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'True Blood' 7x04 'Death Is Not The End': The birth of Fangtasia

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Pam: “Oh, it’s a throne now?”

Ginger: “It is if Eric’s sitting in it.”

“Death Is Not The End” is the July 13 episode of “True Blood.” If you haven’t seen the episode, beware of spoilers! “True Blood” airs Sunday nights at 8 p.m. central on HBO.

In many ways this season is not exactly what I thought it would be. I expected an all-out, intense fight to the end. We are getting that, don’t get me wrong, but we also get a little slower paced episodes, like this one. Showing all the death notifications is an interesting choice. It helps to bring some characters back, even for a second, and it also shows that death isn’t meaningless. There has been a lot of death on “True Blood,” and it happens and we move on. Notifying family members is a way to tug on the heart strings a bit. I had forgotten that Hoyt doesn't know Jason, so that brought back some pain.

I enjoyed this Eric and Pam flashback a lot more than I did the last one. Admittedly, the last flashback helps set up this one, but it still isn't as enjoyable. The fact that Fangtasia was a video store that Pam actually worked at is beyond amusing. This flashback allows us to glimpse the life before vampires were out of the coffin and when Pam and Eric met Ginger. It’s a character moment that the fans can appreciate a bit more than watching Eric be with some girl we had never met. Did you enjoy the Fangtasia flashbacks?

The Eric and Sookie reunion is everything I had hoped for. Alcide just died, and so we really didn't need the Bill/Sookie/Eric triangle to rear its ugly head again. Plus, Sookie and Eric had grown closer since they first met, and their reunion showcases that. They talk about what they have been up to, and Eric wouldn't be Eric without making a werewolf comment. It’s a cute, sweet reunion of two characters that haven’t shared the screen in a while. Did you love Eric and Sookie’s reunion?

There have been moments of random character scenes that either work or they don’t. The writers do a decent job in this episode. I loved the scenes with Jessica. The chat with Sookie is great because finally she stops caring about everyone’s problems. However, Jessica’s scene with Lafayette is my favorite. Jessica had been living in guilt and letting it eat her alive, and Lafayette is able to connect with her on that level. We also learn a bit about Lafayette and the darkness in his life. I’m also glad that Jessica starving herself to death is over.

What did you think of the episode? Did you have a favorite moment? Leave me your thoughts and theories in a comment below. Where are we headed next? All I know is Pam and Eric are going after Sarah Newlin somehow. Oh, does anyone have a thought on how all of this is going to end?

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