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Will Alcide ever make things happen with Sookie?!

July 8 – Sookie and Alcide’s drunken interlude devolves into slapstick when Sook throws up on a shirtless Alcide’s shoes before they can really get down to business. “Alcide, you really know how to treat a lady,” says Eric, who’s dropped by with Bill in the nick of time. Bill and Eric need her help to locate Russell by reading the mind of a guard who saw things go down the night Russ was dug up. Alcide, Bill and Eric argue about how the boys messed up things with King Russ and Sookie can barely take their immature bickering. Nevertheless, she picks up from the guard’s memories that it was a woman wearing a bat-shaped necklace from The Authority who dug up Russell. Bill thinks the culprit is Norah who may have been plotting to turn them over to Russ to win him over to her plot to overthrow The Authority’s plan to mainstream into human society. Eric isn’t convinced. The guys don’t have much time left to argue now that their stake harnesses have been activated to go off at sunrise if they don’t turn up Russell. Luckily for them, Sook’s powers lead them to Russell’s new lair and a poor guy trussed up like a side of beef to be served to the ancient vampire king tells them exactly where they can find Russ. Russell is looking like his old self when the gang arrive at his private quarters and Eric tells him they have come to finish him off. Do your best, Russ spits back. Back at Fangtasia, a glammed-up Tara shows up for her new job as a bartender. Unfortunately, her adjustment to vampire life continues to be bumpy as she attacks one of the patrons and Pam intercedes, slamming her up against the wall and telling her that she can’t feed on humans in public. Jessica notices Tara’s embarrassing dressing down from Pam and offers her friendship, noting they have a kinship as new vamps. Their road to BFFs takes a detour, however, when Jess catches Tara feeding on a willing Hoyt in the Fangtasia bathroom stalls. Classy! Jason and Lafayette are both plagued by disturbing visions. Jason dreams about having breakfast with Sook as a little girl with their parents but the happy memory turns ghastly when Mr. and Mrs. Stackhouse sprout bleeding fang wounds. Jason’s mom acts nonchalant and offers to give him oral sex when she notices he’s upset. Later, Jason and Andy discuss the growing presence of supernaturals in Bon Temps, the fairies they encountered among them, and the rise in violence against them after Sam calls them to investigate the murders of his shifter friends. Jason is determined to learn the truth behind the deaths of his parents. Andy, meanwhile, swears off sexy fairies to hold on to his blossoming relationship with Holly, the Wiccan. Lafayette is truly spooked by his brujo demon’s increasingly dangerous shenanigans. Compared to the long-tongued demon, his possession by Marnie was a cake walk! He turns to Jesus’ religious statues for solace but only hears mockery from them. Later, the disembodied head of Jesus, with a sutured mouth, appears to both Lafayette and his crazy mother (Alfre Woodard). Is Jesus trying to reach them from the other side with a warning?

Is Norah really the one who dug up King Russell?

Terry and Patrick are tied up by their paranoid friend Eller, who tells them a fire monster called The Ifrit is stalking the soldiers who took part in the drug-fueled slaughter of civilian Iraqis during their tour of duty years ago. Eller reminds Terry about a woman who survived the massacre long enough to curse them and their loved ones to death by The Ifrit. Terry remembers seeing the smoke creature rise up out of the flames that consumed the bodies of the victims after the soldiers tried to get rid of the evidence of their war crime. The guys convince Eller to untie them but as Terry and Patrick argue outside over the veracity of the Ifrit legend, the fire demon appears and claims Eller as its latest victim. Boy, these soldiers get dumber by the minute! Back in Bon Temps, Sam tells Luna about their friends’ mysterious murders and tells her to be careful. When he leaves, Sam is shot by a gang of masked hoodlums targeting shifters. Luna comes out to investigate what’s happening and is shot, too! Emma manages to get away by shifting into wolf pup form. Will Sam and Luna survive their wounds? Are the shooters human or supernatural? With all the vampires, werewolves, shifters, fairies, brujo demons and fire monsters hanging around, it’s anyone’s guess!

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Pam taught Tara all about the dangers of getting too much sun.

July 1 – Pam shows up at the tanning salon in the nick of time to save Tara from the tanning bed’s lethal UV rays and commands her “child” to never try to killer herself again. Tara is stuck now that her maker has forced her to live as a vampire. Pam is relieved to find that Eric has returned to Fangtasia and introduces him to his grandchild. She sees that he has company, Bill, and is hurt when Eric accuses her of digging up Russell Edgington. She would never betray their trust and if he could think her capable of betraying him maybe he should release his hold on her. Maybe he will.  Pam may be in the clear, but Bill and Eric know that the person who led Russ’s liberators to his cement prison has to be in their inner circle so they search close to home. Bill and Jessica search their home for listening devices and Bill finds pot. Jess promises no humans have been injured or drained in her pursuit of fun. Bill’s just disappointed that she couldn’t score better weed. When Jess urges him to see Sookie, he realizes he’s done a fine job raising a baby vamp who has a good heart, like his. Saying that Sookie is having a bad day would be the understatement of the year. Lafayette reads her the riot act over the Tara mess and even calls her the angel of death! The combined guilt of having Tara turned and killing Debbie is driving Sook to the edge. She confesses to Jason, who won’t turn her into to Andy. Just as a bitter Tara says, everyone around Sook goes out of their way to protect her for better or worse. Picking up everybody’s judgmental thoughts at Merlotte’s doesn’t help matters. Lafayette’s brujo demon continues to show its ugly face when Lafayette gets mad and casts a spell on Sookie’s car that makes its brakes fail and almost kills her until she dives out before it crashes into a tree. A repentant Lafayette calls Sook after finding her car wreck and is relieved to learn that she’s safe, albeit drunk out of her mind. Thinks start to look up when Alcide, who told Debbie’s parents that Marcus Bozeman killed their daughter, drops by and accepts her grateful offer of a drink or two to end their bad day on a good, inebriated note. The two hit the sauce pretty hard and their playful banter leads to a passionate clinch that Bill and Eric arrive just in time to witness. Eric, who has released Pam from their bond to keep her safe should something happen to him, is free of commitments. I wonder how things will shake out between him, Bill and Sookie now that she’s cozied up to the cuddly werewolf. Will she regret it in the morning? Free of her progeny bond to Eric, Pam is tending to her new maternal duties with Tara and brings her a young woman to feed on. Tara continues to refuse to feed on humans but Pam won’t have her developing an eating disorder and commands her to feed. Tara discovers that she can’t get enough!

Roman showed The Authority’s youngest chancellor a permanent lesson in tough love.

At the Authority’s headquarters, a “pec-tacular” Roman, who’s clearly been keeping up with his workouts, continues to torture Norah, but she won’t divulge the name of her accomplice within the Authority’s inner circle. He and Salome team up, playing good-cop/bad-cop to get Norah to fess up. Roman threatens to end Eric with his automatic stake app while Salome plays on their long friendship, gently offering her word that Bill and Eric won’t be hurt if she divulges who else among the chancellors has betrayed the Authority’s efforts to mainstream vampires into society. Later, a tense meeting of the chancellors ends with Roman staking the Authority’s surprisingly brutal little-boy chancellor as he tries to explain away video evidence of his bad behavior. By the way, Apple must have paid huge bucks for their product placement deal with the True Blood producers because it seems every good vampire has one handy. In other Bon Temps news, Terry’s boring new storyline with Patrick takes them to South Dakota, where Terry’s dream reveals that his unit killed a bunch of civilians after a drunken confrontation between an innocent bystander and their buddy Eller spun way out of control. The two arrive at Eller’s place and discover a basement with weird paintings that may incriminate him in the fire attacks on their buddies. They also have an unexpected reunion with their former comrade, who’s aiming a shotgun at them! Sam’s shifter friends from last season drop by Merlotte’s to lure him into another naked horse run, which is their equivalent of swinging, I guess. When Sam shows up at their place for dinner he finds them dead. Can he never stay out of trouble?!  Jess helps Jason put an end to Andy’s investigation into Deb’s death by glamouring him. Later, Andy, Jason and Andy’s new judge friend go on a triple date with some hot chicks who turn out to be fairies. Their limo ride ends in the enchanted field that is the portal to fairyland and the gang ends up in a wild scene straight out of “Moulin Rouge” full of gorgeous male and female fairy dancers. Andy runs into Morella, the dark-haired fairy he made out with last season and Jason’s hookup with one of the girls is interrupted by his cousin Hadley, who lets it slip that his parents were actually killed by vampires. When Jason and Andy demand more answers, two male fairies get rough and toss them back through the portal back to Bon Temps. They light blast them for good measure, too!

Pam is annoyed by the responsibilites of vampire motherhood.

June 24 – Tara is still on the lam as Lafayette and Sookie try to lure her back home. Tara comes upon a young woman trying to fix a flat tire and pounces on her but stops herself from feeding. As famished as she is, she is still disgusted by what she’s been turned into and cannot bring herself to feed on humans. She shows up at Merlotte’s and binges on True Blood as Sam agrees to keep her hidden in the freezer. Sookie shows up at Fangtasia to enlist Pam’s help in finding Tara but Pam is still waiting on Sookie to deliver on her promise to get Eric back in town. The ladies get into a brief catfight with Pam hurling Sook across the club and the fiery faerie retailiating with a powerful light blast that sends Pam reeling, tool.  When Sook reports for work at Merlotte’s the next day, Sam tries to shield his thoughts from her telepathy but his mind reveals that Tara’s in the freezer — and he’ll never stop thinking about Sookie’s breasts. The Vampire Authority continues its mind games with Bill and Eric as Roman sends his lover, the seductress Salome, to work her wiles on both men to determine whether they’re trustworthy. She assures Roman they’re up to the task of bringing Russell in. The question is whether Salome enjoys the naked interrogation sessions too much. As a precaution, Bill and Eric are outfitted with sexy harnesses with built-in stakes over their hearts that can be activated to end them in a flash should they veer off their mission. The harnesses of death are operated remotely by smartphone app, of course. Roman also gives Steve Newlin Nan Flanagan’s old job, intimidating Steve to ensure he is up for the task of making peace with the human vampire haters. Steve shudders in delight as the powerful Roman grabs his face with his manly hands to make his point. His new job comes with perks!

Will Salome’s attraction to Bill and Eric be her undoing?

Jason has a chance meeting in the supermarket with a former teacher who taught him the ways of the flesh and is moved to revisit their scandalous past with a naked romp on her living room floor. Jason is classy, as always! A mortified Jason realizes that he’s been filling the empty hole in his emotional life by filling the holes of every woman who crosses his path! Jessica, meanwhile, has a close encounter of her own at a dress shop when she’s trying on clothes and gets a whiff of the delicious blood of a young man who arrives to pick up clothes for numerous women. When the guy makes a panicked dash after Jess salivates over his irresistible scent, it’s obvious he must be a male faerie. Jess tracks him down to a field but can’t get him to reveal himself. Later, she drops in on Jason for some sexual healing in her aroused state, but realizes that the studly Stackhouse needs a friend more than a roll in the hay after all. At nightfall, Alcide drops by Merlotte’s to let Sookie know that Debbie’s parents are looking for her. Sook has already been questioned by Andy and is starting to crack under the pressure. When Lafayette tries to feed Tara, the enraged baby vamp gets violent and reveals her new identity to the entire Merlotte’s gang — including Alcide — just to spite Sookie. Arlene can’t believe Lafayette would help turn his own flesh and blood into a vampire. When Lafayette sasses her back his brujo demon — inherited from Jesus — takes over for a split second before he composes himself. After Tara speeds off, Sookie confesses to Alcide that she killed Debbie. Alcide is more devastated by the fact that Sookie lied to him. Will he turn her in? Pam continues to reminisce about the time in 1905 when Eric made her. We learn that Eric first met Bill and his maker Lorena in one of the bedrooms of Pam’s whorehouse where they drained prostitutes. Eric tosses them out and makes them pay restitution to Pam for killing off her working girls. After Pam repays Eric in bed she begs him to make her so she can avoid the bleak life of old, diseased whores. When he refuses, explaining the responsibility a maker has to his progeny, she slashes her wrists, forcing him to save her by giving her the gift of eternal life as a bloodsucker of the night. Not much different from running a whorehouse if you ask me. Reminded of the sacred bond between of every vampire and her maker, will Pam come to Tara’s rescue a second time when she senses that the suicidal baby vamp has tossed herself into a tanning bed?

Pam has a little fun watching an enraged Tara attack Sookie and Lafayette. Although tempted to let Tara have her way with them, Pam commands her to not bite Sookie or Lafayette and orders her to stay in Sookie’s house. It’s anything but a day at the beach when the batty new vamp goes ballistic, tossing things around the house like a kid having a temper tantrum. When Lafayette cuts himself to feed Tara, Sookie overpowers her with a silver chain and the two put her in Eric’s tomb. Sook heads out to a vamp-hater’s store to stock up on items to vampire-proof the house. Later, Sookie intervenes when a remorseful Lafayette tries to stake Tara. Sook convinces him that Tara can get past the initial shock of her transition and live a full, happy life as a vampire. For now, however, Tara decides to the get the f**k out of there and speeds off in a rage! Things ain’t going too well for Bill and Eric, who have been tossed in the clink along with Norah by Salome, a dark-haired Vampire Authority figure who’s not to pleased with Norah’s betrayal. The trio are subjected to painful blasts of a UV radiation lamp to get them to confess to killing Nan Flanagan. Later, Bill and Eric are cross-examined separately about Nan’s murder and their interrogators inject them with liquid silver. So the Vampire Authority enjoys using torture tactics. Big surprise. The episode takes a strong religious undertone as Bill’s tormentor quotes scripture from the Vampire Bible, which puts a sanguine spin on creation theory by adding the mythical bloodsucker Lilith to the arrival of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. The vampire’s good book (or would that be bad book?) says humans were created as sustenance for vamps. Bill and Eric admirably stick to their stories despite the agony of the silver. Later, the boys are taken to meet Roman (Chris Meloni of Law & Order: SVU fame), the guardian of the Vampire Authority, who officiates over a vampire communion ceremony that’s sure to tickle folks at the Vatican. Roman, who looks like a studly Wall Street honcho (how appropriate for a bloodsucking creature), is royally ticked off. Nan may have been an annoying pain in the butt but she was an Authority official and killing her was a crime that merits the punishment of the real death. Bill manages to buy time by offering the head of Russell Edgington in return for their lives. A stunned Roman cannot believe the Bon Temps vamps were stupid enough to let Russ live considering how dangerous he was to The Authority, but agrees to spare them… for now at least. In a mysterious cell somewhere, a reptilian-looking Russell is racking up a growing pile of human body parts as he feeds to slowly regain his strength for round two with the gang. The question is who’s doing the food shopping for him?

Will Luna turn to Sam now that Emma has turned wolf?

In other Bon Temps news, Steve Newlin hits the airwaves as a new spokesperson for peaceful vampire-human relations but doesn’t reveal that the relations he really wants to have are of the carnal sort with the studly Jason. He brazenly crashes Jessica’s latest frat party and offers her $10,000 in exchange for young Stackhouse. Jess counters with an asking price of $20,000, teasing him with visions of Jason’s rock-hard butt …. and other parts. When Steve suggests $15,000 she taunts him and the two have a brief cat fight that he loses. Jess tosses Steve out but I’m sure it’s not the last we — or Jason — will see of the Velvet Vampire. Jason continues to try to make amends with Hoyt but only gets gratitude from Mrs. Fortenberry, who’s thrilled that her son is no longer with the redheaded vampire slut. Later, Jason and Andy find Debbie Pelt’s abandoned car and Andy resists the temptation to steal some V juice he finds in it. This development can’t be good for Sookie. Alcide separates himself completely from Marcus’s wolf pack, which by rights now belongs to him. The slap in the face isn’t received too well by the trashy lupines and is sure to haunt the musclebound lone wolf in episodes to come. Marcus’s mother begs Luna to let her have a presence in Emma’s life, but an enraged Luna casts her out and tosses Sam out, too, when he suggests that Luna may need a pack if she turns out to be a werewolf. Luna’s greatest fear comes to pass when Emma has her first transformation into an adorable wolf pup. Terry’s having flashbacks to his tour of duty and Arlene turns to Patrick to find out what’s bothering her man. Patrick and Terry decide it’s time to track down one of their Marine comrades who may have a grudge to settle with them. After finishing up with Tara (for the moment), Pam shows up at Fangtasia and leaves a message on Eric’s cell to remind him that he has a business to run. She’s still bruised by his rejection during the confrontation with the witch coven last season and she wistfully flashes back to 1905 when she was a mortal whorehouse madam who finds one of her working girls drained of blood. Walking in the street late at night in a scene straight out of a Jack the Ripper movie, Pam is rescued from an ill-fated street thug by a dapper Eric, who licks the dead guy’s blood from his manly fingers and speeds off. We’re finally going to see the sardonic Pam’s making story!

Bill, Eric and Nora end up prisoners of The Authority

June 10, 2012 – Truebies everywhere rejoiced as True Bloodfinally returned to tie up last season’s loose ends. Lafayette comes upon Sookie screaming for help as she holds a mortally wounded Tara in her arms. Things look mighty bleak until am shows up looking for Eric and Sookie makes a deal with her to save Tara by turning her into a vamp. Pam demands Sook help her get back into Eric’s good graces and feeds Tara her blood. Lafayette and Sookie then bury her with Tara to complete the transition. As they wait to see if the transformation succeeds, Sook and Lafayette tend to cleaning up their respective messes from last season. She admits to him that she fully wanted Debbie dead when she shot her and they decide not to involve the police. The question is how Alcide will react when he learns his sweet Sookie blew his crazy wolf bitch to smithereens. Lafayette, meanwhile, returns home to find Jesus’s body is missing. Is there hope that the sexy male nurse might return? Bill tells Jessica that he’s going to be out of town for a while as Eric cleans up the mess they made killing Nan and her henchmen at super speed. Bill senses that Sookie is in need and Eric tells him to ignore the urge to run to her but the choice is taken out of their hands when goons from The Vampire Authority capture them in a silver net and lock them in a trunk while transporting them back for judgment. The boys manage to escape the transport and just as the vamp driver confronts them he’s killed by his female companion who turns out to be Eric’s long-lost sister Nora, a British woman who was also turned by Godric. The siblings have a vigorous naked reunion revealing that vampires don’t live by the human moral code against incest. Awkward! Just as Nora delivers Bill and Eric to a secret witness protection program intended to shield them from The Authority retribution, the trio is ambushed by The Authority. Double awkward!

Steve Newlin learns that unrequited love bites.

Back in Bon Temps, Jason has his own awkward encounter with Steve Newlin, the vampirized former leader of the Fellowship of the Sun, who declares his love for Jason dressed in a lavender shirt and sweater. Subtle! Steve gets hissy after Jason tries to let him down easy but Jessica arrives in the nick of time to vanquish her unlikely rival for Jason’s affections. I’m sure, however, that Steve will NOT be ignored! Jason is bummed that Hoyt won’t forgive him for screwing Jess and is more dismayed at her insistence that they keep things casual between them. He picks up a sexy girl at Jessica’s party for some college kids but his horndog urges don’t kick in now that he’s fallen for Jess. Jason’s co-worker Andy Bellefour’s morning after with Holly is disturbed by her sons and the mystery involving Terry’s Marine friend Patrick deepens when he confronts Terry about mysterious fires that have been killing their former comrades-in-arms. Are the fires supernatural in nature? Sam escapes from the wolf pack that surrounds him in the wake of Marcus Bozeman’s death, but he refuses to tell them Alcide is Marcus’s true killer. Fearing for Luna and Emma’s safety, Sam surrenders to the pack and meets Bozeman’s mother. Sam leads the pack to Marcus’s body and they shift into wolf form to devour his corpse as dictated by the werewolf code. Despite Sam’s noble intentions, Alcide confesses that he offed Marcus and things take a tense turn with the pack. Now more than ever, Alicide is a lone wolf. When he warns Sookie that Russell Edgington is loose she is unable to tell him she killed Debbie. Lafayette kicks Alcide out and he and Sookie prepare to learn Tara’s fate. Sookie has a cute flashback to her childhood with a protective Tara but reality is anything but cute when she and Lafayette discover that the transformation worked. Tara is now a vampire and she’s REALLY ticked off at Sookie!

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Attention Anna Paquin fans: our Miss Sookie is included in the new issue of Elle Magazine, which is dedicated to influential women working in TV, both in front of the cameras and behind the scenes. What’s more, Anna is featured in a video interview on Elle’s website. Anna talks about having different fashion tastes than Sookie (she’s a bit Goth it seems), her love for acting in theater and how she enjoys watching scary movies. It’s been so long since True Blood signed off for the season that it’s good to see Anna again. Can’t wait until the summer! Meanwhile, check out Anna’s interview here.

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After all the love True Blood producers have shown the gay community this past season it was only a matter of time before some form of gay media paid tribute to the show in kind. Just in time for Halloween, this week’s edition of New York-based Next magazine, a local guide to entertainment, events and pop culture, published a clever parody of the infamous Rolling Stone cover featuring Alexander Skarsgard, Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer’s blood-splattered,  intertwined naked bodies. The twist is that Next’s cover subjects are actors from “BearCity,” a new romantic comedy about gay men from the bear community (bear being a term embraced by rugged, often hairy gay men). The cover was shot for the magazine by Jeff Eason (aka Wilsonmodels). From left are Gerald McCullouch, Joe Conti and Stephen Guarino and they’re covered in honey. We all know how much bears love honey. LOL.

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The season finale of True Blood is barely a week old and already I’m experiencing Bill-and-Sookie withdrawal, as I’m sure are most of my fellow Truebies. Well, if rewatching the episodes from this past season isn’t enough to satiate your appetite for some fresh Bon Temps-themed bon mots, there’s a clever book that you might want to pick up and I don’t mean one by Charlaine Harris. A Taste of True Blood: The Fangbanger’s Guide is an unauthorized collection of insightful essays that ponder the fascination the world of True Blood holds for Truebies around the world. Although Charlaine’s books are mentioned, the focus is more on her tale as interpreted by Alan Ball on HBO, and the writings, from a diverse group of contributors that includes authors, media pundits and even a psychotherapist, are as thoughtful and passionate about True Blood as are the show’s fans. No topic is left unexamined as pithy ruminations are made on the sociological significance of the show’s characters and plotlines, ranging from the class wars waged among the economic rubble of Bon Temps, to Bill Compton’s seemingly fading heroism, to a Freudian analysis of the dynamics of Bill and Sookie’s tortured romance. It’s all good fun and makes for a thought-provoking read without drifting into dullsville. The book includes an episode guide for the first two seasons with call-outs of the most memorable quotes from each episode. To ensure accuracy, although the authors clearly seem to be Truebies themselves, the publisher consulted with the popular True Blood blog The Vault. At just over 270 pages, it’s a breezy read and makes a good gift idea.  Here’s a link to their site.

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Is this the end of Queen Sophie-Anne?

Riveting Revelations

September 12: Eric and King Russell are smokin’ like two strips of bacon on a frying pan outside Fangtasia when Eric’s maker Godric appears urging him to forgive Russ and set him free. Eric ponders his predicament for a second or two before Sookie rescues him, using her fairy blast to free him from the handcuffs he had slapped on himself and Russ. Sook then revives Eric by letting him feed on her blood while Bill sulks. Although Pam and Sookie balk at the idea, Eric decides they should spare King Russell’s life and Sook drags him inside and subdues the charred vampire monarch with heavy silver chains. What will they do with him now? Tara and Sam are basking in the afterglow of their tryst when you can practically hear the screeching tires after Sam confides that he’s a shapeshifter. Tara can’t seem to avoid dealing with supernatural beings any where she turns. She walks in on her annoying mom getting frisky with the pastor who had previously tried to minister to her. Although initially shocked at her mom’s indiscretion, Tara nevertheless wishes her well, wistfully hoping she, too, can find someone who is human and can actually touch a cross for a change. Sam tracks down Tommy and demands he return the Merlotte’s loot. When Tommy turns to walk away, Sam shoots him! Like his cousin Tara, Lafayette is making some uncomfortable discoveries now that he can see visions of the secrets haunting the residents of Bon Temps. Spooked by his new talent, he turns to Jesus, who confesses that he himself is a brujo, a male practitioner of witchcraft. As they say, birds of a feather!  Hoyt’s mom Mrs. Fortenberry stages an intervention to separate him from Jessica once and for all. The gamble fails and Hoyt buys a house to shack up with Jess. Mrs. Fortenberry’s response is to buy a rifle. Might it have silver bullets? 

Can Sookie really be happy in Fairyland without Bill or Eric?

Cementing King Russell’s Fate

Jason hightails it over to Hotshot to warn its residents of the DEA’s impending raid. Crystal’s ornery dad is no help, as usual, but gets the tables turned on him when Crystal’s V-addicted ex shows up in a craze and shoots his face off. When he demands Crystal leave with him, she agrees, asking Jason to take responsibility for looking after the panther people. Jason vows to get her back. At Fangtasia, things are jumping. Alcide visits Sookie and tells her he’s been thinking about her. Sook, who’s just about had it with the chaos that comes with dating vampires, may just be receptive to his overtures. Bill senses that he has a new rival for Sookie’s affections. The first order of business for the team, however, is figuring out how to imprison King Russell without ending him. Sook has no sympathy for him and responds to his attempts to manipulate her by trashing Talbot’s remains in Fangtasia’s garbage dispenser while Russ screams in agony. His Royal Toupee has worse problems when Eric and Bill dump him in a remote construction site and immobilize him with silver while burying him undead in cement. Ever the drama queen, Russell vows to get even with them all when he returns… glug, glug, glug. With Russ swimming in concrete, Bill ambushes Eric and pushes him into a slot right next to the King, telling Eric that he can never have Sookie. He then orders a hit on Pam. Bill intends  to eliminate anyone who learned that Sookie is a fairy to keep her secret from spreading, but Eric escapes Bill’s trap and tells Sook how Bill manipulated their romance from the start at the instructions of Queen Sophie-Anne, who wants to taste her coveted fairy blood. A fed-up Sookie rescinds her invitations to both vampires and orders them out of her life. Eric seems genuine when he apologizes to Sook for tattling on Bill. Bill, still intent on protecting Sookie, lures the newly widowed (and loving it) Queen Sophie-Anne to his house for a death match. Later, a lonely Sook visits her grandma’s grave and is approached by her fairy friend Claudine. After all the drama and danger that accompanied her romance with Bill, Claudine’s outstretched hand is a welcome sight that’s too good to resist.  In a blinding flash, Sookie and the fairies disappear. Will Bill and Eric ever see her again? Tune in next summer. The Biting Remarks blog is taking a break until then. Have a great fall!

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Is Jason heading for a cat-astrophe with Crystal?

So now we know that Crystal is literally a catwoman. As part of the were-panther pride in Bon Temps’ neighboring town of Hotshot, Crystal is bound by her people’s laws to mate with her half-brother (ewww!) and keep the panther lineage pure. The problem is that Crystal, though rough around the edges like the rest of her white-trash kin, doesn’t relish the prospect of inbreeding with her kind when the delectable Jason Stackhouse is just within paw’s reach. Her panther pop may dictate that there will be no interspecies mingling with the hunky human, but Crystal’s plenty hot for mixing the gene pool! Jason certainly has a bad track record with women. They’re either V-crazed junkies  or prudish, vamp-baiting Evangelicals. But maybe things could work out with Miss Kitty. After all, Sookie had a flirtation with Alcide the hunky werewolf. And with Joe Manganiello set to return as a regular next season, odds are Alcide will complicate the Bill-Sookie-Eric triangle even further, so maybe Jason should hook up with the panther girl. Everyone in Bon Temps seems to have a supernatural secret anyway! I’m not terribly impressed by Crystal even though her loyalty to her people is admirable.  Jason’s no brain surgeon, but I think he could do better. Still, I do like panthers. I think they’re majestic creatures and certainly have a sexy, dangerous allure. This new storyline reminds me of the 1982 film Cat People, which starred Nastassja Kinski and Malcolm McDowell. As in True Blood, the panther siblings of the film played by Kinski and McDowell were destined to mate or be doomed to kill any humans with whom they dared make love.  I’d have to say that the panthers are sexier than the werewolves, in animal form, anyway. Wolves hunt in packs, but panthers sneak up on their prey, so I expect some tense moments coming up in season four if Jason’s were-panther story continues. Still, they can’t beat the transformation scene from Cat People. It was far cooler than Crystal’s shifting. See for yourself (Note: there’s a flash of nudity).

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