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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!

Has Eric really been turned over to the Sanguinistas or did Godric get through to him?

August 12 – In the wake of the capture of the Obama mask-wearing supes hate group led by former sheriff Dearborn, we see the departure of a longtime Bon Temps favorite as Sookie’s Warlow mystery deepens in a rather blood-soaked episode. Sook can’t get away from the wall-to-wall news coverage about the spike in vampire attacks due to the Tru Blood shortage — literally — when a trusted crime scene examiner named Mike attacks her at home. She manages to stake him into a bloody mess and is none too pleased. When Jason comes by to help her clean up yet again he discovers a hollow space under the floor of Sook’s bedroom and pulls out a 200-year-old scroll written in an ancient language unknown to humans. Now, what else would you expect one would find underneath the floorboards in Sookie’s house I ask you? Jason may have scored by finding the scroll, but he’s in for heartache when Hoyt decides to move to Alaska to work on an oil rig. Facing Jason and Jessica one last time at Merlotte’s, Hoyt begs Jess to glamour him and wipe any memory of them out of his head. In a beautifully acted scene, Jess complies with Hoyt’s wishes, implanting in his mind that he will experience his first true love in Alaska and know happiness far from Bon Temps. Later, Jason pulls Hoyt over on the road while driving to enlist the fairies’ help in solving the Warlo mystery and fails in a last-ditch effort to convince Hoyt to stay. Heartbroken by the finality of Hoyt’s decision, Jason dissolves into sobs as Sookie consoles her grieving brother. In other Merlotte’s news, Sam and Lafayette stop some supes-hating thugs from hurting Jess, who’s left without guards after Bill stops paying her security detail. Lafayette later prepares a special dinner for lovebirds Andy and Holly, promising that the dessert will indeed be, um, flaming. Jess is summoned to Authority headquarters for her own safety. At Fangtasia, Pam and Tara are having trouble with Elijah, the Goth vamp who is the section’s newly appointed sheriff and owner of the club. Elijah suggests they add vampire-human “buddy feeding booths” to beef up lagging profits at Fangtasia and compares Pam’s dated managerial style to Blockbuster Video. We all know what happened to them. He also communicates the Authority’s dictate that all vamps create a minimum of three new vamps each to build their ranks in the growing war between humans and vampires. Tara, however, won’t give in to Elijah’s takeover of their home and tricks him into a situation where she’s able to destroy him. Pam can’t help but be impressed.

What dark secret did Sookie and Jason’s father take with him to the grave?

Back at Authority headquarters, change is in the air. Tech geek Molly is staked by the very remote-controlled death harness she created when she refuses to pledge allegiance to the sanguinista cause. Steve, who is distastefully giddy at witnessing Molly’s staking, is blossoming in his role as spokesperson for the vampire movement and relishes his new relationship with Russell, who takes him out for “Greek food.” The two have a romantic twirl among the heap of dead bodies they left in their wake. Steve’s luck may be running out, however, since Sam and Luna hitch a ride in his briefcase in the form of white mice when he leaves the New Orleans TV studio where he has a debate. Sam and Luna are determined to rescue Emma from her new role as Steve’s reluctant pet after Russ swiped her from her grandma’s arms as a gift for this honey bunny. They did great rounding up the Obamas at the pig farm but can they fend off a pack of vamps juiced up on Lilith’s blood? Speaking of Lil, Bill, who’s turned Sanguinista after his blood-sucking tryst with Salome, and Norah force a captive Eric to drink the vampire goddess’ blood. As Bill watches from a security camera, Eric and Norah have a wild trip in which Godric appears to them and his image is destroyed by Lilith. Viewing Godric’s symbolic destruction at Lilith’s hands jolts Eric into repenting and asking forgiveness from The Authority chancellors and his nemesis Russell. Russ would clearly rather rip the viking vamp’s head off but plays along. All bets are off, however, when Salome rejects Russell’s suggestion that The Authority begin harvesting fairy blood to allow vamps to walk in daylight. This would be an abomination, Salome says, and Russ flings her across the room. He slips into his ancient, true accent when he berates the chancellors who would dare defy him. Disgusted by their blind loyalty to Lilith, Russ decides it’s time to resign from the club and start his own cooler vampire following. Will Steve follow him or find another sugar daddy? Will Lilith chop Russell’s head off for his insubordination? While the Authority members have their tiff, Sookie and Jason consult with one of the elder fairies, who deciphers the message in the scroll they found. It turns out the scroll is a sales agreement between Daddy Stackhouse and the vamp identified as M. Warlow. Worse yet, it seems that Sookie was the merchandise!

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!

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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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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Godric urged Eric to feed on Sookie in Eric's nightmare.

July 24 – This is the episode where the percolating passion between Sookie and Eric came to a boil and characters were having crazy dreams all over the place. After Marnie hexed Pam, Jesus and Lafayette fear vampire retribution so much that they decide to go to Mexico to visit Jesus’s weird uncle who introduced Jesus to the ways of witchcraft. Tara agrees that it’s time to return to New Orleans but finds out her girlfriend has discovered mail addressed to Tara’s true name. She’s got some explaining to do! Tommy is in a bigger fix on the wrong end of a chain wrapped around his neck by his no-good father Joe Lee, who’s intent on forcing him to return to dog fighting. Just when Joe Lee thinks Tommy’s out for the count, an enraged Tommy turns the tables on him and starts beating him to death. When his masochistic mom jumps in to save her sorry excuse for a husband, Tommy accidentally kills her, too! Tommy naturally turns to Sam, who tosses the hillbilly corpses into his van and drives out to dispose of the bodies. Sheriff Andy pulls him over and nearly discovers the dead bodies when he opens the back doors of the van but is spooked by Tommy in the form of an alligator. Fittingly, it’s a gator-filled swamp where Sam and Tommy’s good-for-nothing parents find their final resting place. The brothers bond when Sam confesses to Tommy he has also taken life. The question remains how Tommy will deal with the guilt that’s sure to plague him now. Eric has an eerie dream in which his maker Godric appears and tempts him into feeding on Sookie. It’s his nature, Godric commands. Sookie is then startled awake by Eric, fangs bared and hovering over her in bed. Rather than attack her, he crawls into her bed like a little boy and cries over his nightmare about Godric.  Sook consoles him, telling him that Godric was good and would want him to tap into this new, gentler personality he’s revealing. Sookie can’t believe she’s cuddling with big bad Eric Northman, but reassures him that while he’s not Gandhi, he’s not evil either. Tara disagrees vehemently when, after stopping by for advice from Sook on how to deal with her girlfriend back in New Orleans, she discovers that Eric is staying at Sookie’s home. Tara thinks Sookie’s crazier now than when she was dating Bill!  Sookie picks up some of Molly’s thoughts about Eric’s confrontation with the coven and pays Marnie a visit at the Moon Goddess Emporium. During a reading, Marnie taps into Sookie’s grandmother’s spirit and warns her to not get involved with her “new man” since it will be just temporary. Sook also connects with her Gran, hearing her warning to get away from Marnie immediately. It seems that there’s an evil surrounding Marnie that the Wiccan is not aware of. Or is she? Bill’s spy in Marnie’s coven leads a raid on Moon Goddess and arrests her. In captivity, Marnie flashes back to another prison cell where the Spanish witch and her coven are awaiting execution. Pam, whose rotting facial features are falling off as often as she curses, thirsts for revenge against the witch. Bill suggests she try more makeup and glamours Marnie to prove that she’s telling the truth about not knowing how she hexed Pam and Eric. A frustrated Pam may need to stock up on some Estee Lauder after all. In Shreveport, a pack master named Marcus Bozeman pressures Alcide to register with the local pack but Alcide is not intimidated and tells the biker wolf to buzz off. Something tells me Alcide’s tranquil new life is about to be rocked to the core and Debbie won’t be of much help in the matter. 

Jason had an erotic dream about Jessica. Will he betray his friend Hoyt?

Arlene and Terry recruit Tara’s mom Letty Mae and her preacher husband to banish the evil spirit lurking in their house. While Arlene and Terry enjoy a carnal celebration afterward, a matchbook on a night table nearby self-ignites, revealing that their prayers have not been answered just yet. Jessica and Hoyt nurse Jason back to health after his ordeal in Hot Shot. After Jason confides to Hoyt about being sexually abused by the she-panthers in heat, he promptly has an erotic dream that begins with him coupling with Jessica and ends with a writhing Hoyt taking her place on top of Jason! Eric is shocked and distressed to learn from Tara that he had done so many awful things. Afraid to hurt Sookie, he tries to leave, but Sookie asks him to stay, pulling him in for the much delayed, much anticipated real-world, non-dream kiss – and it’s a hot one! Tender yet urgent, just as all the Truebies on Team Eric would have imagined it to be. Bill, meanwhile, assembles four Louisiana vampire sheriffs to alert them about Eric’s predicament and learn more about the history of the witch covens. An angry Pam – never the best at diplomacy or discretion – blurts out that she knows Eric is an amnesiac and Bill forces her to reveal that her maker is shacking up at Sookie’s. Will an angry Bill catch Eric and Sookie in the act?

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Alcide led the parade of beefcake on the July 17 episode.

July 17 – There were enough shirtless scenes in tonight’s episode to constitute a Men of True Blood calendar. Perhaps that’s a new business idea for the folks at HBO. I’m sure a beefcake calendar would sell well among Truebies. Alex Skarsgard spends plenty of time in the buff as the endearingly amnesiac Eric. After draining Sookie’s fairy godmother Claudine, a drunken Eric craves more fairy blood, but stops himself from biting Sookie yet again. After a playful game of hide-and-seek with the freaked-out fairy, he ignores Sookie’s warnings about the impending sunrise and runs off into the woods where Sook and Alcide later find him skinny-dipping in a lake. The Viking vamp and the hunky wolf trade growls for a brief second until Eric becomes debilitated by the rising sun. Sookie urges him to race home and tucks him into his resting place in the cubby. Alcide is very skeptical about Sookie’s keeping Eric at her house but offers his support nevertheless. When he returns to Shreveport Debbie understands his need to help Sookie in her mission with Eric, for now anyway. When Sam surprises Luna at her home he meets her daughter Emma, who takes an instant liking to him. Emma’s father happens to be a very jealous werewolf, Luna warns Sam but he’s not going anywhere. Tommy, meanwhile, drops in on his mom and updates her on this progress back in Bon Temps. He’s livid when he learns his flea bag father Joe Lee was forcing her to compete in the dog fights and is overcome by the horrible hillbilly, who chains him by the throat like a leash and vows to break him in again to return to the dog fights.

Marnie gave Pam an anti-aging treatment that works in reverse.

In Hot Shot, Jason is being used as a stud service by all the she-panthers until he convinces a teenage one to set him loose. An enraged Fenton shifts to panther form and hunts Jason down but Jason drops in on the big cat from a tree branch and kills him with a makeshift stake. A second panther arrives at the scene and reveals itself to be Crystal, who’s happy to see Fenton go so she can rule over Hot Shot alongside Jason. Mr. Stackhouse tells the perturbed pussy she can keep stick it and leaves her standing naked over Fenton’s corpse. He’ll return to her at the rise of the next full moon, she promises him.  Jason collapses on the side of the road and is rescued by Jessica and Hoyt, who happen to be driving by. Nan Flanagan reads Bill the riot act over sending Eric into a den of Wiccans and warns him not to let any human blood be spilled during the inevitable vampire-witch clashes to come. He cross-examines Pam, who needles him about liking his new authority too much. Next he visits with Porzia Bellefleur’s mom and trades recollections of the Bellefleur family history, bringing the get-together to a screeching halt when he realizes that his daughter married into their clan, making Porzia Bill’s great great great great granddaughter! So much for their friends-with-benefits arrangement. Later, Bill show’s up at Sookie’s place just in time to interrupt Eric’s attempt to get a kiss out of Sookie.  When Bill tries to search the premises for Eric, Sookie ironically convinces him not to proceed by reminding him that she’s never lied to him… until now. It says a lot that Sook crossed that line in order to protect Eric from Bill. I suspect Eric will get his long-awaited kiss very soon. Marnie has a dream in which she witnesses the burning of a young witch during the Spanish Inquisition. The witch is the same one who helped her fight off Eric and begins chanting a spell with Marnie as the flames rise higher. When Marnie searches for a spell to recover Eric’s memory with Lafayette, Jesus and Tara, the Spanish witch’s spirit singles out a book with an incantation. Pam meets the witches to get the cure for Eric from Marnie but instead is afflicted with another hex from the Spanish witch that turns her into a walking, rotting corpse. That witch sure does come in handy for Marnie, doesn’t she?

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