True Blood recap: A Place in the Sun

Terry’s funeral is a tearjerker, while Eric and Bill have different priorities at Vamp Camp
Ep. 09 | Aired Aug 11, 2013

SWEET DREAMS Before he bolted, Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) healed Jason with his blood. 

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Eric made his way through Vamp Camp and saw vampires drinking from the staff, ripping their teeth out, making one female scientist run naked on a mouse wheel, and interrogating Dr. Finn. Eric freed the gen pop ladies, who’d had Jason pinned with his back on a bench feeding on him. Jason told Eric that Pam and the others had been taken, and since Eric needed Jason’s knowledge of the layout, he asked him if he’d ever healed him before. No. “Well, you are in for a treat,” Eric said. Exact quote from my notes: “OMG. YESSSSSS.” Before Eric gave Jason his wrist, he told him, “When you dream of me, dream of nice things.” I spoke to True Blood showrunner Brian Buckner for EW’s What to Watch section, and he said Eric has one “sexy and provocative” scene in the finale. “There’s definitely something for the ladies and the gay men,” he told me. “We might see a certain body part.” Praise Godric.

As Jason led Eric through the hallways, he taunted the dead humans on the ground. That was really just a way to surprise us with the fact that Sarah Newlin had managed to survive by burying herself among them. She got up with her white pantsuit splattered with blood and ran. She’s an impressive cockroach.

At the funeral, it was Sam’s turn to speak. He talked about how Andy had asked him to give Terry a chance in the kitchen and how Terry turned out to be one of the most dependable employees and loyal friends. (Cutaway shot to frequently absent Sookie.) That flashback hit me harder than I expected: We saw Andy bring Sam to Fort Bellefleur so they could drink, fish, and talk with Terry about Merlotte’s. Sam looked really, really good, right? His hair was great, and he was wearing a West Virginia sweatshirt with the sleeves cut off. Terry caught a catfish and watched it struggle to breathe out of the water. “Every life matters. Throw it back,” Terry told Andy, breaking down. Then he asked Sam, “What if it don’t work out?” Sam told him the job would. Terry said he’d just spilled his beer, and Sam said they’d get him another one. Terry looked up at Sam and said that he liked him. Sam told Terry that he liked him, too. In a show with so much deception and fast-talk, it was always refreshing to have someone as earnest and pure of heart as Terry. I teared up again.

As Eric and Jason continued through Vamp Camp, Eric spotted Finn with some vampires and asked for time alone with him. He told Finn that in all their sessions, Finn forgot to ask Eric one question -- how he was going to die, so he could prepare for it mentally. Finn said it didn’t matter how he'd die, because he’d die a happy man because he’d f---ed his progeny. “Oh, you did not just go there. That’s gonna cost you, doc,” Jason said. Eric took out Finn’s contact lenses so he could glamour him to tell the truth. Finn told him about his deal with Pam-- sex in return for her release from solitary. Eric said he wasn’t going to kill him. They were going to find Pam and then she was going to kill him. Ah, Eric.

NEXT: Lafayette taught Terry how to dip

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