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We open this episode at the hospital with Sam and Luna. Luna is furious and wants to go after the people who attacked them. Sam convinces her that he is on it and makes her stay. After Sam leaves, Luna shifts into Sam. We know that skinwalking is really dangerous, so who knows if Luna will survive this. How did it even happen to her? Who knows.

TrueBlood S5E8 Luna and Sam argue in the hospital

Andy has the fake nurse perpetrator in custody but he won’t talk. Andy leaves Sam and the man in the interrogation room alone and Sam turns into a cobra, threatening to strike the man. This leads him to confess that the group has abducted Jessica from Fangtasia by tricking her and are holding her in their house to be murdered.


We see Hoyt with this group of shooters in the house and they present Jessica to him, bound in silver and demand that Hoyt kill her. They see this as a gift – she broke his heart and she isn’t even alive anyways, so. The group locks Hoyt in the room with Jessica and tells him that he can’t come out until she’s dead.

TrueBlood S5E8 Hoyt and the Obamas watch Jessica writhe

Hoyt and Jessica discuss why she fell out of love and it’s apparent that Hoyt is pretty hurt. We think that he may kill Jessica as we hear him call out to the lone guy still at the house guarding the room. The guy comes in and Jessica steps from behind the door and breaks his neck. Jessica can’t leave since it’s daytime, but Hoyt leaves to go get help for her. Hopefully this little interaction can help both Jessica and Hoyt just move on. I mean, it’s the end of it y’all. Move along.

TrueBlood S5E8 Jessica being held prisoner

Andy, Sam, and Luna as Sam show up and help Jessica. She is confused when they say that Hoyt is not with them and she worries for his safety. Sam and Luna sniff out a human woman while in the house Jessica was held captive. Does this mean someone else is running this game? Probably.


We see Hoyt walking on the road and a truck pulls next to him. A gun is shoved in Hoyt’s face.

The vampires end their crazy Lilith blood fueled night and Eric is feeling very wary. He tries expressing this to Bill, but it seems Bill has assimilated to the Lilith followers and anti-mainstreamers. Eric leaves the room. Salome entrances Bill and asks him to feed on a woman with her. The woman is begging for her life, screaming that she has a child.

This makes us see a flashback of Bill visiting his dying daughter. He daughter is of course confused as to why her young father is visiting and asks him to save her and make her like him. Bill refuses. Bill rushes back to the present and feeds on the young mother with Salome. I don’t believe for a minute that Bill has abandoned his care for humans and his ideology that mainstreaming is the only way. I feel like Bill is infiltrating sneakily while Eric rejects their views outright and is turned away from the circle.

Emptying It Out

Jason finds Sookie trying to expel all of her light, ridding her of fairy powers. He emphasizes how important her powers could be to find who killed their parents and this makes Sookie back off the whole losing her powers thing.

Jason and Sookie go to the fairy club and Claudette’s brother tells her to meet them at the spot her parents were killed the next day. Everyone shows up and join hands, intensifying their abilities. They instruct Sookie to feel her parents’ energy and she will be able to see what happened to them. Exactly this happens. Sookie envisions herself in her mother’s body and watches her parents be murdered. All of a sudden, Sookie is seeing things from the vampire’s point of view, including Claudette appearing and warning Warlow to stay away from the girl.

TrueBlood S5E8 the fairies leading Sookie

Claudette’s brother is alarmed by Sookie seeing the event through the eyes of the vampire, because this means that she has bonded to him. We see that this is true when later in the episode the creepiest vampire face ever pops up in the air and tells Sookie he is coming for her. I don’t know who Warlow is, but I’m already scared – in such a good way. Villian of next season possibly?

The Challenge

Alcide and Rikki seem to be heading quickly towards boyfriend/girlfriend status when we catch a glimpse of them having sex. Later on in the episode, the two show up for Alcide’s fight with J.D. J.D. plays really dirty and insists that they are hunting a college track star – as human, not wolf. We know Alcide’s morals won’t let him do this type of thing to an innocent person so he has to concede the fight. J.D. announces that he will celebrate by still hunting the guy. This sends Alcide and J.D. into a physical fight where J.D. nearly kills Alcide since he is hopped up on V until Martha steps in and stops it.

TrueBlood S5E8 J.D. preaching to his pack

Arlene and Holly convince Lafayette to help them with Terry. They pay Lafayette so that he will hold a fake seance and explain to Terry that the woman he killed has released the curse. They get more than they bargained for when the woman’s spirit enters Lafayette for real and says that she will lift the curse if Terry kills Patrick or if Patrick kills Terry. I don’t know, seems fair to me. Patrick should really be the one to die since he gave the orders.

TrueBlood S5E8 Arlene and Holly beginning Lafayette for help

At Fangtasia, one of Tara’s high school acquaintances sits at the bar. She completely insults Tara and Pam breaks it up before Tara says way too much.

TrueBlood S5E8 Tara and Pam in the dungeon of Fangtasia

It seems Pam discourages Tara’s feisty behavior until the pair go to the basement later and Pam has tied up the woman for Tara to feed on. Pam glamours the woman and convinces her that she is only there to be Tara’s food, loyally. Pretty nice gift if I do say so myself.

TrueBlood S5E8 Tara and Pam with the woman from the bar

We end this episode with a scene of the vampires trying to determine their next move. They discuss simply killing mainstreaming vampires, but Bill comes up with an idea to attack the Tru Blood factories and force vampires out of their food so they have to feed on humans. Eric is appalled and asks Bill what he is doing. Bill says “evolving.”

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

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