'True Blood': One Death, Countless Questions


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Well, Lorena is finally dead on this week's episode of True Blood, so that's a relief. Her cloying attempts to browbeat Bill back into a relationship were moving from the pathetic to the tediously automatic, and it's time for vampires in general to regain their dignity with something big—perhaps a blasphemous vampire REBELLION. Russell's impassioned rant, dwelling with increasing incredulity on "the Authority," actually gets pretty persuasive. The more he talks, the more it seems just so unnatural that these incredibly strong creatures would allow themselves to be penned up by words and archaic laws over the ages. And then he kills the Magister, apparently on a whim.

Generally speaking, lack of restraint isn't all it's cracked up to be—at least not for the friends, families, and immediate bystanders of the newly released. Bill is the most obvious example of this: he goes from nursing like a baby (well, but with blood) into attack mode in a scene that one imagines is very like what is experienced by those naïve souls that decide to raise baby alligators or tiger cubs and one day are a bit late bringing dinner. In a similar vein, some might cast doubts upon the wisdom of setting loose a pack of fighting-trained dogs into the human population near Bon Temps. And any minute now Debbie is going to get loose again, and she's probably going to be ready to cause more trouble than she was when Alcide locked her up in the first place. Should we be getting the message that mercy makes us weak? Dunno, but it's exciting to watch.

It seems like there hasn't been a single episode where someone wasn't imprisoned, whether or not they realized it at the time. Poor Tara in particular seems to wander into bizarre traps like it is her day job, and Sookie isn't much better. This makes me somewhat mistrustful of the misty-eyed nymphs Sookie dreams / hallucinates / visits dancing and skinny-dipping around what appears to be a charmingly decorated graveyard. They seem very nice, but they definitely need to give Sookie some answers. When was she there before? Who is Claudine? Is Sookie part nymph or fairy or whatever these stoned-seeming dancers are? And why the heck are they all serenely dancing around a graveyard—is it just because Sookie is seeing them while she's on the brink of death, or is there more to it?

While we're asking questions: are we about to see a vampire-versus-human-race war? Aren't there any good werewolves besides Alcide? Is Jason really going to try to score meth for an imprisoned drug dealer? What did kill Sookie's parents? Will Sookie ever date a guy who isn't likely to accidentally murder her?

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Clarissa Matthews contributes to TheAtlantic.com, mostly in the form of product management. She is a graduate of Swarthmore College and Columbia University's Publishing Institute and lives in Washington, D.C.

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