Premiere: True Blood Season 5 Episode 1 “Turn, Turn, Turn” Recap

June 15, 2012

So Many Twists and Turns!

Bill Compton, Eric Northman and his sister NoraWell folks, the most anticipated True Blood episode – the premiere – has come and gone. Now that the dust has settled, let’s take a look at what happened. For those of you in Australia and other countries that still have to wait until THIS Sunday to view this episode, please take a complimentary Tru Blood and step away from the spoilers. Feel free to discuss the upcoming Tru Blood convention, if you like.

During the break, probably the top two questions on everyone’s lips were: “Will Tara survive?” and “Why does Rev. Steve Newlin have fangs?” The next most pressing issues appeared to be: “What will happen to Eric and Bill for their little ‘oopsie’ with Nan Flanagan?”  “What will the fallout be with Sookie killing Debbie Pelt?” and “How will Russell Edgington heal and then retaliate?”

Well, didn’t we get some answers to most of those questions!  Here, let me break the story lines down for you:

*WARNING! Spoilers ahead!*

We start with finding out how Bill and Eric have reacted to being dumped by Sookie. Bill is still smitten, whereas Eric seems more than just a little peeved. And whether they decide to help Sookie or not when Debbie arrives on the scene is moot once they are trapped and abducted.

Pam then appears on the scene while Sookie and Lafayette are trying to revive Tara. In the heat of the moment Pam agrees to turn Tara and Sookie now owes her a favor – nothing good can come of that, I’m betting. Kudos go to Pam in this scene for producing yet another of her famously naughty lines!

We then switch to find out how Jason is faring with the fangy Steve Newlin at his door. I might add that this turns out to be one of the best scenes of the night – both for humor and for excitement.  This story is later expanded on when Steve glamours Jason and offers a glimmer of back story with announcing he was turned by a woman, before professing his love for Jason Stackhouse. Jason is polite but announces that “this dog don’t bark that way.” Jessica arrives (still sporting everyone’s favorite red riding hood costume) and stakes her claim on Jason. Deborah Ann Woll is magnificent in this scene.

We then flip back to the Tara storyline. Pam has donned a very unattractive yellow Walmart tracksuit and is having Sookie and Lafayette bury her with Tara’s body. It will be interesting to see how this maker relationship pans out.

The werewolf storyline is expanded on next with Sam being hounded by the pack to admit who killed the pack master. This story is spliced throughout the episode and results in Sam ‘fessing up to protect Luna and her daughter. He is then tortured and finally has to watch the pack master’s parents eat their own son.

So what of Bill and Eric? Well, seems that being stuck in the trunk of a car is no hindrance to them. They devise a plan to blow the car up by igniting the fuel: a magnificent explosion results. So does the death of the driver – not by the new bromance couple, but by Eric’s ‘sister,’ Nora. A sister who is a little closer to her brother than most – only in True Blood, eh? A twisted plot in the running of vampire politics unfolds here. Personally, I think this one will end up twistier than the others. Especially since Bill and Eric will have to assume new identities.

After Sookie and Lafayette dispose of Debbie (wonder where they buried the body?), they discover the disappearance of yet another corpse – this time it’s Jesus’. Layfayette attempts to contact him on the other side but to no avail.

The next scene is one of those awkward-hilarious ones that True Blood and HBO are so great at delivering. Ever wonder what would happen if your grown children were to walk in on yourself and your partner? Well, Andy and Holly found out the hard way in this episode!

The Terry storyline finally gets its time in lights. Who is this mysterious military friend and why are Terry and his old squadron involved in so many fires? This storyline is looking more interesting than I first suspected – maybe baby Mikey is not the black sheep we first thought?

Now we flash to Sookie and Alcide. If it weren’t for Lafayette butting in, I would imagine things would have gotten real hairy, real quickly if Sookie had have been left to explain just what she’d done to Debbie without his intervention.

We get a heap of storyline snippets next: Hoyt and Jason, Eric and Nora (and a rather saucy sex scene in a disused shipping container) as well as a particularly tasty morsel: Why are live humans being thrown into that room – who is eating them? Russell perhaps? Who knows just yet…

The most cringeworthy scene follows. Do we really need to see karaoke? Even if it is to expand on the confusion Jason is feeling at falling for Jessica and Jessica making it clear (by flirting with someone else) that she doesn’t want a serious relationship yet. The jury is still out as to whether Jason really would have a conscience around a hot chick either. The only good thing about that scene were Jessica’s killer heels!

We round up the first episode with an absolute cliffhanger. While Eric and Bill are given new identities and being sent on their merry ways, snipers start shooting.  The only three left standing are Eric, Bill, and Nora. They are taken prisoner by people announcing themselves as the one true Vampire Authority!

With so many great story lines this season, which was your fave and why? Let us know in the comments below.

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MAJOR True Blood Season 5 Video SPOILERS!

June 10, 2012

SPOILER Videos for Season 5 Episodes 1-2:

Eric Season 5 posterWe know the season premiere of True Blood’s Season 5 is tonight, but for those of you who don’t have HBO, or don’t live in North America, have we got a surprise for you! If you don’t like surprises or having your favorite shows spoiled, please leave this page. For those who are dying to know what happens, watch the videos below!

WARNING! SPOILERS AHEAD!

Source: YouTube

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Spoiler! Season 5 True Blood Premiere Song Speculation!

April 7, 2012

HBO True Blood vampire Steve Newlin-former Church of the Sun leader, played by Michael McMillan, in Season 5 Premiere

True Blood Season 5 Premiere

We recently revealed, here at TrueBloodNet.com, the title of the first episode of season five of HBO‘s hit series, True Blood. Warning! Spoiler Alert! If you don’t want to be spoiled you should not read further as the title often reveals important episode themes. Long-time viewers know, the title of the episode often ties in with the final song that plays during the closing credits of each episode of True Blood. Radio DJ Gary Calamar is responsible for picking these often-surprising tunes that play in the final credits. Mr. Calamar is the music supervisor on True Blood picking the songs to accompany not only the final credits but also tunes heard during the show whenever the talented Nathan Barr isn’t creating original scores for our favorite series. According to this piece we presented last year:

Every episode of True Blood is named after a song. According to Gary, this is difficult due to budget concerns. Some licensing can be too expensive or just not available. In a few cases, the episode titles were changed because the song didn’t work out as planned. But, as music supervisor, this touch makes his job more fun and interesting.

Turn! Turn! Turn!

The name of the season 5 premiere episode of True Blood is “Turn! Turn! Turn!” While the most obvious implication is that dead/or dying Tara Thornton, who’s brains were splattered across Sookie Stackhouse‘s kitchen at the end of Season 4, will be turned into a vampire, Alan Ball and his devious writers could be throwing us all off track with the premiere’s title. Perhaps Ball and the writers are throwing us a curve ball by merely refering to the recent turning of Steve Newlin former head of the ‘Church of the Sun“, Bon Temps anti-vampire religious extremists, into the vampire that showed up at Sookie‘s door last season with the foreshadowing title. Maybe they are hinting at various characters turning over a new leaf this season. They can but assume that the title of the episodes would be known before the premiere show’s airing on June 10th, 2012 and they could be evilly twisting the obvious meaning.

Nevertheless, we thought we would speculate on not only which song is going to play at the end of the first season five episode but also which band’s cover of the piece will be selected.

The Byrds

The most famous version of this song was done by The Byrds in 1965 where it reached number on on Billboard’s Hot 100. However, The Byrds didn’t write “Turn! Turn! Turn! (to Everything There Is a Season)” to give the song it’s full title. That honor belongs to Pete Seeger who wrote the song in 1959 and recorded it on his album, “The Bitter and the Sweet” in 1962.

Seeger repurposed the words from the King James Bible version of the Book of Ecclesiastes, using the words almost verbatim, with a bit of rearranging and the addition of exactly six words of his own. Besides Seeger and The Byrds, “Turn! Turn! Turn!” was also recorded by Judy Collins in 1963 on her “Judy Collins 3” album, The Seekers in 1966 on their “Georgy Girl”; Wilson Philips in 2004 on their “California” album. Other prominent musicians who’ve recorded this title are Bruce Springsteen in 2006 and most recently by Tori Amos in 2010.

So whose version of this song do you think we’ll hear on June 10th during the season 5 premiere of True Blood? Do you like one better than the other? Do you have a sentimental favorite? Or do you know of a more obscure version of the song that you think is better suited to the dark and twisted story lines of True Blood? Be sure to take your guess in the comments section below!

The Lyrics

Turn, Turn, Turn by Pete Seeger and sung by The Byrds

To everything, turn, turn, turn
There is a season, turn, turn, turn
And a time for every purpose under heaven

A time to be born, a time to die
A time to plant, a time to reap
A time to kill, a time to heal
A time to laugh, a time to weep

A time to build up, a time to break down
A time to dance, a time to mourn
A time to cast away stones
A time to gather stones together

A time of love, a time of hate
A time of war, a time of peace
A time you may embrace
A time to refrain from embracing

A time to gain, a time to lose
A time to rend, a time to sew
A time of love, a time of hate
A time of peace, I swear it’s not too late

 

Credits: HBO, Inc; Wikipedia; Blues for Peace

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Season 5 May Reveal How Pam Became A Vamp

January 9, 2012

A Trip Back In Time For Pam?

Kristin Bauer van Straten as vampire PamMany True Blood fans love the show’s in depth flashbacks, and judging from recent casting calls Alan Ball may be gearing up to give fans a flashback we’ve all been anticipating for a long time during Season 5.

Ball is looking for two characters in particular. A non-threatening man in his 30s and a prostitute oddly named “Washcloth Helen.” Both of these characters will be introduced to fans during a flashback to a San Francisco brothel in 1905.

The significance in this may be in the date. According to author Charlaine Harris, this is the year that Pam became a vampire. In the novels her transformation takes place in London, not San Francisco, but this may just be one of the many changes Alan Ball has made to the series. I for one am glad to still have Lafayette around!

Of course there is always the possibility that this scene has nothing to do with Pam or how she was made into a vampire. Now that she’s all pretty again, I hope we get to see lots more of my favorite sassy vamp this upcoming season!

Source: Wetpaint.com – True Blood Season 5 Speculation: What Happens in the San Francisco 1905 Flashback?

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True Blood Season 5 Spoilers From Co-EP Raelle Tucker

September 14, 2011

Co-Executive Producer/Writer Spills the Scoop on Season 5:

True Blood vampires by HBOWe have more news on what to expect in Season 5 of HBO’s True Blood, straight from co-executive producer and writer, Raelle Tucker. Remember when Stephen Moyer said there would be “an omnipresent power” next season in this article?

Raelle Tucker backs this up by saying:

“There will be a very significant, strong, mysterious woman at the center of one of our main stories next year. That will be a very familiar and compelling character. It may be someone you’ve heard of before.”

The show will delve pretty deep into the world of fairies, giving us all (including Sookie) a better understanding of the fascinating creatures.  Speaking of Sookie and Supes, as we saw in the finale, she has seemingly sworn them off — at least romantically.  But can one ever really be rid of Supes in Bon Temps?  Highly doubtful.  So what does this mean for Bill and Eric?  What the heck will they be doing, if not fighting over Sookie?  According to Tucker, seeing as how they offed Nan Flanagan,

“The consequences of their actions in the finale are going to chase them for a while next year.”

What about creepy Rene, Terry, and Arlene?  Well, it seems Rene was right!  Terry is going to be nothing but trouble next season, thanks to his old buddy Patrick.  Fitting that Terry’s past would come back to haunt him on All Hallow’s Eve, don’t you think?  But poor Terry isn’t the only character whose past is coming back to haunt him — we now know that Steve Newlin is back (as a vampire, who saw that one coming?!), and so is the King of Mississippi!  Uh oh.  I smell trouble.  That little fella is NOT going to be happy.  Three cheers for Russell Edgington and his crazy antics!

What do you think, Truebies?  Is Season 5 already shaping up to be a good one?

Source: InsideTV.EW.com – ‘True Blood’: What’s Ahead for Season 5?

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Video: Stephen Moyer Spills on Season 5 — Spoilers!

September 13, 2011

Vampire Bill shares Spoilers for Season 5:

Stephen Moyer as True Blood’s Bill ComptonMTV recently interviewed Stephen Moyer (the handsome Brit who plays vampire Bill Compton on HBO’s True Blood) at the junket for his latest movie, The Caller. When asked for Bon Temps Spoilers Moyer said:

“I know there is going to be an omnipresent power in season five. I know what it is. I think we could be heading towards an even greater season.”

Sounds marvelous! What could this “omnipresent power” be? More witches? Fairies? Another Supe? Will Jesus fly down to Bon Temps and decide he can’t miss all the fun? Wait, Moyer has more to say about the coming season:

“If they go where they’re going, it will be amazing and upset a lot of people, which is what we like.”

Great! Nine months of these teasers! How are we going to cope? After Sunday’s incredible finale (with the most cliffhangers in True Blood finale history) we have plenty to ponder. Stephen Moyer’s statement just adds more questions to our ever-growing list. It’s going to be a long nine months.

Watch the video, and share your theories, questions, and ideas about season five in the comments section below. Who knows? Maybe Alan Ball will stumble across our page and get some ideas from us!

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Source – MTV: Stephen Moyer Teases ‘True Blood’ Season 5: It Could ‘Upset A Lot Of People’

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True Blood Season 5 Spoiler Alert! Update on Tara Thornton

September 13, 2011

Spoiler Alert! Will Tara Be Back for Season 5 of  True Blood?

Rutina Wesley HBO promoAccording to Rutina Wesley in a Q & A with TVLine, the answer is a resounding yes.  Her contract has been renewed for Season 5.  But what exactly does that mean on True Blood?  Does she survive having the back of her head blown off?  Does she become a vampire?  A zombie?  A ghost? Who the heck knows?  Not even the actress herself:

“Everything’s up in the air because half of my head is missing. [Laughs] I know Alan has big plans for me next season. But has he shared those plans with me? Not really.”

Although, she would prefer not to become a vampire.  She enjoys being one of the only humans left on the show, and besides — it would be a pain to have to learn how to talk with fangs in your mouth!  Oh, and another thing… don’t call Tara a victim.  Wesley says she saw her character more as a survivor this season, just trying to get through it all.  She enjoyed filming the shooting scene, and she really enjoyed getting to play “sassy Tara” again:

“I really liked the humor in Tara that we got towards the end. It felt like Season 1 Tara with the one-liners. It was fun getting back to the sassy Tara. I just like to see her be strong and stable and not necessarily crying and whining.”

So, what’s the bottom line, Truebies?  You will be seeing Tara on the show in Season 5.  As exactly what, that remains to be seen!  What’s your theory?  Are you glad she’s coming back, or were you glad to see her go?

Source: TVLine.com  – True Blood Scoop: Rutina Wesley Will Be Back For Season 5… But In What Form?

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Video: True Blood Season 4 Finale Previews

September 10, 2011

Spoilers Ahead!

TB Season 4 poster-redThe end is here, Truebies!  Did you ever think this season of True Blood would fly by so quickly?  It was like a (vampire) bat out of hell. Before you start crying crimson tears, remember — we will be here, holding your hand through the agonizing wait for Season 5.  Keep up to date with everything and everyone related to True Blood here at TrueBloodNet.com.

So, what can we expect to see in the final episode?  Lafayette possessed (yet again), Bill and Eric facing the true death (yet again), Halloween mayhem, and some sort of proposal from Alcide.

In case you haven’t had a chance to see any previews of tomorrow’s finale (or you live under a rock), here you go:

Ep. 48 Preview

 

Ep. 48 Clip – Alcide Makes His Pitch

 
What or who will you miss the most? What do you think next season will be about? Share your thoughts with us below!

Source: HBO

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Spoiler Alert! What’s Happening in the Next Few True Blood Episodes

August 4, 2011

Where is HBO Going With Season 4?

True Blood White - Season 4 promo posterIf you want to find out what direction HBO is taking Season 4 of True Blood, then check out the spoiler details below. If not, then it’s best you move onto the next awesome True Blood Net news article!

You’ve been warned…

Episode 7: “Cold Grey Light of Dawn”

  • Bill tries to save vampires from the light, after Marnie gets help from the spirits of the dead
  • Luna discovers something about Sam
  • Lafayette has a spiritual awakening
  • Pam has some cosmetic alterations (think body peel)
  • Jessica has doubts
  • Alcide and Debbie join a new pack

Episode 8: “Spellbound”

  • There is a midnight face-off between Bill and Marnie
  • Conflict occurs between Jason, Jessica and Hoyt
  • Lafayette is possessed
  • Tommy learns empathy
  • Sam meets Marcus, Luna‘s ex, and they don’t get along. Marcus is also the leader of the new pack that Alcide and Debbie have joined

Episode 9: “Run”

  • While Sookie is recovering from a near-death experience, she fantasizes about Bill and Eric
  • Jesus tries to rid Lafayette of his demon
  • Marcus uses Alcide to deal with Sam
  • Bill and Nan Flanagan have an argument
  • The Hoyt, Jason, Jessica triangle deepens
  • Marnie continues to plot against the vampires at the upcoming festival entitled ‘Festival of Tolerance’

Episode 10: “Burning Down the House”

  • All hell breaks loose in Shreveport
  • Sookie uses magic to save Bill which leads to a spell being broken
  • Marnie/Antonia has to re-evaluate
  • Jason wants Jessica to glamour Hoyt
  • Terry involves Andy in an intervention
  • Alcide questions his allegiance to Marcus
  • Jesus, Sookie, Lafayette and Jason try to break into the Moon Goddess Emporium to rescue Tara and Holly
  • Bill leads a brigade of vampires who just want to blow the place up

Besides the episode spoilers, Inside TV recently reported that Rutina Wesley had been hinting at conflict between all the supernatural characters on True Blood:

“When you’ve got shifters and werewolves and vampires and witches, there’s bound to be some tension. There’s going to be some craziness this season, and because her best friend is Sookie, Tara is going to get swept back into everything. But I can’t tell you whose side she’s going to be on.”

So all is not yet sweet between besties Tara and Sookie either. It will certainly be interesting to see how it all pans out.

Source: IMDb Boards – True Blood (2008) August Episode Summaries

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HBO Live Twitter Feed from Comic-Con 2011

July 23, 2011

Possible Spoilers Ahead:

Comic-Con 2011 logoGreetings, Truebies!  If you are not on Twitter, and didn’t make it to the True Blood panel at Comic-Con this year, we’ve got you covered.  There are plenty of comments on HBO’s live feed from Alan Ball and the cast, with some (what I am sure must be) spoilers thrown in.  For example, are any of you wondering about a certain shower scene?  Well, I won’t confirm or deny.  You can click through the tweets yourself if you want to find out.  (Insert innocent smile)

Click on the image to be taken to the archived feed:

HBO live Twitter feed Comic-Con 2011

Source: @TrueBloodHBO

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