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Why Bran and Hodor are Sitting Out Season 5 of Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones showrunner David Benioff explains the decision to keep Bran and Hodor out of Season 5. Given the shoe’s seven year narrative plan, Bran’s storyline has run out for now and it made more sense to bench him and focus on other characters.  Fear not-Bran will be back.

Read more from EW’s Inside TV: http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/11/05/game-of-thrones-why-bran-season-5/?xid=email-gameofthrones-20141106-maintitl

What Are You Watching?

The Fall TV Premiere season is underway.  The networks are vying for your eyes.  They want your viewership.  Nowadays, a new show can face peril after one bad night.

That said, what are you watching?

I’m hooked on Gotham already.  It’s gritty and dark.  It’s a police procedural set in a fictitious world where we know the main characters…or better yet, we know who the main characters will become.  There are Easter Eggs and double entendres aplenty if you pay close attention.  Technology exists, and yet the cars are from the 70s and 80s, though they look very new.  It’s an exciting concept, and I’m eager to see how it plays out.

What are you watching?

True Blood Finale: Thank You, A Reflection

It was oddly fitting to have both a wedding and a Thanksgiving dinner in the final episode of True Blood. The citizens of Bon Temps have always celebrated family and friendships, and this episode encapsulated all of this.

The wedding reunited best friends Hoyt and Jason, past lovers Sookie and Bill, family members Bill and Andy, and it brought everyone involved closer together. Jessica is Bill’s vampire daughter, Andy is a descendant of the Bellefleur-Compton bloodline, Arlene married into the Bellefleur family; now they are all together under one roof…and Andy is marrying Jessica even though she killed his other faery daughters. This scene packed an emotional, and symbolic, wallop.

At the end of the episode, pregnant Sookie is helping to prepare a huge feast for Thanksgiving. It’s an outdoor meal with Sam and Arlene’s kids at the kid table and a larger table for the adults. Looking around the table you see how much this group cares about each other. Here you have people from all walks of life, human and vampire, current and former lovers, gay and straight…and the only thing that matters is that they love each other.

Does it matter who the mystery man is who got Sookie pregnant? My take-no, it doesn’t. There was no point in revealing his identity in the brief final moments of the show. We can safely assume he was human, and the main point is that she was happy. Everyone was happy.

I am going to miss the hell out of True Blood. Thank you for the memories….

True Blood Series Finale Recap, S7E10: Thank You

True Blood Season 7, Episode 10: Thank You

Airdate:  August 24, 2014

Summary by: Sarabeth Pollock

The day has arrived.  It’s time to say goodbye to True Blood after seven lovely seasons.  I can’t believe the series finale is upon us.  It seems like a horrible dream, really.  My summertime once-guilty-pleasure-turned-television-sensation-that-everyone-watches is gone. 

I will truly miss this show that has come to mean so much to so many.    My heartfelt thanks go out to the cast and crew of True Blood.  Thank you for making my Sundays amazing for the past seven summers.

And now, on to the recap!

Bill goes inside Sookie’s house, and he looks around the room and comments that the living room is where he first called upon her.  She doesn’t think nostalgia belongs with suicidal thoughts.  He says the disease is making him feel more human than when he was human.  When he stopped in the cemetery he saw his gravestone and realized that he should be with his human family.  The gravestone as it stands now is a lie.  If he stays with Sookie, then he’d be denying her a real life.  He has seen her around children, how she lights up around them.  Bill wants Sookie to have a chance at children and grandchildren, and that’s not possible for her to have that life if she is with him.  Sookie thinks that Bill should just break up with her, since she can’t seem to get away from him.  He loves her too much to do that.  He asks her to perform the “ultimate kindness” on him, which would kill him and rid her of the line of vampire suitors who will be coming after her when he dies.  If she does this, it will set them both free.  Sookie thinks Bill needs to leave, and she threatens to rescind his invitation.  He asks her to think about it, and she says she will.  Bill takes one final look at Sookie in the room and leaves.

Cue the credits for the last time.  Thank you, too, Jace Everett.

The Yakuza are driving fast in their fast cars.  Mr. Gus is upstairs drinking.  Eric is in the basement staring at Sarah Newlin, who is chained up.  Eric wants to release Sarah.  He tells Pam that they’re going to kill Mr. Gus and steal New Blood from him.  Eric has Pam feed Sarah her blood so they can always find her when she’s frightened.  They let her go, but Eric reminds her that everywhere she goes, everyone wants her dead.  And as much as Eric and Pam hate her, they’re going to be her best friends. 

Sarah escapes, and Mr. Gus demands to know how Eric could let her escape.  Pam and Eric take out the guards before they can pull their guns on them.  Mr. Gus retreats through the tunnel.  Pam wants to chase him, but Eric has a gas can and a lighter.  “Humans are slow,” he says.  After Mr. Gus blows up, Eric races to Sookie’s house, where the Yakuza are about to attack her.  Sookie gets out of bed, dressed in a night shirt, and goes to the window.  Eric has already stolen their car, though, and he speeds away, covered in blood.

Meanwhile, Sarah is eating leftover carnival food in a carousel.  Pam finds her.  Sarah tells Pam that she’s there because that’s where Eric turned Willa into a vampire.  She read it in Bill’s book.  Sarah asks Pam if she’s a horrible person, which Pam can’t argue with.  She thinks she’d make a great vampire, but Pam doesn’t think so.  Sarah has spent so much time working behind powerful men but perhaps she was supposed to be behind a powerful woman all along.  A vampire lesbian, Pam scoffs.  When Sarah mentions Tara, Pam attacks her.  She tells Sarah she’d never let her go down on her for a billion dollars, but she does want her blood.  So she takes it.

Bill sees that Jessica is home, and that Hoyt is with her.  Hoyt is happy to see Bill and asks if he got the blood from him.  Jessica tells Bill that she doesn’t want him to die, but she’ll be ok if he does die.  Bill hugs her and says it’s what he needed to hear.  Bill asks if Hoyt’s decision to stay is because of Jessica, and Hoyt says absolutely yet.  Bill wonders if Hoyt will one day ask Jessica to marry him, and while Jessica responds with shock, Hoyt says yes.  Jessica pulls Bill away and tells him that she has already dreamed of a wedding, but not like this.  Bill explains that love can happen in an instant.  He never got to give his mortal daughter away, so this is his chance to make up for that.  He has no idea how much time he has left, but he wanted to be sure she was “spoken for” before he dies.  They hug.  She asks Bill to wait a moment while she and Hoyt talk.  She wants to ask Hoyt if he will marry her today.

Sookie is sitting in the dining room in her pajamas.  She looks out the window and sees herself as a child running through the rain with Tara.  Tara is trying to get away from the rain because of what it does to her hair.  We see Gran in the kitchen, telling the girls to call her when it’s raining, but it’s all a ploy to get hot chocolate.  When Gran goes into the laundry room, she hears Tara wondering when Jason is getting home.  Tara asks who she likes, but Sookie isn’t sure about boys, or marriage.  Gran stops her from thinking that way, telling her that she can do anything she wants to do.  She makes Tara promise that she’ll hold Sookie to that promise if Gran isn’t around.

Once Sookie is dressed, she heads to Jason’s house, where Brigette answers the door.  Jason is still sleeping.  Sookie wonders about Brigette, considering that she’s wearing his boxers, but she hears her thoughts and they didn’t sleep together.  Sookie uses coffee to wake her brother up, and once Jason is awake she tells him about Bill’s plan for her to use her ball of faery light.  She has given it a lot of thought, and Bill looks horrible, but she’s not sure that she wants to give everything up right now.  Jason can’t believe that Sookie is asking him advice.  He says he loves her.  Their phones ring.  Hoyt is calling Jason to ask if he will be his best man, while Jessica wants to know if Sookie has anything that will work as a wedding dress.  What on earth went on last night?

Later that day, the Stackhouse siblings leave Sookie’s house dressed for a wedding.  Bill is dressed in a fine suit, drinking a glass of blood and dressed for a wedding.  Arlene, Holly and Andy pull up, wondering why Jessica wants to be married so fast. Could she be pregnant?  Holly thinks baby vamps would be cute.  Bill calls Andy into his study.  Andy had heard Bill was sick but had no idea how bad it was.  Bill sits Andy down and tells him that Andy is his only living heir.  When he dies, the house and everything he owns goes to Andy.  Bill wants Andy to rent the house to Jessica and Hoyt.  “Copy that, Vampire Bill,” Andy says.  “Consider it done.” 

Jason finds Hoyt getting ready upstairs.  Hoyt wonders if he should call Brigette.  Jason says it’s a terrible idea.  Hoyt apologizes for Jason’s eye, and Jason apologizes for Hoyt’s tie, so he fixes it for him.  Besides, taking a shot in the eye is worth it to get his best friend back.  Hoyt recalls a movie about a man who has amnesia and wakes up with a new life.  Jason reminds him that they rented that movie together.  Jason says they have to live every day like they’re going to die.  Embrace everything.  “Let’s do this shit,” Jason says.

Arlene wanders through the mansion.  She finds Jessica’s room and knocks on the door.  Sookie says they need another minute, but when Arlene walks in, she says that Jessica is beautiful.  Sookie finds Bill downstairs and says that Jessica would like him to walk her down the aisle.  Of course he would.  He finds Jessica sitting on the steps looking beautiful in her cream-colored dress.  He says she looks beautiful. 

Bill and Jessica enter the living room where their friends and family have assembled.  Andy prepares to speak, but he asks Arlene to turn down the music.  “Oh shit, I forgot!” she exclaims.  Andy apologizes for his notes.  He begins the ceremony as Jessica and Hoyt stare lovingly into each other’s eyes.  Bill gives his vampire daughter away.  When he says the words, Jessica hugs him.  He goes to sit down next to Sookie, and suddenly Sookie can hear Bill’s thoughts for the first time ever.  She hears him think about how much he loves Sookie.  Andy continues that the state of Louisiana might not recognize their marriage, but he does.  They don’t have vows written down, and they don’t have rings, so they’re improvising.  As they exchange their vows, Bill prays for Sookie to choose this life for herself.  Jessica babbles through the vows and needs more tissue.  Jason, Holly and Arlene look on in pride.  Andy pronounces them husband and wife.  Everyone cheers.

Jason pulls his squad car up at his house.  Sookie reveals that she could hear Bill’s thoughts, and that he had said this disease was making him feel more human. She said he was thinking all the right things that you’d want to hear from someone who loves you.  Brigette comes out, and Sookie tells Jason that she’d approve if he slept with her on the way to the airport.  She likes Brigette, and the fact is, she isn’t Hoyt’s girl anymore.

Sookie arrives at the church.  She finds Reverend Daniels sitting in a pew.  She asks if it’s ok for her to come in.  He says he’s writing the week’s sermon.  She asks if he ever hears from God, but the good Reverend says he knows that Sookie is there to ask him advice.  Sookie says the world used to be a simpler place back before vampires and werewolves came out.  He says that Sookie is a telepath.  “And a faery,” she adds.  He smiles.  He knows how much she has done for the community.  She is questioning her role, and he says that God gave us brains to exercise free will.  His message hits home.  She starts to leave, then she gives him advice on his sermon.  “Help is on its way,” she says.

Sookie calls Bill and says that she’s made arrangements at the cemetery.  She’ll meet Bill there after sundown.  She dresses in black and leaves the cheery yellow house on her way to help Bill find peace.  As she walks through the cemetery she sees that a grave has been dug.  A coffin is at the bottom of the grave. 

Bill leaves his house and starts walking.  He announces himself, and she says that she’s been standing there for a while.  She wants to know why he has a coffin.  He explains that it was because it was easier for soldiers’ families if they have coffins.  She hugs him and says she doesn’t want to do this.  “It’s time,” he says.  They kiss.  Tears stream down Sookie’s face.  “Thank you,” Bill says.  He jumps down into the grave and lifts the lid.  Inside is a box.  It’s a photograph of Bill with his daughter, the one we saw him take in one of the visions.  Sookie cautions that he should get in before she loses her nerve.  Bill clutches the photograph and says he’s ready.  “Bill, I’ll never forget you,” she says.  Bill can’t say the same—he doesn’t know what happens next.

Sookie conjures the ball of light.  Bill lies down.  She stares at it as it pulses in her hand.  She says that she didn’t understand the gravity of what he was asking her to give up.  She said being a faery is a part of her, whether or not she likes it.  And so is Bill.  And he always will be.  But she can’t give it up for him.  She wants to know if he still wants to die.  “Please,” he says.  She breaks a shovel and tosses the stake into the hole, then she crawls after it.  She straddles him and asks if he’s sure. They kiss.  “I love you, Bill Compton,” she says.  “I love you, too,” he says. 

She positions the stake over his heart.  She hesitates, and so he helps her to stake him.  He explodes underneath her, and she sobs.  Sookie is covered in blood when she steps out of the coffin.  She closes the lid and sits down on it, crying harder.  She climbs out of the hole and starts covering the coffin with dirt using her bare hands.  When she leaves the cemetery, she walks away.

A year later…

Eric Northman is pitching his New Blood for a TV commercial.  He and his associate, Pam, have found a cure for Hep-V in the blood of Sarah Newlin.  They tell the story of how they found Sarah, and though she escaped, they were able to synthesize the few drops of blood they found into…New Blood!

Three years later…

Pam and Eric go public with New Blood at the New York Stock Exchange. 

The following Thanksgiving…

A turkey is being fried while a pregnant Sookie gets dinner ready.  Jason is prowling the floor with his three kids.  Poor Brigette looks exhausted.  That would be three kids in three years, if you’re counting.  Sam and Nicole show up with his baby girl and older daughter.

Eric and Pam rule over Fangtasia while they accept money from vamps who want to drink directly from Sarah, who is still tied up.  She’s haunted by the ghost of Steve Newlin.  It’s Thanksgiving, and Steve thinks that they should say what they’re thankful for.  He’s glad she’s losing her mind, so he can haunt her every day until she dies, and perhaps after that.  He wants to know what she’s thankful for. “Nothing,” she says.

The Bon Temps family is gathered around a huge dinner table.  Everybody is happy and healthy.  Andy.  Holly.  Wade and Adilyn. Arlene. Hoyt and Jessica. James and Lafayette.  Jason and Brigette.  And Sookie and…well, we don’t know who he is.  But she’s pregnant and happy.

I will probably think of something more fitting to say tomorrow.  But for now…thank you, True Blood.

True to the End

I remember walking through San Diego Comic Con in 2008 and seeing ads for a drink called Tru Blood in the Sails Pavilion.  They were all over.

When the show premiered, people who were Charlaine Harris fans didn’t know how true (no pun intended) Alan Ball would be to the source materials, namely the books thr characters were based upon.  Indeed, if Ball had stayed to the books, then we would have lost Lafayette very early in season one. 

The show has made stars of the cast, who are greeted each year by thousands of fans at SDCC. Even short term cast members find fame through their association.  Ashley Hinshaw plays Hoyt’s girlfriend Brigette. She has been in the final four episodes and somehow she has gained superstar status worldwide.  The show has that kind of power.

True Blood pushed boundaries, using vampires and supernatural creatures as metaphors for real-life issues facing our nation and the world at large.  In a short amount of time, True Blood went from guilty summer television to a must-watch cultural phenomenon.

And so tonight when we say goodbye to Sookie and Bill and the good people of Bon Temps, we lose a small piece of TV history. But history tells us that True Blood will never fade into the night.  With rumors of a musical, there is always a chance that our favorite show might be resurrected in another form.

Hello Doctor Who, Goodbye True Blood

This weekend is going to be bittersweet.  On Saturday we welcome Peter Capaldi as the12th Doctor.  On Sunday we say goodbye to True Blood, a show that has become an icon for summer television guilty pleasures over the last seven years.

Right as I started to really enjoy Matt Smith’s Doctor (which happened to coincide with the departure of Amy Pond) the BBC announced that a new Doctor was nigh.  Now, here we stand on the threshold of a new Doctor, and there are rumors that Jenna Louise Coleman is already out.  I loved the Eccleston and Tennant years because they were driven by strong stories. Russell T. Davies, the showrunner at the time, had a strong sense of how to write an episode. Then Moffat came in and made it the Amy Pond show and completely changed the nature of the beast.  So I am now afraid to fall in love with any of the characters.  But I still love Doctor Who and I am thrilled about Peter Capaldi.

On a sadder note, I don’t want True Blood to go away. It has been my escapist show.  It makes you laugh, cry, yell, and blush all the time.  If you have to make it end, can we please get a Pam and Eric spinoff? That would be great.  The plot has twisted and turned, for better and for worse, but we fans always come back for more.

So Mr. Capaldi, I bid you welcome!

True Blood, thanks for the memories.

True Blood Recap S7E9 Love is to Die

Bill tries to explain to Jessica and Sookie that he has accepted his fate.  Pam reminds everyone to keep it down while the Yakuza is upstairs.  Sookie tells Bill that if he chooses death he is giving up on both of them.  Bill settles on the True Death and Sookie slaps him.  Twice.  She’s on to a third time when Eric grabs her hand and stops her.  Eric tells Bill to leave, but before he does, Jessica asks Bill to release her.  He doesn’t just release her.  He makes an Emmy-worthy speech about righting the wrongs of making her in the first place.  Blood tears fall down her cheeks as he releases her, and then he turns and leaves.  Eric hugs Sookie and says he’s sorry.  Pam embraces a sobbing Jessica, but she tells her that she’s paying for the jacket if there is blood on it. 

Five minutes into the penultimate episode and Bill has chosen the True Death, and he’s released Jessica.  Wow.

Sookie and Jessica arrive back at Sam’s house via Alcide’s truck.  Jessica checks it out and declares it safe.  Inside, they find that Sam has packed up.  He left two envelopes on the table.  One is for Sookie.  As she reads it, we see Sam packing up with Nicole.  He’s convinced that he needs to be there for his child.  He’s going to Chicago, and he isn’t saying goodbye.  In fact, he wants Sookie to visit.  As they drive past Bellefleur’s Nicole acknowledges that he’s giving up on a lot.  But Sam doesn’t see it that way.

Next they head to Bellefleur’s, where Arlene is having a party.  Andy and Holly are there, with Lafayette and James and Jason.  Sookie announces that Sam is gone, and she asks to speak with Andy.  The other letter is for him, and she figures that he’d like to read it in private.  It isn’t a long letter—it’s Sam’s resignation as mayor.

James approaches Jessica and apologizes for the way things went down.  She tells him that she doesn’t know a lot about him, which is what Lafayette told her back at Sookie’s party.  She is sorry for never asking those questions, and she wants to know that he’s happy.  James says he is happy.  Jessica asks James to make sure Sookie gets home safely.  Then she leaves.

Hoyt is watching television while Brigette does dishes.  She is upset and wants to talk about the night before.  She feels he owes her an explanation about what he said about not having kids.  He says he just doesn’t know about having kids.  Brigette wants to know who the redhead was.  Hoyt says that he has never seen her before, but Brigette could see that she had been all doe-eyed with him.  She asks where he was all day, and at first Hoyt says he was with Jason, but then he admits that he’d been to see Jessica because he heard that Bill was dying.  They apologize to each other, and as he hugs Brigette there is a knock on the door.  It’s Jessica.  She has come to tell Hoyt that they knew each other.  She starts to explain everything and Brigette interrupts and says that she can’t listen to any of it.  She gives Hoyt an ultimatum that if he goes outside to listen to her then they are done.  Hoyt apologizes to Brigette and goes after Jessica.

Jessica tells Hoyt that Bill released her earlier, that there is a cure but he wouldn’t take it.  Hoyt wants to know why.  Jessica tells Hoyt that she doesn’t think that Bill understands how she feels.  She tells Hoyt that he was the first man she ever loved.  After all of the crap she’s been through tonight he was the only person she could think of to be with.  Hoyt tells her that he wants to hear their story.  He pulls her into his arms and hugs her.

Jason is at home when his phone rings.  It’s Brigette.  She asks Jason to come pick her up, since he’s the only person she knows in Bon Temps.  Brigette tells Jason that Jessica showed up.  That’s all Jason needs.  He’s on his way.

Big John has cooked up a huge feast.  Adilyn asks Sookie if she is going to join them for the big feast.  Arlene asks Adilyn if Sookie is ok.  When Adilyn says no, she goes after Sookie.  Sookie is happy that Arlene has Keith, who clearly makes her happy.  Sookie tells Arlene that Bill is dying and it’s her fault.  He’s going fast.  Sookie asks how Arlene has made it through so many heartaches.  Arlene knows that Sookie will get through it.  She wants Sookie to eat, and she ushers Sookie to the table.

There’s a knock at Bill’s door.  It’s Eric.  Eric comes inside and tells Bill that when he saw his family die he wanted to die.  Eric says that Hep-V attacks the spirit, and that he’s here for Sookie.  He wants Bill to see what he’s doing to Sookie.  Bill doesn’t think that Sookie would want them if not for the fact that she’s half-fae.  Bill recounts the dream that he had with Sookie rocking the baby.  He says that Sookie gave birth to death, that the baby was a black void.  He says that all they can do is offer her death, and after all he has done to her, she keeps coming back.  Bill asks Eric to bring Sookie so that he can explain it to her.  It’s the last favor that Bill will ever ask of him.  Eric pats his shoulder on his way out.  It’s a very tender parting.

Jason arrives at Hoyt’s, sirens blaring.  When he gets out, Hoyt belts him.  I guess Jessica told him what happened.  When he wakes up, Brigette is driving him to the hospital in the squad car.  She says he’s been out for five minutes, which makes him laugh.  She agrees to take him home.  But before they get there, Jason tells her openly that they won’t have sex.  Brigette seems very shocked to hear this, but I think that it was more for Jason than anything.

The Yacuza grab Sarah Newlin and take her upstairs.  Pam is waiting for her.  Sarah is screaming.  Pam tells her that she’s taking her back to being blonde.  Certainly not what Sarah was expecting.

Brigette is trying to book a flight back to Alaska but the ticketing agent isn’t helping at all.  Jason asks if it’s a man or woman.  He gets on the phone and starts sweet talking the agent to book the flight.  At the end of the call, Jason gets her to book the flight.  Brigette thanks him, telling him that it’s a big deal for her.  He leaves her to go to sleep, and then he returns to his la-z-boy and ices his face.  And his crotch.

Jessica offers to heal Hoyt’s hand.  He wants to know if since they broke up because she wasn’t ready, so is she ready now?  She explains that when she was made she was a naïve 17 year old.  But things are different.  Sitting with him now makes her see a future for herself that she never saw before.  He agrees to let her heal him, which she does.  Gently.

Pam curses when she realizes that she has to remove Sarah’s gag to complete the bleaching.  She resorts to glamouring Sarah so that the gag can be removed.  Pam starts to tell Sarah about one of her girls, Mary, from the whorehouse.  (Mr. Gus’s men know that word)  Pam says that Sarah is like the whore who doesn’t know that she’s a whore.  But she is going to be very valuable very soon.

Brigette can’t sleep.  All Jason has to drink is beer.  They each drink a beer.  Brigette wonders if life would be different if she was a man.  Jason says that he was good at math but nothing else.  Eventually, Jason starts explaining his past with Hoyt.  While he tells the story, we see Jessica getting it on with Hoyt.  Jason apologizes and thinks that Brigette might not want to hear this.  But she does.  Jason says that Jason used to go out after school and Hoyt went home to his mom.  And then he met Jessica.  And things changed.  And Jason messed it all up.  With all of their shared past, Hoyt decided that he wanted his memory erased before he went to Alaska.  As Jason says that they belong together, we see Hoyt and Jessica climaxing together the way they never did before.  Brigette says she wants to take Jason to bed to show him how not to have sex with her.

Eric finds Sookie outside Bellefleur’s.  He tells her that he saw Bill, and she’s surprised that he cares.  Eric says that he only cares for a few vampires, and Sookie.  He wants Sookie to talk to Bill.  She’s resistant, but he says she really needs to see him.  He says Bill is doing all of this for her.  She thinks it’s absurd, but Eric says it isn’t when she hears it from Bill.  He offers her a ride home, but not in the car.  He picks her up and they shoot into the air.

Jason and Brigette are lying on his bed next to each other.  And they’re talking.  She reveals that she cheated on someone before.  Jason says that he likes the color pink.  When he decides to go deeper, he tells Brigette that he wants kids, unlike Hoyt.  He’s just afraid that his daughter could end up with a guy like him.

Sookie thanks Eric for the lift.  She’s never seen Bon Temps from the sky.  Her phone is ringing.  She asks if he wants to come inside.  He gives her a long look and then says goodnight.  Bill is on the phone and he asks if he can come to her.  He stops off at his family cemetery and looks at the gravestones.

Ginger wants to know if Eric was ever going to tell her that he was dying.  He says he was out all night listening to everyone else’s relationship problems, so he wants to make it up to her by fucking.  “Let’s do this, sweetheart,” he says.  On the throne, no less.  He makes her spell out what she wants.  He bites her (because he’s immune).  She has a screaming orgasm before he can even doing anything.  She’s passed out on the floor and Eric looks utterly confused for the first time in his life.

Eric goes to find Pam, but the office is empty.  He goes downstairs to find the Yacuza waiting for him.  They have Pam on a table in silver chains. Mr. Gus wants to know if Eric was out with Sookie.  He doesn’t have the leverage he thinks he has.  They are going to impale Pam if he doesn’t speak the truth.  Mr. Gus says goodnight to Pam and is about to cut the cable when Eric stops them and admits that Sookie knows about the cure.  Mr. Gus wants to know where Sookie lives.  Uh oh.

When Bill arrives at Sookie’s house, he finds her inside sitting in a chair.  She’s deeply troubled.  He knocks on the door.

And that’s the end of the episode.

These were the longest 58 minutes I’ve experienced in a while.  I’m not sure how they will wrap this series up in one hour next week.  There is so much to do at this point.  I’m a bit frustrated that Brigette had so much time tonight when we barely had any Lafayette.  And Sam was gone before we could process his departure.

Alas, that is life in Bon Temps, Truebies.  What are your predictions for next week?  Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

True Blood Recap S7E8 Almost Home

Welcome back, Truebies.  We have two episodes left after tonight’s roller coaster ride.  Loose ends are still…loose.  Last week we saw Sookie reunite with Bill.  That left everyone talking.  But the big revelation was Ashley Hinshaw as Hoyt’s girlfriend.  That news took the world by storm.  Pity that she only has four episodes with us.  It would be fun to see what Hoyt has been up to in Alaska.  And frankly, I’d love to see some more Steve Newlin.  That was even more fun.

At any rate, onto tonight’s episode.

Mr. Gus and his men have Sarah surrounded. She’s still having visions of Jason, who tells her to let the truth in.  Sarah decides that death is the answer.  She hurries outside and Eric captures her.  Sarah begs for death so that she can be reborn as the Princess of Peace.  Pam is afraid that Eric will renege on their deal with Mr. Gus, so she takes a gun and aims it at her heart.  If Eric dies, she dies.  Eric drinks from Sarah and lets her go.  Mr. Gus and Pam watch as Eric feels the antidote working its magic.  He lets out a triumphant yell.  Is he cured?

Sookie traces the lines on Bill’s chest.  He asks what she’s thinking.  He wants to know.  She has been thinking about the past but she’s afraid to bring up the bad memories.  Finally she asks about Sophie Anne and what she wanted.  Bill explains that Sophie Anne wanted to capture all the Fae and seal the portals between the worlds.  Then, if Sookie proved to be Fae, she would be bred for her magic blood.  Bill also explains that he stopped his mission when he met Sookie and she reminded him of what it was like to be human.  Everything else for him was darkness and that was all he could offer her.  He could never escape his past no matter how much she tried to help him.  That’s why he made it his own mission to protect Sookie, to atone for the past.  Sookie kisses him.

Lafayette and Lettie Mae are digging in the front yard.  Reverend Daniels arrives and assures the homeowners that everything is ok.  James shows up and the Reverend accuses him of being the V supplier, but Lettie Mae reminds her husband about the journey he took when he lost his faith.  Tara is trying to show her something and she needs to go on the journey.  Lafayette takes James’ blood, then he offers the wound to Lettie Mae, and then, slowly, the Reverend takes blood as well.  When he looks up he sees Tara standing in the doorway.  “I’ll be damned,” he laughs.  Tara leads the group inside the house, past the terrified family.  There is a bright light, and once they’re inside they see a vision of Tara’s early childhood during a birthday party.  Sookie is there and they’re celebrating.  Tara’s father shows up and he’s clearly drunk.  He sticks his hand in the cake.  Sookie is afraid of him.  He accuses Lettie Mae of spending money but not inviting him to the party.  He hits her and Tara watches as her father searches for his gun.

Brigette looks at Hoyt’s old photos from school.  She’s sitting on the couch with Jason and she makes a remark about having children.  Hoyt gets upset at the mention of children given that they’re going through his mother’s old things.  She apologizes, and he says that it’s wrong that they’re going through all of these memories but it’s not the same for him.  (Mainly because he can’t really remember any of his childhood)  Meanwhile, Jason gets a text.  It’s a picture of Adilyn tied up and gagged.  There’s also a picture of Jessica tied up and gagged.  And there’s an address.  Brigette is fed up with Hoyt’s attitude and she says she’s going with Jason.  Jason calls Andy, who is still 50 miles away with Holly.  Andy tells Jason to get to Violet’s house, and he leaves with Brigette in the car with him.  Poor Jason, even when he doesn’t want it to happen he ends up with Hoyt’s girls in his car.

Back at Fangtasia, Mr. Gus tells Pam and Eric that there is going to be a delay in getting the New Blood out to the public.  The blood is synthesized but they don’t want it to be perfect.  They don’t want a cure; they want something to keep people going for a while so that they can maximize profit.  Eric and Pam, who are both dressed in black leather, sense that there is more to all of this, but they agree. 

Jason and Brigette arrive at Violet’s house.  Jason gives Brigette a gun but warns her to stay in the car.  When he goes inside, there is church music playing.  The lights are dim so he keeps getting spooked by the stuffed animals all over the place.  As he prowls, Violet sneaks up on him.  She’s glad he’s loyal to at least one woman.  However, it isn’t her.  She promises to show Jason what real betrayal looks like.   Violet drags him into a room where Wade, Jessica, and Adilyn are tied up in their underwear.  She’s going to crush Wade’s skull and rip Adilyn’s breasts off with some kind of kinky BDSM tool.  Then, she’s going to use a hot poker (literally) every ten minutes to rob Jessica of her virginity every time it heals.  And Jason is going to watch all of this and know it was his own doing.  All she ever wanted was to be with him.  And now this.  And—BANG! Violet stops mid-sentence as blood runs down her chest.  She explodes, and Hoyt is standing behind her with a gun drawn.  Hoyt saved the day.  He rushes to free Jason, and then he frees Adilyn while Jason frees Jessica.  Jessica is stunned to see Hoyt, and she’s even more stunned to see Brigette, who runs into his arms.

Young Tara watches as he father searches for his gun.  The group is assembled and watches as Young Tara finds her father’s gun in the sock drawer.  Her father is beating Lettie Mae, so Young Tara takes aim and almost fires, but instead she runs outside and starts to bury the pistol.  Her father rushes out and leaves, and Tara sees her mother begging for him to come back because she can’t do it all without him.  Outside, back in reality, Reverend Daniels finds the pistol.  Finally, Tara is able to speak.  She apologizes for not pulling the trigger.  She was a good mother.  Lettie Mae apologizes for being a bad mother.  No more blame, Tara says.  She tells her mother to forgive herself and let go of Tara.  Tara wants her mother to continue living.  Lettie Mae promises that she will, and Tara gives her mother a hug.  At long last, Lettie Mae seems to be at peace.  Tara walks off into the murky woods, and she disappears. 

Goodbye, Tara.

Andy and Holly arrive to find Jessica making sure that Adilyn is okay.  Andy tells Adilyn to stop apologizing.  They just need to be okay.  Andy offers Hoyt a huge thanks for saving his daughter.  Jessica finds Hoyt and thanks him for saving them.  She has to introduce herself because he has no idea who she is.  Jason is sitting by the stairs and Brigette comes to check on him.  She asks who Jessica is to Jason.  She wants to know if Jessica is his girlfriend.  “Honestly, I don’t know what to call her,” he admits.

Bill is sleeping fitfully.  Sookie hears a knock at the door.  It’s Eric.  “Nice robe,” he says dryly.  He came to let her know that he’s okay, but when she says that Bill is sick, his expression changes.  He can’t tell anyone about the cure, including Sookie.  She begs him to explain how he was cured, but he says he needs to think.  He promises to return the next evening, but she’s not sure he has that long.  Eric shoots up into the air, and Sookie runs off through the field to her house. 

At the same time, Jason’s car pulls up into the driveway with Jessica.  He says he needs to stop making bad decisions.  He mentions the other night they spent together, and he says that he never considered anything they did together as a bad thing, except when he shot her and had her sent to the prison camp.  Jessica says that their paths have always crisscrossed, and seeing her with Hoyt brought everything back for Jason.  She laughs and says that her relationship with Jason is the least complicated of her life.  Eventually they decide that they have a beautiful friendship, which probably isn’t what Jason was thinking.  He reminds her that he’s here if she needs him.

The next day, Sookie drives to Fangtasia and sees Mr. Gus’s men outside Fangtasia.  They say she’s incredibly stupid for coming there.  Mr. Gus and Pam are inside discussing the finer details of the release of New Blood.   Mr. Gus wants to get rid of her, but Eric stops them, pointing out that though she is just a fangbanger he fucked a few years prior, she also has a brother in law enforcement.  He offers to glamour her, and Sookie plays along, but not before getting the information she needs from Mr. Gus’s head.

Jason is eating at Bellefleur’s and asks Arlene about the eggs.  Hoyt walks in and orders coffee.  He sits with Jason and says that he hasn’t been sleeping.  He admits that he was up all night, but he wasn’t thinking about his mother and Brigette.  They order beers.  Hoyt says was thinking about Jessica.  Hoyt asks if Jason and Jessica are together.  When Jason says no, Hoyt says that he isn’t that kind of guy.  Jason reveals that Jess is going through a hard time with the death of her maker.  Hoyt remembers Vampire Bill and how much he liked him.

Sookie drives down the road in Alcide’s truck, and as she recalls the words from Mr. Gus’s mind, she turns the truck around.

Hoyt shows up at Bill’s house.  He’s about to write a note for Jessica when she hears him.  When he says it’s him, she smiles broadly.  He goes inside and Hoyt says he’s sorry to hear about Bill.  Hoyt went to the clinic and brought Jessica a pint of his blood for Bill.  Hoyt says that he feels blessed in a way to not have known that his mother’s time was up.  He can’t imagine what Jessica is going through and so he wants to help her.  He keeps thinking back to when he was a kid, to a time when he was loved.  Jessica understands what he means.  Hoyt snaps out of his memories and says he needs to return to Brigette.  With that, Jessica feels much better.

Sookie walks down the alley to the back of Fangtasia, to the boarded up door they used to help Arlene escape.  She finds Sarah in the dungeon and Sarah tries to use the opportunity to bring Sookie into the madness.  Sookie tells her to shut up and she instead uses her fairy powers to see what’s really going on.  She sees that Sarah is the cure, but she’s not prepared to allow Sarah to hurt anyone else anymore.  Sookie returns to Bill’s house and tells Jessica that Bill is going to live. Meanwhile, Bill is having a dream that Sookie is holding a baby, but the baby is blackened and dead.  He wakes up to see Sookie standing over him.  “There’s a cure,” she says.

Mr. Gus informs Eric and Pam that he’s returning to Dallas but he’ll be back by sunrise.  He advises Eric not to do anything stupid.  Eric agrees, but Mr. Gus insists upon leaving his men with them.  Pam and Eric go down the stairs.  Pam asks if they’re about to do something stupid, and when Eric explains that they’re going to get some of Sarah’s blood to Sookie and Bill, Pam confirms that it’s something stupid.  Of course, Sookie, Bill and Jessica are downstairs already.  Bill sees that Eric is healed, and Eric offers Sarah’s blood to him.  But Bill refuses to drink.

That’s right.

We only have two episodes left.  What is going to happen now!?

EW’s Postmortem on True Blood’s “May Be The Last Time”

If you’re like me and you’re starving for more True Blood–anything True Blood–then check out this great article from Entertainment Weekly.  It’s an interview with Craig Chester, the writer who brought us S7E7 “May Be The Last Time.”  He offers us some juicy tidbits about the episode that has everyone talking. (I’m surprised he didn’t talk more about Hoyt’s girlfriend, microbiologist Brigette, played by Ashley Hinshaw; the Internet has been going crazy since she appeared last week)  You can find the article here:

http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/08/03/true-blood-may-be-last-time/

Be sure to check back for more True Blood news…and I’ll be with you on Sunday for the next episode!

True Blood Recap S7E7: May Be The Last Time

True Blood Season 7, Episode 7: May Be The Last Time

Airdate:  August 3, 2014

Summary by: Sarabeth Pollock

 

We’re back in Dallas as Eric interrogates Amber about Sarah’s whereabouts.  Eric’s tactics aren’t working, so Mr. Gus steps in and asks about an antidote to the virus.  Amber tells Mr. Gus that Sarah’s name is now Newme, and “she’s a good person.”  She lets it slip that Sarah is the cure.  Eric points out that Sarah’s disease killed her boyfriend and Maker, Jeremy, and set fire to their happiness.  If Sarah is the cure, then Amber needs to share that information with them.  Amber goes all Exorcist on Eric and refuses to answer his question, so he stakes her in a rage.  “Fuck!” Mr. Gus yells.

Andy and Holly arrive at Fort Bellefleur looking for Adilyn and Wade.  They aren’t there.  Andy calls the kids perverts and in violation of the curfew.  Andy tries calling Adilyn but they quickly discover that her cell phone is in the treehouse.

Jessica and Sookie sit with Bill.  They’re amazed at how quickly the Hep-V is spreading in him.  Sookie wonders if the disease is spreading so fast because she’s Fae.  Jessica’s phone starts ringing but she doesn’t want to answer it.  Bill gets up to grab the phone.  It’s Andy.  He wants to know if Jessica can sense anything wrong with Adilyn.  He makes Jessica promise that if she feels anything she’ll call him.  Jessica asks him to call her if he finds her.  Andy smiles and agrees.  Holly hints that they might have gone to the lake house…in Oklahoma City.  Andy vows to hug them, and then kill them.

Violet takes Adilyn and Wade to a huge house.  She tells them that it’s a shame their parents don’t support their love.  She used to screw her brother all the time.  Violet reveals a huge room that rivals Christian Grey’s Red Room of Pain…complete with a 19th century strap on.  She bids them good night and tells them to “have fun fucking” after she kisses them both.

Bill’s disease starts to spread into his neck.  Sookie refuses to believe that there’s no cure.  She doesn’t accept it.

Keith, the vamp who saved Arlene, surprises her at Bellefleur’s at the end of the night.  He says he’s there to see her home safely, to offer his protection.  He reminds her that he’s 515, not the 25 she thinks he is.  Arlene still believes that humans and vampires shouldn’t be together, but she doesn’t stop him when he kisses her.  “Did that feel wrong?” he asked.  “Yes,” she breathes.  They kiss some more.  Then he takes her to the pool table.  Arlene doesn’t stop him when he rips her panties off right from underneath her jean shorts.  As she climaxes, she wakes up in bed.  It was all a dream.

Pam is furious with Eric for killing Amber.  Sarah is the antidote.  Their new mission is about capturing Sarah Newlin.  Mr. Gus comes in with a business proposition, to capture Sarah and synthesize her blood—New Blood—so that they can cure everyone and rebuild the Tru Blood empire.  He knows that they’ll need a vampire testimonial in order to regain trust, and Eric is incredibly handsome.  He offers Eric 49% of the company.  Eric pledges to help him.  Mr. Gus will just have to trust him.

Bill is sound asleep.  Jessica wants to stay with him, so Sookie suggests that she climb in bed with him.  Jessica wants to know what Sookie is going to do to figure this out.  Sookie meets people who don’t believe in miracles every day, but miracles happen every day and there’s one waiting for Bill.  She just has to find it.  “I hope you do,” she says.

While Bill sleeps, he has a dream that he’s back in 1855.  His father tells him that he has to marry the Shelby girl.  Bill does not want to do it.  He’s young and he wants to go to California.  Bill’s father tells him to do it for his mother so that their lands can combine in the future.  His father describes her as “comely.”

Hoyt pulls up with his girlfriend.  Arlene greets them at the door.  She is sorry for his loss, and he’s sorry about Terry.  He introduces his girlfriend, Brigette (Ashley Hinshaw).  Hoyt asks about the ownership change.  They tell Arlene that they’re safe up in Alaska because it’s always daylight at this time of year.  The happy couple sits down and Hoyt orders.  Arlene begins to suspect something is wrong when Hoyt forgets Jason’s name.  She goes into the office and calls Jason (who is vacuuming in his boxer shorts).  He tells her that he’s on his way, and that Hoyt doesn’t know who he is.

Adilyn and Wade are trying to figure out which of Violet’s love toys they should use.  They have no idea what it does.  She can read his mind and she sees that he’s not into any of the toys.  They thank each other when they realize that they were doing this to please the other.  She thought he was more experienced, but then they find out they were both virgins.

Jason arrives and sees Bridget.  He approaches the table and introduces himself to Hoyt.  You can tell Jason has no idea how to react.  Hoyt says that none of this feels real.  They invite him to stay for breakfast.  Jason is totally uncomfortable sitting next to Hoyt’s girlfriend given his history, not to mention how much she looks like Crystal.

Dr. Ludwig arrives at Sookie’s house.  She’s upset that Sookie didn’t have her go directly to Bill’s house.

Bill is still dreaming about meeting Caroline Shelby.  He sees her for the first time and realizes that she’s beautiful.  She was expecting an older, larger man.  He was expecting a more comely woman.  They know they’re being watched closely during this first meeting.  They go for a walk.

Dr. Ludwig examines Bill and says that she’s blown away.  Bill reveals that Sookie is half-Fae, which leads to her tale of seeing a vampire infected with Hep-V through his Fae lover.  The disease took on an entirely different course.  She wants to know more about Sookie’s lineage, and when Sookie reveals that Niall is her grandfather, Dr. Ludwig heads for the door.  She doesn’t want anything to do with Niall’s line.

Jason watches as Hoyt and Brigette look at Mrs. Fortenberry’s body.  He can’t take his eyes off Hoyt’s girl.  You’d think he’d know better by now.  Hoyt is heartbroken that he wasn’t there for his mother.  He wishes he could have one more guilt trip from his mother.  Brigette calls Jason into the room because she thinks Hoyt will feel better when he talks to someone who also knew is mother.  Hoyt asks Jason how his mother died.  Jason explains that the orthodontist got the townsfolk all riled up and took the law into their own hands.  Jason tells a white lie and tells Hoyt that his mother was fighting with the good guys.  Hoyt asks if Jason got the guy who killed her, and he says he did.  Hoyt hugs him.

Sookie pays a visit to the cemetery.  She sees Bill’s family’s grave markers.  Sookie calls for Niall, reminding him that she’s never called upon him in other times and she needs him now.  He doesn’t show up.  “Fuck this,” she says, and she goes back home.  Niall is rummaging around her kitchen.  He asks her to make her spaghetti.  While he eats, he tells Sookie that he was watching over her the whole time.  Dr. Ludwig would have been afraid of their line because she’s a dwarf and they’re royalty, and over the years they have killed many of their kind.  Niall knew Sookie was infected when she allowed Bill to drink her blood.  He says he did, but he didn’t stop her because Bill isn’t right for her.  Sookie says that if they’re so special, he should try to save Bill.  He agrees.

Sarah arrives at the remains of the Light of Day Institute.  All around her she hears the sounds of the past.  She sees Jason catch a touchdown pass.  He greets her with a smile, then he says that everyone dies alone, that Eric is coming for her and he’s going to kill her.  Her number is up.  Sarah says that he isn’t real.  He pledges that he’ll see her in hell, but she doesn’t believe in hell.  She tells herself to hold it together.  Above her, Mr. Gus’s satellites find her image.  He looks at the sleeping forms of Pam and Eric and lights his cigar in thought.

Sam talks to Arlene about the state of the town and how he wants to be a father to his baby girl.  He doesn’t know what to do.  He’s torn about making the right decision.  Arlene pours them more drinks and she tells him that Bon Temps is the only place he’s ever stuck around.  If he stays, could he be happy there without Nicole and the baby.  If he can answer that, then that’s what he needs to do.  Arlene says she fakes her happiness in hopes that one day the happiness becomes real. 

Andy and Holly have arrived in Oklahoma City.  They go inside, but the bed is still made.  Andy is outside with tears in his eyes.  Holly asks if Adilyn has any friends.  When she sees Andy’s tears, she asks what’s wrong.  He says that the lake looks so peaceful compared to their “fucked up reality” they live in.  He can’t protect them from the dangers out there.  This is all his fault.  Adilyn ran because he was upset.  Holly insists that they will get them back.  She knows he doesn’t care for the Wiccan side of her, but she vows that their story will have a happy ending.  She hugs him and he gives in to his tears.

Niall and Sookie approach Bill’s house.  Niall wanders into the woods outside and tells her that they need to channel nature so that they can find some answers.  He takes Sookie’s hands and together they fall into a purple haze.  They go back and see Caroline deliver their first baby.  “Wow,” Niall says of the spectacle.  Niall says that birth and love and death and forgiveness are all miracles.  He brought her to that spot to tell her that some things can be fixed with magic, but magic cannot cure Bill.  She thanks him for the life lesson but tells him to leave.  Niall disappears and Sookie looks up at the house in tears.

A little girl looks out her window to see Lafayette and Lettie Mae digging holes in her yard.  “Mama!” she cries.

Arlene is in a drunken stupor when Keith arrives.  He says he felt her pain and came to her.  He offers his hand to her and she takes it.  He came as soon as he could.  Arlene thought vampires only cared about danger, but he says that her pain is tangible.  She can’t believe he’s 515.  He grins.  Arlene reveals that she’s Hep-V positive.  “Then let’s just dance,” he says.  She starts to cry and she hugs him.

As the sun goes down, Violet wakes up and goes to find Adilyn and Wade.  They apologize that they didn’t use her toys, but Violet has other plans.  They’re going to use the toys now.  Wade jumps out of bed and Violet throws him against the wall.  I guess it’s playtime….  Of course, Jessica feels Adilyn’s fear and she takes off.

Eric wakes up and realizes that they’ve overslept.  He wakes Pam and they go out into the living room to find that it’s empty.  Outside, Mr. Gus and his men wait for them.  It’s time to make some money, Mr. Gus drawls.

Sookie wakes up and she goes to Bill, vowing that she’s going to stay with him until the very end.  They kiss.  Aww, how great it is to see them together again.

Sarah is trying desperately to stay calm.  Steve Newlin and the Yogi and Governor Burrell’s head make an appearance to let her know that she’s going to die tonight.  Steve reminds her that she fornicated with Jason in the church they built.  Steve offers her a choice between Heaven and Hell.  Jason appears and tells her that death is coming for her.  Mr. Gus has arrived.

Sookie and Bill reunite in front of the fire.  Now that he’s naked, we can see that the disease is all over his body.  His fangs pop out, and they get it on.

What a great episode!  We were reunited with Hoyt and Steve Newlin!  It is my deepest wish that we get to see Russell Edgington one more time before this is all over. 

We only have three more episodes left, boys and girls….  Until next week!