True Blood: I Wasn't Expecting That
|Written by April Yorke|
|Monday, 02 August 2010 07:00|
I watched the trailer for the second half of Season 3 on Saturday, so I was pretty pumped for last night's True Blood entry, "Hitting the Ground." This week, like last, pieces were being moved around for a big payoff come the finale, but it was a lot more exciting to see. I just hope that payoff's the answer to the eternal question: What are you? In the meantime, more stakings and shootings than you can shake a stick at (though why would you? Never brandish a stake if you're not going to use it).
After getting her taste, that's exactly the question Lorena asks Sookie. Sookie, however, has no time for existentialism: I'm the bitch that's gonna kill you, she replies. Lorena's doubtful, but Bill's managed to drag his ass up off the ground, and he throws his silver manacles around Lorena's neck and gestures for Sookie to grab a stake. She does but worries that she'll hit Bill through Lorena. Well, until Lorena stops squirming and fighting and simply declares, "I love you, William." That's about all Sookie can take, so Bill pushes Lorena off him just enough for Sookie to get the stake through safely. Lorena explodes spectacularly, and Bill passes out. When no amount of "BILL!"s can revive him, Sookie settles for screaming, "HELP ME!" Cue credits.
Alcide and Tara bust up to help, and they roll Bill up like a burrito in his torture tarp to carry out to the truck, which is exactly when a covered in blood Debbie busts in for another taste. Geez, Debbie, what's it been, half an hour? Also, poor Bill is going to be sensing emotions all over the place. Can you tell them apart? Does he get a scaredy chill and then think, "Sam's a big boy. He'll be alright." Anyway, Debbie's got a gun (huh? From whence did she produce it? Why would a werewolf carry a gun?), and she's not letting them take Bill. Her internal monologue, however, wants her to pull herself together, and Debbie just got interesting. Knew she could do it. Tara jumps her, Alcide gets the gun, and that's when Cooter busts in. And wouldn't you know it? Alcide just goes ahead and kills Cooter. Honestly. This episode is intense. He can't bring himself to kill Debbie though, even when she very intensely informs him that she will sniff him out and kill him for this (Alcide, sadly: I know), so he just locks her in the torture shed.
In the back of the truck, Sookie slices her arm open with a saw (this is no delicate slicing with a rock like we saw in Eclipse). Bill starts sucking at her arm gently, carefully, and their theme is going, but pretty soon things turn ugly. Bill's fangs come out, and the arm's not enough. He pins her down and goes for the throat, and Sookie grows paler as she loses the ability to fight back. Up in the cab, Alcide encourages Tara take a breath (I am very touched by Alcide's attentions to Tara. I wonder if something could happen there), but it's ragged and looks like it's the beginning of a whole mess of tears. And since Sookie told her that vampires explode into a big sticky mess when you kill them, Tara's realized that things with Franklin are far from over. Don't worry, Tara -- Franklin will probably think it's foreplay.
Tara finds a revived Bill and nearly dead Sookie in the back of the truck and gets more awesome. Bill's all, "What happened here?" (shades of Angel at the end of season two of Buffy), and Tara fully boots his ass out of the truck. Amazing. She tosses him his jacket, and Alcide and Tara speed Sookie to the hospital. Bill, meanwhile, briefly has no reaction to the sun, but soon enough starts to smolder. "Damn," he remarks before going to ground. What is Sookie that that would happen to him?
Sookie's Got No Blood Type
The hospital tries to give Sookie a transfusion, but her body rejects it because she has no blood type. I assume this is related to Sookie not being human. Jason, however, relates that he saw Sookie's birth (more of it than he cared to), so we at least know that she came from a (human?) lady. Lafayette, Jason, Tara, and Alcide are all there, fretting over Sookie, who's disappeared into dream world filled with sprites and who knows what all. Claudine, Sookie's fairy godmother, is there and tells Sookie she's been there once before (when the Rattrays nearly killed her?). There's lots of dancing and being carefree, but darkness (Bill) approaches. Claudine wants Sookie to join her in her world, but Sookie's reluctant. "Don't let him steal your light," Claudine warns. Tara rebels against Bill saving Sookie with his blood, but Jason relents, so Bill hooks the IV into his arm. Remember when Bill told Sookie that the healing properties of vampire blood was a secret? How secret can it be with a IV hooked into your arm in the middle of a damn hospital? Then again, Bill's a man with no country. Maybe he's hit the "Fuck the Authority" level, too. Sookie comes to, and their theme starts playing again, but it gets cut off again when Sookie looks right at Bill and lets out a scream. Good.
SophieAnne's literally sitting in a cage by her pool, bleeds out her ears and down her nose, when Eric -- bleeding out his ears and still wearing blood from killing those guard -- walks in with Hadley under his arm, exactly as he clamped Sookie under there in the last episode. Is there more to Hadley? Something about that image. They are so alike. Anyway, Eric is going to drain Hadley until SophieAnne gives up the truth about Sookie. While she refuses, Hadley doesn't want to die and whispers the truth in Eric's ear. For her trouble, Eric rips open his wrist and feed her his (her own?) blood. A lot of blood bonding in this episode. Sadly, Eric's next move is not to go take a shower. His (brown!) hair is really getting me. Also, notably, the only bond Eric understands exists between Maker and Progeny.
Back at Fangtasia, the Magister has turned all Franklin Mott on Pam, binding her with silver chains and offering to pierce her eyelids with silver earrings from Tiffany's like it's a romantic gesture. Pam's playing along 'cause she's a survivor first, but Eric bursts in and growl/yells "No!" Since he's followed by SophieAnne, who confesses to the blood selling scheme, and Russell, who's there to have the Magister officiate their marriage, the Magister does indeed take pause. He's talking treason and trying to arrest people all over the place, but Russell's not having any. He superspeeds Pam out of the bonds and the Magister into them. Upon pain of torture, he's not ready to turn his back on The Authority, but the threat of a staking gets him to pronounce them man and wife. They air kiss. Magister's all, "The Authority will get you for this," so Russell slices off the Magister's head. It sails through the air and splats on the dungeon floor. Nan Flanagan is not going to be happy.
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