Episode Title: "Everybody Wants To Rule The World"
Writer: Raelle Tucker
Director: Dan Attias
Previously on "True Blood":
As news reports proclaim that the largest True Blood factory has been destroyed, the newly radicalized Vampire Authority celebrates by feasting on a helpless, naked man. Only Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) seems to be disturbed by the new direction of the Authority, although their vampire tech girl, Molly (Tina Majorino) soon finds that she can't slip away. Eric soon takes Molly aside and asks if they have any way to escape, but she says that they are f***ed. At her home, Sookie Stackhouse ( Anna Paquin) has her friend Lafayette Reynolds (Nelsan Ellis) look into the ghostly appearance of Warlow, the vampire who killed Sookie's parents.
Although Lafayette initially senses nothing, the spirit of Sookie's grandmother directs her to a box under the bed with newspaper clippings about her parents' death. Sookie reads the story and notices that former sheriff, Bud Dearborne (William Sanderson) discovered her parents' bodies. At the police station, Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) refuses to implicate Hoyt (Jim Parrack) as one of the "Obamas," a hate group known for wearing masks of our current President. She tearfully asks Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten) to find Hoyt after things get awkward between them again. Elsewhere, Sam Merlotte (Sam Trammell) and Luna (Janina Gavankar) confirm their love for each other during an argument before Sam relents and lets Luna accompany him on the search for the Obamas.
At Fangtasia, Tara Thornton (Rutina Wesley) tries to horde the True Blood, but Pam (Kristin Bauer) insists that the True Blood must keep flowing. Tara tries to offer Pam some comfort over Eric's unknown fate, but she is rudely rebuffed. Back at Authority headquarters, Eric confronts Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) about making the True Blood factory bombing suggestion in the first place and he seems stunned to learn that Bill's change of heart may be genuine. Eric seems to bring Bill back to reality by reminding him of Sookie and he tells Bill to get blood from Salome (Valentina Cervi) so they can escape. At the police station, Sheriff Andy Bellefleur (Chris Bauer) find the Obamas' website and he realizes that the group is modeling itself after the KKK.
Both Andy and Jason brutally beat one of the Obamas in custody, but he doesn't tell them who the new dragon is. Elsewhere, Alcide Herveaux (Joe Manganiello) solemnly drives away while remembering his teenage years under the guidance of his father, Jackson Herveaux (Robert Patrick). Meanwhile, Sookie visits Bud at his home and he confirms that her parents were probably killed by a vampire, but he didn't know it at the time. Sookie senses that Bud is hiding something from her mental powers, but when she pushes him, Sookie is knocked out by Sweetie Des Arts (Jennifer Hasty). Outside of the police station, Andy tries to fend off the press as Sam and Luna attempt to volunteer for his investigation again.
After Andy refuses their help, Luna and Sam transform into flies to spy on the sheriff as he tries to figure out his next step. Sookie wakes up with her arms bound as she lies in a pig pen near an unconscious and drugged Hoyt. Back at the police station, Andy and Jason recognize the boots of one of the Obamas as a gift given to Bud for his retirement. So they naturally assume that Bud is the dragon. But in reality, Sweetie is the dragon and Bud's lover. Despite Sookie's pleas, Bud drugs her as well. Soon after, Andy and Jason lead the police into a raid of Bud's home but they find it unoccupied. Fortunately, Jason remembers that the family of Bud's wife owns a pig farm; which they link to the pig s*** found at the home where Jessica was held.
Inside the Authority headquarters, Eric speaks with his vampire sister, Nora (Lucy Griffiths); seemingly as way to understand and share her faith. Elsewhere, Salome and Bill violently make love. Bill briefly sees Salome as both Sookie and Lilith before he bites her. When Bill flashes back to reality, he realizes that he has Salome's blood just as Eric requested. Back at the pig farm, Sweetie leads the Obamas to feed Hoyt and Sookie to the pigs for their latest hate video. But to their surprise, one of the pigs morphs into Sam, who catches Sookie and fights off several Obamas by himself. Andy, Jason and the rest of the cops show up soon after.
When Bud moves to strike Sam, Andy shoots him down. A barely coherent Sookie tells Jason to get Hoyt out of the pen. Outside, Sweetie attempts to get away, but she is chased down by Luna, who proceeds to beat the crap out of her. Afterwards, Hoyt is taken to the hospital and Andy prepares to take Sookie home. But before they part, Sam and Andy take a moment to acknowledge what they did for each other. Back in Fangtasia, Pam is annoyed to see an unknown vampire sitting in Eric's throne while feeding off of a human in public. When Pam tries to intervene, the vampire strikes her and says that he is the new sheriff appointed by the Authority. And he urges to vampires in the crowd to feed on any human nearby.
Alcide arrives at his father's home and tells Jackson that he's been kicked out of his pack. Elsewhere, Russell Edgington (Denis O'Hare) and his new lover (?), Steve Newlin (Michael McMillian) visit Alcide's former pack and Russell allows the wolves to drink from his blood. When Martha (Dale Dickey) refuses, Russell takes her granddaughter, Emma (Chloe Noelle) from her arms and gives her to Newlin as a pet. In her home, Sookie is visited by Claude and other faeries who warn her that the vampires are trying to take over the world. Back in the Authority headquarters, Molly and Eric are able to subdue Nora as they await Bill. But when Bill shows up, he is accompanied by Salome and several guards who take Eric and Molly into custody.
The lead story of the Vampire Authority's radicalization is beginning to seep into the rest of the "True Blood" plotlines; as they should at this point. So far, Bill and Eric have had the most compelling stories as Bill becomes more radicalized and Eric slips into the role of hero by default. But with Eric in custody, he's going to need either someone on the outside to save him or for Bill to come to his senses. Eric's survival isn't in question, but Molly's life is definitely in the balance. Tina Majorino has been fun in the small role, but I foresee an iStake in Molly's future.
Former Sheriff Bud Dearborne's ties to the hate group actually tracked well with his previous appearances back in the third season. As I recall, Bud retired in the middle of an investigation because he was so frustrated about the various supernatural murders throughout the town that he couldn't really do anything about. Sweetie as the dragon was a lot less convincing, but it was cathartic to see Luna dole out a little revenge. The bonding moment between Sam and Andy was also a nice touch and it gives those two characters a stronger connection for future stories.
Jason and Jessica also had a really good moment earlier in the episode when she recoiled from his touch. It's good to see that they haven't forgotten that Jason did shoot her through the head while she was biting him. The intimacy that they had shouldn't easily return after something like that. Hoyt's survival was a little disappointing, since his character seems played out. If Hoyt had died, it would have been another emotional barrier between Jason and Jessica.
The weakest story this season also came to a conclusion as Terry (Todd Lowe) and Arelene (Carrie Preston) basically murdered Patrick (Scott Foley). In fairness, Patrick had the same plan for Terry, but the entire angle felt incredibly out of place on this show. Terry and Arelene are supporting characters who can't carry a storyline on their own, despite last year's attempt to shove the evil doll and murdered mother subplots down our throats. The curse storyline fizzled out with an unsatisfactory ending. If the murdered Iraqi woman had refused to lift the curse despite what she promised, there could have been a more entertaining resolution. But I don't want more Terry and Arelene. I want them to go away.
There was also an incredibly forced attempt to draw Sam and Luna into the main vampire plot by having Russell and Newlin kidnap Emma. At least when the faeries warned Sookie about the vampires' true plans, they had a vested interest in the outcome. Adding Alcide's former pack as well as Sam and Luna to the mix seems like overkill. Aside from Alcide, the werewolves on this show just aren't very engaging.
With three episodes left, "True Blood" can still pull off a strong ending for the season. I just hope that the new showrunner has a better sense of what works and what doesn't after this season is over.