‘True Blood’ Recap Season 6 Episode 4, At Last: Ben is Macklyn Warlow

Deborah Ann Woll as vampire Jessica Hamby in True Blood S6, E4 At Last
Deborah Ann Woll as vampire Jessica in True Blood S6, E4 "At Last"

In Season 6, episode 4 of True Blood, titled “At Last”, the blood-lusting vamps have their way with Bon Temps’ human populace and several young faeries. Sometimes, the vampires take it violently and by surprise, like when Jessica attacks Sheriff Andy’s faerie daughters. Other times, the outpouring of blood is by consent, like when Eric Northman turns Willa. Eric is by no means having a good week though: by episode’s end, all three of his women – Pam, Willa and Nora – are captured and sent to the vampire internment camp.

At the end of Season 6, Episode 3 titled “You’re No Good”, Sookie Stackhouse's brother Jason (Ryan Kwanten) was found unconscious. This week, half-fairy Ben Flynn (Rob Kazinsky) reveals that his other half is vampire – Warlow – when his fangs come out and he heals Jason with his blood. Sookie surmises this when she finds glowing blood on the floor, so she devises a plan to seduce Ben, and then destroy him.

Sookie and Jason's faerie grandfather, Niall Brigant (Rutger Hauer), also figures it out after talking to Eric Northman’s sister Nora Gainesborough (Lucy Griffiths), who tells him that for years the vampire bible has been mis-translated (it was initially thought that "the people led Lilith to the sun," but now she believes it’s, "the progeny led Lilith to the sun", meaning a vampire would be the one to kill Lilith). Then Nora smells Niall’s blood, so he blasts her with his faerie light before she can bite him, and she lands in the clutches of the vampire-hating police. Between Nora’s revelation, and the fact that womanizer Jason is having erotic dreams about Ben (because he has Ben's blood in him), Niall realizes that Ben is Warlow, and he and Jason set out to kill him. This ends badly for Niall: Warlow nearly drains him, then tosses him into the netherworld.

Last week, vampire Tara Thornton (Rutina Wesley) took the governor’s daughter, Willa Burrell (Amelia Rose Blaire), from Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgård). This week, not only does Northman find Willa, he makes her a vampire. She is only the second person he has turned in over 1000 years, Pam, of course, being the first). After the transformation is complete, Eric rebuffs Willa's sexual advances and commands her to return to her father, the Governor (Arliss Howard), with a political statement: "Make him understand we were all once human. We are not to be hunted." Willa confronts her Dad, now shacked up with Sarah Newlin (Anna Camp), and asks him to cease all vampire persecution. It seems he’ll give in to her pleas, but then Willa smells his bleeding hand and bites him. Sarah shoots her, and demands that Willa is sent to the vampire internment camp. Pam De Beaufort (Kristin Bauer van Straten) is sent there too this episode, after been shot and captured by the police.

Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) and his progeny, Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll), are still looking for faerie blood to synthesize, a la TruBlood, to strengthen vampires in their battle against the humans. Sookie wouldn’t give him any of hers, so Bill and Jessica lure Sheriff Andy Bellefleur’s (Chris Bauer) rapidly-growing faerie children – now teenagers who steal their father’s police cruiser and head to a liquor store – to Bill’s house. Bill promises these kids kinky fun, but all he really does is extracts their blood using a device on their wrists. The girls are bored and want to go home, but Jess implores them to stay, then she smells their honey scent and attacks them. Hearing screams, Bill enters the parlor and finds four bloody bodies, and a hysterical Jessica begging him for forgiveness. While this is happening, Sheriff Andy drives up to the Compton manor, looking for his daughters.

The only relationship that doesn’t involve bloodshed (except for the nasty wolf bite on her leg) is the one between Sam Merlotte (Sam Trammell) and the remaining member of the Vampire Unity Society, Nicole Wright (Jurnee Smollett-Bell). After surviving the slaughter of her crew at the hands of the wolf pack, Nicole is swept away on a horse – Sam in shape shifter form – and they quickly become a couple. So much for grieving Luna, his recently deceased girlfriend.

The episode ends with Sookie and Ben/Warlow. She invites him to dinner, a chicken feast she has spiked with colloidal silver. It doesn’t seem to work, so Sookie tries another weapon: seduction. As Ben kisses her neck, Sookie brandishes a light-orb and hisses, “Get the f--k off me or die, Warlow.”

Hopefully in next week's True Blood episode, Season 6, Episode 5 titled "F--k the Pain Away", we'll find out who is more in danger from the other, Sookie or Warlow. Also, it appears that Bill's vision of seeing all of the vampires he knows and/or loves in flames may be coming to fruition, with the three vampires captured this week, and surely more arrests to come.

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Posted on Tuesday, July 9, 2013