Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Shifting Through the Fangover

Brian has his recap up at AE, laughs aplenty as usual, lots more at the link so here's some bites- Terry, you in danger girl!
Good gravy, where to start? This week's episode (directed by series star Stephen Moyer) was packed with enough blood, sugar, sex, and magic to put the Red Hot Chili Peppers themselves to shame. Grab your tube sock and let's jump in!
As disorderly orderly Joe Bob gets dragged off to the po-po by Andy , Sam snaps, "Enjoy prison, asshole!" Joe starts to respond, but Andy cautions him, "Shut up, buttplug."
Over at Fangtasia, Jess  is goth dancing and a young fangbanger sidles up to her real nice. He looks familiar because he's one of the supe killers that was hanging out with Hoyt in the last episode - so we know this is going to end well. They Lambada, and she leads him off to certain no-goodness.
Back in the Interior Illusions Lounge, the vamps come down from their ecstasy (the state of religious euphoria, not the drug - or so we think) and Russell comments that "God has the most beautiful tits I've ever seen." I'm sure she would, right? He also praises Moses' cock, declaring that he's born again. Again. (You know, if we're really keeping count.)
In some dark and probably rather musky room somewhere, Alcide and his lady SecondRikki (Kelly Overton) are having some serious sex. There's more grunting, sweating and thrusting than aBiggest Loser marathon. And lots of bare Manganiello buns - how is it that the episode directed by a confirmed straight dude offers up more fine male mudflap than any other episode this season?! It's a regular bunsapalooza. Anyway, it's all very hetero, otherwise - but when Alcide throws her across the room onto the bed it's kind of awesome. Oh to have been a merkin on the wall that day... 

Back at the Authoritaay, Russell and Steve Newlin bond over Asian culture ("I loved kung pow chicken!") and annoy the rest of the vamps, who are plotting world domination and all that. They ask Bill what he thinks, and he says that they should blow up the True Blood factories so that all the world's vampires have to start feeding on humans again. Okay - that's horrible, but it's kind of brilliant, too. Eric asks him what the flying fae he thinks he's doing, and Bill replies, 'Evolving."
SCENE. There's tons more zingers in the recap here

The Fangover: Bill Goes Behind the Camera; Some Sam-on-Sam Action; Before Godric Went Ghandi

This week, Stephen Moyer goes where no True Blood actor has gone before, becoming the first cast member to direct an episode. "He was a natural," episode writer Mark Hudis shares in the Inside the Episode video. Moyer, for his part, is quick to give credit to his fellow cast members, "I knew I shouldn't have let Denis [O'Hare] and Michael [McMillian] go off on their own. Within a minute they were playing 'horsey.'" 

While Moyer is expanding his reach, so is his character Bill Compton. Much to Eric's shock, Bill's views on the subject of mainstreaming are "evolving." EW wonders, "Is Bill actually turning to the dark side, or is he positioning himself for a feat of Edgingtonian trickery?" Share your opinion in this week's HBO Connect Tweet Battle
Sam Trammell tells TVLine what it was like playing both sides of a scene—one as Sam and one as Luna as Sam. "When I read it, I really saw it as being kind of humorous, but we always wanted to play it straight," he says, "The whole situation is so insane that I'm sure it's pretty funny. The very end, when Luna is sort of dying, that was a serious scene. But then they added the thing where I almost kissed myself, so that was quirky."

Some other notable character moments this episode:

Anytime Godric makes an appearance you can expect fans to get excited. But in the Interactive Features on HBO GO, Alexander Skarsgard says he would love to see Eric and Godric "back in the day before Godric went all 'Gandhi.' For centuries, he and Eric were pretty wild together and I think that would be fun to play."

Will fans ever tire of seeing Alcide without a shirt on? The answer is no.

Vulture notes that Lafayette's "'F**k off while I smoke a blunt' business," didn't fly with their high school guidance counselor.
As some of you figured, Hoyt didn't have it in him to give Jessica the True Death, but if he had, he wouldn't have been the first ex-boyfriend to shoot her that week. Jessica reacts to her fight with Jason in this week's Babyvamp blog post.

Vampire and horror lovers-Very limited, signed posters by Christopher Lee from the Hammer classic Dracula! HERE

Denis in Central Park rehearsing his play. Hope the rain stays away tonight. 
I wonder if Sweetie (Dragon) will shoot Hoyt or if it's Bud driving the pickup and he takes Hoyt to Ms. Des Arts to do the deed. IMDB Casting calls and pic of the actress playing Sweetie. See Barb's screencaps from the promo-
GIF is from last year, sorry but I dont remember from who on Tumblr. This link it to Alcide's scenes-Cafemom
Meredith's Pros and Cons from io9, all at link-
What is the vampire version of the hangover cure-all, Pedialyte? Because I will have five rounds and an enema of it. That is how ridiculously bloated and weak I feel after watching the plot binge that was last night's True Blood. Sure, it was a lot of fun, and I enjoyed it. But today I'm dealing with a bucket of confusion, disgust and general drunk guilt. What was that?
Con: The attempt on her life leaves Luna in a fit of strange hyper cuts of emotion. And now she's Sam...
Why? No seriously, why? Because Luna wanted to get out of the hospital? Was that the realreason this show wanted to make two Sa
ms today? Or did they just want the two Sams to kiss? The answer is: two-Sam kiss.
Pro: Backed to the stoned vampires, and they are STILL SO STONED. "God has the most beautiful tits I've ever seen!" Well, I'm glad someone said it.
Con: "Praise Moses' cock!" Wait, what?
Pro: Time for another Historical Vampire Flashback! This particular HVF reveals that Bill is kind of a dick. Mr. Compton stops by his daughter's deathbed to wish her a happy death. When she realizes that he is her father and hasn't aged in decades (because she's an intelligent human being and not a house plant) Bill says, "I've missed you, everah howrah of everah dah." She begs him to keep her alive, because she's dying. Bill says "LOL no," and makes this face. What did he think was going to happen? Jerk.
Pro: Lala does her his best Miss Cleo. It. Is. Fantastic. 

 Joe is burning up the big screen this summer with the hit film Magic Mike. Pittsburgh’s CW Green Team had a chance to talk to Joe about Pittsburgh girls, Magic Mike, and thongs.
  Screencaps from HBO and Skarsgardfans unless noted.
Kristin talks to ElleIn honor of HSN's latest beauty and home accessories collaboration with HBO's hit super-natural show, True Blood, the two companies hosted a party at NYC's Aire Ancient Baths spa last Thursday. It was at this event that ELLE caught up with Kristin Bauer van Straten. 
ELLE: Tell us about your amazing crimped hair from two episodes ago.
Kristin Bauer van Straten: Wasn’t that astounding? It was a real story because the costume designer Audrey Fisher dressed me in that vintage black Roberto Cavalli leather dress. And we thought, "What hair could possibly do justice to this incredible outfit?" So we Googled "Roberto Cavalli," and we saw that crimped hair style, which is probably from the '90s or something. I emailed the hair stylist, and she pulled out a crimping hair tool.
ELLE: How did she create the style?
KBVS: The hair styling department thought I was nuts! They told me it would take too long to do, but I told them I thought it would be worth it. They considered using a wig, and I advised them not to. I knew we would be asked about it. It took an hour and a half to do. I loved it. Out of the entire season, that hair was the first time that the guys on set and the crew were interested in me again! I was a sex-amator.
ELLE: Describe your favorite outfit of Pam's to wear.
KBVS: What's great is that we get to change it up a lot; but recently, there was a red leather dress we scored off of eBay that was from, like, 1992. It was pretty fun, because we got to do '80s hair with it. MORE

From The Grio- Nelsan Ellis, most widely known as Lafayette Reynolds on the HBO original series True Blood, has been selected by director Lee Daniels to play the role of Martin Luther King Jr. in his upcoming film, The Butler. The highly anticipated film chronicles the life of Eugene Allen, who worked as a white house butler for eight different presidents from 1952-1986.
Dr. King’s first visit to the White House was in 1958. He met with President Dwight D. Eisenhower and other civil rights leaders. Dr. King also had encounters with Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. He worked particularly closely with Johnson, meeting with him in 1964, 1965, and 1968 before his assassination in April of that year. It has not been confirmed yet which historic moments the True Blood star will be recreating.
Ellis is just the latest star to join an already star-stacked cast. Daniels previously cast Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey to play the lead roles of Eugene Allen and his wife. Matthew McConaughey is set to play JFK, alongside Minka Kelly as Jackie O. The cast will also include Robin Williams, Liev Schreiber, Colman Domingo, Cuba Gooding Jr., Lenny Kravitz, Terrence Howard, and several more well-known performers.

This now looks like a completely different actor as waldowarlowwarlordwarhol.
The return of the gnarly toof fairies?
All rightey now, I watched and wasn't taking notes or distracted, it's Worlow (sp), and it seems like it could be someone of the bad fae persuasion judging by Claudine's knowing them enough to address by name and admonish them to leave. Also Sookie and Claude both say that she shouldn't have been able to see through a vamps eyes. Claude would be terrified they tracked him down too, and he seemed way scared.
Anna on the cover of SciFi August Issue
Carrie is appearing on Royal Pains and tweeted this pic from the set-

Monday, July 30, 2012

Somebody That I Used to Know Rewind 2

 They sure got lots of beads on Bourbon Street, granted they killed for them but they scored like true tourists. Screencaps by Skarsgardfans and HBO unless noted.
                I wonder how much longer  Nora will go on before meeting the true death?

Sam Trammell talks to Ausiello about Somebody and the finale-
TVLINE | I wasn’t sure you could top Sam rolling around on the floor like a dog last week — but you officially did it with this week’s shift twist.
Oh my gosh, thanks. [Laughs] It was a very intense episode.
TVLINE | How did you feel about playing a character shifting into your character again — only this time as a woman?
The writers told me that they had this idea that somebody else would shift into me, and it was going to have to be Janina [Gavankar, who plays Luna]. The writers were so excited because they were going to have her walk around and run into me, so I was going to have to play both sides of the scene. I knew it was going to be really difficult and kind of demanding, but I was excited.
TVLINE | There was also more humor than we’re used to where Sam is concerned.
When I read it, I really saw it as being kind of humorous, but we always wanted to play it straight. The stakes were pretty high for Sam and for Luna, so we tried to shy away from playing the humor… The whole situation is so insane that I’m sure it’s pretty funny. [Laughs] There were definitely different peaks and valleys [in the episode]. The very end, sort of when Luna is dying, that was a serious scene. But then they added the thing where I almost kissed myself, so that was quirky. I think that’s one of the things that the show does well; it kind of bridges different genres.
TVLINE | Did you approach this as playing a feminine version of Sam or as Luna as Sam?
It is kind of a mix. I always want to do it as the person, and Janina is obviously a woman so she has a certain kind of walk. I definitely tried to do a little bit of that. But the way she plays Luna is not overtly feminine… I tried to get the rhythm of her speech. She helped me out. I actually worked with her and watched her read scenes, which was really helpful. But it was really tricky. When I had scenes with myself, particularly in the scene where she comes in after Sam turned into a snake, we shot so many different angles and I kept switching from me to her and then her to me… It was back and forth for 10 hours! I had to go back and forth in the scene and know how each person would play it and also react to that person saying those things… Also, just getting into character — being Sam Merlotte and then being Janina in my body — was really exhausting! [Laughs]
TVLINE | We’re also hearing a very bloody finale awaits us. Care to add anything to that?
I think we have one of the best season finales we’ve ever had. For sure. There’s definitely going to be a ton of blood spilled and a lot of people die. The very end [of the episode], people are going to be like, “Holy s–t!” It’s a major, major cliffhanger. Read it all at the link, I don't think he realized he said the phrase "Luna is dying"

Eonline's Recap in full at the link but ONE-LINERS are needed here-
"They say my blood tastes like a goddamn milkshake. You don't even need no straw." —Fake Fangbanger
"I need a baby. Lilith wants me to eat a baby." —Sanguinista
"I want names, I want addresses, and if I don't get 'em, my Taser's gonna ask your nuts to the big dance." —Andy Bellefleur
"Hooker, I ain't in the helpin' business no more. I am in the f--k-off-while-I-smoke-a-blunt business, and business is about to pick way the f--k up." —Lafayette
"You don't know me that well. My mad face and my happy face are the same." —Pam

GIFs of Russteve via Film Fatale, fantastique! I still miss the elegance that was Talbot.
MTV's recap bitsie-  Wolves, witches, and... Warlow?
After weeks of perfunctory nods, the wolfpack plotline took a big step forward. Alcide's training for the packmaster rumble has come to an end... and speaking of ends, we got an awfully nice look at Joe Manganiello's in one of this season's better sex scenes. But not even those rippling muscles could compete with the murderous, V-addled J.D.; after dashing into the woods to save the packmaster's human prey, Alcide comes out the loser in the ensuing struggle. It's only a last-minute intervention by Granny Bozeman that keeps his head un-bashed-in.
Meanwhile, Arlene and Holly are on the Ifrit case, convincing Lafayette to use his witchy powers of persuasion and trick Terry into believing that he's no longer cursed. There's just one teensy problem with having a real witch conduct a fake seance: the ghost actually shows up. But she agrees to lift the curse, and all she asks in return is that Terry kill... Patrick? Patrick! Where ya going, buddy?
And elsewhere, Sookie's attempt to drain herself of Fae-ness is interrupted by Jason, who waxes poetic about parental legacy and the power of love. Also, they might need her faerie powers when they find the vamp who killed her parents, so maybe don't do that just yet? Sook
agrees, and soon thereafter, she and the rest of the Faeriefolk meet at the bridge where her parents died, where Sookie can (apparently) tap into the lingering echo of her mother's final thoughts. And it works... a little too well, as she finds herself inside the murderous vampire's head. But at least she gets the killer's (stupid) name: WARLOW.
This now looks like a completely different actor as waldowarlowwarlordwarhol.
the return of the gnarly toof fairies?
All rightey now, I watched and wasn't taking notes or distracted, it's Worlow (sp), and it seems like it could be someone of the bad fae persuasion judging by Claudine's knowing them enough to address by name and admonish them to leave. Also Sookie and Claude both say that she shouldn't have been able to see through a vamps eyes. Claude would be terrified they tracked him down too, and he seemed way scared.
Joe stopped by Access Hollywood on Monday, pics at the link- Sunday’s “True Blood” had plenty of the show’s usual steamy sex scenes, but when it came time to film Joe Manganiello’s latest – some high-flying Hollywood magic was needed.
The hunky actor stopped by Access Hollywood Live on Monday, where he talked shooting his sex scene with series newcomer Kelly Overton, who plays fellow werewolf Rikki.
“To my understanding, it’s the first sex scene to eve
r involve Hong Kong action wires, like ‘The Matrix,’” Joe told Kit Hoover and guest co-host Derek Hough, about the scene that shows Rikki being thrown across the room in the midst of their intimate moment.
And when it came to filming, the actors wore almost nothing.
“I was wearing what is referred to as ‘the sock.’ It has a drawstring and women wear ‘the patch.’” He explained.
The actor, who is no stranger to dropping his pants on previous episodes of the HBO series, said he was also well-groomed in the art of dropping trou in front of his co-stars and crew due to his recent big screen hit.
“I was used to [being half naked on set] coming from ‘Magic Mike,’” he added.
As far as the storyline for HBO’s favorite werewolf, in addition to meeting Alcide’s father (played by Robert Patrick) in future episodes, Joe said fans will get a glimpse of the werewolf as a teen.
“You’re also going to see some flashbacks with Alcide at age 14, which will be interesting,” he told Kit and Derek.

TVFanatic recap at link. Here's Buzzsugar's.
Are you even fucking real? Does it matter?
More HBOGo interactive vids from The Vault below

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Somebody That I Used to Know Rewind

He's evolving? Looks more like de-evolving and going back to Lorena times, quick get a piano!
Stephen in directing mode.

Think I had enough fun for one night, I hear you Eric and concur. 
Joe finally has some fun, seems like he is a wolf of a different color too.
If he was like that with Debbie maybe she wouldn't have strayed with Cooter and Marcus. Doesnt make sense that the cure all V isnt used as a medicine in hospitals everywhere, talk about Nan slacking. That would have made the vamps welcome everywhere if you ask me, solving so many problems for humankind, Newlin get on this marketing strategy stat. oh wait I forgot the new deal. Strange turn to drive the story go into, vamps taking over the world. Especially since it's based on the vamps coming out because of a blood substitute, you know, the name of the show and all. Destroying all the production of TruBlood is sort of telling us the premise of the show is gone now as well, what do you all think? GIF Source and there are more there.
The Authority clean up crew sure are busy, at least vamps are helping with the economy. Vamps are very messy.
The Sam on Sam action reminded me of Tommy, RIP, but it was some weird shit. Will another Sam GF bite the dust? Tune in next week kiddies. Poor Andy he just is overwhelmed and they are doing it all in front of a shifter killer! I approve Sam's interview techniques though, yessssss.
Then Luna smelling ol Sweetie's and who knows who else's menthol cigs, that made me laugh. The weres in Louisiana are just as skankie as the ones in Mississippi, Alcide has his hands full.  I laughed at the thought of them reading "The Most Dangerous Game" though, when they let the guy go running. 
Eric tries to save Nora from Salome's influence but she disses Godric and he should have killed her. We need to drastically trim this cast and I'm doing my part with suggestions, see HBO, I am here to help, call me. 
This years faes are worse than last seasons, they might dress better, fancy and all but they are bimbos. Einstein never would have run in this particular circle, he was allergic to jazzhands for one.  Hoyt is a creeper forever to me now, glad he met Sweetie on the road, she can take that trash out. One huge thing that the show didn't address (one of many), who the hell is running Merlottes? Is it shut down since they all are preoccupied on one plotline or another, none having to do with their place of employment? Lala doesnt even take a break to recoup his hellish Don Bartolo visit and that Holly and Arlene want a favor, he charges at least. When the Iraqi woman entered Lafayette and said one would have to die, did you laugh at Patrick booking out so fast?
Warlow? Did they really call the vamp on the bridge Warlow (Harlow would have had some panache at least)? Hmm, some clue or anagram?

Thanks for the screencaps Skarsgardfans (Barb has a great site) and HBO. 
Recaps as usual, just tastes, go to the links to read in entirety-
The development of Bill. There was a danger of Bill’s character stagnating but the writers are speeding up his so-called “evolution.” The plan to bomb the “True Blood” factories is pretty genius, if decidedly antiquated – there are only five factories in the world that make it? How much supply is there? Come to think of it, what is the actual vampire population figure? Either Bill has turned into an evil mad scientist overnight (or during the day, rather, while he’s asleep) or he’s positioning himself to be the savior of humankind and the ultimate mole.
More on Bill. Salome asks him a piercing question we haven’t thought about yet: “If you really loved your human children, why didn’t you make them vampires? Keep them with you forever?” It’s a compelling point, but as Bill explains to his dying daughter, “Immortality is a curse.” Of course, to his daughter, his showing up at her deathbed all youthful and preserved while she rots away is the height of cruelty. Bill immediately realizes he’s made a mistake in letting death commingle with life in this way (just like Brad Pitt does in “Meet Joe Black,” when he visits a dying grandmother and she can tell who she really is. Don’t think we need to give you a spoiler alert here).

The Pam and Tara show: I officially love everything Pam and Tara do, say and wear this season (spinoff?). When an old mean girl from Tara's high school appears, she tries a battle of the words with Tara, and clearly loses. "Now you're a member of two minorities!" the friend says to Tara after Tara bares her fangs. Tara reminds her that she isn't going to take her s--- anymore ... and that she slept with her boyfriend in high school.
Pam rewards Tara's gumption by tying up the high-school friend and glamouring her into being Tara's human slave to feast on. Tara had thought Pam was mad at her. Line of the night from Pam: "You don't know me that well. My mad face and my happy face are the same."

’TIL DEATH DO THEM PART? | To welcome No-Longer-Emo Hoyt to the fold, the rednecks kidnapped Jessica so that he could shoot her with a wooden bullet. Instead, being the good guy that we all know he is, he set her free. Unfortunately, there seems likely to be more heartache ahead for him: When Andy, Sam and Luna-as-Sam showed up to rescue the redhead, Luna-as-Sam smelled a big human woman… and Cheetos. Hoyt’s mama, maybe?
ETC., ETC. | Though Pam intervened when Tara publicly threatened a former high school nemesis at Fangtasia, she privately gave the bitch to her progeny as a present. On Godric’s orders, Eric appealed to Nora’s saner side, only to discover that she no longer possessed a saner side. (Duh.) And in case you couldn’t have guessed, no, Sookie did not lightning-bolt away all her magic. Jason talked her out of doing so, even mentioning that, had she not been “different,” she never would have met Bill. (Foreshadowing?)

CinemaBlend has a good recap too.  IGN's here.
TLG's HighlightHollywood- While Salome’s rule as Vampire Authority Guardian found a new ally in King Bill Compton of Louisiana, Russell found a cute new boyfriend in Steve Newlin. They seem to be hitting it off, talking about traveling and enjoying their lives as vampires, while Salome calmly tries to destroy the mainstreamers. But it was Bill who came up with the devious plan for how to destroy the mainstreaming agenda. “Let’s bomb the ‘True Blood’ factories. There are only five of them in the U.S. Without ‘True Blood’, we’ll force the mainstreamers to have to feed on humans,” said Bill. Eric looked on in horror, while Salome found her true soul-mate, or soulless-mate.
Why was Sookie seeing this from the Vamp's perspective, I think she had his blood.
 I am happy they used the late Elliot Smith's song instead of Gotye, yeah to Calamar!

This casting call was off by one thing, it was 1910, not 1931 and so it was his daughter after all.
[SARAH COMPTON-HARRIS] Female Caucasian 40-45. Seen in a flashback to 1931, in a scene with Bill (Stephen Moyer). One day guest star That's an interesting change. She can't be Bill's daughter unless he made her a vampire around 1900. If she's human and 40-45 in 1931, then she's got to be his granddaughter or a neice. This revised casting notice doesn't mention anything about her being sick or near death. 
Also thought the chick on the bed with Sal was Nora freaking out thinking she was Lilith, was just another way for Bill to be a twunt and feed on a human.
                                At least I have these two, "love, all shiney and new".

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Somebody That I Used to Know

Sunday July 29, E8 "Somebody That I Used to Know" E#56

The Authority revels in a new direction; An emotional Luna gets stuck on Sam when she tries to walk in Sam's shoes.At Authority headquarters, the Chancellors revel in the afterglow of recent events; Eric gets a message from Godric; Bill is shaken by a distant memory (see the casting of a daughter or granddaughter). Helped by Claude and his sisters, Sookie and Jason visit the site of their parents’ deaths, with shocking results.  Hoyt’s new pals bring him a present; Lafayette leads a séance to purge a curse; J.D. ups the stakes of the pack master challenge.  Written by Mark Hudis; directed by Stephen Moyer. Playdates: July 29 and 31  

Eric post buzzkill Godric's visit which has him freaking out about Nora and Lilith crap.
Is cracra possessed or what? Eric needs to slap her silly, she was fine when they were sexing it up in the container though you notice? 
Sunday at 9PM Somebody That I Used to Know Use the hashtag #somebody during the new episode to join the social conversation. 

Original casting calls and revisions-
[REGGIE] Male, mid 20s to early 30s. Caucasian. A good looking redneck, a member of a trashy, low-rent anti-vampire hate group. Co-star
[SARAH COMPTON-HARRIS] Female Caucasian 70s - 80s. Seen in a flashback to 1931, the elderly, very frail Sarah has been ravaged by cancer and is close to death. One day guest star.

[RYDER] This large guy is a wolf who addresses the Shreveport pack as they face a change in leadership. Guest star
[LADY PACKMEMBER] This female member of the wolf pack makes a wry suggestion at a meeting. Co-star
[SEAN] College age, lean and tall like a long-distance runner, Sean is a University track star who's put in the terrifying position of having to out-run a wolf pack. Co-star
[FEMALE] 20s Caucasian, she begs for her life as she is fed on by a vampire. Co-star
AMDouble to Sam Trammell. 5'9 1/2" - 5'10" 155 - 160 lbs. 38 chest. Actor must look just like Sam Trammell.  
Yeah fans were just clammoring for more fairies, no?
UPDATE-Rhoswen7's casting info-Here's a revised casting notice that changes the age of a character:
[SARAH COMPTON-HARRIS] Female Caucasian 40-45. Seen in a flashback to 1931, in a scene with Bill (Stephen Moyer). One day guest star 
That's an interesting change. She can't be Bill's daughter unless he made her a vampire around 1900. If she's human and 40-45 in 1931, then she's got to be his granddaughter or a neice. This revised casting notice doesn't mention anything about her being sick or near death. 

[RECEPTIONIST] Female, 20s, perky vampire, any ethnicity. Co-star. No lines in this episode, but will recur.

Since we saw the flashback of libertine Bill the piano playing vamp with Lorena during the 1920's, this is a leap back to his humanity. Maybe he visits Sarah right after he broke away from Lorena, it would be the only way it makes sense for him being caring enough to visit his kin. 
Photos courtesy of HBO, Skarsgardfans. Hysterical Gifs from I'm Here for Sookie.

Some ideas from HighlightHollywood on this episode-Some will not believe they really saw Lilith, but soon, events will transpire to remove all doubt of this vampire’s true nature and innate strengths. in one of the most shocking and earth-moving events, helped by Claude (Giles Matthey) and his sisters, Sookie and Jason visit the site of their parents’ deaths, with shocking results. And I do mean, very SHOCKING! Hoyt begins to see what choices he made in the past, were probably not the right ones, and fears this time that he won’t be able to do so again. MORE at the link

SSSSSSSSam, now he's cooking with gasssssss.
songs for the ep
Or gone too soon Eliott Smith's song of the same name
Interview with Kristin Bauer, more at link-TheInsider.com: This Sunday is the episode Stephen Moyer directed -- how did he do?

Kristin Bauer Van Straten: He was amazing. So wonderful to work with, and an incredible director. The episode is sooo good and has some great Pam stuff in it. I was excited to work so closely with him in this capacity.
Insider.com: What are you excited for people to see in this episode?
Kristin: We're going to see over the next few weeks this big question about who is drinking the Kool-aid in terms of The Authority and who isn't. Obviously I still have this really strong connection to Eric and I'm worried about him.
Insider.com: Pam wasn't a fan of Eric with Sookie -- how does she feel about Nora?
Kristin: She doesn't seem to have a problem right now, but you never know. The sh*t went down so hard recently, so we have bigger problems than that. But you never know what next year holds, and how they will interact in season six. There are always windows open for conflict on True Blood. Pam will always be sensitive to Eric and where he sits in the packing order.
Insider.com: Russell's return is obviously what you're talking about -- the last time Pam came face to face with him, it didn't end well. But he's seemingly a new man. Should we trust the new Russell?
Kristin: I wouldn't trust Russell as far as you can throw him. That guy can turn on a dime. As an actor, having done scenes with him, Denis O'Hare can also turn on a dime. He's the most amazing actor to watch, so by extension, Russell Edgington is capable of anything.

Insider.com: But Pam has become a maker herself this season -- what do you enjoy about the Pam/Tara dynamic?
Kristin: I have had so much fun bring the Pam-Tara dynamic to life. This has been a whole new area for Pam. Alex and I laugh all day like children. He and Stephen are such pranksters -- but with Rutina, it's been the total opposit -- she cares so much. What's been interesting for me is seeing how the Tara-Pam characters are actually so similar. We're just pushing back against each other and figuring out how I can slap her down while dressing her up like a Barbie doll. It's really comfortable and fun. And she's having a really good time too. I keep welcoming her to the vampire world. I'm like, "It's really good over here." She was just so excited about Comic-Con now that she's one of the supers because, apparently, the humans never got the same kind of love the vampires did at Comic-Con. And I told her, "Yea, the vampire world is great!"
OK people of the fandom, who the feck is this vamp? The chin being distorted is a clue I feel, Russell has a slight cleft, Eric has one, so is it to hide that identifier?
See how the chin seems to be removed or covered in the last 2 photos? Meloni has a pronounced chin that would give Roman away too.