On this week’s True Blood, the one-liners are hot and the betrayal is heavy. The Authority is preparing to take over the world, while Andy and Jason investigate the identities of the hate group members. Let the struggle between good and evil begin!
- Director: Daniel Attias
- Writer: Raelle Tucker
- Cast: Alexander Skarsgard, Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Denis O’Hare, Joe Manganiello, Scott Foley, Sam Trammell, Rutina Wesley, Kristen Bauer van Straten, Ryan Kwanten, Chris Bauer, Lauren Bowles, Nelsan Ellis, Valentina Cervi
Episode Title: “Everybody Wants To Rule The World”
Eric plans his escape while the Authority proceeds with Bill’s plan. Gran directs Sookie to a clue to her parents’ murder through Lafayette. Andy and Jason search for leads to the identities of the people behind the shifter killings. Alcide remembers being initiated into his pack. Arlene is caught in Terry and Patrick’s crossfire, and Reverend Steve gets a new pet thanks to Russell.
- Terry and Patrick: Finally that situation is resolved! And hopefully we have one less monster to think about. On a more serious note, the Terry-Patrick-Arlene situation makes us question selfishness: Would it be more selfish of Terry to kill Patrick so he can be in Arlene and Mikey’s lives or to let Patrick kill him so Patrick can live with his own family? Overall, the scene is anticlimactic. We were just glad to move on from the Terry drama.
- Pam and Lafayette: These two have been stealing every episode with their wit and comic ways. We’re glad to see the rise of minor characters with simple motives beginning to rule over the dramatic and randomly destructive ways of say, Russell or Bill.
- What’s in a Name?: The Sheriff’s office continually calls the hate group against supernaturals by a new name: “the Obamas,” which makes it sound like the President of the United States is wasting time hating on vampires and shifters. This is humorous in its own way. We wish they’d left it at that instead of having Andy explain to newscasters that they are not talking about the actual Obama family. We, as the audience, got the joke. Plus, the hate group is posting their videos publicly online, so why wouldn’t these newscasters already know that Andy meant?
- Saying Grace: Russell suggests they say grace to Lilith before snacking on a human, and Reverend Steve jokes it up. There are inconsistencies among the higher-ups in the Authority. Sometimes their actions are “in the name of God,” and other times “in the name of Lilith.” The two are not one in the same–not even in the scheme of the show in previous episodes. Is this inconsistency supposed to hint at the mindlessness of their power-hungry motives? Are these clues that no one in the Authority even buys their own loyalty to Lilith? (Well, with the exception of Nora). The whole mess leaves us with one question lately: So what?
- Russell: What we’ve always loved about Russell is his indulgence in recklessness. But we get a feeling he’s losing his edge as the ultimate villain now that he is playing with the Authority. He’s not really the one in charge now that Bill and Salome have teamed up. His sudden palsy relationship with Steve is odd, but believable. We’re hoping he steps up his illogical old self soon.
- Lafayette: “Creepy spirit thing, why you in Sookie’s bathroom?”
- Pam: “Just because we drank a bitch together does not make us Oprah and Gayle.”
- Lafayette: “I ain’t Gmail for dead bitches.”
- Eric: “Please, I’m a thousand years older than you. Put your baby fangs away before you piss me off.”
- Andy: “It is my job to protect son of a bitches too and vampers and shifters, were-chickens and whatever the fuck else is out there.”
- Steve: “I’ve never had a pet. My father was allergic to everything but God.”
- Lafayette: “I am not Whoopi Goldberg in Ghost. I am way cuter.”
- Pam: “There are two things I try to stay away from. Humans who eat a lot of fish and politics.”
- Sookie: “I’ll be fine as soon as I wash the pig out of my hair.”
- Lafayette: “Dead folk, why you gotta be so cryptic?”
There’s nothing ground-breaking in terms of characterization, plot, or form in “Everybody Wants To Rule The World.” But there was definitely something for everyone: suspenseful twists in the plotline, plenty of humorous one-liners, some weepy moments, and the rise of more villains. Even Lafayette’s eyelashes were bigger than usual!
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