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True Blood S06E08: "Dead Meat"


What a snorefest this episode was, right? I could barely keep my eyes open for the whole hour, whoever thought I’d MISS the intermittent broad humor of Old Navy commercials? HAHAHA J/K JUST PLAYING, "Dead Meat" was a suspenseful and insanely fantastic episode, standing out in a season that's largely being hailed as True Blood at its best. Seriously, this is what good programming looks like, you turn on the TV and relatable emotion combined with fantastical imagery and suspense just comes pouring into your living room like blood out of that elevator in The Shining.


Let’s sort through this episode’s scenes in order of sheer brilliance, meaning we necessarily have to start with Sarah Newlin savagely fighting, chasing, and killing heroic businesswoman Ms. Suzuki (Tamlyn Naomi Tomita).


Never has a short-term character managed to wordlessly endear herself so much with me in True Blood’s history: She came, she saw what was going on at Vamp Camp, she sprang into action to set things right (by kneeing Sarah Newlin in the crotch). It was impossible not to root for her from the moment she attacked the white-suited zealot, which made her ensuing fight for her life almost uncomfortably high-stakes. 


Sarah herself went from diabolical bitch to the biggest monster on this show in this scene. The effortlessness with which vampires can kill humans makes their ruthlessness almost excusable (in the same way we forgive ourselves for inadvertently stomping on ants). Petite Sarah, as we saw from the failed attempt at a neck-snap, is physically ineffectual. Hence, she had plenty of time to re-consider homicide. Her only weapon was remorseless cruelty, and she was grotesquely relentless and self-righteous in destroying her victim; that now qualifies her as the biggest “motherf-cking monster” on this show.


The Bellefleurs' fight while planning Terry’s funeral was the narrative antithesis of the fight between Sarah and Suzuki: conflict at its most muffled, the opposite of a fight for survival... and yet the way it was handled made it just as affecting. Death on TV is usually depicted as the moment of impact, the arterial spray, the last words. Alan Ball made a meal out of the infinite awkwardness and drama and prosaic nightmare of funerals on Six Feet Under; perhaps that’s why he shied away from “real” death on True Blood—where, despite the high body count, characters generally expire in a puff of dust or a puddle of goo. Terry’s funeral arrangements were touchingly grounded, from the display-case of coffin prototypes to the feud over the 21-gun salute, and provided better character moments for Andy and Arlene than they’ve enjoyed in the last six years. I actually cared about Andy’s choices and was silently proud when he hugged Arlene (and I ached as her one little frantic hand gesticulated from the embrace “I want carnations, dammit!”). It was devastatingly human.


Bill and Eric are at last opposite one another once again and Bill’s goddess powers have done jack to change their dynamic. Eric is still the bad boy who will go there and taunt Bill almost to tears about Sookie, and even when Bill picked him up and “gave him a ride with [his] mind” (one of my new favorite lines) Eric was just like:


Unlike in the last two seasons, where the two settled into a buddy-cop dynamic while partnering up to solve whatever, Eric and Bill are definitely back to being at odds and pressing each other’s emotional buttons with the expertise of sorority sisters. It’s wonderful because these are our two favorite characters, and they are at their best when they're sparring over a situation that feels real and urgent and NOT taking turns giving Sookie foot rubs during fantasy sequences. (Ugh, season 4, remember that shit?! What the hell was that all about?) 

Another brilliant moment (okay, two moments) was Sookie getting her usual drama shut down hard—by both of her back-up beaux. As hilariously perfect as it was when Bill said he didn’t really care if Sookie became a vampire-fairy bride or not (and really, how rude of Sookie to lay her “But me?! A vampire?!” drama on him—that's like asking someone who’s had a tattoo done if it will make you “look trashy” if you get ink)...



...Sam's dismissal of her was somehow even sweeter (maybe because he asked her to put her fairly-sparkle-light away like she was waving a sex toy in his office).


Asking Sam if he would basically agree to be the last one picked for her soccer team of f-ck buddies was so incredibly insulting. And as much as we all love Sookie, the comparison between a shrill, housebound drama-hound who constantly bickers with vampires and doesn’t show up to work vs. an outrageously hot coed activist with stars in her eyes (however temporarily) over Sam—Sookie really positioned herself for the most unflattering of comparisons. I only wish Sam had written her off even quicker, really, but the utter don't-give-a-damn of both Sam and Bill toward Sookie’s usual, self-centered existential meltdowns was so refreshing. Sookie was left to eulogize to two gravestones, and I imagine all the frogs in the vicinity started hopping away about twenty seconds into her speech.


Which: For someone whose friends are 99 percent vampires—hot, powerful, exciting, big-personality vampires, no less—Sookie has a rather narrow understanding of what a privilege it is to be turned. Walking the world as a corpse? That’s how Sookie sees being a vampire? Much like fellow danger-whores Bella and Elena, I wish Sookie would just get her dang fangs already so we could cauterize any potential plot involving her being imperiled by minor bad guys/put a stop to her romanticizing a certain future of wrinkling up like a prune and passing away. Sookie, you can walk around in dumb shirts with wet hair just as much when you’re a Fairy Princess Fantasy Bride or whatever. No one can STOP you from being average, no matter what kind of creature you are.

In terms of annoying me, this goes hand-in-hand with Sookie’s repeated neglect of her fae side. Her greatest character weakness is that she’s still chomping at the bit to get rid of her fae-ness, her special-ness, her other-ness, which tells us that despite six years of advising her friends to let their freak flag fly, she herself has achieved zero growth in self-acceptance and self-empowerment. And maybe if she hadn’t spent all evening putting together her Yandy’s Tango costume and mooning over her side-part, she could have gotten to the cemetery in time to save Warlow what appears to have been one hell of an ass-whupping.


So, back to brilliance: When shadows rolled through the cemetery in the fairy plane as Eric stalked across the graveyard, that was just a fantastic visual effect. Very romantic and sinister. When Warlow gave Sookie his “I have loved you for 6,000 years speech,” my panties fluttered to the floor like confetti on New Year’s Eve. So when she and Bill beamed into fairy world and Warlow lay comatose, yes, that seriously upset me. I feel an incredible amount of frustration with Sookie fumbling a sure eternity of hot sex and romantic love in her quest to be a frumpy middle-aged woman mopping tables with Sam at Merlotte’s in another 15 years.


Really, why did Sookie tie him up in the first place before she left? Why leave him defenseless if she was going to step out into the real world for the next eight hours anyway? Didn’t it even occur to her that he might want to like, go #1? I would have left him untied AND brought him back a book and an iPod, but that’s just me: a classy lady.

But again, back to that brilliance: 

Brilliant: Every time Nicole’s mom called Sam a silver fox.


Brilliant: Jason’s relationship with his medieval catholic vampire prison wife, Violet. Jason’s so used to a "love ‘em and leave ‘em" lifestyle that it’s a true fish-out-of-water situation for him. Not to mention how comforting it is that Violet has no intentions of raping him, as has happened all too often before.

Brilliant: That Sam could tell Nicole was pregnant that fast. He just blew First Response the hell out of the water.

Brilliant:  Alcide drop-kicking his werebitch challenger girlfriend could be the source of many a hilarious GIF, if I had the time and energy to make the goofiest GIFs about women getting hurt, which I pretty much don’t.


 I do appreciate that the editors kept in so much of my time on-camera:


Like every week, the werewolves were the weakest part of the episode, although it occurred to me that, if they had one last, final battle where they all killed each other off, that would be a nice way to conclude this endless arc of lowlights and wasted Joe Mangianello dance skills.

And finally, the fact that everyone we’re emotionally invested in is getting gathered up into the “Meet the Sun” room points to next week being a very climactic episode, as second-to-last TB episodes tend to be. Will Eric fly down and tongue-kiss Warlow’s blood all up in everybody’s mouths? (Backwash city!) Will Bill reach deep inside, pull out his inner goddess power, and unleash a Diva Cup of Lillith blood-rage? What fraught unforgettable scenes remain for our favorites, as they confess, "I Don’t Wanna Die"


QUESTIONS:

... What is Eric going to do?

... Would Adeline really be up for more partying, considering that the last time she snuck out, three of her sisters died?

... Sookie hitting up Sam for a safety-net relationship guarantee, how does it make you feel?

... Sarah Newlin and Ms. Suzuki's fight scene: Are you still traumatized?

... Deducing from the promo for next week's episode, Warlow's still hanging on. Will he survive the finale? Will Niall come back with a suckerpunch?

... How do you feel about Sookie these days? Sympathetic or frustrated?

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AIRED ON 8/24/2014

Season 7 : Episode 10

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Elena already has her fangs
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"Will Eric fly down and tongue-kiss Warlow’s blood all up in everybody’s mouths? (Backwash city!) Will Bill reach deep inside, pull out his inner goddess power, and unleash a Diva Cup of Lillith blood-rage?" I'm snort-sneezing VitaminWater Zero over these two brilliant lines. I love your reviews. I look forward to them almost as much as the show itself.
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Thank you! That makes my day to hear :D
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Yes, Lily, I'm rooting for Ms. Suzuki too! lol

Ms. Suzuki vs Sarah Newlin was like the best fight scene in Tru Blood ever!

Sarah Newlin is also the best villain in Tru Blood for me. I despise but also love her at the same time. (Is it weird? lol)

I hope Warlow isn't dead yet. Good for Sam for turning down Sookie's advance. It was kinda insulting right? Sookie treated Sam like he was her spare tire or something.
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Sam has been her spare for so long, it was actually rewarding to watch him stand up for once. It's almost like Alcide getting back together with his wife by the time Sookie went to "collect" him two seasons ago.
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Was that really you in the wolf scene Lily? That's so cool!

Loved this review, as usual. Reading these go hand in hand with my True Blood viewing. Loved the bit about Sookie's quest for ending up a frumpy old woman. WTF was up with her going after Sam all of a sudden? I'm glad I'm not the only one annoyed by her this season.

I love Pam. I want her babies.
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It was not me in the wolf scene, sad to say. I'm actually much taller than that blonde.
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You also don't have a gigantic case of manface.
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SOOKIE?? I am so over sookie and her precious fairy vagina and her unbelievably stupid name! :P
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Sookie is an even bigger pain in the ass than hemorrhoids... That is all.
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I always liked Sarah but after this episode, she's officially my fav.

Also, Sookie's "how's that you fucking monster?" was brill. I love it when Anna swears :P
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Her f-bombs are more magical than her fairy lightning hands
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Loved the episode. Go Eric !
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I meant to say this the other day but got distracted, but did the fact that Eric was able to crossover into the fae dimension of the cemetery not bother anyone else?

Bill, with Liliths blood has got all these new powers and more now that he has drunk Warlow's blood too, yet he hasn't shown any sign of being able to cross into this other dimension and needed Sookies help to do so, yet Eric can chow down on a minor and new fae and suddenly he has the knowledge and power to cross dimensions? You would think he would be just too drunk on fairy blood to even concentrate on what he was doing.
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Bill didn't know where Sookie was holding Warlow. Hence why he needed Sookie.
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Its the same as the fairy refuge: Eric knew where it was, he just needed fairy blood to get there.

Same as Russel, Bill and Warlow himself before him. Its one if the most consistent rues established by the show.
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The fight was just brilliant. Sarah was just pathetic in her multiple neck-breaking attempts, and running after Ms. Suzuki in that pantsuit. I could almost read her mind: "WTF is this so hard??? The vamps make look like it's so easy to snap a neck!"

And Sookie going after Sam, WTF was that? Ridiculous.
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I knew when I saw that white suit...that something was going down. lol.
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You had me at "confetti"..
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I love how all the camp lab coats were just watching this fight, and if you look closely, one or two had their mouth wide open like "holy crap dude, did you see that chick just punch that other chick in this high security prison? Let's let them duke it out in the male gen pop cage and let them work their feelings out maybe.
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really enjoyed this episode.. Cant seem to get why sookie is still only thinking about warlow turning her.. If she turns, she will be exactly the same except be much stronger, still walk in the day and not get wrinkled up with old age.. Also loving Violet, the new Medieval vamp, hope the writers dont kill her off, shes exactly what jason needs!
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Eric remains brilliant.

Every Sarah Newlin scene in this episode was amazing!!!

I have no idea what to expect! Loving this season!
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well for the preview he is going guns blazing inside...hopefully like you say give the blood to everybody on the room, now I don't remember if in bill's vision erick is bloded or not, because if he gets in the room, he should be bloded all over like in the preview...

Really she doesn't get it!! but in her defense, she grew up in three days, didn't had the time to learn all the things of the world the years it takes us and they were holy's boys she wasn't going with some stranger, but they could have been in a better place, less difficult to be found...

I was so mad at her...I've been bored with sam yes...but this pregnancy thing I think I like it, and it's so obvious she could never be with Sam, she would bored herself out in a year, we have to remember that the series have been going for 6 years, but there it's been like two years? for her + the year she went missing in fairy land? so she never get rest, so be stable with work, "healthy" relationship, she would give up in a second, and the last part I got mad about is because you don't that to a person, I knew she was self centered, but when she heard Aileen crying about Terry in the graveyard she went to help her, and she tries sometimes, but this really..to answer your last question frustrated, she accepted she liked to F** with Vampires, she likes to take their blood and give it to them, she won't have to worry about the daylight problem, what is she waiting for? approval from everybody? her best friend Tara is a vampire and she now is a great character!! I think Sookie is not a vampire in the books, but they have been going out of the books a lot in the last seasons, from what I have read online, so what are you waiting for turn her...

The fight with Sarah and Mrs. Suzuki wow...Yes still am..couldn't believe she would be capable of doing that, I hate her and always have, but this is, like you said big bad!! and she is plain crazy..thank you jesus!!??? How does she justifies that?? But I'm so happy about what I saw on the promo, is less that a second hahaha had to watch it three times to make it out, but looks like Jason is pointing a gun at her neck...so so happy for that, and he really should be the one to kill her, or feed it to the vampires....

Surely Sookie will give him some blood to keep him going...but I think he's story is fishy, if that really is the true, he's love her for 6000 years, but stalk her on the bathroom, why send Niall who knows where? I think there something going on there, and I don't like it, because if sookie becomes a vampire he should be the one to turn her, I would have love it to be Erick, but he got he's hands full with his women (Pam, Tara and Willa) and if she doesn't improve her personality as a vampire then she would have ruined them hahahaha so Warlow is the best option, since I don't see she getting back together with Bill.
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Oh god, Anna Camp. Sarah Newlin is crazy, and I love crazy chicks! Everything about that scene showed just how far her character has gotten, and how high up. I always loved the Newlins, and I am looking forward to their inevitable and off.

Now I have always been an Andy fan, and this season he is killing it and making you love him. If True Blood is going to do it and cut its staff, then Andy, Arlene, Holly and the kids all need to get on out of Bon Temps and and live nice and happily.

As awesome as at was to see Sam reject Sookie, falling in love with a new chick each season is kinda lame.
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They need to slow Sam's role. In the timeline of the show Luna has been dead like what, a week?
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It's called rebound lol..

Besides.. I think he said he loved her.. because she was pregnant. He got to be a Dad to Emma for 5.2 seconds...and now he's got a taste for it.
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I have never seen a shoe's heel as solid and firm and adamant as Ms.Suzuki's shoe's heel, it's unbreakable.
But then again i have never seen a women's shoe up close and examined it so what do i know i am not a women, maybe it's made from stainless steel because that seems to exist!!
It was a great episode, with all it nonsense and craziness
Is it only me or Anna Paquin's acting was a little off this episode??
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This episode was in the News for being, "Awesome!"
Really? Because I could hardly force myself to sit through it, waiting for the "awesome."

Could not care less about the shifters and wolfs, but kill off that one girl who thinks she's entitled to being in charge just because she slept with the pack master. When she actually does something to back up her words, then maybe I'll care.

Just because she's a woman who raised her voice doesn't make her a figure to compare to feminists or something like that, Lily Sparks. She's just a loud mouthed bitch. When she actually works hard at something
and earns respect, then that's a figure to look up to. Not some self entitled whiny whore.

Speaking of self entitled whiny whores.... Sookie.
Sookie, was what made it so painful to sit through this episode. A really beautiful, honorable, man who professed his love to me is asking me to possibly spend eternity with him... Oh my! So she runs to Sam for a last minute dodge screw. Seriously? I'm sooo sick of Sookie and her egocentric drama.
Get over yourself.


Sarah Newlin is the big bad? ummm no.
Ever see the movie Cats don't Dance? Darla Dimple. Nuff said.
I still don't think she stands to muster the likes of previous villains.
Just another annoying Blonde.
I saw in the preview Jason has a gun to her throat. I hope he doesn't kill her A) because that is so not Jason. And B) that he just gives her back to Steve.

Lastly, I actually like the awkwardness of Jason and Violet. I think there's something there to be said. But until then, I have no clue what everyone is raving about this episode being fantastic. It is still seriously lacking. Do you FEEL anything when something happens to these characters? I haven't. That's bad writing and/or acting. The little fairy girls died and they glazed right over it, Terry died, but... it didn't break my heart.... Nora died, I did actually care about that one because she is an amazing actress, but I guess what I'm saying is:
Break my heart True Blood!!! Bring it on the feelings!
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The Cunt Punt was my favorite part of this episode, and judging from Warlow's state, the next logical course of action would be for Bill to turn sookie himself, that is of course if they had enough time, the MOST logical course would be for Billith to get a bunch of 2x4 and board up every hole that seems would open on the ceiling of the facility, but why would he do that when it's not the most complicated way possible of saving everyone. Not to mention that if he actually got to the room where everyone is, to feed them Warlow's blood, it is far easier to just get them out of the sun room.
Bill: Okay people, let's get out of this room since I've broken in here with this other vampire, who happens to be a 6,000 year old fairy vamp, and I'm basically a vampire deity, so we killed pretty much everyone in this facility, or at least everyone on our way here, so we've got enough time for all of you to make your way out of this room.
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**** you Sookie.

Just die already.

Seriously.
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"and I imagine all the frogs in the vicinity started hopping away about twenty seconds into her speech" LMAO
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I usually love True Blood no matter what. But why do they have to drag the vamps in jail storyline? The governor is dead...Eric got out....I really expected the rest of them to be saved by now. And I knew once Steve Newlin was told not to drink the Tru Blood Hep V, he would wind up blabbing to Sarah. Finally, I've seen many people write about Sookie being annoying but I never felt that way until last night. She supposedly loved Eric - how could she not want to help him when his sister was dying? It was like she suddenly became anti-vamp. Her rant at the graves was dumb...her grandmother raised her her whole life. She didn't deserve to be yelled at. In the end, I hope Jessica makes it and Sarah Newlin gets eaten!
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Sookie is just annoying to me and has been from nearly the get go... yikes, how is it I have been watching the series all this time considering she is "the star" of the show and I can't stand her? lol. Is she any more appealing in the books? I was very glad to see both Bill and Sam slap her down with her BS...except I do still wish Mr. Silver Fox would go away already too :P

Somebody, puh-lease give Alcide a hair cut...

I love the story line for Jason right now.... so far, very fun to watch.

Eric-Bill fight: super fun and I was glad to see them back to their old dynamic. If Eric did drink Warlow's blood, then I hope to see Eric in the sunlight again, even if it's only to fight with Bill.
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Every time I see Sarah Newlin, I picture Heather #1 from "Heathers." Is it just me?
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lol!! too true :)
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Oh I just loved Ms. Suzuki's 'Fuzakennayo!' such an elegant lady :)))

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I am so sad she's gone. In five minutes she showed more sense and hutzpah than half the leads.
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I really didn't care about Arlene's scenes - too long and not interesting. Sam forgets about women in days and completely loves another after his gf died (just a couple of days ago!!!) so Sookie: you still have a chance. Sookie, SO ANNOYING please get turned become a badass vamp or something because you're annoying the hell out of me. It worked for Tara! And Adalind, really girl, really? You KNOW vamps are up at night and they crave your blood like a woman craves chocolate on her period. Bill is NOT one of my favorite characters. It was actually a quite frustrating episode for me, even though it was hella entertaining.
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What about Sam's 'I love her' about that new bird? (don't care if she has a name) Surely only weeks have passed since Luna died? Also Steve Newlin's underwear in school story was hillarious!
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Sam is a dog, literally. That really might be a factor. I mean, he smell-detects pregnancy in his "human" form.
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I've found Sookie annoying for quite a few seasons now. I think Pam said it the best a season or so again she ragged on Bill and Eric for being enamoured with Sookie's 'fairy snatch' I can't tell you how satisfying it was to see both Bill and Sam say 'Who cares' when she turned up at their places with all the drama. Seriously what did she expect? She staked Bill and told him that she was done with him, and she's been stringing Sam along for years, I'm glad they both grew a pair and told her to get stuffed.

I had a problem with Adaline sneaking out. I know she is only 2 weeks old but still - you'd think she would've learned that sneaking out at NIGHTIME with people that offer her booze is BAD!

I'd drop panties for Rob Kazinky anyday but the whole 'I've loved you for six thousand years' thing was a massive turn off. Sookie was ALIVE 6 thousand years ago so obviously he is not really in love with her but his ideal of her. If Sookie does take the plunge eventually the thrill of the hot sex would wear off and they'd spend eternity acting 'who's afraid of Virginia woolf' or that gay couple from American Horror Story.

I'm a bit confused with the Lilith thing. I STILL haven't figured out how her blood ended up in that glass vial if she was burned to a crisp centuries millennia before we discovered how to make glass vials. But moving on from that I am now confused as to how she burned to a crisp in the first place. It seems that the day walking effects of drinking Warlow's blood have had a permanent effect on Bill so how come Lilith didn't laugh off Warlow's assassination attempt?

The highlight for me in this episode was when Sarah Newlin tried to break that woman's neck. HILARIOUS! I really hope someone makes that into a gif.
I'm loving this season. can't believe there are only 2 more episodes left. :-(
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Actually since now its 2013AD and in ep 5, he was an adult human in 3500BC, that only makes him 5513+ yrs old. Do we really round it up to 6 millennium?
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Warlow? He wasn't a human, but a fairy, so he could have been any age then. 5 or 500.
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Ooops! that should read 'sookie WASN'T alive 6000 years ago'
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He's currently a 6000+ yr old fairy vampire. Last time we know she had his blood he was a ~0 year old fairy. Not the same product. He's been mixed and fermented and aged in an oak barrel since then.
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I can go with that. Cheers.
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This episode really left me wondering if Christians are offended by True Blood's rather pejorative attitudes toward Christianity. Sarah Newlin zealously thanking God after hunting down Ms. Suzuki and beating her to death was pretty offensive, and I'm not even a Christian.

Christian fans: does this bother you, are you ambivalent or do you disregard Newlin as merely a device of entertainment?
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I would think that Christians look at characters such as Sarah Newlin in the same light as we do the westborough Baptist church. Which consists of, "SMH, what the hell are they smoking, and where's the duck tape to shut them up?"

I have often wondered if any one from the South is offended by the portrayal of Southerners from the opening credits.
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One would think that if you're going to be empathetically offended for a demographic that True Blood portrays as an over the top stereotype of reality, it would have happened LONG before now. Gay, straight, black, white, rich, poor, city folks and hillbillies...if you want to be offended on behalf of a group that might have been offended by how they've been depicted, you've got plenty to choose from.
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I think there is a huge distinction between actual Christians, Christians in the media, and Christian zealots. The last two overlap, and the people in the first category feel pretty disgusted by the latter two.I think we are meant to read Sarah Newlin's actions as proof of her hypocrisy and LACK of genuine spirituality, rather than an indictment of Christianity itself.
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Okay, I'm a complete heathen but being raised an evangelical where everyone thanks god every time any think turns in their favor and "god blesses" everyone they talk to and says they'll pray for anyone for whom any slight inconvenience befalls that just seemed natural. It's part of her language. It would be weirdly out of character if she didn't say it. You might not notice it because you aren't a christian so when you talk to the same people they don't use the same language they use at home or at church because of spiritual code switching. It's very much a thing.
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In this situation, not really. Because the show has spent a LOT of time showing she's a nut-bar Zealot. She's willing to kill Jason and thinks she's doing the lord's work. She's willing to commit genocide because she thinks god wants her to. She commits adultery (older seasons) just-because.

She's psycho, and if some psycho thought killing everyone wearing yellow was jesus's plan... it wouldn't be offensive to Christians but to just humanity in general.

A large theme of this show is using Vampires for analogs of homosexuals... to show the rediculous lengths people will go to "get rid of" a group they don't like. And using religion is like step #1 in the play book.
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It was a decent episode. But the foot chase was unbelievably ridiculous, unless that is what they were going for. Woman chasing woman around in heels and the meeting your fate on a grated floor was obscenely silly. If that is what they were going for then brava. If they wanted us to take it seriously and fear Sarah then they suck. Sarah is funny, but she is no big bad. I am more intimidated of my yoga instructor than Sarah.

Terry's death and funeral is way too drawn out. It might be because I wanted him dead last season. And Arlene already cried at what must have been the sight of his grave and not his grave, despite there being filled in earth that she cried at and his name on a sign. Kind of like they do when they recently bury someone and don't have a headstone. But they need to wrap that up. I don't care about them, not Arlene, not any of them. They have always been rather annoying and pointless and the djin thing from last season was too over the top and silly.

Eric and Bill were probably the best part of the episode. Loved the interaction and Eric becoming a badass again. For crying out loud. I understand they needed to neuter him a bit for this moronic LAVT camp to be believable. But their only humans, they only have guns that don't even fire real bullets. Slap on a kevlar vest and just kill them already. And then they move like for at once in the camp against one moron guard. Come on.

Sookie is annoying. But at least the characters recognized it and kind of threw it in her face. I hope that she becomes a vampire and she actually is forced to act like a new vampire instead of what they did to Tara. Because that might be fun.

Eric draining warlo was fantastic.

The wolves. Well they are still alive, so they are still unbelievably lame. I don't see how they can bring back any of their worth.

Sam and Nicole. A baby? Really? One time, and presumably the girl isn't on birth control. I think that was just convenient and just used to justify keeping Sam around. So he obviously isn't going to one of the "big deaths". Which is too bad because his story is past its prime.

Jessica and the Tan vamp still makes little to no sense. Her telling everyone to not drink the True Blood is well something that I would expect from her this season.

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Drains Warlo near to death. Which means Sookie is going to have to save him, which mean he is going to have to drain her near to death and she is going to have to feed from him in order to become Sookie the annoying vamp. But I digress, Eric drained him so that all of his blood is coursing through his veins. He gets into the room they all feed a little off him and they survive. Hopefully not Tara.

Well she is two weeks old and not that bright and her Aunt is in the lashing out stage of grief so yea that makes sense.

It kind of shows that she never respected Sam. And that she is a big bag of useless and that Sam moved on a while ago with Luna and now apparently Nicole. Which brings the question up if Luna just died two weeks ago if we are going by the timeline of Adeline's age. Then he mourned her, got over her, slept with another woman and fell in love with her all in the span of two weeks. Wow Sam's kind of a dick.

No, it was completely and utterly ridiculous . Anyone running from Sarah in fear is ridiculous. She should have just stayed and whupped her arse. She didn't lose the fight until she conveniently broke her ankle on the convenient grating.

He should. They need a big old vampire and need someone to sire Sookie if that is the way that she goes. If he dies that all he was was a fairy vampire juicebox for them to get out of meeting the son. Plus there are supposed to be big deaths, there hasn't been one yet. Big death isn't Warlo. Nor is it Terry or Nora. Big death is Sam, Alcide, Tara or anyone of the main characters. Those are just my top three. If they keep him, he moves the story forward and into another plot. If they kill him then it is just back to same ole same ole .

Annoyed, so pretty standard. She has always been one of the more annoying characters.
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Yes.
Your multitude usage of ridiculous, pretty much sums it up. :)
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Agree with your points (also the convenient high heels, i mean just take off ur shoes when ur running!! she stopped and thought about gettin on the grating) but please no big deaths - don't want to waste next season on friggin funerals -_-
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I think it depends on the character. It's not like we're getting a funeral for Nora.
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Goo-funeral? hmm. I think they would for the humans I'm afraid.
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Guneral :'))
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You do yoga? Is it DDP yoga, or street fighter yoga? Yoga fire, yoga, yoga FLAME! Sorry, I couldn't help it.

I don't know if Eric was necessarily neutered earlier this season, but it is kind of stupid like you said. Still, overall he's been closer to his badass self all this season as opposed to his lameass self from seasons 4 and 5.

I kind of enjoyed the Sarah chase, but I think it degraded her status as a villain even further. I buy her as a psycho zealot, but as an intimidating villain that's a threat to our vampire heroes? Not at all. I still prefer her over the authority though.
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HA. yes yoga, just regular yoga. I find it is good crosstraining with crossfit and plyometrics. I mostly just use it for stretching.

I think he was kind of neutered, it might have been leftover from him being with Sookie. For the LAVT to come to fruition and have the supposed power that they have he and the rest of them had to kind of be neutered by the writers. They aren't witches, or werewolves or anything with power. These are people that are easily dispatched, and their tech, aside from the Hep-V isn't that difficult to defeat. So they weakened him, BIll and Pam and apparently Jason's new girl had to be powered down in order for the LAVT's power to make sense. Otherwise it would have been over in a night.

I do agree with you on Sarah, she is way better than the Authority. Sarah is funny at least. Where the Authority was just kind of stupid.
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Kind of neutered? Ok fine, I can go with that. It sounds like an upgrade from being Sookie's neutered puppy dog in season 4. And last season? Maybe his situation was more plausible with him being with other vampires, but he was hardly even a character last season. He was castrated pretty much all season long.
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The foot chase was definitely silly on purpose. They were drawing a contrast with the usual supernatural violence. In case we forgot about the vampire violence they made sure to remind us by doing it in the midst of dozens of vamps.
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The failed neck snap was sort of perfect. It was such a human contrast to TB's usual lightning-fast violence.
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I have to admit I laughed pretty good at that.
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Well in that case then it was well done.
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Nah, humans don't need nearly as much Vamp Blood to heal as Vamps need human blood. It's not really an equivalent exchange. Take Andy's daughter... she was bled near-dry but a few CC's of vamp-blood healed her.

And to become a vamp on the show requires a whole big ritual... you have to die, be given blood, be buried with your maker for an evening, and THEN you're a vamp. As opposed to other shows/books: where you either only have to drink some vamp blood OR perhaps die with the blood in your system.

Lastly: Bill is there. While we don't know for certain what his blood would do to Warlow or Sookie (if he had to feed one of them) there's always a shot.
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Yes I suppose so. However I just really want the change up of Sookie being a vamp.

However, Bill realizes that Eric is going for the group. My guess is that Bill isn't going to care about Warlo and make his way to the camp. Leaving Sookie there alone to save Warlo.
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I think so too, Bill's an a-hole this season. All hail the great and powerful Billith..
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I love the show but thought the writing wasn't all that great for this episode.
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Good episode! Bill and Eric once again on opposite sides - even though they are fighting (in a way) for the same thing. I liked the way Eric taunted Bill about Sookie, although to be fair, we have seen that Bill is not really swayed by Sookie anymore, he is looking at the bigger picture, and knows that he needs her to help him save the vampires.

I honestly am past the point of giving a fuck what Sookie does because she can't seem to make up her mind from one hour to the next. And I am glad that both Sam and Bill both told her they could give a fuck about her and her life. First Bill by saying he could care less if she becomes a vampire bride as long as she helps him get Warlow's blood and then Sam who basically said he was tired of being the loyal dog sitting around waiting for her. I honestly think she needed to hear that from both of them so she can realize that the world does not revolve around Sookie Stackhouse. They both loved her, but both moved on. As for her telling her parents to go to hell, well I can agree with that to a point because they did (well her father) try to kill her. Although I think she should question Warlow and the fact that he went to her parents and basically told them that no matter what they think he was going to take their child (she was 8 at the time) and make her his vampire bride. I am pretty sure most parents wouldn be a little upset at that.

So Sam's girlfriend died less than a week ago (Bon Temp time) and Sam has already slept with and impregnated the next girl and professed his love. Get the FUCK out of here! That's a fucking insult to Luna and her kid, but whatever I guess that's the way they roll on True Blood.

Sarah Newlin (who I can't stand) kickin ass! Wish she had been the one to bite it but I knew that wasn't gonna happen. Here's to hopin she is gone by the finale (along with her weak-minded vampire ex-husband Steve). Kind of indifferent to Violet for the time being, but I did like the conversation between her and Jason, him asking her not to rape him, and her saying he is going to be begging her for it.
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a forgotten brilliant:
Eric's line while glamouring the boys, "and you, young man, most certainly didn't get her shirt off. sorry to take that one away from you."
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Eric really understand humans, I'll give him that.
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Looks like next week is Trueblood: The Vampires Strike Back
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As far as tying up Warlow... could she have been afraid that he would be hungry and "leave" the faery-place and eat people?

Like once he knew how to get there, he probably knew how to leave/go as he wished since he has 6 millennium of Faery-magic under his belt. Heck look how easy Eric found his way in, and even Bill at one point many seasons ago.

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Best episode in many years. Loved the girlfight and Jason's new vampire ladyfriend. Didn't like what Sookie said to Sam. Where did that come from? She hasn't shown any interest in him for five and a half seasons, and now she's all "some part of me always thought we would end up together". Was that line written by someone who didn't see the previous seasons?

If some guy who works in the kitchen of a bar gets a life insurance policy that he can't even afford, and then gets murdered very soon after that, isn't there going to be an investigation?
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I think that Andy summed up the investigation question pretty quickly when Arlene asked for justice to be served. To me it seemed like Andy recognized the death was Terry's choice and wants his last wishes honored.
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Yes, I understand what Andy wants to do and why he wants to do it, but I think it would be hard to get away with it when there's an insurance company that stands to lose 2 million dollars. I doubt that they would sit around and do nothing when a small town Sheriff with the same last name as the beneficiary closes the murder case due to lack of evidence.
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I'm not American so maybe it's different there, but don't insurance companies have their own criteria for paying out? Even if there is no police investigation wouldn't they look in to it themselves, and then if they think there is fraud involved they would contact the police (and not Andy, as he would probably be hauled in as an accomplice in these circumstances).
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Yeah, in real life there's no way a policy taken out for 2 mil a handful of days before the person died would be honoured. Sure he wouldnt have paid any premiums on it! Its one of the dumber things in the show atm.
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Yep the company would sniff around for sure. The timing of the insurance and death alone would prompt an investigation. In real life tho. In tv land the writers can do whatever the hell they want.
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Ya the Sam thing really threw me, it came out of nowhere. Delighted she got put down by Sam though. First bit of respect I've had for him in a long time (if ever).
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Yes, I like it when a character says the thing that's immediately obvious to *me*. If it's obvious to me, then it should be obvious to him as well. So I approve of Sam's part of that dialogue.
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That's why I'm liking Eric this season. He is using his abilities to his advantage and seems to be using his brain too. Eric flew away when he was surrounded by the Govs guards, he glamoured Willa, drinking from Andy's daughter to get into Faeland, going after Warlows blood for himself, are just some examples. He is so far removed from the character who was willing to die to save Sookie from Marnie. I am looking forward to next season now, the writers are clearly fixing a lot of problems this season, so hopefully no werewolves, weird fairy dancing and too many plots from now on.
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I was wondering the same thing, you can't get a $2 million dollar policy on a fry cook who makes what like 30K a year?
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Maybe they looked at his family-fortune? I think they're quite rich.
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WOW! That was a fantastic episode. Best part had to be Sarah failing to break the true blood ladies neck, then chacing her in high heels and a tight dress. It was so funny.
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Why is Sookie taking so long to suck it up get married to save her friends (except Pam) that all at one time saved her from her dumb shit.
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In her defense, it's a big deal. It's not just the wedding, it's becoming a vampire. Considering the grief she's had over the last X seasons that's probably enough to put off anyone wanting to be one.

Let alone be one in the current season's climate: where the government is actively killing them now.

Plus, she barely knows Warlow. If he's her maker he can make her "eternity" a living hell.
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How can Bill still walk in the day? Doesn't he have to drink more of Warlow's blood or is it one drink and you're good for ever? Maybe it has something to do with his others powers and someone like Eric would need regular drinks... whatever... I'd just like an explanation.
Also , "back in the day ", Warlow killed Lillilth by exposing her to sunlight. But doesn't it stand to reason that Lillith also had his blood so she should have been immune. How do you explain that?
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I think drinking fae's blood wont allow vamps to walk in the sun but drinking fae-vamp's blood will be. Thats why Lilith couldnt walk in the sun after drinking Ben's blood, nor could Bill after drinking Sookie's blood or Jessica after drinking the 4 fae's blood.

As to how long it allows the vamps to walk in the sun, im as puzzled as you.
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I think they are keeping the strength of Warlow's blood & the efficiency very vague because I'm guessing next week involves some pretty fancy footwork with blood distribution.
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Once again, Sarah Newlin wins the episode. Once again, Sookie annoys the fuck out of everyone. Once again, Lafayette is given nothing to do except cook the food.
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but he cooks it so fantabulously!!
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I'm not sure why the writers are having Sookie work so hard to find justification for becoming a vampire. We already saw her Dad try to kill her twice, it's weird that she needs to go talk at their graves so we can really get a sense of her inner strife. It's like they are afraid viewers won't accept a vampire Sookie or something.
Eric is going to kill it, whatever he does, as usual.
Sookie hitting up Sam is what makes me think the writers want us to believe Sookie has no choice in the matter of becoming a vampire like they want us to think: "she had nowhere else to turn!"
So if Sam had agreed to get with her, what then? She is just going to ignore Jason, Tara and Jessica and live happily ever after with Sam?

I have trouble identifying with female leads who are dumb, she was all into vampires before and now that she realized people who suck human blood and have sharp pointy fangs are actually dangerous she wants to be a normal girl.
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Nothing would please me more than vampire Sookie. Not even a suit made out of money (don't like wrinkled bills)
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Something's been bothering me, and I saw it for the second time in this episode. Why are there lights inside coffins? Both when Eric and Willa were in a coffin a few episodes ago and with Violet and Jason in this episode, the inside of a coffin (or drawer as the case may be) seemed to have been lit, and by the way the non-vampire characters were staring at the vampire characters, it was clear that they indeed could see, and the light wasn't there just for the audience's sake while it is left assumed that the actual coffin in the show's universe is in fact dark. Just an observation ;-)
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I think Eric solved Sookie's problem, didnt he? Now he can go save the other vampires and Sookie didnt have to be with Warloe for eternity. Win-win. Why cant Sookie think of it that way?
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Because no one lets Eric save the day this season, not even Sookie.

Personally, I hope he gets there and free all the vampires in the compound.
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I have to admit that Sookie keeping Sam as some kind of back up was a really crappy thing for her to do. Yay so glad the werewolf side seems to be over coz there was really nowhere else to go with them at this point. I was dying of laughter when Eric was going look I can fly, even when Bill is trying to make a point, Eric still manages to own the scene. The scene where Sarah just completely loses it and tries to kill Ms Suzuki was amazing and freaky all at the same time. This season has really come a long way from the previous 2.
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I have to confess that since the start of Season 6, I'd wait anxiously for every episode and wanted more when they ended. But for the 1st time, this episode kept waking me up every 10 mins to ask," is it ending yet?" It was seriously boring and stretched on story lines that didn't mattered; eg Terry's funeral arrangement and Sam's 15 mins of fame..etc. I'm a huge fan of TB but I'll just ignore this little glitch and wait for the last 2 episodes this season to quench my thirst for some real True Blood - and it ain't coming from the bottle !
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I'm trying to figure out the disadvantages of Sookie becoming a Fairy-Vampire. I mean there's the obvious one of no kids & that's a huge deal. But if Sookie were really thinking things through would she want to pass her faeness onto her descendants as she clearly has some self loathing issues.

But the biggest drawback of being a vampire (daywalking) would not apply to Sookie & we all know from early seasons how much she loves getting a tan. I also assume her "Light" would become supercharged too as she would be Warlow's progeny & no longer mortal. Her Hunger cold be sated with True Blood & I believe Warlow has even mentioned that they could feed of each other for eternity. Her fae-ness would even help protect her from older vampires which was her motivation for getting rid of her light in season 3/4 so she wouldn't be so "interesting"to vamps anymore. Although how this would stop her blood from tasting so good to vamps is beyond me.

So I think her decision should be obvious become a faerie-vampire bride simply to avoid being a powerless pawn whenever a powerful vampire comes along & wants to exploit her skills.
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Awww she'll come around...
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yeah but vamps would still be after them to drink their blood and become day walkers.. and there's still grampa billith to deal with
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Agreed Vamps will still want their blood, but as far as I can tell Warlow at 6,000 yr old is the oldest vampire we have ever seen on the show (apart from Lillith). At twice the age of Russell Edgington, who everyone was afraid to take on head on, must be a force to be reckoned with & it would be a foolish vamp who challenged him.
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I honestly believe that being with Warlow is the best that could happen to Sookie on the show: she gets to walk in the daylight, a monogamous relationship with a vampire without any progeny or other complications,...

I just don't see a down side on this.
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Good episode. I enjoyed almost everything. Of course the werewolves are still pretty bad, but I understand they can't just drop them without closing things up, and I think the writers are doing a good job getting that story line finished. I'm a little so so on Sookie. I've always liked the character for one reason or another, but I've also always been annoyed by her for one reason or another. I hope they get her past this phase and have her grow up a little, or something...

I also approve of the way they are handling Terry's death. It would have been terrible if they just went on as if it didn't happen.
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Please turn Sookie into a vampire already so she'll stop whining. It's not destiny, moron! You had other non-vampire prospects out there, Sookie (Alcide, Sam), but you didn't want them! Whose fault is that? I swear Sookie is the only girl out there whose mad that all the men in her life want a commitment. Damn life is rough, Sook. Everyone is ruining your spinster dreams...ugh.

I'm so glad everyone turned her away. Bill's "I don't give a fuck" reaction was amazing and I'm glad Sam called Sookie out for seeing him as a last restort. I may find Sam's relationship with Nicole to be ridiculous and unwarranted, but at least he's not falling for Sookie's crap.

Eric taunting Bill was the best. Doesn't matter how much power you have now Bill, to Eric, you're still the same punk ass you always were lol. And Sarah Newlin is a true psycho. I was dying at the pitiful neck snapping attempt lol. Can't wait for next week!
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The best part of the ep was Sarah Newlin trying to snap Ms Suzuki's neck when she first attacked her, that was hilarious
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I couldn't deal, too funny!
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I've always imagined that something exactly like that would happem if a person with absolutely no fighting background decided to randomly try and snap someone's neck.
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How could a character be that funny and that scary all at the same time is beyond me. Sarah is the best!
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So true, I was hoping suzuki was going to escape, I was a little shocked like "that escalated quickly"
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