Home sweet (broken) home

In this week’s episode of True Blood, we learn that Tara will break you, fried chicken tastes better in the dark, everyone loves a vampire in uniform, and good help is hard to find…

Sink your teeth into some spoilery commentary after the jump…

Picking up where the season premiere left off, we find Bill Compton pulling a Mike Tyson and biting a bitch’s ear off. After some slo-mo blood spray and a slightly clichéd “You next?”

…well VIEW HALLOO! It’s Russell Edgington, King of Mississippi, who arrives just in time to play the knight in dandy fox-hunting attire. Which means that he’s either insanely pretentious, deeply deceptive… or he has some freaky Mary Poppins fetish. Maybe all three. In any case, things are looking up for Bill “AH FED!” Compton, who appears to be in for a (not so) jolly holiday.

Bill immediately recognizes Russell as royalty, as Cooter shifts back to his exceptionally hot human body. Russell’s all EXACT WORDS, COOT—I said to ESCORT him, NOT hunt him like an animal, you dumb bitch. After getting a good chuckle out of Coot’s unfortunate name, Bill’s all WTF, Russell??? You had WEREWOLVES do your bidding?!? Russell laments that they didn’t follow orders as well as he hoped, and Bill’s like, NOT COOL—they chained me with silver and DRANK MY FUCKING BLOOD.

Russell is very displeased with the situation and shoots Coot’s boyfriend packmate to teach him a lesson in Southern hospitality.

Of course, Bill has a point. This whole scene—from the hunting accoutrements to the unlikely bedfellows—is all kinds of curious and sordid. Which got me thinking: What are the chances that True Blood’s token jailbait scenthound Sam will eventually figure into this tangled supernatural web… and that his checkered past may have somehow involved pimping himself out to Russell? (You must admit—this would be a modest upgrade from turning doing tricks outside the GrabbitKwik.) Well, we may not get the answer to that question for a while… but at least we now know who probably sent Yvetta to Fangtasia’s spy stripper auditions.

Fur is murder, y’all!

Anyway, Russell would like you to please join him at his home, Mr. Compton, at which time he’ll explain everything. Oh, and by the way, THAT’S AN ORDER. After Russell enjoys a bitchy private moment of smug satisfaction, Bill holds on tight and they ride his white steed bareback into the impending sunrise…

Meanwhile, back at Lafayette’s, Lettie-Mae gets a verbal bitchslapping for not realizing sooner that her newly homeless daughter has been trying to get dibs on a spare room in Jesus’ house. Lafayette yells at Tara to SPIT IT OUT, while Lettie-Mae thoughtfully reminds her that suicide is a one-way ticket to HELL. Lafayette scoops his cousin up and tells Lettie-Mae to GET THE FUCK OUT THE WAY, because she’s failed Tara for the last time.

Cut to Fangtasia, where Sookie has finally sucked it up and asked for a REAL sheriff’s help. It appears that she took my advice and consulted with Professor Wikipedia, as she rattles off all of the relevant talking points about WWII Nazi commando forces and the like. But while I am as in love with the idea of Nazi werewolves as Jessica is, I feel that my enthusiasm is better channeled toward Eric’s ample heavage at this juncture.

Anyway, Eric gets a good look at the Wolfsangel and he’s all MEH—NEVER SEEN IT. Sookie calls BULLSHIT, while Pam takes a hint, inviting Jessica to join her in a little game of “you’re hot… no, YOU’RE hot” in the ladies’ room. Jessica likes this idea.

Now that they’re finally alone, Eric explains to Sookie that there’s a reason werewolves have stayed under the radar for millennia. They’re territorial, vicious, and pathologically secretive. Sookie introduces the pot to the kettle, but Eric isn’t in the mood for sarcasm. He tells Sookie that she’s so obsessed with Bill Compton that she’s bound to blow it or get herself killed. Sookie gets indignant and he’s all RELAX—you’re not STUPID… just HUMAN. (Wait… that’s not what you said LAST season, Eric. Discuss.)

The point is, don’t underestimate yourself, Sookie. Your life’s too valuable to throw away, don’t you know? And now it’s ERIC’S turn to act like he crapped his pants.

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Meanwhile, in the bathroom, Jessica asks Auntie Pam how a vampire’s supposed to feed WITHOUT killing someone. Pam’s disappointed in Bill’s sex education parenting skills, as Jessica informs her that her daddy doesn’t want her feeding on humans—and, well, he’s gone now anyway. So Pam explains that it’s all in the heartbeat… you feel it in the blood. When it slows, you stop. It’s not rocket science, people. Oh and Pam controls her ladyboners with thoughts of infants and maggots. Whatever works, right?

But… let’s say SOMEONE was to accidentally KILL a trucker person… what would that SOMEONE do with the body????

Oh to be a fly on the wall for THAT half of the conversation…

In the other room, Eric tells Sookie that there’s no way the werewolves are going to answer her questions, and without someone to show her around the neighborhood, she doesn’t stand a chance. Oh, and, in case you didn’t know, BILL COMPTON IS NO GODRIC.

“But he’s everything to me,” Sookie says as she turns on the waterworks—a statement that is simultaneously romantic and pathetic, which I think is the point. Eric asks her to please don’t do that. It makes him feel disturbingly human. But Sookie can’t stop crying. She risked her life to help Eric find Godric, and while she doesn’t expect Eric to do the same for her, she hopes that he’ll at least help her if he can.

Eric is having an awkward moment… but luckily, Jessica has to go home now. Which means get out the popcorn because it’s flashback time, boys and girls!

Surprise, surprise… we’re in Augsburg, Germany, 1945. “It’s here Godric—I can feel it,” says Eric, hiding out in the rafters of a ransacked home. Godric politely tells Eric to STFU and wait. A young American soldier is inspecting the premises when he spots a naked woman curled up in the pantry, pleading for help. He moves to give her his coat, but not before her eyes get all Linda Blair and she transforms into a wolf and tears his throat out. The hiding vampires finally make their descent and…


And now I’m having a little flashback of my own. Let’s see… tattoosSS uniform

…Jesse James called, GODRIC, and he really wants your phone number!

Anyway, after a little game of I’ll-show-you-my-fangs-if-you-show-me-yours, the she-wolf lunges at Eric, at which time Godric skillfully pins her to the wall with a handy bayonet. She shifts back to human form and is all WE’RE ON THE SAME FUCKING TEAM, ASSHOLES. Eric pulls out a knife, brushes her hair away from her neck and reveals a Wolfsangel brand.


END flashback, at the conclusion of which Eric dramatically crumples the coaster doodle, having reverted back to flashing his majestic heavage—not to mention the EXACT SAME HAIRCUT, which is DISTINCTLY different than it was at the end of last season—in the present day.

So… are we to assume that Eric PLANNED for this pesky flashback, and penciled it into his busy schedule (along with the appropriate haircut) a few days ahead of time? If so, I’d be willing to bet that there are a lot of trauma survivors—and a few Woodstock survivors—who would like to know his secret. But I strongly doubt this is the case.

And please don’t even get me started on matters of logic here—it does NOT make sense that a DEAD vampire’s hair, which is presumably TWICE dead, would grow back out once cut. AT ALL. But whatever. As someone who is both watching AND enjoying a show about white trash shifters, Nazi werewolf bikers, and Epicurean vampires, I refuse to go down that road.

So let me just say that—unless the writers are suggesting that Eric just randomly decided in the last 24 hours that OMG, GESTAPO LOOKS GOOD ON ME, WHY NOT?—the flagrant abuse of logic contained in this episode does serve at least one good purpose. And that’s to demonstrate pretty clearly that Eric’s abrupt hair change may NOT be the coincidence everyone’s thinking it is.

Moving on…

Back at the Edgington estate, young men are strolling across the pristinely manicured front lawn like nocturnal peacocks, and the guards look a lot LESS like secret service agents and a lot MORE like bouncers at a gay video bar in Dupont Circle. FUN!

Talbot saunters down the stairs to make Bill’s (late) acquaintance. He’s sorry he’s not dressed, but they were expecting Bill last night. Alas, there were—ahem—COMPLICATIONS. Talbot knew they shouldn’t have sent werewolves to do a vampire’s job, but WHATEVER. I’ll show you to your room, and we’ll get you all cleaned up.

MAH ROOM??? Bill does not seem too pleased with this invitation, and I’m slightly mystified. In the same position, I’d probably hunt down the nearest curly red wig, and start shuffle-ball-changing with the maids and butlers while singing “I Think I’m Gonna Like It Here” between body shots. But that’s the difference between me and Bill, I guess…

Like it or not, at least Bill won’t be leaving without an explanation for this fuckery.

Meanwhile, Talbot CAN’T WAIT to show Bill the redecorated guest room, which includes a MAHVELOUS headboard that once belonged to Elizabeth Bathory. (Well, we know Bill is terribly fond of both virgins AND bloodbaths. ZING!) Oh, and don’t mind that sterling silver door from Morocco. If you need anything, someone will be outside of your room… just ring the bell for the assistance of the nearest manservant.

Bill is being a total party-pooper with his non-existent enthusiasm. HE DOESN’T TAKE KAHNDLEH TO BEIN’ HELD CAPTIVE. Russell’s all WHAT’S THIS CAPTIVITY BULLSHIT? YOU’RE OUR GUEST. He explains that he has a proposal for Bill, which they will discuss over dinner after they’ve all had a little rest. Bill is left to reflect on his bad attitude, and I’m still waiting for a singing candlestick with a bad French accent to emerge from the shadows.

Outside the guest suite, Talbot casually remarks that Bill’s a challenge. Russell agrees, and thinks he’s going to have to bring in the girl. Ooooooh, INTRIGUE.

En route to the nearest emergency room, Tara insists that she threw up all the pills and she’s fine, so PULL OVER PLEASE. Lafayette’s like AM I IMAGINING THINGS OR DID YOU NOT JUST TRY TO KILL YOURSELF? Tara doesn’t want to live out the rest of her miserable life in a padded cell, even if her only fleeting moment of happiness was when she was zombified.

Lafayette says sorry, but life sucks—so we’re just going to have to make some shitty lemonade together, bitch. Time to eat, and then we’re going on a little field trip.

Meanwhile, Sookie drops off Jessica and offers to keep her company for the night… but Hoyt’s already way ahead of her, with a sixer in tow. Sookie tells Jess to be gentle and hits the road.

Really, Hoyt—you can’t keep showing up leaving stuff at Jessica’s door. But Hoyt disagrees. ”If there’s one thing I learned about this whole thing with my Momma, it’s that I got to take better care of you,” he says. (Say WHAT?!? Actually, you need to take better care of YOURSELF, Hoyt, but whatever.) Anyway, OF COURSE you couldn’t control yourself, Jess. It would be like if Hoyt hadn’t eaten for a few days and people were walking around with burgers on their necks.

“Actually, NO, it’s not like that AT ALL,” says Jessica. “You don’t know what it’s like and you never will. I’m bitin’ people, gettin’ so mad that I do bad things by accident, and that’s in my… NATURE.”

Sigh, Jessica. SIGH.

“Wanna know what’s in my nature?” asks Hoyt. “Runnin’ back to my Momma and doing anything that she tells me for the rest of my life. I ain’t gonna do it. We can fight our natures together.”

“It’s too late,” says Jessica, and Hoyt’s heart breaks all over again. There is much crying and kicking of doors, after which we’re all left to choke on the bitter pill of fucked up birthrights. You’ve got the right idea Hoyt… but you obviously don’t know what the hell you’re talking about. Then again, neither does Jessica. So there’s that.

Inside, Jessica flings open the closet door where the dead guy is getting all purple and bloated and I can practically SMELL the stench through my television. In the ultimate gesture of self-flagellation, Jessica retires to the stank-ass bed she made for herself. Excuse me while I go vomit.

Back at Sookie’s house, Jason learns that a kick in the nuts hurts just as bad when you’ve got a cold chicken leg in your mouth. He couldn’t sleep and came by to help clean up, figuring Sookie would be with Bill. Sookie’s tired and she needs a hug.

The next day, Jason contemplates the existence of Bigfoot and Santa, while Sookie bitches about her helplessness and misses Beel’s unique speech patterns. Jason gets the bright idea to ask Andy for help, which reminds Sookie that Eggs’ death MIGHT be on her. Jason insists that it’s not her fault, but Sookie asks him to tell it to Tara, who won’t ever forgive her… which maybe she deserves. Sorry, but I’m with Jason, Sookie—shut up and stop feeling sorry for yourself.

Jason tells her to quit the crazy talk, you were just trying to help and Tara’s tough enough to get through it. So just get some sleep and let Jason worry about his would-be vampire-in-law for a change.

Back in Arkansas, Sam wakes up to a shotgun in his face. Turns out, HIS BROTHER IS KIND OF A DICK.

Anyway, he goes into the Trailer House of Horrors, where Momma and Joe Lee come out in a housecoat and grungy tighty-whities, respectively.

The check’s in the mail, so WHO THE FUCK ARE YOU?!?! Sam’s all SURPRISE, BITCHES—I’M YOUR LONG-LOST SON!

Sookie’s at Merlottes, and for once, she actually READS THE MIND of the random bad guy who’s trying to attack her. He looks like The Undertaker, and would really like to kidnap Sookie in time to watch Let’s Make a Deal.

Natch, he’s got a brand… but he disappears as soon as Terry Bellefleur shows up. Sookie takes off, with Terry following right behind. Together, they discern that yes, there is indeed a (very naked) werewolf in their midst.

Cut to the local nuthouse, where Tara’s paranoia gets the better of her. Lafayette tells her to CALM THE FUCK DOWN. They’re just paying Ruby Jean Reynolds a visit. Jesus, the sweet and saintly orderly, is feeding Ruby Jean while she plays with his face. Jesus is confused because Ruby said her son died, and she’s like WELL YEAH—GOD KILLED HIM.

We also learn that Ruby Jean doesn’t like Mexicans. Or gays. Or Tara… because, you know, God killed HER, too. Anyway, Jesus will just be happy if they can get Mrs. Reynolds to eat something. Because he spits in her food and all.

Meanwhile, hometown hero Andy is giving a press conference outside of the police station. Jason looks kind of jealous, and Andy would love to stand there and chat with him about his sister, but the sheriff’s watching. Time for a second lunch!

Back in the kitchen at Merlotte’s, Terry’s a little freaked out and would feel better if they called Andy. Sookie puts the kibosh on that fast, because she’s got help already lined up. Arlene barges in with a box of plasticware and she’s in a mood. Terry asks Sookie to spread the love around, but Sookie urges him to tell Arlene how he feels now because you never know when the opportunity will be lost forever.

Oh, and Sookie leaves locked and loaded because Terry would be really sad if she died.

Cut to the Mickens’ group therapy session, where Sam learns that his teenage mother gave him up while Joe Lee was in prison. Those Merlottes seemed like really rich nice people, and they said they could give you a better life. Well, you know what they say about good intentions…

Sam explains that he was fine until his adoptive parents TOOK OFF WHILE HE WAS AT SCHOOL ONE DAY. We also learn that Sam is a half-breed, who his shifter mother prayed would turn out “normal.” Joe Lee is human and doesn’t get it. Sam is special, and should be proud, don’t you know? Sam isn’t consoled… and Melinda tearfully apologizes for leaving him to go it alone.


Back at the (very expensive) mental institution, Lafayette admits that he’s been hustling his ass off just to keep Ruby Jean off the street—and out of HIS house. He warns Tara to take a good hard look at the darkness in their family, and to fight her way out of it. Because if she doesn’t, she’ll end up right next door to Ruby Jean, and her orderly WON’T be as secksi as Jesus. Something tells me that Lafayette will be visiting his mean-ass mother more often now…

Meanwhile, Sam and Tommy get into a pissing contest over who had the worst life. Tommy’s pretty sure that Sam doesn’t know what the fuck he’s talking about, and Sam’s willing to throw the match if it means Tommy will stop being an insufferable douchebag.

The brothers decide to go for a run, and Sam notices that Tommy’s covered in scars. He says he used to get in a lot of fights—and then proceeds to SHIFT INTO A NASTY LOOKING PITBULL.

Hmmm… we never learned why Joe Lee went to jail. So excuse me while I take a moment to wonder if it may have involved a dogfighting ring—and if Sam’s REAL daddy was so pumped about his gift because it’s one that has padded his pockets for the past 30 years. Anyway, someone call the SPCA, because these people TOTALLY aren’t playing with a full deck.

Moving on…

Jessica—honestly, no amount of Lysol is going to fix that shit. She takes some money out of the dead father’s trucker’s wallet, sprays another shot of room freshener for good measure, and is off to the hardware store TO RENT A CHAINSAW.

Back at the Mississippi palace, Russell, Talbot, and Bill are sitting down for a gourmet meal. Talbot pours some chilled, carbonated blood as an aperitif—cruelty-free, and all willingly donated. Note the citrusy finish—this one ate only tangerines for weeks! Russell tells Bill that it’s an honor to have him in his kingdom… AGAIN. Bill says the Queen will surely take this hospitality into consideration before she stakes him.

Really, Bill… now would be a good time keep your fucking trap shut.

Russell humors him, saying that if staking royalty were really an option, Bill wouldn’t even be here. Actually, Russell would like to bestow Bill with the dubious honor of becoming the sheriff of Area 2. It’s the world’s only cactus plantation, don’t you know? Oooooh… IMPRESSIVE.

Bill’s not buying it. Russell didn’t drag him across state lines just to offer him a job… did he?

PLEASE. Lines schmines. These boundaries will soon cease to exist. And NO—Russell’s not waging WAR, either. Vampire politics may be medieval… but he’s not. Talbot needs to drain the second course, and leaves the boys to talk shop. ”Carlo, bring me that Thai boy!”

Anyway, Russell’s not trying to KILL Sophie-Anne—he just wants to marry her. She says no, but she’ll change her mind… with Bill’s help, of course.

Back in Bon Temps, Andy’s on TV—and Jason toasts his new confidant with more than a slight whiff of sarcasm. Everybody LOVES Andy, and maybe Jason SHOULD be in jail. Andy tells him to snap out of it, because he’s got heart and is prettier than most girls.

In case you didn’t know, Andy and Jason are totally BFFs.

Meanwhile, in Podunk, Arkansas, Tommy leads his brother into traffic and then takes off like a falcon, leaving Sammy naked by the side of the road. Ummm… THAT’S HARSH.

Cut to the Compton house, where a stranger in shit kickers shows up to do some snooping and finds a manilla folder full of scandalous and very damning evidence. We get a good look at a family tree with the names Sookie Stackhouse and Earl Stackhouse (who, if you recall, is Sookie’s grandpa, and had his own set of special powers) circled. Oooh, and newspaper clippings dating back some 20 years, along with more current photographs. Well… HOW ABOUT THAT?

Sookie’s on her couch acting all paranoid (evidently with better reason than she knows). Someone’s at the door, but this time it’s NOT Karl with cake or fresh towels… it’s Eric! He can tell they came looking for her—so he decides it’s time to cut the crap and tell Sookie the truth…

Flash back again to Nazi Germany, where Eric wants the crazy naked werewolf lady to take him to her leader. She wants Eric’s blood before she’ll talk, and Godric’s all NO WAY, THE BLOOD IS SACRED. Eric considers the Magister’s Godric’s warning for a hot second before deciding that he doesn’t give a shit.

After a satisfying pull at Eric’s wrist, the werewolf confesses that her master is “one of you.

The news leaves Herr Northman in a state of shock, and his captive seizes the opportunity to wrestle him to the ground. While I can hardly blame her, this turns out to be a patently unwise move, as Godric whips out his impressive neck-breaking skills yet again.

“A vampire is never at the mercy of his emotions,” chides Godric. “He dominates them.” Eric’s all MY BAD and makes a (very confused) shameface.

“We will find him. Patience.”

Oh, Godric… you may have missed Jesus, but I’m guessing you had a pretty tight relationship with Epictetus, because you’ve got that whole Stoic thing down to a science. I don’t entirely subscribe to that school of thought, myself—you know, seeing as how it squarely categorizes impulses such as grief, pity, and affection as fatal human weaknesses that must be overcome and all. Nevertheless, I’ll admit that it’s probably a useful philosophy to have as a vampire, and it definitely speaks to how Eric and Godric managed to survive three millennia between them.

But enough of that fancy fuck school shit…

We’re back on Sookie’s porch, and she’s a little slow on the uptake. You and Godric were in the SS? NO, SOOKIE—Eric and Godric posed as whatever would help them in their search. Ohhhhh… so you were hunting Nazi werewolves, then? Sookie must have fallen asleep during Professor Wikipedia’s lecture… or forgotten that ERIC IS A VIKING.

Eric confirms that the symbol is runic… and that this pack dates back A LOT further than the Nazi party. So they aren’t Nazis? UMMM… YOU’RE GETTING WARMER, SOOKIE. PAY ATTENTION, PLEASE.

Eric explains that they’re MUCH more than that. These are NOT ordinary werewolves—they’re organized, well funded, highly trained, and fueled by vampire blood. Sookie wants to know why Eric didn’t spill the beans sooner, and Eric’s still trying to figure out why he’s spilling the beans NOW. Sookie cranes her neck and looks like she’s thinking dirty thoughts.

“My loyalty is not to Bill,” says Eric. “In fact, it would be advantageous to me in numerous ways if he were never found.” BUT… “now they’re coming for you, and I… owe you.” Sookie wants to know what he meant when he said he was risking everything with this little show and tell. “The goal tonight was to keep you out of danger,” Eric says—“NOT put you in more of it.”


Sookie tells Eric he can’t just drop a bomb like that and run. Oh, Eric’s not leaving. Sookie’s getting very sleepy going to invite him in, so he can protect her… or have passionate primal sex with her. Or, you know, BOTH.

Allow me to officially cast my vote for DOOR NUMBER THREE.

Sookie’s not going to let him distract her with his dirty talk, but he’s all TOO LATE—ARE YOU GOING TO INVITE ME IN OR WHAT? “I’m still Bill’s,” insists Sookie, as she’s PLAYING WITH HER HAIR. Eric gets a good up-close and personal look at the big shiny cockblocker ring on her finger and resigns himself to an evening of lively conversation and blue balls.


Second course: warm blood bisque infused with rose petals. And I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I REALLY wish Maryann weren’t dead right about now, because she was practically BORN to be Talbot’s hag. They could bitch about their powerful husbands over blood soufflés while swapping tips on interior decorating and arguing about the proper way to accessorize a meat tree.

Anyway, Russell’s blathering on about the virtues of Louisiana. There’s a lot of natural gas to be had in Louisiana—yeah, THERE IS, ISN’T THERE???—and he enjoys the music, too. He’s outgrown the sandbox, don’t you know, and that Sophie-Anne is a positively delightful eccentric. Talbot’s all WHATEVER—SHE’S A CRAZY ASS BITCH, AND YOU KNOW IT. Russell politely tells his husband to ZIP IT… but I’m with Talbot. Russell’s DEFINITELY blowing some major smoke up Bill’s ass.

“Sophie-Anne’s incapable of managing her Queendom,” he continues. “Take YOU for example: She has one of THE most promising young vampires IN THE COUNTRY under her command, and she sends you to where? BON TEMPS?” Well he’s got Bill’s attention now—and I don’t think it’s because someone is finally recognizing his vastly underrated talents.

“Umm… she didn’t send me to Bon Temps,” Bill lies says. He just happened to go back home to mainstream, don’t you know?

Russell’s not hearing it—he KNOWS Bill’s still working for the Queen. And he KNOWS she has secrets, too, and he wants to know exactly what those secrets are.

Bill’s certain he’s quite mistaken. He is NOT the vampire Russell’s looking for. Not only is he NOT privy to the Queen’s underhanded affairs, he doesn’t want that stupid fucking sheriff job, either. Russell pulls the SOOKEH! card, and the fangs are out people! You’re in MAH HOUSE, Mr. Compton! NOW SIT DOWN, SHUT UP, AND EAT YOUR FUCKING BISQUE.

“Evil Ways” indeed…

Back at Merlotte’s, it’s Take Your Cousin To Work Day. Lafayette knows it’s hard for Tara to be there, but he’s got a thankless mother to support. Tara’s like WHATEVER—SEE YOU AT THE BAR.

Meanwhile, Terry corners Arlene, who was chucking up in the bathroom. He knows Coby and Lisa are part of her, and that maybe he’s not the kind of person she wants around them, which is why she’s acting all weird. If so, then he’d like to offer 10 good reasons why she can trust him around her kids. First of all, he’s a nurturer, and the proud adoptive parent of an armadillo. Second, he knows from anger management that REAL men talk about their feelings.

While Arlene has to go puke again, he also relates that HE NEVER KILLED NOTHIN’ BY ACCIDENT. Yeah… good luck finding a decent babysitter in Bon Temps with criteria like THAT.

While Terry finishes reciting his list, a dark and mysterious man with a hot British accent asks Tara if it’s been a busy night. Tara says SORRY, NOT WORKING—she’s just trying not to kill herself, which appears to be going well, since she’s still alive and all. Well then, that makes one of them. And in case you didn’t already guess, we have another VAMPIRE in town… one by the name of Franklin Mott.

Franklin asks if they have any of those TruBloods and I’m having a major case of DÉJÀ VU. Tara asks if he’s a friend of Bill Compton’s. He says NO… but I was just going through his shit, so… let me cavalierly drink my synthetic blood and pretend that I’m NOT a giant creeper, m’kay?

Back at the Compton house, Jessica shows up with her rented chainsaw and is ready for business… but UH-OH!!! The trucker’s gone—presumably courtesy of the evening’s secret visitor.

Friends don’t let friends drive drunk, so Jason gets to tag along with Andy in his cop car for the evening. He’s never been in the FRONT seat before… and maybe if he’s good, Andy will let him sit in his lap and steer. But wait! Wouldn’t you know—there’s a bust going down at a meth lab in… HOTSHOT. Things are about to get interesting, people!

Jason’s never been there, and Kenya wants to know why the fuck he’s there now. Jason has to stay in the car, which is fine because he’s got a CB to keep him busy. Andy’s like THIS IS MY TOWN, and Kenya’s like—whatever. NO ONE CARES.

Oooooh, Calvin Norris comes out all shirtless and criminal looking.

He wants them pigs off his property—but they’ve got a warrant, so there.

Chaos ensues, and Jason—never one to allow a hot woman to escape his horny clutches—spots a mysterious blonde from afar. They share a moment before she crouches down and takes off.

Meanwhile, a mulleted meth chef is making a run for it, but Jason uses his skills to tackle him for the authorities. Oh, look… Jason got himself a drug dealer!

Back in Bon Temps, Tara’s keeping it classy in the parking lot of Merlotte’s, nursing a bottle of Wild Turkey. Two dirty rednecks show up spewing racist shit about Eggs while they piss on his grave… and eachother. Tara’s not having it, and drops her bottle long enough to knock a bitch out.

Cue Franklin Mott, who likes Tara’s style and politely urges redneck number one to APOLOGIZE TO THE LADY. But he won’t shut his mouth and accuses Tara of being a fangbanger, which just pisses her off more. She clocks him again—and it seems her time with Maryann wasn’t a COMPLETE waste, after all.

The hillbilly’s still not apologizing, so Tara goes all Ivan Drago on his ass, while her new vampire acquaintance holds him in place—and consequently, gets a giant boner.

Ooooooh, blood gelato! DELISH.

Bill tells Russell to leave Sookie out of it. But… TOO LATE. Everyone here knows that Bill loves her, that he’s KILLED for her, and that he’d do it again in a heartbeat just to save her. Talbot swoons at the romance of it all, as he fondles a sprig of mint.

Ummm, it’s not romantic—it’s delusional, says LORENA, who drifts in from the foyer like a toxic breeze in equestrian gear.

Oh GOODY!!! She’s just in time for dessert. Or at least she was, before Bill threw an oil lamp at her ass, sending her up in flames faster than you can say PLEASE PACK YOUR KNIVES AND GO.

And let me just say that, if this is a normal weeknight dinner at the Edgington household, I’d just love to see what the holidays are like.

We’re back on Sookie’s porch, where Eric is pointing out the irony of promising “’till death do us part” when only ONE party is doing the dying.

Sookie’s not going to talk about this with you, Eric, because it seems she really WOULD rather stay out here all night flirting bullshitting than invite you in. Furthermore, she simply doesn’t understand how someone can be both good and bad AT THE SAME TIME. Gee, Sookie… I just don’t know. It’s certainly a strange little concept isn’t it?

But not to worry. A noise catches Eric’s attention, and he urgently changes the subject before Sookie’s brain starts to hurt. Sookie’s still trying to play hard to get, but Eric’s all I’M NOT PLAYING. INVITE ME IN. NOW.

In a rare moment of good judgment, Sookie relents. Mr. Northman will you please fuck my brains out come in?

Eric rolls into the house all fangy and ready for a fight—and LO, out comes a wolf with glowy eyes. They run toward eachother and… CLIFFHANGER!!!

I’m assuming next week we’ll find out who ended up on the wrong side of Sookie’s bullet. And of course, previews indicate that this is NOT the last we’ll be seeing of Lorena, either… a fact that left Mr. MASpencer and I wondering if she ISN’T actually being barbecued, and if that unintentionally hilarious scene was simply Bill’s little hate fantasy.

But you must admit that this would be a truly unfortunate turn of events, as it wastes a perfectly good opportunity for one (or several) of Russell and Talbot’s many houseboys to show up dressed like sexy firemen with extinguishers at the ready. Cross your fingers for next week, kids!

In the meantime… what did you think of this week’s episode of True Blood? Sound off below!

621 Responses to “Home sweet (broken) home”

  1. 1 Barbara E
    June 22, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    Lorena frying was definitely a mini-fantasy scene there – that was made obvious with the camera work. Dang it! LOL

    They packed a LOT into these first 2 episodes. Lots more characters = lots more happenings. We all will definitely have to keep notes to spot as much as we can. Their taking a little time setting things up, and yet they are not. My head is spinning already! LOL

    Great wrap-up! =D

    • 2 VampirePamsGirl
      June 22, 2010 at 1:06 pm

      “Lorena frying was definitely a mini-fantasy scene there – that was made obvious with the camera work. Dang it! LOL”

      I’m actually glad of that. Not that I don’t want Lorena to die. I’d just really like for Sookie to be the one to do it. It was kick-ass when she did that in the book and I’d just like to see a bad-ass Sook moment, you know?

      • June 22, 2010 at 1:11 pm

        i totally agree with the camera changes…. just seems like Beel is having a day dream!!! And if Lorena is going out it should be at the hands of Sookie/Eric or her self sacrificing herself!! I am glad that GiGi (i think, correct me if i’m wrong) was right and her theorizing the flaming man was actually Lorena. I really hope we find out within the first 10 mins that Bill is Delusional and Lorena isn’t a crispy donuts!!!

    • 5 Obladee
      June 22, 2010 at 3:08 pm

      Why don’t we think that Lorena couldn’t just “stop, drop and roll” and heal herself? I for one don’t think it was a fantasy. I think it really happened. I guess we will see next week.

      • 6 M.
        June 22, 2010 at 4:15 pm

        That’s what I think- fire isn’t supposed to kill vampires, right?? That means Lorena will be PISSED OFF once she heals and will really get sadistic on Bill’s ass!!!

        • 7 Freyja
          June 22, 2010 at 4:19 pm

          In SVM fire does kill vampires! They go very quickly up in flames.

          • 8 Obladee
            June 22, 2010 at 4:32 pm

            I’m sorry, what’s SVM?

            • 9 Freyja
              June 22, 2010 at 4:55 pm

              Southern Vampire Mysteries, the Sookie books.

            • 10 Obladee
              June 22, 2010 at 4:56 pm

              Oops. Don’t mind me, I just looked it up on “wtf…”, the books… Really? I don’t remember that, although we know that a house fire might kill one! I guess what I’m assuming is that vampires are like humans, you might survive a fire, you might not. Depends. I just didn’t assume it was like poison to them and if their clothes caught fire, it was a given they were a goner.

            • 11 lala
              June 22, 2010 at 5:00 pm

              Re: SVM?
              Southern Vampire Mysteries, a k a The sookie stackhouse book series

        • 12 Obladee
          June 22, 2010 at 4:30 pm

          I agree, M.

        • 13 MASpencer
          June 22, 2010 at 9:53 pm

          This is totally true. But because of the housefire in season one, I gather that death by fire is possible. And because Bill threw the decorative equivalent of a Molotov cocktail at Lorena, I’m not so sure she could extinguish it on her own.

          Personally, I’ll be just as happy if she actually IS on fire. Not only because of the potential for sexy firemen, but because– like you mention– payback’s a BITCH.

  2. 14 nskars
    June 22, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    I loved it. It needed more Eric, though. I found myself falling asleep in the Tara and Sam parts, but that’s just me being a biased cow.

    I’ve seen comments from peeps saying how Eric in this ep is starting to become a lot more like SVM Eric. I could definitely see that in the Sookie’s porch scene. I can’t wait for next week, I’m quivering like a schoolgirl!

    • June 22, 2010 at 1:16 pm

      Book Eric is coming out, and AB better not fuck it up from now on. I will admit that is he a little more post AE then this time in the books… But I still love him, and Alex is just proving why he should be second after Anna in the credit list!!

      nskars: i have several fangirl moments throughout this whole episode… my hubby rolled his eyes at me, moaning that i shouldn’t react like that to another guy!! i can’t wait till next week!!!

  3. 16 anna
    June 22, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    Great review, made me LOL especially at the idea of Talbot & Maryann, definitely made for each other.
    Did anyone notice that the genealogy chart had Hunter down as Hadley’s son?

    • 17 Paloma
      June 22, 2010 at 2:07 pm

      Yep I noticed that! Psyched!

    • 18 Obladee
      June 22, 2010 at 3:12 pm

      Loved the review too and you definitely hit the nail on the head with the Talbot/Maryann part!!!! Had me giggling.

    • 19 MollyS
      June 22, 2010 at 3:12 pm

      Yes, I noticed that too, but he is not circled like Sookie and her Grandpa to indicate telepathy/special powers. Mess up by the prop guys or indication that Hunter won’t be telepathic? Hmmmm….

      • 20 lala
        June 22, 2010 at 5:05 pm

        Will sookie try and protect hunter and hide his powers from all interested parties?

        • 21 jayetea
          June 22, 2010 at 8:06 pm

          I seriously think that the picture of the little blond boy in the dead trucker’s wallet is Hunter. I know that would seriously alter his Dad’s storyline from the books, but since we know he makes an appearance this season, I really think it’s him. I’m guessing that QSA and whatever other powers that be don’t know yet that Hunter is telepathic. I do think Sookie will end up trying to protect him somehow.

  4. 24 Merit
    June 22, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    MAS I LOVE your recap,I couldn’t stop laughing. I do think that Lorena Burning was
    Bill dream/wish and it was not real you could see him sitting in his chair a
    second after throwing tha lamp and it looked as if he didn’t get up.
    Loved ep. 2 even more than ep. 1 except for Sam story which I don’t like, didn’t
    like him in the books either,thank you for your hilarious amazing review.

  5. 25 Orientalthorn
    June 22, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    Love your recap! You do an excellent job of inserting some humorous comments.

    I think the Lorena on fire was a Beehl fantasy moment too. No way it is real, we haven’t even had a chance to see her in all her glorious bitchiness yet.

    I agree with nskars that TB Eric is having more Book Eric moments, especially when he starts getting stumped by his actions/feelings towards Sookie i.e. at Fangtasia when he tells her her life is too precious to risk and also in her front porch when admits he lied to her and wonders why he’s telling her the truth then.

    All in all, I think it was another awesome episode. Lots of things happening and lots of new characters in one episode. Love Talbot!!

  6. 26 VampirePamsGirl
    June 22, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    Terrific job once again MAS! I think it was even better this week than it was last week. I love the snark!

    Coincidentally too I thought the episode this week was even better than the one last week. My only complaints would have to be not enough Godric and not enough Pam.

    Sookie did annoy me, but not nearly as much as last week. Though I was rolling my eyes heavenward when she took off after the guy that she just heard thinking (Miracle of miracles, she IS a telepath after all and can use her gift!) about wanting to kill her. Yeah, he wants to kill me, so I’m gonna run after him into the woods with no weapon and no plan and no backup. Really? I know she’s desperate to find Bill. I get it, really, but how the hell is she gonna find Bill if she gets her fool self killed in the process? All I could think was Eric was right. Eric was SOOOOO right. Her obsession with Beehl Compton will make her dumbass ending up being puppy chow.

    Speaking of Chow…. What the hell happened to him?

    I thought the parts with Eric were all wonderful (surprise, surprise). I pretty much squealed when he told her not to cry cause it made him feel all human. Why HELLO book Eric… it’s so nice to see you out here in TB land! And the flirting on the porch was fabulous … and there was flirting going on from both sides. And the way he told her that he was there to protect her… 😀

    Terry was also wonderful in this episode. I love him anyway but his “Ten reasons you should let me around your kids” and his “I’d miss you if you got killed” (which should sooo be a Hallmark card!) were definitely my LOL moments this week.

    Jesus was hot. I can’t wait to see some action with him and Laffy. And I actually didn’t want to strangle Tara this week, maybe her being with Laffy about the entire episode had something to do with that. I also strangely and for some unfathomable reason liked Franklin. I really don’t understand why, but I did. Perhaps it’s because he’s offering up proof that Bill is a creepy-ass mofo! And that edict we’ve all been on about forever is so going-on, even Russell knows about it!

    And LOVED what you said about Mary-Anne and Talbot. I could sooo see that being a relationship made in heaven… or hell, whichever, it’d be fucking hilarious though. Talbot’s assessment of SA being a crazy-ass bitch is so spot on, it also made me like him just a little bit more!

    I also loved the Top Chef reference in there. Please pack your knives and go, lol.

    I’m very afraid that Sookie is going to shoot Eric. I didn’t think it before. I thought she’d definitely be shooting the were. But after the way she was acting on this one, I could just see her shooting Eric to keep him from killing the were, so she can question the were about Beehl’s wheareabouts. And I’m not happy about that at all.

    Overall, though, I really, really, really enjoyed this episode. Even Sam didn’t bore me to pieces!

    • 27 Freyja
      June 22, 2010 at 1:12 pm

      Actually a promo and a teaser last month showed that Sookie tries to shoot the were and Eric jumps in front of the bullet to get to question the were.

      • June 22, 2010 at 1:25 pm

        Yeah…. Eric is the one getting shot: He actually uses his brain and determines that they might actually need the Were to be alive for them to find out where he is from. It’s easier for Eric to move in front of a bullet and live, then it is to revive a Were that has been shot by Sookie.

      • 29 VampirePamsGirl
        June 22, 2010 at 1:27 pm

        I just remember there being a lot of controversy over what was happening at that time when tehe promo/teaser was released. I know most of us felt pretty strongly and the evidence seemed overwhelming that this was indeed the scenario thay played out (how you said it would). But one thing with TB that I’ve figured out is they love to use tricks in their teasers and promos to keep us on our toes. Like some of the scenes that we’ve seen clips of, and then you see the whole scene and its got much more to it than was shown before and can really change stuff.

        And I really, really hope that I’m wrong, just it gave me a bad feeling, for some reason when she was pointing that gun. I just thought she was so desperate that she ran after the guy in the woods when she knew he wants to kill her, so she’s not gonna want to kill him before she gets a chance to question him.

        • June 22, 2010 at 1:30 pm


          A little birdy told me this happens, someone who actually has seen the third episode!! So don’t stress to much!!

          • 31 VampirePamsGirl
            June 22, 2010 at 1:39 pm

            Haha. Thank you. I needed to be talked off that pessimistic ledge, lol. It just seemed a little too good to be true, getting book Eric and flirty Sookie moments. I was waiting on them to kill my buzz! But maybe they won’t…yay!

    • 32 lala
      June 22, 2010 at 5:09 pm

      @VampirePamsGirl: I saw the actor who plays chow on Glee last week (they are repeating season 1 episodes over the summer). It’s bizarre.

      • 33 VampirePamsGirl
        June 22, 2010 at 10:59 pm

        Yeah, I’ve been watching the Glee eps again too. It’s another one of my obsessions, lol.

        I just wonder if Chow is going to return to the show or what cause we really haven’t heard or seen anything about him in a while now. Not really too concerned cause I liked him much better on Glee. Though he kinda disappeared for most of the back nine on that too. But it just makes me wonder if he’ll be back on TB or if he’s become another one of their unexplained mysteries. 🙂

  7. 34 silver
    June 22, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    My favourite part of this episode has to be when Sookie imitates Bill’s accent 🙂 it was made of win.

  8. 35 DutchGirl
    June 22, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    MAS brilliant recap again!!!

    I would like to opt for door number three if I may! There is never enough Eric though is there..

  9. 36 Merit
    June 22, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    It is not about the ep. but maybe you’d like to know. it’s about that Eric/Bill money raising contest found on the net:”Seriously people, there are more Bill donors than Eric donors… just so happens Eric has a few wealthy benefactors…TEAM BILL: $2,353 – TEAM ERIC: $4,420 Updated on 06/21 7:00pEST
    – Looks like the Vikings are kicking our ass people,..” you can guess who wrote it…

  10. 38 susan
    June 22, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    Loved it! I hadn’t thought of the lamp throwing incident as a fantasy but I bet you’re right. I knew it wasn’t the end of lorena. I just love the smirk on Bill’s face as she goes up into flames.

  11. June 22, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    Great chuckles MAS. Terrific introductions to all the new characters.
    Poor Ruby Jean. I’m thinking that her inability to cope with things she “sees” has pushed her over the edge. The darkness that Laffy keeps referring to in the family may be more than than he thinks. Time will tell.

    • June 22, 2010 at 8:55 pm

      Oh, that’s a good insight, Bobsgran!

      • 41 Serena
        June 22, 2010 at 9:12 pm

        I kind of suggested this before at Sunny’s place, that Tara is like the Cassandra of Bon Temps. AB recently said she speaks the truth, and maybe it is that Tara has a latent ‘seer’ ability, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the extended family shared in this. Good pick up, Bobsgran.

        I still think Tara will run into Sookie at the mansion and tell her something about Bill, and that Sookie won’t believe it.

        • 42 Ashley
          June 22, 2010 at 9:18 pm

          Tara speaks the truth huh…well isnt that interesting. That brings a new light to the convo Tara and Sookie had about where Bill gets his money, and why Tara doesnt like Bill. HMMM

        • June 22, 2010 at 9:34 pm

          I like that prediction, Serena. This news casts Tara in a whole new light.

          BTW, I responded to your technical issue on TAP.

          • 44 Serena
            June 22, 2010 at 11:20 pm

            Holy shark farts, there are some weird parallels here, I think I might write you up something later. I mean this is like.. whoaaaaah.

            • June 23, 2010 at 12:07 am

              That would be super! ;~)

              • 46 anna
                June 23, 2010 at 10:29 am

                If, as you have suggested elsewhere, Bill’s family owned slaves, then perhaps some of the darkness could come from Tara’s family working on the Compton plantation.
                Not being from the South this may be wrong but could one of their ancestors have been raped by a Compton?

                • 47 VikingLover
                  June 23, 2010 at 4:42 pm

                  Lettie Mae and Bill always give eachother these odd looks. I always thought it was because Lettie Mae was afraid of Bill or she thought he was a soulless demon (due to her religion). However, the way he looks at her makes me feel like there is something more. I wonder if they’ll ever pursue this on the show.

                  • 48 anna
                    June 23, 2010 at 5:25 pm

                    I don’t know how things stand in the US but the UK has slowly started to face up to the slave trade & its legacy as 2007 marked the bi-centennary of Wilberforce’s Act for the Abolition of the Slave Trade.

                    There has been a lot of articles and programmes about slavery and one of the things that kept coming up in genealogy was the relationship between Masters & Overseers and female slaves on the plantations.

                    So that’s what comes mind when thinking about plantations and Lettie Mae looking at Bill strangely. Would it take a lot of courage for the writers to bring up a subject like this?

                    In the books Andy was descended from Bill through one of his daughters so there is a story line they could adapt if they wanted to.

                    • 49 Millarca
                      June 23, 2010 at 10:10 pm

                      I think they’re going that way in TB. I distinctly recall Bill’s ears pricking up at the name “Bellefleur” in one of the early S1 eps. Bill also told Tara that he didn’t own any slaves but that his father did. It wouldn’t surprise me at all if later on we see Tara, as well as the Bellefleurs, suddenly coming into some money.

        • June 22, 2010 at 9:36 pm

          Serena, you have a point. Tara may find out something from FM. It may plant a seed of doubt. Sookie is going to have to start adding things up eventually.

          • 51 anna
            June 23, 2010 at 10:51 pm

            Milarca, not being from the US my knowledge of Civil War history is rather hazy but I got the impression that a lot of slaves left the plantations during the Civil War which might explain why Bill could say that he didn’t own any.
            A half truth or more deception on his part.

            • 52 Millarca
              June 23, 2010 at 11:44 pm

              I’m Australian but I’ve always had an interest in the Civil War for some odd reason.

              I took Bill’s statement at face value, and as applying to the situation when the War started. The fact he didn’t personally own slaves doesn’t mean he didn’t have a relationship with one or more of his father’s slaves though, and of course he could have been lying. At that time I still thought of him as a gentleman.

              Actually I now wonder how he managed to make a success of a property without slaves. He couldn’t have farmed a large area without help; perhaps he had a lot of money and could pay free labour. I think we’re going to find out more about his background this season.

              • 53 pennydreadful
                June 24, 2010 at 12:17 am

                “Perhaps he had a lot of money and could pay free labour.”

                Unfortunately, the reason that cotton was such a profitable cash crop was precisely because it relied on slave labor (not paying your workers and their descendants really cuts down on your overhead.)There weren’t any paying jobs in agriculture because those jobs were done by slaves.

                My US History professor mentioned an intriguing historical figure, Rowan Hinton Helper, who was both an abolitionist and outspoken racist. Hinton argued that the whole system of slavery was economically crippling the South because it deprived poor whites of desperately needed paying jobs.

                Without a doubt, the Comptons owned slaves. I think Bill’s denial of his personal involvement is just another example of his stubborn refusal to own up to his actions. (It’s all Sookie/Jessica/Lorena/ his parents’ fault.)I’m really hoping that TB explores the theme of slavery in the Old South. In many ways, the United States is a bit like Bil… still unable to honestly confront that shameful chapter of the past.

                • 54 VikingLover
                  June 24, 2010 at 2:18 am

                  It’s interesting you mention this Penny because I was re-reading Book 6 and in the book, as you all know, Sookie goes to NO after Hadley dies to clean out her apt, etc. In the Book, Sookie remembers how the last time she had been in that city she had visited the Aquarium (now we know where they got the idea for Sookie meeting Hunter at the Aquarium), and she mentions that there was a slave museum near by. Judging from everyting that we’ve been seeing so far, and that little tidbit, I think they might actually touch upon the whole slavery thing. Incidentally, Bill (and Mr. Cataliades) happened to be in the car with her on the way to Hadley’s apt when she was having these thoughts. I’m wondering if the writer’s got the idea from there and if Bill will be incorporated in this somehow. I’m also wondering if this whole theme will carry throughout – including QSA and the whole human trafficking thing. Although I don’t think QSA wants to keep Sookie as a slave since it seems she’s been tracking her (and her family) for a while. I’m still trying to decided if that has to do with the daywalking thing. Why else would she keep such extensive records on Sookie’s family tree and go after Sookie?

        • 55 camp
          June 24, 2010 at 7:18 pm

          @Serena: Interesting this could explain why Tara’s “exorcism” drew Maryanne to BT and to Tara. I found it odd that Tara in paticular drew Maryanne and that once she got there her somewhat intense desire to have her under her control, and the romance that she fostered between Eggs and Tara was weird to me. Could it have something to do with the “darkness” in the family Laffy told Tara about?

    • 56 Ashley
      June 22, 2010 at 9:20 pm

      That would make total sense since she looks at Tara and says “God killed you too”…i was wondering what thats all about. I think you’re right.

    • 57 MASpencer
      June 22, 2010 at 10:46 pm

      You raise a really good point Bobsgran. My first impressions were a little different. It’s not entirely clear WHY Ruby Jean is institutionalized, but I’m assuming it’s because of some type of Alzheimer’s/dementia.

      This would be important to show Tara, because when you’re stripped of your memories, you’re also effectively stripped of your “ego” and all of your psychological “armor.” What’s left is the REAL stuff– some people soften, while some people just get meaner. I think it’s clear where Ruby Jean falls on that spectrum, and the legacy of dysfunction in that family is laid pretty bare. Tara had her own brief supernatural experience with this under Maryann’s “spell.”

      I also probably don’t have to say how this real-world example might tie into the metaphorical message of certain future plotlines. 😉 But I suspect they’ll explore Ruby Jean’s situation a little further in future episodes, so I’m hoping it’s something I’ll have the opportunity to address in upcoming recaps.

      Either way, I hope we get to see more of Ruby Jean, because it would be a waste of a great character– and actress– if we don’t.

      • 58 MASpencer
        June 23, 2010 at 1:12 am

        You know what? I take this back, I think. I was chatting about it over dinner with my husband, and he thinks Ruby Jean is either schizo or bipolar, and the point was to show Tara the crazy streak that runs in the family (as if Lettie-Mae wasn’t proof enough of that).

        Anyway, knowing is half the battle… and Tara better be careful. I tend to agree with this, but I guess time will tell.

        • 59 Gigi
          June 23, 2010 at 6:48 am

          I don’t think is Alzheimer, and isn’t a bipolar disorder either. Her scene was very short and there wasn’t enough time to gather info. Though dementia is associated with geriatric population, there are cases of early dementia among adults, though she doesn’t seems to have problems with memory per se… But anyway, I’m inclined to think she might have an early dementia due to some brain dysfunction of genetic etiology (because Laffayette suggested that Lettie Mae has it, too, and the “darkness” run in the family). That, AND a chronic Delirium Syndrome because she has delirium symptoms, and also Lettie Mae began to exhibit the symptoms with the alcohol withdrawal… and drug withdrawal is a very common trigger of delirium. And it could be chronic and not transient because they have the brain dysfunction.
          Or perhaps she only has a Psychotic Disorder… lol.

          Great recap MAS!! (I should have begin with this, sorry LOL)

          I think Rusell’s fox hunter outfit was perfect to introduce him in the show because it’s a clear reference of his “royalty” vampire-hunter nature and the way he is using (were)wolves instead of dogs to hunt for his preys. Regarding Tommy’s scars and his choice to shift in a pitbull, I wrote after the episode that it seems to me a reference to Quinn. Or his character is based on Quinn, or might be a foreshadow for his future appearance. Because the references of the fights and the PIT(bull) are very obvious (at least for me lol).

          About all this debate about if Eric can sense or not Sookie’s emotions, IMO she can’t sense him, there is no bond because he hasn’t tasted her blood, but he definitely can sense her. Not just only because Bill said “He’ll be able to sense your emotions” and Eric said “It’s done, I’m part of her now”. BUT also because in “I will rise up”, after her first dream of him and in the middle of the meeting with Godric and Nan, Sookie (taking advantage that Eric wasn’t looking at her) looked very subtly at him from head to toe (stopping at his GP) -and Eric, who was completely involved and inmersed into the discussion, suddenly turned slowly at her, very serious but with sort of a scared (WHOA!!) look at his face… I invite all of you to take a look at that scene again, because THAT was the very first time Eric sensed Sookie’s emotions. And he freaked out with it because he sensed she was horny, I mean, excited (probably not just because she was thinking about the dream she had with him, but also because she was indeed admiring him and his GP…).

          And… I loved so much his scared look at that scene, that I made myself an icon with it 😛 .

          • 60 Robin
            June 23, 2010 at 11:26 am

            Gigi, now I am going to have to go back and watch that scene again! It is obvious she is giving him several sidelong glances during that scene, but I never read anything further into it except that he and others noticed.

            • 61 Robin
              June 23, 2010 at 11:44 am

              Okay, she definitely scanned him when he wasn’t looking, and he picked up on it. He noticed and definitely looked at her, although I am not sure that he looked scared. So, yeah, I would say that he sensed her emotions. One other thing, I would have to say that Bill sensed her emotions too because he noticed she was looking at him and sucker punched Eric at the end of the scene. Good catch, Gigi!

              • 62 Gigi
                June 23, 2010 at 4:19 pm

                Scared isn’t the only word to describe it and that’s why I wrote “sort of”. He was very mad at the way Nan was acussing Godric (and them) for Stan actions. And when he turned to her, his face was reflecting that anger. But his eyes reflected a mix of anger with surprise and also looked sort of freaked out. All is in the eyes. ASkars is one of those magnificent actors that can talk and express everything only with his eyes while his face says something completely different.

                Sookie was very worried for Eric because during the day she heard the Newlins saying Godric went willingly to them, and she knew Eric wasn’t aware of that “lil” detail. And yes, Sookie was feeling so strong for Eric in that scene that Beehhl sensed it too. Thus his reaction to hit Eric and his face of defeated when Eric told him: It’s done, I’m part of her now. Get out of the way”.

          • 63 Skarlove
            June 23, 2010 at 2:06 pm

            Gigi, I ADORE that scene. I’ve watched it a gazillion and one times, and once I even counted how many times Sookie glanced over at Eric. I believe it was 9? You are so right – it’s disconcerting at first to him. Eric is so used to her narrow-eyed “I’ll stand you down” glares that he’s shocked to see her blatantly staring at him with a positive, sexually fuled interest.

            I think my favorite glance is the camera shot in the latter part of the scene where there is a perfect triangle – you see Sookie staring at Eric, and also Bill staring at Sookie watching Eric. I’ve told my husband that THIS second is the impetus for Bill to sucker-punch Eric. I don’t think he intended to exact any type of revenge until that moment (or maybe just din’t know how or when)….but THIS glance put him over the edge, and caused the most ill-timed punch ever!

            • 64 Skarlove
              June 23, 2010 at 2:10 pm

              Sorry Robin – I read your reply after posting mine. (I got so excited reading Gigi’s that I wanted to put in my 2 cents before continuing down the line!) We’re totally thinking along the same lines about mental origin of the Bill punch.

              • 65 Robin
                June 23, 2010 at 2:38 pm

                Obviously you guys have watched that scene more than I have, haha! I knew there were several sideways glances that she cast his way, but did not notice she scanned him so thoroughly with him picking up on it, lol!

            • 66 Gigi
              June 23, 2010 at 4:26 pm

              [I’ve watched it a gazillion and one times, and once I even counted how many times Sookie glanced over at Eric. I believe it was 9?]

              8… RFLMAO!!!

              • 67 Skarlove
                June 23, 2010 at 5:31 pm

                Ha Ha Gigi !!! Perhaps I gave her an extra…..Maybe Bill’s (fading) influence caused Sookie to glance her eyes modestly downward and to the side……..

                “liike a ghooood Southaaaahn Beallle shouuhld, cohnsiderin’ the ahrguuhments goin’ awn ahroawnd huh. Reaaaal laydehs would NEVAH mayke aye caawntahct when the meeeehn folks are talwkhin’. Aaaand thaaat Naaahn IS MAAAAHNLEEH, Sookheh. She weahs PANTS. Ah muuch prefuh you in youhr girleh peeihnk Dorotheh frooom Aaaaawz daay gaaaoown.”

  12. 68 Mony
    June 22, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    OK….the episode was EPIC….i mean E/S from the books are officially with us…and Eric thanks to the incredible facials expressions and body languege of Alex was absolutley GREAT!!!!

    But i want to make a point with all of you:

    -Talbot said that Russel had 2 hemorrgages this week….WTF??? He is a vampire he shouldn’t suffer from this…..

    But then the bell rang…..
    Russel is a druids….druids are just an ancient name for kind of witches…..they made rituals, magicals arts….very powerful btw….and their society were well organized…
    So Russel is trying to control his pack of wolves, creating a kind of personal army (Denis said that Russel want to become President of the United States!!!)…
    So….i think witches had already made their appareance…..
    Russel is a kind of chief for this congregation of ancient druids…..and that could even be why he’ll survive at the end and not burn as Godric….becouse he’s working on that….and what could happen if Russel gonna missing or dead or badly hurt?
    That his congregation will have revange against Eric (this is their way to act, revange the missing of their chief or Master)……Amnesiac Eric.

    • 69 Lori
      June 22, 2010 at 3:37 pm

      Okay this is genius, hope this theory is right! would tie in with RE sending a witch to spy on Eric as well.

      • 70 Mony
        June 22, 2010 at 4:54 pm

        as Yvetta………

        • June 22, 2010 at 9:41 pm

          I think RE may have sent one to FOTS to spy on Theodore Newlin, as well. His wife’s name was Yvette, and she had that exotic Eastern European look.

          Papa Newlin referred to Jesus, but Steve and Sarah noticeably don’t. If Yvette put them under a spell or converted them, Sunny’s theory that FOTS is front for a pagan organization would play out.

          • 72 Osterby
            June 23, 2010 at 11:22 am

            Thinking back…when Sookie and Hugh were taken to Steve Newlin’s office at FOTS, there was a picture of Jesus leaned against the wall atop a credenza. Talk about odd decorating. Now I am wondering if the picture was waiting to be hung on the wall or was that picture being taken dowm?

    • 73 Mia
      June 22, 2010 at 4:29 pm

      I thought Talbot said Russell had “the bleeds” referencing staying up past vampire bedtime like Bill and Lorena did in S2.

      • 74 Mony
        June 22, 2010 at 4:46 pm

        Talbot said Russel needd to rest becouse he already had 2 “bleeding” this week…but my friends made some research in history and found out that Druids are just ancient Witches….rituals, magical issue…even Eric said that “this is a ritual” to Sookie when he talked about the Were….
        Russel is up on something…something BIG and not only the wolves…..
        Russel’s bleeding could have a liason to try to stay awake during the day…as Lorena oblidged Bill in S2…Alan Ball called that “vampire Hemorrages”….

        The History of Druid culture is very very intersting…Wikipedia Docet LOL

    • 75 MASpencer
      June 22, 2010 at 10:03 pm

      I think Russell’s close connection to Druid– i.e. pagan– culture definitely ties in with the witches, who very much worship nature as part of their magical practices. This will all tie together somehow for sure.

      • 76 anna
        June 23, 2010 at 10:42 pm

        I posted this over on the AP board and it might have some bearing on how the Druids, Celts, witches and magic tie together or it might just be coincidence.

        Yvetta means yew and the yew tree was sacred to the moon goddess Hecate.
        Wolves were also sacred to Hecate.
        The Celtic equivalent of Hecate was Cerridwen who was also goddess of transformation which ties in with shape shifting.
        Cerridwen used her cauldron to perform magic so she is favoured by witches.

  13. 77 anna
    June 22, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    This might have been said before, apologies if so as I find it hard to keep up with all the amazing posts out there and it’s a bit convoluted.

    Does the fact that Eric is attracted to Sookie without having “tasted her” highlight the fact that QSA warns Eric not to taste Sookie’s blood as he would fall in love with her, just like Bill.

    This could be taken as another clue from the writers that Bill had a whole other agenda since this links Bill’s “love” to him having had Sookie’s blood and puts Eric in a good light since his growing attraction/emotions are not.

    • June 22, 2010 at 1:35 pm

      This episode should show all those people who think Eric is just after Sookie for her talent or sex that that is BULLSHIT!!!!! Eric is putting himself in pretty big danger by telling Sookie anything, especially after QSA said to let Bill rot.

      The differences between Eric and Bill are really becoming so much clears in season 3, and i’m so fucking glad about it…. FINALLY!!!! He tries to lie, and then comes back the next day and tells her the truth. He is a big faker and i can’t wait to see Eric say something from the dream to really screw with Sookie!!!!

      • 79 Freyja
        June 22, 2010 at 1:42 pm

        Totally agree with you dazedrose. It’s pretty clear that for Eric this is more than sex and telepathy, although he might not want to admit it at first. Remember that in Club Dead he’s already fallen for her hard, and thus his hearts desire is Sookie in DTTW!
        I’m sure there will be dark moments between them in this season though, ’cause of the vengeance but in the end Eric would not want to let her get harmed, or if she did (like a stake!) he would be there for her.

        • June 22, 2010 at 1:54 pm

          Oh yeah… will pretty much cover all her bases, day or night.

          And i think Eric’s reaction to Sookie’s ring is also very telling. If it was just sex he would have pushed more. He wouldn’t have cared less what she thought or felt and as he said to Bill in s2 ‘If i want her i could simply take her’. Even then Eric could see that that wasn’t the way to handle Sookie. Eric is showing great respect to Sookie. He can see how she is reacting to Bill’s kidnapping and has changed his behavior for her. Much in the same way as Bill, but Eric isn’t covering up his vampire nature, he is just trying to gloss over his real feelings.

          To me it is looking like Eric’s defense mechanism this season will be humour, much like Book Eric… i just can’t wait!!!!

          • 81 Robin
            June 22, 2010 at 5:39 pm

            [He is a big faker and i can’t wait to see Eric say something from the dream to really screw with Sookie!!!!]

            I have been waiting for this to happen, Dazed Rose. Can you imagine what will happen to the fandom if it does?!

      • 85 Ashley
        June 22, 2010 at 7:17 pm

        Yes, Eric is LITERALLY putting his life in danger for her. QSA does not want him to look for Bill. And getting involved with those werewolves will ultimately lead to Russell. Eric knows a powerful vampire is leading those werewolves. He IS risking everything, and im glad at least Sookie payed attention. I loved the whole porch scene it was so awesome, except the huge “cockblocker” on Sookie finger, but Erics conversation with Sookie afterwards and his reaction to the ring made up for it.

      • 86 Ashley
        June 22, 2010 at 11:36 pm

        @dazedrose You would think so right???? But seriously there are still people that are saying that all this affection/vulnerability is an act so he can get into Sookies pants?!! WTF? Eric has been taught basically his whole vampire life that you cant let emotions rule you, they make you weak, etc. so therefore he would never put on a “vulnerable” act just for Sookies benefit. Hes wondering why he cares himself.

  14. 87 A Northern Soul
    June 22, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    Russell Edgington=Mary Poppins? LMFAO!

    Love the hilarious recap, MAS, especially the BEEEHL quotes. *smirk* Oh,
    and I’ll also go with door #3. As if there’s another choice. 🙂

  15. 88 KittyKat
    June 22, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    Awesome recap once again, I’m actually looking forward to them, almost as much as the episode itself 😀

  16. June 22, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    Too funny! I kinda hope the Lorena fire episode was real, because I found something highly amusing about her classy riding ensemble going up in smoke. As long as she heals and all, quickly, so she can go back to being insane. I love her so. And I enjoy Bill so, so much when Sookie isn’t around. Last season Bill could have been used to smother the flames, now he’s causing them. Brava.
    Nice Beauty and the Beast reference, I about choked. Russell’s mansion is perfect. He is perfect. He and Talbot together are perfect. I can’t watch those scenes enough. I am dying to know when Bill was in Mississippi BEFORE and thank you Jesus about the secret stuff coming out on all sides: Hotshot, Franklin Mott, the V, the File, I love the layers and there is nothing as fun as watching characters scramble.
    I hadn’t comsidered Sam’s family could be profiting from being shifters in dog fights. It just simply never occurred to me and now I’m embarassed I didn’t catch it. Could this be the low rent version of the pit-fighting from the novels?
    Eric was fantastic. Much more like the Eric I fell in love with (in book three btw, yay for coincidence?)
    I was NOT a fan of the good vamp/bad vamp thing that was going on last season.
    Sunday won’t come fast enough. I’m persoanlly offended it’s only Tuesday.

    • 90 VampirePamsGirl
      June 22, 2010 at 2:26 pm

      I agree with pretty much everything you said! I can’t say that I love Bill, but he was not bad in this episode. He didn’t make me want to vomit in my mouth like he did in some episodes last season.

      “Eric was fantastic. Much more like the Eric I fell in love with (in book three btw, yay for coincidence?) I was NOT a fan of the good vamp/bad vamp thing that was going on last season” <-This! FTW! I also fell for Eric in book three so I've had big expectations (that I've been trying not have so as to not be disappointed but..) for Season 3. I think that was part of why I was so completely pleased with this episode. I was so happy, I hardly even cringed when Tara went to crying over Eggs again. 🙂

      • June 22, 2010 at 4:41 pm

        Yeah, her wailing and gnashing the teeth went on far too long.

        Eric, did you just love the way he turned the porch conversation in the direction he wanted? I loved that. She asks about his ‘risking everything’ and he won’t answer. She presses him and he starts talking sex and she gets distracted. And Eric even *admits* this was what he was doing, which was the best part. And you know what? They never did go back to the orginal question, he just took another detour and started talking marriage and her being mortal which he knows must be an issue for her on some level. (sweet dreams, Sookie)
        THIS is the subtle Eric I’ve been waiting for, the one that can manipulate and bend things without having to get heavy handed about it. His character has been depicted as more of a brute until now, a sad waste. I think Eric’s forte – combined with Alexander’s skill to back it up – should be in his ability read a situation and keep a step ahead. The porch scene gives me great hope!

        • 92 Robin
          June 22, 2010 at 5:54 pm

          Nice assessment konfettii.

          Is it my imagination, or does it appear that TB Eric seems to have deeper feelings for Sookie than SVM Eric does in Club Dead? It really is ironic because we have been complaining about how Eric has been portrayed throughout the entire series, and now it appears AB heard our complaints about him not being portrayed as canon but is giving him stronger feelings for Sookie, without having her blood.

          • 93 Lori
            June 22, 2010 at 7:23 pm

            It’s not your imagination I thought this as well but then I thought he does have that line ‘I don’t like having feelings’ in Club Dead and on TB we can see AS facial expressions which speaks volumes, body language says alot more than anything communicated verbally. So IDK lol I think the thing that’s bugs me the most is I miss the more light hearted banter e.g like at the end of Book 2 when Sookie is dressing for the orgy and he goes with her, that’s what I want to see more of.

            • 94 VampirePamsGirl
              June 22, 2010 at 11:35 pm

              That’s a good point Lori. As in the books we are getting only Sookie’s perspective and we all know that our girl can be a little lacking in the being observant department on some things, but on TB we are seeing things for ourselves, which could also play into as everyone views everything subjectively and we all want to see Eric/Sookie very badly, so we see it even more than what it is portrayed. I hope that makes sense btw, it sounded much better in explaining it in my head.

              I definitely missed the light-hearted banter in Season 2 that was in Book 2, but I think they’ve started Season 3 off much better in that department (i.e. porch convo). And the banter is probably not going to be quite as light-hearted as in the books, because TB seems to be a little bit darker maybe than SVM. I’m happy with what we’ve got so far though and I can only hope that it continues and gets better.

              • 95 Lori
                June 23, 2010 at 9:56 am

                It does make sense! sometimes we see what we want to see and I think your right TB is darker that the books, I just love Eric’s sense of humor and I kinda want Sookie to start getting that. Bit like what he said in her dream ‘I thought you had no sense of humor’. Listen to your dreams Sookie! lol

          • June 22, 2010 at 7:31 pm

            Be careful what we wish for, right? 😛
            I personally do not think Eric loves Sookie right now, and yes, this show of feeling is unexpected for me this close to the beginning of the season.
            I’ve always appreciated that Eric and Sookie’s relationship was a slow burn, and if that part changes I’ll be quite less than thrilled.
            I’m tending to think part of Eric’s emotional response right now is linked up with whatever big thing is happening in regards to the werewolves. Eric was very clearly emotionally invested in that, almost to his demise, and now it’s coming back.

            • 97 Freyja
              June 22, 2010 at 7:42 pm

              I think it’s more like that too. He sees that she’s in danger by the werewolfes that he’s been trying to hunt to find their master. He blames himself for putting her in danger, because he cares for her for sure! But he is also reminded of a score he has to settle with Russell!

              • 98 VikingLover
                June 22, 2010 at 7:59 pm

                I personally think this stems from Godric, meaning the fact that Sookie stayed with Godric during the last moments of his life really moved Eric. I think that’s when his feelings changed from intrigue/curiousity to something more. I don’t think he is in love with her yet but I think he’s start to develop real feelings for her and I think he’s very confused about that – especially because she’s human. I like the emotion that’s been coming through and I like the pace in S3. I think it should have started sooner in S2 but that’s because I’m anxious for E/S to get together. lol

                • 99 Freyja
                  June 22, 2010 at 8:07 pm

                  Yes agreed, it all rolls into one gigantic ball of emotions for the poor Viking LOL *hugs*

                • 100 Robin
                  June 22, 2010 at 8:12 pm

                  Yes, obviously the storylines are different between the SVM books and True Blood. The Godric storyline definitely was a bonding experience for Eric and Sookie, and there has been more emotion involved for Eric up to this point. So, yeah, I think the feelings may be a little stronger for TB Eric, but I am not sure it is love. Eric is definitely confused about his feelings, and not really sure how to cope. He is at war with his emotions. Sookie needs to get a freakin clue.

                  • 101 Ashley
                    June 23, 2010 at 3:26 am

                    Yeah in the SVM books there was nothing to bond them like this. I mean they went to the orgy together, but thats nothing like being there with Eric and his maker when he died. Thats a much more moving and emotional situation.

          • 104 Ashley
            June 22, 2010 at 7:50 pm

            I dont really think its that unexpected considering what happened in Dallas last season. He hasnt had any time with her without Bill close on his heels. Now that Bills not around in his face telling him to back off and acting all possessive, Eric can actually have real interaction with Sookie instead of a couple of minutes here and there before Bill interrupts and gets territorial.

            • June 22, 2010 at 8:17 pm

              That’s very true, her standing with meant more to him than he’s probably willing to admit. Like he was there, too, since he was ‘part of her’ at that point. I almost wonder…could Eric think he’s possibly betraying Godric by showing his emotional side?

              • 106 Ashley
                June 22, 2010 at 8:19 pm

                I think that not letting his emotions get the best of him has been drilled into his brain so its hard to let go. Godric told Sookie that the way Eric is is his fault,and told Eric that he was wrong about humans. That whole experience has probably opened his eyes, but its a gradual change.

              • June 22, 2010 at 8:24 pm

                meant to say ‘standing with Godric’ obviously lol

              • 108 VampirePamsGirl
                June 22, 2010 at 11:39 pm

                @Ashley … that is a terrific point about Eric’s gradually changing feelings towards humans. Just as we saw his character grow and change in the books, it makes me very hopeful to see the same or at least sort of the same stuff in the show. And I think Godric (and Sookie) will be the beginning of that. “This is the beginning” Lol.

                • 109 Ashley
                  June 23, 2010 at 3:22 am

                  Yeah hes changing, we just have to give him some time. Godric would have died like a week ago in true blood time, maybe even less. Erics had some time to let it sink in, and its affecting him and we see this in his interactions with Sookie. And also because Bills not around to butt in and blackmail him. OH, and I loved that “This is the beginning line” from the dream…i thought that was so sexy, i dont know something about it.

        • 110 Dwimordene
          June 22, 2010 at 6:59 pm

          Yap, Eric is great… He is over 1000 years old, he wouldn’t be still alive if not. And AS is a genius 😀

    • June 22, 2010 at 10:01 pm

      I’m all for giving Jesus his do, but I don’t think he deserves the credit in this case. It looks like the episodes are being structured around the tarot deck. I don’t understand it all, but card 2 represents secrets, and it looks like a pretty consistence pattern that in 1.02, 2.02, and 3.02 big secrets were revealed. There’s a discussion about it going on at The Ancient Pythoness.

  17. 112 Sarah
    June 22, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    I liked Eric´s flashback very much, cause I am German and I live near Augsburg. I have to say that Eric speaking German with that hot accent is more than just a bit sexy 🙂
    I wondered why they chose Augsburg above all other cities. Why a town in Eastern Germany and not in the north which was nearer to Scandinavia? During the Third Reich Augsburg was just a normal Bavarian city while Berlin, Munich or Nuremberg were national socialist stronhgolds. So I did a little research concerning Augsburg,thus we maybe can find a link why they chose this city
    (1) Augusburg is probably one of the oldest cities in Germany and was set up by the Romans (15 b.c). It was immensly important due to the fact that it secured several roads. It was the capital of a huge province that reached till Italy. A city with that importance had a good infrastructure including a amphittheatre. Wasn ´t Godric´s maker a gladiator?
    (2) During the middle age the Fugger family lived in Augsburg. The were a great burgess dynastie which had power over all regents in Europe who owed them huge debts.
    (3) During the Thirty Years war (1619-1649) Augsburg was attacked and once the Schwedish Army (!!) managed to conquer the city.
    Today Augsburg is pretty meaningless but we were told that the reason for Eric´s revenge trip lays back thousand years and at that time Augsburg was a very powerful city.
    What do you think?

    • 113 Sarah
      June 22, 2010 at 2:44 pm

      New information. The Celts also settled there. is Godric not supposed to be one?

    • 114 Serena
      June 22, 2010 at 3:42 pm

      Sarah, I think it was an odd choice for a location too. But that might be the point, Eric and Godric may have been following this girl for awhile, chasing her there from some place else, as you said previously she was speaking Hoch Deutsch, right?

      I tried find a way to connect to Werewolves, but I haven’t found one. There was a Saint Wolfhard, his name sounds wolfy. Otherwise it could be one of the writer’s ode to somebody they like, as it was the birthplace of Hans Holbein and Bertolt Brecht. Also, it seems to be a highly important place for Lutherans.

      From a literary standpoint, more appropriate Werewolf related places would have been Celle or Magdeburg, and basically northern Germany. So maybe Augsburg’s non -historical significance could just mean it wasn’t supposed to have one, not that I don’t want to find one, lol, because I do.

      At the moment, Prof. Wikipedia is letting me down.

    • 115 Serena
      June 22, 2010 at 4:07 pm

      {It was immensly important due to the fact that it secured several roads. It was the capital of a huge province that reached till Italy.}

      I’ve thought of this possibility: Augsburg could have been on the ratlines, or the escape routes for the Nazi’s. One of the largest efforts was funded by the Vatican, so it would go through the Alps to Italy.

      Cooter mentioned his gloves were from Turin, which is known for its leather. If the Weres do live longer lives and he was around back then, maybe he bought a pair on his way out of dodge or they were a favorite pair of Russell’s or something, I dunno, I freely admit I could just be clutching at straws on this one. lol.

      • 116 RubySun
        June 22, 2010 at 4:44 pm

        Funny you were mentioning Cooter’s gloves. On second watch I noticed that RE had the same (or at least the seemed the same)kind of gloves that Cooter had. I had wondered why this was so. Maybe you are on to something!

        • 117 RubySun
          June 22, 2010 at 4:44 pm

          Either that or the show’s stylist got a bunch of them on sale somewhere!

          • 118 jayetea
            June 22, 2010 at 11:09 pm

            (Cooter mentioned his gloves were from Turin) You know, I think he said, “these are my favorite touring gloves”, I could be wrong, but the “g’s” in some words get dropped when people are doing Southern accents. I’m guessing that the F*ck You Crew werewolves ride motorcycles, but maybe they do all have Italian leather gloves from Turin!

            • 119 Serena
              June 23, 2010 at 2:02 am

              Well, I googled it and wouldn’t you know there is a Torino/Turin leather company in Louisiana. So its possible he got them there, lol. Its just an odd thing for him to say, really. lol.

    • June 22, 2010 at 10:09 pm

      Thanks for the information. I was wondering about Augsburg myself.

    • 121 MASpencer
      June 22, 2010 at 10:13 pm

      My understanding is that Augsburg was heavily bombed and occupied by the U.S. Army in 1945, which is when this flashback is set. Since Werwolf was a last-ditch effort launched post-occupation, it makes sense that they chose it. That totally doesn’t rule out a larger purpose for this choice, though.

      • 122 Sarah
        June 23, 2010 at 9:37 am

        My point is that AB said that Eric´s revenge wish is 1000 years old. And at that time Augsburg was not meaningless little province city but a very important center of power. So maybe sometime took place there..
        Or AB someday simply closed his eyes and picked on some point of a German map which was Augsburg 🙂

        • 123 VikingLover
          June 23, 2010 at 4:47 pm

          Sarah, this was very interesting!! Thank you for posting that info about Ausberg. I think that’s why they chose it – nothing is coincidence on TB. At least I don’t think so. 😉

          • 124 anna
            June 23, 2010 at 7:59 pm

            Thank you for all the information.
            Coincidence or not, the writers seem to have chosen one of the very few places in Europe that was suitable not only for Godric’s, and maybe Eric’s, back story but also the WWII connection.

  18. 125 Paloma
    June 22, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    Awesome Episode!!!!

    Loved the way Sookie said her name, a la Beehl! It was almost, almost like she was mocking him in the slightest way. Almost.

    What I loved more is that Eric, OUR ERIC, has made his way onto the show. FINALLY! He showed Sookie how he feels and its not just about the sex. He CARES. I kind of imagine him not saying, “I owe you”, but “I love you” during that scene on her porch. Its obvious that he does and that he is risking everything to tell her all that he knows. And can it be? Sookie is finaly getting that point through her stupid, thick skull? (Phew, feel better now that I got that off my chest!) Anyway, I loved their scenes together and I can’t wait for next week!!

    I don’t think that scene with Lorena actually happened. Russell wouldn’t have allowed it and Lorena wasn’t distracted as she was with Barry the Bellboy. She saw it coming and didn’t move out of the way in time? I don’t think so. Bill is dreaming.

    And I’m psyched that the world, aka rabid Bill lovers, will no longer be able to deny that he was sent to Bon Temps for a purpose, a dark one. How are they going to explain that one away? Also excited to see that Hunter’s name made it on the family tree. I guess we’ll be seeing him this season as well.

    I have to admit, I was afraid that AB would continue to fuck up the book storyline. But if these last two episodes are an indication as to how the rest of the season will go, well then, AB is a genius! Can’t wait for more!

    • 126 LydiaB
      June 22, 2010 at 2:29 pm

      Ehrm….I don’t really think he loves her or anything, at this point. They’ve barely had any real contact, let alone an ENTIRE converstion like this episode.

      • 127 VampirePamsGirl
        June 22, 2010 at 2:38 pm

        I have to agree. I don’t think he loves her at this point. It would surprise me anyway. But I do think he cares about her more than he would like to.

        How he ends up telling her stuff that he actually wasn’t planning on telling her and being surprised that he’s telling her reminded me very much of Book Eric when she asks questions and he answers her honestly (and surprises the shit out of Pam and Chow when he does so). I’m hoping we’ll see Pam talking to him about how OOC he is being because of Sookie or at least Pam teasing the hell out of him cause of Sookie. I always loved how Pam would take pleasure out of riling Eric up in the books, that’d be great to see on the screen, especially with such talented and wonderful actors as KBVS and AS!

        • 128 Freyja
          June 22, 2010 at 3:44 pm

          No he’s not in love with her yet, but it won’t take long though. A little more time together with her without Bill… and then whambamboom 😉
          And I’d love if Pam teases him, she did say that Sookie gave her much ammunition hehe 🙂

        • 129 Dwimordene
          June 22, 2010 at 7:48 pm

          Contrary to the books, Eric and Pam are in big shit… It must be next episode when the magister catches the blood. So we will still have to wait to see Pam in teasing mode, the situation is not the rose path that was in the books… But we still got some, when she let Sookie go to the dungeon, lol… That was fun.

      • 130 A Northern Soul
        June 22, 2010 at 2:41 pm

        I agree, he’s not in love, YET. he definitely cares for her,though, because he
        certainly wouldn’t stick his neck out like that if he didn’t. Their friendship will
        develop this season for sure, on which the foundations of their relationship will
        be built. Something she did not have with BEEHL. We’re only into the second epi of
        S2, and I’m already psyched about next season! The E/S build up this season is going
        to be epic!

        And I agree with whoever said they hope Alcide makes Eric jealous. I’m really looking
        forward to that!

      • 132 Paloma
        June 22, 2010 at 2:52 pm

        He is definitely taken aback by the depth of his emotions and feelings for her and has got to be thinking, what the hell is this all about? I think he knew or started to realize that he loved her last season. Remember his face after the queen said, “you are probably in love with her too”? He looked guilty, flabergasted and embarrased at the same time because he knew what it meant for him to love Sookie. Maybe its just wishful thinking on my part or the romantic in me needing it to be true, but I still think that he loves her already. I think he is starting to realize it more and more and last night he got a good look into his feelings for her and he knew exactly what he was getting into and what he was risking, for Sookie. He has to think, jeez, I must be in love! But hey, that is only my opinion. 🙂

        • June 22, 2010 at 3:09 pm

          Have you gone and read Sunny’s post about ep 2 over on her site?? She actually talks about the blood bond between vampires and who has had their blood. Very interesting and it actually helps look at Eric’s feelings


        • 134 allabouteric
          June 22, 2010 at 4:01 pm

          @Paloma I think I am with you…I think that Eric at the very least has a HUGE crush on Sookie. Granted he covers the need to protect her with naughty remarks about passionate, primal sex, but thats just his coping mechanism (as we all have discussed). I think that he was intrigued by Sookie in S2 and he grew to admire her tenacity, loyalty and courage. I think that was the beginning of his respect/attraction toward her. That combined with his obvious lust for her has been steadily morphing into something that looks an awful lot like “love”. Its safe to say that he is hopelessly infatuated at this stage. For him and the show to acknowledge the love may take a little longer – but I think its already there.
          I do like the pacing though…I am ready to sit through them growing closer in friendship and building trust. But at the same time I do believe that its already a lot cause for Eric…he is in love. He just doesnt know it yet.

          • 135 Paloma
            June 22, 2010 at 4:07 pm

            Exactly! He is in love, but he doesn’t know it yet or can’t admit it to himself. And I love the pacing. I think its perfect so far. I always have some complaints about how AB portrays E/S and their thing, but I’m loving this season so far and I wouldn’t change a thing. I am intrigued!

        • 136 Katya
          June 22, 2010 at 6:32 pm

          I totally agree with you though I would add that he came to that conclusion the minute he paused before squeezing out….I owe you….

        • June 22, 2010 at 10:56 pm

          My original comment is awaiting mod so i’ll re do it… delete if needed

          Have you gone and read Sunny’s post about ep 2 over on her site?? She actually talks about the blood bond between vampires and who has had their blood. Very interesting and it actually helps look at Eric’s feelings

          Quick run down: both the vampire and human see themselves through the others eyes…

      • 142 Ashley
        June 22, 2010 at 7:25 pm

        I think hes falling for her but hes not there yet…it will happen. He definitely has feelings for her. Pam has already noticed Eric was acting out of character. She looked back at Eric in Fangtasia after he was affected by Sookies tears, like she was wondering what was up with him. The jabbing of Eric by Pam will start soon LOL.

        • 143 VikingLover
          June 22, 2010 at 8:42 pm

          {She looked back at Eric in Fangtasia after he was affected by Sookies tears, like she was wondering what was up with him. The jabbing of Eric by Pam will start soon LOL.}

          I noticed that too, Ashley. Pam turns to look at him as she escorts Sookie and Jessica out. I think Pam’s already started f***ing with him the minute she allowed Sookie into the DOD. lol

          • 144 Ashley
            June 22, 2010 at 9:09 pm

            Yeah i think you are right. She was screwing with him when she let Sookie into the DOD. haha forgot about that.

    • 145 Obladee
      June 22, 2010 at 3:35 pm

      I agree with everyone who says he’s not in love with her yet. I think he is having feelings for her, but because he’s held those types of feelings in check for so long, except for his affection for Godric and Pam, I think he’s having trouble deciphering what he’s feeling. Like when she was crying and he said “Please stop, it makes me feel distrubingly human”. He says that with a hint of surprise and question in his voice.

      Besides that, if he’s “in love” with her, why was he banging Yvetta when I assume, he had to be feeling her emotions of panic, seeing she had his blood. That’s one thing I have troble with… when she was in a state of hysteria with the Maryann thing, he’s calmly, albiet boredly, playing Yahtzee with the Queen… when she’s in a panic over Beehl’s disappearence, he’s in the DOD with Yvetta. He didn’t even track her down after the MA thing…. my only hope is that perhaps he can’t feel her emotions too strongly as she’s only had a little of his blood? I don’t know. What do you guys think?

      • 146 LLE
        June 22, 2010 at 3:45 pm

        Because he not chasing after her, Bill is doing all that. If Eric had left without the Queen permission, Eric would no longer be sheriff and he could be dead. Eric knew that Bill was there to protect Sookie because the Queen did tell Eric that she gave Bill the information and not know it would work or not.

        Instead of Eric running to Sookie, Sookie went to him. Eric has spies and knows that Sookie was alright.

        • 147 Obladee
          June 22, 2010 at 4:19 pm

          I understand that he couldn’t leave the Queen’s without permission, it’s more that he didn’t track her down after the MA thing with some excuse. It could have been to say thank you for staying with Godric on the roof.

          And I wouldn’t want him to “chase” her like Bill. I actually like the rate at which they are progressing. I guess I just thought that her having his blood would affect him more. That’s all.

          • 148 LLE
            June 22, 2010 at 4:28 pm

            We have not seen his reactions because it has not been shown.

            • 149 Obladee
              June 22, 2010 at 5:02 pm

              I’m really not trying to be sarcastic here when I say, “obviously”. 🙂 I guess I just WOULD like to see his reaction. When I don’t see one, I assume he doesn’t have one. I’m not sure if this is by the writers, design, or if they are just glossing over the ingestion of his blood, and only giving us sex dreams to apease the masses of AS fans. Not that I’m unhappy with that, mind you. 😉

              • 150 VikingLover
                June 22, 2010 at 5:09 pm

                {I understand that he couldn’t leave the Queen’s without permission, it’s more that he didn’t track her down after the MA thing with some excuse.]

                Well QSA told him (in not so many words) to stay out of it AND in essence stay away from Sookie. She told him to “stick to what you’re good at”. Also, Sookie is Bill’s so he really had no reason to go to her with any excuses, knwim? I would have loved for him to go save her too but unfortunately it wasn’t in the cards at the time. Luckily, now it is! Yay! 🙂

                • 151 Obladee
                  June 22, 2010 at 5:28 pm

                  Well, I think the biggest excuse of all for him to see her would have been his curiosity about what happened on the roof with Godric. I really can’t believe that he wouldn’t seek her out, wanting to know how the end was for Godric. Maybe I’m being too human, but I couldn’t help myself. I would want to know. And it would have been the PERFECT excuse, IMO. But then again, I’m just greedy and just want Eric and Sookie to be in the same scene, as much as possible! 🙂

                  • 152 Ashley
                    June 22, 2010 at 7:30 pm

                    I think Godric is still a sore spot for him and hes not really wanting to talk about, at least thats my interpretation of his reaction to Sookie bringing up Godric. I know part of that was because she kinda compared Godrics situation to Bills, but i think hes still big time hurting from that and thats why he snapped at her a little bit.

                    • 153 VikingLover
                      June 22, 2010 at 8:45 pm

                      Yeah, I agree Ashley. Eric shuts off his emotions since he doesn’t like to feel weak. After Godric died, this is what he did – he went back to business as usual because that’s how he copes. For him it was “conscious off/dick on”. lol

                    • 154 VikingLover
                      June 22, 2010 at 8:45 pm

                      **conscience off/dick on**

                    • 155 Freyja
                      June 22, 2010 at 8:53 pm

                      hahaha 😀 Jason and Eric are so parallel !!!!

                    • June 22, 2010 at 10:15 pm

                      Totally agree with both of you. Just look at his reaction to Sookie when she brings him up at Fangtasia: it was raw and strong. i do think that at some point they will discuss this more, but at the moment i think Sookie sees that Eric does need more time.

                      I also think that Sookie is the Fangtasia scenes is very telling seeing as she walked in on Eric and Yvetta having sex. It’s kinda like it was water of her back…. i was hoping that the writers were going to do more about this… maybe the next time Sookie sees Yvetta there will be more reaction.

                  • 157 VampirePamsGirl
                    June 22, 2010 at 11:48 pm

                    I actually could totally understand him not wanting to talk about Godric’s end (though I too would LOVE to see that scene between him and Sookie). I also however am very much in the school of denial, taking a class of “don’t think about it”, when it comes to dealing with bad things that happen, lol. In Eric’s shoes, I would be curious perhaps, but I also am not quite sure I would want to know. Knowing would make it seem more real.

              • 158 legalease
                June 22, 2010 at 5:19 pm

                I agree with you that the show hasn’t clarified yet the effects of the blood that Sookie took from him. Can he only sense her emotions when she is in close proximity, like in the same room, or does it work at greater distances? Bill sensed her when she was at the FOTS, but they were still in the same city. He doesn’t seem to be sensing her emotions now that he’s in MS. They didn’t portray Eric as sensing anything when he was in New Orleans or when he’s at Fangtasia and Sookie is home in Bon Temps. I’m not sure what the distance has to be and if he has her blood will the emotional “signal” strengthen? This has the potential to be a big mess and I hope the writers have already discussed this and have an actual plan.

                Eric knew that the were had come after her, but I assumed that Sookie left a message for him like she so often does in the books.

                • 159 Obladee
                  June 22, 2010 at 5:30 pm

                  You said it perfectly, legalease. Those are the questions that are bothering me. Maybe it will be all explained to us at some point.

                • 160 LLE
                  June 22, 2010 at 5:42 pm

                  Eric was rarely on and Sookie was not in danger when he was on.

                  Sookie don’t need two vampires running to her every time she in danger. Sookie can take care of her self.

                  • 161 Dwimordene
                    June 22, 2010 at 7:57 pm

                    But Sookie is human, a were is not… She is not even train in any kind of figting arts, I think the most she can do is what she did to Jason, now with the gun a bit more, but she is still in disadvantage, she is an easy target by herself… And being cocky as she was this eps, she would get killed more easily.

                • 162 Ashley
                  June 22, 2010 at 7:32 pm

                  I thought he knew the were came after her because she had all the lights in her house turned off and had a gun pointed and ready, so Eric drew the conclusion that she was expecting someone to come to her house for her.

                  • 163 Obladee
                    June 22, 2010 at 7:47 pm

                    Very good Ashley! I think you must be right… someone said that maybe she called and left a message with him, but I like your theory better.

                    • 164 Ashley
                      June 22, 2010 at 7:52 pm

                      thanks!…yeah Erics very perceptive (usually) so it wouldnt surprise me if he drew that conclusion.

                    • 165 VikingLover
                      June 22, 2010 at 8:52 pm

                      On a side note, and this is just my own opinion, I think Eric wanting Sookie to have his blood wasn’t really about protection but because a) he wanted to gain level ground with Bill b) he was very curious about her and also trying to understand to himself WHY he was so curious about her. I think he thought that by feeling her emotions that it would help him gain some insight into her and help him to kind of decipher the “mystery” of her a little bit. I don’t think he liked feeling “curious/intrigued” and he hoped this would help solve the issue because then he would “know” her. I also think that seeing her concern for him in the FOTS kind of moved him a little bit and this concerned him. lol Sort of like the crying but not to such an enormous extent. Anyway, that’s just my opinion and could be a crock of sh***t. 🙂

                    • 166 VampirePamsGirl
                      June 22, 2010 at 11:25 pm

                      @VL I think that could be a very plausible explanation, especially with what we know about Eric and what we’ve found out through various interviews and stuff with the actors and all.

                  • 167 Ashley
                    June 24, 2010 at 3:19 am

                    I just wanted to add that Sookie definitely didnt leave a message for Eric because it was made clear he showed up unexpectedly. Eric said “they came for you” almost like a question, and Sookie asked him if that was why he was there, or did he have info on bill? So i took that to mean she wasnt expecting him. So Eric showed up to tell her without her calling him.

                • 168 LLE
                  June 22, 2010 at 11:55 pm

                  Eric has spies and I that how he found out that were-wolf was after her. Eric mention to Sookie that she would yell “were-wolf,” if she ran into one. Eric knows that Sookie has habit of running and yelling “Bill.” Eric knows a lot about her because he has spies.

                  • June 23, 2010 at 11:13 am

                    I think it was actually “werewolf bait” that he said she would yell, meaning not that she literally yells all the time but that if she ran into one she would do something stupid which would make them want to attack her. That or that she is just a tasty morsel that a were would like to sink its canines into.

      • 170 Jo
        June 22, 2010 at 3:52 pm

        They do not have a bloodbond yet. Sookie just had a little of your blood, I think Eric gives a little feel of your emotions, but only when she is close, perhaps?

        • 171 LLE
          June 22, 2010 at 3:56 pm

          Eric told Bill,”It’s done, I am part of her now.” Eric knows if Sookie in danger and he know where she is and he can track her down.

          Sookie is having dreams about Eric.

        • 172 Mony
          June 22, 2010 at 5:07 pm

          yes…she has not so much blood of him in her….and then he knows Bill is with her…but i don’t think that Eric can feel her from Fangtasia…even more he could not feel her from New Orleans where he was during the Menead stuff…

          • 173 LLE
            June 22, 2010 at 5:33 pm

            Eric’s blood is more powerful than Bill and he needs one drop for Sookie to feel her attraction to him. Eric know where Sookie is 24 hours day and he track her down like Bill can. Eric starting to care about Sookie.

          • 174 Dwimordene
            June 22, 2010 at 8:07 pm

            Well, we don’t really know if he could feel her or not, maybe he could, he was under distress on New Orleans, although obviously he wouldn’t feel her as well as Bill, but he is also very old so has learn to use his abilities and also, as Bill said, his blood is stronger.

            But Sookie wasn’t attacked that morning, he just stalked her, so there was nothing to feel (he could have if it were, TB vamps can stay awake easily). He just asumed that if Bill had being kidnaped then someone wanted information from him and so Sookie could be used to make him sing, she is a target too. Is easy to assume that she would get a visit soon (and he found her already under distress, so it had already happened).

          • June 22, 2010 at 10:40 pm

            Well he certainly couldn’t feel her when she showed up at Fantasia and started down the stairs. It was only when he heard her voice that he reacted.

            I’m thinking that on TB the vamps don’t always feel the human. They have to consciously tune into it or let their barriers down like Sookie does with the telepathy.

      • 176 Mia
        June 22, 2010 at 5:07 pm

        […he had to be feeling her emotions of panic, seeing she had his blood.]

        Even if Sookie was in a panic initially, her emotions altered through the duration. She was angry and impatient with Kendra, and defensive and worried with Jessica. By the time she got to Fangtasia, she seemed ticked off and determined. It would be hard to get a read on what was happening.

        Besides Eric seems to be feeling something from Sookie. On the porch, doesn’t Sookie say something like he can’t distract her with nasty talk, and he says I already did?

        Plus I really don’t want to see Eric flinging open double doors and yelling “Sookie” every time she’s in danger. I’ve had enough of that with Bill.

        I like new and improved Sookie; I hope she’s sustainable. I’d rather see her get out of her own messes without sitting around waiting to be rescued by anyone.

        • 177 Obladee
          June 22, 2010 at 5:35 pm

          {Plus I really don’t want to see Eric flinging open double doors and yelling “Sookie” every time she’s in danger. I’ve had enough of that with Bill.

          I like new and improved Sookie; I hope she’s sustainable. I’d rather see her get out of her own messes without sitting around waiting to be rescued by anyone.}

          Totally, totally agree with you.

      • 178 lala
        June 22, 2010 at 5:32 pm

        On the EMOTIONAL side of it, Eric is bored by sookie’s quest to find bill – he finds it tiresome.

        • 179 Obladee
          June 22, 2010 at 5:38 pm

          I’m assuming IF he felt anything from Sookie, when Bill when missing, he just would have felt emotions, and not have known the cause of it.

          Initially, that may have been true, but now that he knows the “nazi werewolves” are involved, he’s totally in.

          • June 22, 2010 at 10:19 pm

            Maybe that was the reason Eric was banging away with Yvetta (hehe i just channeled the Crow just then: Do you know what scene i’m talking about?). he was trying to drown out Sookie’s emotions seeing as she was reasonable close to him most of the night. He didn’t want to feel her happiness, and he is probably trying to distance himself from her as much as he can.

            • 181 Liz
              June 24, 2010 at 7:07 am

              good points all around. Eric also had orders for Bill to be brought in, we dont know how exactly, so he may have thought whatever he was picking up was about that……. and if he felt Sookie approaching, he may have figured Sookie insisted on coming along with Bill. Whatever the case may be, i think it will be believable.
              i wonder if any of the writers read this blog, cause they really should.

  19. 182 ellemoe
    June 22, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    Loved the recap. The episode was good but I’m seriously not interested in Sam or Tara at this point. I did love the FM scenes because I soooo felt like it was “When Billy met Sookie” all over again. I’m very curious about the family tree that was in Bill’s house because if I’m not mistaken, the kids under Linda were Hadley and Hunter? Did Hadley already have Hunter and he is where now? Also, if Earl Stackhouse has the ‘power’ then we’re not going to get a story from Gran about having fooled around on her hubby? I’m interested in seeing how the fairy bloodline gets introduced into the story then.

    I had to laugh when Bill made fun of Cooter’s name. Really Billy? Really? Guess he figured he didn’t have a comeback for Sookie when she made fun of his name and he finally had someone to take his frustration out on. I thought Hoyt’s comments to Jessica about their ‘nature’ was foreshadowing the “I was tortured and starving and didn’t know it was you Sookie” trunk scene that we’ll probably not get to see. Except Hoyt’s all “I’m fighting my nature and so can you.” But Jess did try to tell him it’s not that simple. And heck, she wasn’t even tortured (unless you can consider having to listen to Hoyt’s momma bitch at you with crazy bug eyes torture).

    I was most upset that they had Eric lie to Sookie. Yes, he did admit to it the next day and why he lied but it’s setting a precedence, which Sookie pointed out. One minute you’re nice, the next minute you’re mean, you do something bad, then do something good. It’s confusing her little brain and she won’t be able to figure out when she can trust Eric (foreshadowing AE for next season. She totes won’t believe he can’t remember anything, but whatevs.) I just hope she doesn’t refer back to this conversation when she finds out why Bill really came to Bon Temps (which I’d love to know how Russell knows this. He doesn’t know Sook’s a telepath but he does know the Queen sent him to Bon Temps for a reason, very interesting…)

    Terry’s list was cute. He’s so sweet when he shares his feelings. Too bad Sookie wasn’t around ot hear that REAL men talk about their feelings, especially after Eric asks her not to cry because it makes him feel human. Tapping into those feelings already, are we E? That I’m excited about.

    • 183 M.
      June 22, 2010 at 4:33 pm

      I agree that the FM/Tara introduction was a lot like B/S, but what set it apart in a strangely positive way. Rather than sweep in and kill the rednecks ala Bill, FM basically lets Tara handle it- just giving her a hand so she could punch the crap outta them. I think she needed that cathartic release (she’s an angry girl and FM gets this, he’s just like her, remember?), and being any more high-handed in his defense of her would not have been appreciated.

      Am I weird that I think all that’s kinda sweet- at least compared to Bill’s women must be protected act? Hopefully FM won’t take on too many of Mickey’s characteristics and will be at least a vaguely positive influence on Tara. Maybe he’ll help her tap into her dark side in a more constructive way than just hitting the bottle and lashing out on her BFF. . .

  20. 188 Davida
    June 22, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    MASpencer, that was another outstanding recap! Very thorough. My favorite line amongst many: “Eric gets a good up-close and personal look at the big shiny [cockblocker] ring on her finger and resigns himself to an evening of lively conversation and blue balls.” Hilarious.

    Now, what did I think of the episode? I liked it a lot. Still wishing I hadn’t seen the spoilery promos, but it didn’t ruin too much this time.

    1. I mentioned this on the previous thread. I enjoyed Bill’s ruthless killing of the weres, but also wished the wolves looked bigger, stronger, more challenging. I think they look weak in human and wolf form. I respect that Ball doesn’t want to use CGI for them BUT the normal wolf size just doesn’t scream danger and power to me. Oh well. I’ll have to focus on the glowing wolf eyes and see if that helps.

    2. Hoyt is looking good. Looks like he lost weight since last season. Wonder if this means he’ll be doing nude scenes.

    3. Sam needs to take some tips from his brother on shifting quickly and creatively in order to better avoid nearly becoming road kill.

    4. I haven’t been a fan of AP playing Sookie, but I gotta say she looked great in this episode. Her well-toned arms and hands stood out to me. Weird. I know.

    5. Franklin Mott’s on the scene. Oh hell yes!

    6. I was surprised to see Calvin Norris. I knew Crystal would be on this season, but completely missed any prior mention about Calvin showing up. I was slow on this.

    7. Loved Lafayette’s scenes.

    8. Yes. Eric/Sookie scenes were wonderful!

    • 189 M.
      June 22, 2010 at 4:37 pm

      I was surprised to see Calvin too! Judging by the addition to the meth lab in Hotshot and all this happening while Sookie is otherwise distracted, I guessing AB won’t be throwing the weird Calvin courting Sookie subplot.

  21. 191 MollyS
    June 22, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    Great recap, MAS, of a great episode. Love your humor! Anyone else think this episode was better than #1 because they also went on a spoiler-fast so they didn’t know everything already?

    Here’s some other stuff I noticed:

    -As I mentioned above, Hunter’s name wasn’t circled on that family tree at Bill’s like Sookie and her grandpa’s were. Does that mean Bill doesn’t know about his powers, Hunter doesn’t have special powers, or the people who make the props don’t know what they’re doing? I hate inconsistency. I also hate that I’m bothered by these little details, but whatever.

    -Bill’s mocking of Cooter’s name seemed totally OOC. He even laughed and smiled – with teeth! Is this the real Bill or is he putting on another act? I really don’t see how anyone can still believe that Bill is all perfect and romantic and genuine after seeing this episode.

    -When Bill is introduced to Talbot, his name is given as William. Yet when Talbot starts the whole “let me show you to the guest room” bit, he calls him Bill, even though it seems like they just met. I thought Talbot was supposed to have been with the king for 700 years or something. So do they know each other from the last time Bill was in Mississippi or not?

    -Eric is a smart, observant guy. So why does he not notice that Sookie has a ring on until the third time he sees her with it? I did enjoy his mocking of the marriage vows in the way he did, as well as the way he flipped between being serious and honest and flirty and sarcastic. Perhaps this will give Sooks some food for thought. That is, if she pulls her head out long enough to realize the entire situation.

    • 192 VikingLover
      June 22, 2010 at 4:22 pm

      Just my opinions but…

      {-As I mentioned above, Hunter’s name wasn’t circled on that family tree at Bill’s like Sookie and her grandpa’s were. Does that mean Bill doesn’t know about his powers, Hunter doesn’t have special powers, or the people who make the props don’t know what they’re doing? I hate inconsistency. I also hate that I’m bothered by these little details, but whatever.}

      Perhaps it’s too soon for them to know that Hunter has ability because he’s too young. Or perhaps the Queen does not want to share that info with Bill for whatever reason – maybe it’s her plan B. I believe he’s only 6 according to the show. Hunter probably has special powers because there is a spoiler that Sookie meets him and they have a telepathic conversation I believe. In any case, it’s too soon to tell but I’m sure they’ll explain everything as the show progresses then we can look back to see if this was an inconsistancy or if it was deliberate.

      {When Bill is introduced to Talbot, his name is given as William. Yet when Talbot starts the whole “let me show you to the guest room” bit, he calls him Bill, even though it seems like they just met. I thought Talbot was supposed to have been with the king for 700 years or something. So do they know each other from the last time Bill was in Mississippi or not?}

      They may not have met but it’s obvious that Russell and Talbot have discussed Bill so it’s not odd for Russell to introduce him (in a formal manner) as William but then for Talbot to address him informally as Bill. At least in my opinion. Maybe Talbot didn’t have any occasion to meet Bill before since he was handling business with the King whereas this time Bill is a “guest” in his home. In any case, I’m sure we’ll learn more.

      {Eric is a smart, observant guy. So why does he not notice that Sookie has a ring on until the third time he sees her with it?}

      Perhaps he did notice but didn’t “NOTICE”, knwim? Each time they met Eric was distracted by the enormity of other issues: a) DOD he finds out from Sookie that Bill has been kidnapped which could have huge consequences for him because of the V. He’s thrown for a loop during that convo. Also Sookie came barging in and caught him with Yvetta which also threw him for a loop a little bit. b) In Fangtasia, QSA and the Magister had paid him a visit about the V, QSA told him to let Bill rot, QSA is trying to set him up to take the fall for the V, Sookie tells him about the Nazi Weres (which had major significance for him), and then she starts crying and moves him a way that he didn’t expect so he has to deal with those emotions as well. On the porch, the ring was in his face AND they had a conversation about Sookie “belonging” to Bill. Now he HAD to acknowledge it.

    • 194 Dwimordene
      June 22, 2010 at 8:18 pm

      About the ring, he could just not acknowledge it, lol… But he could just have missed it. He always looks at her face (except when he teasses or evaluates her, lol), and they had some serious discussions both days, at the bar they were on a table and she had her hands under it. I also think she might have “subconsciously” hide it.

      I think it was just all those casualities together, becuase he seemed surprised and hurt, he wouldn’t have if he had just lied to himself.

    • June 22, 2010 at 10:52 pm

      I’m not sure that was the first time he saw it. I think seeing the ring on her finger while they were flirting was a reminder that it was there.

  22. 199 TeaCup
    June 22, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    Fangtastic review!! I was laughing hysterically at some of your comments MASpencer — you do this for a living, right? If not, you should!
    Oh its going to be a swashbuckling Season 3! FINALLY, FINALLY Alan gets it — he actually hired writers who can write! Love all the storylines this season compared to last season — Maryanne will be a very distant memory!
    The Viking is by far the “slowly I turn, step-by-step, inch-by-inch” star on this show!” Someone said that Alex’s name should be under Anna’s — naw, above it — she’s still a B-actor in my books — she would need to fly past her acting lessons to catch up to him!
    Someone also posted about Talbot mentioning RE’s “bleeding” episodes and I’m pretty sure this is what Bill and Lorena were doing in his hotel room in Dallas. They were staying up past sunrise and were getting the “bleeds” — maybe Russell was watching Twilight on TV and forgot to go to bed??
    Also, in an upcoming episode when Biieell wakes from his vampire dreams (of Eric/Sookie f*cking their brains out), he’s bleeding from the eyes — vampires crying in their sleep or was St. Bill “bleeding” in his sleep?! And then he f*cks the stripper, right?!
    I’m all twitchy, itchy and soaking up for next Sunday — sweet jesus(not Laffy’ impending boy-toy!) — help us make the time fly by like our Viking!

    • 200 allabouteric
      June 22, 2010 at 4:32 pm

      The Viking is by far the “slowly I turn, step-by-step, inch-by-inch” star on this show!”

      What a fantastic way to describe the way AS has completely hypnotized his audience…
      and yep u r TOTALLY right…AP cannot hold a candle to Alex…Oscar no Oscar…pfff!!

    • 201 allabouteric
      June 22, 2010 at 4:39 pm

      And oh Skars was BORN to play this role…physcially and mentally.Anyone could play the role of Sookie and Bill and every one else on this show…but Skars is irreplaceable. The show would totally fold if he were ever to leave!
      I actually like Ryan Kwanten’s portrayal of Jason as well. He makes the dumbass Jason somehow endearing…and for that kudos to him…
      Honestly I think Anna’s lack of acting skills takes something away from the E/S scenes. They could have been elevated to another level if she could only match Skars’ acting…anyway just my opinion….

      • 202 lala
        June 22, 2010 at 5:44 pm

        I have aways wondered if AP was told to play the role in an ironic way – wink-wink – farce – you know? Like as if alan ball said to his writers – “guys, we’re here doing this show for the fun of it, its not meant to be taken as high drama, it’s camp.” Thus all the silly sookie lines that make one roll eyes heavenward.

        • 203 TeaCup
          June 22, 2010 at 6:32 pm

          I see your point but then again, there’s good “silly” acting (Alex in Zoolander!) and then there’s the “stupid” acting; and all AP’s acting consisted of whiny, fake, “stupid” acting — way back to S-1.
          I think she got real lucky with The Piano, and she was just a kid too — totally different realm in acting — kids tend to give it their all cause they have no fear…..she needs to get some of that back…..too fake for my taste.

          • 204 allabouteric
            June 22, 2010 at 6:43 pm

            Totally agree…AP is way over-rated. I did NOT feel her grief over Gran (ok except maybe the pie eating scene) in S1. She mostly comes across as wooden and somewhat petulant. I honestly dont feel any sexual allure she is supposed to exude either. IMHO any bottle-blonde could have pulled off the role of Sookie Stackhouse and there is nothing at all exceptional about Anna P.
            To be honest, irrespective of my feelings about Bill, I think that Stephen Moyer actually acts well (bad makeup and hair notwithstanding).

            • 205 TeaCup
              June 22, 2010 at 7:39 pm

              AAEric: That the truth and nothing but the truth! And she’s not good looking at all! I mean come on—-the Viking needs HOTNESS–MAJOR HOTNESS and she ain’t it!
              Yea, Bill has improved since mid-season-1 and season 2 — his acting was laughable. But I have to say *looks up to see if the sky is falling* he’s doing much better, and he even looks pretty good too *biting tongue*!

              • 206 Freyja
                June 22, 2010 at 8:00 pm

                I think AP is a beautiful woman 🙂 I liked her in season 1, especially the first few episodes. I thought she was off in season 2, but I’m thinking it was meant to be like that. Because of Bills blood she became ‘damsel in distress’, whining, naive and erratic! In ep.9 season 2, she was totally different after taking Erics blood. The looks she gave him, the dreams, the rooftop scene, I loved it all. And then she went home with Bill and she’s back to the whining. In last episode she’s changed again, she’s concerned about others, she’s softer and also stronger… she’s behaving like the original Sookie.
                I actually like AP, I thought she got to show her emotions so well in Beautifully Broken.
                I really think though that compared to AS, no one compares, he’s just so brilliant…. even SM has said that!

              • 207 Ashley
                June 22, 2010 at 8:01 pm

                But i think that Sookie not being some sex pot like Yvetta is the point really. The reason Sookie attracts so many men is NOT because of her looks. Its her personality and spirit. Eric, and even Bill, could have most women they wanted. Erics probably had so many beautiful women that its probably some insane number. But they werent something special, and they didnt have something that set them apart from the others. And Sookie does.

                • 208 Ashley
                  June 22, 2010 at 8:03 pm

                  Oh and i think AP is attractive. I would kill for her body. She has the most awesome arms. I think sometimes her hair is done pretty weird, but otherwise i think shes attractive. I think shes a very good actress and plays the part well. She doesnt exactly fit the looks, being that shes not big chested and isnt really what id call curvy, but i think she does a good job.

                  • 209 Freyja
                    June 22, 2010 at 8:10 pm

                    Agreed!!!!! And it was also the point in the books, it’s not about her looks at all, it’s her essence, her spirit that attracts.

                  • 210 VampirePamsGirl
                    June 23, 2010 at 12:07 am

                    I agree as well. And though I may often intensely dislike and hate the characters on this show, I think all of the actors do a fantastic job. And we probably also need to keep in mind that we don’t know what they’ve been asked to do or portray with their characters.

                    But I also biasedly agree that ASkars outshines them all. That man is pure brilliance. He can say more with one look than most actors can say with an entire episode’s dialogue. HBO finding him for Generation Kill and True Blood is probably one of the smartest moves ever made by that company.

                • 211 VikingLover
                  June 22, 2010 at 8:09 pm

                  Ashley, I agree. I like that TB Sookie looks like a “real” woman not like a “Hollywood/fake beauty” woman and I think that’s the point.

                  • 212 Freyja
                    June 22, 2010 at 8:11 pm

                    “I like that TB Sookie looks like a “real” woman not like a “Hollywood/fake beauty” woman”

                  • 213 Ashley
                    June 22, 2010 at 8:14 pm

                    Yeah i would have been truly disappointed if they chose some barbie doll looking type.

                    • 214 Dwimordene
                      June 22, 2010 at 9:27 pm

                      They shouldn’t have put that paint on her hair… Faking blond is terrible always, and if they didn’t want a barbie, why did they do that?

                      I understand that she is supposed to play silly, but you don’t buy her as we do with Jason. I really think they could have done better in selecting Sookie, there are many actress and surelly there would be an average looking better actress, but I supposed they wanted her for her fame, so they could sell the product… And that is what they sell for seasson one, a romance between to “known” actors playing as Sookie and Bill.

                  • 215 Millarca
                    June 22, 2010 at 10:36 pm

                    Yep. I agree. She’s physically perfect for the role, IMO. I have some reservations about her acting skills though.

                • 216 Obladee
                  June 22, 2010 at 8:20 pm

                  I agree with you. I think AP does a fine job. The fact that she isn’t drop dead gorgeous is a plus for me. She’s attractive in her own way, and has got a nice, compact little body. And you are right, it’s not the physical package that is attracting Eric, it’s something intangible.

                  • 217 allabouteric
                    June 24, 2010 at 12:21 am

                    You know…I think Anna ia fine looking and I dont really have any complaints about the show having cast her in that regard.
                    I just cannot get over the fact that her eyes are not expressive.
                    Case in point – In “I will rise up” Jason and Sookie are both crying over their shared griefs and losses.
                    RK totally nailed that scene – you could see the pain in his eyes.
                    In the case of AP, oh yeah, the tears flowed freely, but her eyes just seemed dead to me. Its one of those intangible things that a good actor absolutely NAILS.
                    I know this sounds like bashing. But honestly I am just frustrated that all the supporting actors routinely deliver better than the lead actor.
                    I also realize that people are divided over AP. I dont mean to stoke any debate. We all can agree to love our Viking God and bond over that 🙂

    • 218 Mony
      June 22, 2010 at 5:04 pm

      when Bill wakes up in bed is not bleeding…he has scars on his face……and Bill followinf the summary, he’ll should remember his past, which means what happens to Caroline Compton and his children?
      In next episode he crys and then someone shot at him…..

      • 219 TeaCup
        June 22, 2010 at 6:22 pm

        Looked like blood to me — I guess we’ll have to wait and see…………

      • 220 VikingLover
        June 23, 2010 at 4:53 pm

        This looks like a flashback to me. The bed looks like the bed from Lorena’s cabin in S2. It’s definitely not the Bathory bed in Russell’s house.

  23. 221 Skarlove
    June 22, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    Again – excellent work, MAS! I’m at work trying to stifle my giggles, and you make it very difficult. I love your line re: “Now it’s Eric’s turn to act like he crapped his pants.”. I also cracked up at the Annie references, and wish that Talbot and Mary Ann would have had a chance to bond over crisp linens and blood recipes. Not that I want her back either, of course.

    I’m soooooo down with the Mickens dogfighting angle. Also, I fully agree with you about Jessica’s guilt and self-flagellation. I do hope she manages to gain some confidence in herself and the power she is capable of wielding. If Bill can’t show her how, hopefully Pam will. Unless of course she goes the way of other ill-fated Merlotte’s waitresses, which would be a shame. She’s really grown on me.

    I loved the (old news) HOTNESS and (slowly being revealed) raw honesty and emotion we got from Eric, but that has all been said before, so I’ll stop here. I also wrote a lengthy review on the other thread yesterday and don’t want to repeat myself, so I just wanted to say thanks! Your take on each episode is now something I will be eagerly anticipating each Tuesday!

  24. 222 M.
    June 22, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    Just so you all know, the armadillo has a twitter account- his handle is terrysarmadillo.
    It’s hilarious, but I feel so bad for the poor PA or intern who has to do this for the writers/publicity team- now we know where the promotional budget went!

  25. 224 VikingLover
    June 22, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    Awesome recap, MAS! What can I say, I freaking LOVED this episode!! The Eric/Sookie scenes were pure gold to me. We EL’s have been waiting a long time for this and these scenes were like a gift to me. Shit, this whole episode was like a gift to EL’s! The much anticipated reveals about Bill were awesome – thank you Franklin Mott and Russell! 🙂 Whether or not the Lorena torch scene was real (and I’m starting to be on board with all of you guys that have said it was in Bill’s imagination), it was wonderful to see the wicked and diabolical look/smile on Bill’s face as he watched her screaming in agony. I loved the sharp contrast to the moments right before when he was practically declaring his undying “love” for Sookie. That was very interesting for me!! And of course, Renee said it best, it’s always the “unreliable” characters that tell us truths – Lorena is correct, Bill is delusional. Although I will say that on some level (even though most of me is still on the fence about it) I do believe that Bill “loves” Sookie, similar to how it is in the books, knwim? But that’s neither here nor there because he only allowed Sookie to love a figment of HIS imagination.

    I absolutely love Sookie in this episode and I hope they continue along this line with her. It was really a joy for me to watch her in this ep. I was actually really moved by her when she was asking Eric for him while at Fangtasia. I really LOVED that scene.

    I loved Lafayette, Tara – hell, I even loved the Werebitch that appeared in the flashback. lol The whole episode was fantastic. That being said, while I do love where they are going with the whole pit fighting thing, I just don’t care right now – only because I REALLY prefer to see more of Eric and Sookie, FM/Tara, Pam, the V issue (including Laf), Bill/Russell/Talbot. I love Sam but I really feel this storyline is too high on the totem pole right now and I’d much prefer to see the other storylines which interest me more. But like I said, this ep was like a gift so I don’t want to look a gift horse in the mouth. lol

    PS I just want to add that I HATE the idea of Amnesiac Eric and I REALLY don’t want to see this storyline on screen. Only because I’d prefer to see Eric be vulnerable with Sookie while he’s still “himself”. I also hate the idea of him not remembering because I’m a sap and that would break my heart. Just him seeing that ring broke my heart so I can only imagine AE. I’m probably in the minority here but I hope if they do go with it (and apparently they are) that they change it up.

    • 225 Freyja
      June 22, 2010 at 5:10 pm

      I agree with you on everything here. I would love to see Eric show more emotions to Sookie so it’s clear that he has big feelings for Sookie before the amnesia happens, because it will happen, AB wouldn’t skip that part, too many are anticipating that.
      Sams story does nothing for me nor Arlenes story, although I like Terry 🙂 I just want more time with the Viking.

    • 226 Serena
      June 22, 2010 at 5:13 pm

      Wow, VL. I can’t believe you don’t want AE. Sometimes I wish they’d skip right to ATD, but I think Sookie needs AE so she can rebound pretty much guilt free with a vulnerable Eric, altho we have seen him exceptionally vulnerable this season and last with Godric’s death.

      I don’t want it changed up that much, what I do want is for Eric’s personality to really come through with AE so she has a full understanding of him.

      How could you not want AS making puppy dog eyes? lol.

      • 227 Freyja
        June 22, 2010 at 5:19 pm

        I would love that though. I’m torn with RealEric and AmnesiaEric, like them both! And it makes a great show when he recovers and doesn’t remember their time together. So she will be lonly and sad, and rebounds with boring Quinn, Eric all emotional, jealous and WTF happened between us??? Hehehehe 🙂 Would make a terrific dramatic season!

        • 228 lala
          June 22, 2010 at 6:12 pm

          I keep getting RE = Real Eric confused with RE = Russell E. I always have to think real hard when I see the initials!

          I have confidence that alan ball will use a lot of humor in his depiction of an amnesaic eric. It is going to throw a lot of people for a loop, especially those who have not read the books.

      • 229 Freyja
        June 22, 2010 at 5:19 pm

        I would love that though. The puppy dog eyes! I’m torn with RealEric and AmnesiaEric, like them both! And it makes a great show when he recovers and doesn’t remember their time together. So she will be lonly and sad, and rebounds with boring Quinn, Eric all emotional, jealous and WTF happened between us??? Hehehehe 🙂 Would make a terrific dramatic season!

    • 231 Obladee
      June 22, 2010 at 5:19 pm

      I agree with you about AE also. I won’t mind if it happens, as long as they don’t make a drastic change in character. I don’t want him to turn into a cream puff. I like the tough, but flirty Eric that is struggling with what he’s starting to feel, that we saw in this episode.

      • 232 allabouteric
        June 22, 2010 at 5:27 pm

        I dont think AB will make Eric a creampuff (haha love that description)…and Skars loves playing Eric with an edge…so I expect that will continue…but I think we can expect to see a lot more vulnerability…its a thin line to walk…I admit!
        I think the drama that will ensue from Eric not remembering his time with Sookie when he recovers from the amnesia will be GREAT!! So many conflicting emotions, so many layers…ahhhh will be a gold mine…
        But in the meanwhile, I am TOTALLY loving the hard-as-nails Eric melting…only for Sookie..

        • June 22, 2010 at 10:11 pm

          On your last comment Allabouteric…..

          I think that it is at this point that the ‘connection’ has been made in Eric, and that is when his lusty feelings have changed and has become more about love then lust. And until it is established that Eric hasn’t also had the dreams i can see that his reactions to Sookie in these first two episodes lean towards Eric struggling with these foreign emotions. That is also why i think he came the next night to tell her he lied. Maybe he was a little pissed that she didn’t pick up that he was being a big faker, and not telling her the truth. jmo

          • 234 allabouteric
            June 24, 2010 at 12:50 am

            You know what! I am so waiting for Sookie to say out aloud to Eric “You are a big faker”. That will be a wink and a nod to the audience and also acknowledging the dream!

      • 235 lala
        June 22, 2010 at 6:15 pm

        It is a dramatic shift – a great break – an interruption – in the storyline that i think Charlaine Harris used well – just as eric was falling for sookie hard in book 3, along comes Hallow’s spell, and poof…

    • 236 allabouteric
      June 22, 2010 at 5:32 pm

      ***I absolutely love Sookie in this episode and I hope they continue along this line with her. It was really a joy for me to watch her in this ep. I was actually really moved by her when she was asking Eric for him while at Fangtasia. I really LOVED that scene.***

      I agree Sookie was far less of a bitch this episode…and she actually showed some emotion.
      But a tiny part of me feels that Sookie turned on the waterworks for Eric’s sake because she had sensed that he actually cared about her in the previous scene. And she was totally exploiting that for her benefit…not that I mind too much…but I think Sookie can be a little sneaky at times too and Eric was just a big pile of goo anyway. Again I also have issues with Anna P’s acting…so it may be because of that as well….

      • 237 Obladee
        June 22, 2010 at 5:43 pm

        {But a tiny part of me feels that Sookie turned on the waterworks for Eric’s sake }

        I do disagree, because sadly, I really do think she loves Bill. That will change, however (YAY!) when she finds out what brought him to BT… And for the record, I also believe that Bill loves her, but it’s certainly not a perfect love.

        • 238 allabouteric
          June 22, 2010 at 5:48 pm

          Oh I do think that Sookie loves Bill…and vice-versa (however misguided it may be). But I just think that Sookie was a little cheeky and exploited Eric’s weakness for her to get him to help her…again maybe I am wrong. I just have not seen Sookie “cry” before or after that and thats a little weird…

          • 239 Obladee
            June 22, 2010 at 5:54 pm

            I know what you are saying, but I really don’t even know if she’s picked up on the fact he’s starting to care for her. She obviously knows he wants her, but you’ve got to remember that she’s really, really inexperienced in the dating/mating game. I think she still may be stuck on the fact that he thinks she’s useful because of her “gift”.

            • 240 Freyja
              June 22, 2010 at 6:11 pm

              Yebb, she doesn’t understand that Eric really cares, he hasn’t been forthright to her. I would think she only thinks he wants her for sex and her telepathy so he wouldn’t care if she put on the waterworks.

              • 241 Freyja
                June 22, 2010 at 6:12 pm

                And really, why wouldn’t she cry. Eric was her last straw to help her.

                • 242 VikingLover
                  June 22, 2010 at 6:48 pm

                  Yeah, I agree – her emotion was real. She wasn’t putting on an act – I don’t think TB Sookie would do that. Plus, Eric can feel her emotions so he knew it was real.

                  • 243 Obladee
                    June 22, 2010 at 7:13 pm

                    {Plus, Eric can feel her emotions so he knew it was real.}

                    Ding, ding, ding, we have a winner! Of course! Thanks for stating the obvious… we were overlooking that little fact! 🙂

          • 244 LydiaB
            June 22, 2010 at 5:57 pm

            I doubt she would cry just because him. I mean, it’s Eric, I was half expecting him to say, “crying? please” haha.

            The fact that her boyfriend/fiance is missing seems more than enough reason to me.

        • 245 VampirePamsGirl
          June 23, 2010 at 12:36 am

          Like VL I was suprisingly moved by the scene when Sookie starts crying and says that Bill is everything to her. Surprised because normally I would expect myself to be saying something like, “Beehl’s gone, get over it.” But I really felt bad for her.

          I also agree with you Obladee that Sookie does love Bill and vice-versa, but it’s not a perfect love, nor in my opinion even a healthy love and that’s not even taking into account the blood thing. Bill became an important factor in Sookie’s life at a very critical and emotionally time for her. When her Gran was murdered and Jason was being an ass, she really didn’t have anybody, so Bill became everything to her. She is way to dependent on him, even obsessed perhaps.

      • 246 lala
        June 22, 2010 at 6:17 pm

        I think sookie was desperately trying to reach for his emotional core with her tears, really tears of abject frustration and well, desperation. No put on, there. I don’t think or I didn’t feel it, anyway.

        • June 22, 2010 at 10:25 pm

          She knows it’s there (his emotional core) because she saw it with Godric. Maybe part of her just wanted to test to see if it was real, and not just a fluke

    • 248 Dwimordene
      June 22, 2010 at 9:51 pm

      I’m with you about AE… But I think AB said there was going to be it… I didn’t like that book very much, and I prefer real Eric. But don’t worry if they do it, it won’t take as long as it was in the books (every season actions go for less than a week -except the two weeks after-) and we have AS to do the play, whom will behave as his mortal person, a viking we already show is similar to the vampire 😉

      They will rather extend the action that surrounds the case of his amnesia and all the politics that they are making. It will be fun. I really don’t think AE is going to be as it was in the book, and now I’m imagining that flirt of a viking in Sookie’s house, and soo hot blooded. And then we will have him dealing with not knowing… A vamp that had already falling for Sookie more than in the books. None of them is going to know what to do.

      It is going to be fun, don’t worry 😀 lol

      • 249 LoveEric
        June 23, 2010 at 2:30 am

        I can’t wait for AE! I think that is when Sookie fell in love with Eric. Sure, she denied her true feelings for several books after that. AE is essential not for Eric, but for Sookie.

      • June 23, 2010 at 8:01 pm

        Here I am, another one who isn’t so eager to have AE. I mean, not as he is in the books. I think in DTTW AEric was so sweet and childish that he didn’t even look like himself anymore. It was easy for Sookie to fell for him… TOO easy. I prefer the danger, the ambiguity that TrueEric always brings with himself. And I think that those 1000 years of vampire un-life are really part of Eric and not only a mask. I only hope that the amnesia won’t last all the season from start to end and that the plot will be more intricated than it is in the book. And yes, maybe the subsequent drama in which Eric doesn’t remember and Sookie is all heartbroken could be intriguing…

        • 252 Millarca
          June 23, 2010 at 10:52 pm

          A thought has just occurred to me. Is it just possible that Ball is going to twist the amnesia story, to have Eric and Sookie falling for each other and then have the amnesia strike him and stuff it up? Could it be that Sookie will not like sweet, childlike Eric as much as real Eric? I know I prefer the complete version. That would be a nice “gotcha” for those who have been hanging out for AE.

          I really do spend too much time thinking about these things.

          • 253 Dwimordene
            June 24, 2010 at 7:03 pm

            🙂 I like this theory very much! It would be most interesting. In TB Eric and Sookie are having stronger feelings for each other (at this stage) than in the books. It could be for Sookie like caring for a child, waiting for her “friend” to return… Sex could be delayed even more, lol. She would see her own feelings towards him when she “loses” him.

  26. 254 lala
    June 22, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    And as another one of us mentioned somewhere on this forum, eric cried when godric met the sun, so it is not unheard of for a vampire to cry when they feel hurt. Even tho eric likes to make emotional distinctions between godric and bill. Sookie tries to get him to see its the very same level of emotion.

  27. 255 Gracen
    June 22, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    I also thought the tears were genuine. Sookie ‘consumated’ the relationship with Bill the night of Gran’s funeral which I think kept her from fully dealing with the loss of her grandmother. Now, Bill is gone. She’s not only lost Bill, but the buffer to her grief over her Gran.
    I love your recaps, MAS!!! You could be a writer on the show. One commenter on Imdb wrote that he thought vampire shows, including True Blood, were crap. He doesn’t understand that you have to plant tongue lightly in cheek, then they are not only fun but they can be sexy and cerebral as well.

    • 256 VikingLover
      June 22, 2010 at 7:08 pm

      (I also thought the tears were genuine. Sookie ‘consumated’ the relationship with Bill the night of Gran’s funeral which I think kept her from fully dealing with the loss of her grandmother. Now, Bill is gone. She’s not only lost Bill, but the buffer to her grief over her Gran.)

      I really love this statement and I agree. TB Sookie is much less independent than book Sookie. She’s never really been on her own – she’s always had her GM to lean on and take care of her. She’s like a teenager in many ways.

    • 257 A Northern Soul
      June 22, 2010 at 7:46 pm

      OK, sorta OT, but I agree with Gracen.

      I think those who lump TB together with every other form of vampire
      entertainment and claim its fans are frustrated adults who need to grow up
      (some asshat on a forum actually said that) are missing the point.

      TB may look like just another sexy vampire show on the surface, but dig deeper and you’ll
      find much, much more. It can be High Camp and High Art, ridiculous and sublime; It’s
      hilarious yet deals with some very serious subject matter. Yes, there are plenty of
      gorgeous (and VERY talented) actors who give the fans lots of eye candy, but if the show
      was all flash and no substance I honestly believe it wouldn’t have become a fan favorite.

      Speaking of the fans, there are many, many intelligent people who are drawn to TB.
      Anyone who disagrees should come over and read this blog. My mind is absolutely blown
      at what is noticed on the show and the predictions that come true. The conspiracy
      theorist in me is convinced some of you work for HBO. Come on, fess up. LOL And that’s
      what makes it fun – watching the show then reading what the fans have to say about it.
      I’ve gotten even more hooked since I’ve become an active member of the fandom. Wouldn’t
      have it any other way. 🙂

      /rant off

      • 258 Obladee
        June 22, 2010 at 7:53 pm

        {Speaking of the fans, there are many, many intelligent …………}

        Ditto, A Northern Soul.

      • 259 Gracen
        June 22, 2010 at 9:07 pm

        I totally agree, Northern Soul. In True Blood, they use the vampires and other supes to examine how we relate to ‘otherness’, and also, through imagining this ‘other world of beings’ allow us to see the human race from a different vantage, as they might see us. The existance of supes allows you to examine and consider issues such as mortality, spirituality, values/morals,etc…, from a more relative viewpoint and question what the underlying truths and values of life are.
        The supes also represent power since they are all more powerful than humans in some way. But since none of them have absolute power they are essentially in the same boat we are. We get to see the effects of their power and how they use it, and whether it inhances or diminishes the quality of their life.
        It’s the ‘what ifs’ and the ‘possibilites’ that I love.

      • June 23, 2010 at 8:06 pm

        [those who lump TB together with every other form of vampire
        entertainment and claim its fans are frustrated adults who need to grow up]

        There are plenty of people who think that way. I incessantly struggle with them, from one blog to another. All I can say is that I simply feel sorry for their complete lack of imagination.

        • 262 Ashley
          June 23, 2010 at 8:32 pm

          yeah those people have no imagination and no sense of humor. I dont see the need to act like a grown up all the time anyways. I know people of all ages who like true blood.

    • 263 VampirePamsGirl
      June 23, 2010 at 12:56 am

      @Gracen re: Sookie’s tears and her relationship with Bill — My thoughts exactly!

  28. 264 TeaCup
    June 22, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    I’ve been reading that Eric isn’t in love with Spookie yet; but I think its a little more complex than that. I think he’s really fighting it just because of what he told her in the church about Godric “don’t use words………” so he may not be head over heels (and hope he never is — don’t want him following her like a dog in heat or someone else said — like a puppy dog — oh please shoot me now!) but he knows its something, and something he’s totally floored over……and looks like little Miss Southern Belle is starting to have a “smack my forehead” moment with her feelings too — like on the porch, she’s staring at him like he grew a new pair of fangs!
    **SPOILER** Can’t wait ’til Eric blows her off — in bed too! The expression on her face will be priceless! Yea, and then she’ll turn it around and make the Viking jealous with Alcide……..making me all tingly again!
    I love that AB is following the book (somewhat) but still putting his spin on it — I love you again Alan — you’ve redeemed yourself — keep it going!

    • 265 allabouteric
      June 22, 2010 at 7:16 pm

      I am SOOOOOO waiting to see the spoiler you have mentioned….man thats going to keep me on the edge of my seat….

      And I would TOTALLY love to see Sookie make Eric jealous over Alcide…i am already going crazy with anticipation…I only hope that Alan Ball teases Eric a little with the Sookie/Alcide interaction…would love to see Eric feel some serious threat from Alcide.

      • 266 TeaCup
        June 22, 2010 at 7:46 pm

        AAE—And I want to see all kinds of different ways E/S are getting close but not yet together — its all about the foreplay baby!
        So take your time Alan; we can wait and we can enjoy all the good, num nums we all hope you have in store for us! Take it slow, real slow!

        • 267 Obladee
          June 22, 2010 at 7:56 pm

          {its all about the foreplay baby!}

          ABSOLUTELY, TeaCup. There’s nothing better than the build up. Makes the, ahem, climax all that much better. 🙂

          • 268 allabouteric
            June 22, 2010 at 8:13 pm

            To say it in the corny style of Bill Compton — ” I concur” LOL!!

            • 269 TeaCup
              June 22, 2010 at 9:23 pm

              Absof*ckenlutely! I’m going to enjoy that scene just to watch all his facial expressions — the lust expression is a particular favorite! Woo hoo!!

              • 270 allabouteric
                June 22, 2010 at 9:53 pm

                **spoiler discussion**

                Do u guys think that Eric will spurn Sookie because she is using him to get some info on Bill? I cant imagine Eric blowing her off unless its something that makes him suspect her motives…
                And TeaCup — do you know if its indeed true that Sookie, to get even and all… gets it on with Alcide(at least a little) to make Eric jealous? Man…what I would give to see a seething Eric…!!!

                • 271 Ashley
                  June 22, 2010 at 10:09 pm

                  The only problem i have with this is i cant see Sookie coming onto Eric like that, just to get info about Bill. And at this point Eric doesnt know anything about Bill, except for what he told her about the werewolves. If he discovers something about Bill and refuses to tell her, im guessing its a very BAD something that he discovers. Sookie isnt very sexually experienced and its wild to me that she would come onto him go so far as to straddle him in her underwear him just to get information!? I mean it could happen, but id be surprised.

                  • 272 Ashley
                    June 22, 2010 at 10:11 pm

                    I guess that could be part of her “dark side” this season though. Im confused LOL

                    • 273 allabouteric
                      June 22, 2010 at 10:17 pm

                      Just speculating —

                      Maybe Eric learns about Bill’s real reasons for having come to Bon Temps and doesn’t want to tell Sookie, so as to not hurt her. But Sookie, suspecting that everything is not kosher, tries to coax some info from Eric about Bill. What better way than to come onto Eric or atleast act like she is over Bill? I am just really curious about this spoiler so the thought-machine is working overtime on this one…hehe

                  • 274 jayetea
                    June 22, 2010 at 11:49 pm

                    I agree with you Ashley, I find it hard to believe that Sookie, who only had sex for the first time, what… a few months ago in Bon Temps time…would have the moxie to straddle Mr. Northman in her underwear either. I don’t know. Everytime I see that clip, I find that Eric’s eyes look strange to me, like maybe those are amnesia eyes or that clip is just another dream sequence. I am confused too. Plus, she says “want more?”, as if they’d already done it or something.. I’m sure it’s edited to be misleading, though, so whatevs.

                    • 275 Freyja
                      June 22, 2010 at 11:54 pm

                      I am really starting to think that this is a dream maybe in 4.episode. And we will get an intense scene that has been kept on lockdown from the audience in episode 6. AB said that there will be intense scene then between S/E.

                    • June 23, 2010 at 8:34 pm

                      I agree Freya, and honestly I hope it’s so. I don’t want the “intense scene” to be THAT. We’ve already seen most of it so… I want to be shocked, hell! I wanna be left breathless. LOL.
                      And I agree that Sookie trying to seduce Eric that way is sooo OOC. It must be a dream.

                  • 277 konfettii
                    June 23, 2010 at 12:52 am

                    Totally agree, I have an issue *at this point* in the show with Sookie trying to seduce Eric (and his going along with it) Maybe as the season progresses something drastic will happen that will make it reasonable, but from looking at it right now it seems way off character-wise, for both of them.

                    • 278 lala
                      June 23, 2010 at 12:12 pm

                      @Freyja: I’m with you on the dream – I think sookie’s seduction of eric is eric’s dream and his wish fulfillment in being able to turn her down.

                • 279 Obladee
                  June 22, 2010 at 10:17 pm

                  I personally don’t think she will be that manipulate with Eric. I think she’s overwhelmingly hurt when she finds out about the reasons why Bill went to BT to begin with and it’s a rebound sort of thing. She knows Eric wants her, she knows it will hurt Bill if she sleeps with Eric… I think that may be the reason why we see her come on to him… But then again, I could be totally wrong. 😉

                  If Eric does turn her away because he knows the reasons behind it, well, I think didn’t think I could possibly like Eric any more than I already do, but I think he may just hit the ceiling on my likeability scale.

                  • 280 allabouteric
                    June 22, 2010 at 10:20 pm

                    oh yeah the rebound theory makes TOTAL sense too :).
                    I wonder how the Viking will react if she gets cozy with Alcide instead…(her pride has taken a serious blow and she is still hurting over Bill…).

                    • 281 Obladee
                      June 22, 2010 at 10:24 pm

                      All I can say is, can there be any better fantasy than having those two fight over you? I think not….

                  • 282 Ashley
                    June 23, 2010 at 1:14 am

                    OH i HOPE this is what happens…i didnt think it was possibly for me to love him any more, but if this happens i take this back LOL.

                • 285 TeaCup
                  June 23, 2010 at 8:23 am

                  *My interpretation/speculation* — Naw, I think Eric spurns her (just this time!) because he probably realizes that she’s trying to forget what St. Bill said to her on the phone and he doesn’t want her like that; but that’s ok, he’ll wait and it doesn’t stop him from “gettin’ some” in the meantime — come on, he’s a man and “little eric” just wanted to come out and play for a while.
                  I don’t think its a dream scene — I think its going to be the real deal this time! You notice all these little bits of tissue laying all around the bed—poor Sooks, crying her eyes out for the “little vampire.”
                  Yea baby — getting back at the Viking with Alcide? — talk about a tangled web Snooks weaves — lucky girl! She may be inexperienced but she’s definitely on the right road! I sure hope that’s how it comes out — I mean, that’s the two guys I would pick — wouldn’t you?!
                  Damn Sooks, I’m actually starting to like you and the further away you get from Biieell the better.

                  • 286 Millarca
                    June 23, 2010 at 9:07 am

                    I will be squeeing my socks off if Sookie turns to Eric for comfort sex after she gets the brush off call from Bill and he turns her down because he doesn’t want her that way because he values her too highly for that sort of thing. He has Yvetta if he wants a quick……or, ahem, not so quick, fuck.

                    • 287 Robin
                      June 23, 2010 at 3:44 pm

                      Me too, Millarca! I hope he senses her emotions and tells her that he does want her, but cares too much for her to let her do something she would regret later. I hope he tells Sookie that he wants her to be sure of what she wants before she moves forward with that type of relationship with him.

                  • 288 allabouteric
                    June 23, 2010 at 11:40 pm

                    That tissue on the bed scene has me so damn confused. The bed sheets are definitely different in color in the 2 different clips but the tissues are DEFINITELY there on both occasions. I know we have discussed this ad nauseam in the other thread, but I still cannot fathom for the life of me what TB actually has in store for us. And then there is the Ep6 “intense” scene as well…so who knows?
                    Also AB has said that he is personally a fan on Eric/Sookie’s growing attraction- so I am betting that thats gonna get a LOT of focus!

                    And Sookie is ONE lucky gal…And AP too for that matter!! LOL

  29. 289 LoveEric
    June 22, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    In the books, Sookie’s grandmother slept with a fairy, Fintan, so Sookie’s father was half-fairy. I was originally thinking both names were circled as a fairy reference. They must be changing the story because there is no blood relation between Earl Stackhouse and Sookie.

    • 290 Dwimordene
      June 22, 2010 at 9:58 pm

      Or it could be that Earl was a telepaht… Gran said that he heard things, or knew things, something like that.

      But if the fairies are really going to make an appereance, then Sookie has fairy blood. So I don’t know were are the going to… Mybe the telepathy is some fairy feature?

      • 291 LoveEric
        June 23, 2010 at 2:45 am

        Yeah, Earl was probably a telepath, just not a fairy. Or maybe they will change it and say that Earl was part-fairy. When Sookie shocked Maryann, I figured it was the fairy in her. I think they cast Claudine, so the fairies are coming!

        • 292 MASpencer
          June 23, 2010 at 3:04 am

          I don’t know if you’ve seen it, but in the latest installment of “True Blood Mythology” they go into shapeshifter genetics. As we see with Sam, it’s a case of dominant and recessive genes. Two supes make a guaranteed supe. Mixed couples have a 50/50 chance. But two full humans, even with recessive supe traits, can’t make a supe.

          I think this is where they’re going with Sookie, which explains why she’s a “fairy” and Jason’s not. In other words, Adele DIDN’T have an affair– she was just a human who married a fairy, and made two fairy babies… kind of like the Mickens family in reverse.

        • 293 MASpencer
          June 23, 2010 at 3:07 am

          Just wanted to add that this is only my guess.

          It makes more sense than the novel canon in one way– but I admit, I’m a little sorry that it probably means we won’t be getting Niall on the show. You never know, though! We’re getting Claudine, so anything’s possible…

          • 294 Dwimordene
            June 23, 2010 at 6:45 am

            If AB bought only until book 7, Nial is not bought either, so he can’t put him into the series… It also would make it hard to explain, a lot more of plots (with the vegas thing too). There is enough material up t the 7th, there is no need of more, it is already a huge mix of plots, lol.

            • 295 Jo
              June 23, 2010 at 11:38 am

              If Hunter is going to appear this season. He appeared in book eight equal to Niall, who has been found. I do believe that Niall will appear in season 4.

            • 296 lala
              June 23, 2010 at 12:33 pm

              I mistakenly thought Ball bought the entire SVM, like, the rights to the whole thing – I did not know he owned 1-7 only.

              • 297 EricObsessed
                June 23, 2010 at 11:06 pm

                This is a good point!! Hunter didn’t show up until Book 8, am I right? How is AB bringing him into S3 when he only has rights until 7?

              • 298 Dwimordene
                June 24, 2010 at 11:26 am

                I said it, but didn’t said it right… I read somewhere, I don’t remember where, that he bought only seven, but maybe it was just a comment from someone, I thought it was strange, but Usually rights would be bought for each piece, I suppose, and it must be a lot of money. But I really don’t know as a fact. And Hunter appeared, and thinking about it, it’s true that he didn’t until book eight, so it must be everything… Maybe as a whole series and not as individual books, I don’t know.

    • June 23, 2010 at 10:37 pm

      Little correction: Sookie’s father wasn’t half fairy, he was a quarter. Fintan and Dermot are Niall’s sons by a human woman, Eine/Einnan/I don’t remember her name.

  30. 300 pennydreadful
    June 22, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    MAS- I love your articulate, insightful, and snarky recaps almost as much as I love watching the episodes!

    “And I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I REALLY wish Maryann weren’t dead right about now, because she was practically BORN to be Talbot’s hag. They could bitch about their powerful husbands over blood soufflés while swapping tips on interior decorating and arguing about the proper way to accessorize a meat tree.”

    Hmmm… if they were regular readers of this blog, the writers over at HBO would salivate at the concept of your spin-off series. They’d call this rating bonanza, “True Blood in the City.” It’s the story of four friends who dish the dirt on men, love, sex, and unlife over Blood Cosmopolitians.

    Talbot, a man so obsessed with propriety that he actually places water goblets as part of his vampire dinner party place settings, could reprise the role of Charlotte. With her on-again off-again dysfunctional relationship with commitmentphobe with Mr. Big Dionysus, Maryann would make a perfect Carrie. Her red hair and the fact that her anger management issues threaten to derail her romance with nice guy, Steve Hoyt, Jessica is obviously the vampiric equivalent to Miranda. Finally, with her adventerous sexuality,joie de vivre, and fierce independence…Pam is the obvious choice to play the role of Samantha. Nothing stops her from getting the man (or woman she desires) unless it’s mud and Mynaed crap on her $900 Manolo Blahnik pumps.

    • 301 Obladee
      June 22, 2010 at 7:24 pm

      {Hmmm… if they were regular readers of this blog, the writers over at HBO would salivate at the concept of your spin-off series. They’d call this rating bonanza, “True Blood in the City.” It’s the story of four friends who dish the dirt on men, love, sex, and unlife over Blood Cosmopolitians. }

      LMFAO! This is hysterical! Aren’t you the one with all the clever puns? You’ve got quite a quick wit there, Missy! 😀

    • 302 MASpencer
      June 22, 2010 at 10:35 pm

      LOL Penny! I was actually thinking something more along the lines of “Real Housewives of Mississipi”… Bravo needs to get on that programming NOW.

  31. 303 Gracen
    June 22, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    That would be my guess, LoveEric. Which would set up an interesting precedent! The marriage between a supe and a human. I just thought of that and am liking that idea! Do we know what happened to the grandfather?

  32. 304 dracodew17
    June 22, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    This hasn’t been mentioned yet, so I thought I’d point it out for you ladies to speculate over with your numerous theories. This season is supposed to be about taking off the masks and seeing what’s underneath, yes?

    Well, I find it particularly interesting that out of all the antebellum houses (and the dozens in Natchez, Mississippi alone) Alan Ball chose Longwood to serve as the model for the King of Mississippi’s mansion. Longwood, also known as Nutt’s Folly, is actually famous for being a beautiful facade with the magnificence of the exterior masking the inside’s flaws. Of the estate’s planned thirty-two rooms, only nine in the basement level were finished for the family to live in while the rest of the house was being built. In 1861, with the outbreak of the Civil War, the workers literally put down their tools and went to fight for the Union. Walking inside now, you can still see where they left off and the guts of the house remain visible and incomplete. You’d never guess from the opulence of the outside, but it’s a rather gorgeous lie.

    When I saw that lit-up shot of Longwood, I got chills up and down my spine. As far as I’m concerned, that was an anvil-sized hint of foreshadowing. And if anybody’s curious, Longwood can be toured year-round as part of the Natchez Pilgrimage. 🙂

    • 305 jayetea
      June 22, 2010 at 8:28 pm

      Thanks for that info, that’s really fascinating. Is the Natchez pilgrimage a tour of antebellum homes?

      • 306 VikingLover
        June 22, 2010 at 8:34 pm

        Very interesting indeed! I especially love this: {Walking inside now, you can still see where they left off and the guts of the house remain visible and incomplete. You’d never guess from the opulence of the outside, but it’s a rather gorgeous lie. } Sound like someone we know? 🙂

      • 307 dracodew17
        June 22, 2010 at 9:14 pm

        [Is the Natchez pilgrimage a tour of antebellum homes?]

        Yes, they have two major events, one in the spring and one in the fall. There’s some houses, like Longwood, that give tours year-round because it’s basically a landmark and that’s it, but there are others, some of them private residences, that are only open during the two events. The Spring Pilgrimage is host to twenty-four estates during a five-week period, the Fall Pilgrimage has twenty-three in two weeks.

        • June 22, 2010 at 11:25 pm

          You make such a good point about the house. The family living in the basement of that unfinished monstrosity is such a powerful image. I agree that the emptiness behind the beautiful facade is significant as is the fact that it is in reality a plantation, not a palace. If I remember right, the family owned a huge number of slaves. It’s also interesting that RE’s storyline seems to be heading towards eugenics since Dr. Nutt made a good part of his fortune by developing a new strain of cotton.

    • 309 pennydreadful
      June 22, 2010 at 8:46 pm

      dracodew- Thanks for sharing that fascinating historical fact. I had a peek at the Longwood house and saw that it’s almost a carbon copy of RE’s estate so I think you’re correct in your assumption that the similarity serves to foreshadow few upcoming themes.

      All too often we romanticize the antebellum South. In true Gone with the Wind fashion, we picture genteel ladies daintily sipping lemonade on the verandas of their palatial homes. We tend to forget what made that lifestyle of leisure and oppulence possible. Those grand palatial homes were built, brick by brick, on the backs of slaves. Until the Civil War, the lucrative cotton trade financed the conspicuous consumption of Southern aristocratic planter class.

      Many fans (myself included) believe that TB will explore a human trafficking storyline which would provide a parallel with the historical reality of slavery in the old South. The vampire monarchy/hierarchy seems strangely antiquated and anachronistic. Despite the slick PR spewed by AVL spin doctor, Nan Flannagan, the vamp hierarchy isn’t interested in fully integrating into human society. Like the decadent Southern plantation owners, they seem oblivious to the fact that if they do not adapt to the modern world…their very way of life will end.

      • 310 pennydreadful
        June 22, 2010 at 9:00 pm

        Incidentally, I also call bullshit on Bill’s assertion that while he never personally owned slaves but his family owned “just two.” While the old Compton place is not as impressive as RE’s digs…the sheer grandeur and size of Bill’s house in a tiny provincial backwater like Bon Temps tells us that prior to the Civil War, the Comptons were wealthy. And more importantly, they certainly didn’t pick their own cotton.

        • June 22, 2010 at 11:40 pm

          No they didn’t pick their own cotton. Franklin Mott showed us what Bill has carefully kept hidden for two seasons, the office of a plantation house.

      • 312 dracodew17
        June 22, 2010 at 9:38 pm

        You’re very welcome. I’m only happy to contribute a little of my knowledge to the growing theories being fleshed out for this season. And probably not a whole lot of the viewing audience had any idea about Longwood or the Natchez houses. Especially if they live in another country.

        I probably should have also mentioned that the house is rumored to be haunted by the man who originally wanted it built and his wife. The story goes that they were unwilling to be parted from their dream home, unfinished though it may be.

        I wonder if there might be a parallel there: clinging to what you thought would be the perfect life even if all your hopes have been shattered. I’ve been to Natchez enough times to know that if Longwood had been finished, it would have been an absolute masterpiece. I guess it’s too bad the Union soldiers came and burned your cotton.

      • 313 Dwimordene
        June 22, 2010 at 10:23 pm

        Which goes back to the huge market on slaves that exists today. Because what is past, is history, but what is present, can be changed.

        • 314 anna
          June 24, 2010 at 7:18 am

          Thank you pennydreadful & Dacodew for all the information about the Civil War.
          The following is just me trying to tie lots of different strands together:
          If most slaves went off to fight for the Union there would have been none left on the Compton estate for Bill to own. He could then say he didn’t own any slaves but this would only be true at the point at which he went off to fight on behalf of the Confederacy.
          It would be difficult for the writers to ignore a central part of Southern history especially as some of the isssues involved are still relevant today both in the US and elsewhere.
          In present day Europe the greatest number of victims of human traficking seem to be young women from Eastern Europe who become slaves working in the sex trade.
          Given the strong Eastern European connection that’s become part of TB they could indeed be writing a parable for our times.
          Have I missed anything?

          • 315 pennydreadful
            June 24, 2010 at 7:42 am

            Unfortunately, the North did not start accepting African American soldiers into the Army until 1863. There wasn’t a mass exodus away from the plantations because most slaves were unaware of Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation.

            “Given the strong Eastern European connection that’s become part of TB they could indeed be writing a parable for our times.” I really hope so, Anna. It’s the exploration of deeper social issues that really makes TB such an amazing show.

            • 316 anna
              June 24, 2010 at 8:01 am

              When did the exodus start to take place?
              I too admire the way TB explores the deeper social issues and would probably not watch it if it didn’t have several layers to it.
              However I must admit I have a more frivolous side that enjoys playing a TB mythology type of six degrees of separation which can take you from a Fangtasia stripper to witches via Druids and wolves among other things!

              • 317 pennydreadful
                June 24, 2010 at 8:50 am

                “When did the exodus start to take place?”
                The bulk of immigration took place after the war’s end, during a period called Reconstruction. However, most of the newly emancipated Southern slaves did not migrate North but stayed in their local areas (like Tara’s family.) Many of them ended up as sharecroppers to their former masters (which was an arrangement that created a system of generational and institutionalized poverty.)

                We tend to think of the North as the promised land of opportunity and freedom, a place where slaves could find sanctuary from the scourge of racism. However, the fact is that many African Americans faced the same sort of discrimination that they had fled the South to escape. (For example, the New York Draft Riots of 1863. Angry white mobs beat, tortured, and lynched African Americans in the street…even sinking so low as to burn down an orphanage for black children.)

                • 318 anna
                  June 24, 2010 at 11:04 am

                  It’s sometimes easier to forget how the legacies from slavery still have an effect and will continue to do so unless they are addressed.

  33. 319 Heather
    June 22, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    In defense of AP: The character Sookie was written by CH with the flaws critics are ascribing to AP. Sookie is often an absurd and frustrating creature, naive to the point of being an idiot, with a very long learning curve when it comes to personal relationships, and the real world in general. In defense of Sookie: she has spent her (fictional) life avoiding personal contact since she is constantly bombarded by telepathic input that she has apparently never learned to control and focus. And of course, in Bon Temps (wow, let’s go to the Dollar store) she would have acquired no intellectual sophistication. AP plays this appropriately – I suspect many SVM readers would have gladly throttled her (Sookie not AP) long ago.
    In defense of both Bill and Eric: love/falling in love with Sookie? sure, but remember Sookie is not fully human and her blood/ her self is attractive to vamps regardless of any personal qualities she may (or may not) possess. The Boys just can’t help themselves.

    • 320 Ashley
      June 22, 2010 at 8:23 pm

      Shes attractive to them because of the fairy blood but it cant literally make them fall in love with her. In bills case i think hes part in love, part obsessed. But if the blood does have any type of intoxicating effect, then Bill love is suspect because hes had so much of her blood and Erics had none.

    • 321 jayetea
      June 22, 2010 at 8:36 pm

      Hi Heather,

      I agree with your defense of AP. She said herself about the character of Sookie that Sookie is very naive ,and she is because she is written that way. I know somebody already said this, but in many ways she really is like a teenager. Overall, I think AP is doing a great job in the role. I don’t think playing somebody that naive can be easy when you yourself are nothing like that.

    • 322 Dwimordene
      June 22, 2010 at 10:29 pm

      I understand what you say of AP acting on Sookie, which is the way the character must be played… The problem is that is not very real. I’m owefull acting and I’m not good on critizing it either (I prefer opera or ballet to theatre). But I don’t feel real that character, Jason is also dumb and silly, and quite naive too, we should feel him even faker, but no, we believe it. And that means there is something fake on the acting, I hate it, because I love most of the cast. But I really really hope is actually and exactly on purpose the fakeness and that we will be able to believe her.

      • 323 allabouteric
        June 22, 2010 at 11:02 pm

        @Dwimordene — I am of the same opinion as you. I just dont GET Sookie the way AP plays the character. Her eyes just dont speak volumes the way it does with some of the other actors (coughAlexcough)and you totally hit the nail with Jason. And I also think that its the way AP enunciates some of her lines. She comes off as a little curt at times and thats what sends off the bitchy vibe IMO.I definitely dont wanna bash AP because I love the show and love her for her role in for making it come to life. So I guess I will just have to deal with it. And really I think its just a mental adjustment I need to make.

      • 324 TeaCup
        June 23, 2010 at 8:55 am

        Yep, yep and yep! Good acting doesn’t consist of only what you get from acting lessons, it has to be deeper than that and what I’ve seen with AP when she’s “out and about” in the real world, there’s just something about her that’s fake, she’s not genuine like (sorry but its true) Alex — the way he acts is the way he is in the real world — he’s even said it himself in interviews.
        That’s why I was sooo disappointed with Stephen; he was doing good in S-1 (up to mid-season) and then POW! — the latter half of S-1 and S-2 brought us that whiny, fake acting (remember the church — “Suukkiiee, I will be fine” — WTF was that?!?) — but he’s starting to come back in S-3 and the good acting is actually coming around again, which also includes getting rid of the pasty look and girly bangs!
        The one good thing about AP’s acting is her scenes with Eric — starting with the dream scenes — she was fabulous. So there is a redeemable quality but she’s not consistent. Her facial expressions are not genuine — good acting is projecting it as “real” and not just what the director asks of you.
        The other thing is the total difference of the Sookie character — CH’s interpretation of Book Sookie versus TB Sookie (CH–buxom with woman’s curves; TB–athletic build) not a big deal, it just bothered me a little. But I’m ever the optimist, she’s doing better in S-3 and the more scenes she’s in with the Viking all the better — it will only improve her acting.

  34. 325 jayetea
    June 22, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    Thanks for the recap, MAS! Really hilarious and snarky! I loved everything about Russell and Talbot. I loved watching Bill get all sarcastic and resentful. I loved your phrase about the guards strutting around like “nocturnal peacocks”. Vampire guards are hot!

    I am looking forward to the future Lafayette and Jesus interaction as well as Tara and Franklin. I think Franklin is really charming and also creepy as hell! Love his accent.

    I like it when Jason and Sookie are sweet to each other. I found Terry really disarming in this episode. I could completely do without the Arlene pregnancy storyline, but I do enjoy Carrie Preston’s acting. I could also do without the Sam’s family storyline, although the possibility of Tommy being involved in either dogfighting or pit fighting is intriguing. Those grungy tighty whities on Joe Lee were nasty.

    I am really excited to see all the impending nastiness between Bill and Lorena. I know she is likely to die this season, but I love her!

    Eric was amazing in every scene. I’m so glad AS has alot to work with in terms of the script this season. I found Godric a little too stoic for my taste in those flashbacks, but I get what you said about that being a survival strategy. I enjoy Godric as a character, but I found it harder to buy him as a really old and powerful vampire in the WWII flashbacks than I did in season 2, but no biggie.

    I feel really horrible for Jessica. I am wondering if between Pam and Franklin she will get some decent mentoring…. I always want more Pam, but I enjoyed the little we got during this episode.

    I also enjoyed Tara alot more in this episode as many others have said. I don’t know if I’m going to enjoy her upcoming entanglement with Franklin or not.

    I also just want to give props to Raelle Tucker who was the lead writer for this episode. I know all of the writers work together and I’m sure AB probably has final approval over the script, but still, kudos to Ms. Tucker.

    • 326 Blondebonded
      June 22, 2010 at 9:18 pm

      Raelle is great, I have faith in her mainly because she wrote some of my favourite Supernatural episodes when she worked for them ❤ She's really into character development and that shined through 1000 percent on Sunday's ep.

  35. 327 Kayla
    June 22, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    I bow down to the master! Thank you so much for this recap. I love it!!! I would have been so lost. I’m an unfortunate soul who doesn’t have HBO but I’m hooked on this show.

    • 328 Davida
      June 23, 2010 at 4:04 pm

      Kayla, I don’t have HBO either so I watch each episode online. It was difficult finding a streaming site that maintained throughout the entire episode. BUT if you wait until after the episode ends (I wait until midnight), there are plenty of sites that post the entire episode. I don’t know if the moderators would allow me to post my favorite link here, but I’m sure if you google TB, you’ll find a good site.

      • 329 VikingLover
        June 23, 2010 at 4:58 pm

        {I don’t know if the moderators would allow me to post my favorite link here, but I’m sure if you google TB, you’ll find a good site.}

        Hi Davida, if it’s a dl’ing site then no, we cannot post links here. Sorry!

        • 330 Davida
          June 23, 2010 at 10:56 pm

          VL, I think it’s a streaming site, without live streaming. I didn’t have to dl anything to watch the episodes. Just to be on the safe side though, I won’t list it. Thanks for the reply.

  36. 331 Obladee
    June 22, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    Is anybody else totally crushing on Franklin Mott? I know he’s supposed to be dark and pyshco, but I’m finding him fascinating. Love his accent… I think it’s really due to a couple of previews… the one where he does the fangy thing with Jessica and the “she’s a mess, we could be twins.” line… I find him totally endearing, although I reserve the right to change my mind if he gets really wacko!

    • 332 Obladee
      June 22, 2010 at 8:46 pm

      Oh, I guess you are too Jayetea! 🙂

    • 333 A Northern Soul
      June 22, 2010 at 9:01 pm

      Oh, yes, there’s something sexy about Mr. Mott. For now at least. There’s gonna be some serious Nasty from him in the future.

      He fits the tall, dark, mysterious type to a T. Hot damn, he sure does justice to the
      boots and black jeans!

    • 335 konfettii
      June 23, 2010 at 12:57 am

      Yes, crush on Franklin! For now, anyways.

    • 336 VampirePamsGirl
      June 23, 2010 at 1:24 am

      So glad I’m not alone. He’s one of those characters that I’m crushing on but that I’m almost embarassed to admit that I’m crushing on, lol.

      • 337 pennydreadful
        June 23, 2010 at 1:45 am

        Open Letter to Franklin Mott…

        Dear Frank,
        I can’t tell you how long I have waited for you to walk your creepy/sexy ass into Bon Temps. From the moment I saw your black shit-kicking cowboy boots, I knew you were a vamp to be reckoned with. You’re the sort of twisted psycho who’s going to engage in a lot of disturbing acts (and while I can’t condone your depravity, I’ll enjoy watching every vile moment on the screen.) Honestly, I’ll probably need years of intensive therapy after your toxic, twisted, and tainted with Tara play out. Never the less, in the words of the Magister, “You haven’t bored me…that’s something.” But more than this…I adore you with every fiber of my fangirl being because we share a common goal.
        Forever yours in the mutual loathing of William T. Compton,

      • June 23, 2010 at 2:04 am

        TOTALLY crushing on Franklin and I feel so DIRTY.

        I mentioned his 10+ creep factor repeatedly when the promos were airing, I know. But I tell you, as soon as I heard that man speak I was a goner.

        He has such presence! He commands your total attention, he’s amazing. Even my hubby was like “Who is THAT?”.

        And of course, his mission to expose Bill’s dirty deceptions makes him all the more alluring.

      • 343 LoveEric
        June 23, 2010 at 3:01 am

        Agree. He has an almost undefinable allure. However, what is up with Franklin’s big, nasty fangs? That totally turned me off. Why are Eric’s fangs the perfect size and shape, to the point that I think he looks just as sexy showing fang as he does not? Not to get off on a tangent about Eric’s gorgeous fangs (because the original issue is Frankin’s horrid fangs), but seriously, that scene at the end where Eric is confronting the wolf with fang showing and a smile?! W-O-W

        • June 23, 2010 at 3:13 am

          There’s a reason Sophie Anne said they were so pretty and she wanted them for earrings 🙂

        • 345 Millarca
          June 23, 2010 at 3:30 am

          Thankyouthankyouthankyou for giving me an excuse to watch it again.:D Yes, that fangy smile of Eric’s is very nice, isn’t it.

          I tried to freeze the frame when Franklin’s fangs descended but couldn’t get a clear image.

          Is it possible that it’s as simple as the fang size being determined by the size of the actor’s lateral incisors?

          • 346 LoveEric
            June 23, 2010 at 3:54 am

            I also wondered if it had something to do with the actor’s teeth. It looked to me that Franklin’s fangs were not only abnormally big, but also crooked. Was it the camera angle or the way he had his head tilted?

            • 347 Millarca
              June 23, 2010 at 4:19 am

              I’ve been hunting for pics of James Frain smiling, and I’ve only found 2, both informal shots rather than publicity shots and neither is very clear. His teeth on the upper LHS look a bit crooked to me, and in the TB clips his lower teeth seem to actually overlap a bit though that might just be something to do with the computer. Remember he is English, and neat rows of choppers aren’t as high on the list of priorities for actors in the UK as they are in the USA.

              AS, OTOH, has a very fine set of the most beautiful teeth.

              • June 23, 2010 at 5:05 am

                He’s had work though. Have you seen pics of him as a teen? His front teeth were very gappy. Adorable, but gappy.

                Papa Skars must’ve ponied up for a nice set of caps 😉

                • 349 Millarca
                  June 23, 2010 at 5:46 am

                  Yes, now you mention it, I have. Not just a gap between the front teeth either, but a few of them. I wonder what we’d be saying about his smile now if he hadn’t had the work done? 😀 Would his career have gone the way it has?

                  I admire AP’s attitude to the gap between her front teeth. She says she thinks it’s rude when people ask her why she doesn’t fix it. Yay, Anna!

                • 350 LoveEric
                  June 23, 2010 at 7:41 pm

                  Ooooh, need to find those pics now, just out of curiosity.

    • 351 lala
      June 23, 2010 at 11:36 am

      Totally crushing on Franklin Mott. Eric had better watch out; he’s got competition for our affections now!

  37. 352 kelly
    June 22, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    loved eric in this episode, he really seemed more book eric than before, especially on the porch.

    i actually laugh hard and loud when sookie said “i’m waiting for him to come through the door and say ‘Sook-ah’.

  38. 354 Ashley
    June 22, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    So is everyone loving the Eric/Sookie theme music as much as me? I thought it was so beautiful, how it starts off really softly and builds. It kind of mirrored their sexual tension. I loved it. I have to say, i have NEVER liked the Bill and Sookie theme music from the start of this show. I think the music this season is great. Russells theme music was cool too. It reminded me of something that would be playing in a kings court or something.

    • 355 Freyja
      June 22, 2010 at 9:24 pm

      Yes I loved it! It was beautiful, subtle, with tension.

      • 356 Paloma
        June 22, 2010 at 9:54 pm

        What music?? I’m going to have to rewatch with the volume on 11. And I love Russell’s theme music. RE seems so much more of a force in TB than he was in the book. I wonder if they are taking some of FDC’s storyline and merging it with RE. I don’t see how they can ignore FDC because he is such a big part of the books, but then again, if they are going chronologically, they might never make it to the FDC/Nevada storyline. Anyway. I’m liking Alan Ball’s vision and for now. I trust him.

        • 357 Ashley
          June 22, 2010 at 10:15 pm

          They played a new instrumental during the E/S porch scene that im assuming is the start of the S/E love theme! It was so pretty, i really liked it. It started really softly and got louder in parts, kinda of mirroring the tension between them. It was hot, i thought it really added to the scene.

          • 358 allabouteric
            June 22, 2010 at 10:22 pm

            The E/S music was FANTASTIC. I really hope that thats their theme song. It was soulful, romantic and sexy.

            • 359 Paloma
              June 22, 2010 at 10:56 pm

              Thanks Ashley! I’ve rewatched the episode a few times but the volume is usually love since I don’t want the kids to wake up. I can’t wait to rewatch it with the volume up!

    • 360 A Northern Soul
      June 22, 2010 at 10:49 pm

      Ashley, you’re spot on about the music. In fact, (I’m totally going to out myself here) in addition to True Blood I’m also passionate about Renaissance/medieval Festivals. Yep, I’m a total and unapologetic GEEK and can tell you that that music is something you would hear in Court. In fact, when Russell rode in on that white horse I was picturing him in a doublet, breaches and cloak a la a King of England. Well, in his case, Mississippeh. LOL
      I don’t think it’s a coincidence they chose that piece, it’s very befitting of royalty.

      The geek girl in me was totally spazzing out, just like I did with Eric’s Viking flashbacks. Don’t even get me started on my Viking fetish, something that started WAY before Mr. Northman and TB/SVM. I was fated to be an EL!

      I agree about the E/S music. Reminds a lot of the music that was played when Godric met the sun, and Sookie’s dream of comforting Eric. Haunting, beautiful, and heart wrenching.

    • 363 MASpencer
      June 22, 2010 at 10:55 pm

      Russell’s theme was ridiculously foppish… and I LOVED IT.

      Also, I forgot to mention in my recap what I thought was a playfully sinister touch: the orchestral rendition of “Evil Ways” as dinner music. o.O

      • 364 A Northern Soul
        June 22, 2010 at 10:59 pm

        (Russell’s theme was ridiculously foppish… and I LOVED IT.)

        Totally!!!! 🙂

      • 365 MASpencer
        June 22, 2010 at 11:01 pm

        Oh, and I just added that mention. You know, just in case it’s FORESHADOWING or something like that.

        • 366 A Northern Soul
          June 22, 2010 at 11:07 pm

          LOL! I didn’t even notice the music playing during their little dinner party. I sure wish I had DVR so I could watch it again. You guys never cease to amaze me with the things you notice!

      • 367 adriennelynn
        June 23, 2010 at 5:54 am

        Speaking of music, I laughed out loud when I heard the music they played during Sam and Tommy’s romp through the woods!

  39. 368 MASpencer
    June 22, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    Just wanted to pop in real quick and thank you all once again for your lovely comments. Everyone here is so sweet… and so SMART. There are SO many excellent insights here– I really never cease to be impressed!

    • 369 Paloma
      June 22, 2010 at 9:58 pm

      You do such a great job!! And I must say, I’ve visited other blogs for a couple other shows I watch and the people on there are so MEAN to each other. I’ve never seen that here at all. If someone doesn’t agree with you, there is no name calling or negativity, just someone seeing it from a different perspective. I think that’s GREAT! Maybe we are just all such devoted worshippers of the Viking God (and the GP) that we click or just get along, but I think this site is awesome and the ladies on here ROCK!

      • 370 Freyja
        June 22, 2010 at 10:56 pm

        Oh yes, I love this site!!! And everybody have something intelligent to say. It’s not just about the Viking here, it’s about all the characters and plots in SVM and TB. You all have wide open positive minds for theories and respect what others say.
        I’ve been on other forums about SVM and TB, and it’s either ‘all heil the Viking’ or snarling about ‘dum Sookie and AP’. I love it here, feels like home 😉

      • 371 Dee
        June 23, 2010 at 7:52 am

        So true Paloma! One thing I can’t stand about some other sites is the fact that if you have a difference of opinion people turn on each other and turns into an argument. You never see that on here, people just respectfully disagree. I’ve disagreed with people and they never became angry well at least I hope they didn’t feel that way but they never showed it. People have disagreed with me and I don’t mind either. Everyone here is respectful and mature and I have to say that even when I disagree with theories, I’m still impressed by how they came to their conclusions.

  40. 372 Obladee
    June 22, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    VikingLover said : {On a side note, and this is just my own opinion, I think Eric wanting Sookie to have his blood wasn’t really about protection but because a) he wanted to gain level ground with Bill b) he was very curious about her and also trying to understand to himself WHY he was so curious about her. I think he thought that by feeling her emotions that it would help him gain some insight into her and help him to kind of decipher the “mystery” of her a little bit. I don’t think he liked feeling “curious/intrigued” and he hoped this would help solve the issue because then he would “know” her. I also think that seeing her concern for him in the FOTS kind of moved him a little bit and this concerned him. lol Sort of like the crying but not to such an enormous extent. Anyway, that’s just my opinion and could be a crock of sh***t. }

    For some reason I couldn’t do a reply to this where it was posted, so I brought it along with me… 😉

    I think those are very astute observations. Like BE, I don’t think TB Eric “likes having feelings” either. I think it’s all throwing him for a loop.

    • 373 VikingLover
      June 22, 2010 at 10:31 pm

      Thanks, Obladee! 🙂

    • 374 allabouteric
      June 22, 2010 at 10:47 pm

      I agree that these are perfect assessments of Eric’s motives.
      S2 was all about Eric being intrigued by Sookie, and also a case of head-games/power-play with Bill. There were multiple occasions where he would gleefully say “Can I have Sookie?”…”Give me Sookie” etc. She was really more of an acquisition. FOTS was really a game-changer I think in many ways. He saw Sookie’s loyalty, compassion and bravery and he grew to respect and admire her, albeit grudgingly.
      Even in the porch scene – I think that Eric primarily wanted to come in protect her. The sex-proposition was really more of a cover so that he wouldn’t reveal that he actually cared.

      • 375 Ashley
        June 23, 2010 at 7:24 pm

        I agree the sex proposition was a cover. He knew she wouldnt say yes. He wanted to protect her and stop her from asking more questions and himself from revealing to much and showing he cared too much. So he reverted back to coming on to her.

      • 376 LoveEric
        June 23, 2010 at 7:33 pm

        Book Eric said, “I don’t care why you have sex with me, as long as you do” in Club Dead when they were in the bedroom and interupted by Bubba. Sookie thinks it’s “cute” that he’s always trying to get a piece (reference Definately Dead? down in New Orleans, she’s in the hospital, he offers to lick her arm of blood). Sookie loves the Eric that is always trying to get in her pants, no matter how she may protest. I think the offer on the porch was real, he wanted to hang out and protect her, but also if she was up for it, he wanted to have sex with her.

        • 377 Ashley
          June 23, 2010 at 8:28 pm

          Yeah i get where you’re coming from. He might have been serious, but i think he also knew she would say no, and in addition he was trying to distract her from what he had said and how vulnerable he had acted.

          • 378 allabouteric
            June 23, 2010 at 11:48 pm

            Book Eric and TB Eric have been portrayed a little differently. In S2 I would agree that Eic’s primary motive was sex followed by curiosity/intrigue.
            After the Godric chapter, I really dont think he is in it just for the sex anymore. I think the deeper emotions have kicked in (may or may not be full-blown love yet…as we have debated). He wants Sookie, but now he wants ALL of her.
            So I cant shake the feeling that Eric uses his blatant flirtation to hide his real feelings for Sookie. He made the proposition knowing fully well that Sookie would say no. If she had said YES, then the look on his face would have been priceless.
            Kinda like the trailer scene where she says “I have got skills you cant even dream of” and Eric’s expression is like –
            “Is this really happening? Whats happening? This cant be happening!”
            Utterly flabbergasted!!

            • 379 Millarca
              June 24, 2010 at 12:13 am

              I agree, allabouteric.

              I think that Godric is the distinguishing factor, between pre & post Dallas TB Eric, and also between TB Eric and Book Eric. Godric sowed the seeds of nurturing thoughts in Sookie when he asked if she would care for Eric. In reply she didn’t say, “Hell, no. That monster?” She said, “I’m not sure, you know how he is”, to which Godric responded, “I can take the blame for that, too”. Lots of food for thought for Sookie there. I think the porch scene demonstrates that she has been thinking about it, too.

              And Godric showed us that Eric can love to the point of distraction, and Eric is now revealing very intense emotions for Sookie and wants to protect her, at the risk of his own interests. She makes him feel disturbingly human, and I think he is going to continue to behave that way. I think/hope that now Eric wants all of Sookie, and not just to be used by her for rebound comfort sex, though I remain to be convinced he would actually knock her back.

  41. 380 pennydreadful
    June 22, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    Was anyone struck by the surreal spectacle of Talbot’s dinner party? It had all the artificiality of Sophie Ann’s “day room.” To begin with, you had the sumptuous fruit centerpieces in the middle of the table (obviously for decorative effect since Talbot won’t be peeling any grapes for RE any time soon.) Then there curious addition of the water goblets to the place settings. Also, the “cruelty free” carbonated tangerine tinged blood is in direct contrast to the second course of drained Thai boy bisque infused with rose petals.

    • 381 VikingLover
      June 22, 2010 at 10:30 pm

      Yes! Everything was artificial – down to RE’s accent. lol It all seemed so genteel and yet so nefarious. Russell – the perfect Southern Gentleman who takes a pistol and shoots a man at point blank range in the head without a hint of hesitation. That “dinner party” was interesting considering that Russell feels superior to humans and yet there they were, mimicking “civilized human” behavior. I have to say that the little party made me laugh out loud. I loved the various courses and Talbot’s lovely descriptions. Priceless! Talbot totally rocks my world, by the way. It’s too bad he’s probably going to die. lol

      • 382 M.
        June 22, 2010 at 11:44 pm

        Talbot is a fantastically entertaining character, but I got a BIG Lady MacBeth vibe from him.
        It’d be a really interesting twist on the story if it was in fact him pushing for the takeover of LA (he clearly thinks less of QSA than RE does). I mean, he’s at least 700 years old, it’s time to start moving up in the world, and how convenient would it be to get to be king of a state neighboring his partner’s kingdom?

        • 383 VikingLover
          June 23, 2010 at 12:13 am

          Oh I totally agree, M! Much like Sarah Newlin, Talbot is most certainly invested in Russell’s successes and future triumphs. Talbot is just as ambitious but I think it’s by extension – meaning he wants his partner to be successful because then that makes him successful by association. Plus, he gets to reap all the rewards (beautiful house, wealth, etc). Talbot is just as ruthless as Russell – that was made very clear to me. However, just like Sarah and Steve, I think we’re going to find that there is trouble in paradise and their little relationship is a facade. Notice that Russell failed to tell Talbot the whole story – that he plans to marry QSA in order to acquire her territory.

          • 384 M.
            June 23, 2010 at 10:38 am

            Never thought about a parallel with the Newlins! There was an underlying tension in their scenes, and I didn’t pick up on Talbot being out of the loop RE marrying QSA, but playing second fiddle- even in a purely political arrangement- doesn’t seem like Talbot’s style.

            • June 23, 2010 at 10:50 am

              reading your reply M made me think about Hadley and her reaction to QSA marrying Peter (can’t remember his last name) in book 6… She didn’t like what was happening with QSA, and didn’t want to be second place. Maybe AB used this story line for Russell

              • 386 M.
                June 23, 2010 at 11:31 pm

                Great idea! AB is bringing so much of the later books into this season it almost makes sense to combine Peter Threadgill(??) and RE into one character/storyline.
                Just to take the speculation a bit further- AE as a result of killing RE or Talbot in a similar fashion as the battle with Arkansas? Up thread the possibility of Russell being a Druid was brought up- Maybe he or Talbot has the curse placed (booby trapped?) on themselves in case something went wrong with the wedding/coup?

            • 387 EricObsessed
              June 24, 2010 at 12:13 am

              And Talbot being left out of loop with Russell’s plans is probably why Talbot will be willing to cheat on Russell with Eric.

              • 388 MASpencer
                June 24, 2010 at 12:16 am

                It’s SUCH a Sarah Newlin move. LOL!

                • 389 EricObsessed
                  June 24, 2010 at 12:35 am

                  Yes, that’s right!!! Which would also go along with Jason and Eric’s story lines being parallel (not sure which of you genius ladies said that first, but I’m catching up, slowly).

        • 390 Dee
          June 23, 2010 at 7:39 am

          If you go to spoiler pics thread you’ll see that this can’t be Talbots plan once you see what RE plans on doing. Talbot wouldn’t be able to be king of a state.

    • 391 Freyja
      June 22, 2010 at 10:45 pm

      I loved that dinnerparty!! Everything was so artificial, it was like watching actors on a stage. The surrounding was surreal and RE and Talbot were acting their royal part, with their royal blood dinner. It was a mask!

  42. 392 Millarca
    June 22, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    Just want to add my thanks, MAS. Your recap was great fun, and I have enjoyed reading all the responses. Most of you are far more insightful than me and I have nothing much to add. Loved, loved, LOVED the Eric scenes and the amount of emotion we saw from Eric, thanks to AS. Really liked Sookie again. Still don’t really care much for Tara. Loved Talbot and Russell is very interesting; I look forward to finding out precisely what his role is. I quite liked Bill, but my ability to like Bill increases in direct proportion to the distance between him and Sookie. Mississippi is a fine place for him, IMO. I am a little overwhelmed by the number of new characters and wonder if precious time will be diverted to them at the expense of the story I am interested in, as happened with that Maryann stuff.

    I am really curious about Eric and the werewolves and look forward to seeing that revenge storyline, which seems to involve Godric, play out and find out its consequences for Sookie/Eric. Godric and Eric seem to have spent some considerable time hunting the wolves. It is thanks to Godric we have seen Eric revealing his emotions, and revealing to Sookie that he is capable of love, and he has been having great trouble keeping his feelings for Sookie in check, and is now risking his safety to protect her. Seeing the flashback and being aware of the importance of the revenge story I am wondering whether hiding his emotions has always been a difficult thing for Eric, and that given the opportunity, when he feels safe, he would prefer to reveal them. I’m thinking TB Eric – at least the one I saw this week – will have less trouble admitting to himself that he’s falling in love with Sookie and acting on it than Book Eric did, and I’m wondering how much more of this Eric we’re going to see before the amnesia storyline. If he keeps this up he will love her, and she will know it because it is so obvious, before the curse, and would love her again after it, and both their responses would be likely to be very different than they were in the books. Therefore I am guessing something’s going to happen – something big, and something I am not going to like – that will halt the development of this affection on Eric’s part and/or turn Sookie off him.

    After this week, if the AE storyline goes down as it did in the books, I just know my pathetic little heart is going to break into tiny pieces.

    • 393 Katya
      June 23, 2010 at 12:01 am

      Personally, think Eric and Sookie will get VERY CLOSE this season and might even sleep together or come close to sleeping together.

      It is just that once they realize their mutual feelings, AE will come and undo that progress and make her question things…even as she falls for AE as well.
      I think Bill will continue to help her out despite being revealed as a liar this season.
      This will put enough doubt in her mind to create a full on love triangle for the 4th season of the show although she will realize she has more feelings for Eric by then but AE will confuse her.

    • 394 obladee
      June 23, 2010 at 2:57 am

      I beg to differ, Millarca… I think you have quite a bit to add! 😉

      • 395 Millarca
        June 23, 2010 at 3:11 am

        😀 When I typed that I meant it, but that second paragraph just got away from me. Thinking of Eric’s eyes and his voice tends to unravel me like that.

  43. 396 Katya
    June 22, 2010 at 11:52 pm

    ERIC CAN SENSE HER EMOTIONS AND TRACK HER and I think they have shown that now. Obviously Eric can track her down because it’s not like he called her before her went to her house! Also, he probably sensed her paranoia and fear and decided it was best to come clean with her and protect her. I think he sensed her emotions and the danger while she was being stalked by the werewolf. Hello??? thats probably how he knew they came for her. I dont think she called him to let him know.

    So I think the Eric sensing her emotions/knowing where she is thing is settled.

    Before Bill disappeared he probably wouldn’t come over to her house everytime he sensed something was wrong because SHE IS/WAS BILL’S!

  44. 397 linn
    June 23, 2010 at 1:29 am

    what is the necklace that is on eric’s neck he did not have that on last s/2

  45. 399 camp
    June 23, 2010 at 3:06 am

    I don’t know if this has been mentioned yet but…. When Eric comes back to tell Sookie the truth and he says: “The bigger question is why am I risking everything to tell you now”? I don’t think he told her much at all, much less something that could get him killed, Why does tell her this reference book info on the weres risking everything?

    • 400 obladee
      June 23, 2010 at 3:18 am

      It risks everything that he is trying to accomplish. He’s trying to track down the werewolves’ leader and if it is exposed that he is on to them, it’s possible he won’t be able to extract his revenge for whatever it was that was done to him or his family in the past.

      By telling Sookie that the werewolves leader is a vampire he is risking that she may slip up and expose the fact that Eric is trying to track them down.

      ***Spoiler**** From interviews seen with AS, I think it’s obvious that Russell and the werewolves had something to do with Eric’s father’s death and he is trying to avenge his father.

      • 401 MASpencer
        June 23, 2010 at 3:29 am

        This may be the case, too. But knowing so little about their history, I’m still wondering if Russell and Eric haven’t been expecting eachother… in which case, Sookie knowing wouldn’t make a difference except insofar as it unnecessarily drags her into a MAJORLY dangerous situation.

    • 402 MASpencer
      June 23, 2010 at 3:24 am

      There are a couple ways to interpret that. One is that he’s giving her info that will help her to find Bill. The message in their earlier meeting at Fangtasia was definitely SORRY– CAN’T HELP YOU. And I think that has a lot to do with the Queen wanting him to stay away AND let Bill rot.

      But… the writers made a point of having Sookie specifically ASK what he meant by that. And the answer that he gave her was that the information puts her in danger because it opens the door to her involvement, instead of keeping her in the dark and thereby protecting her. (Although I think it’s pretty clear that he came to her because it was the only option. The werewolves are after her, and he knows it, which means not sharing this information with her could potentially make her more vulnerable).

      Anyway, if we are to take Eric’s comment as an answer, as opposed to a non sequitur, then it means that when Eric said he was risking EVERYTHING, he meant he was risking her LIFE. Which is a tacit, if not explicit, admission that Eric very much wants her ALIVE and PROTECTED. Kind of like Terry Bellefleur does.

      I will also point out that, while I don’t take Eric as a character who, at this point, would consider Sookie his “everything,” the word DOES ironically reflect Sookie’s earlier statement about Bill. So…

    • 403 Ashley
      June 23, 2010 at 3:37 am

      I thought he meant the most obvious thing, that QSA made it clear she doesnt want anyone finding Bill, and she wants Eric to stay away from Sookie, therefore the crazy Queen will be pissed when she finds out and who knows what the consequences will be.

      Also, i know Eric is after revenge on the leader of the werewolves, but i thought that Sookie finding the were with the symbol is what got this idea for continuing his revenge plan in his head, because now he has something to go on. I guess it could have been Godrics death that got this idea in his head though, and in that case maybe he also meant he was risking his revenge mission to tell her as well.
      But i think he definitely at least partially meant risking his own life and area for going against the Queen.

      • 404 Ashley
        June 23, 2010 at 3:42 am

        Oh and the magister is already suspicious of Eric, and he would not only be going against QSAs wishes by helping Sookie, but also he is helpig her find Bill by giving her information and Bill knows about the V dealing and could use it against him.

        • 405 VikingLover
          June 23, 2010 at 11:45 am

          Yes, I agree with Ashley. My interpretation was not that Eric was risking everything by telling her specifically about the Were’s but about defying the Queen AND also Bill knows about the V. In my opinion, Eric was alluding more to the V when he told her that. That’s why he tells her that not finding Bill would be beneficial to him in numerous ways BUT now that they are coming after her, he’s getting involved.

          • 406 VikingLover
            June 23, 2010 at 11:50 am

            Just wanted to add that when she asks what it meant, that’s when he tells her that giving her any more details would put her life in danger (the Queen telling her to let Bill rot, the V, etc). By the way, it seems that Eric still doesn’t know which vampire is involved because he asks the Were “Who sent you” so I don’t think his revenge plot was really in motion until Sookie brought up those memories.

            • 407 Freyja
              June 23, 2010 at 11:58 am

              aha, I hadn’t thought of that. He probably doesn’t know about Russell being in control of the weres.

              • 408 MASpencer
                June 23, 2010 at 12:03 pm

                I’m still not so sure Eric doesn’t know about, or at least suspect, Russell’s involvement with the werewolves… I guess we’ll just have to wait and see about that.

                • June 24, 2010 at 2:01 am

                  I’m curious, has it been mentioned how many Vampire’s of Russell’s age exist? If he’s alone or one of a very few that could certainly narrow down the field for anyone trying to figure out who was the pack master vamp.

                  • 410 MASpencer
                    June 24, 2010 at 12:45 pm

                    I doubt very many, which is why I would find it hard to believe that Eric didn’t manage to figure him out. Personally, I’m guessing that Eric DID discover his identity… but once he was found out, Godric wouldn’t allow him to exact his revenge, for whatever reason. The whole convergence of storylines is entirely too coincidental this season, otherwise.

                    But honestly, I have NO idea how they’ll do this… so…

  46. 411 midnightblack07
    June 23, 2010 at 4:02 am

    {Mr. Northman will you please -f***my brains- out come in?}
    ^ LOL
    absolutely brilliant yet again!! 😀

  47. 412 Dee
    June 23, 2010 at 4:27 am

    Great recap Mas! I’m renovating and had to disconnect the cable attached to my router to clear out the room so no comp for me but I had to use my phone just because I wanted to read your recap.

    Good call on the pit fights, I remember a while back seeing some casting info and people watching a pit fight was mentioned. I couldve sworn it was during WWII but it was a while ago and can’t remember exactly. This also might be how Sams story connects with the other plots.

    Of course, my fave scene was the porch scene. Some people above discussed whether or not Eric loves Sookie yet, I don’t know if he loves her yet but just the fact that he has some feelings and cares for her is a BIG deal for Eric. It’s probably the equivalent of how we react when we fall in love. Who knows when was the last time Eric had such feelings for anyone especially love. We also see his opinion on humans so this is out of the ordinary for him. Shows a lot that he thinks her life is valuable, wants to protect and shares such secrets with her.

    I also am joining the FM bandwagon, he is just one of those people you wouldn’t expect to find sexy but you can’t help yourself. Sometimes we find people sexy simply by how they carry themselves, he just has something about him.

    • 413 pennydreadful
      June 23, 2010 at 4:52 am

      You’re so right. I don’t consider FM a conventionally handsome man but there’s something about the way he oozes a dangerous sort of sexuality that makes him alluring. Godric is closer to the “type” that I go for although I have been falling in love with the Viking a bit more with each episode.

      I will also confess to my shame that I’m finding Season Three Bill with his new and improved bangs kind of attractive. Oh hell…who am I kidding? I’d tap that. (Well, only after muzzling and handcuffing Bill with silver.) 😛

      • 414 jayetea
        June 23, 2010 at 1:03 pm

        **I will also confess to my shame that I’m finding Season Three Bill with his new and improved bangs kind of attractive. Oh hell…who am I kidding? I’d tap that. (Well, only after muzzling and handcuffing Bill with silver.)** Haha, Penny. I am right there with you. I thought Bill looked fantastic in that tux. I find him sexy when he’s not being a douche or screaming at Jessica and Sookie. The horrible bangs and the white makeup don’t do him any favors at all. Anyway….here’s to more scenes with Bill in a tux separated from the Sook.

        • 415 Freyja
          June 23, 2010 at 1:13 pm

          Yepp when he’s behaving like his vampire self away from Sookie, he’s quit attractive. Although I can’t stand his old way of speaking, evolve in to the 21 century!! I’d do him chained in silver and gagged 😉

          • 416 Millarca
            June 23, 2010 at 9:54 pm

            Oh I think his manner of speaking is part of his charm. Sexy, no; charming, and amusing, yes.

            • 417 Freyja
              June 23, 2010 at 9:57 pm

              Well for me he only sounds amusing when Pennydreadful is channeling him 😉

              • 418 Millarca
                June 23, 2010 at 11:02 pm

                Though I agree about Pennydreadful, I meant “amusing” in the same way I find Mr Collins in “Pride & Prejudice” amusing.

      • 419 A Northern Soul
        June 23, 2010 at 1:31 pm

        Yeah, Beeehl looks SO much better this season. He *is* attractive, or at least he
        was before they messed up his hair with the black dye and man bangs. And I agree,
        I would totally tap that too. Then he’d piss me off with one of his Billisms and I’d chuck something at his head.

        • 420 allabouteric
          June 23, 2010 at 2:07 pm

          Haha! word.
          The makeup in S2 was horrendous and did no one , especially Bill, any favors. What in unholy hell’s name was that white chalk paste they smeared on their faces? And I have always wondered if they couldnt just get a fake tan (I mean if u can get ur hair colored…)? right? The vamps are definitely looking hotter this season. I wonder if we will see Eric in different outfits – other than the wife beater and the usual suit that he wears in Fangtasia.

          And as for Franklin Mott, yes the dude is NOT the conventionally handsome type. He definitely seems to look older than his years. But his accent and voice add an intense sexiness that is very very bad-boyish and therefore very very alluring.His voice has that same still nature to it as the “hello Sookie” line from AS. Throw in the accent and you have a winner!

      • June 24, 2010 at 2:10 am

        Oh, I think Bill is very attractive, especially as feral, vampy Bill. No shame in appreciating a nice looking man. At least I hope not; if there is I’ll need to say a few (dozen) rosaries after this weekend when Alcide shows up!

  48. 422 Dee
    June 23, 2010 at 5:36 am

    It’s funny because I normally do not like blonde men but damn AS is just HOTT!

    FM just has this confidence, the way he looked at Tara when talking to her showed that. I even loved his fighting stance after he punched the guy, it’s the way a real fighter would stand after throwing a punch, I know I pay attention to odd things lol. During the E/S scene in fangtasia when they were standing, I kept paying attention to how much taller he is than AP and that turned me on since I’m even shorter than AP and love that he’s that much bigger than me lol.

    Bill looks so much better this season and thank god they got rid of his man bangs.

  49. 423 Gina
    June 23, 2010 at 6:09 am

    This episode was great I loved everyone’s storyline surprisingly, I love how they introduced the new characters. Russell I can tell I’m going to love. Also Eric’s flashbacks were very well done in my opinion. Plus we got to see a sensitive part of Eric that we’ve never seen before (always a good thing).
    I really enjoyed Lafayette and Tara this episode and Lafayette’s mother is a mess!

    I never thought I would say this but…I’m joining the Franklin Bandwagon too! I must admit when I first saw the pics of the new Season 3 characters I was like “Franklin is not attractive at all” But when I saw him actually playing Franklin I was like “I think I’m in love lol” I don’t know what it is about him, but he has this dark, mature yet sophisticated demeanor on screen plus the way he looks at someone with such intensity -is scary but hawt and don’t even get me started with that voice of his – makes me melt. (I’m a sucker for British accents).

  50. 424 Mia
    June 23, 2010 at 9:25 am

    I liked Franklin too. I haven’t seen any spoilers about his character for this season, but I find myself hoping he will be good to/for Tara. Tara really needs a break this season.

    • 425 Lkc
      June 23, 2010 at 7:27 pm

      Yep add me to the list those of really loving Franklin Mott. When he walked in to Merlottes I was like, woah baby! When he opened his mouth and started talking to Tara I just about died and went to heaven!( can you go to heaven with a vamp?) He was sexy and scary, sarcastic and flirty all in one. Too bad he is going to be Bad, Bad, Bad. I don’t think Tara is going to get a break.

      Did anyone see next weeks promo with him and Jessica in it? A pissing contest with fangs-too funny!

      My heart still belongs to Eric though, and any other part he should want.

  51. 426 Merissa
    June 23, 2010 at 9:42 am

    This is random & may be a silly question, but vamps have to be invited into someone’s home. How did he just walk right into Bill’s house without being invited before?

    • 427 Merissa
      June 23, 2010 at 9:43 am

      Duh, forgot to say that I meant Franklin Mott lol. How did Franklin walk right into Bill’s house if he was never invited?

      • 428 Gina
        June 23, 2010 at 9:57 am

        Yeah, the home invitation only applys when its a human’s home. So a Vampire can just enter another vampire’s home without an invitation. Remember Eric inviting himself in Bill’s house and bathtub without permission. lol

    • 429 Millarca
      June 23, 2010 at 9:49 am

      As I understand it, that rule only applies to humans, and probably enhanced humans like shifters and weres.

  52. 430 ChelleInOz
    June 23, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    Yayee, I got my hot little hands on TB 3.02, and what a wonderful little ride that was!

    Well, I’ll just add my voice to the chorus of how freakin fabulous Eric was this ep. He got just the right tone when he said, ‘how about both’. Loved his face when he was mocking the wedding vows (though of course we know thats his defense mechanism kicking in), but more importantly he did it whilst strutting ever so sexily back and forth across the verandah. Man that outfit rocked. What I loved about Eric and Sookies scenes together was that they had an actual conversation, not just baiting each other (although of course thats fun as well). He revealed some of himself to her and left her with some food for thought. The seeds have been planted…

    Loved Jessica walking through the door with that chainsaw. Her face was like; right, lets get this job done…..and her reaction when she discovers the body missing? Oh Jessica, my poor pet….don’t you hate it when that happens?

    The Bill/Russell/Talbot dance was well done – imagine if Bill took Russell up on his offer of Sheriff of area 2 offer – he could truly say his life was cactus (a reference for the aussies out there!). Oh and his face when Russell let him know he was curious about why Bill went to BT….there are some hairline cracks starting to appear in Mr Compton’s story; can’t wait for those cracks to be pried apart as the season unfolds.

    Right, gotta go to bed now so I can get up at stupid oclock and watch the Aussies in their do or die match tomorrow….happy viking dreams everyone!

    • 431 Freyja
      June 23, 2010 at 1:07 pm

      “””Well, I’ll just add my voice to the chorus of how freakin fabulous Eric was this ep. He got just the right tone when he said, ‘how about both’. Loved his face when he was mocking the wedding vows (though of course we know thats his defense mechanism kicking in), but more importantly he did it whilst strutting ever so sexily back and forth across the verandah. Man that outfit rocked. What I loved about Eric and Sookies scenes together was that they had an actual conversation, not just baiting each other (although of course thats fun as well). He revealed some of himself to her and left her with some food for thought. The seeds have been planted…””””

      Oh yes, that whole scene was sexy as hell!!! How sexy can you get, if the only thing you have to do is strut on a poarch, make jokes, and make some eye-flirting??? That man can make every little bit of a scene he’s in smoking hot! He just has to stand there and blink and the whole female population melts into puddle hehe 😀

      • 432 allabouteric
        June 23, 2010 at 1:51 pm

        Spot on!! The sexy swagger on the porch was enough to light the fires of so many women…imagine when he actually kisses Sookie( flashing back to the hand in the hair trailer scene)…I think that will be the day millions of women are mysteriously diagnosed with a case of “spontaneous combustion”.

        • 433 Freyja
          June 23, 2010 at 2:00 pm

          LOL 😀 We better not watch it then….. oh hell, it would be worth it!!!!!

        • 434 LoveEric
          June 23, 2010 at 6:52 pm

          When the kiss comes, I may scream out loud and giggle like a schoolgirl. I get chills just thinking about it.

        • 435 Freyja
          June 23, 2010 at 7:13 pm

          I found this ‘spoiler’ on TB Italy

          True Blood seems to be not-so-subtly foreshadowing a Sookie-Eric hookup.
          When will it happen? — Karrie
          MICKEY: We’re …guessing it’ll be soon, because once Sookie finds out what Bill is up to over at the king’s manor house, she is going to be more than ready for
          some “passionate, primal sex.”

          Well this could just be a tease about a dreamscene or maybe a real almost-sex scene (I don’t believe they will have sex in this season), that’s when the spurning might come in 😉

          • 436 Ashley
            June 23, 2010 at 7:29 pm

            Yay!!! Soo excited. I didnt think i could be more excited, but now i am!

          • 437 allabouteric
            June 23, 2010 at 8:21 pm

            Oh there is definitely some action this season – either Sookie showing Eric that she can pull off the seductress role (for Lou Pines maybe?) or Sookie rebounding from Bill.
            But I just dont see how Eric is going to spurn her after that madly passionate kiss he is planting on her–clenched fist and all!!

            • 438 Robin
              June 23, 2010 at 8:30 pm

              I am not sure we really know just how Eric will “spurn” her. It may not have anything to do with him spurning her physically, but more that he refuses to risk putting her in more danger.

              • 439 Robin
                June 23, 2010 at 8:35 pm

                BTW, I am still predicting that at least one of the scenes between Eric and Sookie at Alcide’s apartment will be a dream sequence, with Eric doing the dreaming this time. OR, it will be a “shared dream”.

                • 440 Freyja
                  June 23, 2010 at 9:20 pm

                  That’s what I think too. Wouldn’t it be funny to see them both wake up from that dream hahaha 😉
                  I’m sure there will be another scene that has been kept on a lockdown, and that will be the intence scene. This one has been too much in promos.

              • 441 Sibyl_Vane
                June 24, 2010 at 3:00 pm

                spurn   /spɜrn/ –verb (used with object)
                1. to reject with disdain; scorn.
                2. to treat with contempt; despise.
                3. to kick or trample with the foot.

                I think this is a case of bad word choice on part of the writers. Do any of these things sound like the way Eric would behave with Sookie? I’m not so sure…
                The only way I see this happening is if Sook tries to seduce him to gain some sort of advantage in her attempts to get him to do something for Bill that he has refused- then I could see him being pissed enough to “spurn” her. He doesn’t like having feelings for her and it might be enough to see he is being used to make him really scornful towards her.

                • 442 Dee
                  June 24, 2010 at 4:12 pm

                  We don’t know yet if he spurns her or her plans on how to save Bill.

                • 443 MASpencer
                  June 24, 2010 at 4:31 pm

                  I think it was an intentional choice of words insofar as it is most often used in a sexual context– i.e. a spurned lover. I don’t think it necessarily means that Sookie will be trampled upon per se… just that Eric might call her out for trying to use him as a revenge fuck, in a critical and forthright way. Which, frankly, I think would be pretty awesome insofar as it would show that, at that point in time, he’s showing more respect for her than she’s showing for him OR herself. And he’s not going to allow it.

                  I could be wrong, though. Trying to parse these stupid synopses is usually a pretty futile endeavor… so whatever.

                  • 444 Robin
                    June 24, 2010 at 7:44 pm

                    This would make sense too, MAS, especially if she turns to Eric for revenge sex if and when she finds out that Bill had sex with Lorena. Yep, I think it would be MOST awesome if he called her out on it. If this happens, I think Sookie has to come to terms with the fact that he really does care about her and respect her enough to not want her to do something she would regret, plus it proves he is not just out for sex.

                  • 445 Ashley
                    June 24, 2010 at 8:41 pm

                    yeah half the time the episode synopses dont turn out to mean anything close to what they say.

  53. 446 camp
    June 23, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    Thanks for all the great answers, I now see there could be many reasons for him saying he was risking everything to tell her. I disagree with whoever said that when he said “Everything” that he was talking about Sookie’s Life, I dont think he was, I think he was referring to the fact that His Life would be in Danger. Eric at this point, while he does care for her, is still very self-centered and I doubt that he would put the danger to himself (by telling her) below her own safety.

    • 447 SusanMy
      June 23, 2010 at 3:56 pm

      I’ll just stick this down here at the bottom, as it doesn’t pertain to any *particular* thing, but to everything!

      MASpencer, thanks every so much for another brilliant and witty recap. Never thought I’d find an “Annie” reference in anything pertaining to TB–I just about peed my pants. Also, Maryanne as Talbot’s hag = so awesome. The dog-fighting thing…yeah, it makes perfect sense, and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if they went there—good call. So many interesting things to mull over, but here are a few (mostly superficial, I’m afraid) things that struck me:

      1) Bill getting a hand up to ride Russell’s horse (ahem) was so romance novelish! The HoYay there was gorgeous and hilarious, and I had to watch it, like, four more times. Also, while channel surfing the other day, I was reminded of the last time I saw Dennis O’Hare. He played the INS guy in “The Proposal”, heh.

      2) I am so in love with all things Jessica. DAW nails it in every scene. My favorite this episode geeking out over “Nazi werewolves!” And then so great with Pam and Hoyt. She gives this character so many dimensions.

      3) Franklin Mott as played by James Frain is, indeed, compelling. I *do* find him weird-looking and crazy fanged…yet I cannot look away. And yes. The voice. I profess I bias going in, however, as I’ve felt the love since seeing him as Daniel Barenboim in Hilary and Jackie.

      4) Oh, Mickenses—you folk are the baddest of bad news. Pa M. reminds me of a skeevy cross between “Big Love” Bruce Dern and Neil Young. You should run away, Sammy, as fast as your little paws will carry you. But you won’t, will you? You silly, silly dog.

      5) Eric, oh my Eric. So much to love in this episode, but everyone’s already discussed with great eloquence and elegance. My DVR is getting annoyed with me for replaying the E/S scenes so many times. I am of the mind that Sookie was completely sincere in her tearfulness, and that AP did and excellent job portraying her desperation. By the time that conversation rolls around, she’s exhausted and despairing for Beel. I believed her—and believed Eric believing her. The porch scenes were to be cherished. I don’t believe he’s in love with her yet, but it’s only a matter of time. As for the Eric/Godric flashbacks, I talked about them in another thread. Suffice it to say: more, please. (I totally disagree with Ken Tucker in EW, who doesn’t like flashbacks…but that’s for another discussion).

      6) Jason/Sookie scenes were wonderful, and I’m very happy AB is giving us this.

      There’s more, but I’ve yammered enough. One last thought on vampire hair, if I may:

      I’ve always thought that the conceit/rule that the hair stops growing only works if an author (or screenwriter) is after a particular type of vampire. Think about it: hair doesn’t hold up forever—that’s why it grows. Hair, left too long upon the head, will dry out, split apart, and break off. The same head of hair, exposed to factor such as polluted air, water, and detergents, won’t last longer than a few decades, leaving even a vamp of moderate age sporting a bald pate, a’la Nosferatu and The Master from Buffy. Strict adherence to the “dead hair” rule, IMHO, would rule out the attractive, glossily coiffed vampires we so enjoy on TB.

      Have I given too much thought to this? Clearly. Yes. I am sorry.

      • 448 Obladee
        June 23, 2010 at 5:06 pm

        Oh, honey, don’t wear out your dvr! There’s a site by the same-name, as the actor that we so love to watch, that posts just his scenes in good quality in one video. It seems to be in a constant loop in the background on my pc… 😉 Not sure if we can post links or not.

        I also agree with all that you said!

        • 449 SusanMy
          June 23, 2010 at 5:16 pm

          Wheee! Thanks for the lead—I found it immediately. 🙂

          Also, it’s nice to know that my typo-filled ramblings make some sense to someone!

          • 450 Obladee
            June 23, 2010 at 5:26 pm

            You are welcome! I’d be embarrassed to admit how many times I’ve watched it, but apparently, I’m in good company here! 😉

          • 451 allabouteric
            June 23, 2010 at 5:28 pm

            Oh I need this link badly. A google search shows up too many links. Any more hints? Is it allowed to post the link?
            I have worn out my poor DVR as well. My coffee-table has not had a good time of it either. I have kicked that poor thing many a time for coming in the way of my rewind button on the remote and the DVR.

            • 452 Skarlove
              June 23, 2010 at 5:45 pm

              Don’t feel bad! My DVR has held a grudge against me since the dream scene in I Will Rise Up. Too bad it hasn’t given me a permanent imprint so that the image could remain in the background through EVERYTHING I watch…..Jeopardy, the Food Network, Real Time (wait – AS juxtaposed against Bill Maher could be scary.)

              Can you imagine having the “This is the beginning” moment superimposed over everything you watch FOREVER???????? Hell, I’d never be the same. I might glue myself to the loveseat; my eyes would eventually glaze over from sheer delight! But then I’d lose my job, neglect my husband, starve myself and forget to feed my cats.

              Yup……total nut job here!

              • 453 allabouteric
                June 23, 2010 at 6:02 pm

                Ahh the dream scene.

                “Greedy”…”I love it”.

                pins head down.


                OK I just died for the millionth time.

                • 454 Robin
                  June 23, 2010 at 6:07 pm

                  Okay, still waiting for Eric to say something to Sookie that will let her know they shared that dream….

                • 455 Paloma
                  June 23, 2010 at 6:35 pm

                  I am so with you there. That scene was PERFECT. The laughing, the way he nibbles on his thumb, then plants his kisses on her hands. Oh Lordie! I have to stop reading these posts while I’m at work!!

                • 457 LoveEric
                  June 23, 2010 at 7:10 pm

                  I just noticed the tongue last night (don’t ask me why I was watching that *old* scene last night), and my first thought was that I thought that they tended not to use tongue in on-screen kissing? I was so entranced by that, I backed that vid up, many, many times. Of course, since Alex likes to go commando in his scenes, then a little tongue should not surprise me. See, that’s why I couldn’t be his girl. I would be way too jealous. However, if I could just “borrow” him…okay, moving on. Actually, back to “going commando”. I was wondering if actresses minded having his junk all up on them? Of course, I would have no problem with that, but they are professionals.

                  • 458 allabouteric
                    June 23, 2010 at 8:16 pm

                    **I was wondering if actresses minded having his junk all up on them?***

                    Oh this brings up so many questions — about the “state” of the junk you know…wink wink!!

                    But yeah back on point. AS seems like a phenomenal kisser.Thats some natural talent there 🙂

                    • 459 Millarca
                      June 23, 2010 at 10:20 pm

                      I, too, have been wondering what the actresses think. It’s all very well for AS to be happy to let it all hang out, but what about the ladies? As beautiful as he is, they mightn’t really want his dangly bits pressing against them *stops for a minute to process that information, gulps, swoons, fans self*. I have also given some considerable thought to the “state” of the junk since they are, after all filming sex scenes.

                      And I can’t tell you how many times I have watched that tongue scene.

            • 460 VikingLover
              June 23, 2010 at 6:49 pm

              {A google search shows up too many links. Any more hints? Is it allowed to post the link?}

              No Hon, no links are allowed since it will take everyone off topic. Just look it up on Youtube using his full name .net. You should find it immediately. 🙂

  54. 461 Cara_Dawn
    June 23, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    This synopsis was utter brilliance. Well done – I was nearly in tears on a number of occassions. “Accessorieze a meat tree.” Genius!

  55. 462 VikingLover
    June 23, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    Bill must think his position with the Queen is quite valuable if he felt confident enough to threaten the King of MS. He felt very comfortable telling the King that the Queen would have Russell staked for keeping him hostage. I’m sure the Queen wouldn’t give a poop about any old resident vampire in her queendom – it is the job of the Sheriff to care about the “citizens” of their areas. Bill clearly gave himself away at that point. I love how he then tells Russell that he doesn’t work for the Queen and he has the wrong vampire after having that little exchange. Also, I felt as if he was “reciting” his “story” when he was telling Russell that he moved to BT to mainstream. It was so clearly a rehearsed line.

    • 463 LLE
      June 23, 2010 at 4:44 pm

      Russell does not believe him. Russell is more powerful than the Queen.

    • 464 jayetea
      June 23, 2010 at 6:07 pm


      I noticed that too. I thought Bill was extremely cheeky, no, more like bold when he spoke to Russell. It’s ironic that QSA told Eric to let him rot. The dinner scene with Russell and Talbot reminded a great deal of the scene with Bill and QSA in her “dayroom”, where he keep trying to leave, but she won’t let him and he is so frustrated. Anyway, I think it’s safe to say that Bill is in deep sh*t!!!! I also thought his line about moving to BT sounded rehearsed. Bill wasn’t giving good poker face at all.

      • 465 SusanMy
        June 23, 2010 at 6:32 pm

        Yeah, he was really copping a ‘tude with the King. I don’t imagine he’d ever have gotten away with it if Russell hadn’t had an agenda of his own…

      • 466 obladee
        June 23, 2010 at 7:35 pm

        Regarding “Let him rot.”… I guess Bill wouldn’t be so cocky if he knew how disposible the Queen thinks he is.

  56. 467 Lotus
    June 23, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    Love your recaps, MAS! Wish I had more time to type, but since I’m in the middle of a crazy move and won’t see epi 3 until next Thursday (AIEE!!), all I can say is that this one is getting replay on my DVR until then! It was amazing, so great, loving the direction of the show this season. Also, Eric is hot.

    That is all!

  57. 468 VikingLover
    June 24, 2010 at 2:39 am

    So I did some research (because I’m obsessed) and MS really does have the world’s only cactus plantation. lol It’s in Edwards, MS. The interesting thing about it is that the surrounding area was also a civil war battlefield – Champion Hill Battlefield. This made me think of the Bill poster they released recently.

    • 469 Millarca
      June 24, 2010 at 4:04 am

      Because I, too, am obsessed, I also did some research. In case anyone else was wondering, Col. Gray’s 28th Louisiana Infantry, to which 1st Lt. W.T. Compton belonged, was not involved in the Battle of Champion Hill. I thought I might be onto something there, but, alas, no. I just checked “Sparks Fly Out” to make sure of the name of the regiment. Though the 28th fought up and down the Mississippi, they seem to have stayed on the Louisiana side. I did notice Bill said he and his men were uneducated and knew little of the politics or ideology behind the War. Yeah, Bill. I believe you, sure thing.

      • 470 Millarca
        June 24, 2010 at 4:07 am

        I also noticed that in “Sparks Fly Out”, when he was addressing the DotGD meeting, Bill’s complexion was a normal colour, and he was in need of a shave.

  58. 472 Ashley
    June 24, 2010 at 4:05 am

    I know this is OT but i just cant help myself
    Has anyone else heard about the sex scene AP and SM filmed that got cut because they couldnt get the right camera angle? WTH? i thought wed finally see the end of them this season? Are they going to reunite happily, only to break up right away? I thought Sookie turns to Eric after she finds out about Bill? Im totally confused.

    • 473 Ashley
      June 24, 2010 at 4:10 am

      Im sorry, but if Sookies gets back with Bill after she finds out about Lorena im going to be seriously pissed.

    • June 24, 2010 at 4:15 am

      I posted the link to this on Facebook – I got the impression it was a season 2 scene.

      Thank god for crappy cameraman is all I can say about THAT.

      • June 24, 2010 at 4:16 am

        I don’t know why I thought it was S2 actually, it may not be.

        At any rate, I’m completely expecting vulgar reunion sex mid-season 3. Promptly followed by a nice, messy breakup when things start coming out in the second half of the season.

        • 476 allabouteric
          June 24, 2010 at 4:28 am

          This *may* have been in reference to an older season.Its not definitive that its S3. I just dont see Bill-Sookie doing the nasty this season. Or maybe its just the eternal optimist in me speaking! 🙂

          • 477 Dee
            June 24, 2010 at 4:35 am

            Might make it worse if she finds out that he slept with her after only recently having sex with Lorena.

            • June 24, 2010 at 5:01 am

              Yep. It’s ALREADY worse in the show because they’re engaged. If he fucks Lorena and doesn’t fess up and she finds out about it….well, Bill is going to have one very pissed off little telepath on his hands.

              • 479 Ashley
                June 24, 2010 at 5:03 am

                oooo thats true…you just made me feel better LOL…Bills going to let Sookie go on thinking everythings fine then WHAM…i could get on board with that thats soo much worse.

              • 480 Dee
                June 24, 2010 at 5:06 am

                I hate having to see a happy B/S reunion and possibly having sex but if the end result is an angrier Sookie who can’t even thinking of taking him back then it’s worth it. Like you said, she’ll find out about the edict and it’s worse that he proposed to her when hiding such a huge secret. Now if he has sex with her after cheating on her, that is disgusting.

                • 481 Dee
                  June 24, 2010 at 5:08 am

                  LOL and I forgot the big point you were making SVB, not only did he propose while hiding such a thing but the cheating will be worse since they are engaged.

                • 482 Ashley
                  June 24, 2010 at 5:19 am

                  that is disgusting…that leads me to believe he doesnt tell Sookie cause i cant see Sookie having sex with him knowing he screwed Lorena. Just cant see that happening, especially after her experiences with Lorena.

              • 483 Freyja
                June 24, 2010 at 5:06 am

                Yes they’re engaged AND Lorena released him so he doesn’t have to do anything that he doesn’t want to do. He maybe having angry sex, but he has a h***on and does it! No excuse!

                • 484 Ashley
                  June 24, 2010 at 5:16 am

                  I think the angry sex doesnt make it better just worse. As you said, hes still doing it and shows his inability to control his anger and his violent tendencies.

                  • 485 pennydreadful
                    June 24, 2010 at 6:24 am

                    I’m with you, Ashley. As bad as the deception and betrayal of cheating is, the fact that Bill is expressing his misogynistic rage through violent hate-sex is much worse (IMHO.) Personally, I think it reveals that Bill has a huge Madonna/Whore complex and a dangerous inability to control his temper.

                    As long as consenting adults are honest and respectful of their partners, I’m ok with however they get their freak on.
                    Into transgendered granny clown porn? Hey, it’s all good. Enjoy getting it on while wearing a Richard Nixon mask? Whatever rocks your socks, baby. Viciously pounding your ex raw and twisting her head exorcist style to let her know how much you loathe and despise her? Seriously uncool.

                  • June 24, 2010 at 10:26 am

                    Oh totally Ash, I forgot about the release thing.

                    So essentially the state of play is thus:


                    Bill was summoned by his maker and had no choice but to obey, since he had not been released – this concept does not exist in the books. He also had sex with her (presumably – it is not stated explicitly and Bill never admits to it directly, even though Sookie (and Eric) believe this to be the case). Bill was hiding a dirty big secret from Sookie. Bill and Sookie were not engaged to be married.


                    Bill is not summoned by Lorena, but has angry hate sex with her anyway – which he is under NO compulsion to do whatsoever since he has been released. This is fact, not Sookie’s interpretation of what “might” have happened. Bill is hiding a dirty big secret from Sookie. Bill and Sookie are engaged to be married.

                    Hmmm… you do the math.

                    He’s not coming out of this smelling like roses, no matter which way you want to shake it. And IMO, he’s coming out of it even WORSE than the books.

                    Sucks to be you, Bill.

                    • 487 Ashley
                      June 24, 2010 at 2:37 pm

                      yeah i guess hes going to come out of this pretty bad, but im just pissed that he wont be raping Sookie, but i guess i understand what you said about why they wont do that. But hes still lying to her, betraying her, cheating on her , etc. so its going to be pretty damn bad.

                    • 488 allabouteric
                      June 24, 2010 at 2:43 pm

                      If Bill tries to turn Sookie, thats driving the nail into the coffin for that character. I can only see him becoming an all-out villain after that.
                      Does any one know if there is going to be a Bill/Eric showdown in this season? I cannot see Eric reacting well to Bill’s violation of Sookie…

              • June 24, 2010 at 5:54 am

                What is more is that Bill saw Sookie’s reaction to Laffy imprisonment. In Scratches:

                Bill: Are you still angry about our fight? Sookie, none of that matters anymore.
                Sookie: You’re right, I’m alive and in one piece. Unlike my friend Lafeyette who Eric chained up like an animal and left to bleed to death.
                Bill: What?
                Sookie: You better not know anything about this Bill Compton, Because if you did I don’t think i could every forgive you.

                Now i know that she did forgive Bill for Uncle Bartlett’s death, but another lie on top of that one & Jessica would have to weight on Sookie’s mind. How many free passes is this man going to get. Lets hope that with Bill’s blood (hopefully) getting over powered by Eric’s blood will open her eyes, and question what else he could/did lie about.

              • 490 Mony
                June 24, 2010 at 10:35 am

                i agree!
                B/S will happen….but i really doubt he will tell her before “Oh btw i had violent sex with Lorena..”
                She’ll find it out later…..and if i were Bill i would fly in another country….she’ll be soooo pissed off and hurt….as Book 6….and i guess Eric wil be the one to telle her the truth even brutally as Eric is in this situation…..
                but you know…..i think in S4 she’ll find that her heart it’s not so dameged anymore maybe….

                • 491 Ashley
                  June 24, 2010 at 2:39 pm

                  If he told her about Lorena no way would Sookie have sex with him. So therefore theres no way he does. She finds out somehow.

            • 492 Millarca
              June 24, 2010 at 5:13 am

              Now that’s my favourite scenario so far. If Bill has reunion sex with Sookie and then she finds out he was with Lorena the night before, she’d go freaking ballistic.

              • 493 Freyja
                June 24, 2010 at 5:18 am

                Yes that would be a dream 🙂 Cheating on her and later discovering the edict. That would be like in the books, just shorter apart.

              • 494 Mony
                June 24, 2010 at 10:23 am

                this is exactly the scenario that will happen…and i woulnd’t be surprise if Eric will tell her everything he heard at Russel’s…..
                That would be GREAT!
                i mean…let’s them have their last shot….LOL

                • 495 Freyja
                  June 24, 2010 at 11:12 am

                  I hope that’s what happens, the sex part and then discover of his sex with Lorena. Lorena would totally tell her!

                  • 496 Mony
                    June 24, 2010 at 12:34 pm

                    Sookie would NEVER and NEVER have sex with Bill IF she’d know about Lorena before….
                    Do u remember when she asked to Bill if he had sex with Jessica?Or if he knew about Lafayette?
                    Now immagine Sookie find out that:
                    1-he had sex with Lorena
                    2-QSA send him to seduce her
                    3-Bill made a deal with Russel about something that we don’t know yet….but i have the idea that will be something as betray his Queen, his Country, whic is Sookie’s home, betray his Sceriff…

                    Now….do u really think she could even THINK to have sex with him after this????


        • 497 Ashley
          June 24, 2010 at 4:39 am

          Nope its for this season i checked ugh….i thought wed be getting more Eric Sookie interactions and we still have to deal with Bill? Im sorry i love the show but dont know how much more of Bill/sookie i can take.

          • 498 Ashley
            June 24, 2010 at 4:39 am

            It was posted one day ago so i assumed it was for this season

            • 499 VikingLover
              June 24, 2010 at 4:42 am

              Are you sure it’s for S3??? *dies a little inside*

              • 500 Ashley
                June 24, 2010 at 4:44 am

                It was posted a day ago and said “recently” filmed ahhhh

                • 501 Freyja
                  June 24, 2010 at 4:46 am

                  Damn!!! Well here’s hoping the Eric/Talbot sex will be more exciting 😉 And I’m sure it will hehe!!!

                • June 24, 2010 at 5:05 am

                  You have to be wary of these things.

                  Last week someone released an interview with Skars that was nine months old – it was all over the place like it was new and the organisation that released it did nothing to set the record straight either.

                  But yah, as I said I would not be surprised to see at least one more B/S sex scene.

                  ES is a slow burn people. It took 10 freakin books! This has to develop… get on the delayed gratification train. Patience, my petals.

                  • 503 Ashley
                    June 24, 2010 at 5:08 am

                    LOL yeah im just pissed we have to watch them have sex again, not about E/S. In club Dead it was nothing like that at all, although at first she was happy about seeing him again but she got her shit together pretty quick.

                    • 504 VikingLover
                      June 24, 2010 at 5:14 am

                      {ES is a slow burn people. It took 10 freakin books! This has to develop… get on the delayed gratification train. Patience, my petals.}

                      I need to hear this more often because it’s so true. But it’s so hard! I want it like NOW! lol 🙂

                    • 505 Jo
                      June 24, 2010 at 11:18 am

                      oh God! the more B / S we have to endure? I’m tired of seeing Sookie being increasingly silly, and definitely more of a sex scene will make me puke! will we have some satisfaction in this season? to much anticipation to see the truth about Bill is not know if going to show it. I can take Eric and Sookie wait a little longer. But I can not support more B / S!

                • 506 VikingLover
                  June 24, 2010 at 5:07 am

                  Oh YUCK!!! UGH!!!! Why must we endure B/S!! Well, I’m sure, like Millarca said, it will make the betrayal that much deeper later. Of course this doesn’t make sense to me in light of the fact that Sookie is in bandages, and in the hospital, at some point.

      • 507 MASpencer
        June 24, 2010 at 12:30 pm

        That’s the impression I got, too SVB. For what it’s worth…

    • 508 Freyja
      June 24, 2010 at 4:28 am

      Well according to SM in a recent interview; Bill and Sookie are going to be delighted to be reunited midseason, but that doesn’t mean it will last.
      And there was also a very emotional song written for a lovescene for this season (Elvis Costello wrote it, the singer was hoping it would be for hot sex between B/S :P).

      • 509 VikingLover
        June 24, 2010 at 4:37 am

        I’ll freaking vomit if I have to watch a schmoopy reunion/sex scene between B/S EVER AGAIN. Hopefully that is an old photo from S2. I think they’ll break up after ep 7 – she must find out about the edict if she meets Hunter. Let me tell you, I’m re-reading Book 6 and if Sookie’s reaction to the edict is anything like it was in the book then bye bye Bill. Especially since on TB they’re not actually broken up by this point AND she risks her life to find him (a fact that she reproaches to herself in the books). You know, I think that B/S will be happy to see eachother because she saves him but then he’ll attack her because he’ll be starved after being tortured. This is my hope when he talks about their so-called “reunion”. 🙂

        • 510 Ashley
          June 24, 2010 at 4:41 am

          Please, please let you be right. I will be sick if i have to watch them together for the last five or six episodes ugh. I probably sound like a b*tch but im just sick of them.

          • 511 Dee
            June 24, 2010 at 4:46 am

            Even if they do have a reunion, I really don’t think it will last long at all.

            • 512 Ashley
              June 24, 2010 at 4:48 am

              So does this means they wont do the rape? i was counting on that. If Bill raped her no way would Sookie have sex with him after.

              • 513 Freyja
                June 24, 2010 at 4:50 am

                SM said in a interview recently that there will be no rape scene. Don’t know if that was a tease or truth. But we have seen a photo of AP in a robe, very pale with bandages on her neck.

                • 514 VikingLover
                  June 24, 2010 at 4:52 am

                  Really? He actually said that?? Well, I can’t say I’m surprised since I didn’t expect it. I assume he’ll attack her but someone (ERIC!) will save her before the rape happens.

                  • 515 Freyja
                    June 24, 2010 at 4:53 am

                    Well here’s hoping!!!!! Waiting sucks 😛

                    • 516 VikingLover
                      June 24, 2010 at 4:57 am

                      I’m really surprised that he would be that frank about something that should be kept so closely guarded. I mean, like we’ve all discussed before, we have seen no pics or spoilers (other than that one pic of Sookie w/bandages) regarding his rescue. To me it seemed like they were really guarding this to avoid any leaks.

                    • 517 Freyja
                      June 24, 2010 at 5:01 am

                      I don’t remember where I saw this, but it was from some link on FB. This could be a tease! They did set out some teasers last season that turned out false!

                  • 518 Ashley
                    June 24, 2010 at 4:57 am

                    i hope that happens because that will make up for no rape if Eric saves her. What i dont understand is how the B/S happy reunion fits into the whole mess, what with Bill screwing Lorena again, apparently draining people and whatnot how could Sookie take him back? I dont get it is she not going to find out about this stuff until way later? My head hurts LOL.

                • June 24, 2010 at 5:08 am

                  I have seen this repeated around here a few times in the last week and I’ve asked for a link but so far no one has coughed one up.

                  I’ve never read/heard this. And I highly doubt he’d ever give away a spoiler like that.

                  I’m thinking what you guys are referring to are comments he made about wanting to include a rape in the Chicago flashbacks and Alan Ball saying no.

                  Unless you can prove me wrong 😉

                  As an aside, I don’t believe that we’ll get Bill raping Sookie. But I also don’t believe they’d EVER come out and confirm that.

                  • June 24, 2010 at 5:14 am

                    The other reason I’m not buying Moyer going NEAR the rape card with a barge pole? He got himself in MAJOR hot water last year with comments about women who like vampires having rape fantasies. The feminists were on him like white on rice.

                    He also called the graveyard sex scene rape in this interview…and ever since then I don’t think I’ve ever heard him utter the word again.

                    • 521 VikingLover
                      June 24, 2010 at 5:17 am

                      Very good points, SVB! I think you’re right that it’s prob about the Chicago scene and I can definitely see him being REALLY careful about the use of the word rape after that fiasco.

                  • 522 Gigi
                    June 24, 2010 at 6:47 am

                    [As an aside, I don’t believe that we’ll get Bill raping Sookie. But I also don’t believe they’d EVER come out and confirm that.]

                    I agree with you completely.

                    • 523 Lkc
                      June 24, 2010 at 1:52 pm

                      I also don’t think we will see the rape scene. To do so would totally negate Bill as a romantic figure IMO and they don’t want to do that. I know there are still many book Bill lovers out there who will forgive him anything, but they read the scene. I think to actually see the scene played out in HD on TV would (hopefully) make it real. I would think any sane female with an ounce of self respect at that point could not write it off with silly excuses. Of course there will always be exceptions!

                  • 524 Mony
                    June 24, 2010 at 10:07 am

                    i think he was talking about Chicago to.
                    I’ve checked and i couldn’t find the article so i’m pretty sure he was talking about Chicago.
                    And about B/S be happy againg…well Moyer added that thay will be happy to see again in the middle of the season and THEN anything can happen….so oc course they will not end together…maybe a break as in book 3….or if she’ll fin out the edict which i think Eric will find and make him tell her….well we’ll have a little more then a break…..

          • 526 VikingLover
            June 24, 2010 at 4:47 am

            No, you definitely don’t sound like a bitch at all! I don’t think I can endure them in scenes together EVER AGAIN unless they are broken up, then I wouldn’t mind.

          • 527 Freyja
            June 24, 2010 at 4:48 am

            They’ve already had 2 season, finish this torture already!!!

            • 528 Ashley
              June 24, 2010 at 4:54 am

              Seriously! I mean im happy with what they’re doing with Eric but i cant take this Bill Sookie stuff i mean havent they already made him look like a saint enough, and now theres no rape scene? I just dont like the sound of that. Dont get me wrong happy Im about Eric, but Bill and Sookie is so over.

        • 529 Freyja
          June 24, 2010 at 4:45 am

          Here’s hoping for no more schmoopy B/S sex, or if there is, let it be brief! Rip of the bandage quickly!!!
          This is going to be all very interesting, nobody knows how it will go after midseason.
          And I’m sure her reaction will be explosive and heart shattering, here’s hoping the Viking will be there to comfort. 😉

          • 530 VikingLover
            June 24, 2010 at 4:54 am

            Are there still B/S fans out there? Like seriously? lol 🙂

            • 531 Ashley
              June 24, 2010 at 4:55 am

              like only 1 or two out of every ten people i see on the fan sites is B/S fan. Most got over them long ago. I think there are still people switching sides as we speak.

            • 532 Freyja
              June 24, 2010 at 4:57 am

              They’ve diminshed rapidly 😉 But AB would not let it drop all the way, it’s better to have rivalry for the ratings!

            • 533 Dee
              June 24, 2010 at 5:00 am

              LOL oh there are still some left.

              They say they cut the sex scene out so maybe we wont have to see them getting it on thank god. They said they cut it out because of the camera angles and not because it was too graphic or anything. Where the hell were they having sex that it was hard for them to film it *scratches head*

              I thought this would be the trunk scene until I read he had his head between her legs but this wasn’t the reason it was cut out.

              • 534 VikingLover
                June 24, 2010 at 5:02 am

                I think I just vomited a little in my mouth. 🙂 Well thank God they cut it! Maybe the real reason is because they realized no one actually wanted to see it. lol Are we postively sure it was for S3??

              • 536 Freyja
                June 24, 2010 at 5:03 am

                They cut out bits of the scenes. Apparently SM had his head between her legs or something, and they cut that out, eeeewwww (But only eeewwww because it’s B/S 😉 )

            • 540 Millarca
              June 24, 2010 at 5:02 am

              Lol! I read B/S as Buffy/Spike. I need to move with the times.

              Actually I want a schmoopy Bill/Sookie reunion, because that will make the revelation so much more disappointing for her, and her need for Eric that much greater. 😀 I don’t have to watch the sex.

              • 541 Ashley
                June 24, 2010 at 5:04 am

                yep thats what ff button is for, and trust me if B/S sex happens thats exactly what ill be doing

                • 542 Freyja
                  June 24, 2010 at 5:08 am

                  Yes that is not worth a rewatch or watch that matter. They were showing the 1 episode in season 2 tonight here in Iceland, and that sex scene with B/S was not a turn on at all!!!

                  • 543 VikingLover
                    June 24, 2010 at 5:20 am

                    {yep thats what ff button is for}

                    This made me LOL! 🙂 Don’t worry Guys, B/S will be no more at some point. This supposed sex scene will be a small price to pay for the gratification later of seeing them break up.

                    • 544 Ashley
                      June 24, 2010 at 5:33 am

                      Im hopin they dont last more than one or two episdoes. I just dont want them to be together in the last couple of episodes. Is that too much to ask? LOL

                    • 545 Freyja
                      June 24, 2010 at 5:38 am

                      I’m sure they wont be together in the last two episodes!!! 😉

              • 546 anna
                June 24, 2010 at 7:39 am

                I found a post a few days ago on another site that suggested introducing Buffy to TB, complete with a picture of Buffy holding a blood covered knife!

    • 547 Mony
      June 24, 2010 at 10:11 am

      He was talking about season 2 ^^
      Or at least their last sex scene..believe me…nothing more of them after the second part of S3

      • 548 Freyja
        June 24, 2010 at 11:09 am

        Really? You’re so sure? You’ve been spoiled? 😉

        • 549 Mony
          June 24, 2010 at 12:41 pm

          just my high hope……
          but i’m pretty confident that after the second part of S3 which we’ll see after the Comic Con btw….S/B’s sex scenes were just an ancient memories LOL

  59. 550 Caitlin
    June 24, 2010 at 4:22 am

    ok sort of random question..is Talbot a vampire in the tv series? I thought he was a human in the books, I guess I was mistaken? I need to re-re-read book 3!

    Loved this episode and MAS’s review-so funny!

    As for the King staying up and getting “the bleeds” and the Druids theory…this made me thing of what we heard about QSA trying to day walk and possibly trying to find a witch to give her day walking ability powers??….and then this made me very confused…are they on the same team? And who sent Franklin Mott? It seems like the King already has info on Bill, does he need additional info on Bill and Sookie? Sorry if this has already been discussed. As always I love to hear everyone’s insights!

    • June 24, 2010 at 4:29 am

      Talbot was human in the books, he is a vampire on TB.

      I strongly doubt Russell and SA are on the same team.. I don’t think SA is anyone’s team, ‘cept maybe the batshit crazy cat-lady team. She’s going DOWN.

      I think Russell sent Franklin – he already has the basics on Bill but he doesn’t seem to know the full story – and he KNOWS he doesn’t know the full story. It seems like he is trying to get to the bottom of the nature of Bill’s relationship with the queen. I think Sookie is just a pawn for Russell at this point.

      • 552 MASpencer
        June 24, 2010 at 12:39 pm

        You know, though, I wouldn’t be surprised if they WERE on the same team, to a point. Maybe Russell just wants to make it “official” with a marriage and she refuses. So he’s looking for a way to force her hand… there must be a larger reason for his interest in Sophie-Anne/Louisiana that isn’t being made explicit yet.

        Anyway, something’s totally screwy about the whole situation, and I think it’s because we don’t have enough info at this point. Casual viewers I know are still confused about why Bill was taken, even though Russell said Bill has secrets and we saw the manilla folder of intrigue in his house AND Russell said he wanted to marry Sophie-Anne but she refused.

        I don’t know, but If this was the REAL reason behind it all, you’d think it would be made a little clearer what the whole point/plan is. YKWIM?

        • 553 allabouteric
          June 24, 2010 at 2:18 pm

          Also Denis O’Hare in his interviews has said that eventually his focus shifts from Bill to Sookie herself. When he had originally perceived Sookie as a means to an end, I think that changes when he realizes that Sookie is different and that she may be of more value than just as a mere pawn in his empire takeover plans.
          I do think that Eric’s protective instincts of Sookie will also kick into high gear because of this.

          I guess what I am somewhat flummoxed over is – what exactly is Bill Compton’s role in this tangled web of political intrigue once his deception becomes known to Sookie. What purpose does he serve really? His cover has been blown, his relationship is over. So how will he continue to feature in this elaborately inter-connected plot? I believe that everyone will shift their attention to Sookie as she is the real prize…so what will Bill Compton do now?

          • 554 MASpencer
            June 24, 2010 at 2:40 pm

            He’ll go to Peru.

          • 555 Serena
            June 24, 2010 at 2:58 pm

            Well, there is definitely Jessica’s shiznat and then Charles Twinning and Hot Rain coming after dear Bill…I wonder if that’s why they gave him that role of staking Longshadwow in the first place, because they knew Bill wouldn’t have much of a story after season 3. I’m also on the side of the Queen doth live, so he will probably continue to work for her once Sookie decides to, which I think she will as way to help Hadley.

            But I totally want to see his ass in Peru, maybe with Jessica as an escort for vacation or punishment or something.. that’s a fic waiting to happen: “Oh Daddy,” … “No Jessikah, stop. Don’t. That is uncivilized, we are on an airplane.” lol.

          • 556 Freyja
            June 24, 2010 at 3:01 pm

            Stalk her of course and flaunt his new fling in front of Sookie 😉

            • 557 VikingLover
              June 24, 2010 at 4:50 pm

              I don’t think QSA and Russell are on the same team either but I could be wrong. The only thing that is getting me is why did she tell Eric to let Bill rot? I find this odd and can’t wait until all of this stuff unravels so that we can all know what the heck is going on. I’m VERY intrigued! MAS, yeah I don’t think we have whole story yet. I think Russell was blowing a bit of smoke, which seemed to be the theme of that episode.

  60. 558 Mia
    June 24, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    [ He got himself in MAJOR hot water last year with comments about women who like vampires having rape fantasies. The feminists were on him like white on rice.

    He also called the graveyard sex scene rape in this interview…and ever since then I don’t think I’ve ever heard him utter the word again.]

    I’ll have to look for these comments, but I didn’t think the graveyard sex as depicted on TB was rape. I thought Sookie was happy that Bill wasn’t dead, and it was a reunion.

    Now in the book, I thought Sookie used sex to redirect Bill’s anger since he was upset about the deaths of the 3 vampires unlike TB Bill. Or did I misinterpret what they were trying to say on TB?

    • June 24, 2010 at 12:29 pm

      This is probably opening up a big fat can ‘o worms…! Here’s the link to Moyer’s comments:


      Now, I didn’t think the graveyard scene on TB was depicted as a rape either.

      What happened in the book is another matter entirely – and I think that was where Stephen’s comment was coming from. He did read the first book, and in DUD the graveyard scene IS a rape. Sookie does use sex to redirect Bill’s anger – you’re correct on that point. But she doesn’t WANT to have sex, and she is, in fact afraid for her life. She acquiesces because she is frightened he will unintentionally kill her. She CLEARLY says this in her narration of the scene.

      • 560 pennydreadful
        June 24, 2010 at 1:06 pm

        This is precisely why I feel that AB needs to depict the trunk scene. It would be a valuable teaching moment for the audience. Contrary to misconception, women are more likely to be sexually assaulted by men they know (acquaintances, coworkers, boyfriends, husbands, exes, etc) rather than by strangers. Unfortunately, even in this day and age there are people who don’t understand that concept (“It’s not rape if they’re engaged.”) Also, they fail to understand that rape isn’t about a need for sex but a desire to control the victim (“Why would Bill rape Sookie…he can get any woman he wants.)

        • 561 MASpencer
          June 24, 2010 at 1:32 pm

          The went there on ‘Mad Men’! I’d be disappointed if they didn’t on ‘True Blood’– especially since it’s written right there in the books. All that said, if we don’t get a literal rape in the sexual sense, I still feel fairly certain that we’ll get a metaphorical rape in the fangs-on-the-neck sense. In vampire fiction, this would carry the same message, if not the same weight.

          In fact… I think Bill might do it in an effort to forcibly turn Sookie. The preview of Russell telling Bill that if he really loved her, that’s what he’d do has me wondering. And of course, we already have the precedence of forcible turning in that “family”…

          Thus, he’d be doing it not only because he wants her forever– which is creepy and obssessive– but because he’s afraid of what Russell will do to her (and maybe ALL humans) if he doesn’t. You must admit, that latter consideration would definitely complicates the situation.

          • 562 pennydreadful
            June 24, 2010 at 1:56 pm

            MAS- The scene with Joan was absolutely heartbreaking (incidentally, “Mad Men” is another one of my obsessions!) I think the forcible turning situation you describe could serve as an excellent metaphor for rape. Ultimately, regardless of whatever convoluted reasons Bill uses to try to attempt to justify it…”No means no.”

            I’m really at loss to as to why most of the audience isn’t disturbed by Bill’s creepy behavior (there’s nothing romantic about his controlling nature, possessiveness, or his propensity towards violence.)

            After having sex with and feeding on her for the first time, Bill tells Sookie that from now on she’ll need to take a daily dose of B12. He doesn’t even bother asking if she’s OK with the idea of being his “living breathing snack machine.” Entitled much, Bill? A roll in the hay does not equal a perpetual meal ticket at the all you can eat Sookie buffet. It’s a minor incident but I think it perfectly illustrates that Bill considers Sookie his property rather than a respected equal partner.

            • 563 Ashley
              June 24, 2010 at 2:23 pm

              Yep Bills just way too controlling and possessive. When shes around Eric its totally different. Notice he always comes down to her eye level, treating her as an equal. And always lets her speak and doesnt try to control her actions. Its such a stark contrast to Bill.

              • 564 allabouteric
                June 24, 2010 at 2:29 pm

                Oh yeah that B12 line totally creeped me out! And yes Bill is controlling and possessive – whichever way you slice it.
                I have a question for the book experts – In the shower scene I read that Eric does not bite Sookie during sex. Is this always the case?

                I would LOVE for this to be true!!!

                • 565 Robin
                  June 24, 2010 at 2:42 pm

                  Eric did not bite Sookie during their shower, but he did once they moved to her bed, allabouteric. If you have not read that book, you REALLY should. CH was fantastic!

                  • 566 allabouteric
                    June 24, 2010 at 2:46 pm

                    Oh I read the shower scene…hehe..and I read that book too…but I think I somehow have it confused in my head…
                    I remember Sookie saying that Bill almost always bites her and Eric did not seem to (though his fangs were out)…maybe I am just hallucinating…
                    thanks for clearing it up though 🙂

                • 567 Freyja
                  June 24, 2010 at 3:30 pm

                  He bit her in the femoral artery 😉 But I don’t think he always bit her! I’m not sure, but I got the feeling that he didn’t. CH wrote almost every sex scene with B/S that he bit her on the neck. But it wasn’t that obvious in her writing with E/S, I remember 2 times in the book. He of course doesn’t need as much, he’s that old.

          • 568 Robin
            June 24, 2010 at 2:37 pm

            MAS, draining and forcibly turning Sookie is the perfect metaphor for a rape, to rape Sookie of her life. I think for Sookie, this would be MUCH worse than an actual rape. I think you may be right about this, and probably why they have to take her to the hospital. Brilliant!

            • 569 Ashley
              June 24, 2010 at 2:42 pm

              ooo that would be interesting hmmm

            • 570 MASpencer
              June 24, 2010 at 3:19 pm

              Yup– I think there’s been a lot of foreshadowing in this regard, between Hugo mentioning that if Isabel REALLY cared she would turn him, Eric’s inflammatory comments about vamp/human marriage, and finally, the fact that in True Blood vamp/vamp marriage is a pefectly viable (if not preferred) option, unlike in the books.

              So, I think that the whole I-love-you-so-much-I’m-going-to-turn-you thing is going to pop up as a factor in Bill’s desperate desire to keep Sookie close to him, and to “protect” her… even if it means making a life-altering decision that she may not want. It also creates interesting parallels between the desperation of Lorena’s infatuation with Bill– in other words, the abused with become the abuser, despite his best attempts to extricate himself from that “family legacy.” It’s a brilliant metaphor for real life, if you ask me.

              Anyway, it’s something I planned to touch on in one of my upcoming recaps, depending on how this conversation between Bill and Russell goes. I’m really pretty certain that all signs are pointing to this tragic development– which is different from the books, but has a more obvious emotional context, as opposed to it being just a random violation.

              • 571 MASpencer
                June 24, 2010 at 3:20 pm

                Gah. The abused *will* become the abuser…

              • 572 Freyja
                June 24, 2010 at 3:38 pm

                You know what, this could actually happen! AB does want to surprise the audience, and everybody knows about the rape scene, so why not change it and do something that everybody knows that Sookie does not want!!! She says it in the most watched episode on TB in the dream scene with Eric.

                • 573 allabouteric
                  June 24, 2010 at 3:50 pm

                  I do think that this will be a very interesting development if AB goes that route and frankly its a bit of genius if you ask me!
                  Bill is spiraling down a deep dark vortex from the looks of it – his desperation will push him toward the unthinkable and the B/S chasm will be unbridgeable after that.
                  I am intrigued at what Eric’s reaction would be to Bill’s attempt to turn her – in the dream sequence he seem to think that she has the right temperament and of course that combined with his obvious disdain for human…hmmm? BUT he is definitely not going to like the violation of Sookie. SO this brings up some interesting emotions in Eric as well.
                  All around I think that the turning-her would be a fantastic plot device!

                  • 574 Freyja
                    June 24, 2010 at 3:59 pm

                    Yes it would. Like in Club Dead after the trunk scene, she almost died of bloodloss. Bill didn’t intend to turn her there but it could have happened easily. I also don’t think Eric would be happy about Bill being her maker, nor that seeing her turned against her will. I’m sure he would never do that! I also think that Book Eric had also thought about the option of turning her, he did talk about that she would make a good vampire in LDID and then promising her to never turn her in DAG even though he didn’t want to loose her.
                    So it will be interesting to see how this will be portrayed in TB if this happens.

                    • 575 MASpencer
                      June 24, 2010 at 4:11 pm

                      Call me biased, but I don’t think Eric (at least on the show) would EVER turn anyone against their will or without their permission, no matter how much he wanted it. Godric set the precedent for that when he offered Eric the choice when he was turned.

                      So, I’d be willing to bet that IF Sookie is drained by Bill, Eric will be taking her ass to the hospital and hoping like hell for the best, regardless of how tempting the idea of turning her might be.

                      But of course, none of this might happen. It’s just a scenario I’ve considered, and that I think has been hinted at.

                    • 576 Freyja
                      June 24, 2010 at 4:17 pm

                      I don’t think so either! Not in TB and not in the books!

                    • 577 allabouteric
                      June 24, 2010 at 4:21 pm

                      Makes me wonder – Will Bill actively try to turn her? Or just bring her to the brink like in CD by draining her and doing a number on her neck? The pics of Anna on the sets with the bandage definitely point to Bill going all-animal on her neck. So the assault scene is there for sure. I am just curious if Bill actually wants to turn her in that scene and not just feed off of her.

                    • 578 VikingLover
                      June 24, 2010 at 4:35 pm

                      This would be an awesome scenario and Bill might be tempted to turn her in order to save her from QSA as well. I’m not sure though considering his reaction to having to turn Jessica. I just hope some form of attack happens, I don’t care what is! MAS, in Mad Men, was the character who committed the rape a “villian” or more like Bill? Did they redeem that character?

                    • 579 MASpencer
                      June 24, 2010 at 4:47 pm

                      No, he wasn’t a villain, per se… but he was Joan’s fiancee, whom she very sadly still married, because he’s a doctor and she wanted her perfect life that women were (and kind of still are) told they were supposed to have.

                      Anyway, the show presented it more as just a sad reality of those times. (Mad Men is set in the early 60s, when the sexual revolution was barely even in its infancy.) The saddest part being that this situation was probably an all-too-common one back in the day. And probably remains all-too-common.

                      But Mad Men is another one of those shows without clear-cut protagonists or antagonists– much like life. Hell, Don Draper has had some of the douchiest moments of any character on television. But I still want to carry his love child… and if that’s wrong, then I don’t wanna be right. LOL.

                    • 580 pennydreadful
                      June 24, 2010 at 4:50 pm

                      MAS- Don’t feel bad. My feelings for Don Draper make me want climb into the bath tub and scrub myself down with bleach.

              • 581 pennydreadful
                June 24, 2010 at 4:46 pm

                VL- In “Mad Men” Joan is raped by her fiancee. Because the show takes place in the 1960’s her character doesn’t recognize the attack as rape due to cultural attitudes of the day. Her fiancee isn’t a villain per se but a man who “looks good on paper”: a handsome doctor from a good family. Ultimately, he proves to be a worthless (and unredeemed) P.O.S.

                • 582 VikingLover
                  June 24, 2010 at 4:54 pm

                  Gotcha! Thanks for the info Penny and MAS!

                  • June 24, 2010 at 5:35 pm

                    A curious OT, is my son’s reaction to Mad Men. He asked if things were really bad for women back then. I assured him that they were. He loves the programme, my daughter-in-law and I can’t stand it. It’s a bitch when Cinderella finds out that the glass slipper pinches like hell. The biggest revolution came when women were able to manage their own reproductive activities. The Pill was transformative and was a window on a lot of other women’s issues. Off soap box now, thank you.

              • 584 Mony
                June 24, 2010 at 11:51 pm

                That seems to be what Russel suggested to Bill in next episode…why not to turn the girl? So that could be a “rape” for Sookie too….and maybe that’s why she’ll end up in the hospital as we know she will….of course if she lost to much blood nobody can heal her or she’ll become a vampire….
                That’s a really interesting and quite logical scenario following what we know by all the photos, promos and spoilers…..

          • 585 Dee
            June 24, 2010 at 2:49 pm

            Good point! I keep trying to think of how she gets attacked and right now this is at the top of the list.

          • June 24, 2010 at 10:12 pm

            Not sure if this has already been brought up but didn’t Russell suggest Bill turning Sookie. I thought this was really strange cos i would believe would go against the edict. QSA i don’t think actually wants her for her telepathy, but her blood. And feeding between vampires is limited to relationships. I’m not sure how happy Hadley would be in sharing her lover with family, especially seeing as to how weird that is.

            I do think however if Sookie was in danger enough that Bill’s dominating and controlling nature would force his hand, and take away her free will in this matter. i agree with Penny that Bill’s personality doesn’t allow for real discussion between Bill and Sookie on her being a snack machine. Sookie kinda fell into the relationship with Bill, and just kinda when along with it. I think that’s partly because we’ve seen Sookie given to Bill and his blood, allowing him to basically steam roll her into submission. It is only when Eric’s gets his blood into her does he start to see his domination of Sookie is coming to an end. You can see this when she is telling him she is going onto the roof with Eric and Godric. Without Eric’s blood in her Bill would have easily swayed her with a little more pushing.

            When is the conversation between Eric and Sookie on the topic of her being turned. And this shows yet again the difference between Eric and Bill. I don’t believe Bill and Sookie had ever spoken on this, and we know for sure they haven’t in TB, due to Sookie’s reaction to Eric’s To death do us part.

      • 587 Millarca
        June 24, 2010 at 9:05 pm

        I didn’t think the graveyard sex on TB was rape, just very unhygienic reunion sex. I was preoccupied with the fact that he had no qualms about introducing all that dirt and grit and graveyard bacteria into her vagina, and was perhaps even more disturbed that she didn’t seem to care about that. There’s nothing remotely romantic about the scene, but it wasn’t rape, IMO.

        I was also distracted by the fact the heavy rain which was falling on the house did not extend the few yards over to the graveyard, and that they were rolling in dirt, not mud, but that’s another issue.

  61. 588 allabouteric
    June 24, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    OK, I am slowly beginning to come around to the idea that we might have a Bill/Sookie re-union briefly mid-season as has been alluded to by Moyer. But I do not think that it in anyway detracts from the E/S angle. Like all of you have mentioned its only going to cause for a volcanic explosion on Sookie’s part when she finds out about Bill’s betrayal. She has always viewed Eric and Bill as the antithesis of each other – on as a liar and the other as a paragon of the virtues(as much as a vampire can ever be). I think that illusion is going to be majorly shattered and its going to be the death of B/S.
    But really for it work in the show, you need something dramatic like Sookie finding out right after they have sex and the ensuing drama will hit the sky on the Richter scale.We will not be getting a romance-laced passionate love-making scene. We are more likely to get something very carnal, almost animalistic. And like the grave-yard scenes, it will ride the line between kinky-perveted and almost-rape.
    I also think that AB wants to have a viable love-triangle for the future. Of course he has admitted that he is a fan of the Eric/Sookie love story and thats coming for sure. BUT, really, from the vantage point of the writers for a show, you cannot have irredeemable characters if you want to have a continuing story arc with them in the future. So I kind of understand that.
    And I am going to admit to something else – I dont really *hate* TB Bill Compton – I think he is bland but he also has skeletons in his closet. So that makes him more than one-dimensional. I am waiting for all this to unravel and I believe that it makes for great drama. I can sit through one B/S hook-up because I know in my heart that the really passionate/romantic scenes are coming with Eric and thats the one I am waiting for. I also TOTALLY believe that we are going to get some knock-your-socks-off scenes with E/S that we are not yet privy to. That is being closely gaurded and thats what keeps the flame of hope flickering in my heart 🙂

    • 589 Ashley
      June 24, 2010 at 2:28 pm

      I dont hate Bill either, but i just dont understand how so many people see his controlling and possessiveness as romantic. And i dont see how they can justify not telling Sookie anything before right away trying to take her off to VT to get married, in essence trapping her if she were to ever find out in the future. Thats just creepy that hes so desperate to keep her around that hes willing to marry her without telling her anything about his big “secret”.

      • 590 allabouteric
        June 24, 2010 at 2:40 pm

        I agree…its going to be hard to redeem Bill after this. BUT I believe that AB and crew will atleast try to portray some mitigating circumstance for the deception and the audience might be polarized over that. I think there needs to be a fighting chance, however tenous, for Bill Compton to not be totally villainized. This is where the show might drift from the book. I think SM has a contract and he is not about to be relegated to the oblivion.

        In fact the other scenario I can see happening is if Bill becomes an all-out villain (I know its contrary to my lines above…but I am just rambling as usual). In that case he will not be a part of a love-triangle as a protagonist but more likely a nemesis. More like the traditional villain.

        In either case, I think Bill is going to stick around for a while…

      • 591 pennydreadful
        June 24, 2010 at 4:35 pm

        I hitched my horse to the Bill hate wagon in season one. (As I said before, it’s the same sort of love/hate relationship that my mother’s generation had with J. R. Ewing.)

        Is Bill a spawn of the devil? Of course not. He’s the foster-child of Satan who’s only tolerated for the $213 a month in food stamps that he brings in 😛

        • 592 VikingLover
          June 24, 2010 at 4:44 pm

          ABE, I believe that Bill can’t be totally villianized on TB because in the books he does stick around. I mean, his role is not that large but he is always there and Sookie eventually forgives him. Book Bill “loves” Sookie and tries to win her back for most of the series so I’m assuming it will be the same on TB.

          • 593 allabouteric
            June 24, 2010 at 4:54 pm

            **Is Bill a spawn of the devil? Of course not. He’s the foster-child of Satan who’s only tolerated for the $213 a month in food stamps that he brings in **
            hahaha thats HILARIOUS!!!
            Agree that Bill cannot be totally villainized…but I do think that he will have a larger role to play in the show than he apparently does in the books (I have not read all the books in the series, so I am definitely not an expert on the entire series). For him to play a substantial role in the series he needs to either be redeemable somehow or even better IMO become a villain (but that would be too far a departure from the books I guess, but Alan Ball might do it). So yeah I am really curious to see what AB is going to do with Bill Compton in S4 where AE is really in the front-burner. Considering that SM is on contract and one of the “lead” actors he will need a meaty story-line and thats where my villain idea comes in.

  62. 595 Paloma
    June 24, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    Just a quick question. I’ve read a few posts here and there about this, but I want to make sure I’m getting it. Is the popular consensus that Sookie’s fantasies about Eric are shared? So Eric knows exactly what she dreamt about him? Or does he know what she is feeling (not necessarily dreaming) because he can feel her getting all hot and bothered in her dreams? It would be AWESOME if Eric were to say “this is the beginning” to her, knowing that she knew exactly what he meant. Just wondering what you all thought…

    • 596 allabouteric
      June 24, 2010 at 2:25 pm

      I actually would PREFER it it Eric did not know about the dreams. I like the fact that he still believes that Sookie is a hard nut to crack and that he has to work overtime to really woo her. I actually want to see Eric feel a little vulnerable to the idea of rejection from Sookie. That combined with his cocky put-on would bring out some great acting from AS. Oh yeah he does feel her attraction to him to some extent(“I already have” line), but I doubt that he is privy to her dreams. So he is spurred on by the glimpses that he gets of her attraction to him, but by no means is it a sure-thing. I totally believe that he will continue to chip away at that unyielding exterior that Sookie portrays toward him and for that he will have to work hard.

      What I would LOVE is for him to say “this is the beginning” without having shared the dream. Now aht would make for a great soul-level connection..wouldnt it? 🙂

    • 597 MASpencer
      June 24, 2010 at 2:28 pm

      Personally, I don’t buy that theory yet. I think any similarity in the dreams to real circumstances (Eric crying in his hotel room, Bill showing up shirtless at Sam’s door) were posited for fake-out purposes alone. But I can totally see where the idea is coming from, so we’ll see…

  63. 598 Paloma
    June 24, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    @aae – Now that you mention it, it would be so much better if he did say it out of nowhere. NICE!

    @MAS – I had a hard time believing it as well, but with this show who knows!

    • 599 VikingLover
      June 24, 2010 at 4:42 pm

      Paloma, I don’t think they are shared either and I would prefer not. At first I thought it could be possible after the Bill/Sam dream but now I’m thinking that the human can probably tap into the vamps emotional state subconsciously but only in dreams.

  64. 600 camp
    June 24, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    Dee:Might make it worse if she finds out that he slept with her after only recently having sex with Lorena.

    Where are you guys getting this from? Is there some spoiler that you read? I just can’t see Bill having sex with Lorena (unless he is force, he has been released but she is still stronger than him)

    • 601 Freyja
      June 24, 2010 at 4:50 pm

      In next episode there will be a sex scene with them. There were spoiler picture from that scene, very ‘twisted’ sex scene never before seen on TV, that’s how it was described. Angry sex probably!

    • 602 Dee
      June 24, 2010 at 5:32 pm

      I saw the pics and he is on top of her so she’s not over powering him. I think what someone described was that he gets angry with her, they get into a fight and while they’re fighting it turns sexual and sounds like it’s on both their parts.

      I saw 3 pics with this scene

  65. 603 camp
    June 24, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    OK, but don’t you think it will just be another flashback?

    • 604 Freyja
      June 24, 2010 at 5:20 pm

      No it’s not, it is in that very same room that he was given in last episode.

    • 605 Ashley
      June 24, 2010 at 5:23 pm

      Its definitely not a flashback.

    • 606 Dee
      June 24, 2010 at 5:25 pm

      Nope I think it’s present time. From the pics I think it might be in RE mansion. Also some people who saw the screener described the scene and if it was a flashback then I think they would’ve mentioned it.

    • 607 Ashley
      June 24, 2010 at 5:37 pm

      By one reviewer it was described as the most twisted sex scene in television history, with the “twisted” part being literal…its going to be one disturbing scene.

  66. 608 camp
    June 24, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    Wow and he doesn’t he have the excuse that she commanded him as her maker, OOWEE hes gonna be in a world of trouble if Sook finds out. Thanks for replying.

    • 609 Ashley
      June 24, 2010 at 5:39 pm

      OH shell find out. we dont know how or when but she will, and it will be an epic meltdown im sure. I hope she strangles him like in the books LOL.

  67. 610 camp
    June 24, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    Hey are the spoiler pics of them doing the nasty on here somewhere? I would love to see em, thanks

    • 611 VikingLover
      June 24, 2010 at 5:52 pm

      Well, the spoiler pics were released without the consent of the owner so we won’t link to them. Sorry!

  68. 612 lala
    June 24, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    So I guess that means Lorena survives being burned to death. Because she lives again to have twsited sex with Bill. Sounds like it’s gonna be bloody.

    • 613 Freyja
      June 24, 2010 at 5:56 pm

      I think that was just Bills twisted fantasy throwing the lamp.

      • 614 VikingLover
        June 24, 2010 at 7:02 pm

        Did you see the look on his face as he “watches” her burn? It’s freaky and scary!

        • 615 Freyja
          June 24, 2010 at 7:36 pm

          Very twisted look, creepy!!! The masks are certainly coming off with high speed.

        • 617 MASpencer
          June 24, 2010 at 7:51 pm

          Call me a jerk, but I thought it was really funny. That whole scene was just so crazy and over-the-top– that’s why I thought it could be a fantasy. And also because I don’t quite buy that Bill would have the balls to pull a move like that. But we’ll see…

          Really, I’m just dying to know why she’s there in the first place. I’m guessing that SHE gave Russell the dirt on Sookie? (At least, the fact that he could use her as leverage against Bill.) Curious, indeed…

          • 618 Gigi
            June 24, 2010 at 9:27 pm

            [Call me a jerk, but I thought it was really funny. That whole scene was just so crazy and over-the-top– that’s why I thought it could be a fantasy. And also because I don’t quite buy that Bill would have the balls to pull a move like that. But we’ll see…]

            Then this make us two jerks, because I found the scene hysterical LOL.

            In fact, the scene shows not only how deeply Bill hates Lorena, but also shows the terror that Bill feels about the reappearance of Lorena by now, because he has been trying to escape his past (or trying to hide it), and the presence of Lorena becomes a threat to him. Bill’s reaction was not as extreme when Lorena appeared in Godric’s house, because this time, Russell was trying to blackmail him with Sookie, and with the sudden appearance of Lorena, Bill concluded that she is behind Russell’s plan (which actually is a threat to the life of Sookie). But in Godric’s home, the reaction of Bill to the appearance of Lorraine was also completely uncontrolled and I noticed his fear and desperation, especially in the tone of his voice and how he tried to take her from the house as soon as he saw her. Bill has real reasons to fear Lorena and what she can do against Sookie’s life, too. For these same reasons, outside Godric’s, he threatened to stake himself Lorena if she dared to do something that would endanger the life of Sookie. So, I’m not sure if the scene was just a “wishful thinking” or happened for real. But actually it was very funny to me the way he reacted hahahhaha.

  69. 619 camp
    June 24, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    I just posted this little tidbit on my forum and wanted to back it up with the pics, but oh well.

  70. 621 camp
    June 25, 2010 at 12:04 am

    NO problem VL, I like the way your mind works and I follow your posts with interest.

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