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Hello fellow Truebies!
We’ve now had the pleasure of two (count ’em, two!) whole episodes of True Blood Season 5. Are you as enamored with the Season so far as I am? My significant other and I have just finished watching Episode 2 (“Authority Always Wins”) and we both agree that there’s so much going on that we’re a bit confused. Since I’m sure we’re not the only ones, I thought I’d give a quick recap of a few of the main threads in the plot.
Bill, Eric and the Authority. Poor Bill and Eric are in deep trouble with the Authority. In the True Blood Season 5 debut episode (“Turn Turn Turn”), the two are captured by the Authority. Although they mount a daring escape, the two are soon re-captured. The two hapless heroes are imprisoned, tortured and interrogated by the Authority. They are about to experience the True Death, when Bill offers a trade in return for a little longer to live. He and Eric will help the Authority capture Russell Edgington. The Authority, or more specifically the impeccably dressed Roman (Christoper Meloni), agree, and the two live to fight another day. Series creator Alan Ball says that Season 5 is the season of the bromance, and it really does look like Bill and Eric are spending a lot of time together and helping each other out of fixes!
Sookie , Lafayette, Tara. I’m probably not the only one who finds Tara annoying – but I didn’t want her to die! But I’m not so sure that being turned into a vampire is better than dying. Still, Sookie and Lafayette meant well when they asked Pam to turn Tara. Tara’s none too pleased though, and will probably be in foul mood and flashing fang at the drop of a hat for the rest of the season.
Jason and the Reverend Steve Newlin. In the biggest surprise of True Blood Season 5, Steve Newlin re-appears… and declares his love for Jason, coming out as a gay vampire American. OK, I definitely didn’t see that coming! Newlin is obsessed enough with Jason that he even offers Jessica (who is keeping an eye on things for Bill while he’s off with Eric) $20000 in cash to give Jason to him. No one was happier than I that Jessica turned him down flat, saying that Jason was her friend and that she wouldn’t sell him out.
And a whole lot more! Elsewhere in Bon Temps, Sam is taken and tortured by the pack for allegedly killing the packmaster, Alcide admits to being the killer instead, Sam and Luna have a fight and Emma turns out to be a wee little werewolf (such a cute little pup), and Terry’s PTSD is scaring Arlene, and compelling him to work with Patrick to find out who’s been killing off the members of their squad.
So…. lots of balls in the air, and I can’t imagine how they’re going to bring all the threads together… but they’ve done it for the four past seasons, so we’ll just have to wait and see! What we do know is that in this Sunday’s episode (“Whatever I am, You Made Me”), we’ll see Tara on a rampage, Debbie Pelt’s parents looking for their daughter (already neatly disposed off by Sookie and Lafayette), Bill and Eric on their hunt for Russell, and the introduction of Claude, Claudine’s twin brother. (You’ll remember that Claudine was Sookie’s fairy godmother. Eric sucked her dry way back in Season 4.) Check out the preview for the episode!
Oh my! After months of waiting, I can hardly believe it’s just five days to True Blood Season 5! The first episode of the new season is set to air on June 10, and in the run-up to the premiere, HBO has been releasing tiny little tidbits of information about what’s going to happen in episode one. In fact, there’s a great video featuring the cast of True Blood Season 5 at the Hollywood premiere of the first episode where they talk about what to expect this year.
Joe Manganiello says coyly, “I’ve been waiting three years for what happens and what goes down this year.” Dare we hope that this means that Alcide, everyone’s favorite hunky werewolf, gets together with Sookie at last? Certainly, her other beaus seems otherwise occupied. Alexander Skarsgard, who plays sexy Eric, says, “The relationship between Bill and Eric is not us fighting over Sookie. We have a common enemy now.” With both vampires busy with the Authority, and with Russell Edgington, that might really mean that Sookie takes up with Alcide doesn’t it?
There are also these oddly erotic scenes of Bill and Eric in these fetish-inspired outfits. (I kid you not – watch out the two hunks in little straps of leather in the video!) The only thing that detracted from the sexiness were the blinking red lights on their harnesses – surely those aren’t for fun. Perhaps they’re a means of tracking the two vampires – or even blowing them up? In any case, Sam Trammell (who plays Sam Merlotte) says mysteriously, “It’s a dangerous year for everybody.”
So, five more days until the season premiere! Whatever the case, it’s definitely going to be exciting! Janina Gavankar says, “We just saw the first episode, and it’s insane!” Ball adds, “It’s a lot of story paced into one hour!”.
Check out the video to get a glimpse of the first episode, then tune in on June 10 to find out what happens. (P.S. Waiting really does suck, doesn’t it?)
Last week ended with a surprise from Marnie who will not stop even in death. She possesses Lafayette and this week, she takes Jesus hostage to steal his demon magic. Sookie and Tara are trying to relax at home but, invariably, dark thoughts creep in as Sookie sees visions of her dead grandmother.
Tommy’s funeral is sad but surprisingly, Mrs. Fortenberry shows up and then Luna and Emma. Sam feels a little relieved to find that Luna cares that much for his feelings. It is hard to tell what Jason is going to do but confessing everything to Hoyt was the last thing on my mind and Jason gets a beat down from his former best friends for his trouble.
Marnie performs a spell to take Jesus’ magic which in the end has her stabbing Jesus to death as the demon transfers to her. Lafayette is going to feel really bad if he ever gets out of this. At Merlotte’s, it is interesting to watch the True Blood writers trying to set up next season with a new friend of Terry’s showing up at Merlotte’s out of the blue. His name his Sgt. Patrick Devin and apparently Terry saved his life a couple of times during the war. Arlene gets a visit from the ghost of her husband, Rene, during a smoke break and he warns her that Terry is bringing trouble to everyone and she better run.
Sookie is rehired by Sam as all of this is going but she has to wear bunny ears to support the Halloween theme. She finds Alcide sitting at the bar depressed. He tells her that he and Debbie are finished for good and maybe she needs to be thinking about her choice in “men” and look for someone non-vampire who can really take care of her. It’s strongly inferred that the somebody is him.
Sookie goes outside after her discussion with Alcide to relax and finds Holly puffing on a joint. Tara pulls up in her usual panic mode to tell them Jesus is dead and Marnie is on the warpath for the vampires again, only this time she’s inside Lafayette’s body. Holly tells them she has her emergency wiccan kit – salt, sage, and hair. They all jump in the car to save the vampires, leaving the only person who really works at Merlottes, Arlene, to mind the store.
They arrive to find Bill and Eric tied to a pyre for burning. Marnie is yelling her usual “oh poor me, my life is so hard” stuff which gives Holly time to put a circle of salt around the whole area. Marnie lights the pyre and as Bill and Eric begin to cook, Sookie uses her powers to stop Marnie and the three witches make a circle and begin chanting. Spirits begin to move from everywhere toward the scene as the chanting continues. Gran and Antonia both arrive and Gran pulls Marnie out of Lafayette while Antonia takes Marnie away. Lafayette ends up recovering at home, wallowing in guilt when Jesus shows up to tell him everything is okay and they will always be together.
Jason still smarting from Hoyt’s beat down but he wastes no time in getting into Jessica when she shows up at the door. He is a bit taken aback though when she says she does not want a relationship, she is only interested in sex – he thought that was always his line.
Sookie is back at Bill’s house feeding her blood to both Eric and Bill to get them back to strength only to knock them down again. She tells them that she may love them both but it is way to hard to live this way. She says goodbye to both Bill and Eric as she leaves with her head held high – at least until she gets outside and starts to cry.
Pam is grieving for Eric but she will be ecstatic to hear that Sookie dumped him so things might be looking up for her in the next season. The same goes for Sookie. Can she get over the vampire duo for a little doggie style with a wolf? Not sure since this Season 4 ends with Sookie killing Debbie Pelt after Debbie shot Tara. How will Alcide handle that?
It’s getting close to the end of season four of True Blood and this episode starts out with the vampire squad all in black getting ready to blow up the Moon Goddess emporium and kill everybody inside. Marnie’s holding them captive and the black-clad group is not to happy when they find out their favorite fairy snack is with the witches. Bill and Eric even offer to commit suicide in order to save her. Here are some of the best lines in this episode of True Blood:
1. Jessica on her way to blow up the witches – “I’m so sick of silvering myself all day every day and pissed off all the time…this is what PMS used to feel like.”
2. Pam as she endorses Bill’s plan to kill the witches – “Let’s blow up these wiccan dipshits already, I’ve got a mani/pedi at four.”
3. Marnie’s sidekick Roy to the group – “Don’t you get it, this is the Hotel California baby, you can check out but you can’t never fuckin leave.”
4. Lafayette when Antonia left Marnie’s body – “Oh shit, Marnie just puked the bitch out.”
5. Andy lost out in the woods after Terry made him walk home from the treehouse – “hold it together man…don’t go all lost in nature retarded”
6. Antonia tells Pam – “don’t laugh too much, you wouldn’t want your lips to fall off” which wipes the smile right off her face.
7. “The true death to save Bo Peep, I don’t fuckin’ think so” – Pam yells as Bill is about to shoot Eric to save Sookie and she grabs the bazooka and fires at Sookie and Marnie.
8. Jesus tells Lafayette as they use Casey’s dead body to cast a spell to pull Antonia out of Marnie – “where we’re going right now, it’s deep. And you may hear and see things that you really don’t want to.” Lafayette’s like…”huh, that ship’s fuckin’ sailed.”
9. Alcide to the motorcycle dude in Marcus’ shop – “Your packmaster’s a sociopath.”
10. When the fairy in the woods tells Andy that he is handsome and muscular as she rubs his chest, he answers -” I have been cuttin’ back on the carbs.”
And a visual that I’m not likely to forget – Eric drinking blood from Roy’s heart like it’s a soda.
Sam got his revenge against Marcus – he kicks his ass – but it’s Alcide who did the actual killing. He abjures Debbie since he found her half naked in his bedroom with Marcus when they arrived. Andy gets it on with a beautiful fairy in the woods, looks like it’s his lucky day. Bill shoots Marnie so that’s the end of her… or is it? Because this episode of True Blood ends with Lafayette being possessed by the spirit of Marnie. I’m sure he wishes he had never heard of the concept of a medium because he’s got to be tired of getting possessed by ghosts.