Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Midweek True Blood

Blood Work's Weekly Thang!

This week Brian and Andy found themselves smack in the middle of the path of Hurricane Irene, which is pretty much the same as a witch war, if you really think about it. While they're stuck, they discuss the latest episode of "True Blood", including Lafayette's ridiculous clothes, Banana Flanagan's shenanigans, witch idiocy and whether or not all dogs go to heaven. From!

I was saving Skarsgardfans screencap spoilers from the promos for our middle of the week fillerupper. Many more at the link.

The Vault has scans of the TV Guide article that was posted here previously, more at the site-
Mark Blankenship's Sucker Punch, makes me verklempt all over again, read it all at the link-
This brings me to shifter country, where Debbie and Marcus begin the inevitable Mating of the Skanks, where Alcide chooses Sam over his own murderous wolfpack, and Sam vows revenge for the death of his brother. At this point, these characters are living in their own series, and Alcide's flexible loyalty is only a shade less artificial than Tara's, but I'm still digging it. I know a lot of you disagree with me, but dammit, I really like Sam and Tommy, and I'm tickled by the possibility of a Marcus-Debbie union. That's going to be trashy, y'all, but it'll also be defined by loyalty and passion. Bring it! While the witches and vamps are fighting, I'm ready to make room for the spin-off series starring the wolves and shifters.
It'll happen without Tommy, of course, who finally pays the ultimate price for turning into other people. The script clarifies that he dies because of skinwalking, not the beating from the wolfpack, and that becomes a testament to Tommy's sad life: Everyone wanted to turn him into something -- a dogfighter, an ideal brother, a surrogate son -- and he dies trying not to be himself. He repairs things with Sam, but he doesn't exactly die in peace. His final moments are filled with grief and regret. They are messy and painful.
The series lets Tommy die like a clenched fist, and he hits me right in the gut. He's the Sucker Punch of the Week.
More photos when Barbara was at the filming for Sunday's episode, the VTeam in action.

I watched this about 5 more times, I thought it was Jason tied across from Eric then the overhead shot looks like Bill (0:31), Jason looks like the explosion caught him in his pretty face. Later in the week I'll get to some of Barbara's speculations and my own using her caps of this promo.

Sometimes it takes a while to get into the roll of it, but they have some good points.

Monday, August 29, 2011

True Blood: Looking Ahead and Behind

Ausiello on the continuing death march-
Question: So, I’m gonna make the Smurf in your new office disappear by magic if you don’t give us a clue about who’s gonna die on True Blood. —Marie
 In light of Tommy’s untimely demise this past Sunday, I think you mean who else is gonna die. And for an answer to that question, I invite you to hop in my time machine and travel back to Comic-Con ’11. It was there that EP Alan Ball told me, “We will lose a handful of major characters towards the end of the season, unfortunately.” Meanwhile, I have to wonder whether one of those major characters is featured in this article.
Not much of a spoiler since he's #1 in the dead pool on a lot of boards.Wake me if it's Holly so I can celebrate and someone has to "meet their maker" as Ball said (new Vamp in town?) and Nan is DUN.  
                                                              Fang Squad                                                                                    
I don't know how I missed this from TV Guide's interview with Todd Lowe-

Whether Terry will be able to knock some sense into the Bon Temps' sheriff remains to be seen. "That will be Andy's decision, ultimately," Lowe adds. "But Terry is going to spell it out for him."
Terry will also be dealing with problems of his own when Patrick (Scott Foley), an old army buddy, arrives in the season finale. "He looked [Terry] up" Lowe explains, "He found him and I guess he has something to say and something to talk about. You don't just wander in and find someone at their workplace unless you have something important to share with him."
Though their encounter in the finale will be brief, Foley is expected to return in a bigger capacity next season. Lowe hopes this means viewers will see flashbacks to Terry's time in the war. "I'd like to maybe trim my beard and see Terry look a little younger," he says. "I'd like to see where his post-traumatic stress disorder actually came from. Was it a series of events? Was it a friend or life that was lost in front of him? Was it someone's life that he took? I'd like to see where that goes and see why Terry is so screwed up.""I have a feeling it's going to go kind of dark," he adds. "I got a hint from [executive producer] Alan Ball that we're going to see a little darker side to Terry."
They'll be plenty of dark as the HBO series heads into the season finale, which takes place during Halloween — a holiday you'd expect to inspire even more craziness given all the supernaturals running around. "Wouldn't you think it'd be just a little bit anticlimactic with all this other stuff going on?" Lowe counters. "But I guess the people of Bon Temps find a way to celebrate the Halloween holiday."

Marshall Allman Talks Tommy to EW

Fans have long been expecting Tommy, Sam’s screw-up brother, to exit the show. But even if you were one of the viewers who’d hoped it’d happen sooner, Marshall Allman’s death scene had to move you. At least that’s what the actor, who knows Tommy had haters, hopes. He admits it’s tough playing a polarizing character.
“To act, no matter how the character is, you have to love and have compassion for the character you’re playing,” he tells EW. “You can’t judge a character that you’re playing because then you’re fighting against doing what the character’s doing. People were pretty vocal about not liking Tommy, and I would have to understand and just hope that the True Bloodteam would give Tommy some sort of redemption so that he’s not just hated and forgotten, and people are just like, ‘Well, glad he’s dead.’ At this point, at least it’s not pure hate. That’s all I’m grateful for.” He laughs. “I was so honored that they would give me that time in the show. I love Tommy so much, and for other people to see him the way I see him would be a joy. And to all the Tommy fans who believed in him from day one, it’s like a rebel crew of people, they’ve got a soft place in my heart.”
Producers told him early in the season Tommy’s end was near. “I was sad, but then I was seeing where the story line was going, I don’t know that Tommy could ever go on forever,” he says. “When I saw the writing that they were doing for me, I was like, ‘Man, if Tommy’s gonna go out, this is a really great way to go out.’ The reason why it was perfect is because Tommy tried to do good, but then he messed up. He tried to defend Sam, but he didn’t hold on to the shift to make them think Sam had died. He failed at being a martyr, which is perfect for Tommy. He messed that up, too.”
Why did Tommy make so many bad decisions? The answer is in the advice Allman gave costars Sam Trammell (Sam) and Dale Raoul (Maxine Fortenberry) when it came time for them to act as if Tommy had shifted into their characters. “All I gave them was that through everything that Tommy’s doing, whether it’s good or bad, he’s always got this junkie part of him that gets a high off the adrenaline,” Allman says. “And that’s what turns [his] decision-maker off. He’s more about the adrenaline of the moment than he is about the wisdom of is this a good decision.
The most difficult part of acting the actual death scene was getting the biology right. “Basically his insides had exploded. How does that physically look, what was shutting down at what times, and the breathing — that was mainly the challenge of the scene,” Allman says. “The heart, what Tommy says, that’s what I’ve been feeling for two years working on the character. Caring about Sam and wanting a family — that part was easy. And like any great scene with Tommy, he has some self-loathing. So it was nice that there was a little bit of comedy, a little self-effacing humor. It was just a beautiful scene.” (For that, he’s grateful to writer Nancy Oliver.

Allman has become somewhat of an expert on death scenes. “There’s a running joke amongst some of my friends. They’re like, ‘You die in everything,’” he says. That includes as a guest star on Cold CaseGhost WhispererLaw & Order: SVU, and Grey’s Anatomy, as well as in the 2005 Bruce Willis film Hostage. “That was a pretty epic death scene, too. That was when Ben Foster threw me over a 40-foot railing and I plunged to my death in my brother’s arms,” he says. “It was the most insane setup with flames, water, and a crane, and they’re like, ‘This is a very expensive shot,’ and when we cut, they’re on a megaphone like, ‘Did you move?’ The underlying pressure is, ‘You better not have moved, because if we have to do it again, you’re gonna cost us time and money.’ That’s intense. If any actors need advice on how to die on camera, I’m right there. It varies from situation to situation.” The easiest kind of exit, he jokes, is “when you die off-camera and others characters announce your death in a really dramatic way with some sort of pop song orchestrating the emotion of the scene.” The next easiest is “when they cut away fast,” he says. Also a piece of cake: Something like what happened to his character on Prison Break. “We just kinda didn’t really hear from him anymore. So that was pretty easy,” he cracks. “Unemployment is a lot easier than a death scene. No, I’m just kidding, unemployment is harder than a death scene.”
Hopefully, he won’t have to worry about that. He has three movies awaiting release, including the Billy Bob Thornton-directed Jayne Mansfield’s Car with Thornton, Robert Duvall, Kevin Bacon, and Robert Patrick. For more updates, follow him on Twitter, where he’s listed five rules for Tommy’s funeral. (Sample: “Jessica must attend, clothing: minimal.”)

Meredith Woerner's Pros and Cons of "Burning Down the House". More photos, vids at the link.

True Blood lets the leather-jacketed, supernatural war of Louisiana begin!

Pro: Nan loses her shit, pushes over all of the cameras (which doesn't actually turn them off) and kills one of her Marnie Possessed Vampire Sheriffs with a pencil. DEATH BY PENCIL. Anyone else noticing that the vampire deaths are getting a lot less spluttery than the first time we witnessed Sookie stake that long haired vamp at Fangtasia?
Pro: I'm pretty sure in the collection of important Eric memories I caught the Talbot death scene and a Russell Edgington meet-and-greet. Since True Blood is usually so light handed at the foreshadowing I think we can all assume that the greatest vampire of all times is about to head back to Bon Temps. 
Con: ALICIDE IS STILL THERE ON TOMMY'S DEATHBED TELLING HIM ABOUT HEAVEN. At what point is Sam going to turn to Alcide and say, "I'M SORRY WHO THE FUCK ARE YOU AGAIN?" Hey Alcide, stop bogarting Tommy's death. OK?
Pro: Fort Bellefleur is a real fort. I did not see this coming.

some caps are from Shadow of Reflection

From THR, seems like an excuse to kill off Tommy to me-

"Death is a part of the life of this show, so characters do die," the exec producer tells THR. 

On Sunday’s episode of HBO’s True Blood, the series said goodbye to Tommy Mickens (Marshall Allman) in a very dramatic scene in which he made peace with his brother, Sam Merlotte (Sam Trammell). Since last season, viewers knew Tommy to be part conman, part seeker for where he belonged in life. In the end, he skinwalked as Sam to spare his brother from the beating that ultimately took his life.

“I think we needed to redeem Tommy at the end,” True Blood’s executive producer and writer, Alexander Woo, tells The Hollywood Reporter about the manner in which they ended Tommy’s story line.
“Despite all the terrible things he does, we always felt he had a good heart on the inside,” Woo adds. “He has done so many things that have hurt others and hurtful to himself, but ultimately we thought it was important to emphasize the basic humanity at the bottom of that character.”

The Hollywood Reporter: When you’re choosing to kill off a character, what is the thought process among the producers and writers?
Alexander Woo: It’s not something we take lightly at all. As writers and fans of the show, you get to know these characters as real people. So, saying goodbye to them when you’ve gotten to know them for a period of years is never easy. There is a lot of discussion about whether to do it and how to do it. This is a vampire show. Death is a part of the life of this show, so characters do die. The heart of the show is always going to be in Bon Temps with this small core group of characters that we have. So often when we lose a character, we feel it from the point of view of our main characters.

THR: Going forward, how will Tommy’s death affect Sam?
Woo: Sam has a lot of heavy stuff to deal with. He went out in search of his family. And because he went out if search for his family, they’re all dead, which of course is quite a heavy burden for him to carry and it’s something he’s going to have to come to grips with.

THR: When a death like this happens, is that a way for the producers to send some kind of message to the fans?
Woo: I wouldn’t say explicitly, but implicitly when we say goodbye to characters and have them die, it conveys a world where things can happen very suddenly and life changes happen very quickly just like real life. Game of Thrones, I think, shows that beautifully this season. And I think that viewers have grown to appreciate and expect to be surprised and to have a show where their relationships with characters in the show reflect their relationships with people in the real world. And life-changing experiences happen sometimes overnight, sometimes not necessarily for great reasons, sometimes for real terrible reasons. And I think it would be unrealistic and a disservice to the viewers if we just saved everyone all the time.

THR: Can we expect some major casualties in the final two episodes?
Woo: Yeah… How about that? No one is safe. Essentially, the vampires and witches are going to war and it’s not going to be a war without casualties.

Marnie and her hostages brace for the vampire attack on Moon Goddess Emporium

 From the HDroom
True Blood danced the line between cool and campy in last night's episode 'Burning Down the House' when Bill, Jessica, Eric and Nan showed up at Marne's hideout looking like they stepped off the set of The Matrix. Armed to the teeth including an RPG rocket launcher, the fearless undead foursome are out for witch blood no matter the cost.
That RPG will get fired directly at Marne by Nan according to the preview trailer for 'Soul of Fire,' next week's new episode of True Blood that marks the second-to-last in this season. The trailer also shows where Sookie, Tara and the others vanished to after Marne's spell, and it won't make the vampires' execution mission any easier.
Some of the other subplots are teased in the trailer as well. Sam's anger management issues are put to the test following the heroic/stupid death of Tommy. He's armed again, and we already know he's not afraid to pull the trigger.
Debbie, meanwhile, looks ready to take her flirting with wolf pack leader Marcus to the next level. Alcide could end up with some anger management issues of his own.
What could really turn the tables in the war between vampires and witches is the demon within Jesus. We caught a glimpse of it as Jesus broke through Marne's force field spell. The trailer brings back the demon complete with fire breathing power, likely what the episode's name is referring to.
True Blood “Soul of Fire”” Season 4 Episode 11 – As the Wiccan-vampire standoff reaches a critical juncture, Sookie (Anna Paquin) summons her faerie powers to prevent Marnie (Fiona Shaw) from bewitching Bill (Stephen Moyer), Eric (Alexander Skarsgård) and Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) into a suicide march, while Jesus (Kevin Alejandro) casts a secret spell designed to un-bind Marnie/Antonia and break the witch’s deadly defenses. Sam (Sam Trammell) settles a score with Marcus (Dan Buran); Alcide (Joe Manganiello) confronts Debbie (Brit Morgan) about her allegiances; Andy (Chris Bauer) finds unexpected passion in the forest; Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) is consumed by the past.

Post True Blood Episode Meanderings

Still sad over Tommy, looking on TB boards most is talk of Sookie's Choice, not lil Scrappy. 
                                                 "There ain't no heaven and hell's a dogfight"
This HBO video is shock full of surprises, whew!

Lot's of burning, no likey.
 I had posted this months ago and till Barbara mentioned it over the weekend, totally forgot about FOS. How could I? Lot's of plot threads have been dropped but I think this one hasn't, we'll see.
"the denizens of Bon Temps brace for a new crisis with a familiar face"'

Missing Date: January 15
Age Now: 31
Height: 5'10"
Missing City: DALLAS
Weight: 172 lbs (78 kg)
Missing State: TX
Hair Color: Brown
Missing Country: United States
Eye Color: Blue

The Rev. Steve Newlin went missing under suspicious circumstances after attending a pray-in on January 15. His car was found abandoned on route 43, with his wallet and keys left inside. He was last seen wearing a white button-down shirt with light blue Levi's jeans. Any and all information on his whereabouts is greatly appreciated and can be contributed below anonymously. The world needs his holy light now more than ever! Please HELP!

This is a screencap from next week's promo more HERE, so what happens between this bravado and Eric burning, EEEEEEEKKKKK?
Eric Scenes

Jessica is in a bitching mood, imagine if she was turned when she had her time of the month? 

Video interview with Chris Bauer, he hints about Holly, NOOOOOOOOOOOO!
Wetpaint's recap is up-
As piles of bloody corpses and injured muggles writhe around on the floor, Antonarnie is overwhelmed by guilt, so she heads back to the Moongoddess Emporium with her gang of possessed vamps while Sookie and Eric stare at each other deeply and presumably eye sex.
They also did a 5 cutest amnesiac Eric moments, they are here with the cute photos of cuteness, it's cute. 
WSJ's recap, always a good read (at the link)-
In the oddest side story of the night, Terry decides to go intervention on Andy’s V-addicted butt by dragging him to Fort Bellefleur. What is that, you ask? It’s a tree fort out in the woods that was Terry’s PTSD residence after his tour in Iraq and the place where the Bellefleur men work out their issues. With the aid of some target practice cans, some good old-fashioned airing of their respective childhood hurts and then some ugly punches, the two come to a meeting of the minds. Andy admits he’s a junkie and incredibly ashamed of himself. Terry gives Andy forgiveness and then tells him to clean up and walk the miles-long trek home as his first step to recovery. It was nice to see Chris Bauer (Andy) and Todd Lowe (Terry) get a chance to shine, but they’re goofy drama did feel like an unnecessary distraction from the other more fraught storylines.
I’ll be the first to admit that Sookie’s random hand-light bursts do tend to be a bit convenient. When all else fails, Sookie throws some blue light at the situation and everything’s ok. However, her intervention in the fight between Eric and Bill at the start of tonight’s episode was fantastic. Not only did she stop the fight, but she also zapped the magic out of Eric, putting him back to old-Eric with a few Sookie-related upgrades. He remembers who he was, but the experiences he’s had since Antonia took his memory have changed him. In other words, he’s the best (and worst) of both Erics. 

Sookie and Eric’s heart to heart included Eric explaining where his head is at, and Sookie admitting that she still loves Bill, but she loves Eric too. There wasn’t much time for the two of them to explore their options from there as there were other pressing matters to attend to.
I had this terrible feeling tonight, watching Jesus and Lafayette say goodbye to each other earlier as Jesus planned to talk to Antonia/Marnie, that he was going to die. While that didn’t happen tonight, I still have this sinking feeling that Jesus won’t make it out of this season alive. <Yep, a lot of us spoilerites have the same feeling.
NY Mag's Vulture Blog's recap, some lulz at the link- 
We’re racing toward the end, and each of our beloved characters is facing tests of the spirit. Sookie, finally forced to choose between the dead and the living, aligns herself with family and friends. Tara, downtrodden and angry, finally turns her pent-up rage into a tangible force to be reckoned with. Andy, forced to face his V addiction head-on, takes solace in the strength of family. And finally, Tommy meets his demise, ending his story line in a resolution that was more cop-out than anything else. Most important of all: Eric’s memory is back and no one had sex tonight. True Blood returned to its gory glory and shelved the sappy love story in favor of actual plot development. I have never been happier to see Eric remain dressed for an entire episode. Let’s see how the end will play out.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Reprising Burning Down the House

RIP Tommy, my lil Scrappy Doo, I will miss you and miss Marshall Allman. I had a feeling and posted it at Loving True Blood in Dallas, I was hoping I was wrong.

Celebrity Dirty Laundry live blogs while watching the show it's a good recap-
Antonia and Marnie separate and Antonia is upset about all the people who died at the festival.  She tells Marnie they are no better than their enemies.  She tells Marnie she did not come back to hurt the innocent.  Marnie tells Antonia they are not innocent they are collaborators.  Who knew Marnie is the big bad bitch after all.   She is trying to convince Antonia that that the people who are not vampires are not worth helping.  Marnie tells Antonia that fate brought them together to fight evil.  She goes back into Marnie’s body, Marnie has convinced her.
TVFanatic Has the whole recap at the link

After all, this is war, right? Isn't that what Bill said in response to Tara's possible death if his plan to blow up Moon Goddess went forward? It's a perfectly reasonable point of view, but will it be one he can maintain when Sookie is included among the casualties?
It's easy to take a stance when you have nothing at stake. Let's see what the King decrees on behalf of his kind if it means killing his favorite fairy.
On that note, the scene with Bill, Jess, Pam and Eric going all Reservoir Dogs to close the episode was absolutely awesome, but it did continue a frustrating trend on True Blood: the show always concludes an hour mid-scene, which is a lazy way to create a cliffhanger.

Sookie used her fairy powers (she still is a fairy, right? There are two episodes remaining. Did the writers devour some shiny apples and forget all about this storyline?) to reignite Eric's brain, he said he still loved her... and that's was all we got? I'm actually sick of this love triangle (seriously, Sookie loves them both, we get it; either go with the threeway relationship, kill someone off or make her single), so I was happy with a focus on Marnie and the danger she has brought to Bon Temps.

Skarsgard fans has caps up-
                                                                             A Vamp with a gun, that's a first for me

 You can see Jason wearing that maroon hoodie in the promo, he is harmed! Uh oh, mo blood from Jess!

From TVOvermind-

True Blood's fourth season is winding down. Only two more episodes until the season is finished. The show has already been renewed for a fifth season, however, and will return again next summer.
In the meantime, the most recent episode of True Blood saw a continuation of the vampire/witch war, although both sides experienced a few changes. After Eric attacked Bill while under Marnie's spell, Sookie managed to let loose some power that broke the spell and caused him to regain his memory, which means Pam is thrilled her maker is whole once more.  But there's a lot of conflict between Bill and Nan on how to handle the witch threat, with Bill firmly on the "blow up the Moongoddess Emporium and kill everyone - including Marnie - inside" side.
Meanwhile, after losing control of Eric, Marnie returned back to the store, where Tara and the other members of the coven were still trapped. When Antonia expressed doubt about continuing on their current path (because of the human blood spilled during the most recent attack), Marnie convinced her that they could accomplish their goal and kill the vampires.  Jason teamed up with Sookie, Lafayette and Jesus to rescue those inside the store before Bill could bomb it.  But everything went to hell when Tara and Holly managed to escape the store, only to have the two women, along with Sookie, Jesus, Lafayette and Marnie herself disappear while in a force field, leaving Jason alone in the street.
Tommy, unfortunately, didn't survive the beating by Marcus and his pack members. Alcide had tried to get him to a hospital, but the two met up with Sam along the way and Tommy asked his brother to let him die. Now Sam's on a rampage to dole out justice to Marcus.
The episode ended with Bill, Eric, Jessica and Pam ready to blow the Moongoddess Emporium to kingdom come.
In the September 4 episode of True Blood, Sookie once against summons her faerie powers in order to stop Marnie from bewitching Eric, Bill, and Pam into committing suicide.  Jesus casts his own spell to try and un-bind Antonia from Marie.  Sam will finally face Marcus while Alcide confronts Debbie about her allegiances.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Burning Down the House, True Blood S4 E10

Doing the usual episode round-up, just a day early in case power goes out overnight. True Blood comes first afterall, right?

HBO's synopsis 

Episode #46 (S4, Ep. 10):  “Burning Down the House”
Debut:  SUNDAY, AUG. 28 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)
As all hell breaks loose in Shreveport, Sookie summons her most potent powers yet to save Bill, in the process breaking a spell and leading Marnie/Antonia to re-evaluate her mission.  Jason urges Jessica to glamour him for Hoyt’s sake; Terry (Todd Lowe) drags Andy to “Fort Bellefleur” for an intervention; Alcide reconsiders his allegiances after Marcus’ fight with Tommy; Jesus, accompanied by Sookie, Lafayette and Jason, tries to breach the Moongoddess Emporium’s defenses to liberate Tara and Holly, while Bill leads a brigade of vampires committed to blowing the place to kingdom come.
From Canyon News
True Blood’s” Sunday night episode is titled, “Burning Down The House.” Last week, viewers saw Antonia imprison her coven of witches and followers, who refused to go to Shreveport and battle the vampires. Taking a nitwit named Roy was all Antonia needed, because she quickly put Bill’s three sheriffs under her spell and sent them off to murder the king’s bodyguards and then sent Eric, who is also under a spell by Antonia, to attack the king on stage during a “tolerance” political rally. Sookie screamed “run” just in time for Bill and Nan to realize that the vampires under the witch’s spell are determined this week to kill their own king.
Tommy took a beating on his brother’s behalf, Alcide was unaware of his fiancée Debbie’s rage toward Sookie, who was almost captured by Antonia. Sam and Luna took their relationship to the next level, while trying to forget Marcus’s threat to destroy their relationship.
Tomorrow night, as all hell breaks loose in Shreveport, Sookie summons her most potent powers yet to save Bill from the carnage and furious attack he becomes the object of. However, in the process of saving Bill and finding new fairy powers, Sookie manages to break a witch’s spell, and it leads Marnie/Antonia to re-evaluate her mission. But don’t count Antonia out yet, she’s far from finished in her plan to make all vampires meet the true death!
Jason will urge Jessica to glamour him for Hoyt’s sake, but their lust for each other becomes overpowering for the two. In a desperate attempt to save his cousin, Terry (Todd Lowe) drags Andy to “Fort Bellefleur” for an intervention, but it doesn’t go as planned. Alcide, who is very moral and sick of drama, begins to reconsider his allegiances after Marcus’s fight with Tommy leaves him wanting more out of life, and Tommy goes back to an unwelcome homecoming with Sam.
Jesus, accompanied by Sookie, Lafayette and Jason, tries to breach the Moon Goddess Emporium’s defenses to liberate Tara and Holly. This will be an awakening of sorts for Jason, and he proves he has the stuff of a real hero. However, before the group is able to secure everyone, a furious Bill leads a brigade of vampires committed to blowing the place to kingdom come. However, Antonia is far from done. 

Over the next couple weeks, Antonia manages to stay one step ahead of the vampires, who are crafty. Jessica, Eric, Pam and Bill will fight to end the war and defeat the 400-year-old spirit of the witch, but will they be able to? By the season finale in two more weeks, two major past characters return. One will be beloved and it will lead to a highly emotional storyline for next season, and the other is hated, and the reveal will be nothing short of terrifying for all the citizens of Bon Temps and viewers who love their favorite characters.
“Burning Down the House” is written by Nancy Oliver and directed by Lesli Linka Glatter. Don’t miss it on HBO at 9 p.m. on Sunday night! Here are three previews of the exciting episode (“Burning Down the House”).

Some finale talk from The Sydney Morning Herald, it's a longer read at the link.
On television, Ball says, writers can spread their wings.
As for content, he foresees zombies as the next big trend. Maybe.
''We have a line in the last episode of True Blood this season where it's Halloween and they're all dressed up, and somebody goes, 'I'm a zombie. Don't you know zombies are the new vampires?' I've heard zombies, I've heard angels. I don't know. That's one of the great things about it all, nobody knows. It's just going to be one person who does something from a place of pure passion and that's going to catch attention.''
For Moyer, what differentiates Ball from other writer-directors is a rare combination of vivid imagination and an openness to collaboration. That has had a galvanising effect on his cast and crew.
''He's one of the most inclusive directors I've ever worked with,'' Moyer says. ''He [shoots it] the way he's written it, then once you've got it down that way, he will completely flip it on its head and do the antithesis of what you've just played … Usually, somebody who's written it himself wants it exactly how they see it in their head and they haven't got the imagination to say, 'Right, I've got that. Let's see what they can bring to the table.'
Moyer's praise is par for the course. In Hollywood, backslapping and flattery are the norm. What distinguishes Ball is the volume of praise, and the way actors fall over one another in the rush to his auditions.
''The cast and crew would walk over broken glass and hot coals to do anything for him,'' says Moyer. ''You just want to be brilliant for him.''

Guess that this is Jesus or Tio Luca because I already posted a photo of Lafayette wearing that shirt, so they are walking towards him and not Antonia .It would make sense if Lala was possessed by Luca, THEN goes after Antonia, it is a puzzlement.
                                      reposting Lafayette and his shirt, hmmm is that Jesus jacket?
                                      this double photo is from Skarsgardnews at Tumblr
From Zap2it

There are only three more episodes of True Blood this season. Last week's episode left us with a few cliffhangers.  One of them, of course, is whether Marnie will succeed in getting Eric to kill Bill (unlikely, since he's a main character). If Eric is unsuccessful, the question is whether he'll continue to be under Marnie's control or will be freed. Then there's Tara and the other coven members who are trapped back in theMoongoddess Emporium.
In tonight's all new episode of True Blood, Sookie will manage to summon powers she hasn't used before - powers that turn out to be her most potent yet - in order to save Bill. HBO says that this will "break a spell".  The spell controlling Eric, perhaps?  But Marnie's failure to kill Bill will cause her to re-evaluate her mission.
Jason, who had sex with Jessica in the previous episode, begs her to glamour him so that he won't be forced to lie to Hoyt. Terry realizes that Andy's behavior is getting out of control and decides to drag him to "Fort Bellefleur" to hold an intervention.
Alcide, who witnessed Marcus and his cronies beating up Tommy decides to reconsider his allegiance with the werewolf alpha. Lafayette and Jason team up to break into the Moongoddess Emporium and try to free Tara and Holly.  But they'll have to work fast because Bill's patience with the witches is running out and he leads a small army of vampires who are determined to blow up the store.

Barbara of Skarsgardfans was at filming for some scenes and she thinks some of these photos might be from tonight's show and next weeks. She has a lot more  at the link, I'm just glad to see Pam again.