True Blood Radio 214: Dead Meat

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Anna Paquin and Anna Camp turned in stellar performances on True Blood this week, one deeply emotional and the other outrageously action-packed. We talk about the future of both Sookie and Sarah, plus how Jason can escape Violet, what Eric has planned, and the odds of Niall turning up to save the day.

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  1. Sheryl Dennis

    August 9, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    Once again you two great job! Mel, I agree about your assessment of the past couple of seasons. “we used to be friends” but finally renewing that friendship, really sums up this season.

  2. Steph

    August 9, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    Questions I want answers to: 1. How was Sarah able to rescind Jessica’s invite into Jasons house? 2. For the love of Pete, who made Steve!?! 3. When Bill showed up at the Bellfleur’s house in the daylight, why didn’t Portia “run screaming” like Bill had glamoured her to do? He glamoured her to “run screaming everytime you see me” when he was breaking-up with her when he found out they were related.

    • Viv

      August 9, 2013 at 4:05 pm

      1. Probably will never be explained.
      2. Whoever made Steve must have met the true death (Russell I reckon) or surely they would be trying to rescue him as the guy is clearly in total fear of his undead life!
      3. Maybe Bill got so tired of her screaming when she saw him around Bon Temps that he had glamoured her again to just not say a word and act like he wasn’t there.

    • Vampiremaniac

      August 9, 2013 at 5:27 pm

      Sarah rescinded Jesicca’s invitation the same way the guards at Governor’s mansion granted invitation to Willa or Tara to Franklin or Sookie to Bill when Sookie’s house was still owned by her grandma. Any human inside a human’s house can provide and rescind invitations. Personally, I find the invitation thing ridiculous but they really needed to have sanctuary for humans.

      • Liz

        August 11, 2013 at 3:17 pm

        The invitation thing is common in many vampire stories. You’re probably right about the reason for it though.

    • LC

      August 10, 2013 at 3:33 am

      I can’t understand why Sarah rescinding the invite has been such a big deal. Back in season 3, Cooter invited Russell into Alcide’s apartment and nobody seemed bothered by that. It has never been said on the show that only the homeowner or someone living in the home can invite or rescind an invite.

    • Vera

      August 11, 2013 at 12:27 pm

      I have thought that maybe when Sarah recited a passage form the bible, that allow her to rescind the invitation to Jason’s house. But who knows.

    • PC

      August 11, 2013 at 1:55 pm

      I noticed Portia not running and screaming as she was glamored to do and have a theory on this. I think they may be showing us that her subconsious does not recognize this “person” as Bill, therefore the command he implanted is ignored. I think this may be yet another clue we are shown that suggests this is no longer Bill. In episode one when Jessica asked Sookie about Bill as they were leaving the authority, Sookie said something like “not any longer” meaning she believes that the Bill she knew is dead and gone.

    • Liz

      August 11, 2013 at 3:27 pm

      I thought Salome turned Steve so that she had control in the AVL. He was also a valuable TV personality which is what Roman wanted. I could be wrong of course.

  3. Viv

    August 9, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    I thought Pam saying “it was gooey but productive” just meant she was going to be allowed back in with the other vamps as she had been moved away from them. Will be great to see all the old characters show up for Terry’s funeral. Would love to see Hoyt and Maxine Fortenberry again!

  4. Amber

    August 9, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    Something comes to mind about the whole Alcide, and Sam, and nicole dynamic. I think that shifters or Were’s are going to shift on television to come out to the public, with the help of nicole.

    • Mel

      August 9, 2013 at 7:46 pm

      Luna already shifted on live TV, remember?

    • Vera

      August 11, 2013 at 12:24 pm

      For some reason I think they are going to use the story line of Jason from the books and they are going to apply it to Sam. In the books, if I am not wrong (i read them a long tima ago) Jason wife or girfriend is prengant, but some guys kill her as a result of the shifter coming out. That will be cruel for sam, but I hope they start using some material from the books again.

  5. ChristieAtlanta

    August 9, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    One issue that has bothered me this season is that Bill is so driven to ‘save vampire kind’, when last season HE was the one that destroyed all the true blood factories that caused this whole problem of vamps going crazy (due to lack of tb) in the first place. Bill had no caring feelings towards the vamps last season…it was all about worshiping Lillith.

    • Mel

      August 10, 2013 at 12:38 am

      He’s driven to save them by Lillith. She’s told him more than once that it’s his responsibility to save the vampires.

      • ChristieAtlanta

        August 10, 2013 at 10:47 am

        Lillith’s behavior on the authority last season to compete to ‘drink the blood’ was the catalyst of what started the problem of the vampire ‘feeding frenzy’ on humans in the first place, because without that, Bill would not have destroyed all the TB factories. Bill and Lillith had zero concern last year about saving vamps and now all the sudden they ‘care’ about saving vampires? It makes no sense.

        • Mel

          August 10, 2013 at 10:48 am

          No, Bill’s quest for power is what resulted in the feeding frenzy on humans. The desire for Lilith’s blood is why the vampires in The Authority turned on each other.

          • ChristieAtlanta

            August 10, 2013 at 11:55 am

            Last season if Lilllith had such a concern for vampire kind then she would not have let her ‘drink the blood’ campaign instigate the situation that created this whole mess with massive vamp deaths and influenced Bill the way she did. As a prophet, she knowlingly put her agenda over the safety of all vampires and now they are paying the price for it. And if she really cared about vampires, she wouldn’t have obliterated her most loyal followers (Salami, Nora, etc.). I really think her motive is not what she claims. She is out to wreak havoc! I am hoping Bill will turn on her with Warlow and destroy her.

          • Mel

            August 10, 2013 at 4:39 pm

            But that “agenda” of vampires killing humans wasn’t hers. It was interpreted (probably incorrectly, from Nora’s readings this season) from the Book of Lilith and the power hungry Authority members decided to run with it.

            Also, Lilith didn’t “obliterate” Salome, Nora, et al., humans and other vampires did.

            Lest you assume I’m a fan of Lilith’s, let me assure you that it’s quite the contrary. I think you’re giving her far more credit than she deserves!

  6. posh

    August 9, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    Lets hope it doesnt happen the same way as the book ladies. I dont feel sorry for Sookie at all. Why didnt she try and find Eric to ask his advice instead of Bill? I miss Terry, he just seemed to be the comic of the show and we just dont have enough Lala =( Anyone else agree?

    • Mel

      August 10, 2013 at 12:25 am

      “Why didnt she try and find Eric to ask his advice instead of Bill?”

      Because, as I said in the podcast, they already said their goodbyes in the season premiere. The only reason she went to Bill is because he’s mixed up in this deal with Warlow. In Sookie’s mind, she and Eric have parted ways, so she doesn’t have the right to go to him for advice. Plus it’s only been a few hours since Warlow offered her the deal and the clock is ticking; she doesn’t have time to go to Shreveport where she thinks Eric is and talk to him.

      • esw45

        August 10, 2013 at 3:34 am

        Mel, you are right Sookie doesn’t think Eric is in Bon Temps and they did say their goodbyes in the season premiere…but I think they both will see each other again in the fairy plane with Warlow because I predict that Warlow is going to be trying to force her to turn against her will in the finale and Eric will come to help her.

    • Viv

      August 10, 2013 at 2:06 am

      Yes, more Lala. He seems to have taken a bit of back seat this season.

      • ChristieAtlanta

        August 10, 2013 at 11:57 am

        I saw an interview with Nelsan Ellis. He said there will definitely be more LaLa next season. Whoo hooo!!!

  7. Doggy2Prince

    August 10, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    Does anyone else think the writers are gonna turn Alcide into a vampire? A Were got turned into a vampire in the books. What else are they gonna do with him?

    • Liz

      August 11, 2013 at 3:08 pm

      I have to ask the question, why is the only answer to the humans’ storylines on this show have to be to turn them vampire? List of characters that people have said should be turned: Sookie, Jason, Tara, Sarah Newlin, Steve Newlin, Lafayette and Andy. Of those, two have been turned. I just don’t think that has to be the answer to everything.

      • Doggy2Prince

        August 11, 2013 at 3:40 pm

        On this show, it’s the only answer.

        • Liz

          August 11, 2013 at 3:52 pm

          I have to disagree with you then.

          • Doggy2Prince

            August 11, 2013 at 5:36 pm

            Really? They turned Tara, Newlin, and others into vampires. Not to mention this is a vampire show.

          • Mel

            August 11, 2013 at 6:21 pm

            Yeah, Liz just said that: “Of those, two have been turned. I just don’t think that has to be the answer to everything.”

          • Liz

            August 11, 2013 at 11:24 pm

            Actually, the show is about a telepathic waitress in a town full of humans, and there are vampires and other supes in it.

  8. Vampiremaniac

    August 10, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    1) I think Pam meant that this is productive because she was moved to GenPop, not because something is coming on ep9.

    2) Mel, I agree 100%. This season is much better than the last two.

    3) Because this season is character-driven that doesn’t mean it can get boring. There are elements of horror, action, sci-fi and traditional vampire scenery we never had before. They are all exciting and I hope they are present at S7 as well

    4) I am pretty convinced that this show will continue not only for 1 but for AT LEAST 2 more seasons (if they have the creativity it requires and the actors agree to renew the contract past season 7) and the performance of the show indicates that if they want they can keep it even more. The viewership after 6 seasons is still brilliant, making it No2 for HBO (and if it wasn’t for GoT it would still be No1), especially if you take into account that:
    a) vampire mania is fading out (NOOOO!)
    b) they are completely ignoring the books. I mean, this season will close with minimum damage.

    S6->4.27m (until now).
    If this declining trend continues at the same rate, it means season 7 will have 3.87m viewers, still making the show No2 for HBO. So, it will be pretty stupid to kill it at S7. It is pretty clear that the show is still holding on and if they start using the books again maybe it can regain some viewers. I hope they won’t give up so easily.

    See you again on the next radio! Had great time!