Review: “True Blood” Season 5, Episode 11– Bloodsucking Intense [+ Video]

OK everybody, give it up for “Sunset” because it was about time “True Blood’s writers picked up the pace. “Sunset” definitely injected  renewed interest and provided a big payoff for those of us that have been somewhat frustrated with the tempo of the last few episodes. While there have been a number of weeks that fizzled instead of flare, “Sunset” kept us glued to our seats. And the momentum was palpable.

Legendary eponymous-vampire Lilith visits a host of Authority member, declaring there can only be one leader so she privately selects several Authority associate with the same BS line, and then required them to drink all of her.

Bill went to the blood and found Kibwe there; and when he claimed he was chosen, Bill kills him by snatching off his head. Since Salome had a similar vision, a showdown between Bill and her seems likely as the Authority is on the edge of collapse.

It’s worth noting that Bill’s religious fanaticism has made him quite dislikable as he now exhibits a monstrous thirst for power. He’s so blinded by his obsession with Lilith that he’s pushing Jessica around and forgetting every other priority in his life. He’s also making some really foolish calls, like thinking that sending a couple thuggish vampires along with untrustworthy people is enough to keep them efficiently looked after. He sent two guards with Jessica when she suggested turning Jason to protect him (an obvious ruse in an effort to get to Jason to protect him, and Bill saw right through it). With a little help from Jessica, Jason managed to kill both of them with wooden bullets. And then later, Bill sent guards along with Nora and Eric, and those two guards also got killed, courtesy of Eric.

Speaking of Eric and Nora, it seems Nora’s back on board with Eric after the vision featuring Godric and Lilith. Apparently, seeing her maker get his neck scratched open was enough to convince her that this Lilith thing is unacceptable.  Nora and Eric get the prize for the steamiest moment of the season, which gets points for managing to create an intense, emotional and sexy moment with minimal nudity and very few words spoken. (And extra points for avoiding overuse of the brother/sister ick-factor we saw the last time Eric and Nora went at it). The bedroom scene emphasized their perfect connection.

Previous to the last scene just described, Eric Kills a military general in an effort to create a way for him and Nora to leave, claiming they needed to go on a glamour campaign to cover up Russell and Reverend Newlin’s frat-house mess.

While some people were breaking out of the Authority, Luna and Sam had broken in and got themselves caught there, though it seems the guards thought both of them were merely part of the naked food supply being held captive, so they’re more in danger of being eaten right now than anything else.

Pam was also arrested and brought to the Authority due to the Sheriff’s murder. She commanded Tara to keep her mouth shut about it, so it seems Pam’s going to take the fall. Or she’ll be bait to draw Eric back into the situation. This season’s had some great Pam moments. Being a maker suits her and in general, her character has been significantly improved this season, beyond just being Eric’s progeny. So I really hope she manages to make it out of the Authority alive.

Erica Gimpel (Veronica MarsFame) guest starred tonight as a pop-music-pondering elder faerie with some cryptic answers for Sookie and a body full of turbo-charged faerie blood ripe to be drained by Russell. After giving Sookie vague answers about Warlow, including a comment about Sookie being “tested” and her life being intertwined with the vampire, Elder rallied the other fairies to fight Russell, let Jason use himself as bait to get them there, and then attempted to zap them to death. Only it didn’t work, Russell drained Elder dry and is now all filled up with turbo-charged fairy blood.

It looked like Jason got hurt during the altercation, but that seemed to be up in the air. And the episode ended with Russell able to see the fairy burlesque so the buffet is basically open.

Andy and Holly seem to be in a good place, and Holly made her sons apologize for putting Andy’s butt on Facebook. But now it looks like Morella’s carrying Andy’s baby, so it’s just a matter of time before that comes out. And Holly’s a witch, so that might be a problem for Andy if she doesn’t appreciate him getting a fairy pregnant. He sure knows how to pick his girlfriends.

Finally, there are baby vampires forming packs out there and attacking people. Alcide and his father Jackson, who’s been outcast from the pack due to some kind of theft situation, teamed up to fight some of the new vampires. Alcide was nearly on his own in the endeavor, “playing the hero” in the situation, but when he nearly got his neck snapped by a new vampire, his father showed up with a rifle full of wooden bullets to turn two of three of them as they exploded into cranberry juice.

And that wraps it up for the week. The two biggest cliffhangers seem to reside with Bill vs. Salome and Russell vs. the Fairies. We’ll have to wait until next week to see where the story goes. It’s hard to imagine the finale redeeming the season over all, but I’m predicting some kind of big Warlow revelation.

On a personal note, Bill has been quite a disappointment, so if sowing what you reap is in effect, he shouldn’t survive the final episode. Jessica is a favorite here so let’s hope she pass on to the new season. Of course, Jason and Sooky would seem a good bet. Pam had a great season so she’s has to be everybody’s favorite to survive the finale. Alcide should also survive Lilith’s last days.

Tara is so believable in her new role that she has got to be in next season’s script.

One other point, the way Bill whipped up on Jessica was another reason he was put on the most hated “True Blood” vampires list.

Brace yourselves for a really unpredictable finale coming next week. See you then.

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