This week’s True Blood brought the tension between vampires and humans to the forefront. We’re also one step closer to understanding Lilith, and finding out Sookie’s faerie future. Find out why we consider “Sunset” the season’s most suspenseful episode yet!

The Players:

  • Director: Lesli Linka Glatter
  • Writer: Angela Robinson
  • CastAlexander SkarsgardAnna PaquinStephen 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: “Sunset”

The military visits the Authority with a blackmail video of Russell and and Steve, insisting they make peace before humans rebel. Bill gives Jessica an order she cannot carry out; Luna and Sam ensure they are carried into the Authority (yes, literally). Alcide attempts to reconnect with his father, and Sookie meets the faerie elder, who may have information about an ancient Stackhouse family secret.

The Good:

  • Cliffhangers: Every plotline is purposefully left unresolved. We can actually feel the action gearing up for next week’s season finale. It’s the first time this season we’ve been on the edge of our seats. The biggest cliffhanger of all is cleverly placed at the very end: Russell versus the faeries! It’s great because we still haven’t uncovered Worlow’s identity. Russell’s favorite delicacy is faeries and he’s looking for Sookie in particular. But Worlow’s message “You are mine” to Sookie in the bathroom in “Somebody That I Used to Know” is not the first time a vampire’s claimed her. Eric did the same in “She’s Not There” last season. So just who is Worlow, and how should we feel about him?
  • Breaking Bad: Several characters have experienced personality changes this season, most notably Bill. There’s an interesting comparison to be made between Bill and Russell. Why do we revel in Russell’s recklessness but are disgusted by Bill’s “leadership?” Is it because we have preconceived notions about each character’s personality? If so, why does bad-boy Russell being good bore us, while good-guy Bill being bad angers us?
  • Lilith: We finally see Lilith as more than a hallucination or unseen-but-heavily-spoken-of character. We saw her in action. She finally took on some characteristics of the power-hungry and manipulative demon woman from the Apocrypha. We are willing to accept this drawn out reveal as long as the finale unveils some truth or moral issue.

The So-So:

  • Strange Twists: We forgot that Eric could fly and now we know fairy pregnancies last only a few weeks. All these little details are just now being re-introduced and seem to distract from the more important matters (i.e. Lilith’s deception or Pam’s loyalty). There are bizarre moments that add humor like when the fairy elder suggests Ke$ha is a poet or when Andy finds out he’s the father of a super.
  • Packless Werewolves: We get it–Alcide’s father could give a pack less about the other werewolves. But why is our 6-pack-donning hero Alcide reduced to fighting baby vamps in his father’s backyard to prove he was raised to be a man instead of a coward? Unless he can enlist his father to help him overtake J.D., Alcide is wasting his time. We can’t help but wonder, what’s the point?

The Quotable:

  •  Pam: “Maybe later we can braid each others hair and talk about boys…(eye roll) fucking baby vamps.”
  • Lafayette: “I’m a bitch not a snitch. Love it.”
  • Jason: “If there is one thing I learned from my time As QB-1 it’s that the best defense is a good offense. So no more pussy-footin’ around Russell. It’s game time.”
  • Kibwe: “You have any idea what you have done?” Eric: “He was a dick.”
  • Jason: “You going to be okay?” Sookie: “Kind of strange to find out you were sold to a vampire 300 years ago.”
  • Faerie Elder: “Kesha. For or against?…She doesn’t really sing, does she? She talks. I suppose that makes her some sort of poet. But that’s alarming, because her spelling is atrocious.”
  • Russell: “Look, we’ve got ourselves a hunk sandwich!”
  • Pam: “Don’t play games with me, you little ginger bitch.”


“Sunset” is thought-provoking and almost every scene revealed more about each character. Overall, there was enough humor, cleverness and suspense to make up for the weaker plots.

Rating: 8/10

True Blood airs Sunday nights at 9 p.m. on HBO.

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