True Blood Season 7.05 Review: Lost Cause

True Blood Season 7.05 Review: Lost Cause

July 20, 2014 – HBO

Eric captures his prize and takes out the enemy. Photo courtesy of HBO.com.

Eric captures his prize and takes out the enemy. Photo courtesy of HBO.com.

With the infected vampire horde a long-gone memory, things slowed down significantly this week in “Lost Cause.” With the only current threat the slowly progressing infection in our favorite vampire (and now vampires?!?), the question remains: can this series stay compelling to the very end? For sure, this episode still offered a lot of interesting moments and turning points for our characters’ personal lives, which in a final season is crucial. But unless this season is going to culminate in a wedding weekend How I Met Your Mother style, then we have a problem. And actually, given the way HIMYM ended, we would still have a problem (still bitter). The one thread that holds the most promise is the dire peril in which Sarah Newlin finds herself and the way in which Pam and Eric may fit into this. But if Bon Temps is left in the dust to serve this story, then the season overall will fail. I have faith in the series, as there is still time to shine (#TrueToTheEnd), but that leaves just as much time to fail just as spectacularly.

Cutting Ties

Eric releases Willa. Photo courtesy of HBO.com.

Eric releases Willa. Photo courtesy of HBO.com.

Directly after the fight at Fangtasia, Eric and Pam get ready to head after Sarah Newlin. But first they need to know where to go. Willa was almost Sarah’s step daughter, so Eric turns to her first. Willa is pissed on her own behalf and Tara’s for their abandonment and will not give the information easily. In return, she wants to be released. The deed is done, and she gives them a lead: Sarah’s vampire sister once called from a Dallas area code. Off Pam and Eric go alone, despite some pleas from Ginger and a subsequent temper tantrum on top of Eric’s coffin. After learning about Ginger’s background last week, their treatment of her seems even worse. All she wanted was some of Eric’s attention, and she has gotten nothing after 15 loyal years of service. Poor Ginger!

The sister, Amber Mills, is also infected. She was just a quiet vampire, shacking up with her boyfriend and watching House Hunters marathons. Sounds like the life! But now that Hep V stole her boyfriend away and is threatening to steal her life as well, Amber blames herself. She lets them know that Sarah had arrived in Dallas and called her that morning. Though she turned her away, Sarah would have one other option: their parents. And the Bush fundraiser that night would be the perfect place to find her.

Cue Eric in a cowboy hat and Pam in a sparkly dress! Unfortunately, we do not get the time to appreciate their attempts at wooing the Republican set because the Yakuza crash the party. I would love to see Eric pretend to be an oblivious human again, but tonight was not meant to be. Instead we get a lot of gunshots, the quick deaths of both of Sarah’s parents, and a gruesomely awesome death for the Yakuza thugs when Eric gets his hands on them. He even takes off one of their jaws. Brutal! Of course taking the time to kill them gives Sarah time to escape, but I think given their history, it was well worth it. Besides, this was the most action-packed part of the episode!

“We are motherfuckin’ celebrating life.”

Sookie in not ready to party. Photo courtesy of HBO.com.

Sookie in not ready to party. Photo courtesy of HBO.com.

Lafayette goes to Sookie’s with James to take care of her. When Sookie wakes up in the middle of the night, looking for Alcide, she goes downstairs to finds a feast. Jackson arrived the take all of Alcide’s things away and Lafayette and James cooked. They want to throw a party for the town to celebrate life after all of the death in town. Though Sookie is not originally down with the idea, she goes to get ready.

Everyone does show up for the party, including Lettie Mae. Though Lafayette originally goes to take her out of the house that is filled with temptation-inducing alcohol, Sookie allows her to say her peace about Tara. I am not the biggest Lettie Mae fan, but this little speech did bring tears to my eyes. Of course, she had to go and ruin the moment by going crazy and stabbing Willa a little later. Lettie Mae is an evil with which I will have to come to terms. I doubt she is going away any time soon. That said, we haven’t seen Tara lately, which is the only saving grace of Lettie Mae’s lunacy.

Elsewhere, Andy tries to convince Jess to come inside and enjoy the party. For the first time, it seems that he is willing to forgive if not forget. Jessica will not budge until he urges, “Did it ever occur to you that you torturing yourself over my girls keeps the pain alive for me too?” He wants her help to move on. And in this moment, she can help by lending him a ring so that he can seize the moment and propose to Holly. Jessica thinks to ask Sookie, and Jason hands over their grandmother’s ring. Andy bumbles his way through a proposal, as expected, but the sincerity in his words is heartwarming. Holly says yes, and the crowd celebrates even more, except for Adilyn and Wade (is that budding romance now at an end?) and an overwhelmed Sookie.

Arlene comforts Sookie when it all becomes too much. Photo courtesy of HBO.com.

Arlene comforts Sookie when it all becomes too much. Photo courtesy of HBO.com.

Arlene notices Sookie faltering and takes her upstairs for a heart-to-heart. Both women lost men they loved, so the two friends are more easily able to relate. After telling Sookie that healing is a long process, Arlene offers this additional tidbit: “And nothing’s going to help you heal this pain you’re feeling except time… and tequila.” The two return downstairs and go straight for the shots, as promised. They both get crazy drunk, and in another light moment, Arlene tries to avoid the sexual advances of Keith, the vampire who saved her life. “I’ll see her in her dreams,” Keith promises as Arlene literally runs away. Arlene has always been wary of the supernatural, so I actually like the possibility of her being paired with a well-meaning vampire. She deserves a little love in her life once more, so I hope that this is not the last we see of Keith.

Jessica has a really rough night that ends with a bang. Photo courtesy of HBO.com.

Jessica has a really rough night that ends with a bang. Photo courtesy of HBO.com.

Outside, an angry James, tired of being ignored by Jessica, finally kisses a sympathetic Lafayette. This leads to more, and when Jess comes looking for James, she finds the pair having sex in her car. James is summarily disinvited from Sookie’s house, and Jason goes to comfort his friend. After a talking to from Lafayette, Jessica comes to the realization that maybe she and James weren’t meant to be after all. And with Jason being the perfect specimen of man he is, equally unsure about his future with Violet, the two former lovers get it on once more. This is a terrible idea given how territorial Violet is, and of course she hears the pair when she returns from escorting Sam and Nicole home. I loved Jessica and Jason together, but this spells trouble. This reminds me. Where’ s Hoyt? I actually wanted him to show up to pay tribute to his mother and maybe remember some of his friendship with Jason. If that were still to happen, he could add another wrinkle to this reunion.

At the end of the night, Sookie is drunk and her barriers are down. Luckily, everything she is hearing about herself is good. And when she finally retires, she finds that Jackson has left her a gift; Alcide’s coat is sitting on her bed. She curls up in the clothing and goes to sleep without any trouble. I hope Sookie can heal quickly, though the guilt of not loving Alcide enough may still linger.

A Lesson in Futility

Bill plays wallflower as he reminisces about his first love. Photo courtesy of HBO.com.

Bill plays wallflower as he reminisces about his first love. Photo courtesy of HBO.com.

All throughout the party, Bill takes a back seat. Surrounded by all of these people celebrating life in the face of death, he reckons back to the days when he was first conscripted for the Civil War. While I am a huge fan of parallel structure and applaud the use of a flashback every episode, this was the first time that the information revealed was completely irrelevant. So Bill did not want to fight in the war and actually made an attempt to desert with his family and some friends that ultimately failed. Even though he ended up having to go to war, he promised his wife, his one true love, that he would return to her. We knew he was a good a man; we knew he loved his family; and we know he loves Sookie anyway. So what was the point? I suppose it did set up a narrative for Bill that allowed us to see that he has always had a will to live, but the time might have been better spent. In the end, though, it did allow us to not only see Bill indulging in a bath at the end of the night but also to discover that he is now infected as well. This should not be a big a surprise as I found it to be. Will no vampire be safe? I am already having difficulty coming to terms with Eric’s imminent death; I do not need to see Bill face the same fate. In this way, even the quiet episodes raise the stakes, which keeps me invested in coming back week to week.

Quotes of the Night

“Like being kicked in the cooch by a wallaby, isn’t it?” – Pam to Willa about being released.

“I’ve been your sex slave for 15 years, Eric Northman, and we ain’t even had sex!” – Ginger as Eric gets ready to leave.

“Ginger, I’m diseased.” – Eric, on why they shouldn’t have sex.

“So the fuck am I!” – Ginger

“Security’s going to be tight. And they only invited assholes.” – Amber

“You don’t know us, sweetheart. We can be assholes.” – Eric

“Oh my god. I’m a Republican cunt.” – Pam, getting ready for the gala.

“You mingle. Find the mother.” – Eric

“How? These bitches look the same!” – Pam

“But I’m not a monster! I’m a Buddhist.” – Sarah to her mother.

“A little word to the wise: I don’t know if you two are fuckin’ right now, but if you are, that’s going to have to stop right now.” – Jason to Adilyn and Wade

“Um, you know I have to go make tinkle, because I am a human.” – A drunk Arlene trying to avoid vampire Keith.

Next Time on True Blood

–       Pam and Eric face the sun

–       Violet targets Adilyn to get revenge at Jess

–       Bill’s infection spreads faster than expected