August 30th, 2010
12:31 PM ET
Editor’s Note: This post contains spoilers for the Sunday, August 29 episode of HBO’s “True Blood.”
Welcome back, "True Blood" fans. The bulk of last night’s episode was devoted to setting up the season finale and, if we’re lucky, plotlines for the fourth season that already feels like a lifetime away.
Fresh off their inaugural V trip, Jesus was eager to once again fall down the rabbit hole with Lafayette to further explore their magical lineage. Lafayette warned Jesus that V could be deceptive, and shortly after had a hallucination of Jesus resembling the main attraction of the Jim Rose Circus.
Shaken, he sent Jesus home only to later be tormented by visions of characters from the Island of Misfit Folk Art Dolls. Methinks something wicked is coming Lafayette’s way and I. Can’t. Wait.
From the department of storylines I just can’t get excited about, Crystal explained her strange family to Jason. The gist is that the people of Hotshot are one big inbred family of meth-making werepanthers. For example, Crystal’s former fiancé Felton is also her half-brother. And Bufort, the young man Jason interrupted feeding on carrion in a previous episode? Crystal’s ‘double cousin.’ A virtual fist bump goes to anyone who can diagram the Norris family tree without spontaneously combusting out of sheer frustration.
Crystal went on to tell Jason that although she’s desperate to get away from the confines of life with the Norris Clan, she has to return to Hotshot to warn them of the coming drug raid. I’ll happily eat my words if something really exciting comes out of Jason and Crystal’s relationship, but again, I’m having trouble mustering the strength to care. Moving on.
Then there was Sam, who continued his struggle with inner turmoil. After showing up at Merlotte’s drunk out of his mind and insulting everyone at the bar in record time, he was talked back down to earth by Tara. They bonded over shots of top shelf tequila and later had hot sex in Sam’s trailer while Tommy, who is at maximum capacity for suckitude, disabled Sam’s security system and broke into the bar’s safe.
Meanwhile, Arlene’s plot to terminate her pregnancy failed. Terry was thrilled, she was horrified. Rene’s demon spawn appears to be hanging on for dear life in there, no? While Arlene’s storyline has been the most relatable and ‘normal’ of the season, I’m really looking forward to seeing where this one goes, especially after the peek into her dream. What do you think was on the end of that fishing line?
In happier news, Jessica and Hoyt are officially back on. Jessica was straightforward with Hoyt and told him that her appetite is not sated by True Blood alone, and he volunteered to serve as her blood buffet. Aw!
We also found out that Summer the Insufferable was in cahoots with Hoyt’s mother Maxine to lure him away from Jessica. Despite Summer’s failure to woo him with her best lingerie, Maxine assured her that hope was not lost because she had a plan. Hopefully it involves Summer, her doll collection and a one-way ticket to Neptune.
Now, for the night’s main event! With help from a spurned Yvetta, Sookie escaped from Fangtasia’s torture dungeon/kinky sex cave. She fled the club with Bill, whose attempts to rescue her failed after Pam sprayed him with colloidal silver. As Sookie and Bill sped away from Shreveport they mused over starting their relationship anew.
Eric, meanwhile, confronted Russell about the massacre of his family and claimed that by murdering Talbot, they were now equal. Russell disagreed and just before they began to do battle, Eric made him a tempting offer – the chance to once again feel the warmth of the sun. He promised Russell that he could kill him if he was not satisfied with what Eric showed him.
Later, on a deserted stretch of Louisiana highway, the pair caught up with Sookie and Bill and brought them back to Fangtasia. As Russell occupied himself with Sookie, Eric assured Bill that he had a plan. As usual, Sookie was left out, but you’d think she’d know by now that there’s always a plan, right?
Anyway, Russell and Eric fed on Sookie’s sweet, sweet fairy blood and Eric made the first foray out into the sunlight as everyone else watched via security camera from inside the club. Eric beckoned for Russell to join him but turned away from the camera as he began to smolder. As Russell gleefully basked in the rays of the sun, Eric caught him by surprise and handcuffed them together. They began to burn in earnest as the credits rolled. Holy cliffhanger!
I can’t wait to see what happens during the finale and can honestly say that I have no idea what to expect. What do you think will happen and what did you think about last night’s episode?
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