First off – SPOILER warning on the season 4 finale, and the season 5 premiere!
With the appropriately show-created Twitter hashtag #WaitingSucks, True Blood was back tonight for the start of its 5th season. When we last left off in September (a LONG 9 months ago), Sookie was apparently done with Bill and Eric, Tara got shot in the head, Jésus was stabbed by his Marnie-possessed lover Lafayette, and Russell seems to have escaped his concrete burial.
Season 5 sets the stage for a lot of changes and potential awkwardness for the people in Bon Temps. The Reverend shows up at Jason’s door and confesses his love for the Stackhouse boy, declaring himself now a “Gay American Vampire”. The look that the Rev shoots Jason as Jessica swoops in to save him is priceless. It’s definitely setting the familiar tone of the campy and witty moments that True Blood is known for.
Bill & Eric, after cleaning up the mess in Bill’s office from the last vampire’s true death, senses that Sookie is in danger. When rushing out to tend to her, they’re captured and thrown into the trunk of a car while “Silly Love Songs” plays on the radio. Love it. With a newly-budding bromance happening, the vampires stage an accident from the trunk and sends the car careening and exploding. The male captor is killed by the female captor, and Eric wastes no time in swooping in for a make-out session with his “sister”. As he aptly says to Bill later, they “fight like siblings, but f*ck like champions”. They receive new IDs and are about to make their departure when those they were with are killed, leaving them surrounded by armed men.
The Jason/Jessica/Hoyt awkwardness continues to grow as Jason tries to mend things with his former BFF to no avail. He then shows up at Jessica’s while she’s in the middle of throwing a party with some college kids, introducing him to the group as her “friend”. In an attempt to make each other jealous, while rocking out to Rock Band, Jason leaves with one of the college girls only to be the gentleman outside and offer to drive her home.
Arlene, Terry & family are having dinner with Terry’s friend Patrick. Boy, did her kids grow up fast between the seasons! I realize that it’s been about a year between filming, but that much time hadn’t past within the show. The daughter, especially, looks completely different from last I remember her.
To save Luna and her daughter, Sam takes the fault for the death of Marcus. He’s tied up and tortured by the wolf pack to get him to tell them where Marcus is buried. He leads them to the body and is about to be thrown into the newly dug grave when Alcide, brought by Luna, shows up and confesses it was him that killed their former wolf pack leader.
The most compelling story of this episode would have to be of Sookie and Lafayette, dealing with the loss of Jésus and Tara. While Pam shows up and, at their urging, attempts to turn Tara into a vampire in order to save her, they go to Lafayette’s place to deal with Jésus only to find him missing from the living room. In one of the most heartbreaking moments, Sookie leaves Lafayette to say goodbye and he says something to the effect of how Jésus told him to “keep breathing, keep living here.. but how?” as he throws his arms out helplessly.
The episode ends off with Pam coming out of the ground and Tara still lying in the dirt while Sookie cries over her. Right before Tara bursts out and leaps menacingly towards her best friend. *cue The Byrd’s Turn Turn Turn music*
Male-Nakedness count: 4 – Jason, Sam, Eric and…. Andy Bellefleur.