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True Blood Round Table: "Hopeless"

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We did NOT see that death coming.

Russell Edgington made his presence very much felt on True Blood this Sunday, while Jason continued to dream of his parents and Sam sniffed around for some masked shooters.

In this edition of the TV Fanatic Round Table, staff writers Chris O'Hara and Leigh Raines are once again joined by Liz Henderson of True-Blood.net as they break down various aspects of "Hopeless."

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With Rikki stepping up and seconding Alcide’s motion to take over as pack master, do you think we have seen the last of his romantic involvement with Sookie for now?
Chris: I'm very excited at the prospect of Rikki (Kelly Overton) getting more screen time and loved seeing Alcide finally assert himself as the alpha. I think Alcide tries to fill the void left by Debbie by getting involved with Rikki, while Sookie looks like she is going to be up to her eyeballs in fairy drama.

Leigh: I think Alcide is a really independent guy so I was surprised to see that he was stepping up as pack master. However, I think he'll be a great leader and I'm also interested to see how he meshes with other members of the pack. That being said, he's been in love with Sookie so I don't think it's the end. Maybe Alcide will have two lovers this season?

Liz: I think we've seen the end of any sexual relationship between Alcide and Sookie, mostly because Sookie won't allow it anymore. She and Alcide got caught up in a moment that was interrupted and it will never happen again.

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Who do you think the vampire on the bridge was that killed Sookie and Jason’s parents that rainy night?
Chris: I have seen several screen caps of this scene and one from a future episode where Jason is seen in the rear view mirror as the same vampire stands in front of his car. This may be another dream sequence or reality. My guess though is that the culprit is Roman.

Leigh: Initially I thought Russell, but now I think Roman. Especially because Chris Meloni's slated to appear in more episodes. However, the photos made it look like Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter. Seriously, a top hat in the 1990s?!?

Liz: No idea whatsoever. After this episode, I'm not sure about anything anymore.

Were you surprised none of the other Authority members came to Roman’s aid when Russell attacked him? Does this mean the rest of the Authority was in on the deception?
Chris: It didn’t really cross my mind at first, but someone alerted me to this odd fact in the comments following my review this week. I'm lead to believe that the rest of the members are in on the deception. In retrospect, I think the whole scene where Kibwe punched Russell for his blasphemous comments was staged... which also lends to the reason why he later did away with all the witnesses. I think “young” Alexander was framed or exposed to deflect attention from those who really were traitorous.

Leigh: Russell is old as dirt, I wouldn't wanna mess with him either! Plus, The Authority is crawling with traitors, Salome being number-one on my list.

Liz: I think that whole situation took everyone by surprise except Salome. There was no time for them to try rescuing Roman. They also may have expected Roman to win the fight because Russell was supposedly weakened by silver.

Have we seen the last of Christopher Meloni on True Blood?
Chris: I think Roman did meet the true death, but if my hunch about him being the Stackhouse murderer is right, we will probably continue to see him in flashbacks as Jason continues to uncover the truth about how his parents died.

Leigh: Nope. Refer to answer number-two. I also think Alan Ball knows that if you get Chris Meloni, you friggin utilize Chris Meloni!

Liz: Considering we just saw him melt away like an Indiana Jones movie villain, I'd say we've seen the last of him. Flashbacks may be all we get if anything. I'm not happy about that, though.

There was a slew of amazing True Blood quotes this week from a host of different characters. What was your favorite?
Chris: Eric’s line pertaining to a certain sexual act that Lilith could perform on him had me rolling. The racial undertones of Sam’s line to Andy about not knowing what it’s like to have people want to kill you just because of what you are was very interesting. For my money, though, the best quote was Russell’s “You're fu-king worse than humans. You might as well be praying to leprechauns or unicorns, or the mother fu-king Kardashians!”

Leigh: Jason in the field flipping out that the faeries took his "sissy" was pretty funny, but it obviously goes to Eric. "Lilith can f**king blow me." Deadpan perfection. His glamouring of Alcide was also pretty amusing.

Liz: Agreed, Chris. You might as well be prayin to leprechauns or unicorns...or m/fing Kardashians! Ah, Russell. He has some of the best lines!

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I must confess: All the lust I had for the character of Alcide fell to the ground! That training scene with Rikki was the height of absurdity! Joe Manganiello is no longer Alcide!! From nothing became the worst version of a new age cocky RAMBO addicted to vampire blood with a touch of cinnamon and sugar on top! I would prefer watching a cooking show with a hot and beefy Top Chef teaching on how to make a Traditional Apple Strudel than that crap! What a complete and total mess! Where's the link of continuation, the sense of continuity in order to unfold the story instead of this messy and confused scenario? We're all clueless! The fact that True Blood cast and crew keep saying "Oh it's True Blood, and anything can happen in this show" is no longer an excuse for this no sense plot. Season 4 ended with Alcide declaring himself to Sookie and still insisting on her "try harder". What happened with that spectacular werewolf? Suddenly he became the RAMBOcide? BTW, a very ridiculous RAMBO!I liked the strong, brave, healthy and honest werewolf(mainly with his feelings and personality,that,sometimes was more a MAN than a "regular" werewolf. Now he looks like those stupid and cocky “V� addicted weres from season 3. Unbelievable! What happened to "I've waited for this for a long time," said to Sookie? She brought back his memories, right? So, the whole purpose of Eric to end the romance between them was broken, right? Instead, here comes an Acide-RAMBO-Rikki in the same way as Eric-Nora thing? And those magnificent new actors included with such a wasted roles! The only plausible thing I see in this current TB season is that Russell Edgington is indeed VERY SKINNY to remain so long under pure and solid concrete. SO,“Hopeless� made me literally hopeless.

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My question isn't so much why the council members didn't help Roman, as much as when Roman pressed the ice stake app. to engage, it didn't- why? Was it planned not to go off, is that why the council members were not surprised, they were expecting things to go the way they did.

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Sookie's grandfather was part fae as well. I don't think all the authority members are in on it. It wouldn't make sense to drag it out that long. Why not just kill him and get it over with... unless Lilith is going to pop out of nowhere from some fulfilled prophecy. When Roman started praying to Lilith the only one that joined in was the Texas red head vamp. If Salome is Russell's progeny that would make a lot of sense. It would answer how someone knew where he was. Nora told Eric that she didn't free Russell which only leaves the other bat charm wearing vamp: Salome. So excited to see what randomness the writers dreamed of :D

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why is it that they put roman on for such as short time hopeful they will bring him back and here is a question Ive been wondering for a while why is it sookie is the only one in her family that is a fairie

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Were you surprised none of the other Authority members came to Roman’s aid when Russell attacked him? Does this mean the rest of the Authority was in on the deception? I agree with Liz and it's very true to real life experience - when you witness something that takes you completely by surprise especially when you're 100% expecting things to go as planned and it ended up being a 180° turn, your instinctive reaction is that you freeze: a deer caught in the headlights.
The only person who could have reacted (because it was not an unexpected move for her) was Salome, but clearly she had no intention of intervening. It was all her plan after all.

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Maybe Roman will be brought back by Lilith? One can only hope. He is the scariest villain (if you could even call him that seeing how awesome he is) we have ever seen on true blood. No man has ever been creepier in a polo

True Blood Season 5 Episode 6 Quotes

Guess that whole friendship things on hold.

Jessica

You're just what the doctor ordered.

Russell

True Blood Season 5 Episode 6 Music

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