True Blood has long been about the battle between humans and vampires, and how power corrupts. But this season 6 opener, directed by Stephen Moyer, established that those themes are reaching a bloody crescendo.
We opened with the final moment of last season's finale, Bill seemingly reborn as Bilith, as seen from his perspective. Sookie said "F---," and he saw the light in her mouth. Then Eric told Sookie to run and off they went. Did you notice the way Eric held her hand, and then had her run in front of him? And the way he asked her if she was okay when they finally got to the elevator after she slipped and fell in dead vampire goo? Only Sookie would be okay after that face-plant. Naked bloody Bilith shut down the power and killed a guard. Sookie produced a small ball of fairy light so Eric could beat his way through to the elevator shaft. Meanwhile, Jason took out an Authority guard firing on him, Pam, Tara, Nora, and Jessica from above. The guard's liquified bloody corpse rained down on Jason like he was in Flashdance. I hope this is a season of splatter! Nora offered Jason praise, but he's still in anti-vampire Rambo mode, so that turned in to a pissing match until Pam interrupted and asked "Bitch Sergeant" who she was and why she was telling her what to do. So Eric never told Pam about Nora. Nora just said she was someone who promised Eric she'd escort this "ragtag band of f---ups to safety."
As those folks worked their way upstairs, Sam was already pulling Luna outside. She said she was just slowing him and Emma down. She made him promise to keep Emma safe with him. As soon as he did, Luna died. Sam picked up Emma and ran as she yelled, "Mommy, no!" Ah. Still prefer her in puppy form, though. There was an Authority guard on Luna in seconds, so it's good she'd made them leave her.
Someone, presumably Bilith, set the Authority compound on fire, and while Jason and Pam wanted to go back for Sookie and Eric, respectively, Nora insisted they had to keep moving, too. Just then Eric and Sookie pulled up in an SUV, and everyone jumped in. Another smart move, because the building blew. Jessica asked about Bill, and Sookie shook her head no. They heard the Bilith screech and drove off -- but then they stopped to watch Bilith walk out of the explosion. Jessica asked if it was Bill and Sookie said, "Not anymore." Then Bill levitated. Christ. They sped off and Bilith darted upward. Credits!
The Scooby Gang assumed Bilith had let them go, unless, as Jason noted, "he's flying over our heads like a naked, evil Superman." Timely! And it made me remember how I was recently thinking that the Tudors trio of Henry Cavill, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, and Natalie Dormer could've been a great Bill, Eric, and Sookie in an alternate universe. Nora assumes Bill has been reborn in Lilith's image, but Eric said we still have no idea WHAT Bill is. Then we listened to the car radio, which took us to a live press conference outside the home of the human governor of Louisiana, Truman Burrell.
NEXT: "Shut up, Jason"