I normally do a synopsis of what happened in each episode, but I thought that this week we would just focus on a few highlights because of a re-occurring theme of violence against women.
Considering that Tara is being held captive by a clearly dangerous vampire, her question of, "what do you want with Sookie?" is certainly inappropriate, and it is Franklin that must remind her that she must be concerned about herself. This is typical of the way that Black female characters are written - self sacrificing and concerned with safety of the benefit of the White female protagonist. Sookie functions as a modern day Missy Anne when it relates to Tara. It is beginning to feel that Tara's race has been changed to Black so that Ball can engage in tropes that are harmful to Black women, rather than a progressive attempt to include more people of colour in "True Blood".
The branding of Debbie Pelt is also an issue, even though the other weres have the same mark. We could have learned that Debbie took the mark in various ways, and though she willfully submitted to the branding, watching as a man burned her flesh simply fell in line with the horrendous treatment of women throughout the entire episode.
Bill was clearly asked by Russell, the King of Louisiana to provide a meal, but he made no specification as to what gender this person should belong to. The fact that the victim was once again female, matched Balls message of violence against women being acceptable. In this scene, we learn that if you are female and provide sexual entertainment for money, your person-hood can easily be discarded. We could look at the scene and see it as the last vestige of Bill's pretense of human morality, but I think that it better highlights that in the "True Blood" universe women are to be consumed, and abused at the will of men.
I know that I had many negative things to say about last nights episode, but that is not to say that it did not have some really enjoyable moments. I loved watching Eric swoop in when Lafayette was being attacked, though it did smack of White men to the rescue. Even his lecture of Lafayette in the car read more like "White man's burden", than a conversation between business partners.
Finally, my favourite scene of the night was the Sookie and Eric fantasy, though every time I see something like that it makes me want to jump right into my television scene and push Sookie out of the way. Can Skaarsgard possibly get any hotter?
You'll notice that I didn't mention Jason and Andy. That is because I sincerely wish those to characters would go away. Enough said on that.
Line of the night goes to Eric, "No, I think I'll kill all of your brother cousins first."
What were your thoughts on last nights episode?