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True Blood S06E07: "In the Evening"

I am almost angry about how fun True Blood continues to be. Where is my chance to make bitter hilarious jokes about terrible scripts and ruined characters? Believe me, I had some zingers. All sorts of double entendres about "toothless," "defanged," "no show lives forever" etc. etc. Well, True Blood is perhaps at its freshest, its campiest, its most compelling in this, its sixth season. The prison break tension, the lace-front wigs, the weird origin details that keep getting thrown in by showrunner Brian Buckner—remember last week, when Jessica mentioned to the totally gentlemanly vampire that it would feel like she was a virgin, but she wasn’t? So that’s still been going on? Oh Jess!


You can’t feel too terribly bad for Jess, as suddenly she’s paired with that hunky long-haired Vampire Messiah James (played by Luke Grimes), a hunky hippy who's just trying to make "another choice" to be good and live another way and yet is still toooootally DTF. The irony of Jason ultimately giving Jessica the chance to go on a conference room date with Edward was completely overshadowed by the super soft porn cheesy romance of the whole thing, but Jessica’s reason for seeking him out was so believable and compelling: Based on her own murder binge on Andy’s daughters, she had come to believe that vampires were, by their nature, doomed to be ruthless murderers, but the way James protected her showed Jessica that vampires didn’t "have" to be bad. She just had to be MADE LOVE TO ON A CONFERENCE ROOM TABLE.


Yeeeeeeeesssssss girl, yes. Another vampire who got a brownie gold star this week was Willa Burrell, who thanks to one severed hand has become the Smithers of vampires, happily anticipating Eric’s requests and staying behind to watch out for his progeny while he escaped with Nora. Nora... Nora. Where to start with Nora? Everything about how the show handled the Nora backstory was so incredibly jaw-dropping. Has True Blood ever done a flashback so lavish? We were whisked back to a painstakingly luxurious Restoration-age Europe, complete with those creepy chicken-head plague doctors wandering around just to provide thematic window-dressing, and what I do believe was a lace-front wig on Eric: all in service of a rather simple explanation of how Eric and Nora became bro and sis. (Eric liked how feisty Nora was, Nora wasn't into dying of plague "postules"). 

The high-production-values, incredibly silly costumes, and redonkulous melodrama of the flashback—a highlight of this season so far—was then completely blown away by Nora’s actual death scene. I love Lucy Griffiths and all, but to be fair, Nora no longer had a compelling reason for being onscreen, and her juicy, melty death was by easily the character's best moment. And Alexander Skarsgard just sat there holding a mannequin made out of jam and sobbing with a straight face. That was a series highlight for me. I’ve never seen anything so simultaneously gruesome and effective. 


Speaking of effective grieving: If we’re to truly believe Arlene has been decimated by Terry’s death, she better let her roots grow in. I would have so much side eye for a widow who was touching up her roots every six weeks, and we all know Arlene’s hair color comes straight out of Kool-Aid packets. Arlene was sort of a nightmare this episode, n’est pas? Aside from tearing Sookie away from a much-needed post-orgasm cuddle sesh, she also hurled slurs at my beloved Lafayette for no damn reason. There is truly nothing more aggravating than when someone says something really hurtful when they’re angry and then tries to blame it on not being in their right minds. No, you just got so angry that your apparently tightly clenched leash on your tongue got loose, your right mind went into overdrive, and now we all know what you really think. Go jump in a pond and swallow some microscopic crayfish.

What I absolutely did love about Arlene’s grief session, though, was Sookie’s reaction to Bill strolling in through the door during daytime hours.

When Bill came in with the daylight gilding his features and proceeded to give a very wooden speech to Andy whilst stunning and terrifying all the humans in the room, Lafayette asked Sookie why multiple vampires were suddenly immune to daylight and she was all, "I don’t know but it ain’t about that today, it's about Arlene and her kids." I mean... it's lines like that that totally fulfill the promise of the premise of this show. Yes, the entire reality of their world just got shifted and all human security just went out the window, but by all means let’s prioritize Arlene getting drunk in her living room and sobbing. Sookie acted like Bill had walked into a funeral in a black sequin gown: "Don’t make this about you!" The ex-girlfriend-y shut-down vibe felt so real and perfect.

No, Bill was not trying to grab the spotlight on Arlene's bizarro birthday party, he was just looking for Sookie, who apparently either does not own a cell phone or doesn't answer it. Bill hauled Sookie off onto the Bellefleurs’ deck and repeated all the information he had given her previously, about their mutual friends needing fairy blood to get through this next season couple days. Instead of shrilly shrieking and throwing plates at him, Sookie reasonably heard him out and responded in a rational matter. What could have effected this change? From whence did this relaxed attitude come from? Might it have to do with the thorough boning she had just received in a graveyard? Carpe dickem, I guess.


Two things 'bout Fairy Royalty Cuddle-Sesh 2k13: 

1. Who does Sookie think she’s fooling when she acts like it's an IMPOSITION for Warlow to propose to her? All Sookie does all year is not eat and not work at Merlotte’s, it's not like she’s off doing important shit like, I don’t know, organizing volunteer hospitals in Mongolia or something. Stop acting like you have anything better to do, Sookie.

2. When Sookie heard Arlene sobbing at Terry’s grave plot, she threw her clothes on before rushing off to console her widowed friend. And according to this still frame, she put her boots on before putting her skirt on. What a maniac! 


Speaking of maniacs... Sarah Newlin sort of annoys the hell out of me, but what a fantastic turn her character took this episode. Her weird spoken-opera-aria, complete with atmospheric string music and the full kiss on the lips of the severed head and ruminations on God and purity and monsters... what other show, in the history of humankind, would have such a decadently campy scene? Complete with a swelling angel chorus? Her graduation to Vampire Death Camp Mastermind was elegant and complete—she won over the L.A. Senator with a couple veiled threats and then thrust Jason into the female vampire general population holding cell once she was back on the ranch. (For a minute I thought the Senator was played by the same actor as Governor Burrell—didn’t the character look like Burrell in a bald cap? Maybe I’m just Brad Pitt face-blind). Sarah as a big bad is sort of inspired, there’s something about wealthy blonde women who want their lives to be perfect that is truly terrifying, and Sarah captures that blind sense of entitlement beautifully (see any season of Real Housewives to back up that statement.) It's another instance of the series grounding an over-the-top moment in characters that ring incredibly true.

Scene that rang incredibly false: the agonizingly perfect Nicole stripping off her clothes and stepping into the shower to seduce... Sam? Are you kidding me? What? Her mom could not get there fast enough to deliver her away from that depth of Stockholm Syndrome. 

Unfortunately the wolves kidnapped Nicole AND her mom, guaranteeing that they will pop up next week and the week after. Seriously, can’t Sookie befriend Nicole soon? Can’t they pull Jurnee Smollett into the "real" storylines of the show? Getting a storyline connected to the werewolves or shifters on True Blood is like, I don’t even know, working at Disneyland but having to clean the bathrooms and not being allowed to step foot in the rest of the park. Just infuriating. So close, yet so far away.


So Jason is about to be the subject of a thorough mampire prison fight. Nora’s storyline has been, probably for the best, cauterized. Bill and Warlow (a.k.a. Sookie’s ex-boyfriend and Sookie's boyfriend) will have to work together, creating another little love triangle. "In the Evening" was a proud addition to the string of fantastic episodes that has been Season 6. I anticipate next Sunday as highly as ever, and I’ll be thinking about it all night long. And probably In the Morning, too.


QUESTIONS:

– Sarah Newlin: Love her? Love to hate her? Tell me your tales.

– Willa Burrell: Will she freak out when she learns about her dad?

– Will Warlow make it to Season 7?

– James: Best vampire romantic hero ever or whut?

– Are you secretly hoping the weres and shifters (cough Sam cough) will just kill each other off in next week's episode and be done?

– Did the Pam seduction sequence make you sort of uneasy because it's like watching your sister seduce someone or something?

– Does Lafayette need more to do this season besides assist people with their boring-ass storylines? Hint, the answer is YES.

– Nora: Best True Blood death EVER?!?

– What did you think of this episode?

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AIRED ON 8/24/2014

Season 7 : Episode 10

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I still think Billith should've replaced the head of the governor's statue with his actual severed head, I swear, no sense of artistry.
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– Are you secretly hoping the weres and shifters (cough Sam cough) will just kill each other off in next week's episode and be done?

OH, YES, BY ALL MEANS. So sick and tired of this storyline. Even Alcide doesn't take his shirt off anymore! He's just a whining, growling, boring character now.
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– Sarah Newlin? I love hating her!

– Willa will freak out about her father, because she is good.

– I like Warlow, so I do hope that he survives...Seeing that fairies are so fertile, is Sookie pregnant with triplets?

– James is dreamy! *sigh*

– Does anyone like the shifters or weres? Seriously? Enough already.

– More like thinking of my parents...*shudder*

– Lafayette steals every scene he's in, so YES! Give him a storyline!!!!

–Didn't care about her until she was dying...My vote goes for Governor Burell's last week, due to it's rather surprising nature...

– I thought this was a really good one.
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To me, one of the most entertaining things about this episode was the idea of sisterhood/brotherhood among a maker's many progenies.

Pam couldn't stand the Governor's daughter, but this episode she almost beams with pride over her resourceful sister. Willa herself didn't seem attached to her, but one look at Nora and Pam becomes top priority to inform her of the Hep V problem.
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OK, follow up and bling to Lily Sparks to introduce some music from 2007.

Best quote: "You..., you don't have that stock-holder syndrome, do you?"
Thank you for that, Jason.

Aside that: there are girls AND boys watching that TV and THAT show - no gender discussion - but this is biased. Not like current "can a muslim write on a christian thing"-biased - but biased.

Seeing Nora dying - bad.
Sam's a cewl guy and frackin' him is like blowing chemicals vertically. Just because.
On the other hand Alcide: well.... no chest shot but: we are all aware of a dressing sequence - that did not occur wrong to me in the first place. But who am I just watching Sookie get dressed after the unicorns were remove from them... can I say that?
(which poses another question not to be discussed here, a more general question on - whatever!)

Allright, I follow you through most part of your review, Lily Sparks (and in general I am happy there are people out there doing this work - even if they are get smashed in comments. Not so much in this one, another one I'm recurring to, damn linking).

Arlene was fine this round, so was Lafayette. tbh Sookie in her unicorn-glowing world kinda turn me down. All softglow. WTF?

Billlilith (how many "l" you count?) was a bit like Eric - not present. Warlow? Don't get me started. Pam? OK, but her fiancé Tara? Not there. So were most of them characters: not there.

S06E07 just didn't drove the story on, them characters weren't there!

my 2¢, but:



read me next week
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not 4 minutes into the episode: "Dude, there's a vampire on the loose!"
Question: Since when can vampires been seen in a mirror holding underneath a car?
First rule of story telling: stick to them facts! Ahmagaad!

Ok, let's go on.
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I get what they were trying to do with Jess, but for me, it just rang short for two reasons. First, Jason, perhaps consistantly the most likeable character on the show just worked his way into vampire jail to do right by you and break you and your friends out and the first thing you do is ask him to bring in the guy he was forced to watch almost rape you? Seriously? That's pretty cold hearted...even for a vampire. Secondly, Jess has seen more than enough examples of Vampires doing genuinely selfless things. I've got a hard time that an imortal creature not performing a sexual assault on her was enough to make her all weak in the knees.

Initially, I was doing some facepalming at the Sarah decapitated head kissing scene. Then I remembered I was watching True Blood and it's been drastically short of the good ol' fashioned camp that made it so much fun to begin with. I don't know if I liked the character the first time around and even less sure now. I do know that I'm not buying the insecure arm candy of powerful men flipping a switch and turning all badass.

I was looking quite forward to seeing how the Eric/Nora/Pam/Tara/Willa dynamic was going to work out once they were free. It could have been fantastic! It can still be good, IMO but not as good.
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This review should have been titled: Thank you for not raping me; it really turns me on.... WTF?

I know I'm just about the only one, but I actually really liked Nora, a lot. I think she could have brought so much to the show, just think about how much knowledge she had, and the possible Godric flashbacks. In fact, I was expecting to see him in her death flash back. Le` sad.

Speaking of, Nora's death the best in Trueblood? No, I'm sticking with Godric's his death covered all angles: symbolic, beautiful, utterly sad, unnecessary, ironic.

Sarah Newlin as the big bad... well I hate her... so at least she's a good actress, but I still don't think that after all we've had, Supernatural beings and what not featured as the villain that she stands up to measure.

And on top of that, do we "have to" have a new villain each season? There are plenty of human characteristics and facts of life that in their own could be the running animosity driving the season. Such as losing your job because you're too busy sleeping around with vampires, or the typical relationship issues all girls run into while dating vampires, or something along those lines.

It just gets old having a new big bad each season. Give it a rest and let the dust actually settle from the shit storm of the previous seasons.
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Sarah Newlin is a great villain, period.

With all the things happening I tend to forget Willa. She has potential though and her scenes are usually good.

I can't really tell where this thing with Warlow is going. They built up this big bad for a whole season and now we have a love sick, reluctantly murderous puppy here. He is a hunk but the whole Warlow+Sookie plotline is hanging in the air now, I'm really only interested in Warlow's role to Billith. I used to care about Sookie a lot even when many others hated her but she is quite uniteresting now. I didn't really like how they sabotaged Sookie+Alcide right when that started to happen (I mean the trick from Eric was funny but they never got back to that) and then they just killed Sookie+Eric too to introduce this "big love" Warlow that no one cares about. Meh. Will see what comes out of this.

James is the best. James came to my dreams and hopefully comes again. I would watch a few seasons made entirely of (sex) scenes with James and Jessica.

There was a very slight tingle of hope with the were-plotline. I actually care what happens to him now. Not much, but I care. Though there's still quite a big chance I'll stop caring next week again. Sam's sex scene was.. ugh.. I am quite openly hoping they kill each other off.

Pam, sister? What? She's a foxy lady, very good scene. Pruitt Taylor Vince is great too, no wonder people love to watch those sessions.

Lafayette definitely needs to have more screen time and I certainly would have loved him to have his own plotline but please no new plotlines at this point of the season. I hope he gets to do something meaningful though.

Nora's death was pretty good. I though she wouldn't die this soon but the character wasn't very useful. It was a nice thing they introduced her past, gave her a decent send off.

Good episode and good season. If they don't ruin it with werewolves and Sam.
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I don't think a lot of people caught this, but the senator that Sarah Newlin was speaking to was the same senator who had a sexual relationship with Lafayette in season one.
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...really? I don't recall this at all :P .
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The fun thing about Vampire television series is that actors actually do get older. That's probably the reason we won't see Godric anymore (and that's a shame). Pam is aging the most and although they covered that in series 5 (?) where her skin fell off, it still is a concern.

I like the latest episodes. The beginning of the series was not that great. Everybody was saying 'Where's Warlow' and I couldn't get 'Where's Waldo?' out of my head. It didn't interest me where he was. Now, he finally is getting somewhere.

I agree that the sam-werewolf story isn´t going anywhere. Sam is the least sexy character anyway and I forgot the name of the packmaster.


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I don't think Pam looks too different. I was watching clips of her in season 3 and now, I didn't see too much of a difference, though it is happening. I think Ryan Kwanten and Sam Trammell have aged more than anyone, but then again, they aren't vampires.
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I agree with most of the review -- things have been remarkably spot on lately with mostly hits and very few misses. It almost feels like the True Blood of old... which I had given up hope on seeing again after the last season or two.

Sam is ready to be put out to pasture, though. There's just nowhere left to go with the character and I think even the actor is starting to irk me. Hopefully they kill him off soon, or at least keep him in the corner away from the rest of the cast until he fades into irrelevance.
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I cried for Eric and his loss, can't stand Lilith/bill and glad to see him realize Lilith is the eve of the bible eat the apple of knowledge and going to be kicked out of eden. good bye to governor and please someone stake bite or kill Sara once and for all this is not Buffy the vampire slayer and the secondary human evil does not work. Terry sorry to see you go but it does open up some stuff for his crazy red head wife. Lafayette does need a storyline for petes sake. I love sam and enjoy the shifters and werewolves story because you know eventually all the special people including the werewolves will all have to come together and kick some human ass. Aalcide needs to kill that female bitch or get her to fight for wolf pack master because her bull insubordination makes me we to see her killed. and yes I am women if she wants power in a male world then she needs to fight it and get it just like the rest of us. Sookie will not be doing no aranged marriage with fairy/vampire. If jason is fairy why does he not have some power because he just seems to get fracked in the saving people department.
How long will the vampire prison break season be lasting and when will the uprising begin....
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Jason isn't a fairy......he skipped the genes apparently...
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Too bad that the Arlene thing popped up because I was really hoping that Sookie and Warlow's post sex conversation would move passed the "marry me" portion and on to the whole "you drained my fairy grandfather of his blood and trapped him in a hell dimension" phase. I know that Sookie has a lot on her plate but you would think that she would at least wonder where Niall has been lately.

I thought that Alexander Skarsgard's performance was really good this week. Normally Erik has a level head in situations but this time he was at a loss and Skarsgard played that well. The last shot at the end when Nora was gone was great as well, when his face turned from grief to vengeance.

The flashback to Nora and Erik's first meeting was well done. The show had always made it seem that Nora was older than it turns out she was. I thought she was about 900 years old, not too much younger than Erk. Turns out she was only really around 370. Was it just me or that with that costume and hair, did Erik look full on Lestat from Interview with the Vampire.

So Terry is really gone. I was half expecting Lafayette to rush in with some vampire blood and revive him. Of course there is still the possibility for Terry to come back as a ghost and for Lafayette to communicate with him.

With only a few episodes left this season it will likely not be touched on but I think that something might go down with Adilyn and Holly's sons.
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I was a little disapointed about this epi. The only real cliffhanger was sarah getting back at Jason. I injoy her as a super crazed villain but seriously .... kissing the head was way over the top...
They totally rushed the James/ Jessica connection. I would have liked to see their attraction build. Would have been way more hot.
And Sookie i just dont get her anymore ... The Sookie from the books seems to get lost in this series. What is her agenda does she want true love ore just to get laid on a regular basis. ... I just dont get her.
I am still a hardcore true blood fan to the end, but i hope the writers some how gets back to the true nerve of the books.
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I totally agree with you about Sookie. Everyone in town thinks she's addicted to danger so she sleeps with Warlow just to go along with that? She is supposed to be the protagonist but she seems really pointless at the minute. I like Warlow, and I like the idea of getting her a romantic interest away from Bill and Eric for a while, but the story feels forced. I wish they had built the story a bit more so it's believable that Sookie is falling for this guy.
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I think it seems like Sookie isnt the main carractor anymore. Bill, Eric and even the freaking warewolfs get more screentime than Sookie. That plain wrong !
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Lovin' the episodes and your reviews lately although I have to disagree about Arlene, she was just grieving. Assigning blame to the blameless is a normal reaction and is just part of the denial phase. Lafayette knew this and didn't really mind so don't take it personally. I'm sure Arlene would've apologised if she wasn't so out of it. The whole "maybe you'll get your peace now", sobbing at Terry's grave was really sad. Carrie Preston is a great actress.

Similarly great is Sarah Newlin, I didn't expect her to be the big bad of the season! She's come a long a way since chasing Jason with a paintball gun but I think she needs to kick some more ass over the next few episodes and get us ready for her death in the finale. At the minute, I don't want that but if she were to kill Jess to get back at Jason... (Is that the big character death or have we had that already?) Also, I couldn't help but laugh as she cried and kissed the gov's severed head. That was very campy and weird and awesome (all the things we watch for), I bet the crew have such a laugh behind the scenes!

As for Warlow, I hope he does make it to further seasons because I don't want Sookie to backtrack to Bill or Eric. Plus, Ben is hot and there was that shaving scene with Jason :P I can definitely see a wedding episode happening in season 7 as there's lots you can do with a normal, human wedding but a super old fae/vampire wedding? Shit's gonna be crazy. On the other hand, I can just as easily see Ben dying in Sookie's arms, she never get's a break!

Final thoughts on your questions... Yes, I hope the weres and shifters kill each other but it's not a secret! Feels like I've been demanding it for seasons! Also, yes Pam's scene was very "uneasy" and yes Lafayette needs to do more. No to James though, I'm not feeling your new vampire hero. He makes perfect sense for Jess, I'm just not interested. Maybe I'm too team Jason... Finally, no, that was a good death scene but I think my favourite was when Eric came out of nowhere and staked Russell before the credits rolled. I was not expecting that so early in last year's finale! I understand some people thought Russell shouldn't have been killed so easily but he was distracted and I thought it was sick!
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I agree with ALL of this.
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Yay! Thank you :)
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I thought it made sense for Arlene to try to blame something: it wasn't just Terry's death she was mourning, but that little glimpse of a normal life she caught once they glamour the war of his mind.

Terry died in peace, it was Arlene who was left a wreck.
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Just one question. Who is running/working in Merlottes? It's not Arlene, Sookie or Lafayette. And it's not Sam. Sam just took off with no care for his business. Did Lafayette just close the place after Terry was shot? And how does Sookie even have a job at this stage? Book Sookie always made the effort to get to work. Show Sookie could do with a few burgers and chips in Merlotte's too.
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First and foremost:
Yes! I was so happy that they addressed the whole Jessica-virginity thing. It's been on my mind for seasons!!

As for the show, I loved this episode. Not as much as I loved the episode before it but it still acted as a great little filler-type episode (IMO).

Sarah's character has definitely come along way. In each of her relationships she has always been the one who kind of pretty much called all the shots but now that Burrell is out of the way its her time to take charge. She is very Real Housewives of Bontemps material

As for Warlow, I fear he will not make it all the way to season 7. The notion of him and Sookie being able to live off each other is too much to handle for the shows loyal shippers (Eric and Sookie have my vote :P)

How can you be so mean to Sam!?! He REALLY knows how to wear a pair of jeans ;) However I do agree that his plotline is getting a little dry these days, especially now that Emma is in the hands of her mother and he doesn't have Luna or Nicole anymore.

Through discussions with a fellow Tv.com-er over the Nora-Hep V death scene I have come to the conclusion that as it is very sad that Nora is no longer with us (R.I.P.) her actual death scene was less tear-jerking than just jaw-dropping at how bizarre it was. The saddest thing, I think, about her passing is that Eric now has none of his original family left. Poor Eric :(

All in all, the episode was great and I cannot wait for the next one! So sad that there are only 10 episodes this season as opposed to the usual 12.
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This show has become basically an over-the-top soap opera with supernatural creatures. Its Twilight rated R. And then they try to throw in the faux morality. Murderous vampires > murderous humans?
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Fantastico!
Maybe I took the same pills Lily did but I fuckin' loved it! The last minutes were probably(most likely) the best True Blood scenes ever with a strong flashback, a stunning death scene and an electrifying cliffhanger...
To clarify: this single episode made me care f.e. Nora(and her true death) and connect to multiple story lines all in a single hour. There was even some glimmer of entertainment in the Alcide storyline(barely is much more than before) which is(was?Alcide's Werepanthers?) the worst storyline ever created. Too early to give a verdict on the season but this episode was amazing.
Lily Sparks is at her best too when she really likes the stuff she "has" to review - hopefully there are a few more gems to come with this season.
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The main problem with a religion that promotes a personal God is that somewhere along the line, some believers will think that God has their prejudices, their hatreds, and even if he has their love, it is narrow and particular. This cannot promote any kind of spirituality, unless for very exceptional inviduals and even then their example cannot but be subverted through the ages. Then we get someone like Sarah, whose genuine beliefs are ghoulish, perverted, and foul.
I think people are wrong when they say that people like that put words from the Bible (or Koran or Torah or whatever) into their mouths and seek verses that promote their views. The truth is much worse, they believe that these verses are the embodiment of their faiths. The writer who came up with Sarah talking to the beheaded Governor is brilliant, because he uses an image from Hamlet talking to the dead Yorick's skull and thus shows one of the greatest scenes in Anglo-Saxon theater being equally perverted.
If Sarah represents the perversion of love, strangely enough the scene between Pam and her shrink is starting to reveal a genuine bond of love to form between the most opposite characters in the series. I know, everything seems to indicate that Pam is goading the shrink along, taking advantage of his attraction to her and all that. but we have to remember who is Pam. she is the real deal, an unemotional vampire who seeks and gets her desires and whims satisfied immediately. She has the deepest scorn for humans and she has made that clear last episode. The only sign that indicates she is having a bond with the shrink is that she does not need to feed, which she knew very well was a crass impulse towards cheap voyeurism and that despite everything, she did not kill the shrink. When she offered the mindmelt between the two, I thought like probably everyone that she is seeking in his mind the way out, the way to destroy this horrendous place. Then it clicked in my mind that Pam has no respect for sex, that her attraction and sentiments are not through intercourse like Sookie, but through intellect. She said it herself, human are but food, and others of her kind have no loyalty towards each other and nothing but the relationship between the vampire and his or her maker counts. But that relationship is in the end one of subjugation, even if mutually accepted. Then what remains is her inner thoughts to express love. She is, of course, not aware of that, and it can still go another way.

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I have a very strange desire to touch Nicole's hair. I looks so soft and pretty.
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Alcide was never a great character he was just boring eye candy. What's worst is True Blood made the Weres into a joke so that makes Alcide the leading joke of the Were storylines.
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This season has been brilliant, the show hasn't felt so fresh and awesome in a long time. And Nora's death! Sadness
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I agree Sarah is terrifying. I generally find power-hungry blondes terrifying; but Sarah takes the prize because she’s convinced herself that she’s doing god’s work; which is never good. Plus she french-kissed a dead man’s head. But she has the greatest ass so I’d probably shag her before I try to rip her head off.

And, why does Sookie look totally bored/annoyed with everything? She didn’t even look like she was enjoying her cemetery fairy sex with Mr. Ben. A far cry from the early TB encounters…

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What I like about Sarah is that she comes from an honest place, that I've actually seen develop over years, and turns a character I once dimissed into a terrific villain.
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I'm not sure Sarah was ever a sane person, being Miss Hospitality at the Fellowship of the Sun. And now, she'd gone full sadist. But I agree she's very relatable, and the evolution of her character is perfectly natural. Not like, say Crystal who suddenly went from naïve girl to delusional redneck in the space of a season. I hate it when characters veer like that!
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Oh yeah, this episode was probably the best ever material for Alexander Skarsgard. I didn't care for Nora at all, but damn did he deliver for every scene.

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I just hope they kill sam by the end of the season, he's just boring.
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Anna Camp as Sara Newlin is amazing. She was a fun character in season 2, now she is becoming a great villain. While she was listening g to those God on tape things, she sounded adorable. After that monologue with Governor Burrell' s head, and get voice dropped just like the tape wanted her to, she sounded scary. Great Job, writers! I did not wantto watch this season, but did so it of habit. So glad I did, this is the best season in years! I don't even mind Sam or Alcide' s story lines, because that is when I play Jurassic Park Builder!!
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I loved Pam's scene with the therapist "Im not hungry I'm horny" kind of thing... But it also made me want to throw up seeing Pam seduce... That. But like I loved Pam working it with the bra and stuff and being the second person on the show to admit she's a whore... Or was a whore was great too.
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Were-shifter story line: I for one was immensely happy that the shower scene for Sam this week was filmed above the moob line :P

Sookie- marriage proposal reaction: me thinks the lady does complain too much (she is too boring and bored to do otherwise)

Jessica-hunk on the conference toom table: the only thing to top that is to have Jason interrupt and it spring into a threesome...

Pam-shrink scene: STOLE the show! Loved it.

Eric...Eric...Eric... not sure if there is anyone on this show that can play vicious, scary, sweet
, vulnerable, and sexy all in one go but Skarsgard always managers to pull it off... with one noted exception: his British accent completely sucked, lol.
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Awful... yet... I ... can't... turn ... away..
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It's quite something that we all seem to agree on the werewolves/shifters storylines being boring. Well done, writers, you put everybody in sync! I had some hope after this episode though... wouldn't that last scene with Alcide and the pack mean that he can now leave them and be back to normal Alcide from last season, at least? Or did I get asleep again?
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1. She's OK.
2. Maybe a little, but she'll get over it before the episode is over.
3. The probability is 62.5%.
4. I'll wait and see what he contributes to the story before I make up my mind.
5. No, I just want Sam to kill the werewolves so that they can go join the werepanthers in oblivion.
6. Certainly not for that reason. What made me a bit uneasy was the ridiculous makeup that they keep putting on the women in this show, and that the actress is a bit too old (46) to pull off a seduction. (Sorry).
7. No. LaFayette doesn't need more to do. His purpose on the show is to say something funny once in a while, and he doesn't need his own side-plot to do that. The last thing the show needs is more side-plots. It looks like they're trying to get rid of those, and I applaud the effort.
8. It was OK, but not even close to the best. The best was the news anchor that Russell Edgington killed. The second best was the authority lady that Sam killed by flying into her mouth and transforming back to human form. I hope the third best will be when Sam bites Alcide's head off.
9. I liked it.
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The thought that stuck in my head when I heard Sookie tell Arlene 'She was going to be there to help her get through this' was "You mean like how you are always there for your shifts at Merlottes? Yeah... ok" :D
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rofl!!! oh man, cannot stop laughing on that one, hehe.
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Whilst the episode was good it was by no means great. I don't mind your sunny disposition towards the show but I haven't noticed a dramatic upturn, maybe an upturn from last season but certainly not on a level with the first of even third season (might be wrong, I've forgotten which season various things happened).

I like Sarah as the big bad, she is one of the hottest people on a show filled with stunning people as well so that doesn't hurt.

Nora was unfortunately not a very interesting character and when the writers made her say very un-British things that they clearly thought sounded good in a English accent it kind of bugged me. Good death though.

Speaking of deaths, can we just have one for Alcide now? His character has been so warped from the original I just don't care for him or any of the wolves any more I don't mind Sam, mainly as a shifter is pretty interesting to me, just wish he would use it in more cool ways.

Jason and the prison stuff looks to be so distractingly boring, I am probably less enthused about this head prison vampire bitch than of any story in the show though I suppose they have to give Tara something to do occasionally, here's hoping that this new alpha female vampire gets a quick staking in the opening shots of next week's episode.

Eric was his awesome entertaining self as always, Pam a little less so.

Sookie has drawn Warlo into her bubble of uncaring from myself, hopefully they can make his character a bit more developed and interesting in the coming episodes.

I thought Arlene was funny enough, I miss Terry and love Lafayette's solution of 'Oh I gots a drug for that' to pretty much anything.

Look at Franky Sabotka....I mean Andy being all responsible now, I think I preferred him bumbling but still. Also were they hinting at attraction between Holly's kids and Andy's daughter (who has conveniently stopped ageing it seems) because if the parents are dating that's a tad odd

A few notes on your review/recap if I may be so bold:
1. No shout out for Porsha and her cameo?
2. 'n'est pas' translates as 'is not', in the context you used it it would have made more sense to write 'non?'. Sorry to be a prick about this but it bugged me so I wrote it here for therapeutic absolution.
3. Otherwise very enjoyable
4. Not your fault but the TV.com comment dictionary doesn't recognise 'tad' as a real word, an offence to your British brethren in TV addiction.
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Hi, I'm not british, so I can't tell what you meant by "unbritish things". If you care to elaborate, I would be interested.
But generally I'm not sure if she is even british. Her accent might just be grounded in the fact that given her age, she probably learnt english long before the american accent developed and she didn't care to change it accordingly with it.
The same would also apply to Eric i dare to say...it is although in both cases not necessarily identic to modern british because of that and even not to the original accent when they actually learnt it...
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It was more to do with season 5, I can't recall all things exactly but the first thing to bug me was definitely to do with the word 'badass' it just sounded so wrong in her English accent, don't get me wrong people over here (including myself and mates of mine) have been known to say badass, but you almost instinctively Americanise it, and I think she said badarse. Whilst we do say arse I can't think of anyone saying badarse, it's just not right.

Sorry I can't elaborate more but there were certainly other instances where I thought the writers were sitting there going 'ooh what if she said this in a British accent? Wouldn't that be cool' when actually it didn't make much sense.

As we just saw her origin story and it was in London 1665 I feel fairly confident Nora was English. Also the actress Lucy Griffiths is English.

Meanwhile conversely I am disappointed that Ben/Warlo seems to have toned down his Brit accent that he adopted when glamouring Jason before draining Niall. I guess there's just no pleasing me.
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Haha, one time I (American) was hanging out with an English friend, and we decided he should try to say something in an American accent. He decided on, "I'll put a fuckin' cap in your ass." Hahaha, couldn't pull it off even slightly. Hilarious. :)
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ah I see...ok I didn't recognise that as London 1665...but even so I don't know much about her living since then...maybe she had not much contact with the outside world other than eat some people... I just thought maybe if someone could live for that long it might be hard to pinpoint their exact roots by accent. I mean, even my grandparents spoke in some cases still different and might have sounded odd on occasion if they looked like twens. Imagine how much languages change in half a millenium.

Can you imagine to look like you're 20 for the last 500 years and have to learn basically a new accent every decade to blend in with your age?
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It’s “n’est-ce pas”, meaning “isn’t it”
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Yea I know, but that's not what Lily wrote, in her sentence: "Arlene was sort of a nightmare this episode, n’est pas?" it would have made more sense to write 'non?', non?
Not saying I'm a French expert (quite the opposite as an Englishman) so please let me know.
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You're right that "non?" would have worked too, but "n'est-ce pas" is more litterary, while "non?" is more insisting
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Ah ok, thanks for clarifying, I'm fond of the language but still learning (always).
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4. I don't think there's a comment dictionary. But your browser may have a built-in spellchecker.
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Ah fair enough, it wasn't a real complaint but interesting to know, cheers for that.
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Really? I felt Pam has gone back to being awesome too, a big improvement over the whining at the beginning of the season.
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Yea fair comment, she has improved, but still I find her pettiness over Willa a bit tiresome and her playing with the psychiatrist not that interesting, although I'm sure it will have its point in the next episode.
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It was good to see Sookie put someone else's trauma (especially one of her human friends) ahead of her own. I liked how Terry's death seemed to resonate. As shown when Sookie and Sam dropped everything (and in Sam's case risked everything) to be there for Arlene. I mean as Sookie pointed out a few episodes ago 'I'm in danger? Must be a Tuesday' all the OTT dramatic supernatural stuff they go through on a regular basis has become commonplace, whereas this felt serious, and unfixable.
My fav line from this ep has to be from Layfette after Sookie says 'It's about Arlene' and Bill asks to speak to Sookie, and Layfette replies 'It was.' It's little things like this are why I stuck with show even though some very dodgy seasons. so glad it is back on track now. doing what it does best.

LOVED that Jessica made Jason - who loves her and risked everything to come save her - wait outside whilst she got her rocks off with hunky vampire guy! :-)
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I think the death scene showed that you cannot fix lazy writing when developing a character ie Nora. Unfortunately nobody cared about her (apart from obviously Eric) so no amount of good writing /acting at this point is going to make that the very impactful scene it could have been. Remember how heartbreaking it was Eric losing Godric back in Season 3 (at least I thought it was) and Godric had only been around a few episodes.
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Very true, and it was season 2. They had many chances to develop Nora, and they didn't do it, and the last minute flashbacks that could have helped her earlier didn't help. It would have been much more impactful if it was Pam, but nobody wants to see her go...unless you do.
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No no no nooooooo! Never Pam please...
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As for Willa Burrell... I think she's going to be OK with what happened to her father.

After seeing the horrific things being done in the camp and learning about Hep-V, combined with Vampires not really seeing human relations as as important as they used to... I imagine she's going to be fine with it.
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Why is this season only 10 episodes? Typically there are 12.

If the show runner wanted to trim story lines, what the hell are Sam and the wolves still doing in the plot? Nothing remotely interesting has happened with them the whole season. And despite what Alan Ball said, there are a lot of things more terrifying than an actual wolf. Having a 6.5 ripped dude turn into a scrawny dog is not that cool or scary. Being Human's werewolf should not be scarier that True Blood's.

Generally I have really like this season, although I thought this episode, while it had it's moments, kind of dragged.
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10 eps only cause Anna Paquin just had twins and couldn't film as much as other seasons
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This... they know if they had 3 episodes pretty much sookieless it would be evident how much of a waste of time she is and the show just doesn't need her. And that has always been the case... when she is the main focus, the show drags and drags horribly. When that time is given to Eric, Pam, Jason etc the show picks up.

So, to avoid it becoming clear the show is better off without sookie they just shorten a season instead of putting the spotlight on other characters. Maybe those three eppies could have been filled with so much of the cut content so half the stories actually would make sense instead of just be there.
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1) Sarah Newlin? I love her, I think she's a great character. She's a stepford house wife pyscho with actual power. The idea of that is pretty damn scary. Her kissing the severed head grossed me out, but it was a dramatic action that I totally bought.

2) Haven't really thought about it. If Willa does freak out, at least it won't be Eric's fault.

3) Nope. Eric and Bill will team up against him. Maybe our favorite vampires will drain him of his blood completely once they see Bill daywalking. Now THAT would be an interesting twist for next season.

4) I don't know. That whole thing upset me. Jason basically poured his heart out to Jess (she used the 'if you ever loved me...' line and he said yes so there's love there), told her he was risking his life to save her, and she just basically said no, now bring in my next love interest...I knew where it was going as soon as she asked to see him and I didn't like the execution at all. I would have enjoyed it more if James and Jessica were sent back to the copulation room and the scene played out the same. I just kept expecting to see Jason looking into the conference room with a heartbroken expression.


5) Either the wolves will kill Alcide while he helps Nicole and her mother escape, or all three will escape, after Alcide kills his alpha female (or the girls can die, that's fine too.) He'll go back to being a lone wolf like his father and we'll never see him again. (Yes please!) Sam will then go back to Merlott's where he belongs without his weird love interest who he just met 7 days ago even though his girlfriend who he love dearly, and was probably going to marry, died 8 days ago...

6) What? Pam is awesome! The doctor's reactions were so funny. Soon she'll have him eating out of the palm of her hand while she feeds on him.

7) Yes! Preferably something that doesn't involve getting possessed please!!

8) Definitely. I thought Godric's death was good too though. It was all about Skarsgard superb acting in both scenes. Nora's was more emotional though because the Death happened in his arms, and even after he didn't have a body to hold on to, he continued to paw at her remains.

9) It was good. Arlene's reaction to Bill daywalking was priceless! lol.
Sookie irritates me. So the fairy/vampire hybrid is in love and wants to be with you forever, so you're going to mess with his feelings? Bad idea. I know Warlow screwed up her life, so she wants payback, but using her body to do it? If she's so 21st century, why is she still manipulating the old way? Women are smart and speak their mind/words now Sookie, why don't you try that? And exchanging blood with him? She doesn't want Bill to use her blood to save her friends, but she'll give her blood to Warlow just so that he won't kill her during sex? That is beyond stupid. Get your priorities straight Sookie! And she drank his too so now they're linked smdh.
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Oh and I forgot, Arlene has always been fairly racist if you recall. It's not surprising that she would say that to Lafayette when she's mad. She use to say insensitive things all the time.
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I was expecting mayor Burrells head to start talking, that head was creepy and conscious looking. Also Sookie is looking malnourished.

More Lafayette please, and less animal people!
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It was a decent episode. Except did they bury Terry within the span of a day? Because Arlene was at the cemetery crying over what looked to be a freshly covered grave and it hadn't even been 24hrs yet. I am not sure how fast the coroner/medical examiner, Homicide Detectives, embalmer, funeral director, grave digger so on and so forth move that fast.

I think Lafayette is only there to deliver one liners. He either needs to go or they need to give him something else to do. And whatever that is shouldn't involve ghosts or witches or Mexican Brujos. Because that stuff was ridiculous.

How is Sookie not a vampire now? He fed off her, she fed off him. Isn't that supposed to make a Vampire? If not, they need to freaking explain better what makes a vampire. Also, if that is what they are heading towards they need address a few things. A. Her becoming a vampire isn't an actual death, I am expecting good deaths, Terry and Nora weren't big deaths. One was closing an annoying and pointless plot line and the other was just to make Erik cry. B. They need to address how that doesn't end her Fairy powers. That was the main plot for I believe at least the 2nd season when the fairies were warning her about bill. C. She needs to not be an annoying vampire and can't enter into badass vampire that is all of a sudden the equal of long time vampires. Like they wrote Tara.

Speaking of Nora, Nora wasn't there long enough for any one to care about. This is not a big death. She was easily replaced by Willa, who actually kind of looks like her. Also, why couldn't Erik Sire her? I liked her character well enough because she seemed smart and would actually do stuff. So obviously in their world where Jason runs around screaming Warlo for 3 episodes, she needed to go. But if it brings Erik back into being a badass then I am all for it.

Sarah doesn't annoy me as much as she and the LAVT are perhaps the worst enemies that this show has put forth. Worse than the witches. Worse than the werepanthers. I am not certain how she could intimidate anyone. The kissing ofthe Governor was kind of gross, even for this show.

Sam and Nicole should have ended. There was literally no reason for the Wolves to track them down other than keeping that stupid plot going. And it is stupid. The wolves are stupid, Sam is stupid. These are things that need to go away fast. Hopefully the pack turns on Alcide and chomps him into itty bitty pieces. Without Edgington they have nothing to offer to any story. Make them go the way of the werepanthers.

Oh hey, Jessica fell in lust/love with the only tan vampire there is. Seriously? Is that how they are casting now? Vampire = allergic to sunlight= no tan. That whole scenario seemed forced and was odd that Jason was outside. Now Jessica is a vampire and she has gone off the rails before. But I doubt that is in her.

Jason will be saved by the head Vampire chick . She will likely be important and will stick around for a while. I mean if they are killing people this season, they are going to have to replace them.

Questions:
I don't mind Sarah as comic relief. But her as a big bad is laughable.

- I doubt she will freak out. She is a baby vamp, what is she going to do. Unless they write her like Tara and ruin the whole thing.

-Depends. I think he is there long enough to turn Sookie and then maybe a little more.

-Tan vampires don't exist.

-Yes. Please yes. Kill them all off. Have the LAVT expand and show up and kill them all please end it now.

- Not really. It was just kind of creepy in general.

- Lafayette either needs to die or get something that isn't a receptacle for random ghosts. And no witchcraft.

- Nope. First They need to explain what Hep-V is and what it actually does. Because I don't believe that any of those morons can come up with something that would kill Vampires. Second, Edgington's death was way better. So was the the head of the Vampire league. The best death is going to be Tara's. Because she is ruining their mythology.

Decent, better, still kind of bad though.
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I'm pretty sure you have to DIE to become a vampire. So, in that instance, Warlow would have had to drain Sookie to within an inch of her life, then feed her some of his blood. (Then sleep together underground for 24 hours or some shit.)
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I don't think the funeral has happened yet. I remember the previews showed Sookie speaking at what appeared to be the funeral in the comic-con preview. Maybe Arlene was crying over where he was going to be buried.
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Maybe, but who cries at a place where someone is going to be buried. Shouldn't she have then been crying at the ME's office. Also Sookie could have been speaking at anyone's funeral, the season has been shot and supposedly big names are dying.
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I think it is absolutely Terry's funeral that we are going to see. I'm not defending Arlene, I thought it was weird too.
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Arlene has kind of always been off.
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Oh! That cheers things up. I don't usually get to see the promo 'cos I don't live in the States and have to watch episodes online. I might go check out the promo for next week now.
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THANK YOU!!! I get so pissed off with tv shows where the character dies and gets buried complete with funeral in the space of a frickin' day (or less) do they serisouly expect us to believe that they would have had the funeral without any of Terry's friends ('cos Sam and Sookie only found out in this episode) or even his kids??? Not to mention as you point out all the procedures they have to go through - getting the death certificate, homicide dectective embalmer etc.

I love Layfette it's not his fault that the writers aren't giving him stuff to do. In fact it's a credit to the actor that plays him that that I still love Lafayette even though he hasn't done much 'cos he does a great job with the material he does have. I mean I used to love Sam - but now I'm much more upset about the loss of Terry than I would be if Sam was killed by the pack. I totally agree about how the Sam/werewolves plot has been kept going unnecessarily. Seriously - does any really care?
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Yea but the thing with Lafayette is, if that is all he is there for, just kill him and make space in the episode for pertinent things.
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I like to think she never took off her boots. And don't point out to me that last week we clearly saw her take off the boots or something. I don't care. Let me have this.
As much as i loved the Jess-Jason romance, I think it has run it's course. The problem then becomes what to do with Jason? His storyline is thin as it is and what's there, is about saving Jess. Maybe he will finally become the Werepanther he was always meant to be.
I never was that into Nora. But maybe that was because i didn't get the whole authority situation in the first place. So her death isn't something i am terribly sad over.
Great, episode. Great review as always.
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I remember before the season began, showrunner Brian Buckner said if a character died they would stop and mourn them. So I completely understand why they did that in this episode, but I agree that it has come at the cost of some momentum. It also looks like the next episode or the episode afterwards will be the funeral. I just hope it's not season 3 all over again, where nothing happens on the last three episodes. I'm all for True Blood getting back to it's simpler roots, but at least try to end this season with a bang, and don't check out early.
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So Arlene was crying over some random grave? weird.
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Great episode. "An Erik episode"

I think Erik was amazing in the last scene, also the flashbacks were absolutely brilliant : obviously an homage to Anne Rice´s vampire Lestat, (some kind of easter egg for hardcore vampire fans). I really think Terry´s death was inmensly more relevant and saddening because he was one of the emotional anchors of the show since he was one of those individuals that everyone loved no matter what, don´t get me wrong i love the phase of the show now is awesome , is just i think Terry´s departure by all means deserved more drama and to be treated as a main character plot.
I was expecting Andy to react in a more emotional manner about Bill, so at the end the scene had no point: Sookie didnt revealed Warlow´s location, Andy didnt faced Bill about her daughters, Arleene didnt got the testament, Terry wasnt properly respected or mourned and Bill showed up in daylight for no reason aside showing off his pale mug and shocking the people there.
Jessica pulling a Sookie this week and connecting her emotional and moral issues with her vagina is not my idea of originality (we have Sookie for that) and frankly as hot or interesting the hippy vampire might be i sense they are trying to force another new character into the show when they should be getting rid of the one´s that already has no purpose.

I noticed that this show have a very weird conception of female sexuality like females have no other power or way of expression than sexing around: from Sookie to Jessica, from Pam to Sarah Newlin (who i really hate as a main villian...sorry), True Blood´s females (human or not) seem in a eternal sexual dependency crisis and totally unable to influence or having power in their surrounding world other than having sex with it. It makes you think....btw is not at all a moralistic commentary is more you see how females and males are treated differently in this show´s universe and is very obvious after all this years.

Again...Lafayette NEEDS a storyline for himself, waste of talent : he´s there just to aid other characters in their problems. Sam and Alcide should just or move to a the main story plot or just vanish for good.

About Jason, didnt he took TOO well the Jessica´s interest for the hippy vampire considering he entered the camp just for her? I know he´s a bit dumb but...this is way too silly even for him.

About Pam...obviously she has a plan and i wanna see the development of that. Will Jason gonna be fang-bang-raped to death next week? Is Godrick comming back?( I hope so) but more importanly...

Can someone send Anna Pakin a double bacon cheese burger with book about eating disorders? ( I pay)
Honestly...is very unnverving how the writers trying to giving us her nude scenes in such state of disrepair. Anorexia is not sexy, (specially from a married woman mother of two). Promoting that image is not cool and pretending is not obvious is ever more unnerving: they should stop the nude scenes until she recovers or at least make them subtle.
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I loved your comments about female sexuality and it is portrayed in this show especially in comparison to male sexuality. Without getting all militant feminist I think that is part of an endemic problem.

Not so hot on the Anna Paquin comments though. Nothing personal - I just don't like it when people comment on how an actor looks whether it be to say that they are too fat OR too thin. I guess It's a matter of perspective as I don't think she looks anorexic.

You have a much higher opinion of Jason than me - I could totally believe that he is that dumb. I don't think he realized what was going on he was just so desperate to please Jess.

it will be interesting to see how Pam's plan unfolds...
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@ManuelValero: Agree on most of you statements, but:

Lafayette doesn't NEED a storyline for himself...I'd rather see him aiding his companions than have one forced upon him just for the sake of it. He already had storylines for himself and probably will get another one when the time comes. BUT aiding somone else doesn't make you less important than having your own fancy storyline.

In fact I would point out Samwise Gamgee as an example...almost all he does is aiding Frodo...nonetheless Tolkien himself considered him the hero of the story. And with good reason.

Same goes for Sookie...she is not THE Hero (even if she sometimes is one)...most of the time she is the victim (or prey to be exact) because she doesn't really have a choice to stay out of it.

And also I don't find Sookie anorexic looking and like anyone to do as they please with themselves without being pestered about it!
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Nora was kind of batshit crazy for most of the time we've known her, but I like Lucy Griffiths (Robin Hood seriously screwed her and the legend over) so I didn't want her to die...

Holly's sons just randomly show back up, that means they'll get killed right?

why the hell did it take this long for Sookie to know Andy had kid(s) in general? and I still don't see why nobody ever had any passing thought of how Sookie could read minds like them so maybe she's also half fairy and THEY SHOULD TALK TO HER ABOUT IT. ugh.

I was wondering about the whole hearing Arlene thing, Warlow could read Sookie's mind in earlier episodes and I think I remember them talking about it so I don't think Sookie heard Arlene's thoughts, plus she was wailing on the graves using her actual voice but only Sookie heard her... kind of has me wondering if maybe Sookie's somehow going to be a fairy godmother type like Claudette was to her. maybe I'm just reading into things.

sucks they barely had any Tara though.

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I was pretty sad about her dead, too...but maybe Eric's reaction prompted that a little bit...I can actually feel for the loss of others even if I didn't knew the person who died.

If the return of her sons means, they will die, I don't know...where they wearing red shirts?

At this point I get a thought about time...at many points it is asked why everything happened "so fast"...how long was Sookie with Warlow in that fairy-place? May it be possible that even in this enclosed reality, time passes slower than in the real world?

That mind reading is a little confusing to me, too...Warlow can read AND can be read by Sookie? So apart from still having his fairy-powers, his brain still works as if he were alive even though he is vampire now?

Fairy godmother is an interesting thought, but to Arlene? wouldn't she be one to a fairly newborn (half-)fairy if ever? Can she even be one as a half-fairy?
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Good episode, and the plot seems to be moving along. Lily, Arlene wasn't mean to Lafayette just to be mean. Her husband died in her arms, after being shot in the neck. How the hell do you expect her to react? She's not going to be rainbows and sunshine. She was already upset because she had to explain to her children that their father is dead. Lashing out at Lafayette was just a way to deal with the grief. It may not seem nice but it is understandable, which is why Lafayette let it go.

I thought the episode was decent, although some parts were better than others. I liked when Bill walked into the house and everyone kind of just watched him in amazement, unsure what to do. I thought Bill was extremely cordial with his condolences to Arlene and Andy (Arlene's reaction was funny and the awkwardness between Bill and Andy was good), and I liked the way he handled himself with Eric and Sookie as well. I know a lot of people don't like Bill, but I think it was great to see him trying to help Eric save Nora and his talk with Sookie about needing Warlow to save their vampire friends. I know he essentially repeated to Sookie what he told her a few episodes ago, but I am glad that she actually listened this time.

Jessica wanting to sex up Vampire James was interesting although a bit weird. Her explanation makes sense although I wish she would get off this suicidal train she is riding on. I get that she is upset about what she did, but as a vampire she needs to get the fuck over it. I hate to see a whiny vampire. Sarah Newlin annoys the fuck out of me, so the faster they take her out the better. Sam and the werewolves still bore the hell out of me, but I am glad Sam is returning to Bon Temp. Alcide is still a douche and I have no idea why he decided to return to the pack. They are doing nothing but bringing him down. If True Blood can't find anything interesting for Tara to do except say one line, they can send her out the same way they did Nora. Tara is completely USELESS. KILL HER, along with the werewolves, Andy's fairy daughter, Holly and her kids, Pam's psychiatrist, and that bitch vampire in the woman's prison who acts like she is in charge of everything!
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I'd rather see Sarah Newlin to be vamped...there you got it, bitch! Ideally by someone who is unlikely to get killed and can command her around for the next millenia, muahaha (but don't give us her whining about it all the time)

Sam should get more into it in my opinion, I like him being able to phase to a fly and explode other peoples heads :D

I even like Alcide and just have to believe his ass-self was just because of the V in his system. So if anyone has to die, it's his pack (and i would cheer for it because they...are...just...such...selfrighteous...assholes! But what would you expect, we've seen their previous pack-alphas...

We don't know much about Andy's Fairy daughter, so no...i don't like her getting killed so fast. especially after loosing her 3 sisters effectively when they were a few weeks (or days?) old...

Holly got on my nerves more than once...i probably wouldn't care either way.
Pam's psychiatrist? Really? He has theese cool wiggly eyes :D

And what about the "bitch" vampire? She doesn't only act like she's in charge...after what we've seen in the past i guess she just IS! Probably by right of age, and therefore strength...By now she saved almost everyone we know in her area so what exactly makes her a bitch?
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I find myself getting bored of Sookies boobs.
Is there something wrong with me?
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What boobs? She barely weighs anything, she has no boobs!
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Fair point. Bored of her nipples then.
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Willa said so herself: she has a maker now, and his progeny, and his progeny's progeny. She'll be upset about her Dad no doubt, but its not like she doesn't have a family.

She's part of the Northmans clan.
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I love the direction the show is going in. I'm hoping the writers are doing what the have to do to get to the end of the werewolves, because I'm sick of their boring story. Everything else has been fun, and I really enjoy the show again.
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