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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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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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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.

Is this the end of Queen Sophie-Anne?

Riveting Revelations

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

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

Cementing King Russell’s Fate

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

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Will Sam and Tara regret their latest fling?

Acting on an Impulse

August 29: Pam gets a little action when Bill shows up at Fangtasia to rescue Sookie. During the ensuing melee, she compensates for not being as old and strong as Bill by spraying him in the face with liquid silver. While Bill and Pam tussle upstairs, Fangtasia’s stripper, still fuming at Eric for calling her a gold-digger, unshackles Sookie and the Sookster sneaks up on Pam, choking her with a silver chain. Sook makes a getaway with her man while Pam pleads to not be left alone with “the immigrant.” Not a smart move if you ask me, Pammy. The stripper isn’t the only one ticked off in Bon Temps. Sam shows up at Merlotte’s totally plastered and insults everyone within sight. Tara, still smarting from learning that Jason and Andy covered up the truth behind Eggs’ death, is hittin’ the sauce pretty hard and sticks around when Sam throws out the patrons and staff. It doesn’t take a clairvoyant to predict what happens next. Sam and Tara are too busy doing naked gymnastics to notice an alarm set off by a vengeful Tommy breaking into the Merlotte’s safe. Sam’s drunken tirade will cost him dearly! Also heating things up are the newly reunited Jessica and Hoyt. Jess confesses to Hoyt that she is addicted to human blood, he offers himself up to satisfy her craving. He seems to enjoy it when she lustily accepts his gallant offer. Hoyt’s annoying mom, who recruited the mousy gal whom he dated for a blip to try to get over Jess, is still determined to keep him away from her. Something tells me her plotting will soon take a dangerous turn.

Is this really the end for Eric Northman?

Sunburn

Holly and Arlene conduct a Wiccan ritual to concoct some mystical solution to Arlene’s unwanted pregnancy. When Arlene bleeds out in bed, the baby survives the emergency to her consternation. Was the blood some sort of spirit draining from the child orchestrated by Holly? She’s a freak, if you ask me. Her interest in Arlene is spooky and too conveniently timed. I suspect she’s a relative of Rene’s plotting to resurrect him or exact revenge upon the Bon Temps residents responsible for his death. In other Bon Temps news, Jason comes to terms with the fact that Crystal is part of a community of were-panthers (so what else is new?) and deduces that the smarmy jock who’s been breaking all his sports records is using V to enhance his performance. Lafayette comes down from his V trip with Jesus and has a horrible vision of a monster in place of his newly addicted boyfriend. Could it be Jesus’ true nature? Bill and Sookie have a heart-to-heart about the ramifications of recent events on their relationship. Sook admits that she has feelings for Eric but that she still loves Bill. She also acknowledges that she’ll have a hard time trusting either of them after the Russell Edgington thing, not knowing that the final act in that drama is about to play out.  Eric pays Russ a visit and shares his quest for revenge, which tickles the vampire monarch with its silliness. Before His Royal Toupee can administer his punishment, Eric promises to share with him the secret to walking during daylight in exchange for letting him live. Next thing you know, the two literally stop Bill and Sookie in their tracks and hightail it back to Fangtasia, where Eric fakes a fight with Bill to distract Russ while he clues Bill in on his plan to double-cross the king. Eric tells Russ that Sook’s blood will grant him immunity from sunlight. The two feed on Sookie while a tense Bill and Pam look on. Russ, crafty as ever, makes Eric test his theory first. The Viking vamp walks out into the sunlight and smiles into the security cameras as if all is well. In truth, Eric’s skin is slowly frying, but he covers his agony to dupe King Russell into joining him outside. As soon as the evil vamp takes the bait, Eric handcuffs them together as they drop to their knees like two vampire eggs on a frying pan! Tune in September 12 for the season finale!

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What horrible retribution does Russell have planned for Eric and the gang?

Who You Callin’ a Fairy?

August 22: It’s official — Sookie is a fairy. Technically she’s half fairy and half human, not that she’s terribly impressed by the revelation coming from Bill. She’s further irked by the insinuation that the reason all the vamps are going bonkers for her, including Bill, is because fairy blood is particularly delicious to their undead palates. Bill assures her that although his attraction to her may have been provoked by this, their bond has evolved beyond mere bloodlust. For some reason, Bill isn’t totally honest about the cold reception he got from Sook’s fellow fairy Claudine in fairyland. Does he have something to hide? At least Sook can take consolation in the fact that she’s a kick-ass fairy. A bitter Tara certainly wouldn’t mind kicking Bill’s ass along with those of vamps everywhere. She gets some solace from Sookie when she tells her the whole story about her nightmare with Freaky Franklin, but her gratitude toward a guilt-wracked Jason quickly dissolves upon hearing his confession that he was the one who fatally shot Eggs last season. The drama between Jason and Tara distracts them from looking after Sookie as Bill had requested and Miss Stackhouse pays Eric Northman a visit. Eric, preparing for his inevitable showdown with King Russell, is getting his affairs in order and drafts a new will leaving his entire estate to Pam, who is not pleased with her sire’s pessimistic attitude. Give Russell what he wants — Sookie, she urges, reasoning that the King will get her anyway. Maybe and maybe not, thinks Eric. Sookie, who continues to have sexy dreams about Eric, finally gets a taste of the real thing when the Viking vamp hungrily plants some kisses on her and she responds. Remembering the potency of her fairy blood, she pulls away before things can progress further.

Russell’s Unfinished Business

The gang at Merlotte’s is in emotional upheaval, as usual. Sam’s attack on Crystal’s white-trash father stirs memories of his larcenous past when he used his shapeshifting ability to pull off thefts. When he was betrayed by a beautiful woman, his revenge on her and her lover was deadly. Tommy, who shares Sam’s rage issues, gets into a tussle with Hoyt after he shows up at Merlotte’s trying to reconcile with Jessica yet again. Hurt by her most recent rejection, Hoyt wastes no time in clocking Tommy when the annoying brat teases him. Tommy, however, strikes back in pitbull form and mangles Hoyt’s hand. Pulling Tommy off her man, Jessica admits that she still has feelings for Hoyt and gives him her blood to heal his wounds. Tommy’s not pleased by their touching reunion. Arlene confesses to Terry that her baby is really Rene’s, but Terry vows to raise the child as his own. Arlene, despite her incessant whining and bad dye job, really lucked out with that guy! Lafayette and Jesus take Crystal’s battered dad to Lafayette’s place after realizing he’ll never make it to the hospital alive. After Lafayette saves his worthless life by giving him V, Crystal’s dad can only spew homophobic slurs at this saviors and reads his daughter the riot act for daring to “mix” with Jason when her “mate” was already preselected. Lafayette and Jesus take hits of V, which takes them on a psychedelic mindtrip that reveals witchcraft figured in both their family histories. Perhaps Lafayette is some sort of shaman. Bill confronts Jason about losing track of Sook, only to be banished from Jason’s place when he rescinds the welcome he granted Bill. Jason’s next visitor is a striking black panther who turns out to be Crystal. Is it my imagination or is Bon Temps becoming some sort of zoo for supernatural animals? What’s in the water, anyway? King Russell’s TV tantrum is causing all sorts of havoc nationwide and Nan Flanagan is back on air trying to put out the fires being fanned by the likes of the zealots from the Brotherhood of the Sun, who are jumping on the PR disaster to push along their anti-vamp agenda. Russ, meanwhile, takes a moment to bid his beloved Talbot a proper farewell by using the body of a lookalike hustler as a vessel for his lamented consort. At Fangtasia, Eric scoops up Sookie and leaves her shackled and screaming in the hidden dungeon. I’m convinced he loves her.

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How can Eric hope to come up against a vengeful 3000-year-old vampire?

Authority Rules

 

August 15: Nan Flanagan, the eerily mainstream spokesperson for The Vampire Authority who appears on TV lobbying for passage of the Vampire Rights Amendment, shows up at Fangtasia looking like a military dominatrix and demanding answers about The Magister’s murder. She’s not too pleased to have been dragged to Louisiana by Eric’s latest shenanigans and makes him testify via cam for the mysterious members of the Authority. As Pam sits close by with extraordinarily buoyant hair, Eric shares King Russell Edgington’s mad plans to put an end to the Authority’s diplomatic relations with humans and his role in killing the Magister and Eric’s father. Nan isn’t totally convinced and puts Eric and Pam under coffin arrest while the Authority mulls over his testimony. Bill and Sookie are having a far better time washing off the bloody signs of their vigorous makeup sex. Arriving downstairs, they encounter the naked corpse of one of the wolves killed in the previous night’s battle. Sook laments that their relationship will never be free of life-threatening encounters and dead bodies floating around. Bill’s not sure that’s a bad thing. Still, Sook’s not comfortable with the secret file he was keeping on her and her family. Bill tells her that it’s important to learn the secret to her true nature in order to protect her from the supernatural beings so intent on using her abilities for their own gain.  Clues to Sookie’s identity come from Cousin Hadley, who asks her to check out her little boy, and is terrified to learn that he has gifts like Sookie, too. Bill comes closer to learning the truth about Sook when he wakes from his rest to enter the mystery world Sookie had visited earlier and encounters the same fairylike woman who urged Sook to dump him. When the woman attempts to flee, Bill’s vamp instinct kicks in and his fangs flare out as he tackles her. Unlike Sookie, this woman has mastered her light power and blasts Bill with enough force to fling him a good distance away from her. She warns him not to mess with Sookie, despite his assurances that he means her no harm. 

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

Arlene is having a rough day at Merlotte’s, as usual. She accuses Tommy of stealing half her tips and confides in the new waitress Holly that her unborn child is Rene’s. When Holly suggests the possibility of ending the pregnancy, Arlene resigns herself to giving birth to what she believes will be an evil child. Does Holly have plans for it? Tara, still traumatized by her experience with Freaky Franklin, is happy that Lafayette is dating Jesus, but attends a support group for rape survivors where she runs into Holly. Tara has good reason to be on edge. Sam has his hands full trying to reign in Tommy and the pressure gets to him so much that he nearly beats Crystal’s father to death when he shows up at Merlotte’s to take her back home. Crystal’s “people” want her back badly. Her ex shows up and she clocks him with a rifle when Jason distracts him. Crystal makes sure they bind her ex with ropes rather than handcuffs when they leave him tied to a tree by the road. When they call the precinct to have him picked up, he’s missing, and the deputy who showed up on the scene was beaten to a pulp. Jason can only wonder how Crystal’s ex got free of the ropes. Shapeshifting, perhaps? When the ambulance takes Crystal’s dad to the hospital, Tara is confronted by Franklin, who hasn’t quite yet met the real death. Shivering with fear, a defiant Tara faces down her psychotic tormentor and Jason shows up just in time to blow him to bloody smithereens with a wooden bullet through the heart. Is Jason finally getting some smarts? Can Franklin room with Lorena in the vampire afterlife? Also dealing with a bloody mess is King Russell, who screams in agony upon seeing what’s left of Talbot back at the mansion. He vows to Talbot’s innards that he will take revenge against his Bon Temps enemies. Nan makes things easier for Russ by ordering Eric to clean up the mess he made with His Royal Toupee. As far as The Authority’s concerned, Eric is on his own. On her way out of town, Nan’s snacking on a sexy girl’s thigh is interrupted when Russ takes over a national TV newscast, rips out the anchorman’s spine and puts the human race on notice that vampires will rise up to eat them and their children. Then he introduces the weather segment.

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Will Sookie miss Alcide's bodily warmth?

Visions of the Past

August 8: Sookie and Bill realize their relationship is doomed and break up at the hospital. When Bill returns home, Jessica is happy to see him and won’t let him set her free, begging him to not leave her alone. Bill teaches his vampire offspring to move at superspeed in preparation for King Russell’s anticipated return to retrieve Sookie, but he won’t reconsider their break up despite Jess’s urging. A vengeful Debbie and her wolf cronies burn down Alcide’s sister’s beauty salon, so Alcide has to return to Jackson. Hesitant to leave Sookie unprotected, he nevertheless has a very warm farewell scene with her. Luckily we fans know that Joe Manganiello has been upgraded to series regular next season. Things are hopping over at Merlotte’s where Arlene, who’s having visions of her murderous ex Rene, hires a new waitress named Holly – who suspiciously knows that Arlene’s with child – and promptly warns Sam not to sleep with her. Sam is too preoccupied with looking after Tommy, who is in Bon Temps to stay now that Mama and Daddy Pickens have left. Tommy’s dogfighting instincts are still kicking in whenever Hoyt shows up and both he and Sam sniff some animal scent on Crystal’s dad and ex-fiance when they show up looking for her. Crystal’s too busy seeking solace from Jason, who confronts her dad with a shotgun and a warning to stay out of her life. Dad’s not planning on accommodating Jason’s request anytime soon. Tara is tormented by visions of Franklin. Lafayette is visited by his mom, who escaped from the old folks’ home, and Jesus, who shows up to reclaim her. When Lafayette explains to Jesus that quitting V pushing isn’t easy, Jesus just pulls him in for a kiss… and more.

Eric Gives it to Talbot

Speaking of man love, Talbot is having a hissy fit over the fact that Queen Sophie-Ann is moving in to his increasingly crowded mansion. Maybe she can have Lorena’s old room? To placate Talbot while King Russell travels to Bon Temps to recapture Sookie, Eric agrees to stay behind and keep him company. I wonder how they’ll kill the time? Eric knows what he’d like to kill. Sookie gets a warning from cousin Hadley – sent by Eric — that Russell is on his way. When His Royal Toupee arrives with Debbie and a pair of werewolves, Sookie’s home becomes a battleground. Sookie and Deb finally go mano a mano in Sook’s bedroom while Bill and Jessica show up to protect her from the wolves downstairs. When one of the werewolves leads Jess out of Sook’s house, Russell grabs her and offers her life to Bill in exchange for Sook. Bill goads Russ into hand-to-hand combat, but he’s again no match for the much older vampire king. Just as Russell prepares to finish Bill, he’s pulled away by the sudden destruction of Talbot, who was staked by Eric just as their naked encounter was getting interesting back at the mansion. Sookie’s knockdown brawl with Debbie ends when Sook lets the skanky she-wolf leave.  All the fighting leaves everyone in a frenzy. Jessica drains the wolf that dared hunt her down while Bill and Sookie have a heated reunion and go at it like monkeys on a honeymoon.

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