For “True Blood’s” Sixth Season, each week we’ll review and rank the various raisin-cake plot developments of this bloody, campy drama. This post could get a bit NSFW, so be warned. Comments also won’t be strictly policed because the series is so far off the source novels, spoilers are practically a moot point.
“True Blood’s” writers aren’t wasting any time this season. Four episodes in with “At Last,” we’ve already met Warlow, or more accurately, learned that we already knew him. I appreciate that this wasn’t drawn out, and now the characters can get down to how to handle him. (And thank goodness Niall wasn’t killed off, just sent to a realm of darkness.) So far, Season Six has had a nice pace to it with just enough parts moving to keep things entertaining. The role of one’s maker was heavily at play in “At Last,” with Eric creating his own progeny, Nora revealing that Warlow comes from Lilith and Jessica recalling her own transition as she tried to protect the four rapidly aging fairies from a similar (or worse) fate. Sam wants to be on his own in his journey to save Emma — he sends get-away driver Lafayette away but continues to protect Nicole. After he shifted into a horse and galloped her to safety, the two attractive and traumatized adults quickly turned to each other for comfort. Alcide and his pack (the most tiresome of plots) are in hot pursuit, and already Alcide is facing resistance from his fellow wolves when it comes to following orders. Alcide certainly is the least interesting character — he is all bite and no nuance. Likewise, rehashing Patrick’s death from last season is a venture no one wants to take. Perhaps Terry and Arlene will join Andy’s fight to avenge the death of his daughters; otherwise, I can’t see much of an arc left for their characters.
On to the ranking:
5. I’m glad Niall teased his hair all special to go Warlow hunting.
4. All of you who guessed that Ben is Warlow were right. This ancient fairy-vampire hybrid (not to be confused with the werewolf-vampire hybrids on “Vampire Diaries”) puts on a nice disguise — and seriously, how does Niall, King of Fairies, not detect him? — but the jig is up.
3. Oh, results of vampire blood in humans. How I’ve missed you.
This scene could have gone on longer, writers. Work with us here.
2.5. That was fast.
2. No way is Pam going to be pleased that Eric has turned Willa — only the second human he has turned in his 1,000-year existence. He did it to make a point with the governor, and although he says he didn’t make the decision lightly, Willa is definitely getting the raw end of the deal (with thanks to Sarah Newlin). Again, I love the overt “Dracula”-y imagery of this. It’s silly and it works.
Why yes, he did stab himself with a golden cross.
1.5. Do not leave young vampires in charge of young fairies, Bill. We all knew this wouldn’t end well. Your quest to synthesize their blood probably won’t work, either.
1. Sookie for the win! She’s tired of being lied to by supernatural men, and she’s not gonna take it anymore. “What is it about me that you want,” she asked Ben/Warlow. She wants an answer — deserves an answer — and it’s good to see her fighting for one.
Nora, Willa and Pam (and Ginger, for funsies) were all captured and sent to the concentration camp the governor has running to experiment on supernaturals. Billith got the location right in his premonition, but will they (along with Eric, Tara and Jessica) meet the sun while at camp?
I appreciate the use of the same actor (Lorin McCraley) to play the Grabbit Quik clerk F.W. in this episode as in the series pilot.
Sarah Carlson is a TV Critic for Pajiba. She lives in San Antonio. You can find her on Twitter.