10:18pm PT by Jethro Nededog
'True Blood': Jessica Is Feeling the Burn (Video)
This week’s True Blood may have finally given viewers the reason to call this the season of the witches. Antonia/Marnie (Fiona Shaw) dominated the episode and her end game became clear – she aims to reenact the spell she cast as she was burning on the stake during the Spanish Inquisition. She plans to make all the vampires in the area walk out into the sun to their death.
If the last episode belonged to Sookie (Anna Paquin) and Eric (Alexander Skarsgard), this one could be dedicated to Bill. There’s something very beautiful in the way he behaved in this episode. After all the deception he was guilty of in the previous seasons, it’s becoming clear that he’s at least partially using his new position to protect the people he loves. He called Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) to his home, so they can suffer the silver chains and spell together. He also honored Sookie by going to her home to inform him of the spell to be cast and how she can protect Eric.
What’s interesting here is how True Blood is exploring the gray areas of good and evil. After all, don’t Antonia/Marnie and Tara (Rutina Wesley) have very good reasons to want the area swept clean of vampires? The have indeed raped, tortured, and imprisoned them. Yet, as viewers we have a certain connection to the vampires. We love Eric. We feel for Jessica. We admire Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten).
On the other hand, shouldn’t we be rooting for the humans, because, well, we’re human? And are Lafayette’s (Nelsan Ellis) newly revealed powers as a medium to be used against the vampires or to help bring down Antonia/Marnie? It’s complicated, isn’t it?
Other quick thoughts from the episode:
-- How funny was it when Bill ordered sun-bent Jessica to come back, so she can remove his chains too?
-- This episode’s soft porn brought to you by Eric and Sookie. Wow.
-- Honorable mention goes to Alcide (Joe Manganiello) and Debbie (Brit Morgan) for their almost there sex moment.
-- This week’s saw it coming award goes to Sam (Sam Trammell) and Tommy (Marshall Allman) who break up more than Ross and Rachel on Friends.
Watch executive producer and writer Alexander Woo and director Michael Ruscio discuss the episode below.
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