True Blood Season 5 Ep 2: Authority Always Wins
This week starts out with Tara about to bite Sookie as Pam looks on, smirking and laughing. Lafayette tries to stop her but Tara just throws him back. Pam finally intervenes and pulls her new vampire progeny off Sookie, ordering Tara not to bite either of the two humans. And Pam leaves Sookie to clean up the mess of her house which is trashed after Tara finishes her rampage.
Tara ends up perched up on the counter, looking like a bird of prey ready to pounce. It’s pretty awesome how non-human she looks by just crouching there. It’s an awesome acting job. Sookie sends Lafayette in to try to feed Tara some True Blood and she just looks at him like he’s a mouse and she’s the cat.
Looks like Lafayette is going to have to be the strong one as he approaches Tara’s room with a big butcher knife. He cuts open his arm which draws Tara in to him and Sookie comes up from behind, wrapping a silver chain around her neck. They drag her down to the cubby – just in time because dawn is less than 2 hours away. When Tara emerges the next night, she goes directly to Sookie and Lafayette, telling them that she will never forgive them for this.
Pam flashes back to the time when she was human. It looks like she’s the madam of a brothel and she discovers one of her working girls slaughtered. In another flashback, Pam is walking down the street when a man approaches her, telling her how lovely she is. He then grabs her, calling her a whore and pulling out a knife. Next thing Pam knows, the man is on the ground with blood coming out of his throat in a big spray. Eric has arrived on the scene. He comes over to Pam and apologizes for all the blood on her. He leaves her with money to cover the cost of cleaning her dress and disappears.
Nora, Bill and Eric are at the Vampire Authority which looks like a military command center – all stainless steel and glaring lights. They are put in cells which are next to some strange guy who eats babies. When Bill does not answer their questions properly, they flash ultraviolet lights on them and everybody starts smoking. I guess UV is the torture device du jour for vampires.
Next, Bill and Eric are separated into interrogation cells and hooked up to IVs with liquid silver in them. The true torture begins but both vampires hold out against their interrogators. This is where we find out that vampires pre-date humans and are the first inhabitants of the world. The Vampire Authority is focused on co-existence with humans, not making humans into animals simply used for feeding.
Speaking of eating others, the werewolves are chowing down on Marcus and the Pack is not happy that Alcide won’t partake. He and Martha have a showdown over his selective eating habits and he turns his back on them and walks away.
Martha shows up at Luna’s house wanting to see Emma, her granddaughter. She begs but Luna is quite hostile and says that she’ll never let Martha see Emma – even if the child becomes a wolf. Sam puts in a good word for Martha, perhaps Emma will need a pack if she becomes a wolf and Luna goes all hostile. How dare Sam – a shifter – have an opinion on werewolves? Then even more unkind things are said and it looks like it’s the end of Sam and Luna.
Arlene wakes up to find Terry standing over her in some kind of a waking dream. She slaps him and he wakes up. Arelene is frightened. Later, at the bar, Terry is once again day dreaming when he shoves Arlene across the room. She demands that he tell her what is going on, she knows it has something to do with Patrick but Terry just storms out.
Steve Newlin shows up at Jessica’s party, having a good time with all the college kids. He wants to have a little vampire to vampire discussion with Jessica. He basically wants to ‘buy’ some fun-time with Jason from Jessica. For a minute, you think she is going to sell Jason to Steve but it was all a front – Jessica ends up throwing Steve out along with all the college kids.
Bill and Eric survive their interrogations and are on their knees in front of the leader of the Vampire Authority, the Guardian. Nora is taken away as Bill and Eric are judged by the Authority. I think there is something fishy about Nora.
The Guardian tries to find out if they are a part of the Sanguanista movement which does not support mainstreaming. To the Guardian, any threat to mainstreaming is a threat to the Authority because humans outnumber vampires 1000 to 1. He’s about to kill them both when Bill offers an exchange. Their lives in exchange for Russell Edgington. The Guardian is surprised – he was told that Russell was dead.
Finally we’re back to that mysterious room that’s strewn with body parts and Russell is shown lying on a hospital bed – skin all cracked and bleeding – as he licks blood from the corner of his mouth. You’ve got to wonder who’s bringing him all these snacks…Russell looks like he is in no condition to have dug himself out of a grave let alone be tracking down humans for dinner. That’s the mystery – who is sponsoring Russell’s return?