This was the second exceptional episode in a row.
There's a reason why people have wakes. There have been too many deaths, and the entire
A guy going down on one knee with a ring in his hand usually doesn't get to me, but this one did. It might have helped that Andy forgave Jessica first, and proposed to Holly with Gran's ring. I was even affected by Sookie glancing over at Bill at that moment, once again signaling that the True Blood end game will most likely go in a Sookie/Bill sort of way.
Poor Sookie. Home alone again after losing two more people that she loved, waking up with no Alcide in the bed beside her, she needed to get drunk more than anyone. It was perhaps a little bit pat that she walked through the party listening to everyone thinking nice thoughts about her, but I especially liked Sookie and Arlene in the bedroom talking about loss, about Arlene wrapping Terry's coat around her so that she could imagine being in his arms again. Especially when Jackson overheard and was kind enough to leave Alcide's coat on the bed for Sookie. That was the most emotion I've ever felt about the Sookie/Alcide romance. Nicely done.
I was a bit less on board with the Bill flashbacks to the start of the Civil War, probably because I've always seen Bill's human existence as that of a simple soldier and family man. Instead, he was smart enough to see the end of the war coming before it started (there's a scene much like this early in Gone With the Wind, where Rhett Butler tells the men who are all excited about going to war that the Yankees have much better resources and the South will lose). Bill and his family tried to refugee, but failed. Nice to hear, but it felt like retcon. Plus his hair was really bad.
At least we know now why we're getting Bill flashbacks; he has Hep V, too. That means I'm positive they'll find a cure before the end of the season. We can't lose Bill and Eric, or the fans of the show will implode.
One of the highlights of this episode for me was the big honey realignment. James wanted to take Jessica away for a romantic moment, and she called him a wet blanket? Has she actually looked at this guy? I love Jessica, but I was so with Lafayette when he told her off; Jessica never loved James. But she did love Jason, and in five minutes they were back together again. I get the impression Violet won't take this lying down. Even though it was her own fault for talking about how hard it was to lose the first few of her hundred boyfriends in front of Jason. There is such a thing as tact, Violet.
I am developing a thing for Nathan Parsons as James. He has this gentle sexy sweetness to him. Lafayette has always been a favorite of mine, and I really want a happily-ever-after for him. Maybe James could turn Lafayette and they could spend eternity getting stoned, making love, and doing nice things for their friends.
The Eric/Pam trip to Dallas felt much like it was tacked on to the episode in order to provide some action and True Blood trademark gore. Actually, I was sad we didn't get Eric and Pam at Sookie's party. But setting the showdown slash massacre at the Bush Presidential Library gala for Ted Cruz made me laugh out loud, since I am so not a Republican.
The Sarah-coming-around-the-corner-in-slomo was right out of Terminator 2, with Eric as the Terminator. (And I just this moment remembered that the T-1000, Robert Patrick, was in this episode as Jackson Herveaux. Was that a little nod of acknowledgement to him?) Eric got to do some Yakuza face-ripping while wearing a cowboy hat. Good times.
But Sarah Newlin is still alive, isn't she? Hep V is still fatal, and Eric is in stage two. And I am very unhappy that Eric keeps telling Pam he's going to die. That scene where she was dabbing him with make-up while he brushed away her tears was upsetting. We just can't lose Eric this way.
Bits and pieces:
-- Bill told Sookie during their romantic hugging scene outside that she had succeeded in bringing humans and vampires together, and that mainstreaming was finally happening.
-- Eric sitting on his "throne" one last time before releasing Willa made me sad, but Ginger screaming for us as Eric's coffin was loaded into the limo made me laugh.
-- Jackson and Lettie Mae gave toasts to Alcide and Tara, and Jackson was incredibly kind to Sookie in his hour of grief. But is Lettie Mae an addict again, or just desperate to save Tara? We still don't know.
-- Jason actually dropped a cushion on the floor in front of Holly so that Andy would have something to kneel on. And he gave Andy Gran's ring. That's a friend.
-- Pam liked Sarah's sister, Amber Mills. So did I. I even remember Sarah talking about her sister taken by vamps in a much earlier season.
-- Keith the vampire is hot for Arlene, but he can wait and dial down his sexy. I bet we're going to get a happily ever after for Arlene. I'd like that.
-- In Bill's flashback, "Mr. Bodehouse" was the bartender. Again, nice touch and a reminder that we're still in Bon Temps, even in the past.
-- Gold acting stars for Chris Bauer, Carrie Preston and Nelsan Ellis in particular for this episode, even though everyone was terrific.
Eric: "As your maker, I release you." (Willa gasps)
Pam: "Like being kicked in the cooch by a wallaby, isn't it?"
Ginger: "I have been your sex slave for fifteen years, Eric Northman, and we ain't never had sex!"
Poor Ginger. Couldn't Eric oblige her just once?
Pam: "I like you."
Amber: "Is it all right if I haven't made up my mind about you yet?"
Pam: "Yeah, I really like her."
Amber: "Security's going to be tight and they only invited assholes."
Eric: "You don't know us, sweetheart. We can be assholes."
Loved the cowboy hat. I've always loved Eric under cover.
James: "She gives me just enough love and just enough affection to keep me hooked."
Lafayette: "That is just like paying the minimum on your credit card bill each month just to keep that fucker from getting canceled."
Pam: "Oh. My. God. I'm a Republi-cunt."
Laugh. Out. Loud.
Arlene: "I have to go make tinkle because you know, I am a human."
Jason: "You mean with all that sensitive musician shit, it never occurred to you that he might be gay?"
Pam: (in the Bush Library) "Of all the horrible things I've seen in the last hundred years, this could be the most disturbing."
Wonderful episode. Four out of four leather jackets,
Billie Doux is the founder of Doux Reviews and has been reviewing her favorite shows for quite some time. More Billie Doux.