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With Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgård) and Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) fighting different battles for the future of the vampire species, and the Stackhouse family warring against uber-vampire Warlow, True Blood season 6, episode 3, titled “You’re No Good,” is more transitional than action-packed. Still, there are some interesting turns in regard to Eric’s kidnap victim, the Governor’s daughter (Amelia Rose Blaire), religious zealot-turned-vamp, Steve Newlin (Michael McMillian) and, of course, his holy rolling, vindictive ex-wife Sarah (Anna Camp).
At first Eric is going to kill the Governor’s daughter, Willa Burrell (“You’re going to die for your father’s sins,” he informs her), but he changes his mind after she tells him about diabolical experiments her father (Arliss Howard) has ordered on vampires in Louisiana’s “research” camps. Eric doesn’t have to glamour her for info; like her mother, who cheated on her father with a vampire, Willa has a thing for vamps. Rather than suck Willa dry, Eric takes her with him, but not before he grabs his progeny, Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten), and her progeny, Tara (Rutina Wesley), and forever leaves Fangtasia, the nightclub they built together. After entering the safe haven of “fang-banger” Ginger (Tara Buck), Eric gets into a phone confrontation with the Governor. Realizing that the politician is tracing the call, Eric plans to split, then he and Pam discover Tara has either kidnapped or fled with Willa.
Eric may soon find himself with more problems than missing abductees and angry fathers. Evangelist-turned-vamp Steve Newlin, a new prisoner in the Governor’s internment camp, is tormented by his bitchy ex-wife Sarah (the woman with whom he swore allegiance against all vampires - she is now an author and politician), then she summons a doctor who threatens Steve with physical torture unless he tells everything he knows about Eric. Expect the beans to be spilled.
Bill’s fight to save his vampire pals from extinction has taken a radically different turn. Despite his dreams of immortality and his newly acquired strength as “Billith,” he finds out he’s wrong about being immune to the sun’s deadly rays when he heads outside during daylight hours, then bursts into flame. Bill then decides he needs powerful faerie blood to fight the good fight, so he devises a plan. First, he sends baby vamp Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) seduce and then abduct Professor Hido Takahashi (Keone Young), the man who invented TruBlood, then he heads over to ex-lover Sookie Stackhouse's (Anna Paquin) home to procure some of her blood. Bill tells Sookie that allowing her blood to be synthesized will save everyone, including her friend Tara from the true death, but she refuses, so he says that she’s dead to him. Bill leaves, then runs into Sheriff Andy Bellefleur (Chris Bauer), who stops the vamp because he’s out past curfew. While they talk, Bill notices a teddy bear in the Sheriff’s car, and he hatches a new plan - will Andy’s faerie children the answer to Bill’s problem now that Sookie is dead to him?
Warlow is also after Sookie’s blood, because Niall Brigant (Rutger Hauer) is the faerie king, so she is descended from royalty. Sookie's brother Jason (Ryan Kwanten) alternately tries to save her while putting himself in danger, and Niall goes about assembling an army to fight against Warlow. As it turns out, the one place he looks for help – the hidden faerie sanctuary – has been decimated by Warlow, but he does run into Ben Flynn (Rob Kazinsky), the wounded halfling that Sookie helped in the season premiere (season 6, episode 1: "Who Are You, Really?). Niall enlists Ben in his war against Warlow, and brings him back to Sookie’s house. Sookie and Ben spend a few minutes getting moon-eyed, but the mood is broken when they all sense the presence of Warlow in their garden. Niall and Ben investigate, but their attention quickly turns to Jason, who winds up injured in the house, but how, and by whom?
Sam Merlotte (Sam Trammell) is still in trouble with the wolfpack – in last week’s episode (season 6, episode 2: "The Sun") they stole Emma (Chloe Noelle), the little girl he was entrusted to watch over by his dead girlfriend – and the Vampire Unity Society is still on his back to come out as a shifter. After the cops head to Emma’s grandmother’s (Dale Dickey) house looking for information about her missing son – the one that pack-master Alcide Herveaux (Joe Manganiello) killed in a duel for pack supremacy – Emma is forced to shift into a wolf. Next the wolfpack gets a visit it is from the Vampire Unity Society, a vamp-and-wolf rights group who has been secretly filming pack activity. Apparently, werewolves aren’t into being photographed, so they rip that crew to shreds and bite their leader, Nicole (Jurnee Smolett-Bell). Luckily, Sam shows up to the same wolf camp to save Emma, sees this happening, and gets the wolfpack off of Nicole’s scent, as well as saving the little girl. But for how long?
A lot of new trusts and relationships have been initiated during True Blood season 6, episode 3: between Ben and Sookie, Eric and Willa, and Sam and Nicole. Perhaps we’ll find out whose trust will be warranted and whose broken next week in season 6, episode 4 titled, “At Last”.
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Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013