Conflicts abound in this week's episode
Conflict resolution is the theme of the week in Bon Temps. There are the bad breakup dust-ups—Hoyt calling Jessica a monster, werewolves and shifters fighting because alpha Marcus doesn't understand the concept of moving on—but the most interesting examples of successful and failed conflict resolution are with the two unhappy ghosts come back to get revenge/justice/babies. While one restless spirit is busy executing a massacre at a Living-Dead Tolerance meeting (shouldn't it be the Living-Dead Alliance?), another is finding a peaceful conclusion to her sorrows.
Antonia is practically becoming a vampire herself, hitting almost every point on the checklist of vampire crimes she listed off in her debut: She is walking around despite being long dead, has supernatural powers, is holding innocents captive, is controlling the actions of others, has killed, and intends to kill more. Her thirst is for revenge rather than blood, but the distinction is probably not very soothing to her victims, and the people she has sworn to protect are meanwhile burning their hands into giant lumps of blisters trying to escape her Moon Goddess Emporium prison.
Mavis's story makes the impressive transformation from incredibly creepy to sweet and beautiful (it's amazing what music and lighting can do). Jason's heroic efforts to keep a drugged-out Andy in line and Jesus's knowledge of magic keeps the borrowed baby situation from dissolving into the bloodbath it threatens to become, and instead the whole unlikely group bands together to dig up Mavis's child's body so that she can find closure. Whereas Arlene's living baby has managed to give countless True Blood fans nightmares over the past few episodes, the sight of Lafayette/Mavis cradling the long-dead corpse of a baby has a sweetness to it, avoiding the tinge of nightmare.