TV REVIEW: True Blood Season 4 Episode 7 – Cold Grey Light of Dawn

At the end of last week’s episode we saw Pam about to attack Tara and her girlfriend, as she believed they were behind the witches attack on her. The girls are spared by the gawking crowd, and Pam retreats to safety and has the goblin doctor treat her for her rotting flesh. Thing is, Tara may not have been with the witches when Pam and Eric were attacked, but by the end of the episode, her loyalties have changed.

Antonia possesses Marnie, and she escapes from Bill’s prison. This must surely mean trouble for the vampires, as she now knows the extent of her necromancy powers. Sam discovers that Tommy was impersonating him through the skin walking technique and promptly throws him out on his ear. Anyone else think this is a really bad idea? Alcide and Debbie are initiated into the Shreveport Pack but all is not well for them either, as Debbie believes Alcide has feelings for Sookie, especially after he catches a glimpse of her and Eric doing the no pants dance in the forest.

Bill and Jessica hole up, wrapped in silver to protect themselves from Marnie/Antonia’s spells. Over at Sookie’s house, she does the same to Eric. This is not a good time to be a vampire! Jason has been dreaming of Jessica, and as if on cue, she tells Bill that she is no longer in love with Hoyt. As well as all of this, Lafayette is told he is a medium, and when he returns to Bon Temps, he catches a glimpse of the ghost that has been appearing to Arlene’s baby son.

This week sees the stories in True Blood pulling together even more, but after the slow few episodes that we have seen lately, is there anything in this episode to suggest that the story is speeding up again? The answer to that is yes. There is tons going on in this episode of True Blood and it finally seems to be speeding up again. Unlike the seasons we have seen before, the lull in this season did not last just one episode, this one has been going on for a couple of weeks now. This is slightly frustrating to watch as it feels like the audience is left waiting for something that may not happen. The good news is, it feels like something big is finally going to happen in the next episode.

There are several showdowns on the way – we can definitely see the show building towards these – and if Jessica walks into the sun as she seems to be doing at the end of this episode, we can rest assured that there is going to be hell to pay. It would be a shame to lose Jessica in this way, she has a lot of potential as a character, but lately she has been sidelined in favour of the fledgling relationship between Sookie and Eric. Yes, Sookie is the main character in the show, and everything comes back to her in the end, but it is a shame to see other characters shoved aside in order to allow her to shine.

At the end of it all, this is an OK episode of True Blood. It is not as good as some we have seen in the past, but it is slightly better than the one that went before – there is much more story building going on, and we can finally see that all of this is going somewhere. That said, however, True Blood better shape up soon or the audience is going to lose interest. There is only so much of Sookie mooning over pretty vampires we can take before we need to see a throw down, a showdown or some good old-fashioned ass kicking. Don’t let us down, True Blood!

GS Reviewer: Brogen

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