True Blood ‘s eleventh episode in its fifth season, “Sunset,” showcased the aftermath of the True Blood factory bombings and posed several important questions to be answered during the finale extravaganza. For example, Ke$ha: for or against? How about Boyz II Men? How about what kind of twisted, high school/ mean girl game is scabby old Lilith playing with the vampire regime?
The episode opened with increasingly unsympathetic Vampire Bill (Stephen Moyer) hearing the awful cooing of Lilith, eerily calling out for him to claim his place as troop leader of the Sanguanista brigade. Does the show want us to hate Bill? They’ve invested a few seasons in making him very unlikeable at this point. Shortly after Bill meandered into the blood chamber, we cut to Nora (Lucy Griffiths), who was finally having doubts about following a vindictive and nude biblical specter. R.I.P again, Godric! Nora played dumb well enough in front of Salome (Valentina Cervi) and quickly scurried off to Eric’s (Alexander Skarsgard) chamber for makeup sex. “I’m sorry I declared a vampire jihad.” Okay, not exactly. More importantly, all’s well that ends well.
Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) has more sense than this whole Authority put together and she’s only a baby vamp. Her primary objective is to protect Jason (Ryan Kwanten) from Russell (Denis O’Hare) and Steve Newlin (Michael McMillian) now that they’re on the loose and hungry for a side of Sookie (Anna Paquin). Unfortunately, the bogus rules say humans are merely food, even the Stackhouses, and Bill won’t budge. In fact, he gets downright cruel with Jessica and forces her to make good on her “plan” to turn Jason.
Bill had a security team accompany Jessica. “Hey, Jason!” I like naive high school Jessica more than party girl Jessica so I appreciated this scene. Basically, she managed to covertly clue thickheaded Jason into faking a turning ceremony in front of the guards. Before they knew it, they were goo. She then warned Jason of the threat to Sookie, and of Bill and Eric’s newfound religious insanity. Jessica loves Jason, even if he shot her in the face.
Sookie is in disbelief that she was promised to this Warlow fool approximately three hundred years ago. Remember, he’s the being who manifested in a whirl of steam in Sookie’s bathroom last week. “You are mine!” Is he a vampire? This episode we met the first fairy to ever teleport to our dimension a.k.a The Elder! She was all kinds of positive crazy and a breath of fresh air (Which probably means she’s about to die in a bloody mess). Because she operates on multiple frequencies, the conversation flip-flops from vampires and Warlow to Ke$ha and John Mellencamp. Everything came to a crashing halt, though, when Jason stormed in screaming about Russell’s return. Sookie better watch her light!
Back at the Authority headquarters, General Cavanaugh, a human representative, showed up to let the vampires know that they haven’t been as slick as they’ve assumed. They have footage proving Russell and Newlin to be murdering lunatics and proof that the True Blood factory attacks were their doing. Denial central, followed by a quick snapping of the neck by Eric Northman. Chaos ensued over killing a human leader, but all went according to Eric and Nora’s plan to escape. Now, they’re sent on a glamouring spree to clean up Eric’s “mess.” In reality, they just fly away into the night. I forgot he could fly!
Pam (Kristen Bauer van Straten) and Tara (Rutina Wesley) were busy cleaning up every drop of Elijah, the new sheriff Tara axed last week. Pam was kind of pissed, but Tara had no idea about the vampire equivalent of the Vatican known as the Authority. Jessica showed up seeking safety after eviscerating her security team. Pam wasn’t about to give the “ginger bitch” the time of day, but she could tell Jessica was in a serious state of panic. Also, this involved Eric. Jessica filled the two in on Lilith Fair, and Pam immediately recognized the awful and sadistic behavior as vampire nest syndrome. When vampires spend too much time nesting together and drinking one another’s blood, they go nuts. Lilith’s blood must be even worse. Also, we got a little more Jessica/ Tara bonding. “I have no friends.”
Sam (Sam Trammell) and Luna (Javina Gavankar) ended up sneaking into the Authority headquarters in search of Emma. I’m really enjoying the two of them this season. Sam has been a real trooper and Luna’s rage has gone from annoying to absolutely appropriate. The shifters ended up captured as “food.” Sam thought fast and volunteered to be Bill’s breakfast.
Rosalyn (Carolyn Hennesy), otherwise known as the kooky redheaded member of the Authority, showed up at Fangtasia out of the blue. As it turns out, Elijah was her progeny, and she could sense that he was killed there. In defense of Tara, Pam took the fall and ended up arrested. Rosalyn also sniffed out Jessica. My favorite scene from this week was probably the quick run-in Pam had with Sam while she was being locked up. Sam asked her to help Luna.
Pam: “Who the f*ck is Luna?”
We know they needed to get Pam to the evil lair before the finale. It’s about time.
Now would be a good time to summarize the quick side stories of the week. Alcide (Joe Manganiello) continued delving into his relationship with his father. Apparently, he lost his position as pack leader after stealing money from them. When push came to shove, his father jumped in to help him blast some wild baby vamps before they could terrorize a neighbor. Alcide is a man and a wolf, not a thief and a coward.
Andy (Chris Bauer) got relationship advice from Arlene (Carrie Preston) and Terry (Todd Lowe), who seem happier than ever now that the Iraqi poltergeist has been vanquished. It’s about the simple things in life! Arlene suggests being as honest as possible with Holly (Lauren Bowles). Like clockwork, Morella the fairy showed up looking for the protection Andy promised last season. He swore on her light! Not that it matters to anyone human, but the girl showed up looking very pregnant and claiming that backing out of the deal was an act of war. Which war? Why did she need protection?
Mostly, it was due to the fact that Sookie decided that she was done running from Russell Edgington. With The Elder’s support, the fairies agreed to back her in a plan to eliminate him. As the plan went, Jason played stupid and let Russell glamour him into leading him and Steve to the fairy clubhouse. After a minute or so of the two zapping around the field and basking in the aroma of fairy body odor (Do you think that’s what JLo does after she has her assistant allegedly spray Glow around her dressing room?), The Elder appeared to finish the job. Russell outmatched her, though, and she ended up as a pile of fairy dust. Apparently, consuming The Elder’s blood allowed Russell to see into the club and all of the fairies inside, including Sookie!
Bill slapped Jessica around after finding out that she disobeyed him. It was revealed that Lilith has some sort of sadistic plan up her sleeve. She came to each chancellor, including Bill and Salome, pleading with them to drink her blood fully, as her “chosen one.” Rage and jealousy runs rampant throughout the Authority, as each member wants Lilith’s stamp of approval.
What did you think of the episode? Are you satisfied with this season going into the finale? Are you happy to see the characters mostly reunited as the season closes in on the final battle? Who is the real enemy, Lilith or Russell? Did you miss Hoyt? No. Did you miss Lafayette? Yes.
Thank you to Nicholas Roman for doing an awesome job recapping episodes 9 and 10 while I was away!