VIDEO: Watch the Preview for True Blood Episode 5.03

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Next week on True Blood, vampire civil war looms, a dead werewolf’s parents come looking for answers, and a new man catches Jessica’s eye. Watch the preview for episode 5.03, “Whatever I Am, You Made Me”, below.

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  1. Morgan

    June 18, 2012 at 6:54 am

    Hmmm…. so, I’m guessing that’s Claude that Jessica’s smelling?

    • Mel

      June 18, 2012 at 8:34 am

      Yep, eau de faerie.

      • Abel

        June 18, 2012 at 8:53 am

        Do you know when they are going to introduce Claudette?

        • Mel

          June 18, 2012 at 9:01 am

          We haven’t been given an official answer on that, but I believe she first appears in episode 5.06.

  2. GeeGee

    June 18, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    I can’t wait to see Sam’s reaction to the new Tara!

    • Neonskyq1

      June 18, 2012 at 12:54 pm

      I know that would be very cool to see

  3. Alissa

    June 18, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    While I was watching this preview I thought of something. I really hope Pam warms up to Tara soon. She had such a rough time with her own mom and now Pam is her mother(kinda). I can’t help but hope that Pam will be more maternal towards her sooner rather than later not only because she hasn’t really had a caring mother figure outside of Gran but also because she is a baby vamp. There’s things she needs to know to survive and with the Authority being so big on mainstreaming, baby vamps running about killing/feeding on people and not even bothering to cover up their tracks won’t be tolerated for long I’m sure. She may not like her but I feel that she still has a responsibility to her as her maker. I remember seeing one scene where she seemed like she was teaching her or something. I’d like to see scenes like that soon.

    • trubie90

      June 19, 2012 at 1:32 pm

      I think eventually they will warm up to each other but they will always have a back and forth dynamic as well. They will either become mother/daughter like or potentially lovers. In a way I think that was Alan Ball’s plan since season 3 or 4. He put her love life with men through alot making her explore being with women and realizing she has the potential to be happier with a woman. Then she dies and gets turned by Pam of all vampires they know who is also Bi/lesbian.

      • Gill Davies

        June 21, 2012 at 6:57 am

        Just a thought – what if Pam didn’t expect the turning to be successful? Tara was missing part of her brain so it shouldn’t have worked. Pam might have agreed to turn Tara just to get Sookie to fix the Pam/Eric situation, and to have an IOU in the bank for future use. Then Tara turns, and Pam is so displeased that she does the absolute minimum as a Maker, essentially abandoning Tara after ordering her not to bite Sookie. I assume that Pam doesn’t know yet that Eric and Bill have been rejected by Sookie.

  4. Madeleine

    June 19, 2012 at 10:41 am

    Alissa says : I really hope Pam warms up to Tara soon

    Oh please no! Pam and Tara have nothing in common and I like Pam the way she is, I don’t want her to change, and since she’s not especially fond of Tara or warm-hearted/motherly she would have to change a lot.
    No matter how hard Tara had it, it was her choice to come back to Bon Temps but first of all stay and throw the life she had build for herself away. To me that was just stupid (not to speak of joining Marnie) and I have a hard time feeling any sympathy for Tara.
    Pam only turned Tara because she was desperate to get back on Eric’s good side, her sorrow is much more heart-breaking to me than everything Tara has been through, that’s because Pam just acted the way she did to save Eric (even from himself) whereas Tara is hate-driven, she sided with witches and opposed her so called best friend by doing so, deliberately. Besides, Pam doesn’t need another problem in her life.

    • trubie90

      June 19, 2012 at 1:29 pm

      I really disagree. Tara hate driven? Defiantely not! Does she have alot of hate yes and rightful so! But most her actions are done to protect others especially the ones she love. Her returning to Bon Temps was to see Sooke her Best Friend who she thought was dead would you not do the same? She stayed to spend time with her and her favorite and only cousin Lafayette. When Maryann had Eggs do all that killing she begged Sooke not to tell for his own mental sake, When she was trapped in Russell’s house she risked her life to save Sooke and Bill(who did nothing for her at the time).
      Marnie was being attacked she risked her own safety to save her, When Eric was MIA and Laffy was scared he was going to die she refused to leave his side and even sided with a witch to protect him, herself and her girlfriend. She later helped Sooke escape from Marnie, her and Holly were brave enough to try to break Marnie/Antonia’s spell and She gave up her own life to protect her friend. THAT’s a friend! Tara is someone of a pure heart and spirit always getting the short end of the stick. So she keeps her guard up and again she has every right to be angry and despite your blind hatred of her, she and Pam have alot in common. They have good mindsets, smart, angry, loyal beyond belief and will give their life for someone they love!

      • Madeleine

        June 19, 2012 at 4:31 pm

        Yeah, great friend, especially when she lost it after she found Eric in Sookie’s / his house and didn’t give Sookie the time to explain. Or when she joined Marnie, wich was not to help someone but just because she hates Vampires and was eager to kill some.
        She opposed her best friend Sookie in this, did she not? They stood eye to eye on Bon Temps cemetary where Bill (someone she had kicked out into the sun) protected her from Pam and was willing to fight her own friend. That she later had a change of heart is a different story.
        As for the situation in Russell’s mansion : Bill could’ve done nothing for Tara at that time.
        And of course she wanted to see her “friend” again, but she didn’t have to stay, she had build herself a life and had the choice to go back to it. She didn’t, so she’s the only one to blame for everything that happened to her afterwards. You have to accept the consequences of your own doing.

        • Alissa

          June 19, 2012 at 9:36 pm

          I’m not really going to say your opinion is wrong because it’s very possible to watch the same show and get different things from it. But where you see hatred from Tara I see walls she has put up to protect herself. I do see alot of rage because of things that she has gone through, but not out and out hatred like what you describe. I actually feel that Pam and Tara have alot in common for starters they are both strong women who in most cases don’t take any slack from anyone, and are both very smart. I really don’t think it would be that much of a stretch for Pam to warm up to her either, if I’ve learned anything by watching True Blood and reading the books it’s that the Child/Maker bond is a very strong one. I also think that most of Pam’s ill feelings towards Tara started from disdain at the fact that she was human, and grew from there because Tara was with Marnie. Well Tara is no longer human so I really don’t think it will take THAT much of a change at all for Pam to warm up to Tara. Anyway we each get different things from what we watch and I STILL think it would be cool to see Pam warm up to Tara 🙂

          • Madeleine

            June 20, 2012 at 2:33 am

            And I still hope Pam will give Tara the go-by.
            How is Tara smart? Is it smart to drown your sorry and act out, knowing you will loathe yourself afterwards?
            How is Tara strong? It’s not a sign of strength trying to commit suicide, that’s just weak. Same goes for her constant self-pity.
            So she’s been through a lot, though luck and buck up.
            And that’s something Pam is perfectly capable of, those two are polar opposites. I don’t think Pam disdained Tara for being a human, more for the kind of person she was. You have to admit Tara’s kind of trashy and a load-mouth and often out of line. Her actions are hasty and emotional, whereas Pam’s rational and pragmatic. Besides, Pam is loyal to Eric, fiercely loyal, Tara has no beef betraying those next to her and turning on them.

          • Mel

            June 20, 2012 at 8:46 am

            As someone who was fairly recently diagnosed with depression, and knowing how that works now, I have a greater understanding of Tara’s character and motivations. When someone is struggling with depression – in Tara’s case, I’d say severe depression – advice like “tough luck and buck up” simply isn’t the answer. She needs help, and I wonder if being turned and having a support system (eventually) in Pam and other vampires in addition to her virtual invincibility will finally do the trick.

  5. Cookiespice1

    June 19, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    I can’t wait to see Eric’s reaction! I am so hoping that when Pam tells him about Tara she says “Congratulations, Grandpa. It’s a girl.”

    • Liz

      June 20, 2012 at 10:41 am

      Bwahahaha! That would be so funny!

    • Alissa

      June 20, 2012 at 11:33 pm

      LOL I could totally see her saying that

  6. Madeleine

    June 20, 2012 at 9:18 am

    Mel says : in Tara’s case I’d say severe depression

    This is a depression : a mental disorder characterized by an all-encompassing low mood accompanied by low self-esteem, and by loss of interest or pleasure in normally enjoyable activities
    and I have some experience with that too, we have a close family member suffering from it.
    Depression is not running around and insulting people, punching them or acting out, people with depression lose their drive, sometimes up to the point where they don’t leave their bed, don’t eat, don’t shower etc.
    Tara has a lot of drive, she’s not withdrawn into herself, she’s dealing out real good. Tara has a serious lack in impuls control, a lot of anger issues but a depression? I doubt that.

    • Mel

      June 20, 2012 at 9:22 am

      Rage and lack of impulse control are symptoms, and sometimes a cause, of depression. It’s a reaction to those feelings of lethargy and “lack of drive”, as you called it. When you WANT to change how you feel, but you can’t, you lash out. As I said, I’m living it.

      • Madeleine

        June 20, 2012 at 9:35 am

        I don’t doubt that and I didn’t mean to offend you, I do understand what you are trying to say and I wish you all the best.
        And after all we’re are just assuming and meanwhile drifted into wild speculations (wich is kind of interesting to me) about a fictional character.
        I just felt compelled to explain my point of view, because my personal opinion is : no matter where you come froma nd what you’ve been through you are responsable for your life and your actions. It’s up to you to grow, let go of the anger and hate and be the best person you can be and you have to start with yourself. I know for a fact it’s possible but you have to want it. Too many people use “I’ve suffered so much” as an excuse for everything, I can’t stand that because a lot of people go through a lot and only a fraction give in to it, many people get a clue and fight their way out. That’s admirable and extremely difficult and I miss that in Tara.

        • Mel

          June 20, 2012 at 9:51 am

          I do understand completely where you’re coming from, and agree for the most part. Even as I’m working through this in my own life, recognizing what was at the root of some of my feelings and behaviors, I’m still owning that my actions are my responsibility. What’s different is that now I have a better understanding of WHY I couldn’t just “snap out of it”. For someone who’s biggest pet peeve is when people complain but don’t try to change, this has been a lot to deal with.

          There are underlying issues that need to be resolved in order to move forward, and that’s what I’ve always seen in Tara, from the very beginning. Her life has been tough. Tougher than anything I’ve experienced. She’s battled her way through a lot of seriously awful situations. She tried to make some changes (leaving Bon Temps), but kept being dragged back into the same cycle of anger and depression because she never truly dealt with the underlying issues. Based on what we’ve seen of vampires so far on True Blood, part of the process of turning is being stripped down to your core and facing your inner demons head on in order to accept the knew existence. In Tara’s case, perhaps an extreme form of therapy?

          I could be completely off-base, and she is fictional so her motives can be whatever the writers decide to give her, but from where I’m sitting, I see a young woman who has suffered for a long time and never understood why she couldn’t break the cycle.

          • Madeleine

            June 20, 2012 at 10:39 am

            Mel said : She tried to make some changes (leaving Bon Temps), but kept being dragged back into the same cycle of anger and depression because she never truly dealt with the underlying issues.

            She did make changes, so she was capable to deal with these issues, she did break the circle, that’s exactly my point. And then, after being successful she ALLOWED herself, against better judgement, to go back to zero, and that makes no sense for me. She was not dragged, she made a conscious decision and this decision was stupid. She knew better, she had multiple opportunities to return to her “good” life, she did not. And that’s what I don’t get.
            I had a lot of compassion for her in the first two seasons and a lot of respect because she found inner strength and overcame all the obstacles, that all vanished into thin air when she throw all her efforts over board.

          • Mel

            June 20, 2012 at 10:46 am

            I understand where you’re coming from there. I do. And I hope you never have to personally experience the reasons why I disagree, because it sucks.

        • Stephy b

          June 20, 2012 at 3:13 pm

          Give Tara a break! You mean to tell me after being KIDNAPPED AND RAPED by the crazy Franklin, she doesn’t deserve to be angry! And she threw Bill out in the sun because he dang near drained Sookie in the back of that truck! Seesh. And @Mel, i completely and whole-heartedly emphasize with you! There’s no where to go but UP from here 😉

  7. Madeleine

    June 20, 2012 at 10:58 am

    @ Mel : I think I already had plenty of personal experience 😉 but that what go way too far and take too long

    • Mel

      June 20, 2012 at 11:04 am

      If you had the personal experience I’m referring to, this conversation would have ended quite a while ago. We should probably move on.

  8. Joy

    June 20, 2012 at 11:40 am

    Hi been reading this and thought I would weigh in – I really like the character of Tara……but I think her anger and lashing out are a realistic response to trauma. Like “fight or flight”…she always fights and I find that quality admirable. Just compare it to Terry this season – more angry and lashing out. The trauma may have different causes, but the response is the similar. I also think long term and multiple trauma can also lead to depression as well.