesus and it is OK not to be perfect and not to forgive yourself but you have to keep going. Add to that the looks that James and Lala share and yes I will admit it. My heart melted. Awwwww <3. Sorry Jessica I am routing for them to hook up….. the sooner the better.
Sookie is plotting with Bill but he points out that generally the vampires around are not really going to be invested in going to a fight at Fangtasia with the H Vamps. They have everything to lose and nothing to gain. When asked why he is going he explains it is because he owes Sookie everything. You know Bill …… when you act like season 1 Bill you aren’t so bad after all. So Sookie decides Bill needs to eat ……because he needs to be at his strongest to fight ……. but you know personally I think Sookie just wanted a good bite. Obviously missing it having been with a wolf for 6 months. Guessing a wolf bite wouldn’t be so appealing lol
So night has fallen and the troops have gathered to plan their attack. Hmmmm troops might be a tad optimistic sounding as we have Sookie, Bill, Jason, Sam, Jessica, James, Violet, and 2 of James’s band mates (also vamps) Michael and Keith. Jason tries to give a rousing speech but compares it to Normandy and obviously doesn’t get much response as Normandy left beaches stained with allied blood ….. but fear not!! Eric and Pam have arrived. Obviously looking for Willa (well on the pretense of looking for Willa) and Pam bitches that Sookie is there. Glad to see that they are at least consistent with that but Eric does listen and “calls” Willa. Eric, however, obviously still loves Sookie and takes a moment alone with her to discover what trouble she has gotten herself into this time. He is appropriately disgusted about her “wolf” relationship but drops it when he sees she is hurting. The time between them is touching and you can see how much Eric still cares and it would seem Sookie does too. Perhaps the triangle is about to come back. I was sure the writers were heading towards Sookie and Bill ….. but who knows. Hmmmmmm need to ponder that. Also need to ponder the lack of Eric or Pam making any kind of negative comment to Jason about Sarah being alive. Pam may secretly be grateful at this point as it is fueling Eric’s will to live …. but Eric … he looked pissed last week. I can’t believe there wouldn’t even be a passing jibe??? Ugh! Damn Writers!
Willa arrives and is not a happy babyvamp. She wants to talk about her abandonment NOW!!! But Eric has other plans and uses the old fail safe “as you maker I command you” trick and later it is 😀
So off to battle they go …. the crew above with the additions of Eric, Pam, and Willa but Eric actually has a plan. Remember that bricked up tunnel? Well they are going to bust in and rescue the prisoners that way!! Awesome!!! Except when they get there Eric has pretty much lost all his strength and after a pitiful few attempts Bill smashes down the wall in one punch …. ummmmm NO!!!!!!! NO NO NO NO NO NO NO!!!! UGH!!! That is SO WRONG!!! On SOOOOOOO many levels wrong!!!! So let me ask you this? If H Vamps are so weak even in the early stages (he is level 1) and HE has just FED well and recently …… why the hell are the other vamps any problem at all?? You have a shifter and a bunch of healthy vamps? What the hell writers???? Make your mind up!!!! STUPID!!!!!
Anyway Sam goes in first (as a rat) and transforms and freaks Arlene and Jane (which is mildly amusing …. although I would have had Arlene making a comment about Sam being naked ….. but maybe that is me being a perv) ……. so prisoners found Sam lets them know that vamps are coming in to rescue them and they need to TRUST them. The 3 prisoners are not too amused but seriously at this point what choice do they have? Well as Sam scurries back off as a rat it would seem that they might be too late for one of them because here comes an H Vamp and he is hungry!! Back at the tunnel entrance it is decided that Pam and Bill will go rescue the humans (because Eric is so week) but by the time they get there Arlene is already upstairs about to be eaten. The other 2 saved Bill decides to go after Arlene but Pam gives him a couple of words of advice …… not to try too hard to be a hero .. because she says it is never going to happen with Sookie the way he wants … not tonight …. not ever. Hmmmmmm foreshadowing? Certainly interesting to say the least.
But Bill is not the only one with a plan. Eric has decided to go through the front door, claiming he needs asylum and he brings his own human (no prizes for guessing who that is …..) Now apparently despite their apparent apathy previously, these H Vamps do have a thing for fairy blood after all ….. not that they know what it is but it is Sookie smelling so good that tempts them to let him in. Arlene is close to death on the table and Eric is trying to buy time with the crazy H Vamps who amazingly enough all seem together enough to hold it together for this little chit chat. Come on cavalry where are you??
Oh wait …. unexpected help? Problems? Ummmm a bit of both really as the remainder of the “Wanna be Justice League Crew” (Wanna be Mayor, Kenya, Rosie, annoying mouthy girl, and another guy along with a few others ) pull in to the parking lot armed with a Molotov cocktail. FIRE!!!! Just as our hero team is coming up the back way. Well all hell erupts. As the vamps go flying out the front door a bunch are picked off by the “Wanna Be League” all armed with guns and wooden bullets until a few break through to kill most of the humans off (yup none of you will be missed). This gives the other vamps time to get out the back way and we get to see a matrix style, all hell break loose battle between the vamps and it seems that all the H Vamps get killed off and our team escapes unscathed.
That being said Sookie is trapped inside a burning Fangtasia with a dying Arlene and Eric unable to help as his infected blood (I’m assuming) is no good for healing. She tells him to get a “Healthy” vamp. Now why he doesn’t just “Call” Willa is anybody’s guess …… but he doesn’t …. instead he’s about to leave when Bill appears and stakes a rogue H Vamp by ripping off one of the handles from behind the bar (Season 1 Longshadow anyone????). Pam comes in with a fire extinguisher and deals with the fire issue and gets a wonderful look from Eric (I am telling you this week was just full of them) and then she hears them outside about to throw in another flaming bottle and rushes out, snatches the bottle and sets the guy on fire. Awesome!!
Bill is about to give Arlene his blood when he feels Jessica in trouble so leaves to help her and Eric comes to the rescue bringing Keith. Now Arlene is seeing Terry and hearing Terry (although for a moment Terry is the evil H Vamp but Jason shoots that one … well done Jason) and for a moment I really thought that Arlene was about to be the next victim of this season’s slaughter run as we get to see Terry too but he tells Arlene to stay and she starts to come round. Now she shares a little look with Keith the vampire. Hmmmmmmm is that going to be something I wonder. Lots to think on this episode.
We end with it being confirmed that all the H Vamps are in fact goo. And judging by the number of bodies it looks like all the “Wanna be Justice League” are dead too with the main cast notables being Kenya and Rosie. Pam is shouting for Eric and for a moment you wonder if perhaps he is one of the goo piles and we missed it ….. but fear not. Eric is in a car eating Rosie. Well Rosie there were worse ways you could have died. Eric returns to the bar and shares a beautiful look with Sookie ….. and the credits roll ……
And now we wait until next week!!! Only 6 installments left…. but already things seem to be wrapping up faster than I would have expected so I am hoping they will focus on the hunt for Sarah and hopefully a cure for Eric?! Who will make it to the end?? Only thing for sure is that 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 “Death Is Not The End”
- Jackson – ”He loved the fuck out of you Sookie”
- Pam – “I’m sorry …. did we fuck and I blocked it out”
- Eric- “Welcome to our shithole”
- Bill – “I Owe You Everything”
- Lafayette – “Step aside Hookah ….. give a real hookah a shot”
- Pam – “Ginger – look at yourself and look at me …. who has better taste?”
- Ginger – “Eric Northman is nothing if he isn’t fucking sex on a throne”
- Eric – “Pam tells me you wrote a book where you claim no longer to be an asshole …. is it true?”
- Pam – “She’s like a fucking fungus that just won’t go away”
- Eric – “You will not drink her blood …. you will sip it … like a nice glass of barbaresco”