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Random Thoughts True Blood Episode 5.12 ‘Save Yourself’

Random Thoughts True Blood Episode 5.12 ‘Save Yourself’

I have to say my mind is completely blown after watching this week’s finale of True Blood Season 5. Up until Bill drank Lilith’s blood I was still holding out hope that he could be saved. Things have gotten pretty bad when you make Eric look like the good guy. Team Bill must be in disbelief. How will all of this play out? I don’t know how I am going to survive until next season.

 

Eric to the Rescue
Bye-Bye Russell. You were a great villain but I’m glad to see you go. Eric and Nora reenter the Authority with Sookie, Jason and Tara as their prisoners. I loved the look on Bill’s face when he saw Sookie in the back of the truck. He knows Eric is up to no good. Once inside Eric and Nora leave the others in search of the Authority members, killing everyone in their path. While trying to disarm the system Nora isn’t afraid to put Eric in his place, sibling rivalry at its best. With the system down Sookie and Tara can now free Pam and Jessica from their cells. After loading everyone on the elevator Sookie and Eric search for Bill. They burst in the room before Bill can drink Lilith’s blood. Eric warns him that Lilith is a mad god. Sookie tries her best to reason with Bill. It’s no use, he’s too far gone. They watch in horror as Bill drinks the blood, explodes and transforms into a blood version of himself. Eric chooses to run instead of face him. Bill isn’t the only one who’s changed. Eric is very different this episode. Although Eric can still be ruthless his softer side is starting to really show. Eric’s love for Sookie and his vampire family is endearing. Where has the Viking warrior in him gone?

 

Fly on the wall
Sam is brought upstairs by the guards. Bill is less than thrilled to see him. Before they can kill him, Sam shifts into a fly escaping into the air ducts. While flying around head quarters he sees Steve’s clothes and badge. Sam returns to the cell where Luna is being held. He tells her about his plan. Luna shifts into a fly and makes her way to Steve’s bedroom. Once inside she skin walks as the reverend and takes Emma from her cage. Before she can leave the Authority Luna/Steve is stopped by Roselyn. She wants Steve to do an interview and explain the video that was released of him and Russell at the frat house. Luna is clearly nervous and stumbles over her words. During the live interview she shifts from Steve to herself. Roselyn comes after her. Sam, who has shifted into a fly, flies into her mouth. He then shifts back to himself ripping her apart.

 

Bill’s on a major power trip
Bill’s new role in the Authority has gone to his head. He begins barking orders at the guards like they are beneath him, to find Sam after he shifted into a fly. When Salome confronts Bill about Kibwe’s whereabouts he admits to killing him. He tells Salome Lilith came to him and said that she was chosen, which was a lie. Salome prepares for the rapture by drinking all of Lilith’s blood. Bill sits by watching her reaction, stake in hand. He tells Salome that he added silver to the blood. Well played Bill, well played. He stakes Salome and prepares to drink the real blood of Lilith when Sookie and Eric come in. Sookie tries to reason with him and he calls her an abomination. Bill warns her, as he did when they first met, that vampires often turn on the ones they love the most. He drinks the blood and explodes. Eric consoles a very upset Sookie. The puddle that once was Bill began to move. They are shocked and terrified when Bill appears out of the blood. Is Bill now the vampire god?

 

Sookie teams up with vampires again.
Seems just like old times. Sookie’s back to sticking her nose in vampire business. It didn’t take much arm twisting from Eric; all he had to do was play the Bill card. Once inside the Authority Sookie and Tara search for Pam and Jessica. They find them locked in cells. After Nora and Eric disarm the system Tara bravely opens the silver door freeing Pam. Tara proves Jessica right when she pulls Pam into an intense kiss. Sookie and Eric load Jason, Jessica, Tara, Pam and Nora into the elevator then go look for Bill. Sookie tries to plead with Bill calling upon the love he once had for her. He calls her an abomination then drinks Lilith’s blood. Seeing Bill explode, Sookie is distraught. When the pool of blood regenerates into a bloody form of Bill her sadness turns to fear. Will she ever learn her lesson?

Jason’s on a war path
When Sookie agrees to help Eric, Jason’s father tells him to go with her and kills the vampires. On the way to the Authority Jason makes a pit stop to load up on vampire killing weapons. He tells Sookie he’ll kill Bill and any other vampire that stands in his way. The visions of his parents are fueling Jason’s vampire hate. Once inside Jason wastes no time killing vampires. Jessica is so glad to see him. She declares her love for Jason. He tells her he can never be with a vampire. She is crushed. Losing his best friend after betraying his trust and finding out the truth of his parent’s death has really affected Jason. He has lost his sweet, lovable side.

Kelly Valentine
Written by Kelly Valentine

Kelly Valentine discovered True Blood during S4, but quickly caught up on seasons 1-3 and her favorite sups are the vampires. She works with special needs children in an elementary school in Maryland. Her passions are photography and writing.

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    August 27, 2012

    So long True Blood, see you next year :(

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      August 28, 2012

      I can’t believe it’s over already again.

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      August 28, 2012

      Darn, 9+ months wait….it’s like a pregnancy lol.

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    August 27, 2012

    I think the Viking Warrior in Eric is still there, as evidenced by the killing of Russell and various gay stormtroopers. But when he really cares about someone (Godric, Pam, Sookie, Nora), he is quite protective and will do whatever necessary to save them. That’s been a pretty consistent part of his character on True Blood. True, he can be an ass and is as much a murderer as any of the vampires, but this season, he’s shown a bit more humanity and a moral center than the others.

    A lot of people are saying this is a new Bill. I contend that this is the Bill we’ve come to know over the last 5 seasons. He has always been shown to have a hunger for power, whether it was killing prostitutes and making them beg to be killed, or doing the bidding of the Queen, then killing her to gain the kingship. Now this is the ultimate power trip. How could he possibly resist becoming God? I think the romantic Southern gentleman he pretended to be for Sookie is long gone. And I kind of like Bill better as the big bad. He’s a lot more interesting as a character.

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      August 28, 2012

      ITA with every word of this! The Viking was a perfect mix of badass and sweetheart. He killed to save those he loves, he’d do anything for them, everyone else not so much lol

      And yes Bill has been on this path for a while, from the pilot he’s been keeping secrets, had a desire for power and will betray anyone who gets in his way. Sookie, Queen, Nan, Eric, Salome.

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      August 29, 2012

      Absolutely Emie, everything we learn about Eric & Bill through the seasons has shown this to be true. The flashbacks, Bill’s true agenda & motivations, Eric having a good reason for being suspicious of Bill from the start. While Eric is no angel, his viciousness has been mostly reserved for those that have crossed him or the vampires in his area. For instance, unfortunately for Lafayette all he was to Eric was a known V dealer at a time when Godric was missing, until Sookie told him otherwise. Even back then we saw Eric let Jason off the hook with a warning just because he was Sookie’s brother. Pam’s flash back shows us an Eric that would save a human & not feed from her. Bill’s flashbacks are a much different story & even when he stopped killing humans with Lorena he still got off on their pain & the power he has over them, as was seen in his flashback with Nan. We saw first hand how power hungry Bill was in S4 & we learned the truth about Bill & Sookie in S3.
      While I agree that turning Bill into Billeth is a bit extreme, some of the people that are having trouble accepting S5 Bill & Eric I suspect haven’t applied what’s been revealed over the last 5 seasons prefering to hold on to misconceptions of the past.

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        August 29, 2012

        What about Pam`s speech to Eric : We were killing, raped together…. Hmm….

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        August 29, 2012

        AND….Eric ate children a big NO, NO. As he said : De var så delikata……

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        August 29, 2012

        We all know vampires are killers Susana. Pam didn’t say anything about raping & Eric made a joke about children that probably no one in the room other than Pam appreciated. If that makes him a child eating rapist to you then it’s not surprising that you feel TB has changed drastically, which was my point. Anyone that spent the last 5 seasons making excuses for Bill while trying to villainize Eric probably would feel this came out of nowhere, however many of us disagree.

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    August 28, 2012

    What think ye that Eric did? he also killed prostiruerade and other people. just because it was not shown on TV? Do you remember what Pam said, how they murdered tilslammans and laughed at? ThE is Eric. He is a vampire like Bill was. Hungry. Since there was no True Blood.
    Eric has always been bad ass. Bill at least tried to get better. Nevertheless, you should always just complain about Bill.
    I am so disappointed with Alan that it can not even describe. Thanks, Alan, you have killed my interest in True Blood. How could you do that?? There are other words I want to say to you, but try to keep my mouth shut.

    My Bill is gone. How could Alan change everything so drastically? I mean, there’s no turning back for my Bill. And I do not want Bob in the shower ala Dallas. Will I really have to see Eric Sookie together??
    Who will manage to see it happen without puking??

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      August 28, 2012

      Mmmm…, not quite drastically changed him, if you’ve read the books the show is based on. More like INTENSIFIED his dark side significantly. I’m guessing you haven’t read the aforementioned books (apologies if you have), but it’s revealed bit by bit as the series progresses that Bill isn’t quite as stand-up a guy as he appears to be early on (and not in complete contrast to Eric, either, who, while certainly not portrayed as a complete saint, is still more of a “good vampire” than the show portrayed him early on).

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        August 28, 2012

        Exactly and AB himself said he didn’t see Eric has bad, more mischevious

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        August 28, 2012

        Normally writers or actors don’t use the word “bad” to describe a character. No character is bad, they do they things they do for a reason they think is justified.

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        August 28, 2012

        That’s exactly what AB said, he doesn’t see them as good or bad, Eric is mischevious and capable of heroic acts. This Billith on the other hand…..

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        August 28, 2012

        I am clueless what Billith will be like. On TB anything is possible so it could go in a zillion directions.

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        August 28, 2012

        I’m not sure the writers fully know at this point either, I mean they’ve called him a blood god monster that will still have Bill’s memories, be more ferocious but that’s about it.

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      August 28, 2012

      How about millions of fans who will cheer when Eric and Sookie finally get together as they are supposed to. Oh, and your Bill isn’t gone. He just never existed except in your mind.

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        August 28, 2012

        Eric, who?? Och I remmeber now. .
        The i vampire that has caused so much misery in True Blood and sold her to Russel. With all his baggage and blood on his hands. The least intelligent vampiren in True Blood.
        Bingo, Sookie! Take him !

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        August 28, 2012

        Zuz, I know you are upset, but please try to keep it under control a bit on The Vault, thanks.

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        August 28, 2012

        Exactly! I want to see them together too and not just because Skarsgard has an amazing behind. The Eric of the books is a mischievious and sexy vampire and if you haven’t read that shower scene…DO IT.

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        August 28, 2012

        totally agree about Bill. Susanna, you’re delusions are making you sound as naive & biased about Bill, as our dear Sookie! i love both characters of Bill & Eric, i dont have a team favourite so I can give an objective, honest opinion based upon the character and not delusion. This is the true Bill but without apology, that we have seen fully this season, before now we had only ever caught glimpses every now and again, when his facade would slip- we have been seeing this conflicting other side to Bill. since late season 2. In life, if what a person says or portrays about themselves conflicts with the actions/deeds/character traits that we learn to be true- you would call them duplicitous, two-faced, a liar & be distrustful of them, really not a good character trait- all the same i love seeing bill embrace and aknowledge without apology, his darker, baser instincts, true personlity and vampire nature- he has great potential to be a grade A villain, he is ruthless and cunning and will betray anyone

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        August 28, 2012

        You’re comment is very inflammatory, please tone it down a bit, thank you.

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      August 28, 2012

      Who is Bob? I don’t recall a Bob in Dallas from season 2?
      And posting about puke is simply too much information. I would encourage you to refrain from posting about your bodily functions as you run the risk of others viewing you in a negative way. We all read these forums because we like this show! This is supossed to be entertainment not competition.

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    August 28, 2012

    I had the same reaction to Bill’s rebirth, if you will, as the OP. *Nods* I was already shocked when Alan Ball briefly teased us that Bill would be no more, but DOUBLY so when he was resurrected as “Billith” (I’m not trying to be funny, honest). I pretty much THOUGHT the same thing as Sookie SAID when she saw him rising up out of the puddle of blood. On the one hand, it was sad to see Bill become a monster and spurn Sookie the way he did, but it was refreshing, too, and having read the first five books of the series the show is (loosely) based on & knowing that Bill actually DOES have a dark side (not as horribly dark as TB Bill’s, apparently, but you get my point), I’ve got to say it’s about dang time we got Dark/Evil!Bill. Next season should be quite interesting, even more so because every lead/important character except Bill, Alcide, Arlene, Lafayette, Andy, and Holly is in grave, immediate danger (though if the writers bring Worlough into the mix, the last two and the former’s half-faerie children could ALSO be put at risk).

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      August 28, 2012

      Andy is Bill’s desecendant so maybe his kids are in danger from Billith? I do wonder what he will try and do next season, follow Lillith’s commands and try to rule the world? I have to say he looked genuinely scary, I would have ran as well lol

      But can they really have SM looking like that all season? I’m a bit worried AB has droppped them this and they haven’t thought out how it can end.

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        August 28, 2012

        Lori I’ve thought that too, will they have SM in bloody goo all season? The make-up process sounds daunting.

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        August 28, 2012

        I can’t see it, like you say it’s a daunting process to do that for every scene. I guess it will come down to how they want this new Bill to be played, if he is to be this monster type character then the make up works for that persona. I suppose they don’t want him looking like the old Bill if he starts doing some real evil.

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        August 28, 2012

        They are not going to have Bill spend the season naked, covered in bloody goo, and screeching like a pteredactyl. Lilith was a primitive being who existed before there was clothing. AB said that Bill was still Bill, just physically transformed. So I’m sure at some point he will shower and put on nice duds.

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        August 28, 2012

        Who cares???

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        August 29, 2012

        Lori- Regarding whether Andy’s half-faerie children might be in danger from “Billith”. Ooh, I didn’t think of that =[! My immediate thought, if it wasn’t clear from my original comment, was that Warlow, once the writers add him in to the storyline, will not ONLY be going after Sookie, but Andy’s children by Maurella, as well. You might be right about “Billith” trying to get them, too, though. *Nods* As for what he plans to do? I’m as much in the dark about that as everybody else. My guess is that for a while, he’ll be all gung ho to obey Lilith’s (supposed) command to rule the world, but then his humanity (assuming he has some left) will resurface at some point and make it harder for him to completely follow through with it.

        I’m in agreement that we’re not likely to see Bill covered in blood and naked throughout S6, because for me, at least, that physical appearance will make him less frightening. I mean, it just SCREAMS “monster”. On the other hand, seeing him all cleaned up & wearing nice clothes, then hearing him say things like he told Sookie and (potentially) giving horrific orders to whatever group of minions/followers he manages to gather together will be ten times scarier, because he LOOKS and SOUNDS like the Bill we used to know and love (I like both him and Eric equally), but isn’t. Sometimes the biggest monsters are the ones who look the LEAST like monsters.

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        August 30, 2012

        Yeah totally I guess its going to depend on what he’s going to do and seeing Bill as Billith a monster would visually reinforce the fact that Bill has been reborn, transformed into something else.

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        August 30, 2012

        That’s just it. While leaving him looking like he did at the end of the ep WOULD make it obvious that he’s something/someone else, it won’t be as scary, at least to me, as him looking the same but saying, ordering, and doing things that make it INESCAPABLY clear that he’s not that person/vampire anymore.

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        September 01, 2012

        I totally get where your coming from.

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    August 28, 2012

    Team Bill is not only in disbelief. We are in mourning.

    Reading the comments above feels like Eric fans crashing the funeral and dancing around the grave as all of the Bill fans stand next to it singing “Amazing Grace”. I’m too tired and sad to respond.

    Stephen did an amazing job in this episode so kudos to him. And a giant thumbs down to the writers and Alan Ball. I’m not sure I’ll be there for season 6.

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      August 28, 2012

      As an Eric fan I’m happy Eric was finally shown who he is at his core as opposed to what happened to Bill. I’m just not surprised what happened to Bill because his story has been going there for a while. I feel for fans that didnt see it coming.

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        August 28, 2012

        I don’t think anybody could have seen this one coming. We did a Predict the cliffhanger contest and nobody even came close to this scenario.

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        August 28, 2012

        Oh I didn’t see that post. I don’t think anyone saw the Billith thing coming lol but I did see it coming that they would make Bill the antagonist of the series, esp as you could see Bill becoming Sanguinsta, the minute you start having a vamp believe humans (and the supposed love of your life) are nothing but food, that he’s the chosen one of some vampire god, he’s headed somewhere very dark indeed. It may not have been clear to others, but I never believed he was faking this as some big plan to overthrow the Authority or whatever. For me the writers have wrote Bill in such a way that it was believable for him to go down this path. It’s really sad actually, he was never happy with what he was and in a way he has killed himself.

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        August 28, 2012

        Keep dancing Lori.

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        August 28, 2012

        iam an eric fan too….i just loved him at the last episode..

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      August 28, 2012

      Hey, what are you complaining about? Bill is now a god. Praise Billith.

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        August 28, 2012

        Who wants hinm be God? Nobady only writers and Alan Ball.

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      August 28, 2012

      i just dont get this bickering (possibly coz i dont have a team), but answer this, are you truly a truebie?? or are you just watching because of some deluded obsession or love of BILL??! dont you love plot twists and watching characters develop?? and trying to guess what theyy;re gonna do next?? I loved how they had vampire terrorism and featured false flag events this season, just the apparent political & social allegory that I interpreted was interesting enough. If you no longer get enjoyment out of the show then stop watching tb if you cant watch objectively for entertainment purposes. TB is a great show they have blown away all my expectations this season, remember though that this show is very loosely based upon the “Sookie Stackhouse” novels and not “the Bill Compton” novels so you’re gonna see mostly Sookie’s storyline and interactions of ppl that in her life & sorry to be break it to you, Eric & sookie relationship is alot of the books- huge part really!

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        August 28, 2012

        I am a Trubie but and now I mourn my vampir who have died. Is that so hard to understand? What if it is Eric?
        I’ve read all the books and have never liked Eric. I had hoped that Alan would make something more of these books … something better. Eric and Sookie was just blood bond and sex. . Now that it’s broken … hm .. now we see that Sookie begins to think for himself and Eric show his true colors. And in the background is the vampir who loves her most and cares for her most ….

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        August 30, 2012

        If you think the books needed to be “something more” I think you’ve missed a great series. If you actually read the books with an open mind, you will see that Eric is the one who protects Sookie and breaks his society’s rules for her.

        I’ve been an avid reader my entire life, and there is only one series I have ever found as compelling as the Sookie Stackhouse novels. Love TB, that’s great, but don’t diss a NYT best selling author to prop up your love.

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        August 30, 2012

        I forgot to say what the other series was. It was Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. If you haven’t you should read it.

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        August 30, 2012

        Please, Eric and Sookie it was only bloodbond. She will never has sex with him without bloodbond. She hated him . She had sex wiath him after blood bond worked … She speaks more with Bill than with Eric. She disskus her problems with..yes, BIll.
        Bill saved her live … because of his love to her… do not forget this.
        Even in the book Eric is a manupulative highhand vampire.

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        August 30, 2012

        Eric: “Do you still love me?’ he asked.

        Sookie: ‘I do love you, all on my own.’ – Dead Reckoning

        The blood bond is broken, Sookie still loves Eric and had sex on the porch swing after the bond was broken.

        If you missed something as huge as this then I’m not surprised you don’t get why Sookie loves Eric.

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        August 30, 2012

        It was directly after. Sookie herself questioning her relationship with Eric in last book.. …Give her some time ..

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        August 30, 2012

        All couples have problems and to quote Sookie from the last book

        “I watched television for a while, an old black-and-white movie about a man and a woman who loved one another but had to overcome all sorts of things to be together… ”

        I believe the contract is their final thing to overcome to be together so well see in a few months how this finishes.

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    August 28, 2012

    R.I.P William Thomas Compton.
    A vampire who I fell in love with in ep.1.
    No one is as you are, and no one will be as you were ..
    Thanks for the great 5 years with you, you will truly be missed.
    Loved and missed.

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    August 28, 2012

    Thank you, Kelly, for the summary and the pictures. I will make this short. At least I’ll try to. I am still in shock over Bill’s transformation. I mourn the loss of the Bill I fell in love with. And yes, I’ve read the books … all of them. However, show and books are apples and oranges for me. Two entirely different forms of entertainment. The show has veered sharply from the Sookie Stackhouse novels in the latter seasons. Kudos to Stephen for his amazing acting. I have no idea what Bill’s transformation will entail when Season 6 begins next summer. I can’t deal with that or even the contemplation of it … not yet. I am already missing my mysterious, moody, romantic southern gentleman vampire.

    On a lighter note, I enjoyed watching Jane Bodehouse (lovely to have her back), Arlene and Lafayette comment on the Mirella birthing scene. That whole scenario was rather weird, but I did get a kick out of Holly playing midwife to Andy’s fairy liaison and the aforementioned three adding their thoughts to the proceedings. Four babies … seriously!

    Pam and Tara … I like their pairing. Looking forward to seeing more of their relationship. And Steve Newlin is still running around somewhere. Kudos to Michael for his skinwalking turn. Rosalyn’s death was spectacular. And Russell … the villain I love to hate. He will be missed, but he had to go.

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      August 31, 2012

      Nicely put Rowena, I was beginning to despair of the silly bickering posts before I got to yours! I LOVE TB, it has some of the most intelligent writing on TV, great plots and characters to die for. I missed not seeing a love/sex aspect this season, but the excellent acting and writing helped make up for the lack of “naughties”.

      I too mourn the loss of the Bill I know (and love) and can’t imagine how the character will be developed for season 6. I loved the way Eric got to show all sides of his personality this season – he was a vicious, murdering bastard, but beautiful and caring at the same time – nice!

      Whatever happens, I will most certainly be watching season 6 to find out. I have one request to TB fans – stop the team Eric / Bill crap please! Our show is too good for that nonsense.

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        August 31, 2012

        You are most welcome. I just scrolled through the divisive posts. Missed all those first time around and gratefully so. Life is too short to go the bashing route. We all have our opinions but should be able to share them intelligently and respectfully.

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    August 28, 2012

    I think to use a comment for this posting like “things have gotten pretty bad when you make Eric look like the good guy” is wrong. The Eric fans have endured three seasons of Alan Ball making him the bad guy of this show. Those of us that are book fans were even more upset at how he was portrayed. I feel for the Bill fans. They feel they have been robbed but get used to it because as an Eric fan I feel I’ve been robbed for long while. Time after time we saw Alan Ball take the good things Eric did in the books and give them to Bill on the show. I know some people will say the books and the show are two completely different things and they’re right. However, this show is based on the books and as far as Eric goes, the show didn’t do him justice until the last two seasons. All I can say is the show is so far removed from the books at this point that Charlaine Harris must be ready to spit nails. That being said. . .

    I loved Tara and Pam and hope they will continue this relationship next season. Jessica saying, “I knew it” was hysterical. I hope Tara and Sookie become close again and I also hope they stop writing Pam so that she hates Sookie. Pam and Sookie’s friendship is one of the greatest things in the books.

    I thought Jason was great in the last episode and I hope he can see the light that all vampires are not evil. I want him and Jessica together.

    I don’t think we’ve seen enough Lafayette or Alcide in the latter half of the season. I’m glad Alcide is finally pack master but I wish he didn’t have to do V in order to do it. I hope doing the V doesn’t came back to bite him. Alcide becoming pack master is the only thing this season that actually happened in the books.

    I thought the birthing scene in Merlotte’s was hysterical. I loved watching Lafayette, Arlene, and Jane Bodehouse’s reactions. Now what’s Andy going to do with four daughters?

    So sorry that Hoyt left. Hope we see Jim Parrack in the future.

    I thought the Arlene, Terry, Scott Foley, storyline with the fire monster was stupid and a waste of time. It was like they wrote that storyline just to give Arlene and Terry something to do.

    Glad all the authority members except Nora are dead. They were nothing but trouble.

    Also glad that Russell is dead and that Eric is the one who killed him. Love Denis O’Hare but it was time for Russell to go.

    I think Nora is going to be trouble next season. I think she’s is going to be pissed when she sees what the blood did for Bill. I’ve been thinking all season that Warlow could possibly be connected to Eric in some way and I might be right since Nora knows him. I think there is going to be some connection between Eric, Nora, Godric and Warlow. We’ll see.

    As others have said, I think Bill has always been hiding things and that none of us know the real Bill. He has always been power hungry. I just hope they don’t make him go off the deep end no matter what they have planned for him. I must say that even though I’m a total Eric/Alex fan, Mr. Moyer was looking really hot in all that black when he killed Salome.

    I was also thinking that maybe they shot the authority scenes from the last episode earlier in the year because Anna did not look as pregnant in those scenes as in others.

    Now for my viking god. . . Eric was magnificent in this episode and all season. He is the vampire on this show that is most human. Yes, he can kill but he also did everything he could to save Pam and Sookie. He also didn’t have to save Bill once he saved the others but he did. He went to Sookie’s home with the purpose to get her to help him save Bill. He didn’t have to do that. If Sookie can’t see how much he loves her, she’s a complete idiot. I think Alexander did a superb job showing the layers that make up Eric.

    Can’t wait for season 6!!!

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      August 28, 2012

      I also really enjoyed watching Alexander flesh out Eric more and add more layers to the character.

      The main problem is that fans continue to project human values and feelings on the vampires. They are not human, they are not like us and we will never fully understand how they see the value of life and the world around them.

      Fans also continue to think in “good” and “bad”. There are no “good” or “bad” characters. They all act from their own point of view and motivations, we put the label “good” or “bad” on it, but that is really over simplifying things. Every vampire has light and darkness in them, sometimes one rules, sometimes the other. And that is exactly what makes them so fascinating.

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        August 28, 2012

        I agree with you.And all the people that saying that Bill wasn’t honesty with sookie and this and that. Well what about the times that Sookie wasn’t honest with bill.Is Eric every going to tell Sookie that he almost Kill Haley since Eric so much better then Bill

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        August 28, 2012

        Nobody in this show is 100% honest, good or bad. The endless pissing contest of who did more bad things is so useless and childish. They both made Sookie happy and they both hurt her and so did she to them. It’s called life.

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        August 28, 2012

        Exactly. This is fiction and meant to entertain us, not cause posters to bicker over story lines and make snide comments. Just because each of us likes different characters doesn’t mean that we should conduct ourselves rudely when posting. It’s called netiquette. I’m looking forward to seeing how this new situation will pan out. Conflict between characters is what makes good tv.

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      August 28, 2012

      Great post Lena!

      The writers have a tough time balancing the Bill/Eric/Sookie triange with Sam and Alcide trown in (hoping Quinn will get a chance too) and so we get these seasons of disapointments for the Teams….. I’m a realist and know it can’t always be the Bill show with Sookie so it’s tough being Team Bill, real tough now but ulitmately I’m hoping for a happy True End.

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    August 28, 2012

    This Whole Season was a bit of disappointed for me.To many stoyline,to many this and that.Eveything is all over the place.It’s seem like the writers are kinda been sloppy right.I don’t like the evil Billjust like I don’t the good Eric

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    August 28, 2012

    i just loved this season…so much action….i cannot wait for the next one..

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    August 28, 2012

    I have to admit I was laying in bed watching the finale and the second Bill drank the blood and exploded I started bawling my eyes out. I didn’t think it was real but at the same time I really thought he was gone…especially when Sookie started bawling and Eric just looked like he had just lost his best friend. Whether or not people look at their relationship that way, I do. They’ve known one another for a long time, fell for the same girl and have saved each other numerous times.

    But back on topic, when I saw Bill coming back and Eric yell run, i literally jumped outta my bed and freaking out!!! BEST FINALE EVER!!! I really think it was the best season ever as well. They kept everything building throughout the whole season and then BOOM it all exploded at once in the finale. Plus, I think they took almost everyone by surprise with the whole Bill reincarnated act lol.

    Although, I was such a Bill lover in the first few seasons, I have grown to adore Eric. I think since Godric’s death he’s become such a better person/vampire whatever all around…and you can tell he still loves Sookie.

    I think the writers did a great job this season and I think everyone did great at keeping the finale a big surprise. I can’t wait to see what happens next summer. It’s going to be a shit storm I’m sure.
    I hope Sookie finds comfort in Eric again and I hope all the main characters stay intact and not die LOL.

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    August 28, 2012

    One last thing…the birthing scene at the bar was absolutely hysterical!! Sooo glad they put that in there.

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    August 28, 2012

    Thank you Kelly for your Random Thoughts on this awesome and sad (because it’s over) final episode of S5; WOW did the ending throw me for a loop but after I figured out what just happened or what did exactly happen to Bill the realization hit me:

    Embrace it or from now on be unhappy with TB!

    I choose to be happy with Bill, Billith or Lillith in Bill and True Blood, and yes I too miss the Bill I feel for in S1 with the sweet Southern drawl who’s a vamp in the sack (I can watch him on my saved episodes on Tivo or DVD’s).

    SM played his devious part so well against Salome *yes Lilith chose well* and his transformation into (?) Billith with such skill I was at the edge of my seat. Alex and Anna likewise were so believable as Eric and Sookie; Sookie bawling her eyes out as Bill imploded and Eric was just excelent. I can rewatch that final scene over and over and catch things I didn’t notice before. Critics please take notice.

    The rest of the episode was equally fine except I would have liked to have seen Wardlow, not just heard about him in a teaser from S6. The possibilities with Wardlow are endless as are the Billith ones; I will not speculate, I am very bad at it.

    Loved Alcide and the pack resolution.

    Loved Sam, Luna and Emma reunion.

    Best vampire kill – Sam in Roselyn! WOW

    Pam and Tara – Jessica’s “I knew It” love is in the air…so sweet

    Eric and Nora, is there hope for Nora or is she too ambitious?

    Andy and Quadromamma – on the fence with the birth scene, I liked the cheering section but the birthgasm….I know a man wrote that! Alan I’ll forgive you. Andy and the aftermath with 4 girls will be interesting.

    Jason & Jessica – so sad for Jess, she is adrift now. But Jason has a purpose

    Russell & Eric – well done Eric.

    I mourn the loss of old Bill but am happy we still have a Bill in some form; my Team Bill glass is half full, until S6 peace.

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      August 28, 2012

      That last scene was magnificent from all three actors, I can see why Anna mentioned it at comic con.

      I think Nora is going to be trouble next season, she’s power hungry, wants to eat Sookie and knows of Warlow. Not good, I hope I’m wrong because I really enjoy the Eric/Nora bickering lol

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    August 28, 2012

    Another pissing contest between Team Bill and Team Eric will not be tolerated here. We’ve had that discussion like a zillion times and I am sick and tired of it. Be warned, because I am about ready to start deleting comments that are inflammatory.

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      August 28, 2012

      Who knew the discussion from this article would get so heated? wow!

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        August 28, 2012

        it usually does! LOL

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      August 28, 2012

      If you feel that way you should not let your writer start this with comments like “things are really bad when Eric is the good guy.” That’s an insult to all the Eric fans and you and others would feel the same way if the situation were reversed.

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        August 28, 2012

        Lena, I totally agree. As soon as I read that line, I knew the author was completely biased towards certain characters and biased against others, and it shows in this article. If you do not want a “pissing contest”, do not allow authors who favor one “side” over another write your articles for you. Pick an author who can honestly review the episode WITHOUT referring to EITHER “side”. This is not really a critical review as it is an opinion piece. Thus, it will spark problems, and when the site allows that, it’s hard for them to complain about a pissing contest that the article was deliberately desinged to start. JMHO.

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        August 28, 2012

        Hey guys, this IS an opinion piece, that’s why we call them “Random Thoughts.” I don’t think that our author was saying anything new about Eric, he has always been the “bad boy” of True Blood” This season that has changed and now Bill is playing the villain. However, as was said before, they are vampires and are not to be judged by human values.

        Also, immediately after the author makes her first comment about Eric she then says, in the very next paragraph – “Although Eric can still be ruthless his softer side is starting to really show. Eric’s love for Sookie and his vampire family is endearing.”

        So, in my opinion, she has been fair and told it like it is.

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      August 28, 2012

      Let me start by saying that I am an Eric fan. As a writer I try really hard to be fair. I think we all know how Eric’s character is but he’s shown us his softer side this season. My sentence was meant to point out how much Bill has changed not to bash Eric.

      Kelly

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    August 28, 2012

    Thanks Kelly for the recap.

    It seems like the season has flown by faster than usual. Now the long wait begins.
    As cliffhangers go this was a doozy.

    I guess due to that misdirected mega zap by the Fae elder, Jason now sees and hears dead people .
    That or he has a serious concussion. Mom and Dad have plenty to say.
    Jason is getting loads of encouragement to take matters in hand and to take no prisoners.
    So all the growth Jason made has slid back to his bias against all fangers as he calls them.
    Looks like “that train has sailed” for he and Jessica. Poor Jess has had tough go of it and it isn’t over yet.
    Gung ho it’s G.I. Joe err Jason locked and loaded yet he looked a bit freaked when he realized he was in an elevator alone with four female vamps standing behind him. Made me smile.

    The crew at Merlotte’s were winding down and chilling with Lafayette’s tasty cocktails .
    Jane higher than kite and clueless but so amusing as usual . I think we may know why she is a lush .
    It was revealed earlier that her late husband had been a dragon of the KKK, so he must have been a real prince.
    Holly is obviously accustomed to getting bad news from men based on her expression when Andy ask to speak her.
    Meanwhile Maurella is downing a box of salt. The new Morton’s Salt girl?
    The other day I joked saying I wondered if when the Fae give birth if light burst forth and dammed if it didn’t. :)
    Of course they would not have a laborious delivery . This must be what passes as dinner theatre for Jane, Arlene
    and Lafayette. Loved their commentary and I saw him clutch the pearls at least once. LOL
    How Andy is going manage with all those cute babies is anyone’s guess.He looked so proud.
    Would love to hear him explain to his g/mother Miss Caroline.

    Sorry not much interest in the wolves aside from Emma.

    Though Russell didn’t quite quench his thirst for Faery blood and walk in the sun ,he did enjoy draining that vintage elder. The master of mayhem is no more.
    Eric has his revenge and is reunited with his sister. I like their sibling rivalry.
    They have good chemistry.

    Speaking of chemistry it appears Tara and Pam having something brewing.
    Kind of funny as Pam threaten to kill Tara last season but whatever floats your boat.
    Jessica’s “I knew it ” was so cute.
    I think Pam must have short term memory loss and maybe totally devoid of gratitude.
    She was ready to bail on Bill . Not long ago Bill tried to intervene on her behalf with the witches before her face completely rotted and fell off. Beekeeping ring a bell?
    I love razor tongued Pam but she’s due for some growth.

    Sam the man with a plan.
    Killing Rosalyn was definitely an inside job. LOL
    I hope Sam and Luna escape with Emma in all the chaos .
    Luna gave Newlin a bit more swish to his walk.
    Has she outed shifters on tv?

    Of course Sookie chose to help Bill. She loves him and always will. Two words , soul mates.
    All that harsh talk to Sookie was negated by his last words of “vampres often turn on those they love most.”
    I believe Bill knew the more Sookie talked she’d be able to convince him not to drink the blood. He simply lashed out to stop her.
    I think Eric could have sped over and stopped Bill from drinking all that blood. Not sure why he didn’t. I also think he views Bill differently than he did . Eric has respect for Bill.
    Eric had a real pleading look on his face .
    Bill is and has always been unique so I would not sell him short. That’s the mistake several older stronger vampires have made over the years and look where they ended up. Never play poker with Bill Compton.
    Just because Bill looks fearsome and roars like a lion doesn’t automatically mean he will be evil . Looks can be deceiving and
    so can the TB folks when they are trying to steer us in circles.
    That was one hell of a transformation the likes of which has never been seen . Sookie and Eric both were stunned and afraid.
    I’d like to think the Bill I love is somewhere within this Bill 2.0 . AB did say Bill retained his memories etc.. Time will tell.
    It is going take more than a wacky dancing Fae elder to deal with Warlow. I’m guessing Bill will be involved with his new found power that I assume he has, after all he was resurrected.

    Like or not and no disrespect to the other cast members but
    Stephen/ Bill is the golden goose of True Blood.
    Bill is most talked about and most complex character of the series so his story reflects that by being the most intriguing and pivotal.
    Whatever path Bill takes Stephen is more than up to the task to get him there. Truly a remarkable actor.
    This hiatus is going to be a long haul.

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    August 28, 2012

    @Things have gotten pretty bad when you make Eric look like the good guy.

    There always seems to be the misconception that Eric is the ‘bad guy’ while Bill is the ‘good guy’ when we have been that this is not the case. Eric is no saint but there is a difference between what we are told and what we are shown. Hence the differences between Bill and Eric. I really cannot understand how people did not see this coming with Bill when it has been shown to us TONS of time. His time spent with Lorena and wanting to venture out on his own proved he favored power and being in charge of his own destiny.Bill has never liked having someone to answer to, it is obvious by the look on his face. All the signs were there with Bill’s character but people were not seeing it because they listened to the words and did not pay attention to the actions.

    @I loved the look on Bill’s face when he saw Sookie in the back of the truck. He knows Eric is up to no good.

    Well if you call Eric trying to save Bill ‘up to no good’ then we are clearly no watching the same show. Considering Eric has never trusted Bill (rightly so)this was a pretty ‘good’ deed on Eric’s part.

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      August 30, 2012

      I agree with all if this, the breadcrumbs for this latest Bill development have been laid right from the pilot.

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    August 29, 2012

    I thought of something last night. What if Bill somehow becomes Warlow? When Alan was asked if Warlow is someone we’ve met before he said “no comment.” That makes me think Warlow will be someone we’ve met before. I think Warlow is going to be/linked to either Bill, Godric, or Steve Newlin. We still don’t know who Steve Newlin’s maker is. Just thinking. . .

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      August 29, 2012

      I think Bill is going to defeat Warlow or whatever he m, it is called. I think he is being set up to be one of the big bads for next season but to also possibly defeat this fae that wants sookie.

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        August 30, 2012

        It’s definately a possibility I mean they have to go one of two ways with Billith next season. Thing is Sookie was unable to get through to Bill so wouldn’t it be harder now he’s been transformed and is more ferocious?

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      August 29, 2012

      Lena- I had a somewhat similar thought. *Nods* I think Warlow may have been Godric’s maker (Or a vampire Warlow made made Godric. Also, I couldn’t have been the only one who noticed the word “god” in his name, and wouldn’t you know, he was the individual who convinced Eric, and later Nora, not to descend into the religious zealotry Bill eventually did), since Nora knows who he is (I haven’t watched the bonus scene, but I’ve read enough about it on here that I know a bit of what it included), and Lilith may have made the vampire who made Lorena. The tagline for the ep was, after all, “Bloodlines will be drawn” ;).

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    August 29, 2012

    Can we just stop calling Bill Billith? it is lame and lilith is gone. We need to remember this is a freakin TV show people. This team crap is juvenile and silly. TB is pure entertainment…this whole I told you so crap from “team Eric” and the constant bickering is useless. RL is stressful enough do we have to go there? I am not happy with what they did to Bill but Alan may very well have an interesting storyline in his mind with all of it and we really cannot predict anything till season 6….Its funny how lots of viewers, especially book readers think it will go back to the books at this point and Bill will just go away…….I think Bill will have a large role actually, a very large role…and may even go back to his true self …. Alan mentioned a few seasons back Sookie and Bill would go back together…but it would be a long road…well here is the road…so be it. bill has an interesting storyline, its not predictable and its fun and crazy to watch. AB isn’t leaving the show, he is stepping back but i really think he will have a huge say in storylines , especially Bills.

    Great recap Kelly. Thanks!

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    August 29, 2012

    I loved the finale!! Alan really pulled out all the stops. I wonder if Bill being a super-supernatural being will make him able to knock out Warlow in ways that no one else can?

    I also wonder just how much we’ll see of Bill next season given that it’s going to take hours to prep his whole body all shiny red for any of his scenes, presuming of course that he is just like Lilith. I was kinda thinking that maybe the plan for next season is to use Bill sparingly but powerfully and for Steve Moyer to do a lot more directing. I hope that’s the case because I felt that the episode Steve directed was the best direction of the season. If Steve has a more frequent hand in the directing, I think the end product will be much higher quality.

    I guess we’ll see how it pans out 9 months from now.

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      August 30, 2012

      Hey Selle good post! Stephen did a wonderful job as a director and now seeing a different side of Bill just proves how versatile he is as an actor.

      I know that some gals are not pleased with Bill’s new phase, and it’s understandable, everyone has their opinions about it and should be respected.

      But personally am excited for season 6 and am curious to know in how the writers are going to take Bill’s story. And to end this, no character in true blood is the “bad” guy or the “good” guy, all them have their flaws and their strenghts, this is not your typical cheesy show, and that’s why it makes the series exciting.

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    August 30, 2012

    I also wonder if there is enough “Bill” in Billith to keep him from feeling his four half-fairy baby girl descendants are *abominations* also?

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    August 30, 2012

    I must confess I was in shock seeing Bill in the end like this. But after some thinking I must admit that there are too many possibilities to develop the story. We were warned a year ago that many fans will be pissed off. Yes I am in that team. So proabably they won’t repeat that experience if they are not total sadists. I liked the way Bill overwitted Salome though I regret that she is killed. They looked a hot couple.
    I was not too surprised how Bill treated Sookie and tried to deny his feelings towards her. We already know that Eric was deeply hurt by her in S4. But why on Earth to think that Bill didn’t have the same feelings? Yes, he was always ready to save her and I think even now he can’t help with this. But it is still different. He hoped that Lilith blood can cure him from pain and all the feelings, help him to move on and live with other higher purpose.
    I know that people are glad that Eric is behaving like superman-hero but I am not pleased with this either. Eric for me is the second interesting character in the show but I liked him in previous seasons – a little bad-ass and mocking. And in his dialodues with Jason he was behaving just more like a clown. Is this 1000-year old vamp or not?
    And who can explain me how an ordinary not very clever hallutinating human could kill a bunch of vamps? And I really hope Jason wouldn’t become a brainwashed vamp hater. It is enough one brainwashed Bill for me. I hated the way both of them treated Jess.
    I liked Sam’s storyline in this season very much. I think it was the most twisted and interesting development of the relationships this year.

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    August 30, 2012

    If Eric acted out of character then I’d understand your comment but for me it’s not uncharacteristic for Eric to go to great lengths to save or avenge those he loves. For 4 seasons they’ve shown Eric to be loyal to a certain few he loves. Also I thought he was a total badass taking charge and killing who needed to be killed.

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    August 31, 2012

    I’d just like to say, that if they’re looking for someone to apply the body make up for Stephen next season – I’m available! I’d even be willing to lick, I mean wash it all off for him again….. ; P

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      August 31, 2012

      Misha…lol….but I can understand you…lol..

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