Russell’s ‘execution’ shifted the balance of power and delivered the best ending yet this season. Lilith be praised!
If you watched True Blood‘s new Comic-Con trailer, much of the show’s July 15 episode probably gave you a nasty case of deja vu — until the final moments, of course, when Russell Edgington (Denis O’Hare) reminded everyone why they’ve shivered at the mere mention of his name for the past three seasons.
That’s right, Russell killed Roman (Christopher Meloni). The head of the Vampire Authority, the ancient man with an affinity for suffocatingly tight suits, is now dead. But don’t worry, it’s all part of God’s plan — which is the answer you’d get from Nora (Lucy Griffiths), who may or may not have freed Russell from his concrete crib. She didn’t exactly deny doing it while Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) was interrogating her. Why is it always the crazy ones?
Sookie (Anna Paquin) also got a special surprise this week when Jason (Ryan Kwanten) took her to the fairy sex club, and she learned her parents were killed by a vampire — but which one? Jason is convinced it was Bill (Stephen Moyer), but from a story standpoint, I’d be surprised if it was him. Sookie’s already holding enough of a historical grudge against him. Eric, on the other hand, would be more of a game changer. I just hope it isn’t Russell, which would be too expected.
Since there’s so damn much happening on this show, I’m just going to bullet my thoughts on everybody else:
— In awkward sex news, Alcide (Joe Manganiello) was glamoured to forget Sookie ever puked on his hairy wolf feet during foreplay — and that Eric and Bill saw it all go down. He’s also rallying some wolves to his side and gunning for more power within the community. I swear with all those werewolf politics, Aaron Sorkin could write a fine spin-off for Alcide.
— Sam (Sam Trammell) and Luna (Janina Gavankar) survived being shot, and now they’ve become vigilantes working alongside Andy (Chris Bauer). The shifter hunters recognized Hoyt (Jim Parrack) — whose new goth look this season totally does it for me — at Fangtasia, where they kidnapped him and murked his handsome vampire friend. Are the Obama-masked murderers going to convince Hoyt to join their cause?
— This week’s best scene, as always, goes to Ruby (Alfre Woodard) telling Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) that Jesus (Kevin Alejandro) is in serious spirit trouble with his family — I’m thinking either Don Bartolo or Tia Luca. Either way, it’s some real bad s**t. Fortunately, she was happy to remind “LaLa” how much Jesus loves him.
— And did you enjoy Claude’s (Giles Matthey) iffy explanation of why those fairies all looked so evil on last season’s premiere? Apparently fairies’ appearances automatically adjust to their surroundings’ standard of beauty. (I was wondering when they were finally going to address that bizarre scene.)
— Just like we saw in the trailer, Terry (Todd Lowe) told Arlene (Carrie Preston) she’s going to die if she stays with him. Also, listening to Terry explain his smoke/fire monster situation out loud just made it seem even more ridiculous. There’s so much else going on. Is this story necessary?
What’s your reaction to this week’s episode? Do you think Nora dug up Russell? Which vampire could have killed Sookie’s parents? And which side story line is boring you to tears? Come on, there’s got to be one! Drop me a comment with all your thoughts and theories!
— Andy Swift
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