True Blood Round Table: "She's Not There"

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True Blood threw as much as it possibly could at viewers on the season four premiere.

From Tara's sexuality to Eric's new vocation, the TV Fanatic staff tackles a number of topics in this edition of the True Blood Round Table. Join Matt Richenthal, Eric Hochberger, Carissa Pavlica and Jim Garner below and sound off on the following questions...


What was your favorite scene in the premiere?
Matt: Call me a Harry Potter nerd, or just a fan of truly great acting, but I loved when Marnie brought the parrot back to life. We all saw it coming, but Fiona Shaw absolutely sold it. This year, they might spell "Emmy" W-I-C-C-A-N.

Eric: As the only character that consistently can make me laugh, I have to say I loved Pam's ambushing Jessica in the bathroom. Least favorite scene? That crappy Star Trek-esque phaser battle between the faeries and Sookie. Cheese!

Carissa: Sookie seeing her grandfather. The writers did a nice job reminding us that she had family, while at the same time making us question her heritage as a faerie. They may taste sweet, but that's about all the sweetness you get with them.

Jim: Jason pulling Andy off Lafayette, while quoting an actual regulation to him. How far has he come in a year without Sookie.

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Which storyline is most intriguing?
Matt: The America Vampire League and the elevation of Nan Flanagan. You can have all your shirtless Eric Northman scenes, ladies. Just give me one of these hilarious PSAs each week. Seriously, it's fun and interesting to see how the show combines complete lunacy with a real world issue such as tolerance of other kinds.

Eric: Bill as the King of Louisiana!! Holy crap. Where did that come from and where is it going?!? Plus, it's going to give the hotness that is Eric and Sookie time to blossom while Bill is finally off with his own storyline.

Carissa: Sookie being gone for a year. We will have a lot to explore due to that time jump, so I think it was a great move. Especially since it was only about 45 minutes for her. Bon Temps is full of surprises.

Jim: Jason and his situation in Hotshot. I am dying to know how he is going to get out of this one.

Tara going gay: Totally makes sense, or totally reeks of a desperate ratings ploy?
Matt: Makes no sense at all to me. I wish the show would stop trying to shock viewers and just give us realistic, relatable arcs such as Sookie and her grandfather escaping the fairy world via a quickly-closing portal.

Eric: Can we go with a little from column A and a little from column B? It didn't shock me for a second, given Tara's repeated failures with men.  And, let's face it, she has the rockin' athletic body for foxy boxing. In my narrow-minded view of the universe, one leads directly to the other. Oh, but clearly it's a ratings ploy to balance out the man-on-man action of last season  Gotta give us hornball guys something, too!

Carissa: It totally makes sense. She has always been very sexual, yes, but her eyes have wandered during storylines. I think it fits and I hope it's not just a ploy.

Jim: Amen, Carissa. Makes total sense. She was held captive and abused by an immortal male. Not surprising she went looking for a softer touch.

Do you trust Sookie's fairy godmother?
Matt: No. She appears to be closer to the Shrek 2 version of this supposed savior than the original in Cinderella.

Eric: As much as I trusted that delicious fruit. Which is a lot. I totally would have Garden of Eden-ed that fruit.

Carissa: I don't trust the faeries at all. Like Sookie said, where the Hell has she been? Didn't she know how many times she could have used a fairy godmother? Sheesh. She stinks at her job, that's for sure.

Jim: About as far as I can throw her. She is glamouring us to hide her hideousness.

Would you want Eric Northman as a landlord?
Matt: Probably not. I often walk around naked and I don't want someone showing up with a better body than mine.

Eric: Absolutely. A/C goes out? Bam, instantly there. Just get a damn lock installed. Despite his vampire loophole, I'm pretty sure there are laws in place to protect a tenant from your landlord just entering your property at any time.

Carissa: I'd want Eric Northman any way I could I could get him. Nuff said.

Jim: Well, he fixed the door right away so... sure! I'll take a guy who might eat me over someone inattentive to my needs.

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What was your favorite scene in the premiere? A: Way too many... If I had to choose it would have to be Jessica making scrambled eggs after Hoyts looking in the fridge and only finding pizza/Tru Blood. Which storyline is most intriguing? A: I don't know if it was just me but I thought that Alexander Skarsgård's performance was subtlety different from previous seasons. It was almost like a sense of longing to be with Sookie (albeit possessive but nevertheless romantic). In later books, there is switch in personalities of Bill and Eric but this episode was already foreshadowing it. Tara going gay: Totally makes sense, or totally reeks of a desperate ratings ploy? A: Given Tara's horrible experience with men and my firm belief that everyone in the bar wants to be with Sookie, I think that it was bound to happen that Tara became a lesbian. Do you trust Sookie's fairy godmother? A: With adaptations of a mythical creature such as the fairies it's not a far to stretch to believe that people aren't exactly what you imagined. Did you imagine John Travolta's interpretation of an angel called Michael (1996 movie). Would you want Eric Northman as a landlord? A: He does have remarkable decor tastes. So, yes I would want him to be my landlord, but I would remind him that I taste of cholesterol everyday.


Have the plot lines don't make sense to me. However, it did jumped a year. Therefore, we cannot judge any storylines like Tara being gay because you didn't see how it progressed. We may get flashes into the past to see how the characters developed if we're lucky.


What was your favorite scene in the premiere? I think my favorite scene is at the end when Sookie is getting out of the shower and Eric catches her robe and tells her he owns he house. The he says "Sookie, you are mine!" ----------------------------------------------------------------- Which storyline is most intriguing? Bill being king. While I hate his version of Sophie Ann and was looking forward to the summit in Rhodes on the future, it will be interesting to see what is planned for Bill and the effect his new position has over Eric and Sookie. Also, I am wondering why Barry the Bellboy was left Faery. ----------------------------------------------------------------- Tara going gay: Totally makes sense, or totally reeks of a desperate ratings ploy? Makes perfect sense. Her relationships with men have been far less than stellar and then after the hell of Franklin Mott, it is easy to see why she would go gay. I also think that it is a way to make up for all the guy/guy crap that has been on the show. ----------------------------------------------------------------- Do you trust Sookie's fairy godmother? I think that we will find that we can trust Claudine. Since Claude helped save Sookie, I think that she will turn out to be there to protect Sookie. We should have seen more of her in the show by now anyway and she should have saved Sookie a bit already. I hate that Alan Ball screwed up so badly of Faery. His version is so wrong. Faeries are not all light and sweetness, but they are supposed to be naturally stunning not look like trolls with a glamour. I guess it will be interesting to see how he rewrites the story. ----------------------------------------------------------------- Would you want Eric Northman as a landlord? Um... Hell Yes!! He could come in my house anytime he wanted anyway!


HOLY CRAP...addicted all over again with this that they put another episode on...I was dying to see what was going to happen!!! Thanks think we all needed both episodes been so long since I have watched :)

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just saw the 2nd Episode(pre- aired on HBO online).it was amazing.. I won't tell what happened to Eric & Jason in the end! :-P P.S if anyone is interested & Can't wait till next week, I can Skype send the True Blood Season4 Epi-02.


yes very confused about the supposed faeries


What was your favorite scene in the premiere? seeing Jessica and Hoyt fighting as a couple and her making him eggs. Which storyline is most intriguing?
i'm looking forward to Arlene and her evil baby. Tara going gay: Totally makes sense, or totally reeks of a desperate ratings ploy?
it makes sense,guys have been nothing but evil to her. Do you trust Sookie's fairy godmother?
i dont even know what the fuck happen with the faires, are they evil or are they even faries,i did not understand that part. Would you want Eric Northman as a landlord?
heck yeah, he can sink his teeth into my neck any time.

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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.