[Editor's Note: This post contains spoilers for the July 24 episode of "True Blood."]
Confession: I’m always leery whenever the “True Blood” writers start killing off characters. At first I’m all, “God, finally! It’s about time,” but then I’m all, “Ugh. Cue the ‘vacancy’ sign.” And y’all, that’s exactly what happened this week.
We said goodbye to 2/3 of the Mickens clan after Tommy fought back against Joe Lee, killing him and accidentally killing Melinda in the process. Hysterical, he reached out to Sam, who helped get rid of the bodies and tried to allay Tommy’s fears about any karmic retribution that might come his way.
We also learned a couple of valuable lessons from this scene. If your good-for-nothing parents force you to use your supernatural powers to participate in an illegal dog-fighting ring, then yes, it’s perfectly fine to kill them and dispose of their bodies in a swamp. Also, should you find yourself in the murky wilds of Louisiana this summer, don’t forget the marshmallows. Alligators love marshmallows.
Back in town, Arlene and Terry were still freaking out over The Curious Case of Mikey and the Magic Marker. Terry called upon Reverend Daniels to help cleanse the home of evil spirits and the reverend brought along his new wife – Tara’s mother and Bon Temps' cheerleader for sobriety – Lettie Mae Thornton. The couple staged an impromptu living room revival in an attempt to exorcise Rene’s ghost. Spoiler alert: It didn’t work.
As Terry and Arlene marinated in post-coital bliss later that evening, a pack of matches spontaneously burst into flames. Looks like it’s half past time to call in the big guns. Anyone have Tangina Barrons’ number handy?
Meanwhile, Portia Bellefleur continued to pursue Bill. He refused to give into her desires and got rid of her by glamouring her into fearing him. Who says vampires aren’t resourceful?
Really, though, when you’ve determined that your only option for a mate is your long-dead great-great-great-great grandfather, it's probably a good time to invest in a bus ticket and a new identity. Seriously lady, branch out.
In other news, things were still hinky between Jessica and Hoyt, likely because she was still smarting over his comment about her blood and perhaps because she’s the tiniest bit smitten with Jason.
And now that he’s had her blood, Jason officially has Jessica on the brain. Something could very well be in the works here, especially considering the sexy dream Jason had about her later in the episode.
Over in Shreveport, swarthy dreamboat Alcide received a visit from Marcus Bozeman, the local pack master and maybe-probably the father of Luna’s kid. He was put out because Alcide hadn’t yet registered to run with the local pack. Snarly glances were exchanged and Alcide sent him on his way, but count on seeing old Marcus again soon.
Elsewhere, adorably befuddled Eric continued to work his way into Sookie’s heart while he wrestled with his past. She comforted him after he had a bad dream in which Godric told him he was an abomination, and later on after Tara found out he was staying at Sookie’s and went on a shouty rampage about all the terrible things he’d done.
Oh, and Sookie and Eric finally kissed this week, so for those of you who are losing sleep at night wondering when they’re finally going to, you know, do it, you might not have to wait too much longer.
Sookie continued to try to get to the bottom of Eric’s ailment by poking around in Holly's head, where she found out about Marnie and the Moon Goddess Emporium.
During a reading, Sookie experienced the witch’s powers first hand. Marnie channeled Gran, who warned Sookie that Eric’s pleasant personality was temporary. Sookie then read Marnie's thoughts and heard Gran in her own voice tell her to GTFO because Marnie was dangerous. Alive or dead, grandmothers are rarely wrong and Sookie took off.
Marnie was later taken into custody by Bill's guards. When Bill glamoured her, she confessed that she didn’t know how to reverse Eric and Pam’s curses. She also had another vision of Antonia, the powerful young witch she sought to channel and we learned that her onetime captors were vampires.
At Pam’s behest, Bill gathered the other Louisiana sheriffs to try and devise a way to conquer the coven. Sheriff Luis, who happened to be one of Antonia’s captors, told the group that as she was burned at the stake in 1610, Antonia used necromancy to summon every vampire within a twenty-mile radius into the sunlight and to their doom.
The sheriffs, of course, immediately wanted to declare war on the witches, but Bill towed the "Authority" party line and said there would be no human casualties. This angered the increasingly gooey Pam who launched into a diatribe about Marnie's numerous misdeeds and let it slip about Eric’s condition. She then confessed to Bill that he was hiding out at Sookie's. Ruh-roh.
So what did you think about last night’s episode? We’re just about halfway through the season, so tell us what you’re loving and just not feeling so far.
Aw, silly Wendy. The doll is not making the baby do anything. THE DOLL WROTE ON THE WALL. Then gave the baby the marker to chew on. ;-)
Remember, this is the same doll that kept turning up at Hoyt and Jessica's house even after she'd thrown it in the lake. It keeps coming back to them, just like it's supposed to.
(Who loves dolls a whole bunch?... Why, Summer, that's who...)
Hopefully Summer is out of the picture, but you raise an interesting point. I agree that the doll is possessed. Chucky anyone? I wonder if the doll is driven from the same spirit that is driving Marnie. Doubtful, but still something to think about.
I've read all of the books as well and find the HBO series just as, if not more, entertaining. The death of Sophie-Anne and Claudine (so we assume) kills several of the future story lines in the books. I can't wait to see what happens next!
Anyone who has read the books know that there are all sorts of "were" animals. Alan Ball uses the books as a kind of a guideline. But he does veer away from the books too as we all saw when Claudine was sucked dry (literally) by Eric. Ture Blood is one of my favorite shows and I've read all of the books. I love them too. Thank you Charlaine Harris & Alan Ball. I enjoy both for what they are.
I agree with Tricia that Tommy will become a skinwalker because he killed a member of his family. I think that he will shift into Sam and cause all sorts of problems for Sam.
Who thinks Tommy will become a skinwalker of one or both of his parents?!?!
Love this side of Bill! I think Pam kinda had it coming, but I still love her. Eric seems too childlike to be attractive. Love that Alan Ball is not following the books.
LOVE it all!
Loved this episode!! I am feeling the kinder-gentler Eric as I know it won't last and he will be aghast at how he's been acting. The doll!!!!...It's the doll that is making the baby do those things. I don't know how or why but it has to be the doll.
What I love about this season: Everything to do with Eric and Sookie... I wish there was more, they need to have more moments, more conversations about the past.... this episode was the best so far for the two of them, loved the kiss... the two actors have great chemistry! Also love Hoyt/Jessica storyline and the witches... Love that Tara is a cage fighter and we don't have to see her cry and tremble every single episode anymore.
What I don't love: Sam's redneck family...maybe they're finally gone for good but wish Tommy would go away too. Too many extra stories means less time on what I consider the 'real' story. Also Arlene's baby storyline... was fine until tonight when they spent wayyyyy too long on it. I am okay with Alcide so far because they don't waste time on his character... we see him when its important to the storyline and that's all... he's a good actor, like his character... but glad that his story is only there when its important.
I'm loving the Eric/Sookie kiss and pray to gawd that that escalates next Sunday to the point of no return! lol
I personally like the witch stuff... way more than the stupid were panther story line.
Way too much going on so far this season and come on all these men are Hot for Sookie I just don't buy it! Oh and now Jason is going to turn into a werepanther at the next full moon? What the hell is a werepanther? It's getting to become a bit of comedy now for me.......sorry.
Just go and read the books.
"Alligators love marshmallows." has to be the best quote of the week.
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