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True Blood Review: Love Me, Hate Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me

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Great Godric's ghost, what an episode that was.

"In The Beginning" had to be the wildest ride of the season thus far, what with Russell crushing vampire heads and Jason shooting them. For those of you who felt True Blood's guru, like Sookie, had been a little off his game lately, I have to think tonight restored your faith in Alan Ball. 

I really enjoyed seeing the bond begin to form between Tara and Pam, even if Pam showed reluctance to let Tara into her heart. I never thought Tara was that terrible a bartender, but she did look pretty skilled on that pole. Loved how she didn't back down one bit when her mom came calling to guilt trip her.

Magical Sookie

Speaking of scared parents, I had forgotten that Sookie's mother was scared of her daughter's power, but I still feel like Sookie is fooling herself if she thinks life as a normal human will make everything alright. I know he didn't go to medical school or fairy school or nothing, but I'm pretty sure Jason will set his sister straight. What will come of Eric's sister, though? What do you think Godric meant for him to do? 

I haven't seen a group of vampires that unruly since Lost Boys. Maybe the recent events in Colorado have me on edge, but did they really need to show prune face feeding off a child? Other than that part, I could not applaud the return of Sir Russell enough. Coming in at a close second to him was Eric, who provided some of the best True Blood quotes of the season. Even Alcide chimed in with a couple gems. As if him rolling around with no shirt on wasn't enough, his line to Martha about her son not having a grave - because they all ate him - floored me. 

Two of my favorite scenes this week were Arlene watching her wedding video and Jason and Sookie's heart-to-heart when he brought her breakfast in bed. It's always good to see the softer side of these characters to remind us they have feelings and real lives invested in these story lines and aren't just pawns to be ushered around by supernaturals. 

Like Andy knocking on Sheriff Bud's door, this episode caught me at a bad time, as I am battling flu-like symptoms... so I am going to leave it to you all to share your thoughts about the above mentions, as well as Hoyt's new gang, Jason's tiff with Jessica and what your take on Lilith and her weird nether regions were. 

Check back in later this week for more in our True Blood Round Table!

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... but he recognizes it as a tool for power. He's a parallel to very real fake religious fanatics in all religions who pretend to be holier than though and just say "sorry" when they're done with their sins, and all is okay, and use their religion as a source of power. Alan Ball loves to point out those hypocrisies, so don't expect this to last. Maybe it's just me, but I'm pushing for Martha to actually end up connecting/bonding with Luna and her pup. I think Martha will realize the Pack is going down a wrong path (unless Alcide fixes that) and will put the pup first. It will be good for Luna to have to trust her. Martha seems to be a very cool layered character. Boy do I wish Sookie knew all the vamps were going "bat-shit crazy" before she was dumping all her faerie power out. Ugh.

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Terrie, I think it was just the extent of the injuries. I actually thought Luna was dead for sure. Sam looked to be shot only in the shoulder or something not as serious, but I think (if I recall, but someone correct me if I'm wrong) that Luna was shot in the chest and stomach. Yes, you CAN survive that under the right circumstances but it will be a SLOW painful recovery. don't think it's shifter-related. I'd love more theories on why the Bud-dragon connection. Just because he happened to be there in the same episode? Interesting theory on Lilith/Fae, but I think it's probably b/c it's the purest.. unless Fae are descendant of the original Vamp? What a twist that would be. I think Russell is still very much so a sociopathic villain. He has just found that if he has said 'praise lillith", or "forgive me, lillith" after something heinous, no one looks at him twice, so it eliminates his danger. He doesn't give two hoots about Lillith or the "true religion", but he recognizes it as a tool for power. He's a parallel to very real fake religious fanatics in all religions who pretend to be holier than though and just say "sorry" when they're done with their sins, and all is okay, and use their religion as a source of power. Alan Ball loves to point out those hypocrisies, so don't expect this to last. Maybe it's just me, but I'm pushing for Martha to actually end up connecting/bonding with Luna and her pup. I think Martha will realize the Pack is going down a wrong path (unless Alcide fixes that) and will put the pup first. It will be good for Luna to have to trust her. Martha seems to be a very cool layered character. Boy do I wish Sookie knew all the vamps were going "bat-shit crazy" before she was dumping all her faerie power out. Ugh.

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Some people think that Lafayette, Hoyt, Tara, Andy, Alcide, Terry, Jason, Sam's storyline are annoying.So basically, everybody execpt Sookie, Bill and Eric. I think THEY are anoying, not the stories. I love all the characters, that's why I LOVE TBlood. And this last episode was awesome! Like every season, tension is building up, everything will make sense and come together at the end.

Terrie

Ok, could someone kindly refresh my memory. Why are you guys thinking Sheriff Bud is this "dragon"?????? And which one is "prune face"??? Once again TOO MUCH jammed into one hour............. Loved the vampire gang walking down Bourbon Street........... Funny....Sam rolling on the floor like a dog......LOL.....something else with this....Sam healed SOOOO quick......Luna is a shifter too so wouldn't stand to reason she'd heal quick too?? Why is she still in the hospital??? I agree that Hoyt joining this hate group will end with his death.......probably accidentially by Jason.... Still don't know what to make of the Authority.........there is only 5 more episodes so they need to get to the point of this............this is something to annoys me about this show.......we have to wait A DAMN YEAR and only get 12 episodes..................

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I also agree with the commenter on Jessica/Jason because it doesn't make sense. Jason like Tara hates vampires (and they are both justify in their hatred) and quite frankly only put up with Bill and Eric for Sookie's sake. He also was never attracted to Jessica prior to her giving him blood unlike Sookie who was very attracted to Bill on first sight and found Eric attractive on sight. Jason on the other hand I don't think really likes Jessica and imo Jessica is still very selfish and her whole thing with Hoyt has hurt her character because she didn't cheat because she love Jason, she did it because she could. Let this pairing go writers, there nothing magical about it.

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I thought this was the best ep yet!!! Only complaint I have is that the were wolves don't get enough credit, they should b more vicious than portrayed but I do like how ema is a puppy wolf. I'm happy alcide finally found a good women inside the pack and I'm excited to see if alcide really wants to be pack master. The scene with the authority was awesome and have to disagree about the (Lilith) blood being fairy, I think that since it is the blood of the vampire mother it would cause them to act or be more primal as the original vampires from the beginning. I really also like Lilith and how she was portrayed as a beautiful Egyptian or a excotic race of human and her screaming lIke a siren from Greek mythology but I noticed it made all the vampires feast but the only wonder I have is for Jesus baby cousin and the now ex wife of his crazy ass uncle.

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Well I am positive that this episode makes way for many upcoming exhaustive and fully inclusive battles in True Blood, many of which have been already signified by : 1) That special Faerie protective club 2) Anti-Mainstreaming 3) The words of J.D in this episode 4) The return of Edgington as part of Lilith's plan 5) The Obama-mask group that is killing everything that is not-human for that, I am looking forward to watching some very interesting episodes that would eventually achieve what everybody wants : all characters reunited under one plot and story. I am positive we will end up seeing a massive battle that involves almost everybody, thus hopefully not letting me or any other viewer down. It's already known that the finale will be a massive bloodbath , according to Jessica's true persona, and I am more than sure that this bloodbath will be - accordingly- including all our characters at once. So be patient ! the stories are well constructed and the consistency will be quite surprising at the end !

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I have to say this episode was well rounded and certainly the best episode of the season so far, which just as good as season 3 was (so hopefully season 6 will be as good as season 2!) and that the episode D, E, F, G and H plots had there moments, Terry attempting suicide was a brilliant scene, Arlene and the Video Tape, Sam and Andys team up, Hoyts storyline seems to building towards something. The only thing is that Lafyettes storyline ruined the episode. Alan Ball clearly heard the fans outcry at magic and listened but it had a huge impact on lafyettes character so he has to close that story. Thats what i hope anyway. Season 5 is shaping up nicely although the death of Roman and the fact Russel isn't as sociopathic and being the main villain is ruining it as either of them could of made an excellent overall villain. The Authority being unwound after 4 seasons of build up is like The Company being discovered in Heroes, the more we get of it the less power, authority and fear it produces. Shame cause Nan Flannigan and The Authority was brilliant in earlier seasons!

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@Feedback TY for clearing that up, you are right it wasn't Russell feeding on the kid it was prune face. Wasn't really the kind of scene I wanted to rewind so thank you for pointing out my mistake. @LuckuBastarda I too liked your comment about the blood being fairy. Very interesting and I also agree with you guys that Bud is dragon, good call.

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It was something to see jason shoot jessica in the head. I know a lot of people love them together but personally i don't. Maybe its cause they screwed over Hoyt but something about their relationship just doesn't make too much sense to me. I wonder if Hoyt and Jason will be bro's again I mean they both on a vamp killing road

True Blood Season 5 Episode 7 Quotes

Come to think of it, I have been a little bit off my game lately.

Sookie

I ain't been to med school or fairy school or nothin', so if you can put it in terms a late man could understand I'd appreciate it.

Jason

True Blood Season 5 Episode 7 Music

  Song Artist
Song I Can't Help Fallin' in Love Willie Aron and Joey Peters
The jezabels nobody nowhere Nobody Nowhere The Jezabels iTunes
Knaan in the beginning In the Beginning K'naan iTunes
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