Inclusive of the July 15 episode, as far as I know there has been a post-episode discussion and review thread for every episode of True Blood, since the beginning of the series. But for the three episodes since then, nothing.
Admittedly, it is true that the current season started off rather badly in the opinions of many, what with so many types of supernaturals interacting with and antagonizing one another, as well as humans, making it hard to really get a grip on things. But over the last two or three weeks the plot, with only two more episodes to go for Season 5, seems to taken on a very definite momentum towards what will undoubtedly be this year’s cliffhanger. In short, the “big bad” has turned out to be the vampires themselves, as the Authority has been taken over by the so-called “Sanguinistas”, who worship Lilith as a goddess and look on humans as little more than food. You all knew that Russell Egerton is up and about, right? It’s his kind who have taken over.
Surprisingly, former good-guy Bill Compton has been drinking so deeply of this Kool-Aid that he proposed bombing the world’s five TrueBlood factories, in order to force mainstreamers to seek live blood for sustenance, “as they were meant to”. In the most recent ep, several of the factories have been bombed although it’s not clear whether they have been destroyed utterly. At any rate, the shortage of TrueBlood seems already to have begun.
The only sane vamps left seem to be Eric, who is struggling mightily to convince Bill of the error of his ways, and Pam, who is now running Fangtasia and doesn’t want her vamp customers sucking her human customers dry. Bad for business, you understand.
I’m wondering where this will end up. I could see things moving in a quasi-apocalyptic direction. So far most of the series has taken place in out-of-the-way small towns, but what if the action moves to true halls of power, say Washington DC? I could see vampires bullying the nuclear codes out of the human government in Washington, or even merely carrying out a series of highly visible assassinations, say against mayors or councillors of the major cities.
Finally I have to mention the Lafayette’s hilarious response, episode before last, on being asked to help Terry and Arlene contact an evil spirit tormenting them. At the time he says this, most of the humans in the series have gotten pretty damn sick of dealing with the supernatural world.
(Possibly NSFW due to language, and to a drug reference)
I’m in the fuck-off-and-smoke-a-blunt business, and business is about to pick way the fuck up!
Well, there it is. The first True Blood thread in three weeks.