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True Blood Review: Those Who Can

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Somewhere, Steve Newlin's spirit shed a tear as Eric made his return on True Blood Season 7 Episode 2  ... via Jason's steamy dream.

Having been brought back from the brink of death by everyone's favorite Viking, Jason's subconscious showed it was still under the influence of Eric's blood.

Jason: But I can't get you out of my head. You probably hear that a lot don't you.
Eric: For a thousand years, only twice have I felt it in return.

Alive... and Not Well
Eric is alive! But that doesn't mean all is well with the beloved vampire.

Right about the moment I swore to never eat another carb, Jason woke up in a church pew (of all places), bringing the episode back to Bon Temps.

Sam and the others struggled to figure out their next move with regard to the infected vampires who attacked them. Interestingly enough, when we caught back up with the nesting nasties at Fangtasia, it became apparent that they were actually pretty organized compared to those they terrorized the night before.

Despite their hopeless situation and absolute disregard for human life, the infected vamps actually had worked out a pretty 'civil' arrangement amongst themselves. Their division of labor, so to speak, provided a glimmer of hope for Arlene and the others held captive when they recognized the new reaper Betty.

Persuading Betty to let them go was a long shot, but Arlene was not about to die in that basement after everything she had already been through.

I did not survive four lousy husbands, a serial killer boyfriend and the sort of suicide of my love Terry, to die in the dingy basement of a fucking vampire bar.

Arlene

This was one of Arlene's best episodes. My hope grew along with hers that she would make it out. That was, of course, until Betty turned into a pile of goo while feeding on her. The Hep-V claimed another victim and possibly Arlene and the others's best chance for escape.

Team Sookie could still save the day, especially with Jason on the case.

Sookie: I hate to be morbid but you think she's got any fingerprints left?
Jason: It's not necessary. Sometimes not being clever makes you a good detective.
Andy: This is a Starbucks card.

That was vintage Stackhouse, as was the scene in Saint Alice where he showed off his pizza/forensic skills. I loved how he kept eating the slice of pizza as they continued to search the house.

Sookie reading the diary was a good idea, but with time of the essence, it would have been prudent to start with the last entry and then work backward if needed.

Then, of course, we would not have learned about the similarities between the two women and/or had reason to flashback to the night Bill took Sookie to Fangtasia.

What really struck me about the scene, though, was the entry where Mary Beth talked about crushing up some pills and dying alongside her baby. She noted her doubts that her daughter's life would be spared. This entry - along with the various messages we saw written around the town - did well to paint a picture of the utter despair and desperation that gripped Saint Alice in its final hours.

The images also brought back to mind similar ones seen during Hurricane Katrina; a reminder of how many felt their government abandoned them in that time of need as well.

Lettie Mae was in need of something all together different and went to extreme measures to get it after her visit with Lafayette proved fruitless.

I loved hearing him call her a drug addict through and through and a trifling bitch to boot... but did he miss what sounded like a confession by his strung out Auntie? It sure sounded to me as if she admitted to killing Tara right there.

While one mom was reminding me why she is my least favorite character on the show, another started making some sense and snuck in the most surprising performances of the episode.

Yes, Maxine Fortenberry stole the supporting role spotlight with a number of scenes. My two favorite were her NyQuil distorted account of Sam their "dog bear" mayor outside her home and her comment about Adilyn being a newborn the last time she checked.

Lastly, we got the reunion we had all been waiting for. There have been many theories as to how Eric may have escaped the predicament we last saw him in. Part of me thought we were going to see a crispy bacon version of him being nursed back to health... or perhaps Pam would find him buried deep beneath the snow in need of a serious shampoo and facial.

However, seeing the signature Hep-V roadmap making its way up his chest was not one of the scenarios I had envisioned and absolutely floored me.

Jessica also appeared to be suffering some bizarre symptoms as the bite marks on her arm had not healed as they should have. Bon Temps is going to Hell in a hand basket and no one may be safe. Not even our supes.

What do you think? Will Sookie end the series with Bill?

 

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Everything Lettie Mae annoyed me as hell. Why do the writers torture me with her storyline? I'm so over this crazy woman!
Everything 'rednecks clinging to their prejudices' annoyed me as hell. After everything that happend there's no one in Bon Temps who doesn't see things differently? Seriously?
And even the opening scene annoyed me because one could clearly see it's a dream and Eric wasn't back/found yet. This episode was even worse than the first (and I didn't like that one either). Arlene, of course, was brilliant. Also liked Andy's and Jasons's scenes. But these parts don't save the whole episode for me. Though I have to admit I'm curious how they will save Jessica (in case she got somehow infected) and Eric - bet it will have something to do with Sookie's or Adilyn's fairyblood. Because I'm absolutely sure they would never dare to kill off two fan favourites.

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I'm with you Lee ... there was also this hot gay scene vetween Eric and Russel's lover in season 3 do you remember ? I think we ought to thank True Blood and HBO for not letting anyone tell them what to do whenever it fits the story ! I also can't help to notice the analogy with Katarina when seeing how the town of Saint Alice was totally abandonned by the government and the feds. If people think this is only a mere vamp soap tv serie, they should think again ... Lots of scenes are intented to make you think out of the box ... this opening hot scene included !!

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The opening scene was the best. It was so hot. They should have made that the whole episode. I'm still drooling.

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True Blood Season 7 Episode 2 Quotes

There's no manual on how to get through this.

Sam

Jason: But I can't get you out of my head. You probably hear that a lot don't you.
Eric: For a thousand years, only twice have I felt it in return.

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