'True Blood' starts tying up loose ends
August 23rd, 2010
12:07 PM ET

'True Blood' starts tying up loose ends

Editor’s Note: This post contains spoilers for the Sunday, August 22 episode of HBO’s “True Blood.”

Two things: First, this was far and away the best episode of the season so far. Second, I’d sell my soul for a t-shirt from the “True Blood” Confessions and Revelations Tour. With the season finale fast approaching, many of our questions were answered this week, so let’s get started!

Everyone was in the mood to share, so let’s begin with the news we’ve all been on the edge of our seats for: Sookie’s a fairy. Yup, that’s the big news. Her reaction to Bill’s revelation was the same as mine, and I’ll just leave it at that. We also learned that vampires were likely responsible for the fairies’ extinction because their blood is as magical as it is intoxicating.

Now that everyone’s on the same page with regard to Sookie’s newfound heritage, it’s become all the more important to protect her from Russell. So there’s that. Is it everything you hoped it would be?

Sam confronted his inner demons after Tommy’s continued taunts and the almost fatal beating he delivered to Calvin Norris in last week’s episode. In a flashback to 2003, we found out that Sam used his shifting abilities not for survival but for profit. Who knew that Sam used to be a slick, burglarizing badass? Always with the surprises, this show.

Anyhow, Sam’s cohort during that time was secretly in cahoots with a scruffy n’er do well who beat Sam and robbed him of his take. Sam, in turn, later ambushed the couple and accidentally killed the girl. To cover his tracks, he had no choice but to kill her thieving companion.

In sexy couple news, we saw a lot more of Lafayette and Jesus this week. After his interest in the healing properties of vampire blood was peaked while watching Lafayette treat an injured Calvin, Jesus convinced Lafayette to go on a V trip with him. This was totally awesome until it got weird. We found out that both guys have magical pasts with ancestors who acted as respected healers in their communities. Then they met Jesus’ grandfather, who, according to Jesus was a practitioner of the black arts. He also had big, scary plans for Jesus that he was unable to carry out. Here’s hoping their tour of the family tree means we’ll be seeing lots more of Jesus and Lafayette in the future.

Juicy confessions were also plentiful this week! Arlene told Terry that the baby she was carrying was Rene’s. Because Terry is awesome he promised to love and raise the child as his own. Arlene, still convinced she was pregnant with Rosemary’s Baby, later consulted newly revealed Wiccan Holly for a concoction to make the pregnancy disappear.

Upon returning to Jason’s after disposing of Franklin’s remains, Tara’s visceral reaction to Bill prompted her to tell Sookie all of the terrible things Franklin did to her, and how Bill didn't help her when presented with the opportunity. Sookie remained strangely unaffected by this news.

Jason, whose feelings of guilt over the accidental killings of Eddie and Eggs resurfaced after killing Franklin, confessed to Sookie the truth about Eggs. Sookie urged him to tell Tara. He did and she didn’t take it well, to say the least. Jason then found himself on the receiving end of some news when he found out the truth about Crystal, who was exiled from the Norris Clan after refusing to marry Felton and propagate the bloodline. As we suspected, Crystal comes from a community of shifters – panthers, to be exact. Meow!

Hoyt, meanwhile, dumped the dreadful Summer and declared his love for Jessica. When she was unable to respond he stormed out and delivered the greatest sucker punch of all time to a taunting Tommy. Tommy retaliated by shifting into pit bull form and attacking Hoyt. Jessica came to the rescue, tossing Tommy aside like a ragdoll and offering her blood to Hoyt. She confessed her love for him as Tommy glowered ominously in the bushes.

We didn’t see a whole lot of Russell in this episode, but we learned that he definitely has a “type.” He picked up an unwitting prostitute and re-enacted Talbot’s gory demise to give him a sense of closure. God, he’s so fabulously creepy.

Finally, Eric prepared to set off on his mission to kill Russell and, not expecting a positive outcome, did the practical thing and signed over his assets to Pam (who was killing it this week in the wardrobe department, don’t you think?). Eric later paid a farewell visit to Sookie and alluded that he would not be coming back. She confronted him about his visit at Fangtasia where he caused her to question her trust in Bill. Then they made out in his office. Snooze. I’m beyond ready for these two to get a room and just get it over with, am I the only one?

Desperate to keep Eric dead - as opposed to truly dead - Pam urged him to turn Sookie over to Russell, or at the very least use her to their advantage. We ended with Eric shackling Sookie in the club’s basement. If only we could leave her there for the remainder for the season.

What did you think of last night’s episode?

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  1. kalani manual

    Old Sterotypes die hard Tara is with almost every White Man she has conversation with longer than 2 minutes.One min. she's Sista Souljah and then the remainder of the show she's Jezabel on V.Another observation even though it's a show featuring the strengths of Vampires, Werwolves are not that stupid or so beneath them.

    August 30, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ash

    I agree with the fact the Eric and Sookie need to get a room! Also, I kind of miss Franklin, in all of his craziness, he made the show quite interesting. Oh, and for anybody who watched last night, I really, REALLY hope that Eric does not die the true death!!

    August 30, 2010 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  3. Paul

    I think the writters are on a V trip.What next leprechauns?

    August 28, 2010 at 3:22 am | Report abuse |
  4. nancy

    It's "piqued" interest, not "peaked." You need a better editor.

    August 27, 2010 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Cassie

    @Ike: I would love to see Bubba on the show, that would be a HOOT. When I first read about him in the books, I thought his character was such a clever and funny idea. So THAT'S why people claim "sightings" all the time! I think it was either Charlaine Harris or Alan Ball - somebody big involved with the show - who said he wouldn't appear. I remember they sounded so definite, like, there will be no further discussion. I wonder if there were potential problems with the Estate of the Man in the White Sequined Jumpsuit...

    August 27, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Greg

    You guys/gals with the book reports specifying how the books differ from the shows, are better than the shows or are worse than the shows, should cut it out already! It's not a big revelation that book don't translate perfectly to film. Let's stick to observations about the shows themselves.

    August 27, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ike

    Here goes comparing the series to the books again, but doesn't anyone else want to see Bubba on the show?
    I loved Bubba in the books–he even saved Sookie's butt a couple of times.

    August 27, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  8. sarah

    To answer your question Tara, the events in the first three seasons only actually happen over about a 6 weeks to couple months span.

    On another note, more Eric, less Bill!!!! I totally disagree that their kiss was a "snooze." It was hot as hell! Eric and Sookie's love developes slow and is real, unlike Bill and Sookie's that is founded on lies.

    August 27, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Tara

    Don't understand. Wasn't Renee in the first episode of the series? How could Arlene be pregnant by him in the 3rd season? At least have a big belly and ready to deliver. Could someone tell me that...Doesn't make sense.

    August 27, 2010 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  10. dee

    Jason is probably part fairy too no? He's always protecting people and aims great w/ bows/arrows (in last season) and guns w/ wooden bullets, etc. I think Jesus is probably an evil sorcerer.. haha..

    August 27, 2010 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
  11. Boris Hamilton

    I wonder if Tara has been stealing from Sam.

    You know how "those people" are...

    August 26, 2010 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mia

    All I can say about Sunday's episode is that I love Eric and Sookie kissing and can i see more of that please instead of Sookie and Bill? I really dont like Bill's character in either the books or the show. I just cant believe that Sookie believes every freaking thing that comes out of Bill's mouth. Its like seriously do you not remember how quickly you had Bill's blood after meeting him??? So what if Eric tricked you in Dallas, you noticed his hotness even before you had his blood.

    ANYway i digress away from my original thought but I want more Eric and Sookie. Bill can be left out in the sun for all I care. Seriously though Sookie needs to wake up and realize that Eric is telling her the truth. He might not always give her all the information at the time but he does it for a reason. Bill just seems like he wants to keep Sookie in the dark about alot of different things. Much like he does with Jessica. HE is by far the worst possible maker in the world. I feel bad for poor Jessica because she has no one to teach her things that a maker is supposed to teach her.

    I was very proud of Jessica on Sunday. She finally got up the courage to admit to Hoyt that she loves him AND was able to ignore his blood in order to heal him from Tommy's attack. I love that Hoyt punched Tommy. Laughed my butt off. Someone needed to put Tommy in his place. All he seems to want to do is get into fights. I can honestly say that either someone knocks him flat on his butt and teaches him a lesson or Sam needs to send him packing.

    I for one am not to sure on Jesus. I think that there is something that just may not be quite right with him. But I am one of those people that dont take kindly to new characters or new people. Makes my hackles go up.

    Russell... What can I say about poor Russell? Well i can understand that he is upset about the loss of his lover and child as anyone would be but to do what he did is another thing. To quote my husband, Russell has lost his damn mind. I do hope that the season finale is great because I have read the books and I am very excited to see where the show is going to go. As long as we dont have another season like season 2 with the Maryann storyline I will definitely be happy. I for one cant wait until Sookie finally sees Bill's true colors and gets with Eric. I am waiting patiently.

    August 26, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  13. LeeAnne

    blah blah blah big vampire crisis blah -- loved it! I love Pam's character in this and in the book!!!

    August 26, 2010 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
  14. Tanya Bond

    I think this is one of the best if not the best shows that has come on HBO(looking forward to Boardwalk).. I;m for Bill and Sookie staying together Yeah I;m wondering how come he can't be trusted.. Eric was to die for when he killed Talbert and Tommy is just a little instigator and there he was bragging on how he could take Hoyt with one or both his paws tied behind his back(luckily Jessica came to Hoyt's rescue from Tommy shifting into a pit bull-no fair)

    August 25, 2010 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Zinga

    Tommy is soo annoying! I want him to go away. And yes lets keep Sookie locked away with a sock or something in her mouth. Jessica and Hoyt are soo sweet love them. And I know Russell has to die at some point but I'm dreading it, he is a wonderful supervillian! Jason's reaction to Crystal "Mama" was my favorite line this episode Lmbo!!!

    August 25, 2010 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  16. nacho mama

    Dang it! I missed the weather. Tiffany?

    August 25, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  17. anne

    Agree . . . Tara is annoying. Lafayette's and Jesus' psychedelic trip on vamp blood was excessive. I think Lafayette is an interesting character from the standpoint that he stays IN character if that makes any sense? Talbot was a great character. Loved when Russell asked him if his diamond slippers were chaffing him. Russell is a great character too. He's insane and doing a good job of it.

    August 25, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Dana

    Am I the only one who doesn't "get" the whole Eric thing? I just don't see the appeal in the books. While interesting on the show, he's proven himself to be just as devious and untrustworthy as Bill. Both have tried to make things work with Sookie, but in the end, I don't think she'll stay with the vamps (bookverse). On the show, I'm all for team Bill!

    August 25, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  19. ugh

    I really wish people would stop comparing the show to the books. I think it's been pretty well-established that the show has gone in a different direction. If you don't like it, then stop watching the show and re-read the books.

    August 25, 2010 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  20. Art

    I actually like how the show is not EXACTLY like the books. It keeps you guessing and entertained.
    They did a great job of transforming Russell from this "normal" vampire leader to a murderous maniac. He looks creepy every time you see him.
    I have a felling that Sam's brother wont be around after this season, he will probably leave.
    Tara just keeps going from bad to worse, she is having a mental breakdown. Interesting to see where that will take her.
    Enjoying the show so far. Isnt next season when the witches come in?

    August 24, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Mrs. Northman

    I am loving this whole season! I have not been disappointed! I am looking forward to next season. If the producers follow along with the next book, we should be seeing a lot more of Eric! The Viking Hottie! 🙂

    August 24, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  22. William

    I think Jessica,( The baby vamp) is enchanting! She may be dead but she still has a soul and she isn't the least bit jaded.I really would like to see more of her and Hoyt together.Happy together until he grows old and dies of natural causes.That's probably not going to happen.I love the show!!Russell is out of his mind,totally gone!

    August 24, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Lauren Donna Raab

    Hoyt is a hunk of man!


    August 24, 2010 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
  24. Big Belly Rosenthal

    Hoyt is the man.

    Big belly

    August 24, 2010 at 12:25 am | Report abuse |
  25. Watching U


    Sorry to give you a vocabulary lesson, but you need one on this occasion. I think you meant to use the word "piqued," not "peaked," in the sentence below:

    After his interest in the healing properties of vampire blood was peaked while watching Lafayette treat an injured Calvin, Jesus convinced Lafayette to go on a V trip with him.

    Also, last night's episode was not even close to being "far and away the best episode of the season." Two episodes earlier this season were both better than last night. I was actually a bit disappointed in last night's show. Too much weirdness is being introduced, for no good reason, i.e. if too many characters on the show are supernaturals, then the novelty becomes diluted and starts to wear off.

    I hope this season's final episodes focus more on the conflict between Eric and Russell, the underlying tension created by the uncertainty about Bill's motives toward Sookie (and how Sophie Ann playes into that, if at all), and how Sookie's fairie ancestry plays into those two plot lines. Those are the most interesting elements of the season. I could have completely done without the story lines involving Jason's involvement with Crystal and Sam's search for his roots that resulted in his really dull and distasteful reconnection with his biological relatives.

    August 23, 2010 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  26. gatorgirl

    All I can say is that I miss Alcide. He is quite the specimen if I do say so myself. I'm over the whole sookie and bill thing. All they do anymore is get naked. Quite boring really. Had I been Tara and Sookie acted the way she did when she talked about what Franklin did, I'd have yanked me a head of her hair. Girl needs to wake up and smell the sunshine!!!

    August 23, 2010 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  27. kabevamp

    Hoyt and Tara don't get married in the books... Jessica doesn't exhist in the books either. And Quinn doesn't even show up until later and nothing in the show has happened to cause Quinn to make an appearance. Geez. I agree with Xaxicza, I think the show is a lot more interesting. I like the books but I am not quite obsessed with the books like I am with the show. I love love LOVE Eric! Bill's character is annoying and I think love is causing Sookie to be blind. Tara is her best friend. Why does she stick up for her to Jason but hasn't said anything to Bill? If he claims Sookie as "his" one more time, I'm going to toss my cookies.

    August 23, 2010 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  28. HEP.

    I miss TALBOT,my god he had great lines....you are acting like a century old child....When Erik asked him how long he and Russell had been together...about 700 years but sometimes it feel like 7 million...oh,i know how he feels,he preaching to the choir....A Vampire with a sense of humor and style,loved their house..and he was not afraid to stand up to Russell...gone but not forgotten...TALBOT.....RIP.

    August 23, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kristin

      I agree, I loved Talbot's character. He was good looking, had a great style; was one of the best new characters along with Russell. I wish he didn't die, but even his death was cool (killed by Eric in that scene, was hot).

      August 24, 2010 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
    • EricNorthmanLover

      Talbot: (sigh) I'm bored, take off your clothes.."The BEST quote EVER!"

      August 25, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Syl2545

    Sookie and Bill married in real like this weekend. Soooookie 😉 I love this show. I could watch the whole season in one day!

    August 23, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Jenn

    I understand why the writers of the show are mixing and changing elements from the book. A television series has to have a REALLY long arc – longer than the books if it is a long term success. If they followed the books exactly, the series would end when the books do. What do they do then? As long as they keep the spirit and basic canon of Harris' world, I think they are doing right by the books. I can see all sorts of elements being saved for a long time to keep the momentum of the series going – Quinn, Jason's "change", Eric's memory, Alcide, etc, etc. I think it gives fans something to look forward to, and also something to anticipate as things DON'T turn out they way we expect (like Lafayette).

    August 23, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  31. toni

    Loved the show, bummed this season is almost over. Alcide is hot, hope we get to see him again. Wonder why Bill can't be trusted?
    Russell has been a great part of the show. Pam is fabulous.

    August 23, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  32. nina

    Sookie did sort of see Hadley as a vampire – it was in a short story where Sookie finds out Hadley is dead and she goes to New Orlenes to shut down her house – as the only heir.

    She finds out that Hadley was married and had a baby, but she dumped them for Sophie Ann

    So, Sookie gets some witches to cast a spell that replays the last hour of Hadley's unlife


    August 23, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Adalai

    dude, I was so looking forward to meeting Sookies G-pa!! WTH???
    this show has gone so far off the deep end... lafayette is supposed to be dead, Jessica's still supposed to be human (or dead), Sookie never saw her cousin, definately as a vamp, Russell dies by the queen at their reception, and where the heck is QUINN?????

    August 23, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Geralyn Danish

    Talk about whining, the fact the writers don't understand the character of Sookie is the reason she is such a yawn. Stop complaining and realize they haven't been able to translate the books character to the screen. Ms. Harris must cringe every time she sees her character so poorly represented.

    August 23, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Xaxicza

      I respectfully disagree. Sookie is pretty boring in the books too. Here at least we have a whole range of interesting characters and the story isn't focused on Sookie that much. For me, it's a big plus.

      August 23, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Summer

    Pam definitely had the best line in the entire episode, "Blah, blah. Vampire emergency, blah".

    August 23, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • G

      no the best line of the night was" if I was any less of a christian, I would say told ya. But I wont" Hilarious. those fellowship of the sun folks are too much.

      August 23, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Granna

      I agree Summer. And her deadpan delivery was spot on! Kristin/Pam is AWESOME!

      August 23, 2010 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • prattmar

      "Blah, blah, vampire emergency, blah." I want the T-shirt! So great!

      August 25, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Dustin

    Crystal is not a shifter. She's a Werepanther. You learn in the books that shifters and weres are different Shifters, like Sam can change into pretty much any animal. However, Weres can only change into certain types of animals (i.e. Werewolves & Werepanthers). I hate that they made Calvin Norris into a mean, drug-dealing, abusive person. In the books, he's actually Crystal's uncle who is very nice–especially to Sookie.
    But, I understand that not everything is going to be like the books–Alan Ball has said that from the beginning. It just feels lilke this season has completely changed everything. They've either skipped ahead in the series or they have changed things completely. For example, here are the bad guys were actually good in the third book (which is what this season is based on): Russell Edgington (while not completely good–he is a vamp, after all–he certainly was not bent on enslaving the humans or marrying Sophie Anne), Calvin Norris, Holly (it seems like something is not quite right with her on the show), Tommy (not even in the books)....etc...

    August 23, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • CptStupid

      I agree. Lafayette is murdered at the end of book one. So his character doesn't exist anymore. Which means that all connected to his character are made up. Tara in the books is a normal person who owns a clothing store and marries Hoyt and they are having twins. While I'm all for change sometimes it's to much. So far season one is the only season to even reseamble the book.

      August 23, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Xaxicza

      I love that they change things around. The show is much more interesting then the books and all characters have much more depth to them. In the novels only Sookie is actually fleshed out, and others serve as a background. Here you have multi-layered story, where everyone has his own daemons to face. Plus, it makes it more unpredictable and more exciting to watch if you are not sure what will happen next.

      August 23, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • kim

      I dont think that Tara marries Hoyt in the book. I think that its JP or something like that. The guy that sookie went out with once but wasnt smart enough but really hot and hes a personal trainer at the gym.
      I love that they didnt kill Lafayette off.

      August 23, 2010 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Kim

    Can I just say- I miss Alcide. He hasn't been around for what- two episiodes? Also, I have to agree – Hoyt is the only normal person on the show. I absolutely LOVED when he punched crazy Tommy. He so deserved that. I'm really tired of Tommy. Same needs to give him a couple dollars and send him on his way.

    August 23, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Cate

    Tommy is lame, I love Hoyt's quick suckerpunch to that lameo's face. Eric is delicious and I want some more Eric Sookie smooches. Pam's outfits were KILLER. Russel is a creepy pimp and I love him!

    August 23, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • crystal burger

      yes! pam's outfits were KILLER! i like jessica and hoyt together and i cant wait for Russell to get staked! and Eric is my man or vamp...

      August 23, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Krystin

    I think Hoyt is normal. He's so boring! I wish Jessica and Tommy would get together, that would be a power couple for sure!

    August 23, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  40. cb

    Is anybody on this show normal? Everytime you think somebody is normal you find out they aren't. What is Lafayette? His mom thinks she has to protect him. I don't think she's crazy.

    August 23, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  41. g

    yeah, sookie looked like she didnt care that all those bad things happend to her and that Bill didnt help. it seemed strange. what is Jesus, I wonder what his story is gonna be. I hope he aint another mary ann.

    August 23, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • crystal burger

      Jesus is probably a 'V junkie'...he acted like an old pro when he took the V...

      August 23, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  42. crystal burger

    i love ERIC the Viking Vamp!!!!

    August 23, 2010 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |

      I agree! Eric is the HOTTEST on the show!!!!!!!

      August 23, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Xaxicza

      Well, if you like Eric the Viking vampire, you'll be happy when Sook will hook up with him after dumping Bill... I bet Northman will get much more screen time.

      August 23, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Raymond

      Orange Mocha Frappuccinno!

      August 30, 2010 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |

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