‘TRUE BLOOD’ REVIEW: Season Four, Episode Eight

Anna Paquin in "True Blood" — Photo courtesy of John P. Johnson / HBO

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Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) didn’t meet the sun in a blaze of glory as expected after last episode’s cliffhanger. She was saved by Jason (Ryan Kwanten) who she thanked with a kiss.

After settling down to a daylight slumber, Jessica dreamt of killing her boyfriend Hoyt (Jim Parrack) and running away with her savior Jason. This dream partially came true. She did leave Hoyt and was met with an emotional explosion of insults and put downs.

Although, who could blame Hoyt when he gave up his mother and good boy life for Jessica a year earlier?

Calling all Eric lovers… lots of backside in this episode. In fact, I believe Sookie (Anna Paquin) and Eric (Alexander Skarsgård) never wore clothes through the entirety of this week’s True Blood. They made love in the snow in a dream-like universe. Eric even tried to offer a better life to Sookie by offering her to run away with him.

She, however, went back to her initial instincts of protector by talking Eric into staying and fighting for Bill (Stephen Moyer), her ex.

We learn who Sam’s girlfriend’s baby daddy is. He is the leader of the pack – pack of warewolves that is. Not someone to mess with, as proved by his interruption of dinner between Sam and his new family. Uh oh! Sam (Sam Trammell) is told he just pissed on the wrong boots. I guess that is a threat of imminent werewolf danger.

We learn a little more about the woman who sings to Arlene’s baby after her spirit takes over Lafayette’s body. She had a baby of her own with a married white man who thought it best to kill the child while she was out to protect their secret love affair. She returned carrying the notorious doll that Arlene’s baby has grown to love. It turns out it was a gift to her this lady’s own child.

Bill meets Antonia in the woods at midnight. It appears to be a scene from West Side Story (Sharks vs. Jets, vampires vs. witches), until the armed guards appear and Eric rips the heart out of an unsuspecting human. A vampire-witch fight ensues with a rather climatic ending.

Eric is taken under Antonia’s control once again, while Bill is silvered and Sookie is shot in the stomach with no vampires to save her. Alcide (Joe Manganiello), her werewolf friend, comes to her rescue, but will it be too late?

By Bear Adams / TV Columnist / Bear@HollywoodSoapbox.com
  • True Blood

  • HBO, Sundays at 9 p.m.

  • Created by Alan Ball, based on the books by Charlaine Harris

  • Starring Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell, Ryan Kwanten, Rutina Wesley, Chris Bauer, Nelsan Ellis, Jim Parrack, Carrie Preston, Alexander Skarsgård, Todd Lowe, Fiona Shaw, Brit Morgan, Joe Manganiello, Deborah Ann Woll and Kristin Bauer

  • Rating: ★★★½

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John Soltes

John Soltes is an award-winning journalist. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Earth Island Journal, The Hollywood Reporter, New Jersey Monthly and at Time.com, among other publications. E-mail him at john@hollywoodsoapbox.com

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