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'True Blood': The Standoff Ends, But Is It Truly Over? (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 6th 2011 2:28AM
'True Blood' - 'Soul of Fire'For the first time in 'True Blood' (Sun., 9PM ET on HBO), we are heading into the season finale without a real clear idea of what's going to be happening.

In previous seasons there was a slow build toward a confrontation with that season's "big bad" that went down in the season finale. Not so this year.

At least, not in the traditional sense, as that major confrontation happened this week. At the end of last week's battle, Marnie pulled Lafayette, Jesus and Sookie inside the shop, while Eric, Bill, Jessica and Pam were ready to bring the battle to them from the outside.

Unfortunately, regardless of the fact that they looked totally bada** in their covert ops gear, it turned out they were completely helpless to do anything. Marnie's sun-based shield around the shop was impenetrable to vampires, and nearly so to humans as well.

So it was up to those on the inside to save themselves, which is when Jesus stepped up in a very clever way. That Marnie let him try to save the woman she'd just stabbed with a knife was a sign of her own insecurities.

With some great writing and a solid performance by Fiona Shaw as Marnie, we were able to see those dimensions of her character. She's playing it as if she's a little in over her head, making snap decisions and then trying to justify them to her followers/captives later. She wants to be loved and respected, and a part of her knows she's going about it all wrong.

But she can't see a way to back down now, so she can merely forge ahead. This makes her more dangerous even than someone who's consciously being horrible.

Jesus was left alone long enough with the woman he'd said he could save -- he lied, she was already dead -- to put together a spell that would exorcise Antonia from Marnie's body. Lafayette had already witnessed that Antonia wanted out of this deal, and that Marnie had bound their souls together.

I was glad to see that the earlier possession storyline did serve a greater purpose than the time-filler it seemed to be a few weeks ago. It was establishing what his innate abilities are and foreshadowing the final moments of this episode, when Marnie picked up where the other spirit left off.

After Jesus broke the connection between Antonia and Marnie, Marnie's spells could not hold. Sookie was saved from the ring of fire, and with the shield down, the vampires were able to come in and finish the job, by taking Marnie out as well. Except she may have just Obi-Wan'd them as she may prove to be even more powerful now that she's dead.

Thus, despite a lot of resolution this week, we now have Lafayette possessed by the spirit of Marnie, with none the wiser. Jesus is haunted by what he did, and no vampires went and hugged Sookie after she was saved. That's certainly a first. She doesn't get to share her bed with Bill or Eric tonight? What's a half-faery to do?

Speaking of half-faery, did Andy just create another hybrid in the woods? After spending much of the season absent, the Fae returned to meet Andy, who was on his sober-walk back from the clubhouse. He shared a glowing finger and bedded one. Remembering that time happens much slower in the world of the Fae, a baby created could be born and ready to visit Bon Temps as an adult within a few weeks or months. Surely in time for next season at the latest.

We also got resolution on the werewolf/changeling side of things, which frees up next week to focus more intently on the second final battle with Marnie. Sam got his revenge for his brother's death, though it was Alcide who struck the final killing blow against his packmaster Marcus.

He also finally cut it off with Debbie, who hadn't yet slept with Marcus but was certainly on her way to being undressed enough to do it. That frees up Alcide to act on his own emotions for Sookie, who if you'll recall has a sadly empty bed tonight. Maybe Alcide can keep her company. If she can't have a vampire or two, surely she'd be all right with a wolf.

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The finale is using the Wiccan New Years as its theme, where the dead can return for one night. It will be interesting to see who comes back, and who dies in the finale. Eric and Bill are bound in silver chains and being roasted but by whose command - Nan or Marnia/Lafayette? And do we lose Jesus to save Lafayette? I hope the finale is not a big letdown.

September 06 2011 at 10:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

You've got the time thing backwards. 20 min in fairyland = 1 year on earth. So 9 months in fairyland would be over 20,000 years on earth.

September 06 2011 at 8:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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