'True Blood' Talking Points: The Authority's New Agenda
12 'True Blood' plot points you need to know to get by at the water cooler
Last week on "True Blood," the blood of Lilith caused the members of The Authority coup to take to the streets of New Orleans, partying like it was Marti Gras and feasting on all of the humans in a karaoke club. The orgy of blood caused their patron, Lilith to rise from the true death.
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- This week, she was no where to be seen. But her followers were still in their drunken stupor, covered in blood and Bourbon Street beads, as the gang stumbled back to the Authority headquarters. They were all high on Lilith. All, except for Eric that is. "We saw Lilith," Bill told him with a beatific grin. "We were in the presence of God." Russell Edgington put things a bit more crassly: "God has the most beautiful tits I’ve ever seen. I am born again!" Nora said it was a sign – that Roman’s death had been sanctioned by God and they were on the correct path. So Salome said they should move forward. She asked Steve to procure rations – a few dozen humans, and a baby for one of the chancellors. "I think I’ve had enough fun for one night," Eric announced, shutting everyone up. But when he asked Bill if he was coming, Bill just sat there.
- At the hospital, Sam had a run-in with the creep from the Sups shooter supply shop. "They’re everywhere. We are being hunted," Luna roared as Sam tried to calm her down. "We should start picking these moonshine drinking rednecks one by one and see how they like it." Sam said he was taking care of it. But when he left, something happened to Luna. She shifted into Sam. Dressed, she escaped the hospital.
- Alcide was hot and heavy with his new trainer lady pal – but she reminded him that it didn’t mean she was his girlfriend. He said he wasn’t asking. But then he did ask. And she said maybe. Later, they were at the meeting of the Shreveport pack, where Alcide would face off with JD for the title of packmaster. But then JD issued the challenge – harkening back to their forebears – of hunting a human, a college track star no less. Alcide refused. "Alrighty then," JD announced. "I think we've got ourselves a forfeit." Still, JD was in the mood for a hunt, and sent the boy running. Furious, Alcide attacked and the two fought. But JD went after the kid. Alcide attacked again just as JD was got the boy, and told the kid to run. But with JD on V, Alcide was outmatched – and JD was about to take him out with a massive rock, Martha and the pack arrived, begging him to stop.
- Sookie was still in her backyard, shooting lightning bolts from her hands in an attempt to use up her fairy powers. She was so into it that she didn’t even realize it was Jason who'd come to stop her – and flung him halfway across the yard with a single bolt. "I'm tired of being a freak,” she said. "I want to be normal." He tried to convince her otherwise – that if she was normal, she never would have met Bill or been able to talk to Gran on the other side. "You are who you are because you got Mama and Daddy inside of you," he said. "And even if you do unfairy yourself, you ain't never gonna feel right till you find out who killed our parents." And her fairy powers might just be the one thing that could help them do that.
- So naturally, they headed back to the fairy burlesque club to learn more about Sookie’s powers. Claude and his sister Claudette said their families had a bond – and so there might be a way they could find out who murdered Jason and Sookie’s parents. According to Albert Einstein, apparently also a fairy Halfling like Sookie, everything on earth was made of energy, and the energy always existed. It was about accessing the ripples – touching the past, so to speak. In essence, Sookie had to inhabit her mother's energy, become her, experience what her mama had experienced. Joining hands with a circle of fairies – and Sookie – they stood in the spot where the accident had occurred, right under the bridge. Immediately, Sookie could feel their mother’s presence. Flashback to the car, the thunderous storm. A cloaked figure on the bridge. But Sookie was not inhabiting her mother, no. Instead, she was seeing the vampire’s perspective – and collapsed to the ground as another fairy – the now-dead Claudine – tried to rescue her parents. Back in reality, Claude was stressed: "You psychically bonded to a vampire. The elders are going to be furious." That’s when Sookie remembered, in the flashback, Claudine had called the vampire by his name: Warlow. Later, at home brushing her hair after a shower, Sookie saw a glimmer in the mirror. The menacing flicker of Warlow. "I'm coming for you," he warned. "You are mine!"
- Lafayette, lips now unstitched, took Jesus’s car and left crazy grandpa's house – presumably after grandpa's wife murdered the old man. In a first aid kit in the car, he found a bottle of V and used it to heal himself. Then he turned to see Jesus sitting next to him in the passenger seat. He wondered aloud if he was real. "Does it matter?" Jesus asked. Holding hands, they drove off. When Lafayette got home, alone, Holly and Arlene were waiting. They needed his help – they told him about Terry and the curse and the fire monster. "He's off his meds," Lafayette announced. "Ciao bitches." But Holly wasn’t letting him off that easy. They wanted Lafayette, as a mediator, to tell Terry that he'd been in touch with the lady who cursed him and she'd agreed to remove it. Lafayette said he'd help – if Arlene paid him $300.
- At Fangtasia, Jessica was seduced by a human who said his blood tasted like a milkshake. Later, Hoyt's new Sup-hunting hooligan pals had a surprise for him. Jessica. All silvered up. "Something to officially welcome you to the group." A present. "You hear that, Ruby Red," one of the guys said, "your ex-boyfriend’s going to stick it in you, one last time." To clarify, he told Hoyt, he meant a stake. They had a gun with six shots – all wooden with a silver core. They reminded Hoyt, who hesitated, that it wasn’t murder if she was already dead. They were trying to help him heal. So he had to do it. They locked him in with her. Hoyt tried to convince himself that the others were right. "You broke my heart," he told Jessica. She said she wanted to love him – she’d even prayed for it – but she didn’t. So he held the gun to her head, cocked it. A shot rang out. When Reggie, the idiot who'd seduced Jessica, walked in to check on the situation, Hoyt grinned at him – and then Jessica knocked him out cold. But they couldn’t leave. It was daytime. He headed off to get help. But when she said thanks, he said, "F--- you, Jess." Then Hoyt was walking solo down a dark road, still trying to make his way home. A truck pulled up. "A friendly face," Hoyt said. "I've been so freaking lost." But then the driver pulled a gun on him.
- Later that night, Salome invited Bill to her quarters for a "late night snack." The woman begged them not to devour her – she had a young child. Bill was reluctant. But Salome told him he'd better step up. He told her he couldn't – that he had fathered children himself. Salome asked, if he really loved his children – wouldn’t he have saved them by making them vampire? Flashback to when his adult daughter lay dying, confounded by the youth of her own father. She asked him to make her like him. "No," he said. "Immortality is a curse." Salome told him: "To refuse God's gift to us is blasphemy." And so, Bill did as he was ordered.
- Sheriff Andy Bellefleur and the real Sam questioned the guy who owned the Sup Shooter shop. The guy claimed he was working solo, "just one man doing his best to save America." Since the guy wasn't spilling, Andy decided to go get a cup of coffee, leaving the dude solo will Sam – who was feeling a bit slithery. He shifted into a snake. That got the baddie talking. When Andy returned, Sam said they had Jessica, and he had the address – but Andy brought Luna-as-Sam with him. Eeeps. She said she felt like she was dying. Anyway, they went to go get Jessica. She was confused by the two Sams, but they had to get out of there. But Sam – and Sam – smelled a woman there, a big one, lousy diet, lots of Cheetos. Then Luna-as-Sam doubled over in pain. Later, at Luna's place, Sam held Luna-As-Sam in his lap, consoling her as she convulsed. They shared lovey-dovey words, and she said again that she was dying. He gave her a kiss on the forehead, and she shifted magically back into herself, but then convulsed some more.
- At Fangatasia, Tara was working the bar when one of her high school classmates, Tracy, showed up. When Tara revealed her fangs, Tracy said, "That’s crazy! Well, now you're a member of two minorities." But Tara wasn’t having it. She told the blondie that if she let anymore of that racist bullshit fly out of her mouth, she'd rip out her heart – and fry it up with some grits and collared greens. Cue Pam, once again, the killjoy. "Ma'am, I apologize. Tara’s new, and stupid. Your drink's on the house." Later, she brought Tara downstairs to talk. And there was Tracy, all tied up and waiting. "This is yours." Tara had thought Pam was mad. "You don’t know me that well," Pam said. "My mad face and my happy face are the same." She glamoured Tracy into a willing, unpaid food whore – and Tara was her master. "Have fun."
- As Nora prayed at the altar to Lilith, Eric appeared. "This isn’t you, Nora," he said. "I've loved you for nearly 600 years. But this place clouds your mind." He said that Lilith didn’t exist, and that Goderich had appeared, remind Eric of the promise he’d made – to protect Nora. But "in his final days, Goderich was a blasphemer," Nora said, infuriating Eric. "One whom Lilith herself would be happy to stake."
- Terry and Patrick came storming into the house he shared with Arlene, looking for the fire. But there was no fire. There were Arlene, Holly and Lafayette, sitting at a table, ready for his séance. They blew out the candles, then sat, saying they were going to help end this curse. Patrick called Lafayette's tricks bullshit, but Terry said it was real – he'd seen it. Lafayette waved his arms around, ordering the woman to call off the curse, clearly pretending. But then the woman, Zafira, talked to him for real. "She pissed," Lafayette said. "And she don’t wanna forgive either one of you all." The candles flared back to life. The woman was MAD. So she possessed Lafayette. The woman said she'd lift the curse – if Terry killed Patrick. Or himself. So Terry said it. "One of us have got to die." Patrick, of course, made a run for it.
- At the Chancellors’ table, Salome directed the others in a worldwide plan of action – abandoning mainstreamers in a raft at noon, gathering gangs of vigilantes to stake mainstreamers on sight – as Eric and Bill sat silent. That might work in other nations, Salome said, but what about the United States. That’s when Bill spoke. "True Blood," he said as Eric stared in horror. "Bomb the factories. There are only five of them. Force the mainstreamers to feed on humans. As they were meant to."