Alright, alright, alright… I’m not ashamed to admit that I watched the episode three times last night because I almost always miss something the first time around. I watched it three times because… well… reasons. Reasons that will be discussed below the cut so as not to spoil anyone outside the U.S. that hasn’t seen the episode, or even anyone inside the U.S. that hasn’t seen it yet.
! SPOILERS BELOW THE CUT !
So I’m not going to go in any particular order here so this is a real chop job on the episode. I’m going to start with what I thought was the creepiest fucking part of the episode. Any guesses on what I’m talking about here? I’ll give you hints…
This scene was, perhaps, the creepiest fucking thing I have seen in the entire series of the show and there has been some creepy fucking shit. Werepanther rape, anyone? This scene with Jess and Bill trumps it. Easily. I worry for Jessica here and in general. She’s still so young. She’s only had what? Maybe nineteen years on the planet? She’s a baby by anyone’s standards and she’s got to deal with the enormous change of being a vampire. It just so happens that she ended up with a bag of dicks maker that treats her like she’s just a helpless little girl most of the time (like he does with most women in his life) and here he asks her to basically be his moral compass. Of course Bill would ask a child to tell him the difference between right and wrong.
You know, since Jessica isn’t still guided by her impulses and shit.
She has a hard time grasping the concept of how Sookie can love Bill in an almost compulsory manner because of the blood Sookie’s taken from him. It’s not a choice for her anymore; it just is. Yes, on some level, Sookie still cares for the Bill that was, for the Bill she fell in love with. The problem is that Sookie recognizes, at least I think she does, that her Bill is gone. Whatever he is now isn’t just Bill. There is something more to him, something unknown and fucking scary as hell.
There is so much that Jessica has yet to really understand about the world and it’s a lot to process all at once. She’s only going to be alone if she chooses to be, and I have a feeling she’s going to continue to defend Bill’s actions, at least for the time being. It probably goes back to the abusive father she had in her human life. She’s already excused Bill for hitting her the way he did in S5, and I’m sure she had to do that for her father as well.
And speaking of father/daughter drama…
Seems to me that our beloved Pammy is still dealing with the consequences of her decision to nearly blow Sookie up back in the fourth season. There’s a whole brigade of bloggers out there that feel Pam’s being mistreated and abused by Eric, but honestly, get the fuck outta my face with that shit. Is Eric being mean to her? Yes. Could he be kinder? Sure.
Here’s the thing… Pam seems to be having an issue accepting that she’s not Daddy’s number one girl anymore. I have sympathy for her on that, I really do. The thing is, they’re being chased by Billith and they have no idea what he’s capable of doing. There’s a war going on in the outside world that pits humans vs. vampires. Jason’s prepared to start popping caps in their pulseless asses and Pam’s more worried about whether or not she’s still part of the Cool Kids club? Come on.
Pam even goes off to pout about it in the middle of all this life or death shit going on. Like really, Pam? She’s got her priorities and I can understand that this is hard for her. Being exclusively with Eric for the last 100 years has no doubt taken its toll on her. They were a nest in their own little way. Perhaps she was just trying to do the mama lion thing and protect what was hers when she almost blew up Sookie. The problem is that Eric is her maker, her superior.
He specifically told her not to harm Sookie and she opted to fire a rocket launcher or whatever that thing was straight at her. Bad Pam. Her continued second guessing of Eric’s motives is only further serving to drive a wedge between them. Just because he’s not acting with Pam as his only priority any longer doesn’t mean he doesn’t care. He could have left her in the Authority to meet the true death, but he didn’t.
Pam has a history of forcing Eric’s hand to get her way and usually, it pays off in her favor. She was turned when she wanted to be. He released her last season after she demanded it, although I don’t really think that was what she wanted. Ultimately, Pam’s proven herself to be a rather petulant and selfish character. I still love the shit out of her, but I’m getting really tired of her whining where Eric is concerned. Rather than blaming Sookie for the cracks in their relationship she should start taking a closer look at her own actions, because those are the real root of the problem.
I feel for Tara here, in some regards. She sees that it’s time for Pam to evolve and move on with her life but Pam isn’t quite ready to cut the cord yet. In the meantime she’s stringing Tara along. How ironic that Pam was put into the position of making a child she didn’t really want when she thrust herself on Eric. Of course Tara can’t replace Eric. They’re two very different people but this speaks to Tara’s comment about love not being a competition. If Pam allows it, there could be a great partnership between her and Tara but she has to actually let it happen. She and Eric weren’t BFFs when she was first turned, I’m sure. It took time for them to develop the closeness they had previously. But it’s on Pam’s shoulders to take a step back and see a world beyond Eric.
Which brings me to Nora…
Okay, so Scribe hates Nora with a passion for various reasons but I think she’s interesting. She’s also a rather unpredictable character here and only time will tell if Eric is making a mistake by trusting his sister.
Nora has the potential to be Eric’s greatest ally or his greatest enemy. This scene makes us all wonder if she might be working her own agenda in solving their Billith problem, and I’m also convinced that she knows more about Warlow than she’s letting on. I’m curious as to why his name appears in the vampire Bible. Even curiouser is his connection to fairies as well, since vampires and fairies are natural enemies. Godric turned Nora because, as Eric tells us, she’s a political genius. We all know how cunning and capable of scheming one has to be in order to be a successful politician. Nora is also easily swayed, it seems, since she so easily has fallen in and out of her religious beliefs. Her loyalties are questionable at best, and could potentially be deadly for several people at worst. But I’m curious to see where the road leads for her.
If nothing else Nora is a far more interesting character than Alcide. That threesome in the woods?
That’s all I’m going to say about that shit.
Luna dying was sad. I actually liked her quite a bit. I’m curious to see what’s going to happen with Emma, seeing as how Luna was pretty clear about not wanting Martha to have too much time with her. But since Emma’s a werewolf I’m sure there’ll be some serious drama there.
Where the fuck is Steve Newlin, by the way? He disappeared after Russell was staked and he seems to be AWOL at this point since he can’t be reached for comment. Hmm…
I’m a little worried about Jason and the knock on the head he took when he was blasted into the tree last season. He’s been having hallucinations of his parents and clearly they are not doing a very good job of guiding him in a direction that will keep him alive. He might be a great shot and all that, but vampires are speedy little fuckers. All it takes is for one to sneak up on him and snap his neck and it’s a picture wrap on ole Jase. Not all vampires are going to be as restrained as Eric has been.
His initial run-in with Warlow is interesting but I’m not really sure of what to make of it. We’ll see how that goes, but at least now we see what Warlow looks like.
*cough* Peepaw Baggins *cough*
Also, I’m just going to leave these here because Arlene just made me lol like a boss last night.
Now here’s a stumper and something I have to wonder about. According to Claude, Sookie is half fae. Andy’s quadruplets are obviously half fae. They matured into toddlers in just a few hours. Assuming their growth rate is different than the average human child because of the fae in them, I’m wondering if Sookie grew up faster as well. Or is this just a continuity glitch with the writers because they, for some strange reason, haven’t figured out yet that we catch this shit? Either way… Arlene needed to give Andy that kick in the ass to take care of his daughters.
I got a little pissed off at Andy in the beginning there because he’s whining about how unfair it is to be stuck with a baby. Well welcome to the plight of single mothers everywhere! It’s not fair for women to be stuck with a child they don’t want either and for us there are serious emotional repercussions if we opt not to raise the child we get pregnant with. So boohoo, Andy. I almost feel sorry for you. Almost.
Okay, so there are only two more stops on this post before it’s over. Let’s start with Bill/Billith whatever you want to call him.
First of all, way to recognize after the fact that drinking Lillith’s blood might not have been such a great idea. But, we all know that Bill hates women that are in a position of power over him and Lillith certainly had power over him. Let’s see how he manages to kill her off, too. He’s clearly invincible since this happened.
(We’ll get to the part about her saving Eric in a minute, baby birds, I promise!)
We know he’s got walrus fangs now, that he’s having creepy as fuck visions and that Lillith can essentially possess him. Trailers suggest he can also daywalk, which is fucking scary. Asking Jessica to be his guide is… I don’t even have words. This is why people shouldn’t go diving head first into a pool if they aren’t sure there’s water in it. He talked in the finale last season about Salome and her need for power, but Bill’s not really any better. He was craftier than she was by sneaking silver into the blood he gave her to drink, but in the end, he wanted the same thing she did. People who seek power are rarely the ones that should be in a position to have it. It does things to them, taints their soul (assuming they ever had one). Bill is no exception to this.
He’s a sociopath, at best, and using Jessica’s fear of being left alone in the world to manipulate her into thinking he’s got her back when Bill has shown time and again that he only wants Jessica around when she’s useful to him or his cause. He hasn’t put in the time a maker should to really teach his progeny about life as a vampire. Everything crucial she’s needed to know, she’s had to learn from someone other than Bill.
Of course he’s right back to whining about his condition. Apparently being a possible deity isn’t all it’s cracked up to be after all. Sucks that he didn’t have a choice about whether or not to drink that blood, huh?
*hands you a tissue to wipe the sarcasm off your screen* I have to do that all the time for Scribe.
Epic. Bag. Of. Dicks.
Okay, so finally let’s do a few paragraphs on Eric and Sookie, shall we?
So let me start by saying that I had up and down moments with my OTP. Over all, I feel good about the two of them. First of all, Sookie staked Bill to save Eric. That is enormous growth for her. Sookie acknowledging that her love for Bill is essentially compulsory because of his blood is also a huge milestone for her to reach, and one that a majority of viewers have been waiting for her to get to for quite some time now. It’s good to see Sookie recognizing these things, and that she accepts that Bill Compton is gone. Whatever is inhabiting Bill’s body now isn’t just him; he’s something more. Sookie gets it and accepts it.
There were plenty of folks whining on tumblr about Sookie rescinding Eric’s invitation to her house.
The thing that I liked about this scene was how Anna and Alex played it. It was quiet and there was this unspoken respect between their characters. There were no emotional goodbyes, no pleas for her to change her mind, no feeble attempts to manipulate Sookie’s emotions. Eric has accepted her decision and understands her need for space. He gets her in a way that none of her other suitors ever have. He gives her back her house as he promised he would and there are no toddler-like tantrums as he floats out her door. There is still love there between them, which I think is obvious. It’s just not their style as a couple to go shouting it from the mountain tops or make grandiose declarations to everyone who will listen.
Eric doesn’t need to piss on her leg or feed her his blood in order for everyone else (including Sookie) to know she’s his. It’s what’s in her heart the same as it’s in his. She just needs the time to really get her head on straight. I can’t blame the girl for needed a break or for wanting to take the time to make sure of what she really wants without the influence of vampire blood clouding her judgement.
A time will come when she will invite him back; I’m sure of it. When she does, it’s going to be epic, and because it’s what she truly wants.
In the meantime it seems that both Eric and Sookie have some soul searching they need to do. There are a lot of balls in the air and things aren’t going to get any easier, judging from the little bits of future episodes HBO has given to us. (I don’t really do spoilers because I like to be surprised, just ask Scribe. It killed her that I didn’t want to know things after she saw the first three eps.) If the season continues to be as good as the first episode was, I have a feeling it’s going to be great.
Until next week, kiddies!