August 8th, 2011
09:40 AM ET
The second half of the season kicked off last night and as the battle between the vampires and witches began to heat up, the episode's message was loud and clear: It's on.
Antonia, having fully settled into Casa Marnie, escaped from vamper jail with the help of a bewitched Luis.
He later tried to kill Bill at Antonia's behest and failed, but not before he passed along her message that amounted to simply this: The bitch is back.
Bill sprang into action and instructed his sheriffs to spread the word to Louisiana’s vampires that they should silver themselves while they slept so Antonia couldn't summon them to a fiery demise at sunrise.
Meanwhile, Pam tracked down Tara at Merlotte’s and went about seeking revenge for Antonia’s face-melting curse. Just as it seemed like Tara would once again meet her fate at the hands of a vampire, she was saved by a gaggle of modern technology-loving Bon Tempsians whose video cameras prompted Pam to release her rather than be caught in the act of killing a human.
Tara’s close call resulted in her sending Naomi back to New Orleans. And as is Tara’s wont, she cried a little, drank a lot and ran into trouble when Antonia appeared (from out of the woods, natch) and quickly won her over after pointing out their mutual sad pasts.
Tara then went to work on Antonia’s behalf to recruit witches to help wage war against the vampires. She assembled a motley crew that, if it weren’t for Antonia’s powerful influence, would probably be more at home talking about their shared love of ferrets and patchouli than kicking vampire ass.
Notably absent were Lafayette and Jesus, who were still in Mexico. The boys discovered that Lafayette was a medium after he channeled Jesus’ uncle Luca, who seemed like a pretty righteous dude.
Exposing Lafayette’s powers was the aim of Jesus’ grandfather all along, so it would seem that the boys would return to Bon Temps with their most powerful asset riding shotgun. Now it’s just a matter of whom they’ll side with.
Later, when he was back at Merlotte’s, Lafayette had another unwanted encounter with the dead when he attempted to get a smile out of baby Mikey, who was along for the ride during Arlene’s shift. Lafayette’s teasing summoned the mysterious young woman from last week’s episode. Spooky! I can’t wait to find out who she is and what she’s capable of.
In other couples news, Sam and Luna discovered that Tommy was a skinwalker. Both were equally grossed out and Sam threw Tommy out after confronting him over what he’d done.
Elsewhere, Alcide and Debbie were initiated into the local pack, but while Debbie celebrated Alcide brooded handsomely on a log. He was preoccupied with Sookie’s well-being after running into her in the woods as she searched for Jason.
Because she’s New Debbie and not the crazy old nutcake of yore, she indulged Alcide and they ventured off to look for Sookie to make sure she was all right. As it turned out, she was more than OK as they found her still (!) having sex with Eric.
When they finally finished (seriously, they didn’t stop till midway through the episode) Eric asked Sookie if she wanted him to go back to being the Eric she knew and hated. She was predictably conflicted, but he said that he was content to remain adorably clueless if it meant that she would still love him.
Pam, meanwhile, was not about to remain cursed and summoned the delightful Dr. Ludwig to help restore her to her former glory. While the good doctor was unable to reverse the spell, she put Pam on the road to recovery with a seriously horrifying-looking chemical peel and a series of shots that would have to be administered every day for, well, ever. And when you’re a vampire, forever is a very long time.
This brings me to my very favorite part of this week’s episode: Pam’s casket! I would have staged a one-woman riot had it been anything less than the quilted pink satin confection that it was.
Finally, the witches gathered to hear what Antonia had to say and she did not disappoint. Almost everyone in attendance was on board with her plan to kill off the local vampire population and the chanting soon began.
The vampires put up a gallant fight but were no match for Antonia’s powers. In fact, Bill’s controversial order to self-silver was the only thing keeping them from meeting the sun.
Jason had stopped by Sookie’s to apprise her of his negative werepanther status when the spell casting began, and when she told him what was up, he ran to Bill’s to make sure Jessica was safe.
As Ginger rode Pam’s vibrating coffin like a mechanical bull in Shreveport, the situation was far worse in Bon Temps where Eric, Bill and Jessica fought to escape their restraints. Jessica managed to break free and made her way upstairs and out the front door.
This was one of the season’s more exciting endings, no? Will Jason manage to save Jessica or will she fry like her similarly fair-skinned mortal sisters after mere seconds in the sun? Share your thoughts in the comments!
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