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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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Will Talbot be able to clean up the bloodstains on the carpet of his royal mansion?

The Big Gusher

July 25: Is it my imagination or was this the bloodiest episode of True Blood yet? No matter where you looked there seemed to be overflowing blood. There was action aplenty, too. Bill springs into action at King Russell’s mansion, staking the vampire bodyguard and trying to get the jump on Russ. Unfortunately, Sookie’s man is no physical match for the 3,000-year-old vampire monarch, who swats him away like a fly. Talbot gets majorly bitchy about how the fighting is making a royal mess of his beautiful home. His Royal Toupee orders Lorena to kill Bill and tends to his consort’s ruffled feathers. Later, he questions Sookie about her unique abilities. On the way to Louisiana to visit Queen Sophie-Ann, Russell confides in Eric his desire to unite all the supernatural beings in a war against humans. Eric humors the King, biding his time until the opportunity to strike presents itself. Queenie is understandably miffed when Russ and Eric show up and inform her that her guards are dead and that her human companion – Sookie’s cousin — is held captive. Her skin crawls at the mere thought of marrying His Royal Toupee, regardless of how much debt she’s in, but an angry Eric, no longer respectful of her upon learning she set him up about the V dealing, overpowers her and forces her to reconsider. Will the blushing bride wear black to the ceremony? 

Tara Fights Back

In Bon Temps, Jason and Crystal are making out by the lake when she smells something (or someone) in the air and bids a hasty retreat. When he tracks her down to a shabby house, he’s greeted by a grimy, shirtless hunk whom she claims is her fiancée. Crystal denies ever meeting Jason, who is clueless, as usual. Lafayette has similar luck with Jesus, when, after some sexy double entendres over pool and kissing in his car, they go back to his house. Their romantic clinch is suddenly interrupted by the racist V junkies who keep stalking him. The bat-wielding hicks bash his new car but, with Jesus’ help, Lafayette chases them off. Learning that Lafayette deals V is a deal breaker for Jesus, however. Sam figures out that the Mickens are forcing Tommy to compete in illegal dogfights in his pit-bull form and races to stop them. Jessica, meanwhile, shows that she’s learning to feed on humans without killing them by taking a bite out of an annoying woman who mistreats Arlene at Merlotte’s.  Back in Jackson, Lorena and Bill are bound together in a sadistic scene of mind games as she carries out King Russell’s orders by slowly bleeding him out with surgical knives. She can’t resist the chance to mix her blood with his even though he berates her for her psychotic ways and begs her to kill him quickly. Lorena instead lets V-starved Coot and Debbie gorge on Bill’s blood. Also getting a taste of vamp blood is Tara, who seduces Franklin into untying her and letting her bite him without the benefit of vampire fangs. It is not a pretty sight. The next morning, Tara bashes his head in and helps Sookie escape. Sprinting out into the mansion’s beautiful grounds like an Olympian, Tara runs into a majestic white wolf, who luckily is a majestically naked Alcide coming to the rescue. Sookie gets a less hospitable greeting when she tries to free Bill from his blood-soaked shackles. “This is all your fault,” spits a livid Lorena as she sinks her fangs into her rival’s pretty neck.

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Will Lafayette see through Franklin's fake text message and save Tara from a life as a modestly dressed vampire bride?

The Ties that Bind

July18: You might say that Tara (Rutina Wesley) isn’t a gal who likes to get tied down, but since she hooked up with Franklin (James Frain) she hasn’t had much choice in the matter. Sookie’s bad-luck buddy is tied to a chair when Bill (Stephen Moyer) arrives with King Russell (Denis O’Hare) and Lorena (Mariana Klaveno) from draining the poor stripper at the end of last week’s episode. Tara is shocked when Bill refuses to help her escape. We learn a few things about His Royal Toupee, all of them bad. He’s Franklin’s mysterious employer and, even though he disapproves of Franklin’s bad habit of fixating on human females, he admires the quality of his work. He’s especially pleased to learn that Sookie’s in Jackson. Franklin, meanwhile, isn’t happy at all when Tara tries to escape her bindings in bed, only to be recaptured by a wolfed-out Coot (Grant Bowler). Freaky Frankie cries tears of blood in his anger and disappointment in Tara, who tries to manipulate him into granting her more freedom to roam around the King’s royal pad. Frankie relents, but she’s not too keen on the matronly dress he forces her to wear and her hosts’ flowery meal plan for humans.  She’s also not too jazzed about Frankie’s plan to make her his modestly dressed vampire bride for eternity. Where’s a maniacal maenad when you need one? Back in Bon Temps, Tara’s boss Sam (Sam Trammell) is busy breaking in his new hostess Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll), who, annoyed at Arlene’s vamp-phobic put-downs, glamours her customers into not giving her tips. Jess also isn’t happy when Hoyt shows up at Merlotte’s with a dippy date but Tommy, unimpressed by Hoyt, pumps up her fragile ego with some sweet talkin’. How will he feel when he finds out that Jess is damned to be an eternal virgin? And what’s up with boozy Daddy Pickens yelling at Sam that he “owns” Tommy? Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) gets a visit from a love-struck Jesus (Kevin Alejandro), who spends the afternoon at Merlotte’s just to be near him.  At police headquarters, Jason (Ryan Kwanten) shows up for his first day on the force and spends it playing with office equipment. He’s much more stimulated when, shirtless and glistening, he spots the pretty blonde he’d seen in the woods during his drug bust with Andy and pulls her over, using his non-existent cop credentials to pump her for information, getting only her name – Crystal. Later that night, he spots her outside Merlotte’s and they take a walk to the lake, evoking memories of Sam’s ill-fated fling with Maryann’s pig girl Daphne last year. Taking things slowly as usual, Jason bangs Crystal while leaning against a tree, noting that she seems like an outdoorsy girl. Might she be one of the werepanthers written about in this week’s TV Guide? Hello kitty, indeed.

The Viking’s Vengeance

Sookie (Anna Paquin) and Alcide (Joe Manganiello) escape the werewolves celebrating Debbie’s initiation and argue over his devotion to the trashy she-wolf. Alcide maintains that she was a good gal — when she wasn’t drinkin’ and cheatin’ on him, that is. To her credit, skanky Debbie shows up to urge Alcide to leave Jackson while he still has his fur intact, but she loses it when Sook emerges from the bedroom. Sookie isn’t too happy when Deb offers to cut her up, but she advises her to return to Alcide anyway. I think Deb just needs to be deloused. Alcide clearly needs counseling. Sook and Alcide visit some old guy named the Pack Master for guidance on how to handle King Russell’s schemes, but Sookie picks up on the senior wolf’s fear of his Royal Toupee’s power. Russ, we learn, has been using werewolves to do his evil bidding for centuries. While the King plots to get his hands on Sookie, Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) shows up at the mansion looking for Bill to serve him up to the Vampire Magister back in Bon Temps in exchange for Pam’s undead life. He’s pleased to learn that Bill has renounced his ties to Louisiana — and Sookie – to remain in Jackson as His Royal Toupee’s sheriff. Russell invites Eric to stay, to the delight of a visibly smitten Talbot (Theo Alexander) who gives him a very personal tour of Casa Edgington. Eric discovers that The King has the crown his Viking father wore the night he and the rest of Eric’s family were slaughtered by bloodthirsty werewolves commanded by a hooded figure. Will Eric use Talbot’s man crush on him to deliver a long-delayed revenge on King Russell? Is the Pope Catholic? Elsewhere, The King, accompanied by Coot and one of his vampire bodyguards, barges in on Bill’s bittersweet reunion with Sookie. After overpowering Alcide and Bill, the King and Coot corner Sook, who zaps the Cootster with her mysterious light beam to King Russell’s delight. The display confirms his hunch that Sookie is definitely something special. I still say she’s an earthbound angel. Stay tuned, Truebies!

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Can True Blood get any gayer? Apparently, yes. This week’s TV Guide has an exclusive peek at Talbot, the young male vampire companion of the Vampire King of Mississippi. It seems there’s going to be a little extramarital nibbling between Talbot (Theo Alexander) and one of the show’s resident hunks. Columnist William Keck hints that the lucky Greek vamp will canoodle with the character we True Bloodies would most want to see in a boy kiss. Swedish meatballs, anyone?

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