'True Blood': Meet Roman
June 18th, 2012
10:56 AM ET

'True Blood': Meet Roman

[This post contains spoilers from the June 17 episode of HBO’s “True Blood.”]

On Sunday's episode of "True Blood," Chris Meloni made his appearance, Sookie and Lafayette fought to control new vampire Tara, and Bill and Eric narrowly evaded the true death. For now.

But let's start with Tara attacking Sookie after emerging from the ground as a vampire. The best part of this storyline? Pam is Tara’s (reluctant) maker!

When Lafayette asked Pam to do something about belligerent Tara, she coolly responded, “I am. I’m laughing.” But before leaving, she commanded Tara not to bite Lafayette or Sookie.

At work, one of Pam’s co-workers asked her why she was so dirty. “I was in the ground, what’s your excuse?” Pam gets all the best lines.

Still under the impression that Eric was avoiding her, Pam reminisced about their first meeting in San Francisco in 1905 after she found her friend Claire dead in the brothel she operated. (Judging by poor human Pam’s devastation, I’m guessing Claire was her girlfriend? Or maybe she was always soft-hearted deep down.)

Pam was attacked while walking home alone, but a handsome vampire in a top hat came to her rescue: Eric. He told her that ladies should be careful in that area at night, to which Pam responded, "If I meet a lady, I’ll let her know.” I miss these two and their banter!

Of course, Eric wasn’t just avoiding his best friend and “daughter.” He and Bill were hauled into the Vampire Authority’s impressive headquarters in New Orleans. They were thrown into a cell with Norah and then interrogated about Nan Flanagan, but they refused to betray each other.

Back in Bon Temps, Martha told Alcide that as the new packmaster he must devour the deceased packmaster, her son Marcus. But he refused, and said he had no interest in being part of a pack anymore. Something tells me this won’t last.

After her talk with Alcide, Martha went to see Emma and Luna. When Luna kicked her out, Sam suggested that Martha had a right to see her granddaughter. So she kicked him out too. Later that night, Luna went into Emma’s room and found that her daughter had shifted into an adorable little wolf cub. It seems Luna is her father’s daughter after all.

Meanwhile in the police station, a teenage boy accused Jason of causing his parents’ divorce. Jason didn’t remember sleeping with the boy’s mother at first, and Andy asked him, “Have you slept with every woman in this town?” Jason responded, “I don’t know. I’m close, I guess.”

Jason’s on-and-off paramour Jessica was throwing another frat-tastic party when a surprise visitor showed up: Rev. Steve Newlin, showing off his new vampire dance moves.

Steve offered Jessica $10,000 for Jason and his rock-hard butt. She played along, getting him up to $20,000 before turning on him and insisting that she’d never sell her friend. A ridiculous, hilarious catfight ensued.

Back at Sookie’s house, she found Lafayette with a stake over Tara’s heart. LALA, DO IT GIRL! But before my dream could come true, Sookie thwarted his plan and convinced him that Tara could one day be happy as a vampire. Tara, happy? Doubtful.

When she woke up, Tara told them she’ll never forgive them for turning her into a vampire. She’s so predictable. I hope this storyline explores more than her self-hatred and resentment.

In New Orleans, we finally met the new villain Roman, played by Christopher Meloni. He's a religious zealot who, along with the other members of the Authority (including the amazing Carolyn Hennesy of "General Hospital"), believes that vampires were created in God’s image and that humans were only created as their nourishment.

Roman threatened Bill and Eric with the true death but Bill saved the day, vowing to bring secretly alive Russell to the Authority.

Then we saw Russell. And he was disgusting. Body parts were strewn on the floor, and Russell was covered in scaly, flaky skin. His bloody tongue darted out of his mouth. Terrifying!

The episode lacked the blood, sex and dark wit that makes “True Blood” so much fun to watch, but it certainly advanced the story. And we finally had a glimpse of some of the vampire villains. I’m excited!

What did you think of last night’s episode and Roman’s first appearance?

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  1. AuntieMame2

    Chris Meloni is hot! He was hot in "Oz", he was hot in "L&O:SVU" and I'm sure he'll be just as hot in "True Blood." Go Chris Meloni! Nice to have you back on TV!

    July 2, 2012 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  2. MARIE


    June 27, 2012 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
  3. shasha

    I have a strong feeling that roman is modeled after eric's maker from the books who was a roman (not Godric). this guy is probably from roman times. it seems like this season is following the books a little closer. it looks like they added claude and claudette in to the mix. the fairy boy who smelled really good to jessica.

    June 27, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |

    why not just watch porn?
    it's better than this schlockfest

    June 25, 2012 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ED

    Lilith was also the ultra-demon in Supernatural (on CW).......they should have a crossover of the 2 shows. Add 2 more hotties to the True Blood mix. 😉

    June 21, 2012 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  6. ottilie

    yeah – Nan Flanagan (a founder of the mainstreaming movement who had recruited Bill back in the 1980s at a punk rock show in London) worked with the authority. The mainstreamers want to coexist with humans. Russell Edgington, the villain ex-king of Mississippi was a vampire supremacist. I'm not sure if he believes the pre-old testament bible though. Flanagan had said there were factions within the authority with different opinions though. Interesting that they turned out to be located in New Orleans.

    June 20, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Stevn

    Meh. I don't care about the werewolf storyline.. or the terry jazz... I'm disappointed that Sookie's story seems stagnant compared tot he other characters. She's our star. Come on TB!! And don't send sookie to jail.

    June 20, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Laura

    In New Orleans, we finally met the new villain Roman, played by Christopher Meloni. He's a religious zealot who, along with the other members of the Authority (including the amazing Carolyn Hennesy of "General Hospital"), believes that vampires were created in God’s image and that humans were only created as their nourishment.

    This is not correct- The Authority believes the opposite. They want to co exist with humans not eat them like Russ does. Um did you really watch this show? Cause that is what the Authority has been from the get go. They do not believe in the literal meaning of their "bible"

    June 19, 2012 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Evel Knievel

    Will Meloni's character be bufu-ing everyone like he did on "Oz"?

    June 19, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Evangelicide

      Now now... he only really got jiggy with Beecher... and Schillinger.

      June 27, 2012 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  10. abc123

    " It seems Luna is her father’s daughter after all." Ummm i think you mean Emma is her father's daughter after all.... does anyone copy edit these articles??

    June 19, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  11. tvnutt

    I think the Terry story line is lame and unnecessary. We know he didn't cause the fire last sea in so why find a new angle to the fire? I too interpreted the authority to consider humans as food. They won't act on it because Roman said fangs are outnumbered by humans 1000 To 1. Want to know who released Russell, why do I think its rev. Steve?

    June 18, 2012 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Michael Calaizzo

    We need a movie version.

    June 18, 2012 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Michael Calaizzo

    I love to watch the show.

    June 18, 2012 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Michael Calaizzo

    I am the biggest fan ever!

    June 18, 2012 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Will

    Loved the opening with Pam just standing there when sookie got attacked by Tara. Looks like theres gonna be lots of Pam this season which im happy about. Christopher Meloni what can we say???? Lets see lose the damn suits 12 seasons on SVU with wearing suits and you go to Trueblood to wear a suit 0.o Only pretty part of the suit was the ruby red tie. Would like to know more of this 'Vampire Bible". If Lilith is the 1st vampire, and Roman was saying the blood of Lilith when he gave his blood to other AVL members how old is Roman, is there a direct bloodline

    June 18, 2012 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Argon

    Ok, my question is why have they dropped the story about waitresses kid being possesed by the dead father for the Army buddy story with Terry?

    June 18, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rina

      That storyline was resolved in Season 4. And nobody was possessing the kid. A ghost who used to live in Bon Temps a long time ago and was murdered with her child, latched onto Arlene's kid and thought it was hers. Lafayette and Jesus exorcised her.

      June 18, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Rebbeca

    I didn't read the article yet because I didn't get to see last nights episode yet but if it doesn't start getting better i am done with the show. Last year became so ridiculous I had to force myself to watch the last 3 shows. If it was for Eric & Jasons characters I would have left the show already! Bill has become a wuss and can we not see Sookie too much this season fairy or not i am not buying that every man wants her! And tara ? Why would they bring her back again? Worse character on the show.

    June 18, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  18. AgentM

    The only good part was Pam's back story. Christopher Meloni was over the top in a cheesy, community theater way. Tara trashed poor Sookie's house again and then left. Lame.

    June 18, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Adam

    Scott, you miss the point. The Authority believes in the literal interpretation of the texts, else why would they pray to Lilith. They do not believe, however, that it is wise to attempt the literal interpretation. That is why they want to mainstream. They wish to stop the hardliner fundamentalists who don't believe in mainstreaming, even if it means the humans will kill them all (Russell).

    June 18, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Scott

    Um...I think your reviewer missed the point; the Authority doesn't believe that humans are nothing more than food for vampires, hence why Bill was tortured over whether or not he believed in a 'literal' interpretation of the vampire bible. The Authority is all about 'mainstreaming', which means drinking True Blood not direct from the source. It's this 'Sanguinista' movement that is all about making humans nothing more than cattle.

    June 18, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Diane

    I just started watching True Blood and was hooked right off the bat. Had a lot of catching up to do with the storyline but made it just in time to watch one of my favorite actors (Christopher Meloni) make his debut on last nights episode and what a debut it was! This guy has presence and is perfect for this role. I quit watching Law and Order: SVU when he left the series and now am delighted to see he has returned in a role he is well suited for. Excellent series and I am very happy I found it just in time. 🙂

    June 18, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Angie

      Love the addition of Chris Meloni! Why don't they bring back Franklin as his twin and a good friend of Roman?

      June 19, 2012 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  22. Jessica@work

    Always excited to see a new episode... but this one didn't really do it for me. Chris M in a suit... I kept seeing him interrogate someone on Law and Order- even though it was a REALLY nice suit. 🙂 What I didn't like: seeing all this torture of Bill and Eric, which I think we all know they won't kill off Bill or Eric, so where's the drama? The suspense? Boring. Looking forward to more Chris Meloni, though.

    June 18, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |

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