TV Review: True Blood Season 4 Episode 3 – If You Love Me, Why Am I Dyin’?

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End the end of the last episode, we saw Eric’s run in with the witches had left him without his memory. This week, Sookie tries to find ways to help him. Eric without his memory is absolutely adorable. Gone are the brash and imposing ways, instead Eric is vulnerable and scared. He clings to Sookie for reassurance and while she is hesitant to believe him, she can’t help but take him into her home. Sookie calls Pam in for help, and pays a fruitless visit to Alciede. Pam wonders if Eric was not sent into a trap by Bill who, after all, has been looking for ways to get rid of Eric for a long time.

Sookie’s fairy godmother, Claudine, appears at the very end of the episode to try and convince Sookie to come back to the land that stole a year of her life. Sadly, Claudine does not realise there is a vampire in the house, and it is only a matter of minutes before Eric eats her. Claudine explodes in a puff of glitter, but one has to wonder if she was done away with that easily.

Lafayette, Tara and Jesus run into trouble after Lafayette goes to Fangtasia to beg Eric’s forgiveness. Of course, Eric is not there – Sookie is not telling either – but Pam is less than impressed to learn that they were involved with the witches who messed with her maker. She gives them 48 hours to deliver Marnie to her.

Bill appears to be relishing his new role as King. While he seems not to know what has happened to Eric, he does not seem to concerned as he takes Portia Bellefleur into his bed.

Jessica turns to Bill and confesses that she ‘ate’ a guy at Fangtasia, on his advice she tells Hoyt, but when he gets angry, she glamours him to make him forget. This does not bode well for the couple. As well as this, a creepy doll keeps finding its way into their lives, seems like an innocent enough occurence, but if we know True Blood – and by now we do – this is not going to end well.

Meanwhile, Jason is still held prisoner in Hotshot. We hear the Panthers telling stories about how they came to be – through Ghost Mama and Ghost Daddy – and it becomes clear that Jason is not only going to provide Crystal with children, but they believe he will become the new Ghost Daddy of their people and refresh the bloodline. That’s just all colours of creepy.

It’s great to see Alan Ball still writing for the series that he created. It is very obvious that it is through his wonderful writing that the characters are so well rounded and given wonderful dialogue week after week. It’s also great to have one of the strongest characters in the series made vulnerable and watch those in his orbit flounder without him.

The strands of story that seemed to be all over the place when the series began are beginning to pull together. Alexander Skarsgaard is playing vulnerable Eric incredibly well, and it is obvious that he is having fun showing the character’s softer side. In this episode, Eric has two of the best lines ever uttered in True Blood; “I know I’m a vampire, Snooki” – to which I laughed out loud, and the wonderfully understated apology he gives Sookie when she tells him he just ate her fairy godmother.

This was another fantastic episode of True Blood. The story is taking shape, as are the enemies and the subplots. The series is gathering speed very quickly and it is going to be fascinating to watch how this all plays out.

GS Reviewer: Brogen Hayes

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