Almost Home (Spoiler Warning)

With a mere two episodes of True Blood left to go, a show I’m actually beginning to miss already, they’re really milking the Hoyt and Jessica will-they-or-won’t-they angle for all it’s worth. And while, yeah, I’m also enjoying trying to figure out if the best bit of romance True Blood has ever had, will get one final chance to bloom again–minus Hoyt’s pestering interfering mother, this time, will it work this time around?

Everything is pointing to the two of them getting back together and they’ve even turned Hoyt into a mean SOB when it involves his current betrothed, which just seems so out of character for him. And Jason having the hots for Hoyt’s girlfriend is crazy. All through the episode it felt like Hoyt had this look on his face that said “I know I was glamored and can remember everything,” but I’m sure it’s just my imagination.

True Blood
Created by
Alan Ball
Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell, Ryan Kwanten, Chris Bauer, Kristin Bauer van Straten, Nelsan Ellis, Deborah Ann Woll, Carrie Preston
Episode Release Date
10 August 2014
Ed’s Grade: B+

The show starts with Eric, Pam and Mr. Gus finally capturing Sarah. For a time it looked like Eric had no intention of sticking to their arrangement and just tearing Sarah limb from limb. It was a close call alright. Instead, Eric bites her neck and the small amount of blood he takes has an instant and reversible effect on Hep-V. Everybody’s now back in the business of doing business, with the deluded Sarah Newlin, source of all the soon-to-be-acquired wealth, chained to a pillar and wondering what could have gone wrong with her perfect little plan of healing the world.

Bill and Sookie are in bed when Bill finally gives her the full details of how they really met. Sophie-Anne wanted sent out hunters like Bill to gather up all the fae so Queen Sophie-Anne could start some sort of breeding programme, increasing the fae numbers. Sookie is still determined that they’ll find a way to cure Bill and right while she and Bill are having their little heart-to-heart Eric is has the cure at his fingertips.

We get a bit of a tear-jerker from a Lettie Mae V-induced flashback when we finally learn the secret Tara’s been trying so hard to share with her mother. It wasn’t anything quite like I expected, without any vampire or werewolf significance. It’s simple the story of how a very brave little girl may have saved many things, and not just lives. I’m saying no more as this is a nice scene that should simply be enjoyed. It was funny watching the homeowners stand by as their home was being destroyed by Lettie Mae and Lafayette, and also having their garden dug up.

Hoyt and his partner get into a bit of a fight and it ends up with Hoyt’s girlfriend accompanying Jason as he heads off on a mindless attempt at rescuing Wade, Adilyn, and Jessica from a crazed-with-jealousy Violet. Unbelievably, just as Violet is giving the traditional bad-guy monologue, Hoyt steps out and pops a cap in Violet’s ass. Beautifully timed, Hoyt! I hate monologues.

Sookie does something inexplicably extra Sookie-dumb, something that could have gotten them all killed. Eric pays her a quick visit and sees just how bad Bill is. Thanks to Eric’s current untrusted, uncertain situation with the yakuza, he can’t be seen to doing anything out of the ordinary, like stealing some precious blood to give away to someone else. Sookie is told by Eric to wait, he’d be back the following evening. Of course, this can mean many things to Sookie. Eric: “Don’t go anywhere Sookie. I’ll be back with a cure.” Sookie translation = “Have sex with lots of non-humans and don’t wait for me. Come to Fangtasia so the new boss Mr. Guss trusts me even less, you idiot!”

The final scene when the gang are all together in the Fangtasia vault, with the chained up Sarah Newlin wondering what’s about to happen to her, Bill is offered a way to rid himself of Hep-V once and for all. There’s a delay as he appears to be pondering what they were saying to him. The foreshadowing is growing larger. Even Sookie’s encouraging smiles and nods don’t seem to be having any effect. Suddenly a very sick Bill says: “No. I don’t want the blood.”

What’s Bill doing here? Will he be able to cure himself but be even stronger, or is he finally cashing in his chips?

by Ed Blackadder

True Blood


Episode #79: Love Is to Die

Debut: SUNDAY, AUG. 17 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT)

Other HBO playdates: Aug. 17 (11:30 p.m.,2:00 a.m.), 18 (11:45 p.m.), 19 (1:00 a.m.), 20 (8:00 p.m., 12:30 a.m.), 22 (11:00 p.m.) and 23 (11:00 p.m.)

HBO2 playdates: Aug. 18 (8:00 p.m.), 21 (3:00 a.m.), 23 (12:45 p.m., 9:00 p.m.) and 24 (8:00 p.m.)

Sookie (Anna Paquin) retreats in confusion. Sam (Sam Trammell) makes a choice. Jason (Ryan Kwanten) exercises uncharacteristic restraint, while Eric (Alexander Skarsgård) faces a dilemma after being caught in a lie.

Written by Brian Buckner; directed by Howard Deutch.

TRUE BLOOD was created by Alan Ball; based on the Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris; executive producers, Alan Ball, Brian Buckner, Gregg Fienberg and Angela Robinson; co-executive producer, Howard Deutch; supervising producer, Kate Barnow; producers, David Auge and Bruce Dunn; co-producers, Christina Jokanovich, Ronald Cosmo Vecchiarelli and Sunday Stevens.