True Blood Episode Recap: "Everybody Wants to Rule the World"
Joe Manganiello | Photo Credits: HBO
First up, sorry for missing last week's episode. As I mentioned, I was out in L.A. at the fall TV previews and watching it live was impossible. Glad to be back though!
On this week's episode of True Blood, the vampire war has begun, and it only took nine episodes to get there! Unfortunately, there are a few traitors in our midst, so when it's time to choose sides, there are a few surprises. In more promising news, the writers have obviously been reading my recaps, because they decided to streamline a whole bunch of plotlines into one this week. Loose ends were tied, and just a few cogent narrative threads remains. Well done, writers! I knew you could do it!
VAMPIRES DECLARE WAR!
Let the games begin! Salome & Co. take Bill's advice and blow up a TruBlood factory in Houston, thus starting a war on the mainstreamers. Interestingly, it's Eric who is all: Um, what the hell is going on here? He's also the only one who appears to understand — though this information is delivered with some subtlety — that the vial of "Lilith's blood" is not what Salome says it is, and is perhaps some kind of mind-control serum that has turned Nora and Bill against him.
What's that? Bill? Yes, it appears that Bill is, as Eric puts it, having some sort of religious crisis, and he's starting to believe Salome's version of events. At the very least, he's skeptical about mainstreaming, which, when you consider the character's history, is really a substantial shift. As with most things in the world of True Blood, the tipping point comes via a hot romp in the sack, in which he alternately imagines that he is bonking — and feeding upon — Sookie, Salome and Lilith. Salome reports that she has chosen Bill to be "her Adam." So... mind's made up! Bill's a bad guy now. Eric finds out the hard way when Bill double-crosses him (and sweet Molly) and reveals their plan for escape.
As the episode ends, news reports tell us that TruBlood factories in Japan and Kuwait have been attacked, so this war has just gone global, y'all!
ALCIDE, ALONE AGAIN, NATURALLY
Alcide tried his damnedest to defeat J.D. to become the packmaster, but he's no match for J.D.'s V-enhanced strength. Fortunately, Martha intervenes just as Alcide is about to get his head smashed by a rock. Instead, J.D.'s first act as packmaster is to abjure Alcide. Dejected, he has a wistful flashback to when his father (guest star Robert Patrick), a former packmaster, first inducted him and Debbie. In his last scene, he enters his dad's rundown trailer, presumably to ask him for help.
THE GOOD MAN
Arlene and Holly ask Lafayette to help contact the spirit of the dead Iraqi woman to find out how to break the curse of Ifrit. Laf sees their request as a way to possibly make some extra cash, so he agrees, but while he's faking some medium-type stuff for the crowd, the woman actually contacts him and she reports that the only way to break the curse is that either Terry or Patrick has to kill the other. Because Terry is a good man, he decides to offer Patrick "a fair fight," fully acknowledging to Arlene that this means that he could die.
Patrick has other ideas. He takes Arlene hostage and forces Terry to sacrifice himself to save his family. Just as it appears that Terry is ready to accept his fate, Arlene stabs Patrick in the neck with a hair chopstick, a struggle over the gun ensues and ultimately, Terry kills Patrick to save his family. I don't know about you guys, but I was genuinely shocked by this development. Thank God Ifrit shows up and takes away the body because Andy and Jason had enough to do this week (see below) without having to deal with another murder investigation.