'True Blood' Premiere Recap: Billith Fair
The episode "Who Are You, Really?" in a nutshell:
- Sookie and Eric confront "Billith."
- The governor declares strict antivampire measures.
- Jason searches for Warlow.
Body count: 1 VIP; many others
Nudity count: 3
New people and places:
- Governor Burrell
- Tru Blood executive Ms. Suzuki
- Werewolf Danielle
Best line: "Unless he's flying over our heads like a naked evil Superman." — Jason about Billith
What's the deal with … Andy's quadruplets? Do fairies grow up really fast?
Whew! Watching the season premiere of "True Blood" feels like going to a rave. The action is frenetic — so much is going on, and it's hard to take it all in.
As usual, danger is "True Blood's" middle name. There isn't one big bad this year, but several. First there's Billith. Last season ended with the shocking death and resurrection of Bill Compton. But as Sookie demands to know, what is he? Or she? Is it a vampire god?
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Then we have Warlow, the vampire who killed Sookie's parents and was deeded the family's first fairy girl (Sookie). And now he's back in town to collect!
And finally, Governor Burrell is not so much a life-threatening danger, but his political machinations are going to put a serious crimp in our favorite vampires' style.
So, there is a lot going on — maybe too much. The premiere cuts between characters and stories so fast, you'll feel a bit of whiplash. Get ready to hold on tight!
Sookie, Bill, Eric
The season opens with the horrifying image of Bill rising up from that pool of blood, and Eric and Sookie running for their lives.
The Vampire Authority compound is burning down, so they find their other friends — Jason, Jessica, Pam, Tara, and Nora — and speed away. Jess asks about Bill, and Sookie shakes her head. But when they turn around for a final look, they see his bloody body emerging from the compound flames. Then Bill levitates and flies away!
The motley crew starts sniping at each other (Pam and Nora, in particular), when Eric turns up the radio. After all the violence stemming from the Tru Blood shortage, the governor of Louisiana has declared new measures against vampires, including a sundown curfew and a ban on vamp-owned businesses.
The car screeches to a halt. Eric wants to talk to Nora alone which infuriates Pam, since she didn't even know he had a sister in the first place. She stomps off, then Jessica stomps off because Eric wants to kill Bill. Then Jason stomps off when Nora glamours him to learn what he knows about Warlow. Turns out Warlow is one of Lilith's progeny, making him one of the first vampires!
Suddenly, Jessica starts coughing up blood and having spasms — she's being summoned by Bill. Accompanied by Sookie, they return to Bill's mansion and find that he … looks totally normal. Like the old Bill.
Eric and Nora come flying in to attack him, and Bill fights back until Sookie stakes him! But no biggie — Billith just pulls out the stake and continues the conversation. He promises not to harm them if they won't try to harm him. Jessica stands up for her maker, and all parties reach a tenuous peace agreement. Everybody goes home.
Sam and Luna
Luna's last act of skinwalking as Steve Newlin in order to infiltrate the Authority and rescue daughter Emma is just that — her last! She's dying, and makes Sam promise to keep Emma safe. Then Luna takes her last breath. Nooo!