Hi all! You’re getting me after 17 hours of sports this weekend, a day spent writing about human trafficking and a few glasses of wine, so buckle up. This week’s episode was formally titled “Death is Not the End” which could have easily been the title of the very final episode. To a certain degree, this episode felt like a love letter to some of our favorite characters. Without further ado, here’s what happened last week.
Pam found Eric and learned that he was infected with Hep V. Rather than letting him give up, she forced him out of his beautiful French abode by dangling the Sarah Newlin carrot in front of him. Sam, Andy, Violet, Jason and Jess confronted the angry/idiot mob of townspeople. Mrs. Fortenberry shot Jess and Violet promptly ripped Mrs. Fortenberry’s heart out. Unfortunately, Jess isn’t healing any longer. The Hep V-infected vamps are still keeping Nicole, Jane Boathouse, Holly and Arlene captive in the basement of Fantasia. Kevin’s already been eaten. Ultimately, the vamps take Holly on their hunting trip, run into Sookie, Bill, Jason, Andy etc. and all of the vamps are killed. Idiot townspeople who still don’t get that some supernaturals are good and some are bad shoot Alcide in the process and he dies. RIP, gorgeous shirtless creature.
This episode starts with Daddy werewolf and his hot hooker/trashy girlfriend Jenny hanging out in his trailer in Jackson, Mississippi when the phone rings. Unfortunately it’s Sookie, calling to tell Dad that Alcide has passed away. I forgot that Dad was also named Jackson…anyway, he’s appropriately shaken up. In a nice parallel (from a story structure point of view), Jason calls his old friend Hoyt (except Hoyt doesn’t remember that they are old friends) to tell him that his Mother was killed by a vampire the night before. He’s destroyed thinking that she passed because he left town. Jason tries to convince him that he had to leave but Hoyt still doesn’t remember him.
Jackson plans to come to Bon Temps after tying up some loose ends. Sookie tells him not to come at night, and he tells her that Alcide “loved the fuck outta her.” Aw. Sookie loved him too. She better have…Alcide was the bomb.
Jason tells Hoyt to call the police station when he arrives to have someone come to pick him up. After after searching for his name for a bit, he thanks Deputy Stackhouse for calling and it’s pretty heartbreaking. Sookie tells Jason he has to keep it together…he’s the law now. She wants to fall apart right now too, but she can’t afford that luxury.
After the credits roll, we see Eric and Pam on a private jet. Eric is feeding off the inner thigh of a very nice, professional flight attendant. Originally they’re scheduled to land in Baton Rouge, planning to go after a Senator Finch to whom Pam thinks Sarah may have reached out. Eric decided to land in Shreveport instead. He wants to go after Willa…even if she hates him. He casually informs Victoria, the flight attendant, that she’s now a Hep V carrier. Pam hates Shreveport, but Eric thinks it’ll be a jog down memory lane.
With that we get an AMAZING flashback to 1986. Eric and Pam are waiting in the parking lot while the old evil Magister arrives to explain their “sentencing.” It’s clearly the parking lot of Fangtasia. The Magister explains that the place smells like sperm and piss and bad hair dye and it’s all theirs. Ew. He explains that they’re to run a small business there and then gives them a tour. It’s a video store. OMG this is amazing.
They head downstairs to find that they are now renting the largest collection of porn in all of northern Louisiana. There is also a small tunnel leading the underground railroad in the very back of the basement. See? America has culture! Unfortunately the catch is that they’ll have to pay 80% back to the Authority. In the same breath, the Magister makes him the Sheriff…and reminds him that he’s being watched by night and by day by the Yakanomo Corporation and their Yakuza friends. Something tells me the Yakuza might stand out in 1986 northern Louisiana, but OK.
In the present day, Sookie, Sam and Jason head off to Arlene’s to visit with Cody and Lisa, Arlene’s kids. She gathers them together and gives it to them straight. Everyone else is treating them like they’re dumb but she’s not going to do that. She straight up admits that this “f’ing sucks.” She knows that they know what’s going on, and it’s scary but their Mom is a fighter, she loves them, and Sookie promises to bring her back to them.
At Andy’s place, Sookie barges in ready to “make” Holly remember what happened to her. Even though it may be traumatizing to Holly, Sookie tells Andy that she just promised Arlene’s kids that that she’d bring Arlene back so now she’s pretty much got to make Holly remember. Sookie’s got a mission in this episode…she doesn’t have time to mourn Alcide. After a little bit of mind reading magic, Sookie draws some key details out of Holly. Working backwards, Holly sees scenes of herself being fed upon in the woods. Before that, she sees Fantasia and then reveals that they were all held in the basement in chains. Arlene, Jane Boathouse and Nicole are alive, but Kevin didn’t make it. Sookie leaves unceremoniously, leaving Holly sobbing. She tells Andy that she might like to be held.