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Is Bill now the mate of Lilith?

August 26 – The fifth season of True Blood brought its religion-themed storyline to a bloody climax as the good guys invaded The Authority headquarters and the competition to lead the Sanguinista movement took a dramatic new turn. The funny thing is that Russell played a very small part in the action-packed finale despite seemingly getting his wish to gorge on a fairy blood feast at the end of last week’s episode. Russ barely flinches on the receiving end of the fairies’ combined light blasts as he gets dangerously close to their dimension. Just as all seems lost, Eric shows up and stakes Russell, enjoying his destruction even more than he ever thought was possible. Poor Steven Newlin screeches and vamooses. He is a single lady once more. Eric forces Norah to swear on Godric that she will not feed on Sookie despite the tantalizing smell of her blood. Sook is still not comfortable around Eric’s sister as Eric, Norah and Pam recruit Sook and Jason to their master plan to invade The Authority headquarters to rescue Pam and Jessica and foil Bill’s plot to enslave humankind. Jason agrees to help Sookie and the vampires but he hides an ulterior motive. Seeing visions of his dead parents, Jason loads up on ammo at the local weapons store and tells Sook that he plans to kill any vampire that gets in his way, including Bill, if necessary. The time for understanding vampires is over, he says, and suggests that he and Sookie keep falling for the wrong people because of an abandonment issue that left them feeling they deserved no better. Sookie disagrees.

Eric enjoyed killing Russell more than he imagined. The fairies appreciated it, too.

At the Authority headquarters, Bill is hitting a number of items on his to-do list. Discovering that Sam has infiltrated their ranks, he orders his commandos to search the compound for the escaped shifter, who has taken the form of a fly to travel through the air ducts in his search for an escape route for him, Luna and Emma. He later humors Salome, who’s going on about how Lilith chose her to lead the Sanguinista movement. A wicked glint in his eye suggests he’s cooking something up for the stuck-up Salome. Back in Bon Temps, the non-vampire crowd wraps up a few loose ends and sets the stage for a whole new batch of crazy for next season. Lafayette whips up some delicious frozen margaritas for Arlene and Holly just as Andy arrives with Maurella to tell Holly about his fairy miracle on the way. As if on cue, Morella begins to pop out not one, but four half fairy baby girls while howling like a porn star as Holly serves as a reluctant midwife. Apparently childbirth is an orgasmic experience in Fairyland. Why am I not surprised? Take good care of them, she tells Andy as she sashays out of Merlotte’s with nary a hair out of place. Holly is not pleased with her man. In wolf country, Martha Bozeman brings a strung out Rikki to the Herveaux ranch for help from Alcide. The pack’s V-addicted packmaster J.D. forced all the she-wolves to drink V and Rikki overdosed, bringing her to the brink of death. Alcide decides to take action and his dad tells him to fight fire with fire. He’s got a stash of V for protection, which Alcide takes and confronts J.D. in a musclebound rage, killing him while juiced on the V. The werewolves kneel in Alcide’s presence, recognizing him as the pack’s new master. Alcide vows to rule with honor and restore natural order to the pack. Does this mean he’s no longer sweet on Sookie? At the Authority headquarters, all hell breaks loose as the remaining chancellors come under attack by forces within and outside the compound. Luna shifts into Steve Newlin and takes Emma out of the holding pen, nearly making it outside the compound until Rosalind intercepts her believing her to be Steve.

Rosalind fell to pieces over Sam.

Livid at Steve and Russell’s slaughter of the fraternity members, Roz demands “Steve” make a broadcast to explain away the video evidence of the Authority’s involvement. Stumbling through the broadcast, Luna loses control of her skinwalking exercise and exposes the Authority’s plot to the newscaster interviewing her as Steve. Rosalind cuts off the broadcast and bares her fangs but Sam, in the shape of a fly, pops into her mouth and shifts back to human form inside her, bursting her into a million bloody pieces. Luna, however, slumps over in her chair. Has she paid the ultimate price for her desperate bid to rescue her daughter? Eric and Norah drive through the Authority’s security check point with Sookie, Tara and Jason bound and gagged in the back seat to fool the guards. Spotting Sookie in the security camera, Bill is unnerved. For the moment, however, he tends to Salome, who delivers another of her long, boring speeches about being the chosen one because she’s the strongest of the Chancellors. She swallows what she believes to be the rest of Lilith’s blood only to double over in agony. Bill had tricked her into drinking blood loaded with silver and positions himself over her to deliver the staking she so richly deserves. With her last breath, Salome admits that Lilith chose well after all.

No more long, boring speeches from Salome!

Team Eric storms Authority headquarters with a divide and conquer strategy. Jason, decked out in S.W.A.T. gear, paves the way for their invasion by blasting away every vamp with the poor luck to be anywhere near the entrance. Tara and Sookie make their way down to the holding cells to free Pam and Jessica as Eric and Norah tackle disabling the central security systems. Once the cells are unlocked, Tara and Pam have a rather, um, “touching” reunion. Now, there’s nothing wrong with some girl-on-girl action mind you, but I was just getting used to the mother-daughter dynamic between them and I’m not sure I’m feeling this new twist in their relationship. Jess, however, is pleased as punch to see that her suspicions were right. As our motley crew makes their escape, Eric and Sookie stay behind to save Bill from himself. Bill, it turns out, is too far gone. He’s done feeling regretful about being a vampire and apologizing for his true nature. Despite Sook’s pleas, he drinks what’s left of Lilith’s blood and collapses into a bloody mess only to rise again from the pool of blood looking like a male version of Lilith baring huge fangs. Eric has one word for Sookie: RUN!

Chancellor Akinijide said the wrong thing at the wrong time to a Lilith-obsessed Bill.

August 19 – Things start to unravel for both the Authority and the fairies in the penultimate episode of the season and the body count is rising fast. Russell’s defection has left the chancellors in a prickly mood as Lilith starts to play some dangerous mind games. Bill hears a woman’s voice beckon to him and sees a blood-soaked Lilith tell him she chose him to lead the Authority and demands he drink all her blood that’s left in the glass flask. Bill gets a major vampire boner at the mere thought of drinking it but manages to restrain himself. He’s still fully submerged in the Sanguinista cult, however, as Jessica learns when Bill catches her trying to escape. When she lies that she wants to turn Jason, he calls her bluff and sends her to accomplish her mission accompanied by two Authority goons. When they catch up with Jason, Jessica fakes feeding on him which distracts the guards long enough to give Jason the chance to blow them away with silver bullets. Jess warns Jason that Bill and Eric have been brainwashed by the Authority and Jason heads off to warn Sookie in Fairyland. Jess hides out at Fangtasia, where she fills Pam in on Eric’s whereabouts. Pam reveals that Bill and Eric are exhibiting the signs of nesting, a phenomenon where vamps become homicidal after spending long periods in a cult. Jess and Tara’s attempt to renew their tenuous friendship is interrupted by the arrival of Roslyn, who is searching for the killer of her progeny Elijah. Pam confesses to being the culprit to protect Tara and is hauled away by Roslyn’s enforcers. On her way out, Roz catches Jessica and brings Bill’s wayward kid back to Authority headquarters. Unbeknownst to the chancellors, their ranks are being undermined by Lilith and Norah, who is brought back to the side of the good guys by recurring visions of Godric’s destruction at Lilith’s hands — and a helpful roll in the hay with Eric. When a human general shows up demanding to see Roman, the chancellors inform him they’ve gone Sanguinista and he counters that a video of Russell and Steve slaughtering members of a fraternity will be leaked to the press if anything happens to him. Eric sees an opportunity to knock the chancellors off-balance by killing the general. In the ensuing panic, he and Norah escape to plot their next move as fugitives from the Authority. Bill comes across chancellor Akinijide worshiping Lilith’s blood and destroys him in a rage when Kibwe says Lilith chose him to lead the Sanguinista movement. It appears Lil is pitting the chancellors against each other and also goes to Salome with her “you’re the one” act. The inevitable confrontation between Bill and Salome will surely be a good one to behold.

Can Andy and Holly overcome the fact that he’s got a half-fairy love child on the way?

In non-vampire news, Arlene and Terry are blissful in the wake of the whole Ifrit mess and give Andy relationship advice just in time for Andy’s one-night-fairy-stand Maurella to show up preggers and demanding he do right by her. Maurella’s petrified of Russell’s fairy hunt and wants a big strong human cop to protect her. A shirtless Alcide, his chiseled muscles glistening in the sunlight, is staying at his embittered wolf dad’s farm when a fellow werewolf shows up to warn them about bands of recently turned vamps who are attacking livestock. When Alcide takes off after a group of vampires on the hunt, his dad pitches in and helps him fend off the bloodsuckers with a crossbow. There may be hope for Papa Hervaux after all. Sam and Luna find Emma, locked in her adorable wolf pup form, in a holding pen full of caged naked humans waiting to be served as meals to the Authority. When guards capture them, Sam volunteers to be taken to Bill as his next meal, leaving Luna behind to figure out how to bust Emma out. In Fairyland, Sookie gets an audience with the music-obsessed Elder fairy (played by Erica Gimple of the TV series Fame in a kooky performance). The Elder knew Sook’s great-great-grandfather and is about to tell her something juicy about M. Warlow when Jason arrives to warn Sookie about Russ. The Elder is not pleased to hear that Russell’s still alive. Sookie convinces the fairies that they need to take a stand and combine their light powers against Russell’s inevitable attack. Jason and Sookie cook up a plan for Jason to lure Russell into the line of fire. When the moment of truth arrives, the Elder decides to take on Russ and Steve alone. She easily flings Steve across the field with her power but a cagey Russell deflects her next spell using Jason as a shield and manages to sink his fangs into her, draining her instantly. Supercharged on the Elder’s potent blood, Russ is able to see into the fairies’ dimension and feasts his eyes on the delightful sight of fairies galore. Dinner is served!  Next up: the season finale of True Blood!

Chancellor Dieter Braun lost his head over the whole drinking Lilith’s blood thing.

July 22 – The Authority’s goons subdue the rampaging Russell with a net made of silver after he staked poor Roman. Salome finally confesses to digging up Russell in order to sic him on Roman and steal his position as the Authority’s guardian. She’s in cahoots with Norah as sanguinistas who will democratize the vampire power base among all vamps to live in servitude to Lilith as the vampire bible dictates. Eric is livid with Norah and can’t believe he fell for her act. Salome frees Russell, who claims to be now serving Lilith. When Salome offers the chancellors Lilith’s blood to drink Dieter Braun cries blasphemy and gets beheaded by Russ. The chancellors, along with Bill and Eric, get royally smashed on Lilith’s potent brand of V juice and walk the streets of New Orleans in a drunken stupor. Crashing a pre-wedding party, the vamps turn the humans’ festivities into a blood-soaked feeding frenzy, stopping momentarily to witness the curvaceous nude form of Lilith emerge from a floating drop of blood. The vampire queen directs them to continue their gorging but Eric is stopped by the spirit of Godric, who tells him what they’re doing is wrong. Will Eric rise up against Lilith’s will? Alcide is determined to beat alpha male J.D. for control of the wolf pack without using V to even the playing field as his new she-wolf friend Rikki suggests. A frisky Alcide and Rikki’s fight workout morphs into a sexy wrestling match which Martha interrupts. She won’t believe J.D. is on V but later catches him trying to feed it to Emma. In fairyland, the fairies revive Sookie and reveal they blasted her to test her luminescence, which is finite and will be depleted as she uses her powers. The prospect of being powerless is not unappealing to Sook, however. During a visit to the hospital to visit Luna, Sook ponders with Sam how living as a human again would be safer. She may have a point, the hate thugs are thirsting for revenge against Sam for killing one of their group as Sam discovers when he catches one of them lurking around the hospital. Worse yet, they’ve convinced Hoyt that his place is with them. Meanwhile, family issues bedevil Tara and Lafayette. Tara’s mother interrupts her daughter’s super-powered pole dance at Fangtasia to tell her she’s disowning her. Tara makes a veiled threat in return but is devastated by her mom’s rejection nonetheless. Pam, who is genuinely proud of Tara’s erotic dancing skills, comforts her progeny briefly, promising she’ll totally forget her human mother in 100 years. Lafayette tracks down Jesus’ uncle Don Bartolo and is caught in the brujo’s trap. Tying up Lafayette and suturing his mouth shut like Jesus, Don Bartolo plans to transfer Lafayette’s brujo mojo, which he believes Lafayette doesn’t deserve, into the unborn child his wife is carrying. Luckily for Lafayette, the wife isn’t on board with the game plan and stabs Bartolo to death then frees Lafayette.

Jessica’s not smiling after her tiff with Jason. Will she be the hate group’s next target?

The boring Ifrit story limps along as Arlene is comforted by Holly, who reminds her friend that they’ve seen enough crazy stuff to warrant giving Terry the benefit of the doubt. The Ifrit continues to toy with Patrick and Terry, biding its time before making a final attack. Yawn. Far more juicy is Jason’s encounter with Jess after he interrupts her feeding session on a hunky fangbanger. Jason insults Jess and she instinctively bites him so he shoots her in the head. Although the gunshot wound heals immediately, the wound to Jess’ heart proves deeper and she banishes Jason from her mansion as her guards pounce to protect her. Jason is distracted from his fight with Jessica by a blinding light show caused by Sookie unleashing a torrent of light blasts into the sky to deplete her powers. Will Sook go back to being just a waitress again?

 

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!

Hey Truebies! I’m back to blogging on Biting Remarks after a long, cold, boring break between seasons and I’m psyched for fresh, um, Blood! First up is this cool YouTube video posted by HBO showing interviews with the cast of True Blood at the premiere party for the new season. Anna, Stephen, Alex and the gang are all back and looking great promising us a rockin’ ride as Law & Order: Special Victims Unit veteran Christopher Meloni joins the cast as Roman, the sexy new bigwig at The Vampire Authority. Check it out and remember to come back for my weekly recaps!

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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