Season 4′s witch-heavy year wasn’t the best for HBO’s “True Blood,” but if this trailer is any indication, Season 5 is going to be bloody good. It looks like the show is going back to what it does best: lots and lots of vampires. Check out the trailer below.
Season 5 of “True Blood” premieres Sunday, June 10 on HBO.
At the end of last week’s episode we see Jessica opening the door ready to frolic in the sun for about .5 seconds before she burns to a fiery crisp and explodes into a big pile of goo.
This week, Episode 8, Spellbound, begins with Jason tackling Jessica to knock her back inside the house. Bill thanks Jason by indebting themselves to him forever, but Jessica thanks him like any other horny female (vampire or not). She makes out with him. Okay, to give her some credit, she does the respectable thing and breaks up with Hoyt (who by the way, completely loses it and rescinds his invitation to Jessica to their house). However what Jessica didn’t foresee, was Jason also doing the respectable thing and despite kissing her back at first, he does tell her to leave because Hoyt is his best friend. He also rescinds his invitation.
Meanwhile, Sookie offers her blood up to Eric so he can heal faster after she removes the silver chains. In return, he offers his own blood so they can form that special vampire/human bond most vampires and humans hate so much. Basically now the other can sense each other and their feelings at all times. So next time Sookie fears for her life, Eric will know and come to the rescue. Anyway, after this blood exchange, they are both high and hallucinate a bed in the middle of a snowy field. Of course Eric doesn’t have to worry about hypothermia, but Sookie is too caught up in Eric’s flawless naked body (and who could blame her?) to have any kind of rational thoughts or concerns like that. On second thought, her first though should have been “Why is my bed in the middle of a snowy field?” But instead they act like this is normal and get down to business… again… until their high wears off. Then of course reality sets in and they realize the vampires are at war with the witches. Eric begs Sookie to run away together but Sookie is much too stubborn for that. She insists they step up and help Bill fight the good fight. Of course, she always gets her way, what with her demanding demeanor and awesome rack. This is also how she talks Bill into letting them fight with him.
While Eric and Sookie are getting it on, Bill is doing damage control about the apparent vampire suicide. He manages to glamour a news reporter into letting him make a statement live on TV and blames it on “vampire bullying”. He then calls Antonia and asks if they can meet at a creepy cemetery to discuss their differences and make amends (perfect ambiance for a fight don’t you think?)
So both camps meet and it’s obvious neither trusts the other one because they have both brought an army with them to fight. As Bill and Antonia are talking, Sookie listens in to Antonia’s brain (when was the last time she did this? Isn’t her telepathy the basis of the show?) and hears her casting a spell. Upon warning Bill, chaos ensues. A fight breaks out and several people from both sides die. Pam finally catches Tara and is just about to Kill her when Bill comes to save the day and forces Pam to let Tara go. When Tara questions him about that, his response is a simple “You know why” and then he runs off. Um, maybe because you sat on your ass and left her to die in a previous season and now you are trying to make amends? It’s no wonder Tara hates you. Sookie ends up getting shot by a rogue bullet only to be picked up and carried away by a surprise visitor to the fight, Alcide. In the background, we see he’s being followed by Debbie Pelt who is pissed. She warned him to stay away from Sookie and to stay out of the witch/vampire fight. I think it’s safe to say Debbie is on her mission to kill Sookie again. It’s about time. Then Eric tries to attack Antonia who easily puts him under her spell of submission. Great, it’s bad enough he can’t remember who he is, but now he’s going to do the witch’s bidding too. Can’t wait for next week’s episode.
In other news, Sam talks with Luna and makes amends with her. After discovering his little brother Tommy is a skin walker, they had kind of been on the outs. But he apologizes and they reconcile. They begin acting like one big happy family again (Sam, Luna, and her daughter) when baby daddy, who just happens to be the packmaster of the Shreveport werewolves, comes by to say good night to his daughter. Jealousy is kind of his thing and he freaks out on Sam.
While this is happening, Tommy steals some of Maxine Fortenberry’s clothing and he shifts into her. He meets with the man trying to buy her rights to the natural gas on her property and Tommy sells them to him. For a measly $5700.
Andy is having some serious issues with his addiction to V. He goes to eat the suicidal vampire off the sidewalk when Jason stops him.
Last but not least, we finally figure out who this strange spirit, Mavis, is that keeps stalking Mikey. After Lafayette sees her again, he dreams about her that night. In his dream, she is a black woman (okay, she’s always a black woman) and possibly a slave who had an affair with a married white man. He kills the baby they had together to hide the evidence of his affair. This is also where the creepy doll Mikey keeps playing with comes from – it was originally for the baby who was murdered. But when Lafayette wakes from his dream, Mavis is standing there in front of him. She possesses Lafayette’s body and heads on over to the Bellefleurs’ house where Arlene and Terry are staying while their house is rebuilt. Then Mavis kidnaps Mikey, who she apparently believes is her son, most likely because he plays with that damn doll. And she’s crazy.
Okay, so what didn’t happen in the past two episodes?! Episodes 6, “I Wish I Was the Moon,” and 7, “Cold Grey Light of Dawn,” have a lot of the meat for this season. Let’s jump right in.
Antonia is a centuries old spirit who has possessed Marnie. Marnie puts Sheriff Patino under her spell and she controls him. Because of this, he helps Marnie escape. The Sheriff Patino goes to Bill’s office and tries to kill Bill. Instead, Bill kills the Sheriff. Then Marnie/Antonia talks Tara into helping her get revenge on the vampires. Tara gets Holly and a whole group of people to join her and Marnie/Antonia in fighting the vampires. The group they gather gets together at Marnie’s. They start chanting and Marnie begins to levitate. All the vampires who aren’t silvered start to go outside to meet the sun as the spell dictates.
Bill explains who Antonia is to Jessica. Bill explains to all his Sheriffs that they must silver themselves in their coffins during the day so Antonia can’t make them “meet the sun.” All the vampires silver themselves for the day, including Jessica and Bill, Eric and Pam. Jessica and Bill have a heart-to-heart about Hoyt and whether or not Jessica still loves him while they are chained. After Marnie/Antonia starts casting her spell, Jessica is able to free herself and goes outside to meet the sun. Bill begs her to let him go too but she declines him.
At the end of episode 6, Bill sets Eric free. Eric runs straight to Sookie and they start having sex in the woods. They move back to Sookie’s (Eric’s?) house and have even more sex. Eric confesses he is scared of remembering everything and being mean to Sookie again. Bill comes to visit before he silvers himself for the day and explains to them that Sookie is to silver Eric as well. While Eric is chained he tries to convince Sookie to let him go but she refuses.
We find out that Jason is not a Were Panther as he first thought. Hoyt came to check on him. Hoyt tries to talk to Jason about Jessica and their problems but Jason is too freaked out to talk to him about her because he’s been having sex dreams starring Jessica.
Tommy shifted into Sam and acted like him all day, including firing Sookie and sleeping with Sam’s “girlfriend” Luna. As a result, Tommy gets really sick ends up in the hospital. Luna is angry with Sam because she thought it was him she slept with and he kicked her out of his house afterwards. Eventually Luna and Sam figure out Tommy shifted into Sam and she forgives him. Sam goes to Tommy and tells him he has 10 minutes to get his stuff and leave.
Jesus’s grandfather manipulates Lafayette and Jesus into proving that Lafayette is a medium by getting a rattlesnake to bite Jesus. Lafayette is supposed to heal him before he dies. Jesus’s Tio Luca’s spirit possesses Lafayette and heals Jesus. In order for a spirit to be able to completely take over their body, the host body has to be a medium. After that, Jesus tells Lafayette about his Tio Luca, the healer and how he healed people in the past. When they return home, Lafayette is working at Merlotte’s and sees the lady that Mikey (Arlene and Terry’s baby) keeps seeing. This alludes to Mikey being a medium too.
Debbie and Alcide decide to join the wolfpack in Shreveport and have their joining ceremony. Alcide only joined to support Debbie on her road to recovery. She says this will help her stay sober so Alcide agrees.
Episode 7 ended with Jessica going out to meet the sun and Jason sprinting to Bill’s house to try to save her. A security guard stopped him and you hear a gunshot but we don’t know who was shot or if Jessica dies. Talk about a cliffhanger!
Like all True Blood episodes, the previous one ended with a bang. Arlene and Terry’s possessed baby wrote on the wall “baby not yours” in effort to scare the crap out of them. Jessica and Hoyt found Jason on the side of the road half naked, wounded and passed out. Marnie had cast yet another spell while she was also possessed by an evil(?) spirit on Pam. And Tommy had killed his parents.
This week, episode 5, Me and the Devil, did not disappoint. In answering quite a few questions about episode 4 (mainly that question was “WTF?!”), we discover that Arlene and Terry decide to call the reverend to come cleanse the house. Reverend Daniels and new wife, Lettie Mae, (Tara’s mom who has been reborn) come to help. By the end of the episode, they believe the cleansing worked because the baby is acting like a regular baby (by sleeping instead of crying all the time, it seems to me either one is normal baby behavior), but we quickly see that isn’t the case. After Terry and Arlene start to feel better and at the very end of the episode, a book of matches catches fire by itself.
Jessica and Hoyt take Jason home after they found him on the side of the road. Jessica and Hoyt start to make amends but Jessica is still distant and goes home with a hurt Hoyt deciding to stay at Jason’s. The next day Jason is telling Hoyt about his abduction and how horrible it was. Hoyt tries to talk about Jessica but Jason is more interested in himself. Typical Jason. Later, Jason is having a dream where Jessica is trying to have sex with him and Hoyt stands on the side watching and ragging on Jason.
Meanwhile, Eric sneaks into Sookie’s bedroom and hallucinates Godric, his maker who died when he chose to “meet the sun”. Godric encourages Eric to drink Sookie’s blood and tells him he is “incapable” of love. He finally begins drinking Sookie’s blood only to wake up and realize it’s a dream. After he actually wakes up, he sneaks into Sookie’s room but Sookie wakes up and catches him. He confesses the bad dream and Sookie consoles him. He stays the night in Sookie’s bedroom. Later, Tara comes over and confesses to Sookie about her girlfriend in New Orleans and about how she has been lying to her girlfriend about her identity. Eric wakes up with Tara still there and Tara freaks out. Tara says all the bad things Eric has done to Sookie and this is the first Eric hears of it since he has lost his memory. Eric apologizes for treating Sookie badly when he was “himself” and starts to leave the house but Sookie asks him to stay.
Lafayette and Jesus are going to find Jesus’s grandfather, a witch, who they think can help with the Marnie/Eric problem. We see a flashback from Jesus about a previous birthday where is grandfather gave him a goat to kill. He felt some sort of power in which he believes will help them.
Sookie tries to ask Holly about Wicca to get information and when Holly won’t give it to her, Sookie listens to her thoughts and finds out Marnie cast a spell. So Sookie goes to Marnie’s shop and asks for a reading. Marnie doesn’t know who she is and does the reading. Sookie’s Gran’s spirit begins speaking through Marnie, warning Sookie not to fall in love with Eric and to run from Marnie. Shortly after, Marnie is arrested by the authority. A member was infiltrating Marnie’s Wiccan circle undercover. The spirit possesses Marnie’s body while Marnie is in jail. Bill tries to get a confession from Marnie and glamorizes her but Marnie doesn’t know anything.
Tommy goes to Sam for help with his dead parents. Sam helps him take the bodies to a lake/swamp and the alligators eat the bodies.
Bill gets the rest of the sheriffs of Louisiana together to discuss the witches/missing Eric situation. They all want to kill the witches but Bill refuses – the punishment from the authority is the True Death. Pam accidentally tells Bill where Eric is. The episode ends with Bill leaving to go to Sookie’s house.
Now that we are getting into the middle of the season, each episode is jam packed with plot. It’s almost hard to keep up with each character and with what is going on with them. Check back next week for episode 6’s recap and see if you can keep it all straight.
Here is a preview of this Sundays episode: I Wish I Was the Moon.
If you have read the Sookie Stackhouse Novels by Charlaine Harris, you already know what’s going to happen on this season’s True Blood. However, the TV show often deviates from the original plot written by Ms. Harris and throws even the most dedicated fan of Sookie Stackhouse for a loop. For instance, what is the reason behind Arlene’s new baby? Why does it have to be evil? What happened to all the rules that have to be followed, such as the oldest vampire being King, not whoever the “Authority” deems appropriate? Who is the “Authority”? And don’t even get me started on Tara.
Because of all of these differences, it’s been hard to accept the TV show after reading the books, but I’ve decided that as long as I can keep the books and the TV show completely separate in my mind – as two completely different entities – then I can enjoy both. Although this plan isn’t always easy (I still curse at the TV every time something is changed), it’s worked thus far.
With that said, I am staying optimistic and giving this season an open mind, though it seems to be the farthest from the books as any previous season.
Now, without further adieu, a recap of the first four episodes:
Sookie follows Claudine to Fairy and though she thinks she is only there for a few minutes, back on Earth she is gone for 13 months. Upon returning home, she discovers Jason has sold her house in her absence and Eric is the new owner. He of course allows her to stay in the house, though he’s doing it more for his benefit than for hers.
Bill has become King of Louisiana and is heavily involved in all vampire politics.
Eric went to stop a coven of witches from practicing necromancy and instead has his memory taken away. He ends up half naked near Sookie’s house (or is it Eric’s house). Sookie hides him in her hidey hole under her house during the day. She makes an agreement with Pam to hide him until they can figure out how to get his memory back. Pam (and for fear of their lives, Latayette,Tara, and Jesus) are trying to get the witch to reverse the spell on Eric to no avail.
Jason gets abducted by the Were Panther community in Hotshot. They begin to bite him to turn him into a Were Panther so the female panthers can breed with him. After being raped by the females of the pack, he manages to escape.
Arlene’s baby (from a previous relationship, the father of which was a serial killer unknown to Arlene) is exhibiting signs of evil like his father.
Tonight’s episode will surely bring forth even more questions as to what’s ahead in the season. Check it out tonight on HBO at 9:00 PM Eastern time.
Here is a preivew at what’s to come in the next few weeks of True Blood.