TV REVIEW: True Blood Season 4 Episode 8 – Spellbound

Last week, True Blood really ended with a cliffhanger; Jessica was under Marnie/Antonia’s spell and about to walk out into the sun. We saw Jason running for her, so we could guess what was going to happen, but it was still great when he saved her. And they kissed! Hurrah! We could see that coming too but that doesn’t mean it was any less sweet. Jessica then dreamed she broke up with Hoyt and ran to Jason who accepted her with open arms. In reality, Hoyt was not as torn up as she dreamed he would be, and Jason stuck by his ‘bros before hoes’ mentality; he sent her away then dealt with it by doing push ups. Good old Jason, but it is hard not to feel sorry for Jessica. It is easy to forget how young she is, even in human years, and that she has a lot of learning to do. Nice echo of the Bill/Sookie/Everyone love triangle in the first season though.

Alcide and the werewolves discuss the war that is brewing between the vampires and the witches and decide to stay out of it. Marcus – the pack leader – tells Alcide that he has the potential to move up in the ranks. Debbie also begs Alcide to stay away from Sookie as she comes with vampires as part of her ‘baggage’. Debbie just gets more and more annoying. She is the typical jealous girlfriend and is going to be a thron in Sookie’s side for a while, it seems. Meanwhile, Sam has his own issues with the Shreveport packmaster – he is Luna’s ex boyfriend and is not one bit pleased to find that Sam is in his home, making friends with his daughter! Oops. Sam is such a cutie, but he can really fight when he needs to. This should be interesting.

Sookie and Eric swap blood, which bonds them ever closer. So much so that he suggests that they run away so he will never go back to being the vamp he was. All very sweet and touching, but while this version of Eric is nice and all, he is much more fun when he is selfish and sarcastic. Let’s hope we get him back soon.

Tara is firmly on the side of the witches, Lafayette deals with another possession; this time the woman who has been appearing to Arlene’s baby son takes control of Lafayette and immediately steals Michael. When alive, her married lover killed the woman’s son, and she has latched on to Michael as the creepy doll Jessica gave him is the very one she bought her baby. This is not going to end well.

The episode ends with a face off between the two enemy camps that have sprung up – the vamps and the witches. It does not go as well as hoped however, and it is going to take a lot of work to sort this mess out. Bill is incapacitated, Eric eats a load of people then is enthralled and taken over by Marnie/Antonia and Sookie is shot, but rescued by Alcide. No one is going to be happy about how all that went down.

Finally, this is the episode of True Blood that we have been waiting for. The show is at its best when the characters are betraying and sneaking around behind each other’s backs. The Jessica Jason story is very sweet and it would be great if they ended up together, but what would Hoyt have to say about that? The action is finally back; the characters are actually taking each other on, rather than just sitting around and talking about it. The showdown in the cemetery is suitably confusing and creepy, but it looks great; especially with the fog that Marnie/Antonia conjures. The cast obviously had fun making this episode and it shows through in the episode as a whole. There is not long left in this season, we need more episodes like this please, True Blood!

GS Reviewer: Brogen

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