Sookie Stackhouse

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 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 Season 7 Premiere Recap: Jesus Gonna Be Here

(Spoilers Below)

True Blood Season 7, Episode 1: Jesus Gonna Be Here

Airdate:  June 22, 2014

Summary by: Sarabeth Pollock

Welcome back to Bon Temps, Truebies! It has been a whole year, and now we know that Season 7 is indeed the last season of True Blood.  I admit that I have been approaching this night with trepidation and mixed feelings.  As much as I want the new season to begin, I don’t want the 10 episodes to go by and then have…no more True Blood.  The thought is unbearable, really.  But we’ll revisit that later this summer.

On to Jesus Gonna Be Here

A fight has broken out at Bellefleurs.  The infected vamps are taking over and Sookie’s faery blood is the only thing saving her.  Tara grabs Lettie May to protect her, then she takes out the vamp who threatens her mother.  Chaos ensues.  Sam shifts and races off to protect Holly and Arlene, and Alcide follows.  There’s a whistle and the vamps clear out, leaving Sookie to survey the area.  She finds Lettie May covered in blood.  Tara is dead.

Oh shit.

Jason calls Andy to report the massacre.  They took Holly and Arlene and killed Tara.  Andy tells Adilyn to stay in the house, then he finds Jessica stationed outside and tells her that Tara is dead.

Sookie is overwhelmed by the thoughts of the people around her.  People are blaming her for what happened because of her affection for the vamps.  One of the men, Vince, sees Sam shift back into a man.  He had been up for the mayor’s seat.  This could be a problem.  Willa offers her blood to Lettie May while Bill, Alcide, Sam and Andy figure out where to find the nesting vamps.  Alcide thinks some uncharitable thoughts about Sookie so Sookie leaves.  Jessica calls James, who is at the bar, and he tells her the news.  James asks if she has fed, but she hasn’t.  “You were a motherfucking dog!” Vince accuses Sam.  Sam begs him to keep this a secret for now.  Vince is a snake.

Sam announces that Bellefleur’s isn’t safe, so every assigned vampire needs to go protect their human.  James offers to protect Lafayette.  Alcide realizes Sookie is gone.

Sookie walks down the road, and she doesn’t answer her phone.  She throws it away.  That’s when she trips over a body in the woods.

In Morocco , there is a party going on.  Pam watches as a man loads a pistol and offers it to Pam.  Russian Roulette.  The other contender says Allah loves him, and he has lasted 27 times.  “My god fucking hates me,” Pam says.  He challenges her faith, then says he isn’t dead.  “I’m alive,” he says, and he pulls the trigger.  Apparently, he wasn’t up for 29.  Pam demands the information she needs to find Eric.

Adilyn peers outside the window where Jessica is standing watch.  She opens the window, which sends a waft of faery goodness outside.  Jessica can’t come inside because she hasn’t been invited.  Adilyn thinks that is weird, but she heard what Jessica said about not wanting to hurt her.  She says she had nightmares about the night her sisters died.  She asks if she smells different.  “I should hate you, but I don’t,” Adilyn says.  She asks if the phone call was from her boyfriend.  She wants to know about him.  Jessica is happy to tell her about James.  The two start talking about boys, and Adilyn reveals her crush on Holly’s son.

Alcide finds Sookie sitting in her kitchen, and he’s pissed that she walked home on her own.  She knows she isn’t supposed to read his thoughts, but she couldn’t help it.  Alcide says it isn’t fair that she’s judging him, and though he says he loves her, she is cursed that she has to hear everyone’s thoughts.  “Tara’s dead,” she yells.  She tells Alcide that she needs to be alone.  He retreats upstairs.

Jason and Violet are driving home.  He asks how many people Violet has seen die.  She’s lost count.  He starts talking about Tara and their childhood.  They arrive at their destination to find Vince and his gang taking things into their own hands.  Vince says that the government isn’t going to help them because they’re stuck in the big cities, so it’s up to them.  Violet threatens the man pointing a gun at Jason, and she tells Vince and company to get the hell out.  They go, but the damage is done.  Jason is one of “them” now.

Lafayette and James arrive home.  Lala insists that he needs to “get altered” before he offers blood to James.  James takes a hit off the bong and the duo starts talking about Jessica.  James is sorry about Tara, but Lala feels relieved this time around.  He grieved her death before.  James reveals that all his friends died in Vietnam, and he talks about how the officers would drive through the neighborhood waiting to see where they stopped.  But James is a draft dodger.  One night he was home and his best friend died.  His best friend’s father beat him for being gay, and a vampire took pity on him and changed him.  James says that emotions don’t matter. “You are one metaphysical fuck,” Lala tells him.  He offers James his arm and James has a bite to eat.

Jason is furious.  “What the fuck!” he screams, stopping the car.  He tells Violet that she degraded him back there.  He confronts her about the fact that she won’t let him have sex, she won’t let him do his job, and his blue balls about to fall off.  He says they’re going to fuck, right there.  “It’s about time, Jason,” she praises.  They fuck on the hood of the police car.

Jessica is trying to ward off the vamp who is threatening Adilyn.  Jessica tells Adilyn that she has to drink her blood to stay safe, and though she’s hesitant, Adilyn acquiesces.

Lettie May is having visions of Tara after drinking Willa’s blood.  She falls asleep calling out Tara’s name.  Reverend Daniels tells Willa not to give her anymore blood because of the issues she had in the past.  He thanks Willa for her help.  “I’ve got nowhere to go,” Willa says.  Eric and Pam are gone, and she was living with Tara but she can’t return to their apartment.  “You’re a lost sheep, ain’t ya?” Daniels says.  He takes Willa to the church and escorts her to the basement.  He offers her the space and says she can stay as long as she likes. 

Pam is on the hunt for the people with information about Eric.  She’s looking for Najat.  She slips the man a large stash of money, and then she is offered the blood of a child.  The only clean blood in North Africa is the blood of children.  Pam doesn’t believe the information she’s given.  Her maker would never…  She leaves abruptly.

Sookie disrobes and curls up with Alcide.  She apologizes to Alcide, who says it’s ok.  They have some makeup sex.

Andy and Bill arrive at an abandoned warehouse that used to house teenage raves.  Bill can tell that they have been nesting there.  They find bodies hanging upside down in a storage room.  Andy throws up.  Vince and his gang comes across them.  Clearly Vince is going to stir up some shit this season.  He accuses Andy and Bill of making them trust vampires.  Bill points out that Andy wasn’t at the mixer in protest, so they should let him go.  Andy refuses to go.  He wants to be the one to end Bill for their shared past.  Andy turns around and aims the gun at Lou, and he tells him that killing someone is a big deal.  Lou backs down.  He tells Vince and their gang to leave. 

The vamps are feasting on the humans while Arlene and Holly are stashed in the basement.  They’re at Fangtasia.  Holly tells everyone that they’re going to be ok.  One woman is pregnant.  A vampire comes down the stairs and kills the deputy.  The women scream.

Andy delivers Bill to his house.  He tells Bill that he only saved him because he needs his help.  Nothing he ever does will make things right, but they need to work together.  “Save your thanks.”  Bill flashes back to when he left his house for the war.  He kissed his family goodbye and left.

Jessica is still in a détente outside the Bellefleur mansion.  Dawn is coming.  Jessica refuses to leave.  Adilyn invites her in and then goes outside so that Jessica is forced to come inside.  Once the door is closed, the vamp outside burns.  Jessica hurries to the attic.

The next day Reverend Daniels addresses the congregation, talking about how the Lord said the dawn is coming.  Sookie arrives and puts her hand on Lettie May’s shoulder, but Lettie May tells her that Tara’s death is her fault.  All of a sudden, Sookie is bombarded with the congregation’s less than charitable thoughts.  She gets up, but before she leaves she tells them that she can hear them, and that though she played a part in all of this, she knows vampires better than anyone else.  She wants to help.

And that, my friends, is that.

If the writing stays this strong, I think we’re going to have an amazing final season.  What did you think?

True Blood Musings (Spoilers for S5E2)

True Blood’s season 5 promises to be amazing.  I have heard the naysayers talk about the lack of action so far, but I would disagree.  As a recapper for the show, I have been constantly amazed these past two weeks at how much of a foundation is being laid out.  When Alan Ball talked about Michele Bachmann being his inspiration for the political/religious storyline this season, I couldn’t wait to see how he’d develop everything.  I have not been disappointed.  Remember that line from Interview with the Vampire: “God kills indiscriminately, and so shall we, for no creatures under God are as we are, none so like Him as ourselves.”  There has been a pattern recently where vampires think of themselves as either creatures of God (“Jesus loves vampires”) or as being more similar to God than humans.  It will be interesting to see the direction Russell Edgington takes once he emerges from his sick bed…will he lead the Sanguinistas?

Some observations/musings:

Tara: I really hope that Tara embraces life as a vampire.  It would be a shame to see her sulk all season that she has been turned into a creature that she despises.  Embrace your new power, Tara!  Use it to fight the forces of…good..bad…or something.  Anything.  Just make use of it.  (I might regret this later)

Alcide: The last thing Alcide ever wanted was to be the pack master.  But now he doesn’t have much of a choice.  I say again, use this opportunity, Alcide.  Do something with your new role.  Embrace it.

Terry/Arlene/Patrick:  This subplot has been a challenge to follow only because the scenes are like extended snippets.  I’m certain the story will continue to develop, but I have enjoyed it so far.  It’s disturbing to watch gentle Terry become angry and violent.  Something bad must be coming if he’s experiencing such a turnabout.

Pam: I LOVED the 1905 flashback.  I can’t wait to see more of her history with Eric.  Once again, Pam has some of the best zingers on the show.  I love watching her, and it will be interesting to see what happens when Eric returns to find his new grandchild….

So far Sookie and Lafayette have been babysitting Tara.  Hopefully they will get more involved as the season develops.

That’s all for now.  I’m always eager to hear what other people think.  Be sure to check out my True Blood recaps at