This was a jam-packed episode of “True Blood,” one that really didn’t focus on any one character too much and allowed multiple storylines to progress forward. Unlike last week, we saw fairly major changes across the board for each character.
With this in mind, let’s look at what has happened for our mortals, vampires, and werewolves.
We start this week with Tara for one reason — her plot ends up crossing paths with Bill’s during the episode. She was kidnapped by Franklin an attempt to get more information on Sookie, but now it is starting to look more like she really doesn’t have too much to do with anything.
Instead, she is the love interest now for the vampire Franklin — who may just be the most demented / hilarious person out there under the sun. He wants to protect Tara at all costs, even though she wants nothing to do with him.
His final request? To have Tara be his vampire bride. Before this, though, she received a temporary visit from Bill with Lorena. Quickly, she learned a harsh life lesson — Mr. Compton didn’t want anything to do with her. Really, it was just his way of protecting her from King Russell and his crew of minions.
While most of this was going on, Sookie’s search for Bill was still ongoing despite the phone-call breakup from last week. Before she could get going on that, though, she had to know what was going on with Alcide, Russell, and the crew of wolves with vampire blood.
Our manly werewolf went to his “packmaster” (who looks like he could be Sheriff Andy’s older brother) for more information, and even Sookie couldn’t figure out much outside of the fact that the wolves were too scared to do much of anything.
After this, though, Sookie had her own encounter with Bill (who learned that she was in Jackson). He told her to run before any more trouble came, but she quickly became some sort of prisoner to Russell and his motley crew. The big surprise? In trying to protect herself, she actually showcased some sort of mystical powers that could make her a perfect mage in a Final Fantasy game.
With both Tara and Sookie’s stories in mind, we really get a good idea of what was going on with Bill this week. We learned a bit more about how he was trying to uncover the origin of Sookie’s powers, but we really still don’t know what his plans are for Russell or Lorena.
How amazing was Eric’s flashback this week? After our Viking vamp arrived at Russell’s presumably looking for Bill (who he was trying to pin the “vampire blood trade” on), he uncovered a crown that was a major key to his past.
Eric’s parents were murdered by someone who stole the crown — a vampire shrouded in shadow. Could it be Russell? We don’t know for sure, but all answers point to “yes.”
Sam and the Mickens
Now, we take a complete 180 to some of the other plots from this week. Sam was still trying to be the nice guy when it came to helping out his family, even though his father has some kind of crazy drinking / cursing problem that came out in his conversations with Tommy.
He gave his little brother a job at Merlotte’s, where he met his potential new love interest in Jessica. Outside of this, though, we really still don’t know where this is going.
The second person to have a “new love interest” is Jason, who is finding time in between his efforts to become a cop with no effort whatsoever to chase after Crystal, the mysterious girl he saw at the crime scene. After a few encounters, he finally convinced her to go on a walk, where they kissed for the first time and she admitted to “never being happier.”
Of course, people who have been checking out the interviews knows that Crystal has a secret that will come out soon, and it will definitely impact the couple’s relationship.
Finally, we have the most endearing story of the week. How great is it that Lafayette has a love interest? It is obvious that the guy is not used to having someone genuinely interested in him, so when Jesus showed up out of the blue he had no idea how to handle it.
However, as the two spent more time together the ice started to break. While there’s no clear evidence yet that the relationship will take off, Lafayette needs something good to happen to him.
Other loose ends
- Terry and Arlene are moving in together! Though one person seems way more excited about than the other …
- Arlene and Jessica aren’t exactly working too well together at Merlotte’s either
Overall, this was a fun and exciting episode that showcased what “True Blood” has to offer. What do you think? Feel free to share your thoughts with a comment and stay tuned for more TV news. To view photos from the “True Blood” premiere, follow the link here.
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