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Jason nearly died during Marnie's climactic battle with the vampires.

September 4 – In tonight’s episode we learn that Lafayette’s power as a medium makes him vulnerable in an inconvenient, and possibly deadly, way. Just as Bill, Eric, Pam and Jessica prepare to launch their attack on the Moon Goddess Emporium, Jason arrives and alerts them to the fact that Sookie is trapped in the witches’ coven along with Tara and the others. Bill and Eric decide it’s time to come up with a plan B. Inside the emporium, Marnie continues to experience resistance from her reluctant coven mates. When one of them tries to leave, Marnie hexes a knife and sends it plunging into her heart. Alarmed at the lengths Marnie is going to, Jesus pretends that the dead coven member still has a pulse and, with Lafayette’s help, carries her body into a bathroom where he can privately prepare a spell to force Antonia’s captive spirit out of Marnie’s body. Holly and Sookie try to reason with Marnie to no avail and when Marnie uses Sookie as a bargaining chip with Bill she commands the vampires to step into the force field to burn to death. Bill and Eric fight off a sneak attack by Marnie’s zombie vamps but Pam puts a stop to the negotiations by shooting an RPG at the shield, which causes an explosion of flames that nearly burn Jason to a crisp. Jessica acts fast and saves him by feeding him her blood.  Marnie pulls out her own big gun by joining the coven—including Sookie—in a circle to conjure a necromancing spell to force Bill, Eric, Pam and Jessica to walk toward the force field while a desperate Jason struggles to stop them. Jason’s thoughts alert Sookie to the danger and she zaps the entire coven, interrupting Marnie’s latest attack. Eric, furious that Pam put Sookie’s life in danger, banishes her from the scene. An enraged Marnie traps Sook in a circle of flames that starts to close in around her. Lafayette warns Jesus to speed up his spell and Jesus’ demon persona kicks in, breaking the mystical bond between Marnie and Antonia and setting the grateful Spanish witch free at last. With Antonia’s spirit out of her, Marnie’s power is reduced and the vampires enter the Emporium where Bill shoots her dead. In the aftermath of the battle, Sookie glances over at Bill and Eric. She has a decision to make!

How will Andy's encounter with the fairy figure into next week's season finale?

In Shreveport, Alcide and Sam learn that Marcus is visiting Debbie. An angry Luna is also hunting Marcus down for taking Emma. Marcus is trying to convince Deb to leave Alcide and become a mom to Emma when Sam, Alcide and Luna arrive. Sam and Marcus have an old-fashioned fistfight sans powers and Sam emerges the victor. When Marcus tries to sneak attack Sam in wolf form, a vigilant Alcide charges him, killing him in the process. Alcide then formally breaks things off with a devastated Debbie. Walking back home after his intervention at the hands of Terry, Andy encounters a beautiful fairy in the woods who makes love to him and elicits a promise from him to protect her, touching his finger with her glowing one. When he later relates the tale to Arlene, she tells him to forget it and concentrate on his new sobriety and his pursuit of Holly. At home, Lafayette comforts a guilt-ridden Jesus by praising his heroism in rescuing everybody from Marnie’s crazed plans. As an exhausted Jesus drifts off to sleep, Marnie’s floating spirit leaps into Lafayette’s body. Talk about sleeping with the enemy!

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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.

One of the things I love most about True Blood is how educational it is. Sure, it entertains us with plenty of sex, violence, romance and cool special effects – did I mention the sex? — but the show is also well written and the writers unearth supernatural themes that send most fans (like me) rushing to the dictionary, or in my case, Wikipedia.  The first time True Blood provoked me to do some research was its amazing Maryann the Maenad storyline. I had so many theories about what Maryann was, plenty of them close to being correct, but I never would have known that she was a maenad since I had no idea what a maenad was.  I experienced deja vu this season when the Wiccan coven story began and the term necromancer was bandied about by Bill &  Co. I recognized that the prefix “necro” related to the dead and Bill filled in the rest when he reminded Eric that the witches could reanimate and control dead things, including undead vamps. This fundamental threat to the vampire community is at the heart of the latest YouTube clip HBO has posted featuring interviews with Alan Ball and the cast members most involved in the Wiccan story arc — Nelson Ellis, Kevin Alejandro and Fiona Shaw. The Wiccans are set to make big trouble for the vamps and from the looks of Sunday’s closing scene, lead witch Marnie is just getting started.

Will Jason become a werepanther?

July 3 – Tonight’s episode marked transformations for a number of characters in different ways. Sookie rejects Eric’s offer to protect her from all other vampires who might learn that she’s a fairy with irresistibly delicious blood that tastes “like sunshine in a pretty blonde bottle.” He gallantly refuses to take her by force but Sook still says no deal. Eric suggests she listen to her fairy half and give in to the inevitability of their being together. Doing so would ensure her survival as more vampires discover her secret. Sookie turns to Bill for help and arrives just as he’s finishing having sex with Katerina, his spy who’s keeping tabs on Marnie’s witch coven. Bill is unable to force Eric to renounce his claim on Sook’s home despite being the new King of Louisiana. When a dejected Sookie leaves, he flashes back to London in 1982, which gives Stephen Moyer a fun opportunity to use his natural British accent in a scene where he feeds off a bartender at a punk nightclub. Nan Flanagan shows up and notices how he did not kill the guy (even though his blood was pitifully low in vitamins and nutrients!). She recruits him into a secret society that infiltrates and undermines the vampire monarchies to effect positive change in vampire-human relations. Bill fails to convince Eric to give up Sookie’s house, but dispatches him to investigate the coven, warning Eric that the witches are able to revive the dead, which gives them the ability to control the undead.  Eric departs, giving Bill a sarcastic bow, and a pensive Bill recalls how he lured Sophie-Ann to her death by silver-filled wooden bullets shot by S.W.A.T.-style snipers employed by his boss Nan, who swears him in as Louisiana’s new vampire  monarch. Sophie-Ann’s deceptive schemes had sealed her fate and Bill, it turns out, is like an undead version of James Bond. Licensed to kill, so to speak, but it’s a lonely job to have indeed. Sookie, still spooked by visions of the rampaging fairies coming after her, is surprised by Tara at her house. Their happy reunion is dimmed when Sook discovers that Eric has built a cubby with direct access to her home. Time to move, the frazzled fairy decides. At Merlotte’s Arlene is aghast when Sook says her baby has an old soul. Old as the devil, perhaps? Later, Arlene stares into her son’s eyes and the arteries in her eye burst, which she immediately blames on her “evil” offspring. A naked Sam and Luna are getting cozy after their galloping session with their shifter friends but Luna stops short of any physical intimacy. Later she shows up at Merlotte’s in a skintight dress to apologize and promises to let Sam get close to her despite her intimacy issues. It turns out that the sexy teacher once shifted into her dead mother’s form, a feat normal shifters can only accomplish if they kill another shifter according to Native American legend. Luna’s mom, apparently a shifter, died during Luna’s birth. Tommy may wonder if there’s more to Luna’s story after getting caught by Sam spying on the shifters’ latest therapy session. Tommy just wants to be brothers again, he says. Can Sam trust him?  Sookie arrives at Fangtasia to plead with Eric to release his hold on her home. Pam thinks she’s stupid for rejecting her maker’s generous offer. He’s hot, rich and in his own twisted way he truly cares for Sook. And it’s only a matter of time before she is forced to bond to a vampire or perish the wise, though fashion-challenged vampire points out. Pam may be in need of a charm transfusion, but the girl always tells it like it is. When Sookie takes a bathroom break she gets the riot act from Jessica, who’s feeding off a young man in one of the stalls when she should be getting painkillers for Hoyt, who was beaten up by hate-mongering protesters outside Fangtasia. Jessica tells Sookie to stay out of her life. Sook’s brother Jason is having a rough day, too. He wakes up tied to a bed while the Hot Shot panther kids lick his wounds. Just as he convinces them to set him free, Crystal’s crazy mate Fenton shows up to stop Jason’s escape. The werepanthers have big plans for Officer Stackhouse. When Andy shows up in Hot Shot sniffing out some badly needed V, Fenton passes him a stash while Crystal gags Jason so he can’t alert his clueless, V-addicted partner. Later, the pair transform into panthers and bite Jason to turn him into one of them so he can mate with Crystal to make panther babies! When Eric arrives at the Moongoddess coven he’s surprised to learn that Lafayette is dabbling in witchcraft. Marnie refuses to give in to Eric’s demand that the coven disband, but when he bites the seemingly defenseless Wiccan her coven mates join hands and summon a powerful spirit in Marnie who hexes Eric into a state of amnesia. When Sookie comes upon a shirtless Eric wandering aimlessly through the woods, he fails to recognize her, but smells her delicious fairy blood. “Why do you smell so good?,” he innocently asks. Can a memory-deprived Eric control himself from draining her dry?

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What dark secrets does Luna have? Sam's women usually are trouble, after all.

Bill lured Sophie-Ann into an ambush.