July 25th, 2011
09:35 AM ET
[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.
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