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I recently came upon a truly hilarious little interview with the True Blood star Kristen Bauer. She plays the vampy and very fun Pam De Beaufort in the show and was having some good fun with the interviewer from the Florida newspaper The Sun Sentinel. They have a great little column called Citylink and they recently caught up with Kristen as she was getting ready for a local meet and greet.
How has your life changed since True Blood went on the air?
Well, I now have to shower and wear some makeup to go to Starbucks. I have to borrow a little from Pam — be a tad more vain, as I could never say, “no” to a fan wanting a photo because I’m not wearing mascara. And I get asked my thoughts on things and I have lots to say about rights and free will, especially regarding animals, as they are truly innocent and voiceless. It is also possible playing Pam has opened the door to my being seen as a “fierce bitch,” I think is the term and I’m all for that typecasting.
How do you prepare to play Pam and what do you enjoy most about the role? What’s the most challenging part?
I try to be my most dry and sarcastic self. Then, I get in those clothes, sit in hair and makeup for two to five hours, and walk on to those gorgeous sets with these amazing actors, and 80 percent of the work has been created around me. All of that teamwork cannot be underestimated in how important it is to be able to believe I am an immortally bored vampire.
Were you familiar with the True Blood books before taking the role?
I was not. This entire world has been a delightful surprise.
What has been your most-memorable scene on the show so far?
Every year, there are many “most-memorable scenes” in my mind. Even the ones that I feel may be less memorable for Pam, I find out later from fans, that the fabulous dialogue they wrote made an impact. I can tell you I was very curious to see how the face-rotting scenes looked, like the fight scene I had with Rutina [Wesley]. We worked two long nights on that, and I was really hoping I was very edgy. And I hear I was.
There is more and if you want to catch it you can read the whole thing here. They really did a fine job of catching her dry wit and it is always great to catch these kinds of interviews in the local papers. Enjoy!
The season finale of True Blood starts out with Jesus talking with Lafayette outside as they eat breakfast. Marnie has possessed Lafayette and Jesus figures that out a second before she jabs a fork into his hand, pinning it to the table.
Sookie and Tara are at her house recovering from the horrors at the emporium and Sookie is seeing images of her grandmother dead on the floor. They have a discussion of death and the after-life, wondering if her Gran is in heaven. Sookie remembers that when Marnie channeled her Gran, she warned her against giving her heart to Eric. Tara is in full agreement.
Sam is standing over Tommy’s grave when Mrs. Fortenberry comes to pay her respects. She says Tommy was a devious little son-of-a-bitch but he had a good heart. It’s not surprising that Mrs. Fortenberry is telling it like it is. You can tell she really cared about him though and it appears that she is going to transfer her mothering instincts over to Sam. He looks a little taken aback when she offers to bring over her pork rind casserole – yummy. I suspect that’s a heart attack waiting to happen in a pyrex pan with cheese on top.
Jason has a misplaced sense of guilt over his affair with Jessica and he drives to where Hoyt is working to let it all out. Hoyt takes it like you’d expect – he hits Jason a few times and then kicks him while he’s on the ground. The friendship looks irretrievably broken. Feel better now Jason? I doubt it.
Poor Jesus is tied to a chair and he tries to talk Marnie into letting Lafayette go. She blames Jesus for the loss of Antonia and she wants what Jesus’ grandfather passed down to him. Marnie is bitching about the ruination of Halloween by the vampires and he agrees, saying “vampires suck”. He’s desperate to save Lafayette but he tells her that you can’t trade magic like Pokemon cards. Marnie ends up killing Jesus and taking his demon into herself.
Everybody in Merlotte’s is dressed up for Halloween (Samhain the witches call it) and Sookie arrives, it’s the first time she’s been back since Tommy (in Sam’s skin) fired her. Sookie tells Sam she’s sorry about his brother and he realizes that Tommy must have been the one to fire Sookie. They agree to let bygones be bygones.
Sookie is chatting with Alcide at the bar and he tells her that Debbie is out of his life. He wants Sookie to try and think about being with him – to use her brain instead of her heart. Just then, Alcide gets a call and he’s got to go visit a job site.
An old army buddy of Terry’s – a man whose life he saved – shows up at Merlotte’s. His name is Patrick. He strikes me as a little off as they walk away from Arlene to go get a drink and celebrate their reunion. Arlene goes outside to take out the trash and the ghost of Rene is waiting for her. He doesn’t want to hurt her, he wants to warn her about Terry and the ghosts of his past. Rene tells her to run before he disappears and Terry comes outside and joins Arlene. A little foreshadowing for next season.
Tara finds Jesus dead at Lafayette’s house. She runs over to Merlotte’s to tell Sookie and Holly that Marnie killed him. The three of them drive to Bill’s house looking for the two vampires. Holly is busily pulling things out of her purse – a big container of salt, sage, a lock of her Aunt Josie’s hair – it’s like a wiccan first aid kit she says.
Bill and Eric are tied to a stake on the front lawn of Bill’s house. They are in fine form as they bitch at each other. Bill has a great line – “I liked you better when you were brain damaged.”
Marnie sets the two vampires on fire and the three girls join hands and start chanting as Bill and Eric are burning, calling on all their friends, family and ancestors to help them. Antonia shows up and she wants to take Marnie home. Marnie wants none of it but Sookie’s Gran is there to enforce it and she pulls Marnie out of Lafayette. Antonia is now a peacemaker and she convinces Marnie to go on to the other side as Bill and Eric smoke on top of the pyre.
The ghost of Jesus appears to Lafayette and he gains some comfort from it. He now knows that his lover will always be near him.
Bill and Eric are taking blood from Sookie to recover from their burns. She is brutally honest as she tells them both that it is over. Neither one wants that to happen and they both looked crushed. Although later, when Nan shows up with orders to kill them, they once again look like the killing machines that they really are when they kill both Nan and her cadre of guards.
Season four ends with Debbie Pelt pointing a shotgun at Sookie. Tara runs in and takes the shotgun blast for her and Sookie ends up killing Debbie. Sookie is holding Tara as she begs for someone to come help them. It will be weird to not have Tara on the show anymore…will a vampire zip in at the last minute next season and turn her into the very thing that she despises?
It’s the next to last episode of True Blood and the vampire gang is ready to blow up the Moon Goddess Emporium and get rid of Antonia once and for all. As they are about to shoot, Jason stops them, telling everybody that Sookie is inside with the witches. They start cussing at Sookie for interfering once again and Jason jumps on everyone, telling each vampire how she has helped them out in the past.
Marnie has gone into full dictator mode as she kills one of the witches inside Moon Goddess. Casey just wanted to get away but Marnie threw a knife in her chest. Jesus convinces the group that Casey is still alive and asks Marnie to give him a chance to save her and she agrees. Jesus and Lafayette take Casey’s body to the bathroom and that’s where Jesus explains his plan to try to out-magic Marnie by using his inner demon and Casey’s dead body.
Terry left Andy at the treehouse and drove away after the intervention, adding walking home through the woods as part of his recovery but making Andy very angry. He’s muttering to himself and getting madder as he goes when he suddenly sees a light through the trees. Next thing he knows, there’s a beautiful woman standing in front of him and she smells the V on him, causing her to hit him with a bolt of fairy magic because she thinks he’s a vampire.
Debbie is in the bedroom with Marcus, wearing very little. He’s brought Emma to her house and he wants the three of them to run away together and make a whole new family. Sam’s at Marcus’ shop looking for the pack leader when Emma calls Luna and they see the call is coming from Alcide’s house. Everybody races over there.
Marnie leaves Moon Goddess with Sookie to talk with the vampires. She’ll release Sookie if Bill and Eric kill themselves. What kind of deal is that? Apparently one that Bill and Eric will accept as Eric drops to his knees and Bill aims a gun at his head, telling Pam to shoot him after he kills Eric. Sookie is distraught and Pam can’t believe they are doing this to save a human. Pam refuses to accept this and she grabs a giant gun and shoots it at Marnie even though Eric tells her no. The explosion blows back onto the vampires because of the protective shield and Jason gets badly burned. Jessica saves him with her blood and he thanks her for it instead of being disgusted by it like Hoyt was. You can tell this means a lot to her.
Alcide and the shapeshifters arrive at his house to get Emma and Alcide goes ballistic when he finds Debbie in the bedroom with Marcus. Sam and Marcus start fighting and Sam kicks his ass but leaves him alive which gives Marcus a chance to grab the gun. Alcide intervenes and ends up killing the pack leader. After which Alcide tells Debbie he is done with her and they will never be together again.
Andy wakes up to find a fairy on top of him and she seems to be very interested in him as a man. She’s rubbing his chest and asks him to protect her from the things in the woods and Andy pledges his protection. I think this will come back to bite him later but for right now, all his wants is to have sex and that’s what he gets.
Angry that the vampires shot at her, Marnie pulls everyone into a circle – even Sookie – and they start to chant. Their chanting forces the vampires to start walking toward the protective shield which will kill them if they touch it. Sookie figures out what is going on and she sends a blast of fairy energy through the circle which stops the spell and releases the vampires. Her betrayal sends Marnie into a angry frenzy and she traps Sookie in a circle of fire that is going to burn her alive. Eric and Bill sense her terror and they are desperate to get in.
Lafayette urges Jesus to hurry up with his spell and pull Antonia out of Marnie in order to save Sookie. The demon takes over Jesus and his magic works, setting Antonia free and releasing the emporium from the protective spell. As soon as that happens, Bill and Eric run in, ready to shoot everybody. Sookie stops them, saying the other witches were not involved, only Marnie. Roy jumps in front of Marnie, poor thing, because Eric pulls his heart out and then Bill shoots Marnie.
Jesus and Lafayette are back home falling asleep, grateful that they are both alive and safe. And it’s the end of the show when Lafayettes looks up, shocked to see Marnie hovering over him. She smiles and zips into his mouth and it looks like Lafayette is possessed once again. Poor guy, two possessions in a row, nobody deserves that.
The destruction of the Tolerance Festival is still underway as episode ten of True Blood begins. An Antonia controlled Eric moves in to kill Bill but Sookie intervenes with one of her light shots. This basically ends the killing spree but much to Sookie’s chagrin, Eric remembers everything about himself and his intense relationship with her. It looks like bad Eric is back and Antonia is out an automaton.
On the balcony looking down, Antonia is overcome with grief at the devastation and death she has caused. She disappears with Roy while Nan tries to work one of her public relations miracles. She was smart enough to knock down all the cameras as it started so now it is time for some damage control. It will take some major glamouring to make everyone forget this fiasco.
Tommy is not doing so well after Alcide intervenes in the fight with Marcus and his buddies. He’s obviously dying and he tells Alcide to take him home, which is Merlotte’s. Sam watches Tommy die and immediately asks Alcide to go with him to get revenge. I was surprised Alcide agreed but he did. Little do they know that Marcus is at Alcide’s house trying to put the moves on Debbie whose appears to be more than happy to oblige.
Antonia returns to the trapped witches back at Moon Goddess with two vampire captives. It is here that we learn that maybe it is not Antonia that has gone off the deep end but Marnie. Antonia wants to stop killing but Marnie talks her into continuing their quest to kill all vampires. Meanwhile, the trapped witches want to try a spell to get away but Tara is not sure she can do it.
Sookie and Eric are not too comfortable together now that Eric remembers everything. He tries to reassure her that nothing has changed but she cannot get past the “I love you both” thing with Bill and Eric despises that – how is it possible that she loves both of them? He insists that she is his and he loves her. Pam shows up happy to see the old Eric back but she’s none to happy that he did not call for her immediately – it’s obvious he prefers Sookie and Pam does not like that.
As most addicts do, Andy has gotten sloppy with his V and Arlene and Terry found it. Terry decided enough is enough and, being that he is an ex-addict himself, he decides to pull an intervention and take him to their old tree house called Fort Bellefluer. They begin the therapy with gun shooting which seems a bit unwise but it gets Andy talking about his problem. They eventually come to an understanding and a crying Andy swears off the V.
Nan questions Bill on Sookie’s powers and he dismisses her. All the vampires go back to the basement chained up in case the witches try to kill them again but their bickering continues. Sookie, Jason, Lafayette, and Jesus go to the Moon Goddess and try to use Sookie’s telepathic powers to understand what is going on inside. Jesus thinks he can reach Marnie and that she just needs help. He does not know she has become the mastermind and she convinced Antoinia to stay inside her body when Antonia was appalled at the earlier carnage at the festival. Jesus goes in first but the protection spell around the store is too strong to pass through until his demon helper pops out long enough to get him through. Antonia is impressed with his magical skills.
Tara and Holly are actually able to pull off a spell to escape and just as Antonia notices, she goes after them. Sookie and Lafayette run forward to help and as the four meet, Antonia casts another spell that makes everybody disappear except Jason who gets left behind. The end of the episode has the vamp squad (Jessica, Bill, Eric, and Pam) all decked out in black leather and pulling up outside of Moon Goddess ready to kick some serious butt. It will be interesting to see who wins this latest round – can ammunition beat out magic?
True Blood opens up with Jessica well on her way to becoming a big pile of vampire ash. She’s under Antonia’s spell and it’s driving her into the sun. She throws open the doors to the daylight and Jason tackles her back away from the sun. She’s pissed and she starts growling at him – don’t ever get between a vampire and what they want, even if it is the sun. She’s about to rip his throat out when the witch coven stops chanting and the spell is broken. Now Jessica and Jason are all lovey-dovey with each other.
Like the other vampires who work for Bill, Eric is down in his cubby wrapped in silver chains to stop him from going into the sun. As night approaches, Sookie joins him and he tells her to rip the silver off of him quickly in order to get it over with. She resists but he says to do it so rip them off she does. It’s pretty gross. And now he needs blood to recover his strength. Sookie offers him her blood but only after admonishing him to not hurt her.
The leader of the werewolves in this area is Marcus, the scraggly haired pack leader who used to be married to Luna. He’s the jealous ex-husband that she has told Sam about. He instructs his pack to not engage in the vampire – witch conflict. Their fights do not concern the werewolves.
Luna is still mad at Sam for his brother’s bad behavior. He tries to apologize and let her know that Tommy is no longer in his family but she’s not going for it. It’s not until her daughter pulls Sam into the house that Luna relents and it looks like he is forgiven. The three of them are having a little family party when Marcus comes by unannounced and he’s pissed to see another man in Luna’s house. Marcus challenges Sam to a future fight as he unwillingly leaves.
Jessica is pretty busy in this episode. She breaks up with Hoyt and he’s crying and whining and begging her to love him again. That he will die if she leaves him. And she replies, “then DIE”, whereby she smashes his head against the counter, killing him. Wow – sweet, vulnerable Jessica has turned into one hardass bitch. Oh wait, it’s just a dream, which you find out when she is woken up by a blood donor that Bill sent down to revive her after she almost met the sun. I didn’t think they would kill off Hoyt quite so quickly.
The police are investigating the apparent suicide of a local vampire. Andy wants some of the vampire goo for himself to get his V fix but Jason talks him “off the ledge”. Andy bonds with Jason, talking about how the only time he is successful is when he is high, to which Jason replies, “Huh, I stopped listening.”
Unlike her dream, when Jessica does finally end it with Hoyt (no dream this time), he just yells for a bit then rescinds his invitation and she’s thrown out of his house. She ends up on the porch crying bloody tears everywhere.
Sookie and Eric exchanged blood and now they are having all these hallucinations of snowing in the shower and a bed in the woods. Either way, they don’t care because they are all about having sex, sex, and more sex. They are chatting in bed after yet another marathon sex session and Eric tells Sookie he just wants the two of them to run away. Sookie says that they have to stay and pledge their allegiance to Bill. So they go visit him and they both do their little pledge thing.
The ghost who is always visiting Mikey comes to Lafayette in a dream and he sees that she was a beautiful young woman from the past who was having an affair with a married man. The woman had bought her child a baby doll (now we know the origin of that nasty baby doll that keeps turning up) in town and she was returning from the store when she finds out the man killed her baby and it looks like he killed her too. Now, the woman’s spirit possesses Lafayette and he goes to where Arelene and Terry are staying, at Andy’s house, to take Mikey for her own.
The fight is on when the vampires meet the witches in the Bon Temps cemetery at midnight. But, it looks like the witches win this round as this episode of True Blood ends with Antonia making Eric into her lap dog and Bill getting silvered around the neck. When Sookie gets shot, that’s icing on the cake for the witches. She slowly collapses to the ground and you wonder who is going to save her. Surprise, surprise, it’s Alcide who swoops in and saves her and he’s now involved in the war against his pack leader’s express order. We wrap as Debbie watches her lover carry off the woman he swears he does not care for…yeah, right.
‘Me and the Devil’ was all about the unexpected!! Let me first say just how fantastic I think Pam’s face was made out to be! She truly looked like a rotting, decaying mess… kudos to the make up artists I suppose. In the story, Pam is desperate to fix her rotting face and approaches Bill to convince him to let her kill Marnie. But the code doesn’t allow vampires to harm humans, so instead, Bill gets his sheriffs to pick Marnie up.
Several of the storylines too took unexpected turns…
Eric is still very much disabled by amnesia and Sookie is still playing caretaker. Although I half expected Sookie and Eric to be an item, I couldn’t believe my eyes when I watched Sookie kiss Eric! Eric has a dream in which Godric tells him that he is damned and that he should feed on Sookie. Eric later finds himself in Sookie’s room about to feed on her when she wakes up and talks him out of it. She later comforts him saying that she had always believed that there was some good in him…
I like the new Eric and all… but I still want Sookie and Bill to end up together… too romantic for a vampire story? Perhaps! Anyhow, Bill finally finds out about Eric’s whereabouts when Pam unintentionally spills the beans to him and he’s not too pleased that Sookie had been covering for his long standing enemy all this while. I guess Sookie can expect a visit from the king pretty soon. I just hope he doesn’t walk in on them going at it again… that would spoil all chances of them ever getting back together!
Sookie learns from Tara that Marnie had something to do with what happened to Eric. She then decides to pay Marnie a visit, posing as someone seeking a palm reading. Once in there, she hears her dead grandmother’s voice warning her that Marnie is dangerous.
Bill finds out that Marnie had been speaking the truth all the while when he glamours her. He later finds out that a powerful witch from the 1600s (the one who’s been appearing in Marnie’s visions) is the one responsible for Eric and Pam’s plight. But what can one do about a ghost witch?!
In a surprising turn of events, Tommy ends up murdering both his father and mother in self-defense. Well, no great loss there! So Tommy then turns to Sam for help. Sam not only helps in get rid of the bodies but he also lets Tommy in on his own secrets!
Last week we saw Jason being rescued by Jessica and Hoyt from bleeding to death by the road. But things get very awkward with them this week!! Jessica has a sudden interest in Jason – probably because of his panther blood, but of course she doesn’t know that yet. And Jason has a dream in which he has a sexual contact with Jessica and Hoyt! I can tell things are going to get pretty nasty around here!
After seeing the words “Baby Not Yours” scribbled on the wall, Arlene is convinced that she is being haunted by her baby’s real father – Rene. I wonder if this story line will ever intersect with the main plot! Well, if it does, things can get pretty creepy!
I’m really enjoying this new Eric! With last week’s episode we see Eric attacking Sookie’s fairy godmother and killing her in the process. As tragic as that was, it was awfully funny too! Eric completely drains the fairy’s blood and dig this, is drunk with her blood… maybe that’s a understatement… Eric is really pissed drunk! If you thought the interchange in character dynamics between Sookie and Eric was funny, you should’ve watched drunk Eric play out his part… it was hilarious! He then pinches Sookie’s butt and takes off into the woods! Sookie later asks Alcide to help her find Eric. They end up finding him in the water and by now the fairy blood in his system has started to wear off. It really is interesting to watch Eric being remorseful and sensitive; a stark contrast from his actual bad boy persona. And Sookie too playing his care-taker, is rather bizarre.
The other stagnant story line with Jason suddenly took life this week. I understand the show relies a lot on shock value for its ratings but using a little girl for rape and sex is just not cool. Anyhow, Jason FINALLY manages to escape the crazy panthers and even ends up driving a stake through Felton, inevitably killing him. I never was a big fan of the panther gang, so really that emotional scene did nothing for me! Later we see Jason collapsing by the side of the road. And luckily for him Jessica and Hoyt spot him as they drive by.
Here’s some unsettling news: It turns out that the girl that Bill slept with last week – the chick from Dexter – is actually his great great great… granddaughter! how sick is that?! But I’m sure fans will be happy that Bill is now back to being single… does this mean he and Sookie will be getting back together soon? I sure hope so…
Another big storyline that picked up pace was that of the witches. We see that Marnie digs deeper into her powers to break the curse on Eric. In the process, she once again channels the witch that we saw earlier on (in the flashback) and this time it is Pam that pays. Pam’s face starts rotting on the spot! Well… that’s one way to deal with the enemy!
In other story lines, we find out that Tommy is captured again! I’m sure Sam will find a way to free him but in the mean time, should we be worried about him?
Terry and Arlene’s baby seems to be getting creepier by the day! Although there seems to be too much drama surrounding that story line right now, I’m sure this story is going to be big!
Did I mention how excited I am to have the show back! I really missed all the drama and action. Along with episode 2 of the much awaited season 4, the show also released its world premiere this week. The previous episode ended with Jason being tricked into an ice box. And this week’s episode titled ‘You Smell Like Dinner’ picked up right where they left off!
I thought that that would be the end of Jason but luckily for his fans, he still lives! He wakes up tied to a bed somewhere in Hot Shot, with someone licking a wound on his head! He manages to convince the kids there to untie him but just then in comes with a shot gun. Turns out, Felton cant have kids so they need Jason to father Crystal’s child but here’s the twist, (there always is) in order to make sure that the baby can change into a panther like the rest of the weirdoes at Hot Shot, they need to first change Jason into one! So begins the feast…
In the main storyline, Eric seems to be driving Sookie mad. In the last episode he admits that he bought her house just so he can be close to her. He even offers to protect her from anyone who would want her magical blood, if only she would be his. She of course chooses otherwise and goes off to see Bill. Only when gets to his house does she realize just how much things have changed!
Bill has his own security now, with loaded machine guns at his door. Bill senses her presence and asks his security to relax. She asks him if he can use his authority to get Eric to leave her alone but unfortunately for her, there’s nothing much he can do to help; he asks her to stay with friends instead. She then begins to ask him how he became but later changes her mind about it and leaves.
When Sookie gets home she finds Tara waiting for her! Does this mean she is back for good and ready to rekindle their friendship? On the other hand, Eric has made himself quite comfortable in Sookie’s house which makes Sookie angry and she storms out.
In the mean time we get to see just how Bill comes to be associated with Nan Flanegan of the American Vampire League, in a flash back scene from 1982. We later find out that Bill is actually acting on Nan’s orders. Nan was the one who apparently ordered the death of the previous Queen of Louisiana (Sophie-Ann), and it was she who really controls the throne. We find out that she has the power to do the same to Bill if he doesn’t stay away from Sookie.
In other storylines: there seems to be trouble in paradise – I mean with the new couple Jessica and Hoyt – they have their first real fight! Hoyt gets beat up by some protestors and Jessica offers to heal him by giving him her blood. Hoyt refuses and Jessica gets offended. She takes off into the city and is later seen feasting on a guy in a bathroom. Sookie sees this and tries to talk some sense into Jessica, but she asks Sookie to buzz off.
Back at the Witches Coven, something really creepy happens… We saw Marnie bring back a dead bird to life in the last episode and looks like they’re now planning something on a larger scale. Tara, Jesus and Lafayette are also a present in this ritual… could one of them be Bill’s spy?
As the witches discuss where they would find a dead body to experiment, in comes Eric… yea, he’s dead alright! Eric tells Marnie that this will be the last time they will meet but Marnie has other plans. When Eric realizes this he bites Marnie and grabs Tara but at that instant all the witches join hands and start chanting. There is a huge gust of wind and Marnie changes into someone Eric recognizes and is scared of and runs! I wonder who can cause a vampire to flee?! I hope we find out soon…