The battle between the vampires and witches reaches fever pitch in this week's episode of True Blood. Both sides lose victims in the first battle of what is now an all-out war, with even major characters finding themselves in the line of fire.
While one big relationship met its downfall, others flourished — including Sookie and Eric's, which has taken on weirdly euphoric levels now that the two have shared each others' blood. If you're ready to break down the breakup, battle scene, and more, just
- Saddest ghost story: We finally get the back story on the creepy doll and equally creepy spirit hanging around baby Mikey. It turns out the spirit’s fixation on Arlene’s baby is due to her having tragically lost her own child during her lifetime, and now she wants to claim Mikey as her own. That much is clear after she takes over Lafayette's form and snatches the baby — along with a gun — away from his sleeping parents. Whether she plans to use the gun to simply protect the infant, or for some other, more sinister plot is unknown.
- Best first kiss: Once Jason saves Jessica's life, she's hopeless against resisting him, but she's still a little surprised by her actions, cutely covering her mouth after the lip lock.
- Funniest Freaky Friday moment: Tommy wastes no time in exploiting his newfound ability to shift into other people, transforming into a disheveled, foul-mouthed version of Maxine in an attempt to profit from the natural gas rights on her property. Even if he is up to no good, it’s still pretty hilarious to see him order two Miller tallboys paired with shots of tequila and hot sauce as the self-righteous matron.
- Most psychedelic reaction to drinking blood: Sookie lets Eric feed on her so that he can regain strength after his “silvering,” and Eric, in turn, lets Sookie feed from him, saying, “We will be one.” After feeding on one another, the pair embarks on a hallucinogenic, acid-like trip, seeing snowflakes fall from shower heads and talking about making love forever on a bed they encounter in a forest.
- Most drama-ridden pack: Pack leader Marcus orders his werewolves to stay out of the trouble brewing between Bon Temps’s witches and vampires, but it looks like there’s plenty of drama within the pack to keep the group occupied. We find out that Marcus is father to Luna’s daughter, and he’s vowed to cause trouble for Sam for hanging out with his little girl. Meanwhile, a suspicious Debbie follows Alcide to find that he has lied to her about staying away from Sookie. Will the unstable shewolf fall off the wagon or betray Alcide by getting him in trouble with the pack?
- Best pint-sized wingwoman: Sam shows up a Luna’s doorstep, explaining that he’s kicked Tommy out of his life, but the lady-shifter is still reluctant to invite him in. Luckily for Sam, Luna’s daughter does it for her, insisting that Sam play Barbies. Playing with dolls may not be the smoothest way for a man to rework his way into a woman’s heart, but it seems to have helped the pair begin to move past the awkward Tommy situation.
- Worst breakups (fictional and nonfictional): Who realized that Jessica’s first breakup scene with Hoyt was a dream? There were certainly a lot of clues — the eye-rolling, Hoyt’s over-the-top pleas, and, you know, Jessica killing him — but stranger things have happened on True Blood. Equally painful to watch was the actual breakup, with Hoyt crossing the line by calling out Jessica on her inability to have kids and her eternal virginity. Low blow, Hoyt. Low blow.
- Most violent midnight rendezvous: The vampires and the witches battle it out when they meet up in the cemetery for what is initially supposed to be a peaceful discussion. Team vampire takes significant hits with Bill getting a load of silver to the face, Eric falling under Antonia’s trademark puppet-master spell, and Sookie taking a bullet to the abdomen! Alcide shows up just in time to save Sookie, but Eric and Bill seem like they are in some serious trouble.
What do you think will happen to Bill and Eric now that they are under the witches’ control? Can we expect to see the end of the reformed Eric next week now that he's under Antonia's control?
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