True Blood Episode 6.08 “Dead Meat” Review

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All in the name of God? “True Blood” amps up the action in this week’s episode…

True Blood, you started off well, lost momentum in the middle there, but you certainly picked up speed at the end (and thank goodness for that). Episode 6.08 “Dead Meat” had its fair share of angst and slow torture, with Sookie facing a terrible ultimatum, Sam discovering he’s gonna be a papa, Alcide breaking ties with his pack (and psycho girlfriend), and Arlene’s barrage into despair after learning the truth about Terry’s death. Not to mention Eric’s grief-crazed faerie stalking spree, Jason’s vampire bitch issues, Sarah’s Praise-Jesus-I-Just-Killed-A-Woman meltdown and our Vamp Camp vamps facing the high possibility of meeting the sun – wow, when you list it like that, it looks like a pretty nutso episode hey? 

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Let’s Just Talk About Bill and Eric For A Second Here… UM YES! That was some kind of intro huh? But seriously, what did Bill expect? That Eric would just ignore his sister’s messy demise and march forth into Billith’s prophetic crusade? For a vamp claiming to be in tune with all vampire pain, you seriously dropped the ball there Billith. Still, it gave us an excuse to witness the epic power of Alexander Skarsgårdas Eric went a bit manic with grief and disbelief. Seriously Truebies, if we ever have to wave goodbye to Eric, I’m never watching another episode (you can quote me on that).

Alcide’s Women Have Turned Against Him… Nope, don’t feel sad in the slightest that Ricki turned out to be a sanctimonious nutcase and Alcide finally saw the light (and taught that whore a lesson). Alcide needed something redemptive like this to happen so we could go back to loving him again. Yes, the two had delicious animalistic chemistry in the sack, but she was a poisonous leech sucking the beauty from our favorite wolf, and I, for one, am delighted Alcide finally saw her true colours. Buh bye loony bin.

“See I got no doubt I’m about to get my ass kicked, But I don’t think Herveaux got the balls to finish me off.” ~ Ricki

True-Blood-Bill-sookie-608Everything good came out of this break-up, including Alcide’s little bromance with Sam. That was legitimately the kindest thing the writers could have done – for us AND for Sam and Alcide (bros before hoes people, it never fails). Ignoring the fact Nicole is preggers and how undoubtedly cliché that turn of events was, we have to admire Sam’s chivalrous attitude – and now he has a mate to lean on for support! Gah, so adorbs.

Be Mine Forever… While I don’t particularly care for Sookie’s personal dramas, kudos to Anna Paquin for that scene in front of Sookie’s parent’s gravestones. She nailed it, and as much as we want to chastise her for being so melodramatic, life has hardly been fair to this faerie. At first I was mortified she’d even consider Warlow’s proposal, let alone agree to it, but it makes sense in an awful kind of way. She longs to be normal, but she will always sacrifice her own needs before another’s – even the lives of vampires. It’s sad because she was finally trying to get her life back, but life tossed her a cruel twist of fate. This was legitimately the first time I’ve ever felt sorry for Sookie, and I credit that to Paquin – from her desperate attempts to find a way out (like with Sam), to her angry plea imploring Bill to understand this major decision she had to make, to the morbid funeral dressing scene after she finally made her choice (like there ever was one). God True Blood, you enjoy mucking with my feelings don’t you?

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Vamp Prison Blues… All kinds of shit went down in Vamp Camp this episode, from Jason’s blood-bag dilemma to Jess’ post-coital bliss and Pam’s ‘productive’ sexual time with her therapist. Tara came out of nowhere with her funny deduction of Jason’s predicament, and even Steve got in on the witty action while talking to James. But of course, the largest drama went down when Sarah decided she was doing God’s will by brutally stabbing and smashing Ms. Suzuki into the grates above the men’s jail and letting the vamps finish her off by chewing on her FACE. Geez Sarah, where did that come from?! That was ridiculously shocking. Um, kudos on your passion for the cause?

“That bitch is a dog and he is her bone, and she will fucking fuck us up if we fuck with her bone.” ~ Tara

While we’re a little worried for the vamps who decided not to consume the contaminated Tru Blood, if next week’s promo is any indication, Eric is using his indulgence in faerie blood to attack the compound. Let’s hope his heroic massacre (an oxymoron if there ever was one) does save the lives of our trapped vamps and provides Eric some kind of closure for his sister’s death. As for Arlene and the crew back in Bon Temps, let’s hope they close the book on Terry swiftly. We understand their grief, but still – Terry? Hands up who really cares about the funeral drama when there’s so much other good shit happening? Anyway, it’s been a wild ride True Blood, fingers crossed you amp up the excitement even more with next week’s episode!


True Blood Episode 6.09 “Life Matters” airs Sunday 11 August, 9.00 – 10.00PM on HBO