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  • Episode: In the Evening (Season 6, Episode 7)
  • Starring: Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell, Ryan Kwanten
  • Written By: Alan Ball (creator), Charlaine Harris ("Sookie Stackhouse" novels by)
  • Directed By: Scott Winant
  • Network: HBO
  • Studio: Your Face Goes Here Entertainment, Home Box Office (HBO)
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True Blood: In the Evening Review

Hep V is no joke

By Joel Rickenbach     July 30, 2013

Hep V is no joke, it doesn’t just give vamps an irritating rash, it reduces them to undead sludge, slowly and painfully. Sarah Newlin, the emerging villain of this season, has proven she’s not just playing a part, she is sticking with her convictions, and hell hath no fury like a woman scorned… twice.

It would be easy to believe Sarah is just hopping to whichever person she finds the most beneficial, and in some ways that’s true, but in a moment alone with her poor, decapitated Governor Burrell, she gives him a sweet send off, and even kisses his severed head- if that’s not love, I don’t know what is. Her hatred of vampires is very real, and she executes a very shrewd plan to make sure the Governor’s vampire extinction program goes off without a hitch. Later, she bloodies Jason and tosses him into the female vampire gen pop, how far our little god girl has come… 

Speaking of Jason, he may be out of luck when it comes to companionship- Sarah’s left him for the vipers, and Jessica has taken more than a passing interest in chivalrous vampire prisoner, James. He refused to have sex with Jess for the pleasure of their captors, now his reward is… sex with Jess. Of course, this is on Jess’ terms, and James is one of the few vampires who didn’t immediately “forfeit his soul” when he turned. Plus, he took a fang removal for his disobedience, which always scores points with the ladies. Jess wants to know what it’s like to “do it” with a vampire, and she doesn’t even give Jason a second glance… Perhaps Tara will take a shine to Jason again? Sticking with the vamp camp, Pam using her powers of seduction on her “Therapist” was a fun scene, although she may not have the power she thinks she has. I just hope the guy doesn’t expect to cuddle afterwards…

I’m glad the episode showed the repercussions of Terry’s death. Arlene crying in the graveyard, snapping at Lafayette and not wanting to confront her kids were suitably sad moments. Lafayette breaking the news to Sam was sobering, and hopefully will bring Sam back into the fold, and back to an interesting story. I’m not sure life insurance policies pay out if you die within three days of taking it out, but either way it’s just another example of how good a person Terry was. Bill’s tense visit to the Bellefleur house, and everyone’s reaction to him walking in the day was a highlight. There was a scene some seasons ago where Bill and Terry were bonding over being veterans, and it was nice to see Bill honor that, even if he is operating on a different level these days. I’m not sure a few words and a handshake are enough to wash away what Jessica did to Andy’s girls, but I guess it will do for now.

This episode finally gets Bill and Eric back together, even if it’s on slightly different terms. Eric admitting he believes Bill to be divine was interesting, although his blood is no help to Nora. True Blood is shedding characters at an alarming rate, but before we say goodbye to Nora, we are treated to a patented out of the blue flashback. It is a nice touch that Eric and Nora are ending exactly how they began- with Eric next to her on her deathbed. It's fitting that Godric is mentioned here, as he was the last person who's death emotionally destroyed Eric. Now, Nora slowly, and disturbingly gets reduce to a puddle of goop right in Eric's arms. It's a well done scene for a character we never had any attachment to. She will go down as the Typhoid Mary of Bon Temps, and her passing shows us just how vile Hep V is.
The Good: Eric's Max Cady-esque escape from the vamp camp.
The Bad: Plague-era Eric.

The Ugly: Anything to do with Sam and Alcide (again).

Joel Rickenbach is a curator of cult cinema at the Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville, PA, and can be heard every week talking film, TV and other geekery on the You’ve got GEEK podcast. Follow him onTwitter and hilarity will no doubt ensue.

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acidsquall73 7/30/2013 8:30:44 AM

I hated to see Nora go. She was hot and I liked her character.

TheSilentKiller 7/30/2013 9:23:17 AM

I kind of thought Bill glamored Andy, but maybe I'm over-reading


redhairs99 7/30/2013 12:06:56 PM

 Hadn't thought of that, SilentKiller.  Interesting.  I wondered why he at the very least didn't just say that he was not the one who drained them.

invisioner 7/30/2013 12:13:14 PM

I thought glamoring too.

Dodgyb2001 7/30/2013 4:59:06 PM

I didn't think galmoring. It seemed more like a dialogue with a lot of under currents, which Andy had to accept. He didn't go off as soon as Bill arrived, I think he was more shocked at his appearance in the daylight. If it had been glamoring I think it would have been a lot less subtle.

Divo366 7/30/2013 5:31:16 PM

Yeah, the Bill/Andy conversation was Bill threatening him.  He basically said, 'I understand you want to protect your daughters, but so do I, and I will do anything to protect Jessica'... so basically, telling Andy if he goes after her, he's a dead man.

Yeah, I really like Nora as well, and it was a shame to kill her off.  But, I honestly thought there might have been some way to bring Terry back, but after this episode, I believe he's gone for good.

Overall, Bill just striding in the house during the day time was pretty bad ass, and Eric flipping his sh*t when Nora was killed were my two high points. 

RodThunderBalls 7/30/2013 5:59:25 PM

In that scene with Andy and Bill, I was hoping that Andy was going to nut up a little and say something to the effect, "You will stay away from my last daughter."

Aside from that, we didn't see enough of Nora...naked, or in enough scenes. I think she would have been a cool little addition to the cast.

I hope this wolf pack thing comes to a close this season, they are the biggest bunch of douches. I love werewolves and to see them played out as such second class citizens in this world irks me. Plus, the chick Sam is helping, isn't she supposed to turn into a werewolf soon? She survived being bitten by one.


TheSilentKiller 7/30/2013 7:36:14 PM

  I got the threat, but I guess I just didn't want to buy into Andy losing his balls.

I guess the moral of the story is don't fuck with your own great great  great grandfather.

RodThunderBalls 7/30/2013 7:44:09 PM

And why didn't Sam shift into a lion or tiger and tear apart Alcide when they're just one on one?

Dodgyb2001 7/30/2013 8:11:20 PM

I think it was more than a threat, it was more of a bargain. He was basically saying, it's gone badly wrong, but if you leave Jessica alone, I'll leave your last daughter alone. For once I think Bill could see where that would go and was trying to make a peace with Andy.

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