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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Yayyy Another amazing Sunday of awesomeness! I can't wait to see if Bill has a plan, I think so cause I want him to, but i'm not sure. Some vampires made his life very difficult in the past because of his mainstreaming, maybe he is just over it. We'll see. But they always showed us how serious, and BIG the Authority was, and now it's like it's just 3, 4 crazy vampires, and they do exactly what they are not supposed to?? That's odd. Then again, we'll see. I'm hoping for other high members of the Autority to give those psychopats(Salome, Eric's sister, Kimbwea, the redhead, and Russel and his bitch). the true death, or some kind of serious punishment.


I actually don't think Sam's character is off. He has always felt like an outsider and was treated differently due to the fact weird things always happen around him.
He found a shifter community to connect with and I guess once you have a group your perspective changes.
The loss of Tommy probably is involve as well.
With that said I approve the shifter plot of prejudice better than the vampire prejudice because at the end of day vamps are dangerous and spent the course of the show's history as being more opressors than actually oppressed.Humans have no reason to fear shifters, as we can see they have every right to fear vampires.


@kat4 I think the idea is that they're so far out in the middle of nowhere even Hoyt doesn't know where they are. Unconvincing? Perhaps... --- Is anyone else think Sam's character is off this season too? I understand him wanting to hunt down the people who killed is friends, but what's the whole deal with the "I'm different and people like me should be treated equally" stuff? I get that it's another in a long line of gay allegories, but Sam has never really been all "my people" before. Heck I didn't even think he knew any other shifters prior to finding his real family. As far as I understood, he was a loner who fit in with the "normals" and no one (up until the beginning of the show) even knew he was a shifter. I don't know, just he whole bone-weary "I've been hated all my life for being different" riff just struck me as being opposed to what we know of his actual history.


Did anyone else think it was odd that when Hoyt was leaving Jessica, she couldn't come with him because it was daylight, and it still seemed to be daylight when Andy, Sam and Luna came in, but that it was nighttime and Hoyt was somehow lost on roads that he not only grew up on but actually works for the highway public works? I know this isn't spoilerly because I remember TV scenes of him and Jason working together.


@whateva I understand it from the meta-level...Eric is the "bad boy with the heart of gold" (ala Han Solo, Sawyer from Lost, Spike from Buffy, etc, etc, etc...) So they have to turn him into a hero, but I don't feel like there has been enough to show us where he currently stands. My best assumption is that even he doesn't know. He just went through having his mind wiped, getting together with Sookie, letting Pam go, having his "sister" go fundamentalist, and having Godric show up again preaching non-violence or whatever he stands for.


@Richard3 I too am bit confused by Eric's motivations, he seem not pro-mainstreaming and even frowned upon it. He as far as I know does not drink Tru Blood and actually condones feeding from humans. I mean Pam had to learn that from someone. He also shown no problems with killing humans either.


Speaking of Eric, I confess to being slightly confused by Eric's motivations this season. Eric was never really a main-streamer, it seemed like he was just more an opportunist. He certainly never rejected feeding on humans, nor did it seem like he found any sanctity in human life (aside from Sookie's I guess). The only rationale I see for him being against this new Authority is that it's driven by religious fervor. --- Regardless, I'm digging the Bill / Eric team-up. Way better than them fighting over Sookie every scene.


@Chris O'Hara: Thanks for the props. If you factor out Sookie, Bill's central conflict has always been about his love/hate relationship with being a vampire. I remember thinking in season 1 that Bill must be a somewhat unique vampire, with his lamenting pretty much the entire way they live...more along the lines of an Angel from Buffy (vampire with a soul). They've down played that since he became a king, and also once Eric got heavily involved. I've always been a Bill fan...even though they've tried really hard in the last couple of seasons to cut him down so they could raise Eric up.


Can a fairy become a vamp? What would happen to their fairy magic? Sookie will be a sitting duck if she loses her fairy magic, unless she left Earth for Fae. What will Sookie's ENDGAME be? Is it inevitable that Sookie will turn into a vamp? If Sookie were to become a vamp, would she then permanently retain her fairy magic? Is Warlo a vamp turned from someone like Sookie?


When Sookie linked with the vamp that killed her parents I thought it must be a vamp who has drunk from Sookie, but then Claudine called the vamp by name (Warlo.) Also, the face apparition in the bathroom made it pretty apparent that this vamp is not your typical vamp. I wonder if this vamp could have his different set of abilities because he`s a fairy turned into a vamp.

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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.