–True Blood‘s fifth season premiere has come and gone. In the true tradition of the franchise, it pretty much picked up exactly where it left off in the fourth season finale.
If you really think about it, the four seasons of True Blood seems to have covered very little time, but heck, whose counting, right? Fans aren’t. They’re eating it up.
What used to be the central story of vampires, has become a soap opera of dramatic, supernatural proportions! Where’s the Winchester brothers?
There was a lot to pick up on and a few new details to ferret forward with into the new season. There was a lot going on in this once simplistic setting where vampires have come out of the closet.
Be it as it may, Sookie (Anna Paquin) and Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) spent their night cleaning up the mess and aftermath of Tara getting shot and the errant mess of the wolf corpse, Debbie.
They clean up Debbie and attempt to get help, from of all people, Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten). And they do so by turning Tara (Rutina Wesley) into a vampire. And from the looks of things (season 5 previews), she may not be a very happy vamp.
On to other quick points:
Bill (Stephen Moyer) and Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) “take care” of Nan Flanagan and the Vampire Authority, they think. But during their escape, (they’re now on the run from ‘The Authority.), well, it looks like you can’t run from them.
Sam (Sam Trammell) and Alcide (Joe Manganiello) “take care” of Marcus and the pack, sort of. Sam’s in a world of hurt right now because the pack caught up to him and he has a weak spot they’re exploiting.
Jason (Ryan Kwanten) is kicking things off with Steve Newlin (Michael McMillian) and not in the way that I think he’d like. It looks like Newlin is glamming him, but Jessica shows up and saves his ass. But it’s not because she “wants” him, but rather, she’s just being a buddy.
Then of course, Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) is trying to “find” herself. I thought it was bad enough when she was first turned, but now???
Terry (Todd Lowe) and his old buddy, former platoon leader Patrick Devins (Scott Foley), at first, looked nice that Terry hooks up with his past in a friendly fashion. Oh, what was I thinking.
and Russell Edgington (Denis O’Hare) is still around. I doubt he’s going to be very friendly, what with that custom-molded concrete coffin that Eric and Bill put him in.
That’s the gist of what stuck in my mind… We didn’t see much of any Authority yet, but I suspect the next episode or two, we will.
Pam helping Tara… that was somewhat funny, with Pam in those Walmart Yellow sweats.
Oh yea… Andy Bellefleur (Chris Beauer), well, he scored and now her kids have video of his sleeping butt-naked in their mom’s bed. Just great. I can’t imagine that won’t pop up again this season.
Edgington will probably be on a rage.
And Tara will probably be the wild-card this season. But then again, wolves and shape-shifters and everything else happening, well, there’s lots happening.
If the show continues as it has in previous seasons, we’ll probably see about eight updates of various stories. I’d rather see more in-depth focus on fewer story lines, but with so many developing characters, I don’t see how that’s possible.
That’s my two cents on the season five premiere of True Blood on HBO.
What did you think? Are we in for a great season or…?