The name of the game on this week’s True Blood was laughter; inappropriate or otherwise. After last week’s episode ended with the saccharine send-off of Nora, Eric and Bill are back to being nemeses. Remember that? How they used to, like, hate each other or whatever? It’s been too long. I like Eric and Billith at odds with one another, especially when it ends with the most ludicrous levitation and over-the-top breakdown by Eric. Seriously, it was like Alexander Skarsgård took acting lessons from Calculon. Luckily for us at home, the lunacy didn’t stop there.

Okay, so remember how Sarah Newlin sent Jason to his presumed death by knifing him and then sticking him in female gen pop? “Gen pop” is still super fun to say, by the way. Well, things didn’t work out quite like she thought they would and Jason ended up being somebody’s vamp-prison bitch… cuz, like, that’s a thing, right? Honestly, when this vampires head honcho was introduced last week, I wasn’t sure if I was supposed to recognize her or something, but she’s just some new bad ass. Yes, it’s this late in the game, True Blood still has countless meandering storylines and they really thought it was a good idea to introduce a new character. Honestly, after her whole distinction of Catholics (to be clear, she’s one of the hardcore, bad ass Medieval ones) she was pretty okay in my book, but she better have some sort of pay-off in the end.

Source: HBO

Source: HBO

Let’s see… what else was there? Oh, yeah, there was more stuff with Alcide, who was challenged as Pack Master, but proved himself to be more than capable in challenging Rikki. Still, he drowned his sorrows with Sam after he fails to kill Rikki cuz he’s, like, compassionate or something? I dunno, that whole thing was pretty bland for me. In other news that I find difficult to care about, Sam and Nicole are in love. His partner died 7 episodes ago. Nicole’s boyfriend or whatever died, maybe 3 episodes ago? I dunno, I just feel like we’re moving a little fast. Then again, with an abbreviated season and the whole “Nicole is pregnant” thing, I guess we kinda have to move fast on this one. Oh, right, yeah, I forgot to mention that Nicole is pregnant, but she doesn’t know. Sam can smell it on her. The romance of fairy tales, am I right? I mean, this is some Prince Charming shit right here.

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In the main storyline, with all that Warlow nonsense, it was a pretty uneventful episode up until the end, to be honest, when Sookie is down with being vamped cuz she’s going through her rebellious teen phase, like, super late. Billith is all, like, “Hey Sookie, bring me Warlow” but then she was like, “But you better not kill him or anything” and then Billith was, like, “Meh, we’ll see. You two talk it over.” Sookie explains the deal to Warlow who says he’ll agree if Sookie becomes his Faerie/Vampire Bride. Honestly, the only thing that could have made this whole thing more archaic would have been a negotiation over her dowry. Sookie makes some lame joke about, “Why doesn’t any guy just wanna date me?” Well, to be fair… you’re fairly awful, Sookie Stackhouse. As evidenced by the scene where you threw yourself at Sam, just as he was happy, cuz it was convenient for you to finally take notice of him. Not cool.

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Source: HBO

Even when most of the storylines moved at a glacial pace, Sarah Newlin saved this episode. Things are catching up to her as she tries to keep all her balls in the air. People have questions that they need the Governor to answer, but of course, he can’t, what with being dead and all. Sarah Newlin tries to cover for this. Anna Camp’s nervous, frenetic energy is part of what makes this performance, but we finally get to see her shine in a showdown with Ms. Suzuki. Honestly, Anna Camp channels her inner Patrick Bateman in this equal parts terrifying and hilarious massacre. If for no other reason, watch “Dead Meat” for this exact scene and you won’t regret it.

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Finally, since Jessica couldn’t keep her GD mouth shut about the Hep V, word starts to spread to some folks that the Tru Blood is tainted. It honestly has little to no effect on the events of the episode, except it’s what gets them trapped in the room at the end, where Jessica tells them they will meet the sun before the episode cuts to black and credits roll. I guess it’s an effective cliffhanger, but there wasn’t much build-up to this moment in this episode, only Billith’s vision earlier in the season. Oh, right, and Eric drank Warlow which… has ramifications? Eventually? I guess?

What did you think of this week’s episode?

Calhoun
Calhoun Kersten is unofficially over-educated and unemployable. he is currently finishing up his Masters thesis on horror films from DePaul University, but now resides in Hell on earth aka Los Angeles. When he's not writing, he enjoys being a grown man who still watches Arthur on PBS, singing along loudly to Three 6 Mafia, and spending time with his dog, Karl Marx.
  • cacherr1

    this what happen when your seasons only cover a week, people seem to have a problem with Nicole and Sam being in love so quickly (I mean this somewhat bothers me as I think Sam only said it because he did want Nicole to leave with his baby and not having input on it when she does find out), but didn’t Arlene and Terry fall in love quickly too? Yes Rene died in season 1 and Terry and Arlene happen in season 2 but it was literally two weeks and then she found out she was carrying Rene’s baby at like 6 weeks. So idk it feels like that to me (people are comparing it to Andy’s baby drama but I don’t see it going down that way as I personally think that was done for comic relief). This season has me wondering if we are doing another time jump.

    • Calhoun Kersten

      It’s not so much the quickness as it is the fact that both have experienced SEVERE traumas recently. Like, emotionally crippling traumas. It’s just, like, I always thought their sex had been a desperately lonely kinda thing, but now they’re trying to make it real? I dunno how I feel about it yet

      • cacherr1

        like I said personally think the severe traumas is why Sam said he he loved her cause in a way some people cling to children as a sign of hope. I mean he lost out of being a father to Emma, so in a way I see Nicole and the baby as something as something he trying to cling to, I guess I am not fully buying him saying I love you at face valued either and to me it seem to be holding onto something as this child would be his only family. I don’t know it was kind of similar to Sookie trying to get with Sam now as she was trying to cling to her human life and when Sam said no, that was the turning point in the episode.

        • Calhoun Kersten

          Totally agree

  • jamu

    I loved that Sarah killed her with a shoe… Does she have no sole?( sorry about the bad pun but I had too.). The episode was… Strange I’m still not sure what was going on there so I’ll leave it at oozy but productive.

    • Calhoun Kersten

      Puns are not only absolutely forgiven, but encouraged!

  • Mike

    Honestly, I tweeted this, but I’m still not sure what to think of the whole Sarah Newlin scene. I loved it, I was disturbed by it, I’m still thinking about it. I guess they made the scene work. I was sure that they were going to corrupt Alcide’s character by making him kill his were ex-sex buddy, but then it turned out to be Sarah Newlin.

    And just like @01558bfbfed5f63a8e809febdea1f7dc:disqus said, it bugs me that they’re all “in love” already. WHAT? You JUST met.

    Also, it feels like they need to give Sookie stuff to do, so they just show her walking and getting dressed and stuff. I kind of miss Sookie in a weird way. It’s her show, technically, and they give her the least to do in some episodes.

    • Calhoun Kersten

      Yeah, she’s definitely mostly filler it seems these days. I will admit, I liked the scene where Sookie told Sam (even though it was out of nowhere) cuz True Blood has needed to admit for a LONG time that Sookie isn’t that great of a person.

      Oh, and Mike? Anna Camp is EVERYTHING. You hear me? EVERYTHING!!!

      • Mike

        You don’t even have to tell me that. Anna Camp IS everything. EVERYTHING.

        • Calhoun Kersten

          Good. I’m glad we both know that life has meaning because of Anna Camp’s continued existence.

    • cacherr1

      I do buy Warlow being in love with Sookie if that make sense but maybe because he was waiting for so long. I out down Eric’s and Bill’s ( mostly Eric’s) love down to Sookie fairy blood as a major factor and their blood in her as major factor as well. Imo Sookie only truly loved Bill as imo her falling “in love” with Eric happen really bad and happen during when Eric was not himself.
      As for the other stuff I feel like I could be invested in Alcide if they explained the behavior, I mean is the pack on V? Terry thing would be interesting if everyone was involved. I adore Vamp camp and I have to say I heart Willa so much! Anna Camp truly is everything and her Michael are still funny together. Poor Steve. I overall enjoy this season compare season 4 and 5. Season 4 annoyed me all together because in that case the vampires were the victims and the show and fans acted like the witches had no right to upset. Season 5 was hyped a certain way that didn’t happen.

      • Calhoun Kersten

        I think I liked season 5 so much because I love the mythology of the whole thing. Season 6 just feels like it’s treading water to me, but these last few episodes are definitely picking up the pace

        • cacherr1

          Don’t get me wrong I liked season 5 too but that was down to Stephen Moyer’s performance, who I thought gt crap on during season 4 and I did enjoy mythology.

  • Cory

    I LOVE this show, but oh dear GOD this episode was, in a word, crap. The ONLY saving grace WAS Anna Camp. But, it was directed so badly that during the killing of Ms. Suzuki scene I didn’t see Sarah murdering someone, I saw Anna Camp pretending to kill someone and laugh at the lines. NOT KIDDING, TOTALLY TRUE: I had to see my doctor today. I have a horrible knot in one of my intercostal muscles from laughing so hard at last night’s episode and needed a cortisone shot. When she said “Thank you Jesus” after killing her I lost it. Seriously: The directing, the writing, the editing (if you notice the editing it’s done badly), and even at times the lighting was bad. And so much was strangely illogical: Jessica’s 2 on her uniform later changed to a 3… They’re all acting like they don’t know what Hep V is but they talked about it in Season 1… Adilyn is being chased by Eric, but not only puts on her sweater first but neglects to use her “laser fingers” which were talked about a few episodes ago… Sookie just appearing when Sam talks to Nicole (one of the many unnecessary scenes in this episode)… Like I said, I love this show, but if I wasn’t familiar with it and this was my first one I would never watch it again. And like you, Calhoun, and to quote Sarah Newlin, “Thank you Jesus!” for Anna Camp. Without her the episode wouldn’t even have been funny.

    • cacherr1

      Sookie and Sam scene was explained by the writer’s after the episode aired (even though I knew the reason) it was clear Sookie was looking for something to tie her to her human life and that was Sam (other being Jason but he is MIA). I also don’t think it was OOC cause Sam has always been the back-up (season 1 anyone). I believe had Sam said yes to Sookie she wouldn’t had agree to being turned. I agree the flow of it was strange but if you pieced together her scenes it was all about her making the decision in the end.

      I can only say it made sense that the baby vamps no nothing of Hep V but it was far fetch Pam knows nothing about it.

      • jamu

        Actually Hep ‘D’ was talked about in season one, hep V is a completely new virus made by the Governors scientist… Hep D just weakened the vampire Hep V kills them. Willa is the only person who has actually seen an infected person in the group since Eric is not there.

        • cacherr1

          See I thought it was called Hep D in season 1 and I do recall it stated that just weaken them so a human could kill them, I just figure the writers forgot it was Hep D and changed what it could do to you. Thank you for pointing that out.

          • Calhoun Kersten

            I honestly hadn’t even noticed the Hep D vs Hep V thing. I think it’s mainly cuz I feel like the show is so far removed from where it started haha I guess a rewatch is in order, since I loved season 1

      • Corina Ramos

        I also thought the whole Sam and Sookie scene was an ode to the last book since Sookie does give up vampires and ends up with Sam (which by the way was completely random and made for an absolutely crappy ending.) As in the writers saying yeah here’s the only acknowledgment that’s going happen from that awful book. What cracks me up is the way that Bill keeps saying “Eric!” for everything it’s the new “sookehh.” I don’t buy Warlow being in love with Sookie, I think he has been in love with the idea of her, but the whole “I’ve been in love with you for 6,000 years” was total bs. Plus I just don’t see that much chemistry between them and something about his character just seems off, I don’t believe he is a good guy. The saving grace for this season so far for me have been Anna Camp, Alexander Skarsgard and actually Carrie Preston.

        • cacherr1

          I do think he is in love with the idea of her myself but then again it no different than the quick love both Eric and Bill felt for her. As for the good guy… Bill and Eric aren’t good guys either so I don’t think I can hold that against Warlow. Every man except Sam, Terry, Andy and occasionally Jason are not good guys. I see chemistry but then again I been over Sooric and Sookie/Bill thing for a while so anyone is welcome change from those pairings. As for Sam and Sookie thing being a nod to the books, maybe because I am cynical but I am doubtful those writers actually read that book and the writers said in the inside the episode conversation that it had to do with Sookie trying to find something to hold onto when it came to her human life and that would have been Sam and once Sam said no Sookie realize there was nothing for her there leading to the scene in the graveyard. For me Alex hasn’t seem into the show since season 3, I won’t be surprise if he cool with getting killed considering he actually had a semi-film career going. I prefer this season over season 5 due to the fact the writers imo are using the new characters very well cause let’s face it the Guardian was overhyped and Denis O’Hare kind of went out in flat manner.