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[Editor’s Note: Yes, we’re a little late with this one, but it’s because we wanted to savor it. By the way: This post contains spoilers for the September 4 episode of HBO’s “True Blood.”]

Season 4’s penultimate episode was a real barn burner. There were some great moments, as well as a setup for the finale that had me clutching my pearls. “True Blood,” I’m really going to miss you when you go.

At Moon Goddess, Sookie told Marnie that the vampires were prepared to attack and a freak out commenced. When one young witch tried to escape, Marnie killed her. Antonia had an “Aha!” moment and once again vacated Marnie.

She confronted Marnie over what she’d done, and only Lafayette could see both sides of their conversation. Marnie cast a binding spell to force Antonia to stay with her – double your power, double your trouble, you know? Although Antonia fought the spell, Marnie ultimately won.

But Jesus had a plan! He pretended the dead witch was still alive and told Marnie he could try and save her. While Holly and Sookie tried to talk Marnie off a ledge, Jesus went about gathering ingredients for a powerful spell that would draw Antonia out.

Outside, Jason stopped the vampires from blowing up the building after recounting everything Sookie had done for them. Bill and Eric agreed to come up with a backup plan that Pam strongly disagreed with. The lady has a way with words, no?

Marnie later decided she wanted to negotiate. She agreed to let Sookie go, but only if Bill and Eric committed suicide. And it really looked like it was going to happen – Sookie even broke out the ugly cry for the occasion.

Her sadness was short-lived when Pam took matters into her own hands and fired a rocket at the building. Her efforts backfired – literally – when Marnie’s wall of protection repelled the explosion, leaving Jason badly burned. Jessica healed him and they made up, so there’s your moment of squee for the episode.

Elsewhere, Sam continued on his quest to find Marcus and avenge Tommy’s death. He and Alcide had no luck at the bike shop until Luna showed up in a rage saying that Marcus had abducted Emma.

Emma later called her mom from Alcide’s house, where Marcus stopped by to persuade Debbie to run away with him. Despite his promise of children, she declined his offer and said that she couldn’t leave Alcide. Can you blame her?

The boys showed up and Sam and Marcus fought. Sam took the high road and spared Marcus’ life. Marcus then attempted to shoot Sam but he was stopped when Alcide tackled him and crushed his windpipe. Hot. He also broke up with Debbie, who immediately went into meltdown mode.

And then there’s the sad tale of Andy Bellefleur. Remember poor, criminally underused Andy Bellefleur? He’s kind of flown under the radar this season because up until Sunday, it seemed that he’d been stuck with the short straw when it came to storylines.

Briefly: Andy had been nursing a season-long V addiction until last week’s episode, when Arlene and Terry discovered his habit. Terry drove Andy out to the middle of nowhere to give him a stern talking-to and then left him there to think about what he’d done.

You’re now caught up. Lame, right? Well steel yourselves, because it gets worse.

So on Sunday, as Andy made his way through the woods, a light appeared that could only mean one thing: fairies. So much ugh, you guys.

Anyhow, out of the light appeared a fairy named Mirella and she made Andy vow to protect her by taking part in some dumb ceremony that would have even E.T. facepalming. Then they had sex. Good for Andy, I guess.

So, what, the fairies are now on a crusade to bring Sookie back to their world and Andy’s going to help them do it? Whatevs. Andy arrived home after the encounter and overshared with Arlene, who thought he was crazy.

Back at Moon Goddess, Marnie looked into a pool of the dead witch’s blood and asked to see the future. When she saw herself with a bullet between the eyes, she ordered everyone to participate in a spell that, unbeknownst to them, lured the vamps toward her wall of protection, which just so happened to be made of sunlight.

Jason beamed his thoughts to Sookie, who then fairy-blasted the circle and broke the spell cast against the vampires. Marnie then punished her with a spell from Johnny Cash’s Big Book of Witchcraft and encircled her in a ring of fire.

Meanwhile, Jesus’ spell worked and he freed not only Sookie and Antonia, but he broke Marnie’s protection spell as well, giving the vampires access to Moon Goddess.

When Bill and Eric entered to kill Marnie, Roy – the most loyal little witch there ever was – told them if they wanted to get to Marnie they’d have to go through him. Eric took him up on his offer and ripped his heart out. The cherry on the cake of my life was when he drank from one of the valves like it was a straw. Let there be no question, Original Eric is the best Eric.

Bill made quick work of killing Marnie, but with one episode remaining there’s still plenty of fun to be had as her soul resurfaced at Lafayette’s later that night and possessed him.

I’m totally amped for the finale, especially after last season’s lackluster end. What did you think of Sunday’s episode? Care to make any predictions for this season’s cliffhanger? Place your bets in the comments!

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For good this time? Crazy witch bitches and pissed-off vampires (and let’s not forget the sluttish fairies). What doesn’t True Blood have these days? It was all about the action in this episode, but that doesn’t take away from all of the drama between certain characters. Even the dark comedy was still ever present in this installment. However, that doesn’t excuse some of the lackluster story advancements, nor does it excuse an episode running short. It ended ten minutes too early…not cool. The theme that is intertwined in this episode is “The ties that bind”. Or maybe “The ties that no longer bind”.

I am glad to see that Sookie is finally harnessing her powers in the best ways possible. Now only if she could make coherent and smart decisions. And it’s rather ridiculous how surprised Bill was that Sookie did not listen to him. You’d think he’d learned that lesson a while ago. While the vampires are all upset over “F***ing Sookie”, we are graced with some Sam-Alcide tag team action as well as some Andy in the woods action. Literally.
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Sookie’s fairy ancestry is a horny group. And very snaky as well. In the beginning of the season, the fairy queen, Mab did say that the fairies have plans on harvesting humans. So I’m guessing this “fairy sex thing” is no coincidence. It seems that they are now coming straight to the source. Could you imagine, a bunch of little fairy Andy’s running around? Was Andy a virgin or had he not engaged in coitus in a while? Either way, I have a feeling that we will be instated with more fairy magic next season, maybe even next episode. I am very worry of how that will play out, though. I’ve never been a huge fan of the fairy-business from the start, but this made more since to me, although I didn’t expect it.

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“It’s a very recent first love that was very, very deep,” Alexander Woo tells THR

In many ways, the last episode of HBO’s True Blood made some pivotal plot turns. At the top of that list of developments includes the return of Eric’s (Alexander Skarsgard) memory and what that means for the love triangle involving Sookie (Anna Paquin) and Bill (Stephen Moyer).

VIDEO: ‘True Blood’ Previews: The Body Count Rises in the Season 4 Finale

“It felt like a good time because Sookie and Eric have gotten as close as… well, probably as they can get in this short period of time,” executive producer and writer, Alexander Woo, tells The Hollywood Reporter about the choice to restore Eric’s memory.

“This was the time for this roadblock where he gets his identity back,” Woo continues. “And the fun of it for the viewer, I hope, is to see how that affects the relationship they had established while he didn’t have his memory.”

When we spoke to Woo, he gave us an idea of the challenges that lie ahead for Eric and Sookie’s relationship, as well as how it will affect not only Bill, but also Eric’s relationship to Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten).

The Hollywood Reporter: Can you explain Eric’s sadness as a result of his memory returning?

Alexander Woo: Alex Skarsgard did an extraordinary job of conveying that. He was an innocent again, but all of the things he had done as a vampire kind of vanished, and we saw at his core this kind of humanity that I think Sookie fell for. I think the way Alex has played Eric is very moving and very touching. Both he and Sookie kind of know that that can’t last forever. As we’re getting toward the end of the season, this builds us towards the climax of what’s going to happen between Eric and Sookie, because now they’ve fallen for each other and the person he was when they fell for each other is now gone again. And whether they can last will feed their story line at the end of the season.

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GALLERY LINK:

  • True Blood > Season 4 > Screen Captures > Episode 10 “Burning Down the House”
  • True Blood > Season 4 > Screen Captures > Episode 11 “Soul of Fire”


  • The last episode was very intense.
    Let’s hope the next one be even better ;)


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