July 17, 2011 10:59pm PT by Jethro Nededog
'True Blood': Witches Can Really Hold a Grudge (Video)
[Warning: Spoilers ahead if you haven’t seen Sunday’s "I'm Alive and on Fire" episode.]
After months of marketing about this being the season of the witches on HBO's True Blood, we wondered what more they had up their sleeves after taking Eric’s (Alexander Skarsgard) memory away. Well, now we know. They can make a vampire’s skin crawl. Poor Pam (Kristin Bauer).
We learned that Marnie (Fiona Shaw) drew her power from a ghostly figure of a woman last week. Now, we know that the woman was burned at the stake back in the day and the vampires had something to do with it.
Regardless of the history, Nan (Jessica Tuck) isn’t as frightened by the threat of a few Wiccans in town like Bill (Stephen Moyer), saying they don’t make necromancers (witches who control the dead) like they used to. Boy, was that a spoiler!
So, we find ourselves watching Marnie trying to cure whatever spell the ghost witch pulled on Eric and Pam gets somewhat impatient with the process. Does calling Marnie a "retard" and the whole ceremony "B.S." warrant losing half her face? We guess it does if you’re a dead witch with a chip on your shoulder.
Other thoughts on Episode 4:
-- Even bloody, tired, and after being forcefully raped several times, one werepanther woman tells Jason (Ryan Kwanten) he’s the best she’s ever had. So twisted.
-- Please send more fairies down for Eric, True Blood, because he’s a riot when drunk on fairy blood.
-- Alcide’s abs came to save the day. Oh, and Alcide (Joe Manganiello) helped Sookie (Anna Paquin) find Eric, too.
-- What’s worse? Tommy (Marshall Allman) enduring Hoyt’s (Jim Parrack) clingy mother day in and day out or having his father drag him by the neck with a chain. Jury’s still out.
-- Luna (Janina Gavankar) has a daughter and the father is a jealous werewolf. That chick is drama. Run, Sam (Sam Trammell)!
-- Bill discovered that Portia (Courtney Ford) is his great-great-great-great-granddaughter. Slim pickings in Bon Temps -- no wonder everyone is all over Sookie.
-- Good news: Arlene’s (Carrie Preston) baby exhibits exceptionally high spelling and writing skills for his age. Bad news: He likes to write scary messages on the wall. That marker’s going to be hell to wipe off.
Also, watch executive producer Alan Ball and director Michael Lehmann discuss the episde below.
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