Better late than never, True Blood. I thought a whole season would pass without a real clear favorite episode, but then along came “Sunset.” The penultimate episode rocketed along with lots of soapy, bloody goodness. Bill has really lost his damn mind, Eric may have started World War III, and Pam opens a charm school for wayward babyvamps and steals all the scenes, even from Russell and his big hair.
Nora’s got all the personality of a boiled potato, but it looks like Eric has successfully converted her. That can be a euphemism, too. Nobody can complain that this episode didn’t feature a lot of Eric Northman. It was awesome when Eric fired the first shot in an escalating war against the U.S. government’s mainstream movement. That general had balls of steel. But all the swelling romantic music and clumsy sexposition in the world can’t make me care about the Eric/Nora pairing. Having literally flown the coop with his sister, has he abandoned Bill to his madness for good or will he attempt another rescue? There are a lot of characters trapped at the Authority compound by hour’s end.
Is he turning into the Big Bad or what? He’s really come unhinged. It remains to be seen if Lilith’s blood really is holy or if the situation is really like Pam said, a coked-up vampire nest. R.I.P. In his craziness, Bill is making dumb decisions. Letting Eric and Nora and Jessica go off with only a few security guards is awfully trusting of your redshirt employees, no? Wouldn’t it have been smarter for those guys to bring Jason to the compound? Anyway, he got Jess back in the end and he’s a bigger dick than ever now. If he drinks all of Lilith’s blood, will his former Southern gentlemanly, eco-conscious, lovable self be gone for good?
I hate to say it because he’s the most ab-tastic male stripper werewolf ever, but his scenes dragged. It felt like the set-up for a spin-off where Alcide’s a Bruce Banner lone wolf-type wandering from town to town saving folks and busting out of his clothes. Which could likely be good. I liked Angel almost as much as Buffy.
How many times did Pam say “fuck” last night? I think my favorite was when she got all inquisitive with Sam in the halls of the Authority headquarters. “What the fuck are you doing here? Who the fuck is Luna?” Now I really care about what’s going on underground. She’s going to be fucking pissed when Eric’s not there.
It’s so nice to see family members on an HBO show saying they love one another without it being really creepy like on Boardwalk Empire or Game of Thrones. This is a big time for Jason. Sookie is all he’s really got left. No friends, no lovers, just his job to serve and protect. And there’s no one more noble to protect than family. As usual, the scenes he shared with Jessica were golden and I’m glad he’s not undead. Still can’t believe he got himself glamoured so quickly. Is Russell that powerful or is Jason that simple? I know Jason would disagree, but a human sandwich with Russell and Steve was hilarious to watch. And the epic sniffing. Oh, mercy!
So, I think the less I say about the ridiculous Elder Fairy, the better. I still haven’t made up my mind on her. My gut reaction was that she was extremely cringeworthy, but this show is so over the top that she kind of made perfect sense. She was serviceable: She doled out a vague prophecy, slut-shamed Sookie for banging vampires and got herself killed before she could give a pretty obviously pregnant Anna Paquin any info on Warlow.
You’d think if these fairies were so scared of vampires they’d have some wooden bullets in their hideout. It’s not like they don’t outnumber Russell 30 to 1. He can’t drink them all before someone kills him. The fairies are so stupid, I want to see Russell kill them all. I also want him to start showing up on other shows and eating characters I can’t stand, like Betty Draper and The Situation. Will Warlow make a grand entrance next week and snatch Sookie from under Russell’s fangs?
Other points of interest:
- R.I.P. Kibwe. Strange to see Peter Mensah on the business end of a sword for a change.
- Unbeknownst to anyone, Lafayette is being haunted by a sitcom character that compels him to show up once per episode and spout a sassy catchphrase. You could practically hear a studio audience go “Oooooh...”
- I thought that pregnant fairy was Andy’s one night stand. He and Holly were getting too cute anyway. The time is ripe to torture them with a fairy curse.
- Here’s a preview next week’s big finale:
True Blood airs Sundays at 9PM E/PT on HBO.
Theresa DeLucci is a regular contributor to Tor.com. She covers True Blood, Game of Thrones, and is also an avid gamer. She has also covered tech and TV for Geektress.com and Action Flick Chick. Follower her on Twitter @tdelucci