July 03, 2011 7:42pm PT by Jethro Nededog
'True Blood': Has Bill Gone Too Far? (Video)
[Warning: Spoilers ahead if you haven’t seen Sunday’s “You Smell Like Dinner” episode.]
While the premiere episode did its job to establish where everyone was after the one-year time jump, Episode 2 really expanded on its characters and their abilities. The biggest event, of course, would be the repercussions of Bill (Stephen Moyer) sending Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) to shut down Bon Temps’ witch coven.
Before we get to the much-anticipated Eric amnesia storyline, let’s quickly recap what else we learned.
Arlene’s baby isn’t right. As she had suspected, Arlene’s very adorable new son is much more of a handful than other babies. Not only does he keep her up all night, need to be fed and cleaned often, but also he can apparently give others pink eye at will – as he did to her in this episode. We imagine her paranoia that her baby has more in common with his father will grow… and she will pack some Visine in her purse just in case.
Skinwalkers are the new shapeshifter. We learned of a new brand of shapeshifter called skinwalkers from Sam’s (Sam Trammell) new romantic interest, Luna (Janina Gavankar). She took telling ghost stories around the campfire to a new level when she admitted that she had shifted into her dead mother, who died giving birth to her. That gives a whole new twist to Sam and Tommy’s (Marshal Allman) relationship as a shifter can only change into a human if he or she kills a family member. That’s probably information Sam will want to keep from his shady brother, eh?
Jason is the new black… panther? Raise your hand if you always knew Crystal (Lindsay Pulsipher) was nuts? Yet as much as we knew that, we never thought she would actually forcefully change Jason (Ryan Kwanten) into a werepanther. We may be as naïve as Jason about that fact, but that’s exactly what she and her husband are doing. Would the show change poor Jason just as he’s getting his life together? We vote yes.
Jessica has needs. Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) gave in to her natural urges and made her way to Fangtasia and fed on the guy that she met last episode. Unluckily for her, Sookie (Anna Paquin) caught her in the act. It’s a very interesting twist to find her actions parallel that of a cheating wife. But, she’s a vampire and that’s what they do – drink blood. So, will Hoyt (Jim Parrack) see it as cheating? Again, we vote yes.
Eric’s amnesia and Bill’s the wild card. There’s something funny happening with Bill. The show’s unraveling bit by bit just how entrenched in the vampire politics he has been. We learned that he was recruited back in the 80s by Nan (Jessica Tuck) to penetrate the royal order, we witnessed him in previous seasons working for the queen, and we just saw him command her execution and assume the role as king. We barely knew thee, Bill.
We also know that Eric has been a thorn in Bill’s side both politically and when it came to Sookie’s affections. Did he order Eric to shut down the witch coven knowing something may happen to him? And now that Eric’s memory is wiped clean, does that solve the problem of Eric for Bill? Or, will it make Eric an even bigger problem? And finally, what happened to Eric’s shirt and jacket?
Sound off on Eric’s amnesia below or any of the other new supernatural developments in this episode. We’d love to hear your take.
Watch a featurette with the creative team behind Sunday's episode below.
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