Russell Edgington (Denis O'Hare) is about to save this season -- the first part of it has been mediocre, not at all living up to the standard that last season set, but this was an ending to get excited about. Russell has turned everything that the vampires have been working for on its head; he killed a human on live TV and told the whole world the truth about vampires -- that they're killing machines out for blood. Sounds obvious, right? Well in this modern day, when some vampires sparkle, it's no wonder that people are confused about their motives. Thanks Russell, for setting us straight again.
It was nice to see Nan Flanagan (Jessica Tuck) in the flesh rather than on the TV as we've seen her in seasons past. If you don't remember who she is, she's the leader of the political movement for the vampires. She's been seen on Larry King type TV shows in the back around, but never actually played a part in Bon Temps until now. Thankfully, she's giving our precious Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) a break on his punishment for selling vampire blood, and thankfully we didn't have to deal with anymore of that nonsense.
Nan brings an interesting new side to the show, as I imagine she will have to deal with the repercussions of what Russell did to the newscaster and announced to the world. Are we going to have a vampire/human war? That could get very interesting.
Just a note: Now that the werewolves appear to be gone for awhile, can we stop it with the V-Juice?
Russell certainly brought the crazy this week. Not only was he great when he made his announcement on live TV, but when he talked to Talbot's remains in a glass jar it brought the laughs, but was also pretty moving. The poor man had his boyfriend killed by someone he trusted, and now he's out for revenge. Eric needs to watch his back.
Jason did kill Franklin (James Frain) for Tara (Rutina Wesley), and perhaps that will spark her crush on him again. That would be nice -- get lame Crystal out of the picture and Tara and Jason in. That would make their story come full circle and solve a few problems for the both of them. The only question will then become: What happens if she finds out that Jason killed Eggs?
What Didn't Work
For just a brief moment it seemed as though Sookie (Anna Paquin) and Bill (Stephen Moyer) may be broken up for good, but then they had to go and get back together in a rather graphic way. Surely I'm not the only one that finds their relationship so very boring that I find myself closing my eyes during their scenes. There's so much more chemistry with that other blond vampire ...
Jason's (Ryan Kwanten) new girl also is getting tiresome. One minute she wants to leave her fiancÃ© and family and shack up with Jason, another she's clinging to them as though he's the enemy. If she doesn't figure out what she wants soon, this plot line is going to go the way of Sam's this season -- to the dogs.
Giving Credit Where Credit is Due
"True Blood" stars Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell, Ryan Kwanten, Rutina Wesley, Alexander Skarsgard, Chris Bauer, Deborah Ann Woll and Nelsan Ellis. "Everything Is Broken" was directed by Scott Winant, and was written by Alexander Woo.
"True Blood" airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on HBO.
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