Believe it or not, the wait is finally over: True Blood's seventh and final (!!!) season is now under way. Tune in each week as we recap and discuss the last chapter in the story of our favorite Bon Temps residents.
This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of True Blood, including last night’s Season 7, Episode 8, “Almost Home.” Enjoy!
Last week Sookie and Bill recreated their first time together. He’s dying of Hep-V, so Sookie ended up back in his arms and
his bed on his floor. Adilyn and Wade were in a too-good-to-be-true situation (alone in a love nest!) and Violet was ready to pounce just as the episode ended.
To further complicate things, and keep bringing back old favorites, Jason is trying to deal with Hoyt being back in town—and not being remembered. And Arlene is having a non-sexual romantic relationship with a vampire. Never thought we’d see the day!
What will be next for our Bon Temps friends? Let’s dive into the highlights from season 7’s episode 8 “Almost Home.”
Eric, Pam and Mr. Gus find Sarah Newlin (or are we supposed to call her Numi now?) at the old Light of Day Institute. Pam turns a gun on herself to keep Eric from killing Sarah immediately. “You die, I die.” Watching their loyalty and friendship this season has been such a treat.
Eric drinks from Sarah, and heals. Viking fans everywhere rejoice!
Likely to assuage fans like myself who had problems with Bill’s betrayals earlier in the season, the post-sex scene with Sookie and Bill had her asking about why he didn’t just turn her over to Sophie Anne from the beginning.
Lettie Mae and Lafayette are still digging up the lawn of Lettie Mae’s old house. Reverend Daniels arrives to stop and stop her. James also shows up to give them both blood again, to help them connect with Tara...and Reverend Daniels decides to join the V trip, because that’s just the kind of crazy thing that happens in Season 7.
The V trip takes them to a flashback to Tara’s childhood when her dad is out to kill her mother for throwing a birthday party for Tara.
Hoyt and Bridget are fighting over future prospects when Jason has to leave the house. Violet is texting pictures of Adilyn and Jessica tied up. Bridget decides she’s going with Jason. As much as he tries to escape old habits, this is just getting ridiculous. He can’t wait, though, and takes off toward Violet’s house in Monroe.
Mr. Gus explains to Pam and Eric that while they successfully synthesized Sarah’s blood, they won’t be going to market for some time. They need to make it less perfect, so that it won’t be a one-time cure. They’re on board because Eric’s healed and they like money.
Violet takes Jason down quickly. Her anger is obvious, but her ego almost overwhelms it as she explains her superiority to Helen of Troy and other major historical figures. She binds Jason to a St. Andrew’s cross. The others—Jessica, Adilyn and Wade—are also bound, mostly in their underwear. Everyone is gagged, so Violet is able to go on monologuing like a Bond villain. She lays out her plans for medieval torture of everyone.
Hoyt to the rescue! He shoots Violet and unbinds Jason. It’s odd that Hoyt seems comfortable with Jason calling him Bubba, as he thinks they don’t know each other. Jessica’s obvious hope at seeing her former lover is quickly followed by disappointment as Bridget enters the room.
In the Tara flashback, we learn that Tara wanted to shoot her father, but couldn’t pull the trigger. She buried his gun in the yard. It’s still there, which makes little sense given how shallow it was buried, but we’ll go with it.
Eric comes to let Sookie know he’s going to be okay. She answers her door in a robe, after leaving Bill in bed. As a firm Eric/Sookie ‘shipper, it’s hard to accept they can’t kiss right in this scene. Instead of throwing her arms around him in joy—as I would—she tells him Bill has Hep-V.
Jason and Jessica have this adorable conversation in his car. Can you have a meet cute after all this time?
Sookie comes to Fangtasia, and is greeted by the Yakuza. We have to give her credit for not backing down. Even if it’s about to make the situation even more complicated for Eric. He plays it off as Sookie being a fangbanger. She manages not to gawk when he talks about fucking her. His “glamour” of her was giggle-inducing for this viewer.
Hoyt can’t get Jessica out of his head. He arrives at Jessica’s house, and brings a bag of his own blood for Bill, because he didn’t want Jessica to have to try to hunt down clean blood for him. Are these two due to be reunited?
Sookie, being stubborn as always, goes back to Fangtasia and breaks in to see what’s in the basement. She discovers a bound and gagged (is that the theme of this episode or what?) Sarah Newlin.
Sookie discovers Sarah is the cure and leaves her in the dungeon.
She heads straight back to Bill’s with word about the cure.
Mr. Gus has to leave town and gives Eric a reminder not to do something stupid. He heads to the basement with a plan to bring some of Sarah’s blood to Bill, only to find Sookie in the basement, too, with Bill.
Bill refuses to drink from Sarah. Because he’s an idiot.
…however, this may open the door for an Eric/Sookie reunion, and that would sincerely please this viewer.
Shirtless Hep-V Bill lounges with Sookie in a post-coital cuddle.
Shirtless Yakuza members play cards, while viewers enjoy their broad shoulders and Japanese body suit tattoos.
Pam: “You die, I die.”
Sarah/Numi: “I will return as the princess of peace.”
Bill: “All I had was darkness to give you in return.”
Violet: “Do you realize that I’ve brought some of the most powerful men in history to their knees by casting a single glance?”
Jason: “I never thought anything we ever did was a bad decision. Except when I betrayed you. Shot you. Or gotten you locked up in a prison camp.”
Sookie to Sarah: “Even as the cure you’re still a fucking problem.”
Pam: “What are we doing now? We’re doing something stupid, aren’t we?”
While Chelsea Mueller runs Vampire Book Club, she won’t turn down a sexy werewolf, demon or faerie. Her appreciation of Alexander Skarsgard is well documented. Bother her on Twitter — @ChelseaVBC — she likes it.