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True Blood S06E09: "Life Matters"


This may have been the first episode of True Blood to take place entirely in the daytime. Alongside fairy-sunblocked, day-walking vamps we got to see Terry’s funeral unfold practically in real time, interspersed with vampires' thrilling, bloody, violent revenge on the oppressors who'd held them so long. What a rush! The focus was so intense it was almost relaxing, and the juxtaposition between touching elements and terrifying elements was… well, very True Blood.


During what other show could could I sit there, clucking at Arlene’s funeral wear and then seeing a man’s gonads ripped off? Which, I am sorry, but priorities, I have to discuss Arlene's funeral outfit: What widow in her right mind wears fake eyelashes, a mantilla, and a minidress that shows hella cleavage to a funeral? Did she borrow that getup from Sookie? 


Also, how impressive were the special effects when Bill stomped the face of the castrated scientist? Right after a sermon about family being everything. Guys, there was a lot to process in this episode!

Things started off with chandeliers swinging from trees in Fairyland, where Prince Warlow and Princess Sookie were busy suckling, healing, and chucking each other under the chin like an old married couple while Bill tried not to openly sneer. Bill kept threatening to compel Warlow to accompany him to Vamp Camp, but Sookie (who apparently got the boning of a lifetime a few weeks back and is stanning so hard for Warlow that she should design him a jersey so she can wear it) reminded Bill that Eric had a tummy full of Warlow blood, then blasted Bill out of the dimension. This rattled Bill into remembering he himself was full of magical sun-block blood, and he set out for Vamp Camp to gaze approvingly on the handiwork of True Blood’s prop department and call “Eric” out in almost the exact tone of that one sad dude who raised the boy Chipmunks and was always like “ALLLLLLLLLLLLLVINNNNNNNNNNNNN!!!”


Seriously, the prop folks department figuratively and literally slayed this week. Blackberry Jell-O has never been used quite so effectively.


Meanwhile, at Terry's funeral, Todd Lowe got to sort of individually say goodbye to his co-stars in a series of flashback vignettes that were adorable. Sam wore a cut-off sweatshirt. Andy wore a clip-on tie. Arlene wore clip-on bangs. It was all very endearing.

While several characters delivered touching eulogies about what Terry had meant to them, Sookie knew standing up to speak would provide her with a great chance to talk all about herself. She spent a good amount of time outing herself as a telepath. 


But all was forgiven when she then ushered us into a delightful flashback featuring Arlene wearing that fake fringe. Faux bangs! I want them. I want to dye my hair a nice shade of carrot and wear fake bangs and work at a diner. Are those unattainable goals?

Also, Jason will probably start having sex fantasies about Eric very soon, as Eric healed Jason while making his rounds through the camp like Vampire Santa Claus, freeing all the vampires with a soft look in his eyes and personally escorting Ginger to romp alongside her faves. This season has featured an unprecedented amount of Ginger, and actress Tara Buck has totally made her scenes count. I love every second she’s onscreen and her scream is practically musical. Love you, Ginger.


What was unusual about "Life Matters" is that there was basically no conflict. The episode was one, long, satisfying release, from Pam getting to kill her pervy psychiatrist to Tara shooting off an assault rifle into a palette of TruBlood in slow motion. Emotional justice was served. Our favorite vampires danced in in the sunbeams, high off Bill’s magickal blood as well as relief, while our favorite humans sat at Terry's funeral safe and sound, kind of giving each other good vibes. Even when at one point it seemed that Billith had sacrificed his own life to save his vampire brethren, he was then able to feed on sweet hippie James (who showed a lot more sense than Jessica in offering his arteries) and BAM, Bill was totally okay, stepping out for a sun-drenched CK One commercial alongside the rest of the cast and even enjoying a round of applause.


There was plenty of contrast in the preciousness of life at the funeral against the brutality of death at the camp, but there was no real conflict; just beautiful cinematic shots of models in matching uniforms laughing in the golden sunlight and arcs of fake blood spouting from boxes. Yet somehow the relief was so earned and the savior of the day so unexpected (I really thought Eric would be the one to offer himself as a main course) that it was still marvelously entertaining. And crazy? It was crazy to look at, in the best way.




The only real conflict in the entire episode was a brief internal one, when Jason pressed a gun up against the temple of savage bitch Sarah Newlin and then decided he couldn’t kill her in cold blood. I did love the points he made while taunting her, that if one person can claim the authority of God then anyone can, and what a slippery slope divine inspiration can be, what a free license to manipulate, denigrate, and destroy your fellow man that self-righteousness can offer. While we all know Sarah’ll be back to start more trouble as soon as next week, in a way I’m glad she didn’t get as that easy an out. Hopefully the vampires will serve her in soft tortillas in the finale.


So now the only suspense boils down to, what curve balls will they throw us? Where did Eric disappear to and for how long? Will he be back in time to prevent Sookie's Fairy Royal Wedding? Why was Pam so distraught when he disappeared? Guys, if I seem really weirdly focused on Eric, it’s because I am.


Still, a ghoulishly gory, touching, and enjoyable episode. For the second-to-last episode of the season, this should have been the big climax, and definitely Bill offering himself up as sacrifice was a high poin—though surely this is an ending too good to be true. What shoe is waiting to drop next week? Or do I need to simply take this episode at face value, open up my heart, and "Let the Sunshine In"


QUESTIONS:

... Where did Eric go/how long will he be gone?

... Sarah Newlin: Will she meet her end next week?

... Are you frustrated at Jason letting Sarah go, or do you expect nothing less of a hero?

... Will Sookie go through with binding herself to Warlow?

... What was your favorite part of the episode?

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AIRED ON 8/24/2014

Season 7 : Episode 10

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someone prolly already said it but: Noooo!!! Steve Newlin!!! who really loves Jason Stackhouse.
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So many comments and sorry if I'm just echoing something that's already been said; I'm a bit late to the game. But if no one has said so, let me just say how amazing Lafayette looked in his outfit. OMG & Wow! He should dress like that all the time.
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LaFayette ROCKED that outfit!! (is it a boy or a girl..? :'))
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- I don't know but Eric should never NOT be on my screen. I'm a little concered. Where'd ya go Eric?! Come back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
- Nah. She's too diabolical and too hilarious to kill off.
- Nothing less.
- Probably not, but kudos to her for appearing so smitten and determined that the possibility isn't unthikable.
- It was a lovely episode.
  • LaLa's Terry flashback. Dip it LaLa!! ChaCha LaLa!! Lafayette is the best. I love him.
  • Eric in all his badass glory didn't get to be the ultimate hero, but if he was nothing if not heroic. Saving Jason for starters while telling him to have sweet dreams about him. Or, you know, ripping a dudes balls out.
  • Hoyt shoutout. Gone but not forgotten.
  • James is the best. I hope he sticks around.
  • The return of protective and sweet massive teddy bear Alcide.
  • Steve Newlin's "I love you Jason Stackhouse."
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Oh, great review as always!!! keep up the good work :)))

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LOVED this episode...the funeral was very slow but it provided the right kind of freaky balance for the camp freeing/killing scenes....
I don't know where he's gone, but I hope Eric comes back soon 'cos frankly I don't want to watch TB without him in it.....
I think Sarah Newlin will be back next week to wreak havoc in the finale!
No I'm glad Jason didn't kill her....he didn't need the guilty conscience it would bring...but he should have given her to the vamps to kill asap!!!
Sookie can do whatever the hell she wants, she's become so boring of late...maybe binding herself to Warlow will make her more interesting....
Definitely the gonads ripping off bit .... and then Bill stomping on the head!!
Also the scenes with the vamps prancing in the sun along with the music in the background was freaking me out, I kept waiting for something awful to happen.....
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I loved it. For the entire episode my jaw was on the floor because i couldn't believe half the stuff i was seeing.
I have to revise my one wtf moment per season rule for this show, because it just dropped half a dozen in one episode.
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folks here is my interpretation for the next episode and please tell me your opinions.
starting with:
violet, bill, jason and andy along with his daughter are looking for sookie near the cemetery to get her back and to prevent her from completing her deal with warlow.
and because of andy's daughter is a fairey she can help them reach the fae-land i think.
after that we see jessica tells bill that he has the opportunity to make things right and by the look on his face it is like someone who is about to lose something dear to him and by the way jessica always encourage bill to restart his relationship with sookie ( which I personally do not care what the writters will do about this matter ) moving on with another scene from the trailer.
we can see warlow with superspeed running through ( fae-land ) cemetery all angry because of the vampire darkness in him the fae-land became dark like in the last episode when bill was in the fae-land it was all dark.
and person who is tossed in the air ( blue shirt with blue jeans ) it is the same outfit as bill's which i think sookie hit bill with her light because he tried to prevent her from going to warlow.
then the person who was feeding sookie blood i think that is violet.
and last but not least sookie when she said i can not give you back what you lost i think that speech was to warlow.
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Seriously don't understand why we needed to see the funeral at all, bad enough that it took up half the episode but what was the point of it and why did we have to waist so much time on it?? I for one skipped every scene to get back to the vampire action at the Vamp Camp. And wow what a fight back that was.

Couple of things I am now wondering........who were the vamps that attacked the truck full of True Blood?? Is Sookie going to go through with becoming Mrs Warlow as she promised?? Is Alcide officially now not a jerkoff a@* hat having now left the pack?? How long did it take Lafayette to glue on those super length false eyelashes and was he deliberately trying to out falsie Arlene?? Why is Tara's mother still knocking around and making an idiot out of herself?? Is Arlene going to tell the Bellefleur family to go stick it where the sun don't shine now she's got a $2 million life insurance inheritance coming to her (talk about a potty mouthed grandmother)?? Is Warlow going to be around for season 7 because I for one have come to like him a lot??
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Great episode, although the funeral was beginning to be a bit much by the end.. So did anyone else watch next weeks promo? Cuz not to be all spoilery (altho I could be wrong on this but) it looked an awful lot like Nora waking up in a quick clip..this seems utterly impossible as she turned into a pile of goo...but maybe thats were Eric has gone..to try and bring her back from the dead with Warlow's blood. I wouldn't even think it was possible but I watched that part over and over and it looked like Nora sitting up from a laying position wearing a black dress and taking a big breath.
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I know this episode was a disappointment to quite a few, but worst of all time? Go back and watch some episodes from last season like "Authority Always Wins," or "In the Beginning," or "Somebody that I used to know." Those are a few episodes at the top of my head that were worse than this, but of course that's my opinion.
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I had some thoughts on the show but they all flew out of my mind when I read comments about Alexander Skarsgard leaving the show. All I can think about is that he is carrying the show (hold the show together) and without him I can't find a reason to keep watching (all the other characters are hit or miss for me but none are essential like the character Eric).
If he does go then he better KILL BILL.

When Jason was holding the gun upward at Sarah's head all I could think of was that if he pulled the trigger he needs to change the gun angle or he is going to blow his other hand off (it was on her head opposite the gun).

I really don't care if Sookie marries Warlow or not....

Favorite part of the episode--everything with Eric, especially him ripping the genitals off that guy.
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"All I can think about is that he is carrying the show"

100% true and thank you for pointing it out, every episode whatever he's involved in is the most exciting thing going.
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So, who do you prefer, Bill or Warlow? lol j/k

My prediction for the finale in regards to Eric, he appears in a homoerotic dream with Jason, but not anywhere else. I don't think he'll be absent next season though. I'm really hoping Bill somehow gets killed in the finale, but since all these writers have hard-ons for Bill/Moyer, it won't happen. These Eric rumors originated when they announced they would kill someone major off, but that's all they are right now, RUMORS. If Eric/Skarsgard does leave, it's because the actor wants off, not the writers. The writers are stupid, but they're not that stupid.
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Umm, yeh that's what the rumor is... that Skarsgard wants off because he wants to do movies or whatever. Not that "the writers want to kill Eric, mwa ha ha"

It makes sense: better to leave and do stuff while he's still popular and before he's permanently type-cast into his long-running-TV-persona. Unfortunately it might be too late for the type-cast thing.
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Warlow, Sam, anyone except Bill...yes, I'd pick Sam (manboobs and all) over Bill:-)
I think my concern about Eric no longer being a character is justified (awesome show, lol).
Check out this discussion from way down the page:
http://www.tv.com/shows/true-blood/community/post/137601429798/comment/Vicky8675309:comment:9ab130f1-860e-407e-a89c-05ca22646779?action_comment_id=safibwana:comment:c854f3c9-bfe1-8602-57d1-93ce0918ea16
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They went to war with the stockpiles of TruBlood at the factory, but they've been shipping that stuff out for days....
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a 4 episode send off for Terry.. a person who had no friggin meaning to the main storyline... i felt reminded on the excruciating Season 4 with that horrific acting of that silly witch and net Vampire Air Time of 58 minutes out of 10 hours.
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Layfayette (I think) mentions that Terry nearly never missed a day of work. Camera pans to Sookie and she looks down. Haha I thought Lily would have mentioned that little bit since she almost always points out Sookie's inability to go to work.


Such a satisfying episode. And I love ridiculous campy kills. Ripping off gonads, stepping on faces... fabulous
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Favorite part: Lafayette showing Terry how to cook the fries. God, I love Lala.
"Is that a girl or a boy" hahaha
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My guess is that Sarah is pregnant with Jason's baby, which will be a big reveal for the finale. After her conversation with Governor Burrell about having a baby, and him shutting that down, her response was to go sleep with Jason. Just my guess!
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Hell i didnt think of that one... But you might be right ... It would make sense in a real twisted way
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Plus there was this visual quote of Jesus off the cross (Bill), with Mary-Magdalena holding him, pretty cool. I dunno which painting though
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Michelangelo's Pieta, sorry…
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Yeah like you say, very True Blood. We have to endure all the humans (except Lafayette) and the fucking shifters (though Luna was hot) to get to see all the vampire sex and violence. Completely schizophrenic episode right! But fun. Pretty good. Even emotional. Can't get over the ripped penis. Then, when Bill kills him his little finger is still moving. Awesome!
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Great episode, but I couldn't stand the funeral, sorry. Really boring stuff and contributed nothing to the main plot of the season.

Kind of disappointed to see Bill as the man who saved the day (quite literally), but I can understand the choice, because this is so him. Bill always wants to be the hero.

One question, though: does Warlow's blood never wear off? I remember back on season 3 that Russell drank Sookie's blood and couldn't stand for so long in the sun.
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Sookie is only half Fairy. She, also, is not a vampire. I expect it is a whole different scenario with Warlow's blood!
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Can't believe no one mentioned Violet and how painfully weird and annoying she is!! What's her deal? FREAK. She needs to go.

Does the fairy blood ever wear off?

They probably want to save more of Sarah's evil for season 7. While an awful person, she's very entertaining.

Nelsan Ellis could be the best actor on the show. Love him and can't wait to see him as MLK in The Butler.

I know most people have soured on Alcide, but I think he could be the best match for Sookie. I wonder if he'll have any role in preventing her from keeping her promise to Warlow. That said, Eric is my first choice for "saving" her, I just don't think it will happen.

10 episodes just isn't enough.........can't believe we're approaching finale. :-(
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Does the fairy blood ever wear off?

Good question: Bill's had it running through his veins for what looks to be 2-3 days now. Warlow's blood must be quite potent since when Eric drained a full-blown faery-god-mother he only got several hours at most and Bill only drank maybe 250cc's of Warlow's.

Perhaps it's due to Warlow's hybrid status making it more "compatible" for vampires, or perhaps simply because he's from the original royal line of faeries instead of someone more recent.
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Great episode!

ERIC DON'T GO (if you do take me with you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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Let's keep it simple for the finale.
- Bill dies (finaly, sorry but I realy don't care for Bill and his story)
- Eric comes back but he's too late, Sookie turns into a vampary


Next season:
- Sookie goes crazy in the next season, so Jason is forced to kill her.
- Eric full of grief meets the sun like his maker Godric

End scene:
Vamp girls (Pam, Jessica & Tarra) remain and cry over Eric's grave and a nice little jump to the funeral of Sookie and her friends.

the end :D
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Good episode but I could not get stop asking - if Bill was inside the sun-room in time to feed the vamps, why didn't he just open the door for them and let them out????? Why??? Please, why?????? Makes me mad!
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because Bill is a stupid selfish prick and wants to be worshipped
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Also, what was the deal with Bill and Eric competing to be saviors? I mean, we kind of all forgot Eric attacked Warlow in the first place it seems, and it was more of a race between him and Bill (Bill having less fairy blood in him seemed to ultimately be irrelevant). Were they really....racing to see who could give the people in the room the blood first? Was it merely a matte of Bill thinking Eric wouldn't get to them soon enough? Did it matter? I'm still a little confused, as they both ultimately saved the day and can walk in the sun, so maybe by the next episode they'll all stay friends.....right? Maybe?

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Eric wasn't trying to be a savior he wanted to kill every human in vamp camp to get revenge for Nora though he did want to save the rest of his vampire family.
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I still feel like there was some weird competition vibe going on there.
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DID Pam kill the therapist? Ok yes she probably did, but it LOOKED like she was "dancing" with him near the end? Possibly dancing with his corpse but whatevs...

Also, you know why Jessica probably was scared to give Bill her blood? She was the only person to witness what he did to the last person who did that. Am I the only one who remembers that creepy scene?

Lastly, and most importantly, was I the only one who saw that killer implicative hook in Sookies speech about Terry (speaking of her talking about her..)? That part about loving someone at first sight? Isn't that EXACTLY how Warlow feels about her (admittedly for different reasons)? Was that likely written to connect those two seemingly unrelated things heavily on purpose? I think so.
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I agree about Jessica's hesitation about the blood, that's what I was thinking. I was half-expecting her to warn the Hippie vampire about not getting closer because he might rag-doll the guy and drain every once of blood from him like that donor a few episodes back.
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First of all let me just say that this season has been, to me, the best season of True Blood so far, after season 1 (which for sentimental reasons is my favourite). There has been method to the usual chaos and for the first time there wasn't a weak episode where I would question my motivation to continue watching this show (Okay, there never was THAT far of a threat for me, but there were some pretty sh***y episodes in past seasons).

I was immensely relieved to see all vamp-camp prisoners saved and you are right, the feeling of emotional gratification after first witnessing the gruesome justice served upon the tormentors, and then the triumphant smile of Sarah Newlin being replaced by hysterical screams after seeing her evil plan go to hell, was divine. No pun intended. Tee hee.
I am a bit embarrassed to admit that I was disappointed when Jason pu**ied out and didn't pull that trigger. I caught myself clenching my fists in anticipation of the outcome, and the disappointment was almost tangible when he let her go. True, he made good points of not wanting to stoop to her level or have any more blood on his hands etc, but if this show has taught us anything, it is that some people (or creatures) are better-off dead, because the only result of sparing them is bound to backfire and bite them in the rear side. Simple as that. So I very much hope for a better closure next week, where we will all receive the long expected justice to be served on Sarah's righteous, overzealous butt. I'm sorry, I'm getting emotional here. :)

I liked how Terry got a proper goodbye tribute, and I realised that if it had been about any other character, I would have found those retrospective sequences quite boring. But for Terry I even cried a bit. Don't tell anyone!


I am not sure where Eric went, but I really wished for Pam and him to be a true reunion in store...I realise they are both too badass to start hugging or exchanging sentimentalities, but somehow I feel hungry for them as a team, it has been so long... It's like he hasn't just abandoned Pam in the last season, but me as well. Oh, Eric...

Oh, I forgot one more thing - Sookie and Warlow. Is it just me, or she doesn't seem as invested in the decision to marry him, despite her last episode's firm resolution? I feel like she will find a reason to bail out and I'm not sure if I will be relieved or disappointed by that. I feel it's about time her character evolved and developed in a positive way, instead of her being the perpetual annoying presence. If that takes her becoming a vampire bride, then by all means, she should become one. What's the worst that could happen? She certainly can't become more annoying than she already is. Or thin. Is she deliberately thinning out every time I see her? Sheesh!

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I really like the episode although I wished Eric would be thone to save the day...

1. I'm just so scared right now! they have been so many rumors stating that Alexander Skarsgard is leaving the show and that his character is going to die... I don't think I would keep watching True Blood without Eric Northman in it.

2. I loved Jason's reaction towards Sarah. How can someone speak for God or anybody for that matters? I hope she ends up being miserable but not dead...

3. Jason did the right thing by letting her live but he shouldn't have let her go.

4. I hope so since it's clear she doesn't deserve Erice :-)

5. balls rip-off, Alcide in a suit, the racists comments of Mama Bellefleur were just perfect, and of course Eric fucking Northman

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I'm a little confused or I'm not remember the dialog correctly. Bill found Dr Overlark bleeding to death and in pain. The doctor begged for death: he was in pain and knew death was coming anyway so he wanted it done quick.

Bill: Did you hurt Jessica?
Doctor: Yes
Bill: OK. Squish!

What would Bill have said if the Doctor honestly said No (I know he DID hurt her but let's just imagine he didn't)? Wouldn't letting him live for another 15minutes be more punishment? Wouldn't it be: if yes then let him suffer, if no then show mercy?
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I was thinking the same thing--> why did he end the guys suffering and give him a faster death?
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Yes, but the flipside is that Bill got the pleasure of stomping him and the satisfaction of knowing it was he and not Eric who killed him.
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I get the satisfaction thing... that squishy feeling under his shoe might have felt better than simply knowing the guy died in agony. But then, why make it sound like his answer made the choice for him? Wouldn't he have then just squished him anyway?

The dialog would've been better if he even just said like 2 words or something that made it sound like the doctor's answer didn't matter.
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Of course they wouldn't kill Sarah. Anna Camp has saved this season. I think they realize what a ball of energy she is in this role and want to keep her on as long as possible (ala Russell). I wouldn't be surprised if she survived the season.
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I agree so much. I hate her but love her butt. Actually, I thought they were ending True Blood this year. Because the Sookie story has been finished for a while; she's bored to death and it shows. It's time to quit
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Lafayettes "Hellooo boys" to the soldiers was priceless... I just love him ...

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I am glad Sarah didn´t get killed. I really injoy her as a crazed supervillain and i think she has a lot of tricks up her sleeves for the future. I hope to god they dont kill Eric... The Wookie -connection ...come on ... i am so done with that one... He is just so boooring. Had i been Sookie i would have keept Eric on the side to grant me some action once in a while... lol ...
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I'm so glad Jason didn't kill Sarah, not because she didn't deserve it, but because Jason isn't that person. Great acting from Ryan Kwanten too, that whole scene was great. It was good to see someone being conflicted about killing in a show that is epicly violent. It was such a contrast seeing old Sookie in the flashback, compared to now Sookie. I miss old Sookie.
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Favourite parts of the episode: Lafayettes eyelashes, castration and Ginger.... Such a good episode over all!
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why didn't Jason kill Sarah! He was right there!
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Also, I forgot to comment about it lastnight, but Bill saving the crew instead of Eric totally messed with my head and all I could think of before going to bed was about the consequences of this act.. I mean, they basically drank a cocktail of Lillith & Warlow blood so, are they gonna start seeing naked ladies covered in red goo? are they going to have telekitenic powers? can they fly now? will they have visions of the future? How long untill they start showing signs and how long will this last???
I need answers and I can't wait for next week!!
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Hard to say. I think his taking of Lillith's blood was more symbolic than chemical.

The other Authority vamps each took a small amount and just acted high. Bill drank maybe 1/2 or 1/4 of a liter of blood and got insane powers.

Considering True Blood's universe has magic / ghosts / etc. my guess is Bill drinking the whole thing and defeating the other Authority Lillith-wanna-be's made Lillith spirit "approve" of his taking of her abilities. So the other vamps will probably just become 2 kinds of high: Lillith-high and Faery-high.
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You definitely can't say it's more symbolic than chemical. He has survived multiple stakings and has telekenitc powers. There is symbolism but it is heavily chemical.
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I don't mean his status is symbolic... but whether-or-not he GOT the powers. Obviously SOMETHING has changed with him since he's nearly invulnerable and has TK. But was it a chemical-reaction (or mutation) from the blood? Or was it because the "Ghost of Lillith" decided he "wins" and gets her powers. Because ultimately, there wasn't THAT much Lillith-blood for him to drink. As (assuming Bill isn't just crazy-pants) the Ghost of Lillith said that she was watching the whole Authority-thing and was glad he won and became worthy.
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I'm really concern for Eric too!! specially because there are rumors of the actor leaving the show..so...I really dont want him dead or gone...I don't know he got to do some thinking Nora would have wanted him to stick with Willa and Pam...so...

2.- I hope she does...I really really hate her...and I believe it was truthful to the character that Jason wouldn't kill her, but I so wanted him to...so...hopefully she will die.

4.- I think she believes she will, but the last shot of warlow when she left him to go to the funeral...well I don't know his look gave me something or maybe I'm imagining things, so maybe he will be killed or something, or Nial could come back and reveal the true intentions of warlow, I still don't think he is truly good...besides Charlaine Harris, said that sookie would never become a vampire, and I believe in the books she doesn't and I know that they have changed many things from the books ( I haven't read them) but this one thing maybe they should respect

5.- Mostly the funeral....the flashback it was so so nice, I was teary eyed...but that's not to say that vamp camp gory wasn't great!! mostly Eric and Pam, well yes billith save the day in the end..but I don't feel compelled to him
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Best part...... BALLS and PENIS getting ripped off!!!!!First time in tv/movie history!!!!!!!!
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Terrific episode. Great gore. It seems this writer has remembered how fun supernatural beings can be. Steve's 'I love you Jason Stackhouse' and Ginger were hilarious.
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That was awesome I lol!!!! I will miss him!
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I have to confess that I skip most of the funeral. Terry was a fun character and all, but... bla. I wanted to see the vampires! And, boy, they know how to kill! Eric ripping it off the doctor's penis was... disturbing. And he was still alive for Bill to step on his head!!! Wow!
I still can't believe that Sarah Newlin is alive. I didn't expected Jason to kill her but I thought that the vampire would chase her or something.
I don't care about Sookie or Warlow (the guy is cute, but the whole "I waited 2000 years for you" is too much for me). Marry the guy, don't marry the guy, whatever, as long as Sookie doesn't go back to Eric-Bill-who-should-I-choose crap, for me she can move in to the fairy land for good.
But the best part of the episode was, for sure "I love you... Jason Stackhouse!" And the look on Jason's face... Priceless.
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Honestly think this was the best episode they've ever made. Great review, as always.
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How can you say that with a straight face? This is by far the worst episode of True Blood, ever made. Ever. I never realized Terry was such a huge main character that deserved a 3 episode send off. Godric, Eric's 2,000 year old maker had one episode about his death and that was pretty much it. I thought Terry was an awesome character but this could have been wrapped up much sooner. The funeral scenes completely took away from the climax at the camp. They felt more like commercial breaks than suspense builders. I actually would have almost preferred commercial breaks. I think grandma Belfeur summed up the episode when she said "what was the point of that?". I mean seriously what was the point of this long drawn out funeral with this song at the end combined with Jason's struggle to kill or not to kill Sarah. Where were all the sun screened vamps? How many times were they going to go over the story about Terry being a returned solider suffering from PTSD? We have known this about Terry for 6 seasons. He has issues. We get it. And last season's smoke monster story? This storyline has carried into this season. The show is about vampires and that's the show's strong suit at this point. Strong enough to carry the show on it's own. No more side story fillers please. The sam/alcide storyline was almos it's own horrible show. In no way did any of the side stories connect with the main plot this season. In all previous true blood seasons everyone has to meet up at mid-point season, come to terms with their differences and vanquish the villain. This season was completely fragmented. To say this episode is the best episode ever and completely disregard the awesomeness that was Godric's send off scene, which took 5 minutes to convey more emotion and symbolism than what Terry's one hour funeral failed to accomplish.
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I liked the idea of a guardian protecting the vampire race and it would be sad if that guardian is lost.
only one episode is left and as always they will leave us on a cliffhanger I am afraid.
and regarding Warlow , he looks angry and perhaps Sookie broke her deal with him but in theory and using the scenario they are using in the show there is no one can stop a 5000+ year old vampire but His Maker or an Older which there is non ecept of Bill if his powers are still intact.
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Mmm, sing it Big John!
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I don't understand how Lily can manage to find a way to praise every single episode. Yes, this season has gotten a lot better than the previous ones but this episode was seriously a failed experiment. The "juxtaposition" was sloppy, obvious and the scenes that followed each other from the funeral to the facility had absolutely no connection at all.
I found myself thinking the same thing as the old lady after Big John's (who the eff was he indeed?) gong: "I don't see what the point in that was". Yeah, what was the point in a 30+ minute funeral? I seriously did not care about any of the speeches or the flashbacks.
And considering we're in episode 9 and this season is coming to a conclusion: The only story progression today was Bill saving the vampires. It still had dozens of unnecessary scenes (Eric going into the room where they infected his sister? Yeah, thx TB. We still remember) and thinking back little to nothing really happened.
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How can you seriously be angry at a show that dared to put a man having his genitals ripped off and his face stepped on next to a super saccharine funeral? What more do you want from you TV, free fries?
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I'm neither angry nor hungry. I just found the episode very boring and non-progressing as most parts of it seemed very filler and stretched out to me. The fact that they had some fun scenes in it did not make up for the big rest of the episode (at least for me).
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Well, fair enough. Believe me, its always easier to write a review when I'm talking about how much I dislike it. I'm looking as hard as I can for things to complain about but so far this season has been just so much my cup of tea. I can see the frustration with the funeral, but it was also nice to have the humans sort of off in a safe little place while the sh-t went down, so mentally I was comforted by that. Anyway you make your case & you're entitled to your opinion.
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I didn't like the Warlow bit, ut annoyingl enough, I guess it will be the main course for next week. After he pushed rutger hauer to another dimension, his story just died. There was nothing left to care about. Nobody even made a point about Rutger disappearing.

Will he return next week?
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Eric is in Hawaii telling the local vampires that they should not drink the tru blood.
sarah will be the next season villain, I think so, but I hope she dies next ep and start season 8 with a new villain instead.
it is part of Jason be a dumb hero, so instead of killing that whore choosed to keep her alive for next season.
i rally do not care about Sookie any more.
my favorite part...i love you... Jason Stackhouse! Funnier than any other in the series.
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I had to rewind 'I love you Jason Stackhouse' several times cos it was so freakin' funny. But I think 'Oh no, you did not just go there' was even funnier! Whilst that Psychiatrist was creepy, nasty and totally abused his position. I couldn't help but admire the way he basically told Eric to go f*** himself by revealing that he screwed Pam, instead of quaking in fear and pleading for his life.
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I did not stop laughing for 5 minutes after that I love you. The doctor was so creepy, but i missed a good death to him by Pam. Watching both dancing was not at all satisfiying. A dead like the other doctor I expected. Regards!
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The scene with the vampires feeding on Bill.. I can't make up my mind if that was the most disturbing scene I've ever seen or the coolest!
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I never thought I'd ever say this, but I felt offended by the parallel between the funeral and the vampire massacre. It was incredibly bad taste to connect the two, what connection?, and all that vampire joy was repulsive to me. They even found a way to belittle the funeral with Arlene's antics about the military 21 shots of honor.
Even making Bill a Messiah/Jesus figure was a terrible idea. I am even going to be obliged to say what I hoped I'd never have to say in my life, but this idea of Bill as Jesus Christ is Satanist. I can't believe I just used that word, but I can't see how not to. I have no idea where TPTB want to go with this, but so far I just don't like it.
I would have liked Eric as a man, his attitude in life and decisiveness, and his strong stands. Otherwise, I am having less and less sympathy with the other vampires in the series and Sookie is just redundant, which is probably the worst thing one can say about a fictional character. I am not surprised that Chemaine Harris wants to kill the series, she saw this episode in post production and said to herself, this is bullshit.
Above all that Jason let's Sarah go, after all the degenerate, fascist, genocidal, monstruous things she did. I'm just glad I had an empty stomach when I saw this.
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You're definitely reading more into it than there is. I'm just surprised you held through 6 seasons and those cuts finally became the trigger to offend you.
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You are right.It was a first reaction and I had time to review my opinion and I thank you for your comment.Please, forget all the Satanist and other references I made which were plain silly.
I guess I was really initially offended by this episode because it was by far the most anti human in the series so far and it took me by surprise.Watching it, we don't seem to have a single redeeming quality; we are either socially impaired as Arlene,evil as Sarah, useless as Jason and even a "half-human" as Sookie is moronic beyond words.
On the other hand,after having Pam recently explained the extreme narcissism,amoral,peerpetually evil nature of vampires, they are shown not only triumphant, but even bestowed upon a Jesus figure, with all its implications, as Billith.If that beatitude was meritorious,that would be half the issue, because this is after all a pro-vampire series, and one has to accept this or reject this as it is. I accept it and am a fan of the series, with reservations.
The main one is consistency. We have seen how Bill evolved and frankly none of it, even as a vampire, makes him unworthy of his actual transformation.Eric has shown to be the more deserving vampire for "vampire sainthood" with his relationship to Godric, his valiant savior of the vampires in this death camp, as a loyal and true friend for his proginy and his kin.
Even if we don't believe Pam, as to the inherent evil of vampires, then we surely should trust Wallow, as the first vampire and the first hunter of vampires to exist.After annihilating Lillith, he has spent the last six millenia fighting and attempting to eradicate her children.But he is totally defeated, isolated and useless even in conquering the heart of Sookie.Facing that we see a triumphant daywalking horde of vampires loose o the world; and I ask myself: where is our human Eric Northman, where is our true hero?Maybe "offended" was no the right choice of word. maybe it is "extremely disappointed" that Sarah Newlin is one that should represent us.
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You know its alright to feel conflicted about watching a show, to even take a break and say "They went too far for me I don't know if I can follow them there." I mean, if you're troubled rather than entertained, that's your true reaction and watching TV shouldn't feel like putting your hand through a pasta press. However the idea of a Jesus, or at least "saviour" figure is played out in almost every series and story in some form (thanks to the Joseph Campbell story circle)- when I watched it I didn't immediately see a Christ figure (I was too surprised Eric wasn't hte one in the tank) I saw the Campbell Saviour figure, but certainly in retrospect with him collapsed and then coming back etc yeah, there are parallels there that go further than the Campbell story wheel. If it really bothers you then I think you're justified in taking a break if you need to, DVR the next episode and watch it or not as you choose. I used to chase down Katt Williams comedy sets and then in his most recent stand up special he started throwing out really homophobic material and I couldn't even watch the old stuff without feeling troubled about it. We all have comfort zones and sometimes its good to grow them and sometimes its good to just be like "I don't need to see someone's head cut in half during horror movie. I'd rather put together a puzzle." That's cool too

But I wouldn't see the vampires as evil- I think James (Luke Grimes) character and the resilience of the vampries in captivity has done a lot of work in showing vampires do have choice and love and humanity...but this is a conversation we could have all day with the conflicting care/disconnect all the vampires have shown toward their human friends
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Addition to the below:
I have reread your comment and would like to point out that
But I wouldn't see the vampires as evil- I think James (Luke Grimes) character and the resilience of the vampries in captivity has done a lot of work in showing vampires do have choice and love and humanity...
is precisely my issue, when you state spontaneously that James feel love and humanity. Vampires by definition cannot feel love nor do they want to feel humanity, which food and nothing but food for them. It's that feeling between what is a vampire and what is a human being the issue. If they are undistinguishible, then there is no point in using them as tropes.
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Thank you for your very thoughtful reply, dear Lily. The savior figureas you mention and I have alluded to is ereally the top of the iceberg for me. Ever since the Forever Knight series, vampires have radically changed their trope from the monsters of tradition into a redeeming character. In that initial series, we still saw the monster vampire depicted as degenerate members of the species, and that already raised questions. When Angel became the triumph it was, it opened the gate to all sorts of literature aimed at a more mature audience, but also to a younger female audience because of its link with Buffy. As you know, Angel was supposedly the most savage of vampires called Angel as an ironic moniker and then an event made him seek back his soul , which again pushed the boundaries of blurring the lines between vampire the monster and the teenage heart throb, cute and heroic vampires.
Well, this went on until True Blood, where vampires in effect are completely blurred from their monster persona.This change is due to True Blood, a substance blood surrogate which replenish vampires and makes it futile for the vampire to consider humans as food. The series began as the fight for Vampire Rights to be treated as humans and in effect, other than Eric and Pam, all the vampires initially behaved as humans.The rest of the series revealed litle by little that True Blood was a lie and they always were the monsters they always were described to be, except for a few characters, mainly Jessica, who wanted to be "humanly normal".
Now, we have reached the extraordinary situation where everybody is a monster to a degree or in Sookie and Jason cases, morons. It is not so much as I have personally reached my limits , but the series has. Unless, there is a radical remedy, this cannot head except in total annihilation and an appocalypse of both sides. I just feel strongly as a fan, that the series should not end that way.
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What's wrong with Satanists?
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What's right about Satanists?
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Why are you even watching a show about vampires?
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They aren't Christians.
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Ok, I misunderstood but while I agree there are stupid people everywhere and in every group I think atheists have less stupid people imo:-)
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You misunderstood what I said. There are at least two groups who call themselves Satanists who are in fact atheists who believe in no god or other supernatural being. Just because there are atheists who call themselves Satanists isn't to say all atheists are Satanists or that the atheists that call themselves Satanists even make any damn sense. There are stupid atheists just like there are stupid people in every group. If you want more info, look up satanists on wikipedia.
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regarding your comment below: it is an insult to atheists to say they call themselves satanists (or to equate satanists and atheists in any manner). It is contradictory and illogical and all atheists I know are very logical. To believe in Satan is to believe in Christianity which is something atheists do not believe in and hence why they are called atheists.
shit, I promised myself not to get into religious or political debates but that comment just pushed the right button and I was insulted.
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There's too many groups that call themselves Satanists for me to agree or disagree with you. If they really believe in Satan, you've got a point, if you believe in Satan, you believe in the God of Abraham, etc, but most of them don't even believe in anything. It's just a stupid name for atheists who want to sound like rebels.
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As are the other religions.My opinion is that they go so much out of their way not to be Christians, that they end up playing very much into the Christian plyground, if you follow my drift.
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And yet, they've caused less damage to the world than xtians.
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So are other people from other religions.
Actually, Satanists are your run of the mill materialist narcissists according to their so called "bible", with living life to its fullest excesses as their leitmotiv .There is no moral vision at all.But they are not dangerous.
The really dangerous, and thank God very rare, lethal category are the Luceferians.These are the people who sacrifice human vagrants with no social ties and sometimes babies.The major one is in central europe and I have heard hushed rumours of them just because I was a professional occultist for four decades and worked for many years in one of the most famous occult bookstores in Paris.
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"Arlene's funeral outfit: What widow in her right mind wears fake eyelashes, a mantilla, and a minidress that shows hella cleavage to a funeral? Did she borrow that getup from Sookie?"

"But all was forgiven when she then ushered us into a delightful flashback featuring Arlene wearing that fake fringe. Faux bangs! I want them. I want to dye my hair a nice shade of carrot and wear fake bangs and work at a diner. Are those unattainable goals?"


Seriously, Lily, you sound like a jealous 3 years old who's hating on the other girls because they are prettier than you. Your hate for Sookie/Arlene is quite unreasonable. Every episode you are making fun of them, it's just ridiculous. I just don't get it. Is it a girl thing? <
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I don't like to feed the trolls but I have to make a few points here. A) When I criticize what Arlene's wearing I'm actually calling out the costume designer. Because Arlene and Sookie aren't real people and didn't pick out their clothes. B) I have been consistently annoyed with the characterization of Sookie throughout this season and last and the one before. I also get pretty pissed off at Sam and Alcide every episode, neither of whom are female. And I always make sure to emphasize I'm unhappy with the characters (AKA THE WRITING) not the actors.
Its a huge, sexist disservice me as a writer to disqualify my criticism as being a "girl thing". Grow up.
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Ha-ha. I've never been called a troll, that's a fist. Okay, I'll bite.

A) You never specified that, you could have easily said something along the lines of "the True Blood costume design borrowed Sookie's getup and used it to dress Arlene", which brings me to B) saying both Arlene and Sookie like to wear a "minidress that shows hella cleavage" is in itself sexist.

I apologize for the last sentence in my first comment, I realize it comes off all kinds of wrong, and I didn't mean it in THAT way.

Also, it's not criticism if you are constantly putting them down in each review. It's blatantly hatred towards both characters.
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Thanks for clarifying and the apology, I don't like to be over sensitive but the "girl thing" stuff has been coming at me thick and fast recently and like Jennifer Lopez I have had Enough. Clearly, due to how amiably you're responding you are no troll, so I apologize for rushing in with that label.
My point in saying I have constantly been putting Sookie down is that at least I'm consistent- my anger doesn't rear its head when I notice her in a particularly sexy outfit. Sexy outfits are great! Like basketball shoes, they serve a purpose, but neither are for funerals.
I am struggling with your definition of sexist. It is not sexist to point out that Arlene was dressed inappropriately for a funeral. It's also not sexist to point out two individual characters often wear mini dresses and show hella cleavage if they actually do. What would be sexist is if I then made an assumption that ALL women like to wear mini dresses and show hella cleavage. If I said "Arlene, like most women of our time, dressed way too sexy!" then that would be a sexist statement. (PS, obviously the women of our time dress in very varying degrees of sexy from Dubai to Louisville)
The fact Arlene was wearing such a weirdly glamorous widow outfit was a goof by the costumer who is, after all, trying to make the scene look good and in his/her haste to make the actress looked great forgot that a lot of grieving people show up at funerals looking like they've been hit by a truck and don't care how they look at all and given the realism they've been giving this storyline, that would have resonated more with the character. I really don't think I have to ALWAYS qualify the difference between actor/character/writer/costume designer/executive producer's decisions in a review. When I say, "What was Eric thinking" I am never going to qualify that with "And by that I mean the writer who wrote his dialogue and the writing room that broke the beats for this script and season" There just isn't enough space in my word count, hon. LONGEST COMMENT EVER.
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Ignore the trolls. They dress like crap because they are poor ignorant tasteless characters. I sometimes like and sometimes dislike them but I don't see them shopping at Saks or even Target (lol) much less reading Vogue. They go for that white trash look (I'll draw the trolls to me) which is perfect for their characters. Seriously, did they ever strike you as classy or stylish. Oh yeah, I'm a woman so I must be jealous of these characters who dress bad--slutty and not sexy (there is a difference).
When a male reviewer makes disparaging comments (that may or may not be true) about a characters appearance, are they called sexist or jealous.
What woman would be jealous of how Arlene or Sookie look/dress. The actresses when out of character and all glammed up for publicity photos look great but they don't dress like the characters they play
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Nope. I'm a girl and the constant ragging annoys me as well. If you hate these characters so much, why do reviews on the show? Some people might actually like all the characters. Not to mention, I don't care what they are wearing, I care about the storyline! Now don't get me wrong, I read these flash reviews because they are often entertaining but is it really necessary to constantly hate on certain characters? You dislike them, okay. We don't expect you to lie and say you love them. But rattling off all the bad things you personally think about them, the things they say/do/wear gets old pretty fast.
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Thank you!

I feel the same way, the constant bashing of Sookie's character is getting on my last nerve.
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While Bill faffs around Eric gets shit done. Eric's da man! And also I don't know anyone that makes massacre and gore look quite as good as Alexander Skarsgård. Even covered in blood that man still looks beautiful
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You could argue that it was the other way round. Whilst Eric faffing around playing vampire Santa Claus and ripping out gonads. Bill got in there and went straight for the gang. They'd all be dead if they waited for Eric. I agree with you about Alex though. :-D
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You say this but he was there to save Pam et al. I have faith he would have gotten there in time and instead of playing Jesus Vampire, sacrificing himself for the cause, he would have just ripped out the door and let them all out. No faff style.
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and then what? They all sit around until nightfall and hope that the humans don't realise what has happened and send in the troops? either way they needed to drink some faerie blood so they could leave straight away and destroy all the contaminated True Blood.
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Good episode. They spent too much time on the funeral, and I thought the flashbacks were a waste of time, since they didn't move the plot forward. It's also too late to let us get to know the character better now that he's dead. But I liked that old lady and her inappropriate comments. I especially liked "is that a boy or a girl?", because my grandfather once did the exact same thing when he saw one of my brother's friends. (That friend didn't look anything like LaFayette. He just had long hair). Just like that old lady, he also said it pretty loud so that everyone could hear it.

The jailbreak stuff was of course very good. But since when does the effect of fairy blood last that long? And since when is it enough to drink the blood of a vampire who recently drank fairy blood? When Russell drank some, the effect only lasted a minute. Billith walked around there for like an hour, and was able to pass the ability on to others.

As someone else said below, this episode was better directed and edited than most.

It's a bit disappointing (in this episode and several of the previous ones) that Sookie wasn't more concerned about the fact that Tara and Jessica were about to die. Maybe Billith never told her the whole story, but in that case, *that's* equally disturbing.

If Arlene's outfit was inappropriate for a funeral, then how about LaFayette's absurd eyelashes? The fake eyelashes on this show often irritate me, because they're so exaggerated and noticeable, but this was far worse than anything we've seen before. They were like an inch long. They would be inappropriate even in a drag show.
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