HBO GO subscribers (hey, that’s me!) got to see the first three minutes of the True Blood season 4 premiere today, and in True Blood fashion, those three minutes are packed with surprises! The video itself is not yet available to non-subscribers (we’ll post as soon as it is), but we’ve got the scoop on what happens to share with you.
The episode opens in the faerie world where all is calm and pleasant, full of tinkling music and happy people. A golden light pulses and Sookie appears with Claudine. Inquiring if Claudine is the “leader” in this world, Sookie is informed that no, in fact Claudine is her faerie godmother. “If you’re job is to look after me, can I just say that you suck? Do you know many times I could’ve used a faerie godmother?” Sookie huffs. “You’re still alive, aren’t you? You’re not exactly Miss Trouble Free you know,” Claudine notes.
At this point Sookie is greeted by Barry the Bellboy, who just arrived with his faerie godmother, Lloyd. I know, right? The faeries go off to get a drink and let Barry & Sookie catch up. Another faerie comes by and offers them a lumiere, a “light fruit,” what look like glowing peaches. As Barry bites into his, Sookie sees others eating them and something seems “off” to her. She warns Barry to stop, but then her eye is caught by a man off to the side, enjoying his own fruit. It’s her grandaddy, Earl. She greets him, but Earl doesn’t recognize her. When she tells him who she is, he is disbelieving. “I just saw you last week, it was your birthday.” “Grandaddy, that was 20 years ago.” Cut to black.
So what did we learn?
- Time in faerie land is not the same as in our world.
- Barry and Sookie weren’t the only humans present raising the question of just how many people with faerie blood exist.
- In the True Blood-verse, it appears that Earl didn’t die, he just disappeared into faerie land.
HBO GO promises to reveal three more minutes from the premiere next week. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to catch up on Game of Thrones while sitting in my backyard soaking up the sun.