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Marcus Bozeman may face the wrath of both Sam and Alcide for his multiple sins.

August 28 – The big reveal of tonight’s action-packed episode is that Marnie isn’t so much an unwilling pawn of the vengeful Antonia as she is the instigator of Antonia’s ongoing wrath against the vampires. At the tolerance festival Eric and Bill have a death match during which Bill fends off the older Viking vamp with silver bullets.  Just as Eric gets the upper hand on Bill, Sookie zaps him with all her fairy might, breaking him free of Antonia’s amnesia spell. In an instant, Eric returns to his adorably snarky self and a look of dread flashes across Sookie’s face. Has she lost the man with whom she fell in love? Antonia’s spirit appears on Marnie’s face, momentarily startled by the carnage she had set in motion. Marnie composes herself and teleports her cronies and two vampire slaves out of the hotel ballroom. Jason has guilt pangs over hooking up with Jessica and asks her to wipe the experience from his memory. Insulted, she sets out to find a human to feed on. Alcide is rushing Tommy to the nearest hospital following his beat-down by Marcus’s goons when Tommy suddenly writhes in pain as his shapeshifting goes haywire and his bones crack uncontrollably. Foregoing medical attention, Tommy asks to be taken home to Merlotte’s where Sam bids a sad farewell to his repentant, trouble-making brother. Marcus Bozeman is a dead werewolf, Sam promises. Marcus, meanwhile, visits with a vulnerable Debbie, who’s feeling ignored by Alcide. Perhaps Marcus can satisfy her long-denied desire to have wolf pups? Eric tells Sookie that he still loves her but she can only respond that although she returns his love she also loves Bill. Pam, her face strangely waxen from the extreme facial treatments she underwent to camouflage Antonia’s deterioration spell, rushes into the arms of her maker, only to find him distracted by his romantic travails with Sook. Bill decides the only way to win the war with Antonia is to resort to an old-school witch burning and orders Eric, Pam and Jessica to join him in the assault on the coven. First the vampires must endure an uncomfortable day together silvered in Bill’s increasingly crowded crypt. The only thing the bickering vamps can agree on is how much they all hate the annoying Nan Flanagan, who returns their disdain in kind.

Can Nan Flanagan keep Bill in line?

Sookie pleads unsuccessfully with Bill to spare Tara, then shares Bill’s plot against the coven with Jason, Lafayette and Jesus.  Jesus decides to approach Antonia, hoping to release his old friend Marnie from her control. What he doesn’t realize is that Marnie is very much running the show, even convincing a conflicted Antonia to continue her vendetta against the vampires through Marnie’s body. It appears that years of being bullied for her Wiccan ways made Marnie just as bitter as the ancient Spanish witch.  Sookie, Jason, Lafayette and Jesus arrive outside the Moon Goddess Emporium and Jesus taps into the magic of his family’s voodoo-priest spirit to make it across a powerful –and painful—force field erected by Antonia. When he tries to get through to Marnie she informs him she is a willing partner in Antonia’s war against the vampires. Tara and Holly cast a spell to open the door to the Moon Goddess Emporium and run outside to meet Sookie but Antonia zaps the three back into the emporium in a blinding flash! Terry and Arlene find Andy’s stash of V and tell him to quit the stuff or he’ll never see their kids again. Terry and Andy later hash out some long-simmering family issues during an intervention that ends in their coming to blows. Having released their aggressions, the two make up and Andy promises to conquer his addiction. Speaking of aggression, as night falls, a dark van pulls up to the Moon Goddess Emporium and Bill, Eric, Pam and Jessica step out dressed in SWAT gear and carrying heavy artillery. Time to burn the house down!

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Nelsan Ellis did a masterful job of acting the part of Mavis, the tortured ghost.

August 21 – Bill swipes Sookie out of Alcide’s arms and saves her from her bullet wound by feeding her his blood. When she comes to, however, all she can think of is saving Eric from the clutches of Antonia Gavelan, which is enough to send Alcide running. Still, she thanks Bill for saving her and the two exchange meaningful looks. The taste of Bill’s blood stirs up old feelings and Sookie has a sexy dream in which she settles a fight over her between Eric and Bill by tempting them into a three-way. She points out that it’s sexist for them to insist that she has to choose between them when if there were two women involved they would learn to share. When Sook wakes up from the dream she realizes she needs to first find Eric before she can sort out their triangle with Bill.  Eric is under the complete control of Antonia, who plans to use him at an upcoming vampire tolerance festival to show vamp-friendly humans how dangerous the bloodsuckers really are. When Nan Flanagan comes to town for the festival, Jessica cries her eyes out to her about her messy love life, reminding the droll vampire publicist why she never became a maker herself. Bill brings Nan up to speed on the witch war and Eric’s disappearance and she joins him and Jess in getting silvered during the daytime. A grouchy Nan is not pleased with Bill’s performance as king. After Hoyt finishes packing Jessica’s stuff in a box, Lafayette, possessed by Mavis the ghost haunting baby Mikey, pushes his way with Mikey and the weird doll in tow. Flashing a gun, Mavis reclaims “her” home, managing to fend off Andy and Jason, who notices how V has jacked up Andy’s strength as he holds down Terry after he and Arlene show up at the house. Arlene is savvy enough to bring Jesus on the scene and the sensitive brujo lowers Mavis’s defenses, using his magic to help her remember that she and her baby were buried under a tree in the front yard. Digging up the makeshift grave, Jesus reunites a grateful Mavis with her dead baby in the after life. It turns out that Andy isn’t the only one taking V. Debbie, slowly unraveling over her nagging doubts about Alcide and Sookie, buys some V from a street pusher. She then visits Sookie and offers her help in fighting the witches. Sookie reads Deb’s thoughts and decides she’s telling the truth. I’m not convinced. Nevertheless, Debbie agrees to help Sookie rescue Eric from Antonia by distracting the witch with an offer to support her war against the vampires, giving Sookie a chance to sneak into the Moongoddess Emporium. She discovers from Eric that Antonia is plotting to assassinate Bill at the Tolerance Festival, and is confronted at gunpoint by Tara, who tells her through their psychic bond where Bill is and that Antonia is holding the coven captive.Tara tells Sookie to charge her to distract Antonia with a commotion, allowing Sook and Debbie, who tried to double-cross Sookie, to escape. Antonia takes Eric and leaves the coven members trapped in Moongoddess with a spell that makes every door handle hot as molten lava to the touch. Sam and Luna have a nice camping trip with Emma. Meanwhile, Marcus gives Tommy an invitation for Sam to meet him to work their differences out. When Tommy shifts into Sam and shows up in his place, he’s knocked bloody by Marcus’s pack mates until Alcide steps in before they kill him. That Tommy is one dumb shifter! Hoyt asks Jason to deliver Jessica’s things to her and, sure enough, the two end up doing it wildly in the back of Jason’s pickup truck to the strains of a Taylor Swift song. Classy! At the tolerance festival, Bill takes the stage after Nan to make a speech while Eric breaks in with Antonia, who hexes Bill’s guards to beef up her ranks. Soon, pandemonium erupts as the sheriffs rip through the startled crowd, sending bodies flying while Eric makes a beeline for Bill. “Run!,” screams Sookie.

Will Jason ever learn to control his carnal urges? Hopefully no.

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Can Alcide really stay away from Sookie? Don't bet on it!

August 14 – Jason tackles Jessica and pulls her back into the house to keep her from burning in the sun. At first Jess attacks him, but realizes he saved her when Antonia’s spell wears off. Then the two become impassioned. Bill is grateful to Jason for saving Jessica and laying silver on her again to protect against more spells from Antonia, but he asks Officer Stackhouse to let them rest up. Jessica can no longer deny her feelings for Jason and dreams that she breaks up with Hoyt, killing him when he becomes a whining wuss, then has sex with Jason in his truck. The reality is far different when she tells Hoyt their relationship is over.  He rages against her and revokes his invitation to her, sending her flying out of the house. When she tells Jason – who’s clad in a tight tank and painted-on jeans — about dumping Hoyt, he kicks her out, too, and cools his libido by doing push-ups. Officer Stackhouse later checks out the bloody remains of Mrs. Fortenberrry’s vampire neighbor and is appalled when Andy nearly licks the blood off the ground. Bill shows up to do some damage control PR when the local media covers the vampire’s apparent suicide and the newscast enrages Antonia, who is frustrated that her spell only killed a single vamp. Bill calls the Moongoddess Emporium to set up a meeting to work out a truce between their warring camps. Antonia agrees to meet him at a nearby cemetery at midnight. How appropriate!  Tommy breaks into Mrs. Fortenberry’s home and swipes her jewelry to pass himself off as her to get a windfall from the oil company guy but learns that the death of Maxine’s neighbor has freed up the house next to hers, lessening the value of her payoff. Whom will Tommy impersonate next? Sam is preoccupied with Luna’s ex, the wolf pack leader Marcus, who’s not keen on Sam hanging out with his little girl. Luna threatens to report Marcus to his parole officer. The werewolf gives Sam a not-so-subtle threat of his own. Marcus may be itching for a fight with Sam, but he forbids his pack from interfering in the escalating war between the vampires and the witches, reminding his pack mates that vampires are a dangerous threat to wolves. Alcide helps him subdue one hot-headed young werewolf who refuses to obey Marcus’s orders and promises Debbie he won’t see Sookie since she’s so involved with vamps. We all know that’s one promise Alcide is unable to keep. Sookie’s too preoccupied to think about Alcide, Bill or anyone else because she’s busy making love with Eric over and over again. After removing Eric’s silver bindings, she lets him feed on her to regain his strength then drinks his blood at his insistence so they can be united forever. In the afterglow of their marathon couplings, Sookie isn’t so sure that forever exists for anyone and tells Eric they need to support Bill in his campaign against the witches. A dream reveals to Lafayette that the black woman he’s seen visiting baby Mike had a child who was killed by its father, a wealthy white man who wanted to keep its existence a secret. When Lafayette awakens, the woman possesses him and promptly kidnaps Mikey!

What will Arlene do when she realizes Mikey's gone missing?

When Bill and Antonia meet at the cemetery, they each reveal they brought back-up and a fierce battle erupts. In the melee, Bill forbids Pam from killing Tara– ever – but is himself overpowered by Antonia’s minions bearing silver and a cross. Sookie uses her fairy blast to ward off a coven member but is then shot! Alcide, ever her gallant guardian, shows up and scoops her up into his powerful arms unaware that Debbie had been shadowing him in wolf form. Eric exhibits his savage nature during the battle and corners Antonia for a rematch, only to be hexed yet again. What will the sorceress do to the Viking warrior next?

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We can all agree that Antonia the Spanish witch is one angry lady. She has plenty of reason to hate vampires. During the Spanish Inquisition she was fed on, raped and burned by vamps disguised as priests in the Catholic church. Not surprisingly, now that she has inhabited Marnie’s body she is hell-bent on getting retribution on all the undead citizens of the world! We Truebies may sympathize with her plight but it’s hard not to view her as a villainess, especially the way the talented Fiona Shaw is interpreting her.  Shaw, portraying Marnie-as-Antonia, captures beautifully the fury and regal bearing of the ancient sorceress gone mad with a thirst for vengeance. Now, on True Blood we’re accustomed to viewing vampires in a more multidimensional way and we recognize, just like Sookie and other “fangbangers,” that vamps come in many colors, personalities and characters. As sorry as we are for Antonia, she kind of creeps us out. In this scene from Sunday’s episode, Tara, who can relate to Antonia’s victimization by vamps, begins to sense that the witch’s plot is more about murdering vampires than protecting humans from them. Will she rebel against the coven’s plans, and if so, will Antonia let her get away with it? We all know what happened to the last person who betrayed the coven.

Antonia is in full possession of Marnie and ready for retribution against all vampires!

August  7 – The vampire community in Bon Temps braces itself for the onslaught from Antonia Gavelan, the vengeful Spanish witch who has possessed Marnie and compelled her rapist Luis to free her from captivity. Luis pays Bill a visit and tries to kill him, then stakes himself on purpose during the ensuing struggle after announcing Antonia’s resurrection. In Shreveport, Alcide and Debbie are initiated into Marcus Bozeman’s pack although Alcide is clearly less enthusiastic about their new pack mates than Debbie. Deb agrees to let Alcide check on Sookie, whom they last saw toting a rifle looking for Jason in the woods. When the wolf couple find her, they realize that a naked and moaning Miss Stackhouse is in no need of assistance while in the company of the virile Eric Northman. The look on Alcide’s face reveals that finding Eric and Sookie in the act is more than just awkward. Deb picks up on his hurt feelings. How long can Alcide fool himself that he belongs with her? Pam is not having a good night. She attacks Tara and her girlfriend and just as she’s about to kill Miss Thornton, a crowd of camera-toting humans hunting for vampire photo ops to sell to TMZ interrupt her. She’ll get Tara eventually, the rotting bloodsucker promises before speeding away. That’s the last straw for Tara, who breaks up with her gal to protect her from the ever-present danger surrounding her. Tara is later recruited by Antonia, who’s expanding her circle of human spirits to build her power so she can destroy all the vamps just as she had done 400 years earlier. Bill prepares a defensive strategy and orders his sheriffs to command all vampires to either flee the area or silver themselves in their crypts to avoid being compelled by Antonia’s spell to walk into the sun. He even takes silver to Sookie so she can protect Eric just after the two had made love over and over in every position imaginable. Bill senses that their reunion was a “happy” one.

Can Debbie hold on to Alcide?

Eric is afraid Sookie will leave him when he regains his memory and reverts to his old personality. Sookie fears they may not have any choice in the matter. At Merlotte’s Andy has a V craving that ruins his date with Holly. Lafayette sees the phantom woman hovering over Arlene’s baby Mikey and Sam gets cursed out by Luna. When she reminds him about his rude behavior after their lovemaking, the two realize it was Tommy who took Luna to bed in Sam’s form. A livid Sam banishes Tommy from his life forever. Will Mrs. Fortenberry take him back? Hoyt is heading for heartbreak as upside-down push-ups fail to remove erotic visions of Jessica from a sweaty, shirtless Jason’s mind. Hoyt can sense he’s losing Jess, but what will he do when he discovers it’s because she’s heading right into Jason’s well-muscled arms? As sunrise approaches, the vampires in Bon Temps prepare for the agonizing process of being silvered to save them from Antonia’s impending spell. Pam, who gets the mother of all chemical peels in her ongoing quest to reverse the decaying hex Antonia put on her, is covered in a silver mesh blanket and locked in her coffin as she howls and curses a bloody streak. Sookie remains by Eric’s side as all Hell breaks loose and the vampires beg to be freed into the sun’s rays. Bill and Jessica lie side by side weighed down by silver but his decision to not lay silver over her neck enables her to break free and escape into the light just as a desperate Jason races to stop her. Have we seen the last of Jess?

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HBO’s latest sneak peek video reveals that Shreveport packmaster Marcus, played by Daniel Buran, has succeeded in recruiting Alcide and Debbie to his pack, which is your typical motorcycle crowd.  Debbie, unsurprisingly, is eager to be part of a group again while Alcide isn’t as happy to be hanging with his new pack mates. He may not be as sophisticated as Bill or Eric but he’s definitely outgrown the werewolf crowd. There’s a regalness to Alcide that makes him more like a lion than a wolf. Since he met Sookie he’s begun to pull away from the crass world of the werewolves and seems destined to be a loner in Bon Temps when he finally wises up and dumps Deb for good. In this scene she shows how brittle her recovery is through her reaction to Alcide’s concern over leaving Sookie in the woods.  We all know that Sook’s having a grand old time with Eric — finally — but Alcide only knows that he’s protective of the telepathic cutie. Deb’s not liking it one bit. If you ask me, she’s going to drop the understanding wifey routine in no time and will be pouncing on Sook when Alcide isn’t looking. Let’s face it, Deb’s much more interesting as a rampaging, pyschotic wolf bitch anyway.

Sookie and Eric are finally together! Will it last when he regains his memory?

July 31 – The approach of a full moon sets in motion some weird goings-on in Bon Temps with various forms of body-snatching emerging as the running theme throughout the night.  In the throes of their newly found passion, Eric and Sookie are ripping their clothes off to consummate their long-simmering attraction when an enraged Bill interrupts. He and Eric get into a tussle and just as the Viking gets the upper hand on Bill, Sookie tells him Bill is his monarch. Eric instantly concedes and turns himself in to Bill’s authority. Sookie objects to Bill’s decision to jail Eric and unnecessarily cuff him in painful silver. Is Bill doing it to protect Eric from his enchantment by Marnie or is he a sore loser now that Sookie has grown close to Eric? Bill denies Sookie an honest answer and bans her from his residence. Sookie, simmering over Eric’s latest fix, is having a rough night. She runs into Tommy, who has shifted into Sam’s body after gaining the ability to assume another human’s form when he killed his hillbilly parents, and he promptly fires her. She then finds Jason handcuffed to his bed in the fear that he will become a vicious werepanther at the rise of the full moon. She promises to watch over her brother but the minute she turns her back he darts for the woods, where he’s joined by Jessica, who senses his plight and keeps him company through the night, all the while fighting the growing attraction between them.  Sookie heads out after Jason with a rifle, running into Alcide and Debbie on their way to a meeting of the Shreveport wolfpack they’ve joined. TV Guide recently revealed that their packmaster Marcus is Luna’s jealous werewolf ex so you know Alcide’s storyline will bring him back to Bon Temps, and Sookie, really soon. Luna shows up at Sam’s and throws herself at Tommy not knowing she’s banging the wrong brother. Their awkward afterglow fades fast when Tommy’s painful transformation back to his natural form kicks in and he insults her and throws her out. Sam returns to find a motionless Tommy lying on the floor. Is the ornery shifter dead? Will Luna forgive Sam if Tommy’s not around to admit to his game of deceit? In other Merlotte’s news, Arlene and Terry’s home burns to the ground and baby Mikey is the first family member to emerge from the inferno unscathed with that weird doll lying right next to him. As the Bellefleurs ponder their latest mishap nobody but Mikey can see a mysterious woman waving at him. Is she a ghost? Lafayette and Jesus confront some ghosts from the past in Mexico, where Jesus’s grandfather demands an animal sacrifice in exchange for a mystical source of protection from revenge from Eric and Pam. They don’t know that Eric has spooked Pam in jail by telling her he renounces his villainous past. When grandpa warlock unleashes his brand of mumbo jumbo, a rattlesnake the guys brought him as a sacrifice bites Jesus and a desperate Lafayette is possessed by Jesus’ creepy uncle Luca, who saves his life.  These brujos just love keeping it all in the family!

Antonia is one powerful witch set on evening the score with all vampires.

Speaking of Spanish witches and possession, a captive Marnie summons the spirit of Antonia, the witch who’s been juicing up her power to fight off the vamps. Marnie witnesses how the vampire clergymen tortured Antonia during the Inquisition by raping her and feeding on her before burning her at the stake. When one of her tormentors, who’s now one of Bill’s vampire sheriffs, confronts her for burning his maker, she easily subdues him with a spell and makes him kneel before her.  Will the vengeful sorceress use him as a tool to destroy all the other bloodsuckers? Bill is about to destroy one such vamp – Eric – but is taken aback by the Viking’s gentle new personality and willingness to sacrifice himself for Sookie’s happiness. Bill sets both Eric and Pam free. Pam makes a beeline toward Tara and her girlfriend with revenge on her mind.  Eric, however, has a different plan altogether when he encounters a gun-toting Sookie in the woods. As Bill ponders his lonely life without his telepathic waitress, Eric and Sookie’s writhing nude bodies give Team Eric what they’ve long been waiting for. Sorry, Team Bill!

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