We seem to be on the brink of war.
This week’s episode of “True Blood” opens back at the vampire tolerance rally, where things were just about to get really bloody.
While Antonia is chanting, urging still-bewitched Eric to kill King Bill, Sookie is trying to keep that very thing from happening. Just when it looks like all is lost — mayhem has ensued and Eric’s about to stake Bill — Sookie blasts him with her fairy magic and saves her royal ex from the True Death. (In other staking-and-the-tolerance-rally news, Nan uses a pencil to bring about the final expiration of a possessed vampire, thereby winning back some of our affection.)
In the process, she also shocks Eric’s memories back into him – all of them, including the exceptionally naked ones we’ve all been privy to over the past few weeks. Oops. This is conveyed through a series of knowing lovers’ glances, making everyone realize that nothing between those two will ever be the same again. At any rate, Antonia’s hold over Mr. Northman is broken, and her plan is more or less foiled.
Antonia’s so unhappy with what’s happened that she actually stops wearing Marnie for a moment to survey the damage before she and her cronies disappear, leaving a room full of carnage.
Back at Moon Goddess, Holly and Tara are plotting a way to get out from under Antonia’s thumb. “We are strong, angry women, Tara,” Holly reminds her when Tara seems to think all is lost. Antonia doesn’t quite agree that these ladies should be free of her “protection,” but as we’re about to find out, Antonia’s not exactly in charge.
Marnie, sweet, friendly witch Marnie, might just be as responsible for the evil turn her body has taken as inhabiting spirit Antonia is. Seemingly freaked by the blood at the rally, Antonia jumps out of Marnie and the two begin to argue over the necessity of their mission. “We are no better than our enemies,” says Antonia.
Well, maybe she isn’t, but it’s right now that Marnie reveals herself to be the one driving this crazy train. “Fate brought us together to fight evil,” she says to her spirit. “Don’t abandon us.”
Antonia’s eventually convinced that killing of vamps is more important than whatever precious feelings she has about spilling innocent blood and she leaps back into Marnie to continue their reign of terror.
Marnie might be evil, but she’s not stupid. Bill, Eric and Nan are plotting to blow up the Moon Goddess, sending Antonia back to whatever spirit world she came from. Sookie protests because Tara and other humans are inside, but the vampires don’t really care at this point – they just want to slaughter the witch. Well, mostly Bill and Nan want to; Eric mostly pouts through this scene.
His sourpuss is justified, really, considering right before this all went down, Sookie informed him that while she loves him, she might actually still love Bill as well. Just like in her dream last week — except without the sultry threesome and red teddy and with Pam interrupting and Sookie wearing an odd sweater covered in hearts.
If you wanna talk tortured love, Jason and Jessica would be another good place to start. The two have a post-coital discussion about whether what they did was wrong or not, and Jason begs his redheaded, undead ladyfriend to glamour him so he won’t have to lie to Hoyt about what happened between them. She is justifiably annoyed and says no way, leaving to find another human to feed on.
Jason doesn’t have a whole lot of time to ponder this as Hoyt shows up on his doorstep the next morning, after having a beer for breakfast, wanting to talk about his feelings. Hoyt ends up crying and asking to stay with Jason as his own house is too full of memories and Jessica’s scent to stand. Jason agreed but quickly hightails it over to Sookie’s and asks if he can crash with her. Nobody’s going to be doing a whole lot of sleeping, though, because Sookie reveals the vampire plot to destroy Moon Goddess to Jason and they decide to enlist help.
Who do you turn to in times of trouble? Lafayette and Jesus, of course. Lafayette mostly helps by sporting an excellent selection of beads in his hair, which gets better and better each week, but Jesus thinks he can get through to Marnie and convince her to evict Antonia from her person. He has no idea that his witchy pal is actually calling the shots here.
This is all pretty serious, but nobody in Bon Temps is having a worse week than Sam. Not only has his fairy-tale affair with Luna turned dangerous, but his brother, badly wounded from his fight with Marcus and the wolves, comes to Merlotte’s to die. Alcide was driving a repentant Tommy to the hospital when the young shifter spews a gigantic gush of blood all over the truck and begs to be brought to the restaurant to die. The guys lay Tommy out on the table and a long, sad death scene ensues. It sounds like the poor kid chokes to death on his own blood. Sam, obviously distraught and heartbroken, vows to kill Marcus but only gets as far as beating up one of his henchmen at the garage. Unbeknownst to them, Debbie is getting cozy with Marcus at the same time, sharing a joint with the pack master but stopping just short of smooching him.
In other family news, there’s a very sweet subplot this week that involves Terry staging a vampire blood intervention for his cousin Andy. After Terry and Arlene give him a quality dressing down, Terry drags him to the treehouse they loved as kids (and Terry used as a hideout when he came home from the war) and they engage in some bonding, some fighting, some wrestling and some resolution. It’s very sweet and we do hope Andy stays clean, but there’s a lot of other stuff to worry about this week.
Like whether or not the chanting Tara and Holly are doing inside the Moon Goddess will work.
Anything does seem possible, as Sookie, Jason, Lafayette and Jesus show up and Jesus is able to walk through Antonia’s nearly impenetrable force field. He uses his charm and a brief flash of some sort of interior demon to get inside and get Antonia and Marnie both talking to him. The ladies ask him to bring Lafayette on to their team and he proposes everyone get to leave so they can recruit. Antonia and Marnie won’t have it, and it’s revealed that Marnie, not her ancient Italian partner, is calling the shots.
Elsewhere in the emporium, the wind picks up for Tara and Holly, whose chanting seems to be working. At the very least, the enchantment on the door, which was making the handles red hot and keeping the witches trapped inside, was lifted and the girls were able to make a run for it.
At the same time, while Sookie and Jason and Lafayette were still hiding outside waiting for Jesus, the vampire squad shows up dressed in amazing soldier gear and carrying some serious fire power. They are ready to blow the Moon Goddess to kingdom come.
Unfortunately, Marnie catches her escaped followers and the whole lot of them disappear before the vampires can shoot. The screen goes black.
With only two episodes left this season, there are a lot of problems that need resolving, but as of yet, there’s no telling whether good or evil will win out, or really who’s on what side anymore.