After an enjoyable episode last week, it seems True Blood has reverted back into the lands of the dreary and dull, with an episode where nothing actually really happens...at all. Sure, there are some events, but they seem more like one-off’s, with the episode not being nearly as cohesive as last week’s. The episode drags on at an uneven pace, with scattered events that offer no real progression for the story following the death of the HEP-V vampires in the last episode. This was a major event, and one which offered resolution – but now it would seem there are no new events left to unfold (apart from what is going to happen to Eric – will he meet the true death, or will people find a cure?), and the ones that are, are probably going to be left until the last episode.
Among all this drudgery and death, there are, however, some more enlightening moments; Arlene and Sookie’s moment discussing the death of Alcide and Terry is particularly hard-hitting. Carrie Preston’s performance saves the episode, by providing one of the more touching moments of the episode. It’s great to see Paquin’s Sookie and Preston’s Arlene have these moments amidst the season, as the two characters haven’t nearly had enough time to connect since Season One (where her beau tried to kill Sookie), and it’s definitely pleasing to see the two characters together, once again, united.
On the whole, a rather disappointing follow-up to a great episode last week, let’s hope that the rest of the True Blood season manages to wriggle its way out of the hole it seems to have created for itself. Hopefully the next episode will have more forward momentum.