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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!

Pam’s happy face looks just like her mad face.

July 29 – Jason stops Sookie from depleting her fairy light by making her realize her powers may help them discover the identity of the vampire who killed their parents. Sookie’s fairy powers make her special, he reminds her. The two return to Fairyland to enlist the help of the fairies and the tinkerbells form a circle of energy that enables Sook to experience what her mother saw the night she was killed. Sook sees the vamp, but can’t make out his features, then, when her mother dies in the flashback, Sook sees the proceedings from the vamp’s point of view and feels the blast of her dead fairy godmother Claudine, who attacked the vampire, calling him Warlo. Sookie later sees a ghostly version of Warlo floating above her in her bathroom. Does the vamp sense that the Stackhouse siblings are hot on his trail? Jessica has a close call when she picks up a hot fangbanger at Fangtasia who turns out to be one of the hate group members who lured her into a trap to be presented to Hoyt bound in silver chains for execution. Hoyt spares her life but is still bitter when she admits that her love for him has died. In other Fangtasia news, Tara, who is looking more glamorous as the weeks go by, has a nasty reunion with a bitchy and racist acquaintance from high school. Although Pam stops Tara from being rude to the customer, she later presents the woman, chained up, to Tara as her personal feeding station. A delighted Tara, who thought Pam was upset with her, learns that Pam’s mad face looks just like her happy one and dives into her meal with gusto. Also diving into things is Alcide, who has two vigorous tussles with very different results. First, he and Rikki give in to their simmering animal attraction and have a hot round of perfect-bodied wolf sex. Alcide may have a new mate, but he may not live long enough to enjoy her if J.D. has anything to say about it. Knowing Alcide’s morals are his weak spot, J.D. challenges him to a hunt where the prey is a young human track star. Alcide refuses to participate and tries to stop J.D. when the hunt goes on. A juiced-up J.D. gets the best of Alcide during their fight but is stopped from killing him by Martha and the rest of the pack. How will Alcide bounce back from this humiliating defeat? Luna has a pretty bad day herself when her skincrawling morphing ability kicks in from all the stress over the shifter hunters and she turns into Sam! She steals some clothes to sneak out of the hospital while clueless folks don’t notice that although she looks like Sam she still walks like Luna. At the jail, Sam is interrogating a hate group member in the form of a cobra when Luna shows up and freaks him out. Looking on at the weird sight of Sam and his lookalike girlfriend, Andy woefully says he hates living in freaky Bon Temps.

Can Arlene save Terry from the curse of the Ifrit?

Lafayette has a loving reunion with the spirit of Jesus as he’s driving home and gets hired by Arlene and Holly to break the fire monster curse hovering over Terry. The girls are hopeful that a séance with Lafayette will convince Terry that he’s not doomed. Lafayette plays along for a pay-day but the séance, with Terry and Patrick present, becomes the real thing when Lafayette channels the spirit of the Iraqi woman, who reveals that the only way the curse of the Ifrit can be lifted is if either Terry or Patrick is killed as a sacrifice. An eye for an eye, as it were. The girls aren’t happy with Lafayette’s performance. Neither is Patrick, who runs out like a bat out of hell. How appropriate. At the Authority headquarters, the chancellors are basking in the afterglow of their feeding orgy and begin plotting the overthrow of the mainstreaming movement worldwide. Steve Newlin and Russell seem to be contemplating maneuvers of a different sort when a bossy Salome reminds Russ that it’s time to work. Has the Vampire King found a replacement for his late partner Talbot? Salome is exerting her newfound power in very pushy ways, like forcing Bill to feed on a human woman. While the chancellors strategize their next move, Bill comes up with the diabolical idea of bombing True Blood factories to force the mainstreamers to feed on humans. The chancellors love the idea. Eric can’t believe his ears. Has Bill turned to the dark side or is this the first step in a brilliant plan to defeat the sanguinistas? Stay tuned!

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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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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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.

Crystal forces herself on an unwilling Jason!

July 10 – It seems like everybody in Bon Temps is looking for Eric in the wake of his eventful run-in with the witches. After a brief chase in the woods, Sookie punches Eric in the nose and makes him swear not to bite her in exchange for helping him figure out who he is. Eric is aware that he’s a vampire but he’s not sure what his true nature is anymore. He shares with Sookie the soul-sucking spell Marnie put on him and Sook begrudgingly agrees to help him. She interrupts Pam having a hot feeding session on a hunky human and summons her. Pam, who we all know hates to be bothered while she’s feeding, threatens Sookie — to Eric’s chagrin — then pleads with her to give Eric safe haven from Bill, whom she suspects of having set Eric up with the coven. Eric’s enemies would surely take advantage of his vulnerable state. The witches, meanwhile, aren’t aware how effective their spell was. Lafayette is set on putting himself at Eric’s mercy to avoid the inevitable retribution. Tara and Jesus team up to protect Lafayette from making a big mistake and interrupt a livid Pam’s attack on the sassy cook when he shows up at Fangtasia.  Pam clues them in on Eric’s predicament and gives them 24 hours to deliver Marnie to her so she can force her to undo the spell. Marnie, however, has other plans and succeeds in conjuring up the spirit of the powerful witch who helped her zap Eric. If Pam wants Marnie, she should be ready to deal with some serious magic! Eric’s new personality has the formerly fierce Viking acting like a big, awkward puppy dog, muddying Sook’s rug. When Sook visits Alcide in Shreveport in the hopes of recruiting him to watch over Eric, she learns the musclebound werewolf has reconciled with a sober and newly religious Debbie. We’ll see how long Deb holds on to her religion when Alcide inevitably returns to Bon Temps to keep Sookie out of trouble. Jason could use some protection very badly. Every time he wakes up in Hot Shot he is faced with an ever-escalating nightmare. Bruised and bloodied, Jason is nursed by Crystal, who is awaiting his transformation into a werepanther so he can mate with her. She even gives him Viagra and mounts him while he’s chained to the bed, in full view of the hillbilly panther kids who gleefully await new additions to their pride. Andy, in the throes of his V addiction, is of no help to Jason and has a run-in with Sam, who is aghast when he learns that Tommy is plotting to cheat Hoyt’s mom out of a windfall she’s getting for owning a house built on land that is a source of natural gas. Sam can’t believe how Tommy can betray a lady who’s teaching him to read. Tommy is sick of Sam acting superior to him. Hoyt, meanwhile, blows up at Jessica when she admits she fed on another guy at Fangtasia. Afraid of losing him, Jess glamours her confession out of his memory. More and more, Jessica is abusing her vampire abilities at Hoyt’s expense. This can’t lead to good things. The two get rid of the freaky doll that came with their new home by giving it to Arlene’s devil baby. Talk about a match made in Hell! I wonder if he’ll rip its head off like the Barbie dolls?

Pam gives Tara, Lafayette and Jesus a deadly ultimatum.

Bill is getting increasingly agitated that Eric has not checked in with him about his mission to investigate the Wiccans. His lady lawyer friend manages to distract him by offering herself sexually to him. He accepts her generous offer but tells her bluntly that he can never love her and refuses to drink from her during their coupling. Time will tell how long she will put up with being treated like a convenient playmate while he nurses a broken heart over our gal Sook. Sookie’s fairy godmother Claudine shows up at the house ordering her to return to Fairyland but Sook refuses. While Claudine tries to reason with her Eric pounces and drains her to the point of evaporation. “You just killed my fairy godmother,” Sookie chastises Eric, who can only meekly apologize like a kid caught breaking a window by his mom.

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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.

How did Bill become a vampire king?

June 26 – Having had her fill of both Bill and Eric last season, Sookie accepted Claudine’s invitation to the seemingly idyllic world of the fairies. She soon discovers that appearances are very deceiving, however. Fairyland has a few surprises in store for our gal Sook. She encounters some familiar faces – the bellhop at the Dallas hotel where she stayed while investigating the Brotherhood of the Sun two years ago – and her grandfather Earl, who shares her telepathic gift. The beautiful fairies feed their new recruits a glowing fruit called Lumiere which has a hypnotic – and sinister – effect once eaten.  Sook warns her Granddaddy that all is not as it appears in Fairyland and refuses to eat the Lumiere at the insistence of the fairy queen Mab. When Mab tries to force the freaky fruit down Sook’s throat Sookie blasts her with her light power, hurling Mab with such force that the fairy world’s illusion of beauty is shattered, unmasking the fairies as  ugly, impish creatures who toss exploding energy balls when they’re ticked off. A battle breaks out among warring factions of the fairies and a male fairy helps Sook and Earl escape back to Bon Temps through a portal.  Unfortunately, Earl has eaten the lumiere and immediately vaporizes upon giving Sook his watch to pass on to Jason.  Upon returning home, Sookie finds that Jason is now a cop and has sold her home to a mysterious real estate company called AIK.  Worse still, she discovers that the fifteen minutes she spent in Fairyland were actually 12 months and plenty has changed in her absence.  Sensing her presence, Bill and Eric pop up at sundown and the stirrings of their love triangle begin anew. Andy, however, isn’t too pleased to learn she’s alive after he spent time and money to search for her thinking Bill had killed her.  Bill offers the explanation that she was away on “vampire business” and Jason takes Andy away to appease the grouchy lawman who appears to be hooked on V. Jason has his own problems when the raw-meat loving werepanther kids he’s looking after in Hotshot knock him out and lock him in a big fridge.  Is he to be their next meal? Sook’s friends have been busy over the past year.Lafayetteis pressured by Jesus into joining a witches coven led by an elder Wiccan named Marnie, who spooksLafayetteby channeling the vampire from whom he harvested V before Jason and his V junkie girlfriend killed him. Cousin Tara, not totally surprisingly, ends up working out her aggressions as a cage fighter whose wrestling with her sexy female opponent extends to the bedroom. Tara ignores Lafayette’s text announcing Sookie’s return, preferring her new Sapphic bliss over the man-fueled mayhem she endured back home. Jessica and Hoyt’s domestic bliss is fraying over their difference in appetites and Jess’s lousy cooking skills with human food. When the two have a date night at Fangtasia, the flame-haired bloodsucker can’t help but be tempted by the throbbing vein of a hunky human patron who flirts with her. Pam can’t resist teasing her in the restroom and tells her not to fight her nature. At Merlotte’s Tommy has hooked up with Hoyt’s mom (eewwww!) and Sam is taking anger management therapy with a group of shifters who like to “horse around” after a good session. Arlene has given birth to a cute little boy who likes to tear the heads of Barbie dolls… lots of them. Fearing this is a sign of her baby inheriting Rene’s murderous nature, Arlene tells her kid that “Killing is wrong!”  While Sookie enlists the new lady lawyer Portia’s help in reclaiming her home, Eric and Bill mount media campaigns to undo the damage to vampire-human relations caused by King Russell Edgington’s nationally broadcast murder of a news anchor last year. The two have been plotting as well.  One of the witches participating in Marnie’s latest spell to revive her dead parrot Minerva heads out to visit Bill to report back on what she spied and she addresses Bill as “your majesty.” Bill is now a vampire king!  Perhaps an upcoming Queen Sophie Ann flashback will reveal how this surprising twist came to be.  Eric, meanwhile, has a juicy surprise of his own when he interrupts a dripping wet Sookie coming out of a bath. It seems the Viking Vamp is the mysterious buyer of Sookie’s home, which means she cannot deny him entry to the house. Baring his “erect” fangs, Eric proclaims that Sookie is now his! Is this supposed to be bad news? Hmmm.

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Will Eric take advantage of his new power over Sookie? We can only hope!

Sookie is a single gal taking charge of her life in Season Four.

Just one more day and the long, painful wait will be over for Truebies everywhere. We need a parade! LOL. HBO has done a masterful job of giving us a few morsels of what’s to come in Season Four, going to the extent of releasing the first eight minutes of the season over the Internet.  We all have seen that Sookie’s visit to Fairyland heads south pretty fast after she runs into her Granpappy. Those ethereal, pseudo-hippie faeries get pretty ugly — literally — when Sook wisely refuses to eat their glowing druglike fruit and then all Hell breaks out. This naturally brings our gal Sookie back to Bon Temps where she belongs. I suspect that it won’t be long before the faeries follow her to Earth determined to take her back and make trouble for her vampire suitors. The twisted Tinkerbells won’t be the only supernaturals making trouble for Bill, Eric and the gang, however. A coven of witches, led by character actress Fiona Shaw as Marnie, a powerful Wiccan, makes the scene and starts a war with Bon Temps’ bloodsucking residents. This storyline brings Lafayette and his boyfriend Jesus square in the middle of the action. Although the prospect of more screentime for this sexy duo is a welcome development, fans may be dismayed to see a new side to Lafayette’s sassy personality. Word has it he dives into the witch culture deeply, dragging cousin Tara into new dramas as the witches and vamps throw down. The action takes place one year after last year’s finale so our Bon Temps faves have changed.  Sookie and Bill are still apart and Eric, under a spell, has memory loss that changes his personality.  This sets the stage for Sookie to be drawn closer to him. Bill looks like a changed man in some of the preview photos I’ve seen. I suspect he and Sookie will be splitso for a while, just like in the novels.  Among the supporting players, Jason and Andy continue to provide comic relief, but Sookie’s oft-shirtless brother will be imperiled by the werepanthers in Hotshot. Jessica plays house with Hoyt and the two struggle with local bigotry against their interspecies relationship. Jessica’s primal nature provides another source of tension. She likes drinking  human blood straight from the faucet and Hoyt doesn’t like it so I smell trouble ahead for this Romeo and his carnivorous Juliet! Tommy survives the gunshot Sam took at him and will be around to cause him grief. Sam will find solace in a new romance with a sexy shapeshifter named Luna, played by Janina Gavanakar. Luna’s ex-husband will stir up trouble, however, keeping Sam’s romantic losing streak going strong. Arlene will continue to fret over her unborn child with good reason.  I suspect the timing of the witches’ arrival in Bon Temps and her pregnancy are more than a coincidence.  Devil baby, anyone?

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Jessica prefers to feed old-school style.
Bill seems destined to be this year’s angry vampire.
Sam’s latest fling is a shifter named Luna who comes with heavy baggage.
 

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

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