True Blood: Anna PaquinEpisode: “Night on the Sun” (Season 3, Episode 8)

Synopsis: Sookie reevaluates her relationship with Bill while Jason takes the next step forward with Crystal. King Russell makes a move on Sookie while Alcide is away and Eric plays two gambits with bloody results.

Review: Finally! A fantastic episode. While season 3 has been good, it was far from great in my opinion, until tonight. Sure the werewolves are still pussies (I have to say that every review, contractually) but there was a lot going on this week that was very engaging.

Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) has been one of the most interesting characters this season as he suspects Russell (Denis O’Hare) as the one who killed his entire family, but must pretend to serve him to get close enough to strike. Too smart to rush into battle with a 3000 year old King, this episode showed the depths of his treachery and the seriousness of his quest for vengeance. Awesome.

Sam Merlotte (Sam Trammell) has also proven himself to be one of the more interesting characters this season – though I’ve always loved him – and tonight he didn’t get a ton of screen time, but proved himself to be the stand-up guy we know he is. Perhaps the only decent guy in all of Bon Temps.

On the cool scale, we also got to see Bill (Stephen Moyer) train the hot teen vampire Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) in some Vamp-Fujitsu and then she gets to stretch her fangs against a werewolf opponent. Bill does an effective job of handling a werewolf, but his decision to go toe to toe with Russell proves that in the vampire world, age matters.

I joking referred to this episode as the “Prop 8″ episode. For non-Californians, Prop 8 made homosexual marriage illegal and that was recently overturned, making Cali a big gay place to get married. True Blood has always embraced all sexualities (Lafayette is consistently one of the most entertaining characters and this year he’s gayer than ever) and tonight’s episode was the icing on the penis shaped cake. We got two different dude-on-dude scenes, one featuring female (and presumably male) fan favorite Eric stripping down with a latino  Greek vamp consort. I want to make a “screwed from behind” joke here and if you’ve seen the episode, you know exactly what I’m talking about it. And it ain’t butt sex.

Just about then I was thinking we didn’t get enough female nudity, but then, as if by sheer willpower alone, Bill and Sookie (Anna Paquin) decided to angrily bump beautifuls and we get a pretty hot sex scene. Preceding that was something I really wanted to see – Sookie getting her ass kicked by the trailer trash Debbie. Stackhouse needed a firm punch in the face and she got it.

As we move a bit closer to an always explosive season finale, the show is setting up and paying off a lot better. Definitely a good episode in terms of advancing all the plots and giving us what we love from the show. Hopefully next week we get more Alcide and we get to see Eric kick some more ass. But, in simple terms, best episode of the season so far.

This Week’s Quote: I enjoy a good head ripping as much as the next vampire. - Eric Northman

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