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‘True Blood’ Recap: Sookie Rejects Eric (Again) And The Witches Launch Their First Attack

Sun, July 3, 2011 10:00pm EDT by Andy Swift 4 Comments
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Another outstanding episode! Does anyone else think this season might be the best one yet?

Sookie (Anna Paquin) and Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) continued playing the world’s most awkward game of “house” ever on the July 3 episode of True Blood, and I’m really starting to wonder what’s wrong with Sookie. A rich, hot, powerful vampire is throwing himself at her, and she won’t even give him a chance? This girl needs to get her head examined!

Speaking of heads, Sookie is about to have a whole new pile of Eric troubles after his encounter with the witches this week. Bill (Stephen Moyer) sent Eric to break up Marnie’s (Fiona Shaw) coven, and just as his plan seemed to be going smoothly, Marnie whipped out her most terrifying spell yet. Channeling all sorts of freaky spirits, Marnie put a curse on the Nordic Wonder and totally wiped out his memory! (Side note: Can we just give Fiona Shaw an Emmy and call it a day? I know she’s only been around for two weeks now, but she consistently blows me away with her incredible performances.)

Speaking of people getting screwed over, we finally learned how Bill became the King of Louisianna this week, giving us yet another reason to hate him. We all knew he didn’t stand a chance against Queen Sophie-Anne (Evan Rachel Wood) when he challenged her alone on last season’s finale, but what we didn’t know is that he wasn’t alone! Bill had worked out a secret deal with Nan Flanagan (Jessica Tuck) to assassinate the queen and allow Bill to usurp her throne. I guess Bill’s anti-killing philosophy plays better to the vampire’s public image in a post-Russell Edgington world.

Meanwhile, Sam (Sam Trammell) was having more fun with his shifter friends this week, particularly an olive-skinned beauty named Luna (Janina Gavankar.) But it turns out Luna is no ordinary shifter: The Navajo tribe she was raised by believes her to be a “skin-walker,” one who can shift into ANY animal — including another human! She regailed her shifter friends with the story of how she once shifted into her mother, who died giving birth to her. Apparently the skin-walker’s powers are awakened when they kill a member of their own family, which in Luna’s case, was her mother.

I understand that nudity is an important part of True Blood, but I wish the characters would remain clothed for the more crucial scenes. I’ll be blunt: It’s hard to pay attention to important dialogue when the speaker’s boobs take up half the screen.

Tara (Rutina Wesley) returned to Bon Temps this week, if only to serve as a reminder of just how ridiculous things have gotten. (“Seriously? You’re Wiccan now?” she asked Lafayette.) After everything Tara’s been through over the past three seasons, I never expected her to become the voice of reason.

But no character was in a worse position this week than Jason (Ryan Kwanten), who’s been tied up to a bed by the freakish inbred residents of Hotshot. And to make matters even worse, Felton (James Harvey Ward) and Crystal (Lindsay Pulsipher) are turning Jason into a were-panther so he can get Crystal pregnant! And to think, he was only trying to help…

OK, now it’s time for your thoughts: Do you think Sookie should just suck it up and be with Eric? Do you hate Bill even more, knowing what he did to become king? And what the hell is up with Arlene’s baby? Drop a comment and tell us what’s on your mind!

— Andy Swift

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