One of the longstanding complaints about “True Blood” is that none of the major characters ever die. Plenty of bit players and short-term villains have bit the dust, but all of the original characters have stuck around as the cast expanded, even though they no longer had much to do. This week’s episode, “Don’t You Feel Me,” changed all that with the death of someone who has been around since the beginning. In a brilliantly cruel twist, the writers made you fall in love with him all over again just before he died.
Read on to find out who died the true death.
Sookie and Warlow, Tied to a Tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G
Warlow (Rob Kazinsky) rescues Sookie (Anna Paquin) from being drowned by her father, who possessed Lafayette’s (Nelsan Ellis) body at the end of last week’s episode. Warlow feels Billith summoning him and Sookie tells him to take her hands. They beam themselves into fairyland. At Warlow’s request, Sookie ties him to a tree and binds the rope with her lightbeam so he won’t attack her when the sun goes down and his vampire side takes over. Sookie wonders how he thought it was going to work when he showed up with the contract when she was a child. He points out that in the 1700s, when it was written, arranged marriages were normal. Did he not pay attention to anything that happened in the next two centuries? He offers to tear it up, on one hand claiming to despise his vampire side, but on the other hand, saying that if Sookie agreed to be with him, all his problems would be solved. They could be everything to each other because they would only need each other’s blood to survive — and Sookie points out that in his scenario she would be a vampire. Then, in what seems to be an actual scene but given that it takes place on another plane it may not count on Earth, Sookie decides she’s a danger whore like everyone says. She unbinds his arms. He bites her neck. She bites him back. Then they have sex, as light emanates from their bodies.
Vamp Camp Color Wars
Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) and Pam (Kristin Bauer) face off in what is supposed to be a battle to the death for the amusement of the governor. Instead, they unite against a common enemy and attack their guards. More members of the LATVF arrive to take them away. Eric is locked in a cage. The governor brings Nora to him, revealing that he wants Eric to suffer the loss of his family, just as he has. He has Nora (Lucy Griffiths) injected with Hepatitis V, which will kill her slowly and painfully. Disguised as a guard, he is able to walk freely with Willa and a sick Nora. (Why couldn’t she have been part of this week’s purge?) He reaches the camp’s Tru Blood factory and gets confirmation that the batch is contaminated.
Jason Is Now the Smartest Person in Bon Temps
Are we going to find out later this season that Jason (Ryan Kwanten) is the subject of a “Flowers for Algernon”-style intelligence experiment? His plan to save the vampires seems smarter than Eric or Bill’s. He aces his interviews for the LAVTF, though he mutters under his breath about what racists they are. Then Sarah (Anna Camp), who has learned of his application, insists on questioning him. He tells her he is joining to free Jessica. If she reveals his agenda, he’ll tell the governor all about their recent sexscapades. Jason is awesome! Sarah pays him back for the successful blackmail by inviting him to the vampire copulation study. Of course, she has set it up so that he will have to watch Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) have sex with a random hot vamp named James. Jessica is horrified when she realizes what she is expected to do. James refuses, saying he is not a rapist. The guards shock him. Jessica says she will do it so he won’t get punished. She feels she deserves this degradation as punishment for killing Andy’s daughters. But brave, sexy James is not going to have non-consensual sex, enduring shock after shock until his skin is singed. Jessica is ordered to leave. On her way out, she introduces herself to her new protector.
Bill Gets A-head
Bill (Stephen Moyer) persuades the professor to drain all of his blood until he is near death, then transfuse it back into his body in 24 hours so he can commune with Lilith. The goddess gives him no advice other than that he needs to take action and stop asking her questions. Hopefully that means we’ll never see her again. Bill wakes up after his transfusion and sees a report on the news that the governor has ordered production of Tru Blood to resume. Bill drinks the fairy blood he took from Warlow in the previous episode, then daywalks to the governor’s mansion. Guards shoot Bill, but the bullets don’t even wound him. Instead, he manages to get the guards to shoot each other, which is pretty awesome. He asks governor Truman about Jessica. The governor says he is willing to be a martyr to the anti-vampire cause. Bill takes him up on his offer and decapitates him, in a special-effect worthy of a small-town haunted house. That was only the second most surprising death of this episode.
RIP, Terry Bellefleur
Terry (Todd Lowe) gives Lafayette a key to his safety deposit box but won’t explain why. Lafayette realizes something is wrong and alerts Arlene (Carrie Preston). She figures out that Terry is about to kill himself. Holly (Lauren Bowles) gets a friendly gay vampire named Matt to glamour Terry into forgetting all of his war trauma. It’s too bad this isn’t a viable option for treating real soldiers with PTSD. Terry is now a downright jolly guy. It’s delightful to watch Arlene and Terry as a happy couple. So, of course, he’s doomed. As he takes out the trash at Merlotte’s, he is shot by the sniper he no longer remembers hiring to kill him. Arlene holds him as he dies and they say goodbye to each other. A week ago, I would have been thrilled to see Terry leave, but that was devastating to watch.
Alcide and Sam Are Still Boring
Sam (Sam Trammell) and Nicole (Jurnee Smollett) decide to give Emma to her grandmother, Martha, on the condition that she stays away from the wolf pack. When Alcide manages to track them down, he decides to spare their lives if they agree to leave town. He warns them that he will not protect them again. Alcide’s father declares that he made the right choice. How did this show manage to make Joe Manganiello dull?
“True Blood” airs Sundays at 9/8c on HBO.