Last night was the night we waited anxiously for all year, the premiere of season five of True Blood and what a premiere it was!
Last season had most of us Eric/Sookie fans on pins and needles because we knew that a real relationship between Eric and Sookie would be established in season four. We were dying to know how their love affair would come to life on the screen and how Alan Ball would find ways to mess it up. We were not disappointed on either count. Some fans were upset at season’s end by Sookie’s rejection of Eric and others expected it from the get-go. Some vowed not to watch True Blood anymore and others made it clear that Eric Northman was reason enough to watch no matter which way the story went. I am in that second camp and Eric Northman was clearly the star of episode one, season five. I am confident that he will have a kick ass story line this season and I will enjoy every second of it, Sookie or no. This first episode had such a great story and such great action that all the Sookie and Eric drama kind of melted away for me.
Though I must say the start was rocky and it had me quite angry…
It started out with Eric cleaning up Bill’s office after he and the King killed Nan Flannigan. Bill is leaving a chatty message for Jessica while Eric cleans solo and gets kinda miffed. Both settle in to finish the job and they sense Sookie’s fear. Eric’s response is to say “Fuck Sookie” and then rant about how she rejected them both and that if they don’t concentrate on their own fate they will be dead. He is of course absolutely right but it is yet another of those writing inconsistencies that drives many fans crazy. Eric was ready to die for Sookie not once but twice only days previous to this event. He and Bill also killed a powerful ally (Nan) just to protect Sookie’s fae heritage from being discovered. I don’t think our Viking would throw Sookie to the wolves (literally) as he is cleaning up the goo of a dead vamp he just helped kill to protect her! He wouldn’t do that, even if he is hurting. Bad form writers!
To make matters worse, when they hear a gunshot (the one that hit Tara) it is Bill who runs to save her, not Eric. Both end up being caught in silver nets by the Authority just then but the very idea that Eric stays behind while Bill gets to play hero, irks me.
Sookie is visited by Pam, who is looking for Eric. Lafayette asks Pam to turn Tara into a vampire to save her. Pam is not down with that, at all. She hates Tara and half her head is missing which could mean that she ends up one messed up vamp. She only agrees to try to when Sookie promises to help fix the rift between Eric and Pam and also owe Pam a favor. That should be good when that favor comes due. Pam goes to ground with Tara, wearing a pale yellow Walmart jumpsuit (LOL) and everyone waits to see what will happen.
Eric and Bill meanwhile are stuffed in the trunk of a car on their way to execution. They find an umbrella in the trunk which they use to puncture a hole in the gas tank and then they cause an explosion. A four vamps in the car are ejected but Bill gets the worst of it, getting hit by some shrapnel. Eric refuses to leave Bill behind even when told to. In a very heroic moment he tells Bill he will not leave him behind and thus we see some character growth and writing that makes sense. Eric has always had little respect for Bill, even as the King of Louisiana but his memory wipe and the experiences he had during that event have changed him I think. Bill did the honorable thing by allowing Eric to go free and pursue a relationship with Sookie and now Eric does the honorable thing by insisting upon saving Bill when it is his time of need. I have always felt that both of these men can be very good and honorable but the show rarely allows us to see that part of Eric. When together they bring out the worst typically. Now though we see a total flip of the switch and it is refreshing.
Though I did run across this script on Tumblr and I don’t know if it is real or not but if it is.. I soooo wish they kept it in the scene. That would have been awesome!!!
One of the vamps driving the car sneaks up on them and is about to go for the kill when the second vamp (a female) stakes him, saving both Eric and Bill. Eric identifies her as Nora and they walk up to each for one heckuva passionate make-out session. Bill asks if they are friends and Eric replies that she is his sister actually. LOVED that hilarious moment. We of course know that they are not really related but instead both are products of the same maker (Godric). The brother/sister references are quite funny though.
Nora explains that she is working within the Authority as a Chancellor and is working against some of their plans and actions. She took a great risk assisting them but claims she will do anything for Eric and he for her. She tells the Authority that Eric and Bill are dead and explains that they must now disappear and never return to their previous lives. They both agree to do so and they all shack up in an empty storage container as the sun comes up.
Sookie spends the day cleaning up her house and helping Lafayette cope. Alcide comes by to tell her that Russell Edgeington is alive and on the loose which comes as a surprise since Bill told her he was dead. Alcide offers to protect her but Sookie cannot take him up on his offer knowing that she killed his girlfriend just the night before. She almost comes clean but Lafayette interrupts and sends Alcide packing.
When the sun goes down Bill steps outside the storage container and Eric and Nora commence with knocking boots. It was HAWT and apparently brother and sister really, really missed each other. Bill encourages them to be quieter or all of New Orleans will hear them. They are interrupted by Eric’s cell phone ringing which spurs a little fight whereby Nora decries his stupidity and Eric yells at her that his phone is untraceable. Eric comments that they fight like siblings but they fuck like champions. Oh lordy!
In the picture above Bill looks like he is admiring the Viking vampire God.
Eric takes a phone call from Alcide who no doubt tells him about King Russell being on the loose. Shit storm number two is now ready to hit the fan. It has been a very, very bad couple of days for Eric and Bill. We never see if Eric explains to Bill because they meet up with some kind of underground to get new papers. Eric’s new name is hideous – Ike Abblebaum. Fortunately or rather unfortunately, he cannot slip into his new identity because the Authority shows up and kills all but Nora, Bill, and Eric. The trio are arrested by some seriously bad dudes.
While that is going down Sookie and Laffy are waiting for Tara to rise. Pam comes up first, prompting Sookie to unbury Tara and see if she wakes. At first she does not stir, leading them to believe their efforts failed. Then in a flash Tara is up and in attack mode, ready to feast on Sookie. She screams for help as the scene closes.
Overall the episode rocked. I loved the growth in Eric’s character and for the purposes of the story it made sense that Sookie is on her own and Eric and Bill are teaming up to take care of themselves. Eric and Pam still got all the funny lines and Eric got the hot babe. The relationship between Eric and Bill was also surprisingly believable. I think many of us groaned when he heard rumors of a season five bromance between the two but with such good writing and a plausible story, it works. Both vamps seem to have grown after the ups and downs of last season and while we always new Eric was likeable, Bill is also likeable when he is not trying to assert his authority or lay claim to Sookie.
I am THRILLED so far with season five. Bring it on!