True Blood Season 4 Premiere Review: Under New Ownership

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Of all the lovable lunacy that comprises every season of True Blood, perhaps the most astonishing fact is this: all three seasons have only comprised a couple months of actual time in Bon Temps.

But that changed on "She's Not There," as season four picked up twelve and a half months after events on the September finale.

Until the final few moments, this made for an episode that managed to feel both busy and slow. A majority of the hour was spent catching the viewers up on the state of various characters - and I tune in to True Blood for sex, violence and hilarious lines such as Pam telling Jessica she's "eye-fucking a fang-banger," not exposition.

True Blood Premiere Scene

Okay, so Jessica is living with Hoyt and lusting after humans... Andy is hooked on V... Sam has joined some sort of shape-shifter support group... Tara has taken on a new identity (and a new lover, mystery solved!) in New Orleans... Lafayette has new, magical friends... Arlene is scared of her son... Nan Flanagan must rehab the image of vampires... Jason is a cop and is now in an icebox... fairy time moves slower than an episode of The Killing....

That's A LOT to throw at us in one episode. Too much, really. But the jam-packed premiere was saved by these closing developments:

Bill is King of Louisiana?!? That would be an awesome enough surprise on its own, as Bill needs a storyline outside of merely protecting Sookie and it should be fun to watch him boss around Eric for a change.

But he also has some connection to/interest in the witches, clearly, as evidenced by the member of the coven who raced over to the mansion. He also could be getting it on with Portia Bellefleur, Andy's sister, Sookie's lawyer and someone I couldn't blame the vampire for going after. Actress Courtney Ford, call me!

Marnie can revive parrots?!? A great, eerie debut by Fiona Shaw as the head of the creepiest clique in town. Marnie is instantly a fascinating character because she isn't arriving on the scene with unexplained mystical powers and motives (cough... cough...  Mary-Ann... cough... cough...). It looks like we'll actually watch her accumulate various spells and, I can only assume, devious plans to go along with them.

Sookie... is... Eric's?!? Wow. I knew the housing market was bad, but I wasn't aware they were offering such deals as ownership of the beautiful previous resident when you purchase these days. Think Eric got a low, fixed rate, too?

Seriously, though, what a smooth line Eric delivered upon seeing Sookie in the buff. What does it mean that she's now "his?" There's no way the show is hooking these two up already, this early in the season, right? And, if it does, how will the new King react? Fun questions to ponder.

I didn't dislike any of the storylines presented, I just didn't love the way they were all thrown at us so rapidly. But now that we're here and now that True Blood has returned, we can all just sit back and let the fun - and sex, and gore, and suspense - flow.

What did everyone else think?


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I really don't like that bill is king!
I love it when Eric is in charge of him
it seems strange the other way round


BTW: I love what Eric has done to sookie's home, he has great taste! It looks so nice, peaceful, clean and a real home. LOL He made it a home, Home sweet home for Sookie when she returned, he was truthful He NEVER gave up Hope on Sookie, its like he was preparing for her return by fixing up and re-decoring Sookie's house, it was right on time too.


Exuse any type-os,etc Just couldn't wait to give my feedback. I think I may become a member here. Heading to my HBO GO to watch next weeks ep! or maybe tomorrow.


I think it was the right direction to move things so fast and jam pack the first epsiode of this season, because Sookie was gone in the real world/TB world for 12-13 months; we needed to catch up. Now, I think when Eric said, "Sookie you are mine"! How she is his? Well, because he feels(matter of opinion)since bill gave up on her and possibly move on to another lover and he owns her house now, she is his?! Bill is King of Louisiana! He buried the REAL ONE in the concret. Is it just me or does Bill have an even more darker/dangerous business-type look/feel to him? Whatever it is I want sookie to leave him alone. I still dont trust him! Even if I wasn't an Eric fan/lover I still wouldnt like Bill. Also, I think Layfette had something to do (his hidden talent) of helping bring back the parrot to life. Its like the witch needed an extra source untapped power and she got it for a moment= Layfette. I hate Tara now "Tony" has forsaken sookie...But we will seen how this story line plays out. Andy is hooked on V?! I need to know how that happened. And Jason boy does he look good in a uniform. Hate he has to be in the stinky hot freezer for a while. :( Poor Jason Jessica is having her, "I need to be wild and free mid-vamp crisis". And mama hoyt has sunk her claws into another poor lad, but I think mama has a plan up her sleave. Conclustion: I like this ep of Season 4; one of the best yet.

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True Blood Season 4 Episode 1 Quotes

We'll stay for five minutes. 10 if they got dranks.


I have a fairy godmother? Okay, if your job is to look after me, can I just say you suck.