Characters committed a range of atrocities this week, from brainwashing to gang rape—but they did it with the best of intentions
This week's episode of True Blood isn't unusual for any of its major motifs: manipulation, addiction, tribalism, lots of sex. In fact, it seemed like all the usual topics were streamed to us in a condensed version, possibly to contrast deliciously with Eric's adorable new-found innocence.
Everybody seemed to be struggling with drug (V) addictions, or trying to steal from little old ladies, or raising the dead, or cheating on and brainwashing their boyfriends, or torturing and gang-raping innocent do-gooders. The creepiest part was that the worst of these actions were well-intentioned—the gang-rape was to save the panther clan from going extinct. Brainwashing Hoyt was to save him from the pain of knowing Jessica had cheated on him. The entrapment video of a vampire biting a human (in what must be an homage to James O'Keefe's ACORN "exposés") was an activist trying to show the truth, even if he has to manipulate it a bit to make it ... truer. And In this paranoid, post-9/11—oh sorry, I mean "post-Russell-Edgington"—world, vampires are ready to throw their own under the bus to protect the group as a whole. Bill orders the entrapped vampire's death, not for the actual biting, but for stupidly putting the safety and structure of all other vampires at risk. Be it drug-hazed enthusiasm or cold-blooded calculation, all lines of thought seem to end up with this logic: This rape, murder, and mayhem is all for the greater good.