Things just get stranger and stranger in Bon Temps.So, in honor of our nation's birth, HBO took it easy last night and ran a marathon of Season 3 repeats instead of offering us Episode 4 of the very vamp True Blood.
And looking back at the season so far, things have moved at a dizzying pace. Here's a quick update, in case you've just started tuning in.
Vampire hook-ups are uber-violent. Our genteel Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) turns heads -- literally -- when he gets down and dirty with his maker, Lorena (Mariana Klaveno) after telling her he'll never ever love her. Right. Because he's supposed to love our heroine Sookie Stackhouse, no? So what's with the cheating, Mr. I'm-From-the-1800s-and-So-Such-A-Gentleman? This hook-up doesn't bode well for the future of Bill and Sookie -- who's been going around wearing his engagement ring.
Despite being a stone cold Nordic God, Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) does have feelings. The badass bloodsucker is clearly, truly smitten with Sookie (Anna Paquin), not just concerned about what she can do for him. To protect her from her newfound werewolf foes -- and there are a plenty -- he's lined up a hunky werewolf bodyguard Alcide (Joe Manganiello). And things are about to get even more complicated here, because we can expect some sizzle between Sookie and Alcide, too. Yay!
Once an idiot, always an idiot. In one the classic scenes from season three thus far, Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten), having shot and killed Tara's love Eggs (Mehcad Brooks) in order to protect his pal, Detective Andy Bellefleur (Chris Bauer), has some weighty issues on his mind. He finds himself in his dream scenario -- with too slick city co-eds very willing to commit to a raunchy threesome, but can't perform under pressure. Why? Because he just keeps imagining the two pretty girls with bullet holes in their foreheads. When he tells them as much, well, that's the end of that. Look for Jason to try his hand at becoming a Bon Temps law enforcement official -- or to get his butt kicked when Tara finds out he's really the one who killed Eggs.
Tara (Rutina Wesley), meanwhile, has hooked up with a shady vampire named Franklin (James Frain), whom we discover has some sinister plans of his own. At least, that's what I'm getting from the dour persona he presents to stressed-out newbie vampire Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll), who's still split with her sweet human boyfriend Hoyt (Jim Parrack).
Now we know where Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) got that super-feisty spirit from. In episode two, we met his mama, Ruby Jean Reynolds, played by the powerhouse Alfre Woodard as a racist, homophobic nutcase of a woman. We also got a gander at Lafayette's new love interest Jesus, an orderly (Kevin Alejandro) at the mental institution who's taking care of Ruby Jean.
Family'll screw ya, no matter that they're a bunch of shape-shifters. Sam Merlott (Sam Trammell) went looking for the Mickens clan in Arkansas, and he found them alright. His brother Tommy (Marshall Allman) nearly got him killed. So Sam headed back to Bon Temps to ground himself in work, hoping things would get back to normal. But wouldn't you know it, trouble followed him home. And from the looks of it, they're planning to suck him dry.
Lots going on this season -- and it's all coming at breakneck speed. Here's a sneak peek at what to expect next week, when True Blood is back with an all-new episode.
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