True Blood returned tonight, kicking off Season 6 with a premiere that featured our first true encounters and experiences with Bill… ith (Stephen Moyer).
I’ll be honest with you. I completed episode 1, “Who Are You, Really?” with a recap and review written in my mind, only to have everything turned upside down with the “coming up this season on True Blood” preview that followed the premiere. I’ve been glamoured! Something I enjoyed about the premiere right off the bat; I like that the show, at least for one episode, grouped our favorite fangers together. Something I wasn’t too crazy about; had this not been a Father’s Day slated premiere, I could care less about Andy Bellefleur’s (Chris Bauer) rapidly growing brood of babies. It was like a commercial break amidst the nearly nonstop blood and guts action. The War on Vamps has begun, fellow humans. Still, I urge you to remember that while our favorite fang-wielding supernaturals are not humans, they are indeed people. Props to the purple haired blood-balloon flinger in the crowd of anti-fang activists.
The episode opened exactly where the Season 5 finale left off. Bill went from goop to Billith in a matter of moments. I appreciated that True Blood gave us just a glimpse behind the monster’s eyes, cluing us in to the fact that he could literally see faery on Sookie’s (Anna Paquin) breath. After a bit of a hassle, Nora (Lucy Griffiths) managed to lead Eric’s (Alexander Skarsgard) ragtag band of vamps and Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten) out of The Authority’s headquarters. Meanwhile, Northman and Sookie found themselves sealed in a powered down elevator while a very nude Bill, covered in coagulation, tore through the facility. Surprise! Eric and Sookie are safe and sound within the confines of his SUV. Pam (Kristen Bauer van Straten) found herself immediately irked by Eric’s seemingly new bossy lady-friend. I believe the award for “Best Reaction to Billith” has to go to Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) for the above screenshot. From a distance, the entire crew watched as the man formerly (?) known as Bill Compton took flight. I mean, he literally launched like a rocket into space.
I hate the beach.
After a scolding from Eric surrounding a plethora of questions and a confused reaction to the revelation of his sister, Nora, Pam found herself sulking in the sand, dreading the “cooch” cleanup that was to follow. Tara (Rutina Wesley) has certainly softened up over the course of the hiatus, right? She offered a pissed Pam a shoulder to not-cry on while she cooled off following Eric’s cold showing. Meanwhile, Jessica and Sookie sat on their own piece of beach, wallowing in their mutual love for Bill. Jessica feared the lonliness to follow if Bill should be put to the stake, only to have Sookie quash that sentiment immediately. Did anyone else have a Quentin Tarantino flash when Jessica realized most of the team was looking to “Kill Bill”?
Jason Stackhouse sure is a bummer heading into Season 6. I prefer my Jason dumb and lovable as opposed to ignorant and hate-fueled. Nora attempted to milk Jason’s brain for information surrounding Warlow, a progeny of Lilith from the Vampire Bible. All Jason could recall was that Warlow had murdered his parents and was on the hunt for Sookie. Ultimately, Nora’s glamouring sent Jason into a tizzy that forced Sookie to intervene. In the end, Stackhouse left in a huff, just about ready to join the War on Vampires.
As it turns, out Billith has a little more “Bill” left in him (her?) than we’d originally anticipated! Jessica felt as though Bill were literally crushing her heart as he compelled her to come home. Deborah Ann Woll did a fantastic job of playing “invisibly tortured,” if you ask me. One thing I didn’t understand was how half the group seemed to want to pin Jessica down, while Sookie, among others, realized that her chest looked as though it were about to explode. Of course, I most liked Pam’s cool and cruel, “It’s been nice knowing you” response to the girl’s anguish. Eventually, Sookie agreed to accompany Jessica to Bill’s domain, while Eric and Nora would wait in the wings.
We have a new villain, fangers! Governor Burrell (Arliss Howard) announced plans to shut down all vampire-run businesses following a string of hundreds of human murders. If you recall, The Vampire Authority, under the advice of Bill, destroyed all of the Tru Blood factories in order to basically create chaos on the nighttime streets. Vamps gotta eat, y’all; however, the Governor set a new curfew into affect banning anyone with fangs from leaving their homes after dark. I mean, don’t get me wrong. I love our Bon Temps vampires, but I think a civil rights movement is sort of hindered by a string of hundreds grisly deaths. Still, as I’ve stated prior; vampires are not humans, but they are people. Should the entire community be eliminated from Louisiana because a few extremists bombed the Tru Blood factories? Of course not. I was willing to give Burrell the benefit of the doubt after witnessing a scene that would follow. Having acquired some properties, including one that coincidentally and conveniently ended up becoming a bottling facility, he offered the Tru Blood manufacturers the factory free of charge, hoping to, allegedly, reform the rabid vamps into good tax-paying citizens. The fact that True Blood threw him in a leather jacket made me think that he could actually become a villain with a secretly positive agenda. Then, of course, the preview for Season 6 popped up following the episode and shattered everything.
Back at Fangtasia, Tara confronted Pam about her obsession with her maker, Eric. Remember, Pam has been “released,” yet she still fawns over Northman following one-hundred-years of partnership. Pam truly loves Eric, maker’s mark aside. Tara, needless to say, felt like a bridesmaid at her own wedding after she and Pam had already consummated their new budding romance. Pam shrugged Tara off, only to find the both of them facing a firing squad of government gunmen. Pam had been served the papers to close Fangtasia; however, we know Pam. Pam always comes with a side of snark and sass. Tara, stepping up to defend her maker, took a strange new bullet to the thigh.
Now, here was my one true issue with the Season 6 premiere. At least for now, most of these people are connected. I used to enjoy, during earlier seasons, when the characters would be separated only to find their storylines intertwined by finale time. Lately, there have been too many supernaturals running around Bon Temps territory to enjoy that. The reason why this was also a problem for me was because those left out of the episode 1 “Billith” arc seemed to become that much more irrelevant. I love Terry (Todd Lowe) and Arlene (Carrie Preston), but even Arlene’s sweet pep talk to new dad Andy (on Father’s Day!) couldn’t make me care too much about Andy’s new story. In case you were wondering, fairy babies apparently grow from infant to toddler pretty quickly!
The same sentiment carried over to Alcide’s (Joe Manganiello) plot this week. Listen, viewers love Alcide. I’ve never cared too much for the entire “werewolf pack” storyline in general, but that’s always been my own personal opinion. Still, aside from watching Alcide, in human form, eat a chunk out of the former pack master’s severed arm, I just found myself wanting more Bill and Eric. Also, was it me, or did the super-loyal and generally kindhearted Alcide very very quickly devolve into a cheater? I was sure his somewhat new romance with Rikki would be tried by his newfound power as a leader, but I was also ready to give it a few more episodes to crumble. Alcide was sneaking off with another she-wolf by the episode’s close, only to find Rikki joining in for a threesome within seconds of starting the action.
I’m your number one bitch.
Whatever floats your naked cruise, lady, but did you really have to give in that easily?
The only subplot I fully enjoyed this week was Sam Merlotte’s (Sam Trammell). We bid farewell to Luna (Janina Gavankar), or as the government gunmen who found her corpse dubbed her, “It.” Sam promised to keep her little girl, the daughter she died rescuing, safe from harm. Back at Merlotte’s, a very drunk Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) whipped the girl up something sweet. Sam made Lafayette promise to keep their encounter a secret, for the girl’s sake. Luna had exposed shifters on national television, and little Emma was now a target. In addition, here’s to hoping this premiere episode’s blink-and-you-missed-it moment with Laf wasn’t a true taste of what’s to come for him on this sixth season of True Blood.
Sookie and Jessica made their painful way over to Bill’s home. In the shock of the season (I know, I know… it’s only episode 1), Bill looked fantastic! I’m going to go ahead and estimate that the super-vamp had about two hours to take a long shower. Bill was in fine form, quickly deflecting an incoming ambush by Nora and Eric, only to be *gulp* staked by Sookie Stackhouse from behind! Jessica cried out in sadness. R.I.P. again, Bill Compton.
No, not really. Bill can’t be staked anymore, apparently! Following Sookie’s “betrayal,” Jessica threw her out of Bill’s home, along with Eric and Nora, voicing her support for her maker and her belief that Bill was still, well, Bill. Maybe the “-ith” was just a little extra spunk? I will say that Sookie’s disbelief struck a certain look of sadness in Stephen Moyer’s eyes during that scene. That was enough to give me some hope too, Jessica. That evening, Bill and his protégé had a heart-to-heart where he admitted his fear of the unknown. What had happened to Bill? Were his newfound powers, including what seems to be telekinesis, just new perks, or was he truly corrupted from the inside out? He will need Jessica’s help to keep him grounded, and she was happy to oblige. Bill, I love you all over again! I’m happy the douche-tastic Lilith lover seems to be, at least somewhat, left in Season 5. Then again, I watched the latest preview… Plus, Bill’s arc this week closed as he was beckoned into his study by a virtual plethora of Liliths! That’s right, fangers. Three different Lilith-looking ladies hopped into Bill’s being. Do you think Bill feels odd surrounded by all of that estrogen all the time?
Meanwhile, Eric and Sookie journeyed back to her house together. Honestly, I didn’t think that Sookie was under that much of a threat following Jessica and Bill’s demand that they leave. Eric was ready to ship Stackhouse off to another continent with a couple of bucks and another “nice knowing you.” In the end, Northman ended up signing over the rights to Sookie’s house. It was, truly, the least he could do. Sookie, looking to get her life back into Season 1 shape, rescinded Eric’s invitation to her home in a sad and very prompt goodbye. Nora, waiting on the porch, realized Eric’s love for Sookie, much to his dismay. I truly hope this isn’t the end of Sookie’s relationship with these vampire boys because I don’t want to become disenchanted with her story this season.
Jason, having walked a good while, attempted to hitchhike the rest of his way home. People, tell me I’m not crazy. Did that man (Rutger Hauer) not scream. “I’m Warlow!” from the moment we laid eyes on him? The outfit, the hair, the attitude… Jason, of course, isn’t the brightest bulb. I was, at least, happy to see the more loveable Jason unknowingly give us a laugh with the story of how he’s been visited by the ghosts of his parents.
They’ve gotten kind of racist and scary since they went to heaven.
In the end, it didn’t take long for Warlow to reveal himself to Jason. Stackhouse attempted to put a wooden bullet straight through his head, only to watch the ancient vampire dissipate into thin air, leaving the car on a crash course for a tree. Sookie, sleeping soundly, failed to notice the faery texts on her bedside table flashing wildly.
What did you think of the True Blood Season 6 Premiere, Episode 1, “Who Are You, Really?” Do you enjoy the series more when the plots are kept close together or when we’re following several supernaturals on their own adventures? Do you think Bill will be able to fight off the persuasions of Lilith? Will Lafayette’s plot grow? Were you sad to see Luna bite the dust? What did you think of Warlow’s debut?
Thanks for reading my Recap and Review of the True Blood Season 6 Premiere, Episode 1, “Who Are You, Really?”