I couldn't wait till tomorrow to do an episode thread, I'm a Truebie and I need my fix.
Sookie journeys away from Bon Temps; Eric and Bill try to win back the human public; Jason learns that no good deed goes unpunished; Tara finds refuge in close quarters; Sam bonds with his own; Hoyt and Jessica debate the dinner menu; Jesus urges Lafayette to join a coven; and Terry tries to alleviate Arlene's fears about the baby.
(Written by Alexander Woo; directed by Michael Lehmann.)
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The first half of the episode flies by. As we learn along with Sookie what the folks in Bon Temps have been up to since we saw them last, I was on the edge of my seat eagerly anticipating the next familiar character to show up. There were so many questions that needed to be answered. Amazingly, the episode does a great job at answering most of those questions... while adding about a hundred more. This is a brilliant ploy, by the way. It drops you in the middle of the action, allowing you to deduce what's happened already instead of bogging you down with bland exposition.
True Blood is known for making social commentary through the use of supernaturals and the humans around them, and judging from two interesting scenes with Eric and Bill simultaneously playing a camera and a crowd, respectively, I'm hopeful this season goes a little further with politics and the media.
The episode slowed a little in the second half. But the double reveal (and I'm not talking nudity, though there's some of that, too) in the last few minutes is beautifully done. And it sets the scene for what we can expect for the rest of the season from Bill and Eric.
We don't see every character in this first episode, but I'm sure they'll be around soon enough. But there are several references to past characters, which is rare in television. It's great to see a show that doesn't forget its past. And yes, there are witches. We meet Marnie and the rest of her coven though the extent of their power hasn't been fully utilized here. It's safe to assume, from the trailers and previews, that we're in for a whole lot more witchery.