Episode: “Fresh Blood” (Season 3, Episode 11)

Synopsis: Eric puts his plan to kill Russell Edgington into play, putting both Sookie and Bill in danger. Jason struggles with the revelation his girlfriend is a werepanther, Tara confronts Deputy Andy over Eggs’ death, and Sam hits the bottle hard.

Review: Gird yourself, True Blood fans, there’s only one episode left and Bon Temps is a mess. Well, emotionally, compared to the physical trouble and threats facing the sleepy town at the end of last season. This episode went about shuffling the deck of character relationships, setting up for an explosion of change for next season, though it did seem out of place at times.

Specifically, I didn’t really buy Sam’s freak-out. Now, it was well acted and convincing, just not for Sam Merlotte. He’s always been a pretty level headed dude. I don’t really see much reason for him to have snapped, at least not this bad. It seems as if his bad boy image is being shoved on us a little too hard, where subtle would have been better. This does push him back into the troubled arms of Tara. I’d hate to see Sam take on the role of a broken character when he’s been such a rock throughout the series.

Just like virtually every episode this season, the highlight was Eric and the lowlight was Sookie. Northman’s plot to kill Russell is fairly obvious early on, though we don’t see it’s conclusion. Thankfully they didn’t leave it as a cliffhanger next episode and we should have a revelation next week as to what happens and who ends up tasting the true death.

I really couldn’t give less of a shit about Sookie this season, and tonight in particular. Her lengthy chat with Bill about restarting their lives played out like boring filler and got me started on an early nap. Likewise, what little we got of Lafayette was boring, though the man has done a good job convincing me not to do drugs. Or at least V.

Tara bothered me a bit this week. I’m not sure why she’s some ultra smooth, broken down James Bond character all of a sudden. Talking tough, standing up to people, smashing heads, confronting Andy, standing around looking mannish. I don’t know, not digging it. While she’s always had attitude, she’s never been such a hardass.

Speaking of hardasses, where have all the werewolves gone? We haven’t really seen one in weeks, though the preview for next week did contain Alcide. So I guess they’re coming back around.

This episode was pretty interesting for being the traditional lead in to the finale. The big climactic battle apparently won’t be Eric vs Russell, but rather the DEA raiding the werepanthers with Jason stuck in the middle. Other than that, I’d expect we see a lot of changes in character relationships as Sookie grows tired of being a vampire pawn, Sam explores his naughty streak, and Jason chooses between the law and his love. At least on the bright side Hoyt and Jessica are back together!

What did you think of this week’s episode?

This Week’s Quote: I used to drink hot sauce straight outta the bottle. That was a good time! ~ Deputy Andy Bellefleur

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