True Blood this week began with a pair of phone calls. Both revealed bad news, but Jason's carried with it some added pain.
Hoyt was just one of several familiar faces to return on True Blood Season 7 Episode 4, but his scene with Jason was the most jarring.
Jason couldn't help but call Hoyt "Bubba" like he always had, yet had to quickly revert to pretending he was just another person on the end of a phone line. There was little time for him to get nostalgic.
Sam: You all ready?
Jason: No, but let's do this anyhow.
Far above in the not so friendly skies, Eric and Pam took a trip down memory lane after Eric infected the unsuspecting flight attendant. The flashbacks continued for their story arc overall as we learned that not only was Fantasia a video store, but that the idea originally was Ginger's.
I loved getting to see the genesis of the show's most famous bar, as well as how Ginger came to be a fixture. And what a classic Pam move, glamouring the memory of the idea out of her. So evil... yet - as it did for Eric - the move had to bring a smile to your face.
Sookie earlier told Jason that everyone would be looking to him to be the law, but she really took center stage and owned the moment with her various speeches.
I could have done without the one she gave Arlene's kids, but the way she put all her cards on the table for Jessica was fantastic. Jessica needed to get her head back in the game and, thanks to Sookie and Lafa, she did just that.
At Fangtasia, the best moment came before the big fight even began. Eric, clearly feeling the affects of the virus, feebly tried to break down the wall hiding the entrance to the secret tunnel. It was a sad sight, but I also had to laugh after seeing how easily Bill dispensed with it.
Eric used to be sex on a throne, but these days it looks like a rocking chair and blanket are more his speed.
I did like his reunion with Sookie, though. On True Blood Season 7 Episode 3, I had no time for her and Bill's conversation while waiting for the infected vampires to arrive.
Here, however, I really enjoyed the scene where Eric told Sookie about traveling the world one last time. There was a sadness there, but later on as Sookie hugged Arlene and stared up at Eric, there seemed to be a shimmer of hope.
I just am not buying that this it it for Eric. That he is going to go off, kill Sarah and then succumb to the virus. No way. What do you think?
Here is your first look at True Blood Season 7 Episode 5, "Lost Cause."