TV REVIEW: True Blood Season 4 Episode 9 – Run

At the end of the last episode, the witches have ambushed the vamps. Eric is under Anotnia’s control and Sookie has been shot. As well as this, Lafayette has been possessed and has stolen Mikey from Arlene and Terry.

Alcide saves Sookie, but is soon relieved of her when Bill arrives on the scene. Bill gives her blood to save her life, but this leads to some rather confusing (and pretty sexy) dreams about the two vamps in her life for Sookie. Poor old Sookie, she has a dreadful life doesn’t she? Having to choose between two beautiful vampires. Sigh…

Lafayette has been possessed by Mavis and stolen Arlene’s son. This leads to a showdown outside the house, during which Jesus tries to convince Mavis that she has taken over a male body and Mikey is not hers. This rather superfluous and confusing storyline wraps up with bodies being exhumed and Mavis leaving this mortal coil in peace. Kind of cute and it was also nice to see how much this crisis brought Lafayette and Jesus and Terry and Arlene closer together as couples. Arlene always maintained that she was afraid of her baby, but as soon as his life was threatened, she found her love for him in her heart. Aww. Lafayette’s possession os pretty plausible in the world of True Blood, but his Cajun accent leaves a lot to be desired.

Eric has been taken by the witches and it doesn’t take long for Sookie and Debbie Pelt to form an uneasy alliance – based on the fact that Sookie is not going to try and steal Alcide – and break into the magic shop to try and rescue Eric. Eric is under Antonia’s control and has been given the mission to kill Bill at the Tolerance Festival. Tara and the rest of the coven are being held hostage by Antonia, and no matter how hard they try, they cannot escape. Seems like Antonia is going to have a mutiny on her hands pretty soon. Also, seeing as Debbie tried to kill Sookie last season, this alliance is very shaky and will probably not last long.

Hoyt asks Jason to give Jessica’s stuff (including a copy of Twilight) back to her. Jason obliges, but his feelings for Jessica get the better of him and they have sex in the back of his truck. Oh Jason, you try but you always fail. As well as this, Tommy impersonates Sam and takes a beating from Marcus on his behalf. A nice gesture, but it could be too little, too late to save the family bonds.

The cliffhanger we are left with this week is the clash at the Tolerance Festival. Antonia takes control of more vampires who disembowel the security during Bill’s speech – for maximum effect, obviously – but not before Sookie barges in and tries to warn Bill.

After the disappointing middle of this season of True Blood, the show is ramping up to have a great finale. One storyline has already been wrapped up in a satisfying way, so the way is paved for the rest of the storylines to do the same. This season is incredibly different to the book that it is based on, but this is no complaint. The main story arc is pretty similar, but there is lot more excitement thrown in and the smaller characters are given more to do. It will be interesting to see how it all pans out, especially learning what happens when Eric inevitably gets his memory back and how the fairies will take their revenge when they eventually return.

GS Reviewer: Brogen

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