True Blood recap: 'Love Is to Die'

As Eric plays relationship counselor for Sookie and Bill, the Jason-Jessica-Hoyt-Brigette love square figures itself out.
Ep. 09 | Aired Aug 17, 2014

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Eric becomes a relationship counselor: Eric goes to see Bill because he thinks he can relate to him since he, too, had accepted his fate and wanted to die the true death when he was sick. He asks Bill to consider what this will do to Sookie and, in a selfless move, Eric reminds Bill that Sookie loves him. Bill insists that he's doing this for Sookie: She'll only learn to love someone else when he's not on the planet. "Get over yourself, Bill," Eric quips. But Bill tries a different way of explaining it: They're only drawn to Sookie because she's fae, and she's only drawn to them because they're vampires. It's the pull of light and dark. It's shocking to hear Bill say this because it again feels like he's saying that what they had isn't real, when viewers have decided that it was—it's just an extreme case of opposites attract. But what Bill's really leading to is his fever dream of Sookie having the void for a baby: All they can give her is death and darkness. Bill wants to set her free so the moth doesn't keep returning to the flame.

So many questions here, starting with this one.

The past couple episodes have overtly addressed the issue of whether Bill and Sookie's love was real. More subtly, the show seems to be proving through Eric's actions that he genuinely cares for Sookie, too. If Bill didn't believe that Eric cares for her, he wouldn't have expected him to agree to do that final favor—trying to convince Sookie to see Bill so he can explain his death wish and give her closure.

While Pam has Sarah Newlin brought upstairs so she can take her back to blonde and explain how Sarah's about to become the highest paid prostitute in history thanks to her blood, Eric heads to Bellefleur's to speak with Sookie outside.

You'll recall it was outside Merlotte's that Eric happily took Bill away from Sookie to have him face the Magister in season 1, but now he's there to bring them back together, if only to say goodbye. He tells her Bill wants to call on her that night, and that Bill will say he's doing this for her, and it won't sound crazy when he explains. He offers a teary-eyed Sookie a lift home, literally: He picks her up and flies. When they land at her house, it's a Superman moment—that sweet and innocent. Eric can hear Sookie's phone ringing and knows it'll be Bill asking to come over. She invites Eric in (good to know he can enter in the series finale), which means she trusts him. But he tells her goodnight. Was that him knowing it was more important for her to deal with Bill, and that he'd just be a shoulder to cry on at the moment and he needed to get back to Fangtasia anyway—or is he going to let Sookie go as well? Has Bill made Eric realize that he can only give Sookie the lights of Bon Temps from above?

Eric, Ginger, and the funniest scene in the show's history? As Bill makes his way to Sookie's—stopping at his wife's tombstone in the cemetery—Eric returns to Fangtasia to find a pissed off Ginger sitting at the bar. She's mad because he didn't feel the need to tell her he's going to live. He tells her he's been flying around dealing with other people's relationship problems and sarcastically apologizes for not running to her first. And then... he says he wants to apologize by finally f---ing her. [Pause for screams heard all across America.] Eric asks her where she's imagined doing it, and of course, she says that throne that she has no clue she brought to the video store in 2006. "Well on the throne it is," Eric says, leading her up the stage and into a twirl as "Fade Into You" begins to play in the background.

"What happens next?" Eric asks huskily. "I straddle you," Ginger says with all the pent-up sexual frustration about to burst. He tells her to do it, and off come her shoes. As she mounts the throne, the camera shoots from behind Eric, but you can still tell there's a smile on Alexander Skarsgard's face—because how could he not laugh at this? Eric drinks from her, since he's now immune to Hep-V, and then he reaches up the word's tiniest micro skirt and tears off her panties. Ready to go, Ginger pumps three times and comes. EW had actress Tara Buck break down this scene (the hand through his hair was her idea), and originally, the joke was going to be that Eric was a bad lay. Inconceivable, right? Instead, the writers decided the punchline would be that Ginger's waited 15 years for this moment and it's over in seconds. She's still letting out high-pitched moans and aftershocks when she slides backward off Eric and onto the floor. "You're f---ing fantastic," she tells him breathlessly. "Thank you." She gives him a thumb's up when he's confused enough to ask her if she'll be okay. And then she falls asleep and snores like a dude as Eric stands, straightens his hair and his clothes, and steps over her body telling her goodnight. AMAZING. There was no kissing, which would have made it seem too real and personal. This was perfect: There's no one that makes Eric feel more like himself than Ginger, and Ginger deserves this.

Eric goes looking for Pam and finds her in the basement. Mr. Gus and the Yakuza have Pam silvered to a table with a giant stake dangling above her. The Yakuza cut two of the three ropes keeping it from ending Pam's undead life before finally, Eric admits that Sookie knows about Sarah. Mr. Gus' next question: Where does Sookie live? We don't see Eric answer, but we do see Bill arrive at Sookie's front door. What happens next? Eric has to tell them where Sookie lives and then somehow find a way to get there in time to help save her, right? Will Bill die in the struggle, so his death truly is for Sookie? Will (gulp) Eric die protecting her and Bill? Will Pam die after Eric, or in place of Eric?

NEXT: Jessica and Jason grow up

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