By Justin Schultz

This week had another amazing True Blood episode.  One that advanced the plot even further by combining the storylines that already existed and introducing new angles that can lead to a lot of new storylines emerging. 

SPOILER WARNING: As usual, this article will be filled to the brim with spoilers.  So, if you haven’t watched this weeks, or any episodes of the current season, or any True Blood at all, please catch up and read this article.

In typical fashion, we pick up this week’s episode right where the last one ended.  Sookie finds Eric walking down the side of a country road, with no shirt or shoes, and no idea who he is.  As we find out, Eric knows that he is still a vampire, but seems to operating more on reflex that the skill level he showed previously. 

We also learn an interesting little tidbit about the vampire lore of the show when we see Eric not able to enter Sookie’s house, even though he owns it.  This suggests that at least some part of the invitation rule is psychological with the vampires, along with the obviously mystical aspect.  As a fan of the urban fantasy genre as a whole, I find this really interesting, since it gives allows for new possibilities to open with the other vampire rules. 

During this time, Sookie looks for a place to stash Eric away from trouble, and more importantly, away from her.  This leads her to Alcide Herveaux, the werewolf from the past season.  I personally loved this character, since he was both similar and completely different from Bill and Eric, something I loved.  We see that Alcide has taken in his ex-V-addict girlfriend, and both of them seem to be living a pleasant and enjoyable life. 

I’m not sure how this is going to end up, but I love the potential that Alcide will be coming back in the coming episodes.

Sookie is tasked with protecting Eric by Pam, who fears that the entire attack on Eric was a setup by the King of Louisiana, Bill Compton.  This mention give an interesting possible plot line to develop, since it could lead to a war between Bill, the King, and Eric, a much more powerful Sheriff, allowing for a nice view into what has more power, age or position.

The Sookie and Eric storyline caps off with Claudine, Sookie’s Fae godmother, coming to the house and, in a perfectly Terminator fashion, telling Sookie that she needs to go with her, so that she can be “protected”, and trying to make her ignore what happened in the Faerie with Mab.  However, before anything can really happen between those two, Eric tackles Claudine, and drains her of all her blood, apologizing to Sookie afterwards. 

The Lafayette and Tara storylines seems to have been joined, at least for now.  However, I have a feeling that Tara’s storyline will eventually grow into something much more important as the season goes on.  Otherwise, they wouldn’t have introduced her girlfriend and the given her new life as much screen time (even though it was very little). 

After the events of Marnie casting her spell on Eric, Tara and Lafayette, along with Jesus talk about what happened, trying to figure out their next move.  Lafayette, who had experience with Eric’s viciousness last season, at first wishes to pretend it never happened, but then decides to confess his apparent “crime” to Eric at Fangtasia, who, as we all know by now, isn’t in control of Fangtasia anymore. 

When Lafayette goes to Fangtasia, he is captured and imprisoned in the underground chamber by Pam.  However, Lafayette is rescued by Tara and Jesus, pointing a weapon at Pam. 

Tara goes through an interesting character moment with Sam, who starts to hit on Tara as soon as they meet up again.  Tara shows some definite growth when she rejects Sam, saying that she is involved with someone back in New Orleans.

The Shifter and Sam storyline unfortunately doesn’t advance in this episode at all, which is unfortunate, since I’m really liking where it’s going. 

Tommy has some advancement in his storyline, but I’m not too interested in it.  Mrs. Fortenberry apparently lives on a stretch of land that is rich in natural gas.  A prospector offers a large sum of money to Tommy, who is claiming to be Mrs. Fortenberry’s child.  Tommy is apparently planning to take the money for himself, which in my mind makes him a worse character, since he isn’t really growing any, but that’s my personal opinion.  If you disagree, leave a comment on the bottom of the page.

Jason, who is still captured by the pack of were-panthers and being turned into one of them by Crystal, his former lover, and Felton, Crystal’s current lover.  During these segments, we learn a bit of were-panther lore, mainly about the Ghost Daddy and Ghost Mommy, the two original were-panthers.  This piece is interesting, since it makes me wonder if this is a universal story among the were-panthers (if there are more packs), or if it is only in this particular pack. 

Also, we learn why Jason has been captured and turned by the pack.  Apparently, the massive amounts on inbreeding that we can only assumed happened within the pack has caught up to them, since none of their offspring is up to par, either they die during birth, or are so inbred that they aren’t really what the pack was looking for.  So, Jason’s new blood would give the pack a new chance at life, preventing extinction. 

Another interesting element of this storyline is that we see a glimpse of Andy Bellefleur’s struggle with V, and how on edge he constantly is because of it.  I like where this story is going, and want to see more glimpses of it.

Jason’s story caps off with an incredibly creepy and disturbing scene, where the women of the were-panther pack are watching Crystal rape Jason, all waiting their turn for a round with Jason.  Apparently, Jason is to be the father of a new generation of were-panthers, whether he wants to be or not.

Bill and Jessica have a great father-daughter moment in this episode too, where Bill give his “daughter” advice on what to tell Hoyt about her previous night out, drinking blood from another man.  The emotion between Jessica and Hoyt is always good, and I love those two.  I hope they don’t get killed in a twist or some such nonsense.

Marnie apparently knows that she didn’t turn away Eric by herself, so she calls out to the spirit world, drawing the spirit that helped her with a ritual.  While she herself doesn’t see this mysterious woman, we do, through a reflection in a mirror.  I’m curious as to who she is and what her connection to everything is going to be.

This week’s True Blood was full of interesting moments and great acting by the cast.  Some of the best acting in the series is coming through with this season, and I love the child-like depiction of Eric, it give him a great new side to his character, one that will hopefully be referred to and used to a satisfying extent in future seasons and storylines.

I also loved how all the storylines started interweaving, giving the show it’s near-trademark style of storytelling once again.  This season seems to be moving along at a decent pace, much better than the past two.  I want to see how the later episodes are going to be, along with when the “big bad” of the season will be revealed.

Until next time, happy viewing.

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