The fifth season premiere of ‘True Blood’ served up new secrets, grim deaths and… incest? I really forgot how messed up life in Bon Temps could be!
We’ve seen so many incarnations of Tara (Rutina Wesley) over the past few years — a cage fighter, a witch and a lesbian, just to name a few — that she’s starting to feel like Bon Temps’ version of Barbie. (More specifically, a Barbie that refuses to die.) But the June 10 season premiere of True Blood found Sookie’s (Anna Paquin) identity challenged BFF taking on a whole new persona.
That’s right, our girl Tara has officially turned into a vampire. In a moment of sheer desperation, Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) and Sookie begged a very reluctant Pam (Kristin Bauer Van Straten) to turn Tara — who was still missing part of her head, thanks to Debbie Pelt’s shotgun.
Tara’s transition will no doubt provide entertainment for the rest of the season, but I have wonder how necessary this whole story line is. Will becoming the one thing she despises most finally give some much-needed depth to her character, or is this merely a case of the writers (once again) not knowing what to do with Tara? I’ll be honest, I’ve been waiting for Tara to die for a long time.
And while Sookie was cleaning yet another dead body off her kitchen floor, Bill (Stephen Moyer) and Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) were up to their perfectly sculpted jawlines in Authority drama. After escaping their captors via an exploding car — the physics of which still don’t make sense to me, even after watching the episode three times — the rogue vamps were joined by Eric’s sister-with-benefits Nora (Lucy Griffiths). Of course, it wasn’t long before they were back in captivity.
Side note: Can we take a minute to discuss how messed up Eric and Nora’s relationship is? I know they’re not technically related, but they were both “made” by Godric, and they refer to each other as “brother” and “sister” while humping. When Eric said, “We fight like siblings, but we f**k like champions,” I laughed — and then I shuddered.
In other relationship news, Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) and Jason (Ryan Kwanten) are attempting to keep their relationship casual, but it’s a lot harder than they both thought. For starters, Steve Newlin (Michael McMillian) didn’t come back to kill Jason; he returned to profess his love for him! Jessica was forced to step in and “claim” Jason, which confused the easily confusable Stackhouse stud, because Jessica proceeded to hook up with some small-town rando at a house party.
Jason, meanwhile, had an opportunity to take a girl back to his place, but decided to merely drive her home. He’s totally hung up on Jessica, and I wish she would stop being so ridiculous and just make it official with him. Our little boy’s growing up, and she needs to recognize that! (I guess I also need to remember that she’s literally going to be a teenager forever.)
Alcide (Joe Manganiello) owned up to killing Marcus, which officially made him the new packmaster, but he wasn’t exactly thrilled about the title. He didn’t even join his pack in the ceremonial nomming of Marcus’ corpse! (Which was totally gross, by the way.)
Terry (Todd Lowe) faced his (potentially literal) demons as his old army buddy (Scott Foley) revealed that every other member of their troop recently lost their homes to fires — just like what happened to Terry and Arlene (Carrie Preston) last season! Anytime his friend brought up the past, Terry got super sketchy and told him to shut up. I’ve always liked Terry, but I’ve never been interested in him. This episode changed that, 100 percent.
And then there’s Russell Edgington (Denis O’Hare). We didn’t get a good look at the just-released baddie, nor did we learn who set him free, but we do know that he’s being fed — and I can’t wait to have him back in Bon Temps!
Like all good season premieres, this one gave us a ton of new information to chew on. What was your favorite new development? Do you think it was a mistake turning Tara into a vampire? And, seriously, how gross was it watching Eric refer to Nora as his “sister” while they had sex? Drop your thoughts and theories in the comments section below!
— Andy Swift
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