'True Blood' is back with a healthy dose of blood, lust and bloodlust. In this week's Inside the Episode, Stephen Moyer explains that he directed the Season 6 premiere as a thriller, which is evident in the explosive escape from Authority HQ. But there's also a hint of mystery in the episode, which poses the question of its title: "Who Are You, Really?"
For Bill, the answer is up in the air—like a levitating glass of Tru Blood. Telekinesis is just one of his new superpowers. Another nifty trait: surviving a staking. Sookie's failed attempt to goo-ify her ex had critics buzzing. Liane Bonin Starr of HitFix.com said that Bill might as well take the stake and "pick his teeth with it for effect." Jessica was shocked and excited by her maker's transformation: "This is phenomenal and religious and impossible, really," the baby vamp gushes in her blog.
While Billith has no apparent weaknesses, Nora learned of Eric's biggest one: Sookie. The vamp gives Sook back her house (with a promissory note in blood, no less) and she rescinds his invitation in an effort to get her old life back. While Sookie pines for normalcy, Eric pines for Sookie, Pam pines for Eric and Tara pines for Pam. The viewers have their own longings. I would've liked to have seen [Sookie] at least kiss solemn, sensitive, real Eric goodbye," Entertainment Weekly wrote. Buzzfeed was emotional about Sookie's unvitation to Eric: "BUT THEY LOVE EACH OTHER SO MUCH. Sigh. Crying bloody tears over here." This bout of Northmania should come as no surprise; Alexander Skarsgard was named by NY Daily News as the hottest male vampire of all-time.
As if there weren't enough problems in Bon Temps already, the new governor believes V is for vendetta; he's fervently anti-vampire and is making laws to prove it. Between his press conference and the new powerful anti-vampire bullets, Rolling Stone names vamps as the losing species of the week: "Humans now have the ability to bring vampires to their knees, as Pam can attest. And it's not like they have an ally in Bill anymore–more like a potential dictator." Vulture agrees that vampiring is no picnic: "If the stress of it all makes you feel like eating your feelings, guess what? It's blood. You will be eating blood."
Things were no better for shifters this week, as we said goodbye to Luna. This wasn't her first on-screen death, actress Janina Gavankar tells TV Guide: "We shot one at the end of Season 5 where I died, but it didn't work or something [and] they cut it out," she says. "So, I had to come back and re-die this season."
Sound Bites of the Week
- "Is this about your girlfriend turning into Steve Newlin, 'cause that was the sickest shit I've seen on TV, and I watch Dance Moms." – Lafayette
- "When you stick Mr. Happy inside somebody's hoo-ha without a raincoat on, babies come out." – Arlene
OD on V
- Entertainment Weekly got the Season 6 scoop from actress Lauren Bowles: "It's sort of taking the existing world that we know and love and really amping it up on steroids."
- Need a reminder of how the Vamps vs. Humans battle got started? There's a site for that.
What did you think of the premiere? What is Bill? Can Jessica hope to contain him?