True Blood Review: The First Cut Is the Deepest

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Chop Suey Sookie! This week's True Blood opened with a Kung Pow!  

"Gone, Gone, Gone" was great, great, great from the jump, where we saw Sookie deliver the true death to Mike Spencer with a side of white rice. Talk about "no more and then!" Sookie has been through so much this season, I was glad to see her assert herself like that. The whole wanting to suck her toes in the line at the bank thing was forgivable, but when Mike came knocking to make a withdraw from her femoral artery, our girl had to vehemently deny that transaction and deny it she did.

Jason, meanwhile, delivered one of his best episodes to date.

While speaking with Kristin Bauer van Straten earlier this week, she mentioned how Ryan Kwanten's amazing skill as an actor often is overlooked because of the comedic nature of his character, but tonight we got to see his full range. As usual, we were treated to a number of hilarious Stackhouse moments, too, though, such as he looked under the teddy bear's clothes while talking to Sookie or his comments in the professor's office - but his vulnerability was on full display any time it came to Hoyt.

Jessica Hamby Pic

"I love you Bubba? Followed by their road side encounter? Those have to be included on my list of emotional True Blood Season 5 scenes, alongside Eric releasing Pam.

One small issue I had with the glamouring by Jessica, though, was that I felt like she should not have blinked or broken eye contact with Hoyt. I know I'm nitpicking, but I just thought it would have served to make the scene that much more intense. 

What was probably anticipated by the show's makers as one of the episode's most intense moments - the destruction of Godric before Eric's eyes - didn't really shake me too much. Maybe it was because Lilith still seemed to only be a vision or hallucination produced by the ingesting of that blood; recall that Bill could not see her on the monitors.

Or maybe it was because of my faith in Godric and that he is too badass to let some vampire who prefers to cover herself in blood instead of blouses do him in like that. Can't a sister get a robe already? Not that I'm complaining. 

I am not sold on Lilith nor do I think Eric was either after his apparent awakening. It was interesting to hear Godric tell Nora how he had "evolved." Curious choice of words, considering Bill told Eric the same thing awhile back when his actions confounded the viking vamp. Bill certainly seemed to be under the spell of Lilith, though, didn't he?

Maybe it will take Jessica to wake him up, a la Short Round in The Temple of Doom when he had to burn Indiana Jones with the torch to wake him from the dark spell of Mola Ram. 

Russell, meanwhile, had no issues with turning his back on Lilith and the Authority, what with their education reform and book club taking up all their time instead of fun.

What a great scene that was as he flexed his three thousand year-old muscle and even let his German accent fly a little. What contrast to the earlier scenes he shared with Steve when they went out for "Greek." Those poor brothers at the Gamma Kappa Tau house... loved Katy Perry playing in the background, too. Speaking of being "Wide Awake," while Russell waxed on about day walking, Steve had himself a pretty stellar episode on his own, highlighted by the scene where he scolded Emma for being in her human form.

His asking her if she wanted Nigel to eat her made my list of best True Blood quotes from this week. 

There had been some speculation that Elijah was possibly Warlow, but that theory went down the drain when Tara took him out with Ginger's help. Speaking of Ginger, Pam should have turned her like yesterday, or at least given that woman a raise. She has been down town Julie Brown from day one when it has come to helping Pam out. I like Tara's resolve most of all, as did her maker from the look of it, as Pam once again gazed upon her progeny like a proud parent. 

Getting back to Russell and his plans to walk in the sun again: I found myself agreeing with Salome. Vampires are creatures of the night. Seeing them in a different medium would not sit well with this fang fan. Somethings are better left as they have always been, like the Smurfs. They just don't belong on the big screen walking amongst actual humans. Sorry, K. Perry.

Whoa there, now I feel like I've been sipping Lilith's blood. Moving on and looking forward, we didn't see anything from the werewolf population this week, so I am anticipating them having a big part in the remaining episodes. Lafayette finally made it through an hour without someone trying to sew his mouth shut or asking him to swallow a dead person's ghost, so that was nice. I also loved the bridesmaid walk he used on his way to serving Andy and Holly. 

What did everyone else think?


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@Pratik. They take the nasic premise of the book (usually what new creature/character they introduce) but that's about it. They add original chracters and change characters' entire storylines (killing some chracters several books earlier to keeping them alive longer). They're very different things with completely different tones. The show is very dark and edgy, where the books tended to be a bit sillier and didn't take themselves too seriously. I prefer the books because they were more fun, less melodramatic, and have only followed the show though online reviews to see what it's up to. It depends on what kind of thing you like, both are done well overall even if the show turned out to be less to my taste.

Leigh r

@Pratik The show is pretty different from the books, but does take some of the storylines. Book one was pretty on point with season one, book three is when Sookie meets Alcide and the wolves come into play, witches in season four. There was a shooting spree with someone named Sweetie Des Arts later on, but there was a lot more detail. I guess it's kinda like an outline. The books don't have Jessica, Hoyt, Tara is totally different, Lafayette gets killed off in the first book. So I guess it's 50/50.


A question to the those who have read the books - Is True Blood storyline a lot like the books, just like Game of Thrones, or is more in the Vampire Diaries territory where it barely follows the storylines set in the book?


@vampirelover08 - Good point, I myself forgot that was Andy's baby. Guess something is coming between Andy and Holy. Anyways, Loved Russell. That guy is simply fab.

C f ohara

Ah very good point @vampirelover08. Loved how Claude said she is 500 yrs old but claims to not be a day over 300. with so much going on each week I invariably have to leave some stuff out otherwise my reviews would go on for pages. That's why I leave it up to you guys to fill in the gaps. My main aim is to kick start the discussion. With that said what is Morella's angle do you think. Maybe hoping to offer up the baby to spare Sookie? Is she in deep with Warlow? The Fae don't need humans to procreate I don't think, they just have a habit of forcing themselves on humans. Holler back.


How could you not mention a very pregnant Marella!! She's the fairy that Andy fooled around with at the end of season 4. It's definitely Andy's baby!!!

C f ohara

Maybe he is letting Sookie age like a fine wine?


I don't understand why Warlowe would take so long to claim what he is entitled to. I think I read in the book that Sookie is in her mid-to-late 20s. And the vamps have been out of the coffins for at least 18 months, with story line accumulation and the whole fairyland thing. Hhmmmmmmmmmm

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True Blood Season 5 Episode 10 Quotes

Well fu-k me he can count past five.


Russell: All this talk and killing has made me positively ravenous. Who wants to go out and eat? Steve.
Steve: I could eat.

True Blood Season 5 Episode 10 Music

  Song Artist
Teenage dream Teenage Dream Katy Perry iTunes
Caroline horn bread and water Bread and Water Caroline Horn iTunes