Russell seeks the light on 'True Blood'
August 13th, 2012
11:34 AM ET

Russell seeks the light on 'True Blood'

[This post contains spoilers for the August 12 episode of "True Blood."]

Eric joined the Sanguinistas on the latest episode of "True Blood," and Russell finally told them he thought they were a bunch of idiots.

He’s not wrong.

Sookie, alone in her house, turned off the TV because they were discussing the decimation of all five Tru Blood factories on the news. Mike the coroner knocked on her door.

She let him in and he reared his new fangs and attacked her. Fortunately, she had chopsticks handy and staked him. Very impressive! Though her cute PJs were ruined.

Later, Jason came over, and when she shared Gran’s hint about where to find clues about the death of their parents, he looked under the bed. Literally. He found a box underneath a floorboard with a scroll in it. “Who’s the smart one now?” he asked.

Well, his bout of genius didn’t last. They didn’t recognize the characters from a mysterious language written on the scroll. Hey dummies, go ask the fairies!

Eventually, they did. An ancient fairy named Maurella (Andy’s former paramour - and she’s pregnant! Uh oh…) read the scroll and told them that in 1702, their ancestor promised the first fae-bearing female heir to a Mr. M. Warlow. So Warlow was finally coming to collect what was rightfully his: Sookie.

But a crazy vampire wasn’t Jason’s only problem. Hoyt decided to move to Alaska to start a new life. He asked Jessica to glamour him and erase herself and Jason from his memory. Hasn’t Hoyt seen “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”? It won’t work! Not even Mark Ruffalo in tighty whiteys.

Later, Jason pulled Hoyt over on the road, and his lifelong best friend really didn’t remember him. When Jason got back in his car, he sobbed. It was very sad, though Hoyt’s storyline has run its course.

Lafayette was barely in this episode, but his matching outfits and eye shadow sent a message loud and clear: our girl’s got his groove back!

At the Authority, Bill staked poor Molly using the nifty app she designed. But he gave Eric one last chance to switch sides. He forced Eric to drink Lilith’s blood with Nora. Instead of Lilith, Godric appeared to them.

Their maker told Nora that, before his death, he’d managed to do what she couldn’t - evolve. Then Lilith appeared behind him and ripped his throat out.

Later, Eric claimed he had been converted, and was now devoted to Lilith. He even forgave Russell for killing his entire family. But it seemed to me like Eric was nearly choking on his words.

Godric wasn’t the only surprise visitor to the Authority. Sam and Luna shifted into mice to rescue Emma from her “owner” Steve.

The effects of the Tru Blood shortage were taking their toll at Fangtasia. The new sheriff informed Pam that Area 5 had to create 30 new vampires or he’d take possession of all of her assets, including Tara.

Tara took matters into her own hands. She tricked the new sheriff into rushing to Fangtasia and staked him. Though Pam was annoyed, she seemed proud. And she should be. As a human, Tara was the worst, but she makes a decent vampire.

The villains this season have been playing musical chairs. Roman was the first big villain, but he didn’t last long. It seemed Lilith would rise and wreak havoc. She kind of did, but she’s not exactly real. Salome rallied the Sanguinistas, but her fatal flaw was obvious from the jump: she trusted Russell.

So it came as no surprise last night when Russell rebelled and revealed his true motives. He supported the Sanguinistas because their principles allowed him to suck a house full of frat boys dry without repercussions. But of course, Russell was aiming higher. He wanted to do the one thing vampires can’t: to walk in the sunlight.

Russell suggested they figure out how to synthesize fairy blood, or breed fairies so they could daywalk. When Salome called fairies an abomination, Russell ridiculed her small-minded religion. “You can have your Lilith. I will not be constrained by your God or anyone else’s. I will have the sun!” He rushed off, presumably in search of the portal to Faery.

Everyone in the Authority looked concerned. When you’re dumb enough to trust Russell, you get burned. This time perhaps literally.

With only two episodes left this season, the fairy and vampire storylines finally seem to be converging. It looks like Bill and, much more importantly, Eric will finally head back to Bon Temps. But when will Warlow come to collect Sookie? And how does he fit into the vampires vs. vampires vs. Russell vs. fairies plot? Leave your theories in the comments.

What did you think of last night’s episode?

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  1. tv online

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    September 3, 2012 at 5:29 am | Report abuse |
  2. Katherine

    I haven't seen any mention of Marcella's growing belly. Has anyone noticed that?

    August 14, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Stench

    the troll stench has gotta go on those nights.

    August 14, 2012 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |


    August 14, 2012 at 1:03 am | Report abuse |
  5. Sokman

    Sure are a lot of soap boxes layin around this joint lately. Think I'll climb up on this one tonight. First off, what I ever do to make you go all Billy Mays yellin like that TROLL, if indeed that is your real name :-). Now, I'm just a guy posting a$sclown remarks on a marquee blog. I've not been around long really, but long enough to be imitated, trolled, & when the occasion called for it, do a bit of trolling of my own. Apparently some take that as a tri-fecta for some sort of status around here. Dunno, don't care. But I don't imitate people, & I have Never reported anyone. To do either would give that person some sort of, even if minor, importance or power in my life. I've come to enjoy some of the people on here, but quite frankly, none of us should be that important to each other. We're letters on a computer, or in my case, phone screen. Suck it up.

    August 13, 2012 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Displaced Texan

    I can't believe someone put an ad for Dish in here.

    August 13, 2012 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  7. TheManBehindTheCurtain

    My thoughts:

    1) A contract is all about giving something to get something, but all we were told is what Warlow gets, what did the Stackhouses get for such a terrible price?

    2) Godric told Eric and Nora that it wasn't up to him to fight Lilth, it was up to them. Eric is always a good boy so you can bet he'll do as he was told. Since everyone who drinks that blood seems to have synchronized visions, I wonder who it really belongs too.

    3) I think Pam is starting to realize she needs Tara to give he a kick in the butt and get her out of the rut she has been in since Eric turned her. Take a stand and win back Eric as your man. I'm sure he'll be proud.

    4) I wonder if Luna drank/touched some of "Lilith's" blood if she would be able to turn into Lilth and so "resurect" her? Could be a fun plot twist.

    5) Russel vs Warlow for Sookie. Russel's pride would never let anyone stop him from taking what he wants. It would be a great twist to have that jerk be an inadvertant hero.

    August 13, 2012 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Deb

    I believe Bill is Wardlow. Remember him researching Sookie's family tree?

    August 13, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • pete

      it cannot be bill. they said the contract was 200+ years old. Bill is not that old as a vampire.

      August 13, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • CS

      Bill only looked up Sookie's family tree, as he was doing research for Queen Sofie Ann. Remember, he was sent to get Sookie for her? Also, the scroll said 1702...Bill was made only about 150 years ago or so.

      August 14, 2012 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Munimula

      In the 2nd episode of season one, Bill is invited to Sookie's by Gram. Gram asks him if he knew any Stackhouses back in the Civil War days. He mentions Jonas Stackhouse, the relative cited in Warlow's contract for Sookie. Bill says he was only 16 at the time and the Stackhouses had just moved there.

      August 15, 2012 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  9. mun

    me to lizzy i can't wait either.

    August 13, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Lizzy

    What a great episode! I was glad to see Tara take charge and take down the new sheriff; she is much more suited as a vampire than human. I’m glad to know that they won’t give in to the Authorities demands without a fight. With everything that goes on True Blood, I was worried when I found out an event, for my job at Dish was scheduled at the same time. But, I was able to watch everything with Dish Online. I also have access to thousands of other shows, and movies to fill the time between episodes. I can’t wait to see how this season will end, with Bill going wild with the, “Lilith,” madness, I can’t see it ending well.

    August 13, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  11. stab


    in yo dreams

    August 13, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  12. please...

    if u izz trollin all da time..i be kick yo azz.

    August 13, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  13. duh

    if u izz not trollin i kicks da azz

    hows that buttstab

    August 13, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Troll

    much sooner then sunday

    August 13, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Poodlegirl

    I loved last night's episode...but how are all these storylines going to be connected in just two episodes ? Bill has me totally baffled, but Eric is nobodys fool. Sunday will not come soon enough !

    August 13, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  16. joe

    they still hate you–they think your stupid.

    August 13, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  17. TROLL


    August 13, 2012 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |

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