July 24, 2011 8:42pm PT by Jethro Nededog
'True Blood': Sookie Runs, But Not From Eric (Video)
[Warning: Spoilers ahead if you haven’t seen Sunday’s "Me and the Devil" episode.]
On HBO’s True Blood, nothing and no one stays buried forever. In the episode, we watched several characters try to cover up what they had done and several whose secrets have come back to haunt them.
Sookie (Anna Paquin) decided to investigate the witches and searched down Marnie (Fiona Shaw). Under the guise of a random patron who wanders into Marnie’s shop for a reading, Sookie finds out more about herself than the witches.
By reading Marnie’s mind, she hears her gran speak to her and she asks if Sookie’s falling in love. Of course, we know that she’s indeed taken by the spellbound version of Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) who speaks to her like he’s reciting love poems and may be the only man ever who actually likes to snuggle.
Yet, it’s clear that True Blood’s producers were using gran to tell Sookie and the viewing audience something: This kinder, gentler Eric is temporary. Yet, Sookie isn’t listening. Regardless, we feel a good amount of fans got what they’ve been wanting. She asked him not to leave and then the two kissed.
Do you think that Eric will retain some of this new gentle personality when his memories return? Or should Sookie heed her gran's warning?
There were other characters in this episode who are trying to cover up secrets or are having them come back to haunt them, as well:
Jason Dreams of Jessica… and Hoyt? Obviously, drinking Jessica’s (Deborah Ann Woll) blood is causing Jason’s (Ryan Kwanten) sex dreams about her. But, his guilt about his feelings for her have clouded an otherwise enjoyable sex dream. Possibly, the vision of Hoyt (Jim Parrack) on top of him will cure him of that. We’re thinking things will get worse before they get better, though. And did her blood cure him of the werepanther bite? We’ll have to wait for the first full moon to find that out.
Tommy kills his parents. Tommy’s (Marshall Allman) double parricide has opened the door to what Luna (Janina Gavankar) had mentioned a few episodes back: Skinwalking, the ability to shift into a human after you’ve killed someone you’re related to. It's going to be interesting to see how Tommy gets mixed up with that.
Arlene’s creepy baby. First of all, the reverend and Tara’s (Rutina Wesley) mother should get their own spinoff show. We could watch them exorcize demons all day. Thank God for rewind. Second, we’re not sure what’s up with Arlene’s (Carrie Preston) baby (or is it that doll?), but they need to keep the reverend and his wife on retainer. There is no parents' manual for controlling blood vessel bursting, creepy message writing, fire starting toddlers.
Lafayette and Jesus need help. Despite forcing him into a very odd ceremonial killing of a goat when he was young (and having Braveheart hair), Jesus (Kevin Alejandro) is convinced his brujo grandfather can help protect them from Pam and Eric. We're thinking a road trip out of town could probably be enough. But, OK, bring on the crazy old man.
Bill has his hands full. Something tells us locking Marnie away isn’t exactly going to be enough when she has the ghost of a pissed off witch on her side. That’s just us. But, now it will be interesting to see how Sookie keeps him from ripping Eric to shreds. We do hope they stop kissing by the time he arrives.
Pam saves face. Sure, it’s horrific that Pam’s face is basically half rotted away, but that pales in comparison to her handing over Eric’s whereabouts to Bill. We never thought we’d see the day when she would cross Eric to save, well, her face.
There goes Alcide’s peaceful suburban life. If Alcide (Joe Manganiello) thought he could lead a quiet life in the suburbs, he’s apparently in for a rude awakening. Something tells us that the oily-haired pack master who paid him a visit won’t rest until Alcide gives in and registers with the pack. Furthermore, why was Alcide wearing a shirt?
Tara, the gig is up. Three major things happened here. First, Tara’s girlfriend discovered her true identity and she’s going to have to do some major damage control. Second, Tara said she loved her. Now, that’s interesting. We wondered how serious this lesbian relationship was for Tara and it seems like the real deal. And third, she discovers Sookie has become a really good liar (as Bill also just realized). Will Sookie throw away all her relationships to protect Eric, whose new personality may be fleeting?
Watch writer Mark Hudis and director Daniel Minahan discuss the episode below.
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