If the ad campaign for the sixth season of HBO's "True Blood" has taught us anything, it's that no one lives forever—not even hot immortal bloodsuckers. Now, how that tagline will play out in the upcoming episodes—in which vampires and humans are more at odds than they've been since the undead's coming out—remains to be seen. But we do know a few things about the season debut, thanks in part to the cast, whom we spoke with earlier this week at their series' premiere party.
For one thing, according to star Stephen Moyer, the episode picks up right where season five left off—with Bill transforming into the menacing, blood-bathed "Billith."
"I like that kind of story telling where it unfolds for the audience at the same time as it unfolds for the character," Stephen said of his mysterious metamorphosis. "Sometimes it's great because they'll be a step ahead. They'll be further ahead than he is, and he has to find that out for himself. In terms of him knowing what he is, he doesn't."
Russell Edgington suffered the true death (finally!), Sheriff Bellefleur became a daddy (four times over!), while Bill showed us his teeth (and not in a good way). In short, it was everything you'd expect from a "True Blood" season finale. Let's get to it.
The fae way
The episode picked up right where last week's penultimate left off, with Russell high on faerie blood and headed straight for the enchanted ones' lair. Despite hurling all of the light at him, the fae could not deter him, and it looked as though the villainous vamp would break through until Eric sneaked up behind him and staked him good, finally exacting the vengeance he'd so longed for. Sookie ran to make sure Jason was okay after being blasted, which left her momentarily vulnerable to Eric's "sister" Nora. In a nice throwback to an earlier episode, Nora asked what Sookie was, to which Eric replied, "She's a waitress." He then recruited Sookie for his Vampire Authority rescue mission, with Jason (who was seeing visions of his parents) in tow.
Eric's gone Sanguinista, Russell's gone rogue and Hoyt's gone for good (we think) after the latest episode of "True Blood." Here's what went down‒and who skipped town‒on last night's visit to Bon Temps.
The Wild Fortenberry
For once, "True Blood" appears to have lost a character to something other than supernatural homicide: Hoyt, fresh from his ordeal at the hate group pig farm, has made the sensible choice to leave Bon Temps for the Alaskan wilds. The only thing he needs is a little push in the direction of moving on, courtesy of a nice vampire-issue memory-wipe. Hoyt's request‒that he be glamoured into forgetting Jess, Jason and all the pain they've caused him‒is met with distress by all parties involved, but Jess relents and does it. And it's really, really sad, particularly when Jason meets Hoyt on his way out of town and sobs at how fully he's been forgotten by his beloved bro bestie. (Meanwhile, Hoyt landed in Alaska and was immediately mauled to death by the vampires from "30 Days of Night." Probably.)
Terry's crisis of conscience, Bill's crisis of faith and Andy Bellefleur's crisis of confidence all came to a head in this week's minor-plotline-wrapping episode of "True Blood." Here's what happened in Bon Temps last night.
No, you can't
With Hoyt missing, the investigation into the Obamas—the anti-supe hate group, not the Presidential family—intensifies. The pieces are coming together: the Bon Temps cops discover the group's website, as well as the fact that they answer to a Dragon. (Cue Jason Stackhouse, wide-eyed and panicking: "Oh god, there are dragons now?!") And Sam and Luna (who's recovered nicely from her skinwalking experience) sniff around the crime scene and give Andy Bellefleur a lead: the scent of pig excrement.
Lilith finally put in an appearance on "True Blood" last night, as the Authority's commitment to mainstreaming took a turn for the murderous and a bunch of vampires tripped balls in the Big Easy. Here's what went down in this vamp-centric episode!
Gonna be some changes 'round here
With Guardian now a pile of gristle on the table (GAH! That is MAHOGANY!), the Authority undergoes some drastic and immediate policy changes: Russell, claiming to be a born-again Sanguinista, is officially welcomed into the inner circle, and Salome reveals herself to be the traitor who freed Russ from his concrete prison.
Alcide stepped up, Sookie crossed over and Guardian got taken down in last night's "Hopeless" episode...which, for those of us who love Russell Edgington best of all the characters on "True Blood," was anything but. Here's what went down.
Russell Edgington for President
This episode picks up right where last week's left off: with Alcide getting jumped in the background by...wolves! Yep, even in his gooey, atrophied state, Russell Edgington still commanded the loyalties of a couple rogue werefolk, whose appearance distracts Bill and Eric long enough for the recovering vamp to make a play for Sookie. But out comes Sook's faerie finger-weapon, in comes the Authority, away go Bill and Eric with congrats for a job well done...and SPLAT goes the busload of unfortunate survivors who just wanted to forget and go home, and who instead meet an unpleasant end at the hands of Kibwe. Hmmmm. Could it be that the Authority chancellors' commitment to peaceable mainstreaming actually has a whole lot more dissenters than previously thought?
The fluids were freely a-flyin' on this week's "True Blood," as Sookie and Alcide's hotly anticipated hookup came to a not-so-hot end and the newly turned Tara showed off her greedy guzzling skills. What was up in Bon Temps last night? Here's the skinny.
Well, let's just get this out of the way: Before anything else happens, the steamy scene between Sookie and Alcide gets only as far as PG-13 territory before the wasted Sook yaks her schnapps all over the shirtless hottie's shoes. And listen, "True Blood," if you don't want to show us Joe Manganiello's butt this season? FINE. We'll just go see "Magic Mike," again, and don't wait up for us either.
The only thing better than a good maker was a good staker in this week's episode, where we followed Bill and Eric back to Bon Temps, witnessed Tara's first real feeding, watched Sookie drink all the liquor and were treated to the first (but probably not last) staking of the season. What went down during last night's "True Blood"? Here's the full bleed.
Wakeups, Breakups, Makeups
Tara's attempts to deep-fry herself in a tanning bed last as long as it takes for Pam to show up and command her to stop—not because she cares, you know, but she can only take so much of her makee's screaming over their psychic connection. But after being treated to two flashbacks' worth of Pam crying bloody tears over her remembered origins, we know she's got a heart hidden somewhere under her pink velour sweatsuit, and lo and behold, it makes an appearance again in this episode; after sobbing her way through a confrontation with Eric over the whereabouts of one Russell Edgington, she calls his bluff. If he doesn't trust her, she says, "then release me and get it over with."
For those taking bets on what kind of little one Anna Paquin is incubating in that baby bump, the odds just got more complicated...by a factor of two. (...Right? Whatever. Math is hard.) Point is: the Us Weekly has the news that the "True Blood" actress and her husband, the charming Stephen Moyer, are expecting twins!
This is a surprise outcome for the couple, who are reportedly getting lots of advice on doubling their fun in the baby department from twin-experienced co-star Sam Trammell (his girlfriend gave birth to a couple of bouncing babes last summer, so he's a pro at this stuff.) And while this is Anna's first pregnancy, Stephen has a couple of kids from a prior relationship, so he should be ready and able to baby-wrangle with the best of 'em when his wife needs another set of hands.
It was all vampires, all the time again on this week’s "True Blood," as Pam’s origin story reached a bloody conclusion, Tara struggled with her newborn appetite, and Bill and Eric prepared to stalk the wild Edgington. Here’s what went down!
All About My Maker
Being a Maker is serious business—as Eric tells Pam in the revealed remainder of their backstory. Pam's flashbacks show how the ancient Viking vampire smoothed things over between the brothel owner (still-human Pam) and the vampire responsible for killing her girls (the still-young... HEY! It’s Bill Compton!), bedded her, but then balked when she asked him to turn her. No way, he says: Making is a lifetime commitment. Pam’s solution? An ultimatum, in the form of a razor to the wrists.
"Let me walk the world with you, Mr. Northman, or watch me die," she says. Famous last words? Well, yeah, obviously not; we know how this story ends.