'True Blood': Werewolves and Violence Aplenty

Sona Charaipotra

Three episodes in to Season 3 of True Blood, and things are getting super-creepy! And super-violent.

Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) and Alcide (Joe Manganiello) on True Blood.
Sookie Stackhouse and Alcide on True Blood
For starters, poor Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) can't catch a break. Every time she finishes mopping up the floor of the house Gran left her, some other supernatural creature comes charging through and ends up dead, splattering it with blood yet again. Wonder what she uses to clean it all up? I mean, does bleach work on otherworldly bodily secretions?

Anyway, this time, it was a werewolf.

In fact, Episode 3 of Season 3 of True Blood is all about werewolves. Once superfine Nordic Vampire God Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) slaughters the werewolf spy sent by that still unnamed vampire-led werewolf contingent, he sends Sookie a bodyguard -- and what a hot body it is. We meet Alcide, played by the luscious Joe Manganiello (One Tree Hill), a good guy (right?) werewolf who heads with Sookie to Mississippi, where her still MIA fiance, vampire Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) may or may not be.

Of course, Mississippi is exactly where Bill is, still contending with the demented ploys of Russell Edgington (Denis O'Hare), the vampire king of the region, who wants Bill to work with him. The problem is that Russell is connected to Bill's clearly deranged maker, Lorena (Mariana Klaveno), whom Bill tried to take out last week with a giant fireball. Alas, Lorena is a vampire, and an old one at that, so she's not so easy to kill.

The pair supposedly call a truce, but Bill rests uneasy, dreaming about when Lorena tried to get him to kill his wife from before he was a vampire. All along, it seems, Lorena has just wanted Bill to love her, no matter what the cost. But this just raises up bile and bitterness in Bill -- to the point where he very uncharacteristically rapes her, in one of the most disturbingly violent scenes I've ever seen on TV.

If that's a sign of things to come, boy are we really in for it. But I guess HBO's willing to go there; after all, it was the home of the prison drama Oz

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