"You know I aint that deep...." Once again, Jason Stackhouse is the king of the one-liners this season, and we love him for it. We also love that pure heart, at least as it's conveyed by Ryan Kwanten. Crystal's revealed herself as the werepanther she is. And it's a good thing, too...since she's pregnant. Oops...did I just say that? Yes, yes I did. Surprise!
And this season's other surprise (though not really): Sookie is a fairy! Or alien, as Bill puts it. Eric and Bill continue to vie for Sookie's fairy-affections, making her the pinnacle of a very cliche heterosexual matrix. Welcome to the 21st century, where social progress has gone so far, it now has to peddle backwards!
Tara's learned that Jason killed Eggs, and, that Andy covered it up. What she seems to be forgetting is that who killed Eggs doesn't matter--he was waving a giant ritual-sacrifice knife around. He was crazy. A murderer. Yes, he was manipulated by a mad maenad but Jason, who's always showing up in the nick of time, essentially saved Andy from an unpredictable, even if reluctant, killer. Andy's not a dirty cop--he knew that with Jason's other run-ins, shooting a man in the back of the head would not have boded well for otherwise innocent Jason Stackhouse--who, along with Andy and Sam, were the heroes of season 2, saving the ENTIRE town from the madness Maryann the maenad spread like a delusional disease.
Among the other inequities explored, Russell Edgington's need for closure with Talbot. Denis O'Hare is a god--that's all. Consistent down to the very lines on his 48-year old face, O'Hare manages to carve a deeper human than most "real" people from the fictional 3000-year old vampire of Russell Edgington.
Speaking of inequities and secrets revealed, what is wrong with Arlene??? Sure, she has no memory of her crazy sexual exploits with Terry during the Maryann thing from last season, but still...honey, do the math. It's Terry's baby--and because of your own blinding shame, you will destroy that lovely, if dysfunctional, man's only shot at normalcy. I'm so glad Jessica told Arlene to shove it.
Jessica and Hoyt--together again. Looks like blood is thicker than Merlotte's beer. Tommy doesn't seem like the type to take rejection well. Stay tuned for more on that front!
And what about the Sam-reveals? Sam, a cold-blooded killer??? That poor man--you know, it's not easy being abandoned at 15 after you learn you can shapeshift into a dog. The things Sam had to do to survive are unimaginable. Didn't we always wonder where he got the money to start a bar like Merlotte's? To buy income property like the apartments where Arlene, Terry and Tommy live?
The complexities of the human condition are well-played out in the characters of Sam Merlotte and Russell Edgington. The difference between the two is that Sam attempted to remove himself from the horror--he had what scholar Joseph Campbell called the necessary "transformation of consciousness" to become a hero instead of a villain, despite his past. While Russell Edgington, who faced equally difficult trials to survive his 3000-years, never had that transformation. He could only master one of his worlds--the world of horror--which, in some ways, makes him the more vulnerable character. Sam Merlotte, played well by Sam Trammell, overcame a great deal to master both of his dual and dueling worlds. After meeting his biological parents this season, the audience recognizes Sam's hurdles included his own genetics! Trammell makes Merlotte very relatable. We just hope there's a payoff coming for Sam that is less comeuppance and more just desserts.
Holly is a witch...yada yada yada...oh, that's Seinfeld. Right. But Holly IS a witch, again--no surprise there--though it was supposed to be one of the episode's big reveals.
Nelsan Ellis's Lafayette...good stuff great, my Snapple of a man! Magic is in the air for he and Jaguar-Jesus. Could Jesus be one of the cats Ruby Jean was worried about coming to get her "sonshine"??? It's always the quiet ones....
Only two episodes to go...have we seen the last of Alcide Herveaux? Heck, no!
Until next time, dearest readers, stay thirsty for TruBlood!