Monday, September 12, 2011

True Blood Season 4 Finale

A few weeks ago we asked the question "will the jumbled True Blood Season 4 make sense by the finale?" There has been a lot going on this season and so many of the storylines seemed disjointed. Only three episodes from the finale, we wondered whether the writers could possibly tie it all together in time.

(It should go without saying that this blog entry contains some major SPOILERS...but okay, we're saying it. READ AT YOUR OWN RISK.)
Jezebel: My test for how exciting this episode is, is going to be whether I'm tempted to check the Jets game during it.
Lilith: That's a good test. If I'm tempted to check the Jets game, then we know it's total crap.
The episode opens up the morning after last week's craziness, with everyone having breakfast. The finale starts with a nice creepy moment between Lafayette and Jesus, only we know that it isn't Lafayette. It's actually evil, crazy Marnie, in Lafayette's body. Just when you start to think "okay... nothing's happening...'' Marnie/Lafayette stabs Jesus in the hand with a fork! I'm sorry you didn't like the way Jesus made your breakfast, but damn.... Then we cut to Sookie's breakfast. She's having "residual weirdness" and thinking about her Gran. For some reason she is letting Tara stay with her again, like, did you forget that Tara basically organized Antonia/Marnie's whole fucked up scheme that almost got you and your two vampire boyfriends killed? Forgiveness! But like Tara says, the two of them are "magnets for fucking craziness".

Then we cut to Sam, alone at Tommy's funeral. Mrs. Fortenberry shows up and we have to wonder why isn't anyone else there? Sam didn't tell any of his friends... or employees from Merlotte's... or tenants... or anyone that Tommy died? It's annoying has Sam has barely interacted with anyone this season, outside of his little side story. His storyline barely intersected with anyone else's. He had like one conversation with Tara when she came back, but that was pretty much it. Tommy-Sam interacted with more people than real Sam. Yet somehow Mrs. Fortenberry knows to go to the funeral. I guess she was the only one not involved in a crazy vampire-witch feud.
Mrs. Fortenberry: He said, 'Sam shooting me was the best thing that ever happened to me Mrs. Fortenberry, because it brought me to you and the lord'. Sweet boy. Of course, then he stole a bunch of my clothes and jewelry. even a pair of my underpants. and my favorite church shoes.
Sam: I'm sorry. Nobody taught Tommy how to love somebody without hurting them. I let him down that way too.
Mrs. Fortenberry: My guess is, nobody taught you neither. We all do the best we can with what we got. I'm gonna bring by one of my famous pork rind casseroles later.
Sam: No, no don't trouble yourself Mrs. Fortenberry. [Translation: "Ew, please don't make me eat a pork rind casserole."]
Mrs. Fortenberry: Nonsense, Tommy may not a been my flesh and blood but he was a son to me. You call me 'Mama' from now on. We're all the family we got left.

Poor Sam. He had two sets of fucked up parents in a row and now he has to call Mrs. Fortenberry 'Mama'. If that isn't just the cruelest fate of all. It is pretty sweet to see Mrs. Fortenberry being so kind to Sam, but let's not forget that Sam is not all the family she's got left. She does have a son who is flesh and blood, who she doesn't speak to at all. She disowned him and tried to murder his vampire girlfriend, remember? As if the writers want to make sure that we do remember, the next scene is between Hoyt and Jason.

It was pretty hard to see Jason trying to tell Hoyt what happened. (It was even harder trying not to laugh at what is probably the dumbest secret handshake ever.) Finally Jason just blurted it out. For a minute there we thought that maybe this was another dream sequence, but no, he really just blurted that shit out.
Jason: I had sex with Jessica.
Hoyt: (laughing) Yeah
Jason: I ain't joking. I wish I was but I ain't.
Hoyt: How?
Jason: Kind of a weird question to ask, man. But if you really wanna know. Missionary, then doggie, then her on top. It was nothing too kinky...
[Hoyt punches Jason in the face]
Hoyt: No. How could you do that to me? Not how did you fuck my girl!
Jason: Listen I'm sorry man. But technically... Hey, technically, she wasn't your girl no more. You said you never wanted to see her again.
Hoyt: Yeah, fuck you.
Then Hoyt proceeded to kick Jason's ass... both literally and metaphorically, telling him "What Jess and I had, it was real and you ain't never gonna have that. Not with her, not with anybody. 'Cause there's something inside you that... is just missing." Ouch. It's been a rough season for Jason. He was kidnapped, eaten by werepanthers, raped, burned, beat up and now he's lost his best friend.

Then back to Lafayette and Jesus. Oh what is that accent? Lafayette talking as Marnie almost makes me mourn for Marnie talking as Antonia. This sounded like Lafayette was channeling Marnie, Antonia, Mavis and her dead baby all at once. Although who could concentrate on what she/he was saying anyway? We were too distracted by that hair. Marnie/Lafayette and Jesus have a nice chit chat about Halloween and Wicca and magic.
Marnie/Lafayette: The vampires have done a thorough job of demonizing our most sacred sabbath. Turned our religion into a joke.
Jesus: I agree with you. Vampires suck. [Pun intended?]
She wants his powerful "brujo magic"... but as Jesus tells her, "You can't trade magic like fucking Pokemon cards!" In order to stop Marnie/Lafayette from hurting Lafayette's body, Jesus says a spell to bring out his 'true face' and then goes all demon again. Marnie/Lafayette stabs him in the stomach and licks the knife. And then Marnie/Lafayette has the demon face. Well that seemed kinda quick and easy. So, apparently you can trade magic like Pokemon cards?

Sookie goes back to Merlotte's. For some odd reason, Sam quickly jumps from 'oh my brother's dead, what a bummer' to 'let's all wear Halloween costumes at work, yay'. Arlene and Terry are dressed as zombies, because "zombies are the new vampires" (so true). Arlene's daughter Lisa is dressed as Jenelle from Teen Mom 2. Fucking hilarious. Sam introduces Luna's daughter Emma to Colby, Lisa and Arlene.
Arlene: And what are you, cutie-patootie?
Emma: I'm either going to be a shifter like my mommy or a werewolf like my daddy, he's dead.
Arlene: Alrighty then. I'm gonna get back to work.
And then in walks... Noel from Felicity! Okay, really, it's Sergeant Patrick Devins, United States Marine Corps...
Terry: I heard you were dead.
Patrick: I heard you were crazy.
Terry: Well, yeah. That's still true.

Finally we find out what happened to Noel after Felicity ended. He joined the marines! He's giving off a super creepy vibe and knowing how much the marines fucked Terry up, we can't see any good coming from this nice little visit. Speaking of nice little visits, Alcide stops by the bar to offer Sookie some unsolicited advice, because, "people don't change, they just find new ways to lie."
Alcide: Remember when you said, if you were smart, you'd have fallen in love with someone like me?
Sookie: Alcide don't.
Alcide: People always say 'follow your heart'. What if your heart keeps telling you to do the same stupid shit over and over again? What if our hearts can't be trusted? It's our brains we should be listening to. [...]
Alcide: Debbie's out of my life... for good this time. I'm done with the drama. I want you to be done with it too.
Sookie: I can't change who I love. Lord knows I've tried.
Alcide: Try harder.

Tara goes to visit Lafayette (the writers have so thoroughly fucked her character this season, that when I see her I just roll my eyes) and she discovers Jesus's dead body. For some reason we were hoping that Jesus would survive, but alas, he's for real dead.

Back at Merlotte's, Sookie is lighting jack-o-lanterns when Holly Cleary startles her. "I'm just a fairy honey. Ain't nothing scary about fairies." Oh if you only knew Holly! Holly tells Sookie about Halloween or as the Wiccans allegedly call it "Sam-a-hain". (We know that this show doesn't exactly portray Wicca 100% accurately, but is that really how you pronounce Samhain? We've heard it a lot of different ways, but never like that exactly. Wiccans, feel free to weigh in in the comments.)

Holly smokes some weed and tells Sookie about the "terrible feeling" she's got in her gut, when Tara drives up to tell them that Jesus is dead and Marnie is inside Lafayette. Usually when you have a bad feeling in your gut like that it isn't instantly confirmed, but well, this is True Blood. The three of them drive up and find Eric and Bill shirtless and chained together. I know it's supposed to be scary, but it kinda looks like a scene from a gay BDSM porno. Marnie/Lafayette, who is now apparently dressed like Bea Arthur, tells them "As your friend Lafayette would say, what goes around comes around, bitches."

Tara begs Marnie/Lafayette not to do this, but she/he wants justice for "all the women you tortured and burned for centuries, all to repress a magic that's older and more powerful" than vampires. While they're debating it, Holly is sprinkling salt in a circle around them. Like, don't mind me, I'm just doing my Wicca thang. Pay no attention to the fairy with the salt. Marnie/Lafayette uses magic to light a fire under Bill and Eric, so Sookie uses her magic fairy light powers to zap her/him away. She/he gets back up, but now with scary demon face.

Holly, Sookie and Tara hold hands and start to chant. The circle of salt forms an orb of protection or something around them. Really? We know that Holly was casting a circle of protection, but we didn't think it was going to form a literal shield. Just a few minutes ago Holly was telling them how she doesn't usually do shit like this, but now suddenly she's a master Wiccan who can cast the strongest magic circle ever? (And do it all while high, no less. Nice work, Holly!)

All of their dead friends and family members come out to help... including Antonia. Antonia blows out the fire beneath Bill and Eric, with her powerful ghost-witch breath. She tells Marnie/Lafayette that "all creatures have their purpose, even vampires" because "their cruelty served its purpose" (to bring them together). Then Gran shows up to literally rip Marnie out of Lafayette's mouth. Go Gran! Marnie begs that she's not ready to go. And then suddenly we're watching a cross between Oprah and The Ghost Whisperer. Yeah, okay Marnie. Tell us how you feel, let it all out.
Antonia: Marnie can't you see? Life is pain. but soon all you have suffered and feared will be meaningless. You will be at peace. but them?
Marnie: They'll be stuck here forever.
Antonia: And there is no victory in that.
We gotta admit, this was not the big 'solution' that we were expecting. We didn't think it was gonna be some big group therapy session. Sookie begs Gran not to go. Gran tells her, "Being alone, it ain't nothing to be afraid of my Sookie." Tara tends to Lafayette and finally Eric reminds everyone that they're still chained up there and "feeling a little crispy".

Back at Merlotte's, Arlene is taking out the trash. It seems that Holly really did summon up all their dead friends and family members, because Rene is back! We're not sure if it's really Rene or not, because he's still talking with his fake Cajun accent. Wouldn't he have dropped the facade after death? He tells her he's here to warn her. (Really? Would Rene come back from the dead to warn Arlene or is this more of him just being evil?) He tells her that Terry is "bringing trouble of the worst kind".
Rene: I've met the ghosts of his past. They ain't gonna rest forever.
We have to believe that this is Noel's Patrick's fault. We really don't want there to be a bad-Terry storyline.We like Terry. He's one of the only truly likeable characters on this show!

Then we see... Little Red Riding Hood riding through the woods. Oh no it's just Jessica, going to visit Jason for a late night booty call. He tells her what happened with Hoyt and invites her in. They make love and have a serious heart-to-heart conversation. At the same time. (Was that really the time for that talk, Jessica?)
Jessica: I don't wanna be your girlfriend.
Jason: What?
Jessica: I just got out of a serious relationship. My first and only relationship. I'm not ready to commit to you.
Jason: Okay. Okay uh... Kind wish you woulda told me that before I took an ass kicking.
Jessica: I didn't ask you to do that.
Jason: No, but it was the right thing to do.
Jessica: And since when is Jason Stackhouse concerned with doing the right thing?
Jason: You don't know me very well.
Jessica: Fair enough. I'm just barely getting to know myself. I don't wanna hurt you the way I hurt Hoyt. So I'm asking you, can this be enough for now? Cause... cause I don't want it to stop.
Back at Fangtasia, Pam is still super upset after Eric yelled at her last episode. Now that they can't find him, she's distraught. She vents to Ginger, who adorably tries to console her with a hug.
Pam: Sookie! I am so over Sookie and her precious fairy vagina and her unbelievably stupid name. Fuck Sookie! I've been with Eric over 100 years, I've watched him seduce supermodels and princesses and spit out their bones when he's finished. How can someone named Sookie take him away from me?
It's true. Sookie is an unbelievably stupid name. And yeah, she's got delicious magic blood.... but is she really that amazing that every heterosexual guy (except for her brother) on this show wants to fuck her and die for her? Back at Sookie's house, Lafayette is in bed crying. His boyfriend is dead - at his own hands, sorta - and to top it all off, he's got this evil magic power inside him that he never wanted in the first place. (Since he's a medium, maybe he can have a nice heart to heart with the ghost of Eggs about what it's like when you sort of accidentally-on-purpose kill people while possessed by other people.) Tara tries to console him, and tells him that they're going to get through this together.

Downstairs, Bill and Eric are double-teaming drinking from Sookie, in order to heal themselves.
Bill: You saved my life, both of our lives.
Sookie: It was my turn.
This looks like the start to an interesting threesome. We were hoping for her to pull a 'Bret Michaels' and ask them to both be her vampire boyfriend. But instead she pulls a 'Kelly Taylor' and chooses not to be with either of them. Worst threesome ever, but Sookie was actually smart for once. She took Gran's words to heart, that it's okay to be alone. (Unless of course the episode ends with her fucking Alcide or something.)

Jesus's ghost visits Lafayette. Lafayette apologizes for killing him. Jesus tells him "Don't worry about it. I'm cool with how thing went." (Really? No biggie. I'm dead, but it's cool.) He kisses him and tells him to just keep breathing and he'll get through this. Lafayette asks him not to go.
Jesus: Dude, I'm dead. You're a medium. I'll always be with you.
Honestly, we were almost hoping for Jesus to inhabit Lafayette's body and they could just share the body and live together in there. (Sort of like the very end of the last episode of Dollhouse.)

Andy visits Holly and apologizes for his past behavior. He confesses that he was a V-addict and tells her "I'm sober and I'm lonely... and I can be good to someone, if they let me." She's not up for any of this right now, but she could use a hug so he gives her one.

Sam kisses Luna goodnight and she takes Emma home. Just when we're wondering why there wasn't any werewolf drama after Marcus's death... we see a quick shot of a wolf, growling. Guess they're going to leave that storyline open-ended until next season.

Back at Jason's house, Jessica is getting dressed and ready to go. Jason asks her if she thinks there's a part of him that is missing and if that is why she doesn't want to stay with him. Aw. Jessica confesses that the reason she's leaving is because she's hungry but she doesn't want to drink his blood because she's not ready to be that intimate with him... "at least not yet."

She leaves and then there's a knock at the door. It could have been so many people... Jessica coming back for more. Hoyt there to kick his ass. Crystal Norris, pregnant with Jason's panther baby. Tara or Sookie looking for help. The pizza delivery guy. Anyone. But no, it's... Reverend Newlin!? As a vampire. Well, okay, RANDOM!

Alcide discovers that someone has dug a hole in the cement of a parking lot, leaving behind a glamored and bewildered employee and... some silver chains. Is it the return of Russel Edgington!? Dun... dun... dun.

It took us a minute to figure out what the hell this had to do with Alcide, because we had almost forgotten that he works in construction. Basically, this is just the writers' way of shoving him into another unrelated storyline just so there's still a reason to keep him on the show. Take off your shirt!

Nan Flanagan pays a visit to Bill and Eric. She has quit her job at the AVL and was 'fired' from the Authority. There's been an order issued on Bill and Eric's heads, but Nan has another idea. She's going rogue!?
Nan: How about your little fairy waitress.. Oh come on. The mind reading... the microwave fingers. You didn't think I knew what she was? There are least a couple of thousand vampires who would do almost anything to get a taste of her blood.
Bill: Go ahead. She belongs to neither of us.
Eric: She smells fantastic, but that's hardly worth dying for.
Nan: You're bluffing. I saw the way you both looked at her. Hungry puppy dogs slobbering over the same juicy bone.
Within seconds Eric kills her 'storm troopers' and Bill stakes her in the heart. Hm, that's not exactly how we expected that conversation to go. Shame really, Nan Flanagan was kind of a great character.

Just when you think there can't be anymore gross surprises... Debbie Pelt shows up at Sookie's house with a gun. Didn't this happen last season? "I shoulda done this a long time ago", she says and fires. Tara jumps in front of Sookie to protect her and gets a bullet to the head. Sookie attacks Debbie, gets on top of her, grabs the gun and shoots her in the face. As Tara lays there bleeding in the kitchen, Sookie yells "Please, somebody help!" (How bout you call 911 dumbass?) That was really the biggest surprise of the season. Just when we were finally at the point where we weren't wishing for Tara's death, now they shoot her in the head? Guess Sookie's going to be more alone than she thought.

All we can think about though, is poor Lafayette. He really has nobody now. The one person who he had to help him through this... is dead. At least he's a medium, so we can maybe expect some ghostly guest appearances from Jesus and Tara. Of course, there's still the chance that Tara isn't really dead. She's bleeding out in Sookie's kitchen (poor girl, how many times has she had to wash that floor) but it's possible that the next season will open up with Bill and Eric sensing her fear and rushing to her house to help her. Possibly healing Tara with their vampire blood. Or not. It's hard to tell. After all the episodes where they repeatedly teased us with death to Bill, Eric or Sookie, I guess they finally had to kill someone real.

We have to admit this was not the season finale we were expecting. A lot of the episodes this season were pretty tame and almost boring. After the Marnie thing got wrapped up so easily with a group therapy lovefest halfway through the episode, we weren't exactly expecting it to end with back-to-back scenes of people dying in a bloody mess. And then let's just throw in Rev. Newlin and Russel Edgington, because... why not?

So now that the season finale has aired, let's take a look back at some of these jumbled storylines and see which ones have been resolved and whether or not they ended up making sense together after all.
  • The faeries
In the first episode, they made a huge foreshadowy deal about Sookie going to the faerie realm and pissing off the faerie powers that be and then... nothing happened. With the exception of Sookie's fairy godmother showing up for a few seconds in episode 3 (only to be sucked dry by amnesia Eric), we didn't see any fae for weeks. Finally in the second-to-last episode, a fairy named Maurella seduced Andy Bellefleur in the woods (um, okay) and then in the finale... nothing. Maybe they'll bring back this long forgotten storyline next season.
  • Portia Bellefleur
Apparently that was just a throwaway storyline. We haven't even seen Portia with Andy or Terry. It was really pointless and served no purpose in the overall plot whatsoever.
  • The werepanthers
So this storyline was totally dropped as well. Jason's not going to turn into a panther and he's apparently even over the trauma of being raped. I guess Crystal's not going to show up again until next season?
  • Jason, Jessica and Hoyt
Now this is actually one of the storylines that we've been enjoying. We never would've thought that we wanted to see more scenes of Jason and Jessica, until this season, and now we can't get enough of them! We kind of liked the fact that Jessica isn't going to just jump into a relationship with Jason. They obviously have a connection, but it wouldn't have made sense if she broke up with Hoyt and then went into the same exact situation with someone else. And it was heartbreaking to see the end to Jason and Hoyt's friendship and we're curious to see if there will be further repercussions.
  • Eric, Bill and Sookie
So Sookie pulled an 'I choose me' moment. It's interesting to see that both Eric and Bill are still willing to do whatever it takes to protect Sookie, including kill or be killed. But can we please stop with the "will Eric and/or Bill die?" cliffhangers already!? Those aren't cliffhangers. We know that they're not going to kill off either of those two characters. The viewers would revolt. The show would wither and die. Sookie would only have one admirer (Alcide) instead of three, so her self-esteem would just plummet. Let's get realistic writers. Teasing us with the possible deaths of either of these big, bad vamps (or Sookie herself for that matter) is just a waste of time and frankly, feels more condescending that it does suspenseful.

So... how long do you think single-Sookie will last? A few episodes?
  • Eric and Pam
Poor Pam. First she literally starts decomposing and now Eric is mad at her, all because she couldn't bear to see him die for Sookie. (Really, none of us could bear to see that.) It's unclear whether or not she's actually stopped decomposing. She has looked pretty good the last few episodes, but is that because of her "treatments" or was the spell broken when Antonia split from Marnie once and for all? Seeing her cry to Ginger (while Ginger tentatively hugged her) was heartbreaking and hilarious at the same time. We definitely didn't see enough of her in the finale and we hope to see more of her in the next season.
    • Sam and Luna
    The people who complicate Sam's life the most have all ended up dead this season. First Tommy killed their no-good parents, then Marcus killed Tommy, then Alcide killed Marcus. It seems as though Sam and Luna and her daughter are now finally free to be a happy shifter family together. Of course we know that's not possible. True Blood doesn't seem to like to let Sam Merlotte be happy for too long at a time... so we can only speculate what bad news will befall him next. Will his parents' bodies turn up, with Sam as the likely suspect? Will the werewolves try to avenge Marcus's death? Will Emma resent Sam for playing a part in her father's death? Will they ever all go camping again!?
      • Sam and Tommy
      Like we said above, Tommy's dead. Looks like this plotline got resolved in the only way possible. Of course, while the sibling rivalry may be finished, is the 'drama'? Sam has been linked to a pretty long chain of deaths since the series began... will the guilt finally get to him? The fact that Tommy received the beating that was intended for Sam himself, has got to be hard to come to terms with. Especially considering the sad "I'm sorry" letter that Tommy attempted to write.
      • Arlene and Terry and the baby
      Since episode one there were hints that something might not be 100% right with Arlene's baby. (In fact, the foreshadowing on this one goes way back to last season.) The Lafayette-Mavis thing was resolved way too quickly and we know now that it was just a way of setting up the scene for Marnie to inhabit Lafayette's body in the finale. But there were signs of something being wrong with the baby before Jessica gave her that creepy baby doll... Now that Terry's marine buddy has shown up unexpectedly and Rene came back for a quickie warning, is it possible that there are some more dark times coming for the Bellefleurs?
      • Tara
      Tara's storyline went back and forth between boring and annoying... and then went out with a bang! It had gotten to the point that it was kind of hard to care at all what she was up to... She basically helped Marnie/Antonia organize her anti-vampire crusade and then was pissed when it backfired on her (duh). The secret identity and lesbian girlfriend plotlines were both dropped about as quickly as they were introduced. Tara basically existed only to be depressed or pissed off at someone. It's really a shame that the writers didn't give her something more interesting to do. Now that Lafayette needs her more than ever, she's been shot in the head and we're left wondering if she's gone for good.
      • Andy
      It's nice to see Andy trying to turn his life around. He's off the V (for now), he's trying to forget about what he thinks was a hallucination in the woods and move on with his life. It was cute to see him trying to get back with Holly Cleary and maybe someday that'll happen for him. Of course, we know that the "hallucination" in the woods was really a fairy. And despite how beautiful and magical and awesome we thought the fairies were last season, this season we know that they're creepy and evil. So what exactly do they want with poor Andy Bellefleur? That was a really random happening and then we're just supposed to forget about it?
      • Alcide and Debbie
      At least they actually gave Alcide something to do in the last two episodes. We were glad to see that he's given Debbie Pelt the boot once and for all, not just because she's awful but also because it was just a useless storyline this season. Of course, Debbie showing up at Sookie's house to kill her was just a rehashing of last season's Alcide and Debbie plot. Guess some people really don't change. Of course, this time Sookie didn't let Debbie off the hook so easily and shot her in the face. So now what is there left for Alcide to do, other than pine for Sookie and clean up his parking lot? We saw a werewolf show up Sam's house... does the pack know what role that Alcide played in Marcus's death? When is he going to take off his shirt again?
      • Marnie and Antonia
      Ding Dong! The Witch is Dead! Yep, Marnie bit the big one in the second-to-last episode... but that bitch witch couldn't stay dead for more than a few hours before she hopped right into Lafayette's body. (In hindsight, we should've seen that coming... but we were a little bit off on our predictions.)
      Like we said, we did not expect this drama to be resolved in such a tame way. A heart-to-heart with a bunch of dead people was the solution? That's it? It was kind of cool to see Holly Cleary (the only witch on the show who even remotely resembles a real Wiccan) save the day but we're kind of relieved that this whole Marnie bullshit is finally over.
      • Lafayette and Jesus

        Poor Lafayette. What more could they have done to the poor guy this season? He didn't even want to pursue magic, but Jesus pushed him into it and look where it got him... first he was inhabited by some dead lady and forced to kidnap Arlene's baby. Then he gets caught up in the middle of a witches-vs-vampires feud that he had no place being in. Finally he's possessed by an evil witch, forced to kill his boyfriend and take on his dark brujo magic. Just when you think nothing worse could possibly happen to him, his cousin - the only person he has left to help him cope - gets shot in the head. Why, writers, why? Why do you want to hurt poor Lafayette so? Leave Lafayette alone! The only silver lining that we can come up with here, is that at least Lafayette will hopefully get a haircut, because that's what characters do when they undergo a life-changing traumatic experience.
      What's even more messed up is that if Tara is in fact dead, then that was two people of color killed in one episode... leaving Lafayette as the one, last standing main character who is a minority.
      • Nan Flanagan and the Authority
      Well, I guess the whole PR-campaign is over. It's a shame to lose her as a character because she was kind of fun and we were actually looking forward to seeing Nan go rogue! Of course, her death doesn't solve the fact that the Authority has ordered that Bill and Eric both meet the true death. We know that there are other members of the Authority who don't agree with the current regime's agenda, but without Nan will Bill and Eric know how to save themselves and Sookie?
      • Russel Edgington

        He's back... or at least, he's out of the cement. (We knew that was going to happen eventually... it was all just a matter of when.) It's not exactly clear how he got out or who helped him. And of course, there's no knowing what he'll do next, but you can imagine it's going to be some crazy shit. We can't wait! Oh boy is he going to be pissed off.
        • Reverend Newlin
        Now this was the most random part of the episode. Really, it was the most random part of the season. For those of you who don't remember who that was, Rev. Steve Newlin was the head of the Fellowship of the Sun. In this season it was revealed that he had been missing for six months... what better way to punish an anti-vampire activist than by turning him into a vampire. But who turned him? Why is he back now? Why is he visiting Jason specifically? (Maybe he's still pissed that Jason hooked up with his wife?)

        Looking forward for season 5, which is schedule to air in July 2012. (That seems so far away. Waiting sucks!) Just to keep you in breathless anticipation... here are some season 5 spoilers. And if you're really fiending for some vampire fun, the new season of The Vampire Diaries airs this Thursday on the CW.

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