True Blood Season 3 Premiere Recap: "Bad Blood"
The wait is finally over for the new season of HBO's hit vampire series, True Blood. Last night the first episode aired, aptly titled "Bad Blood," and the series picked up where last season ended: Bill Compton's abduction.
As someone who has read all of Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse novels, it's very discombobulating to watch Alan Ball's (True Blood series' creator) interpretation of events. There is a fair amount of deviation, and this season we are taking some left turns - but I am liking the energy.
Desperately Seeking Bill
At the end of season 2, Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) asks Sookie (Anna Paquin) to marry him. She excuses herself for a moment to ponder his proposal and this is when Bill is "vamp-napped." Next we see Bill in the company of some unsavory characters who are controlling him with a silver chain and unceremoniously draining him. Bill, in his 19th-century Southern gentleman style, politely but forcefully reminds them that, if they are expected to deliver him alive, they are about to fail should the reckless draining continue. Meanwhile, Sookie calls upon local law enforcement to help her find "Beeall" and has a run-in with Bon Temps Deputy Kenya and Sheriff Bud Dearborn, who simply aren't interested in filing a missing persons report on a non-person.
Bill does manage to escape his sketchy captors during a particularly stunning moment of stupidity after they all get high off his blood and crash Bill's car. Bill happens upon a nice elderly lade, who he then "glamors" and feeds on. He's a vampire after all, but a refined one, so he erases her memory, plants a nice one and leaves her some cash for her trouble. All vampires should be so classy.
Jason and Andy: "Conscience Off, Dick On"
Next up, we flashback to the death of Eggs, Tara's boyfriend from last season who was stricken with the need to confess all his bad deeds while under the influence of Maryann the Maenad. Sookie, being a telepath and all, helped Eggs recall his suppressed memory, after which he goes nuts remembering all the people he brutally murdered. In a fit of remorse, he attempts to turn himself in to Detective Andy, but is wielding a knife while doing so, which Jason, stumbling upon this scene, misinterprets. Jason (Ryan Kwanten) kills Eggs as a result.
Even though this is an accident, Det. Andy doesn't think anyone will benefit from the truth, so he concocts a story to protect his new bro-friend Jason, by telling everyone HE killed Eggs in self-defense. Tara, having discovered Eggs is dead absolutely loses her sh*t. (Back to her in a moment.) Simpleton Jason is not handling the accidental killing so well and starts to freak. He gets a visit from Andy who tells him to just "be Jason," by giving him a pep talk saying "Conscience off, dick on. And everything's going to be alright." OK.Continued on the next page