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True Blood Review: Sam I Am

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Just when you think you know someone...

A war is coming to True Blood and this was the week of choosing sides. "Somebody That I Used to Know" delivered on multiple fronts with riveting developments in several story lines. 

Stackhouse Search Party

I'm going to start with Lafayette because I feel like I haven't given the poor guy his due lately. He has been through so much, what with losing the love of his life and having his mouth sewn shut... and then people still go knocking on his door to do that voodoo that he reluctantly does so well.

His line about being out of the help business to Arlene and Holly was easily one of my favorite True Blood quotes of the week and the scene where Jesus appeared in the car seat next to him tugged at my heart strings. Are you real? Does it really matter? Hookah no, I was just pleased to see him get a moment of happiness before he had to start swallowing spirits again. I sure as hell hope he got to take that small chronic break too. 

We've seen all kinds of relationships on this show, but Sam leaning in to kiss, well, himself was a first. I'm glad a smooch on the forehead was all it took to shift Luna back. How amazing, however, was that whole scene when she walked out her hospital room looking like Sam, sassed Officer Doofy and stole some guy's Free Moustache Rides sweatshirt?

When Sam, Luna and Andy showed up to find Jessica alone in the hate group's home, am I right that they weren't alerted to the place's whereabouts by Hoyt? I think Sam got the location from the guy in custody after he went Cobra Commander on him. The woman Luna smelled in the house where Jess was held had to be the large lady friend of former Sheriff Bud who last week let him know the hot tub was just the way he likes it. This would confirm the theory that the former peace officer is behind the hate mongerers.

While Hoyt did the right thing in the end, I don't think anyone was really worried about him shooting Jessica. I liked her admission to him about how she prayed her love would come back, but it just didn't. Was it mere coincidence that Jason also made a reference to love when he was listing the reasons why Sookie shouldn't give up her powers?

Simple Stackhouse has really been dishing the wisdom lately. All the reason he gave his sister were valid, although having to listen to someone thinking about sucking your toes would get annoying after awhile. 

Pam and Tara

I had hoped this week would lend some more clarity as to who the vampire on the bridge was. The abnormal fact that Sookie could connect with him had me thinking it had to be Eric or Bill since she has tasted their blood, but then we heard the name "Warlo" from Claudine. Could that be some old handle Bill or Eric used to go by or was it short for warlock and we are looking at an entirely new badass vampire on the block? 

Elsewhere, Tara and Pam's relationship continues to get better and better with each scene to which we are treated. Loved Pam's line about her angry and happy face being one in the same.

I didn't have any delusions about Alcide beating J.D. but I had hoped for a little better fight. Shouldn't they have fought as wolves? The love scene between handsome Herveaux and Rikki, though, was all that and then some. I'll wager that hard drives all over the world are working overtime tonight as gif-image after gif-image of that righteous romp are being created. 

I still am on the fence as to if Bill has fully swallowed the Authority's kool-aid or still has some angle he is working. I felt for Eric as he had to ultimately take Nora insulting their Maker like she did. The MVP of the night, though, had to go to Russell who just continues each week to drop memorable line after memorable line.

He didn't seem all that wrapped up in the global purge of the coexistence movement did he? He served his purpose, got what he wanted and tonight seemed more concerned with making Steve his new Talbot.

I started off this week mentioning the idea of choosing sides. When it comes to us the fans, I'm still surprised by those of you who are finding this season to be a disappointment. It is your right of course, but I want to hear why from those of you whose thirst for blood has gone unquenched and of course I hope to hear from those of you who - like myself - thought this was yet another great Sunday night of crazy television.

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not everyone cares about the Stackhouses and just the vampire drama, do not speak for the entire fanbase like that. I am personally not interested in what happening with Sookie and never been interested in Jason's story.

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Of course no one was worried for Jessica, because this show refuses to kill off any characters. The episode would have been great had these things happened: (a) Hoyt pulled the trigger on Jessica, killing her.
(b) J.D. slammed the rock in Alcide's face.
(c) Patrick immediately shot Terry in the face when he was told one of them had to die. Like that, you have the eventual climax where Jason avenges Jessica and kills Hoyt, Terry possesses Patrick's body and kills him, and the Authority betrays J.D. and devours the whole Shreveport pack. We don't need to many characters. If you can figure out a way to get rid of Holly, Arlene, Andy, Sam and Luna too, that will be great. Keep the focus on Sookie, Jason and the vampires. That's what everyone wants to see.

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This is far and away my favorite season of True Blood. It's always been entertaining television, but more times that not I felt like the various storylines were disjointed and found it hard to connect to a lot of the fringe characters (i.e. Terry, Hoyt, Alcide, Sam). This season every character is getting their due and has a story that relates to the other in some way. I'm also really enjoying Eric's emergence as a "good guy." He's still Eric, but I appreciate the honor and virtue. Characters that I didn't love in the past (Tara and Sam) are giving me reasons to care-another thing I really appreciate. Most of all, the focus has changed from romantic relationships to the human/vampire/other supernatural beings dynamic which is what the show is all about. All in all, I'm loving season 5 and I hope next season continues to deliver the way this one has!

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I believe behind this is hoyts mother....

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To the commenter on Anna Paquin's pregnancy affecting her screen time, she didn't start showing until the end of filming this season and since they normally don't film until December, her pregnancy shouldn't affect her screentime next season.

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I am not a big fan of this season because I miss a lovestory. Pure an simple as that. I know, I am such a girl, but that is just how I feel,
In the last season and also in the books you always get the feeling of a red line, that holds it all together. And that red line is the love story between Sookie and Bill or Sookie and Eric ... and I just miss that. I want something for the heart next to all the violence and hatred!!
And actually I am a little bit mad. They butchered the lovestory between Eric and Sookie so bad, that even I, as a hopeless romantic can not see them together... like ever.

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1. The way Claudine was calling Waldow indicates not only that she knows him. When she says " Leave The Girl Alone", it makes me assume that she was behind the murder of her parents and wanted Sookie for some other plans. 2. I need help with something. None of Sookie's parents is a fairy, for the so-called "vampire" would have been drawn to the blood of the supposedly fairy parent instead and not just a small stain of Sookie's blood. 3. Doesn't this mean that one of them is not a biological parent ? 4. As I write, I become more convinced that the first scene of Season 4 is relevant to Warlow's character. His looks remind me of the many abnormally looking fairies we saw in the opening of last season after having been struck with Sookie's TRUE fairy light. I need feedback on this, guys, please ! I am only speculating and could be wrong and/or misinformed :)

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I have this theory that this mysterious vamp is related to Godric somehow. Maybe they have the same maker?? It could explain why Sookie was in his head because she's had Erics blood and Eric obviously has Godrics blood. Could give us an excuse to see more Godric ;)
Or we could also go the way of Bills bloodline but I'd much prefer it to be Godric/Eric's.

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Susan Parker
July 30th, 2012 4:34 PM
I've watched this episode several times, ad still am not certain where or in whose house Jessica was being held. Somebody said that Sam was smelling the woman that Bud had at his house, but we never saw her, so we don't know if she was large. Was Jessica supposed to be at Bud's? I didn't recognize it. Susan,
we saw her briefly over Bud's shoulder when he was running Andy off and she did look a bit "hefty"

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I've watched this episode several times, ad still am not certain where or in whose house Jessica was being held. Somebody said that Sam was smelling the woman that Bud had at his house, but we never saw her, so we don't know if she was large. Was Jessica supposed to be at Bud's? I didn't recognize it.

True Blood Season 5 Episode 8 Quotes

Sookie: Jason are you ok?
Jason: I'm fine you got me in the head.

Bill: We were in the presence of God.
Eric: We were high as fuc-ing kites.

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