**** True Blood can be viewed on HBO, which for Time Warner premium customers is Channel 603 and Insight Communications customers is Channel 700 respectively. ****
So HBO has sucked me into True Blood even if it might have taken me a few years. And what a killer season. (No pun intended! BE WARNED! THERE BE SPOILERS BELOW!)
Last we left the gang at Bon Temps, Marnie Stonebrook (Fiona Shaw) was finally defeated in battle with the help of Lafayette’s (Nelsan Ellis) boyfriend Jesus(Kevin Alejandro), who used his dark uncontrollable magic to help push the witch that Marnie processed, and allowed the vamps a foothold into her shop to finally free the hostages and kill Marnie once and for all. But imagine our surprise where the penultimate episode ended with a twist: Marnie in ghost form processed Lafayette! Oy!
Things seem to be ‘calming down’ in Bon Temps after the Marnie situation was difused, but there are a number of problems:
· Sookie keeps seeing a horrifying image of her grandmother with her brains blown out on the floor
· Jason feels guilty and finally confesses to Hoyt he slept with the sexy Vampire Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll)
· Eric and Bill aren’t responding to their texts
· Sam (Sam Trammell) burries his brother
· Alcide (Joe Manganiello) confesses his love
· Jesus knows Marnie is back.
· Scott Foley shows up looking for his old ‘war buddy’ Terry
And it was an intense episode folks. Marnie, even in Lafayette’s body is so power hungry, she uses Lafayette to kill Jesus to take his dark demonic magic powers, and then captures Bill and Eric and begins to burn them at the stake. Luckily Sookie (Anna Paquin), and Tara (Rutina Wesley) drive over to save the day, or try to. It so just happens that it’s a special day where the dead can walk amongst the living. When the dead begin to rise to take the powerful Marnie down by removing her from Lafayette, Sookie’s grandmother even shows up, pointing out her flaw in trying to kill Bill and Eric: if you do that, they might find peace. They are stuck, living, and feeling the pain that we experience with life. Forever. Marnie finally relents, and joins the dead.
Sookie saves Bill and Eric (by allowing them to drink her blood and heal) but alas, she chooses neither Bill nor Eric, and decides it’s best to be alone. Lafayette takes it badly that he killed Jesus, and stays locked away in a back room despite Tara’s pleas that ‘if he needs anything you can talk to me’ speil. The big shockers though is that a wolf attacks Sam, and we are left unknown to whether or not he is killed, and we are also tasked with the fact that the Vampire League and whoever else are after Bill and Eric and Sookie.
You’d figure the big twist then would be that a vamp shows up to finish Sookie, but no, it’s Debbie lock and loaded with a shotgun! BAMM! The gun goes off but Tara, seeing what is transpiring, jumps in front of it and takes the bullet?! OH SNAP. Debbie is tackled by Sookie who then blows Debbie’s head off. It was a bold and thrilling move for Sookie, who then held Tara’s lifeless body in her arms. To be honest, it was a shocker for sure. I was sure that Lafayette was going to die, but instead they kill Jesus, Marnie, Tara and Debbie and maybe Sam. And then, I sort of side-stepped that a certain vampire from Season 3’s ‘Jesus Camp’ knocks on Jason’s door, intending to kill him, but his fate, like Sam’s, is left unknown.
Overall, it was a thrilling ending to a season which had a lot to prove for longtime TrueBlood fans, as it had to recover from what most called a horrible Season 3. Personally, I felt Alan Ball and Co did a bang up job, as any good show should want you wanting more, and for once, True Blood did that for me. I can’t wait for Season 5.
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