This is more like it!
The season kicks it up a notch with an episode that begins with a very amusing, very cool throw down between Pam and Tara, and ends with one hell of a scorching cliff-hanger.
The last few moments of ''Cold Grey Light of Dawn'' are utterly brilliant. The arc revolving around Marnie takes on a completely new, compelling life with Antonia behind the wheel, and as first strikes go, recreating the spell that lured many vampires into the sun 400 years ago, aint no small feat.
Marnie necromances one of Bill's sheriffs, Luisunder, who repeatedly abused Antonia back before she was burned at the stake, to send a message to King Bill: a bullet to the gut. Bill manages to get the upper hand, and just before Luisunder stakes himself he informs Bill that Antonia has been resurrected. It's enough to spook Bill into calling all of his area sherifs and forcing daylight lockdown upon them. Every vampire under his rule is to be silvered every single day until further notice.
Unfortunately, Bill's love for Jessica undermines his judgement. Upon seeing her in so much agony under silver, he makes the mistake of letting her off easy. The result aint pretty. Jessica manages to break free of the restraints and I'm left screaming ''Bill, you fool!'' at my TV. It's an admittedly exhilarating few minutes, as everyone's favourite vampire crawls her way up from the basement and directly into the sunlight.
Now, it's hard to believe that True Blood would kill off one of its best characters while so many other duds remain. I'm hoping that Jason somehow manages to get out of his little firearm situation just in time to save our baby vamp. BUT, if Jessica does meet her true death, I'll be gutted. Like, serious man tears here, people. I threw a freaker last year when Russell grabbed her by the throat and threatened to rip her head off. But this spell may be constant, and with Jessica broken off with Hoyt and doubting her own humanity, maybe they're trying to severe all ties before she bites the dust.
Strong Mark...strong mark!
The Antonia arc has recruited some noticeable players from True Blood's main cast. Okay, so I'm mostly talking about Tara here, but she did also bring Holly onboard (Tara's little ''we won't go down'' interplay was very sweet). You can also add Jesus and Lafayette to Marnie's/Antonia's vendetta.
This arc has suddenly offered up a very interesting dynamic for the show to play with. I pretty much agree with Antonia, to an extent. And I completely understand why Tara would be game for eliminating all vampires. But then you have to consider that two of my favourite characters on the show are vampires: Jessica and Pam. Yet two of my favourite non-vamp characters are Tara and Lafayette.
So I'm very confused where to place my bets right now.
But it's this splintered effect on the cast that has made things incredibly interesting. It's essentially Team Tara (Marnie/Antonia, Holly, Lafayette and Jesus) against Team Sookie (Bill, Jessica, Eric and Pam), and I can't wait to see where this could all possibly lead.
Aside from the potential awesomeness of a showdown, the rest of the episode doesn't quite hit the mark. Eric and Sookie enjoy a good sex montage (only on this show, eh?), but spend the majority of the episode under the covers chin-wagging. Boring. Debbie and Alcide have montage-less sex and a chat between the covers. Seriously boring. Sam finds out that Tommy had sex with Luna and threatens to kill him if he ever sets foot in his house again. Oh, and Lafayette is a medium now...
Like I've said before, I'm not crazy about the whole Eric/Sookie relationship. I just don't buy it. And the other plotlines littered about the place aren't exactly tickling my fancy either. But with the Marnie/Antonia storyline beginning to take front and centre, hopefully even more characters will be pulled into this potentially awesome storyline, and I can begin to love the show again.