'True Blood' Recap: Episode 31, 'Hitting The Ground'

True BloodEpisode Title: "Hitting the Ground"

Written By: Brian Buckner

Story: Sookie (Anna Paquin) is released from Lorena's (Mariana Klaveno) clutches in bloody fashion, but escape from the vampire succubus doesn't mean escape from danger — certainly not when a very hungry Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) is along for the ride. With Sookie's life hanging in the balance, some very interesting subconscious events transpire, offering clues as to the telepath's true nature. Meanwhile, King Russell Edgington (Denis O'Hare) continues to expand his territory with a new marriage while Sam Merlotte (Sam Trammell) makes a move to free his brother Tommy (Marshall Allman) once and for all.

In Memoriam: For a show based on the premise of blood and death, "Hitting the Ground" sure raised the bar on both elements, wouldn't you say? Let's eulogize some of the great characters we lost in this episode, starting with Mariana Klaveno, the lovely actress who played Lorena on "True Blood." Her character might have been horrid, but having spoken to her in an exclusive Hollywood Crush interview just a few months ago, I can assure you that Mariana is absolutely wonderful, not to mention an excellent actress with an excellent character. She'll be missed.

We should also pour one out for Grant Bowler, the Australian actor who played the vicious werewolf Coot. An excellent actor as evidenced on "Lost," Grant did a great job posing a werewolf nemesis to Alcide (Joe Manganiello). He'll be missed as well — maybe not as much as Mariana, but still!

One more goes out for Zeljko Ivanek, the HBO veteran (he was on "Oz" and "Big Love") that played the Magister with an appropriately icy intensity. But his death came at the hands of King Russell in an equal measures of excitement and brutality, proving once and for all that Russell knows no bounds on his quest to rule over mankind and vampires alike. While the Magister will be missed, his death did wonders towards propelling King Russell's plot line forward. On top of that, it'll be interesting to see how Russell's marriage to Sophie-Anne (Evan Rachel Wood) plays out in the coming episodes, particularly given his romantic relationship with Talbot (Theo Alexander).

Of course, the main event of the evening belonged to Sookie herself. After killing Lorena and freeing Bill alongside Alcide and Tara (Rutina Wesley), Sookie was free and in the clear, nursing her almost departed lover with a healthy heaping of her own blood. But the vampire's instincts kicked in, causing him to nearly drain Sookie to death, certainly into a coma.

While Sookie's friends and family gathered around her bedside, fully expecting the worse, Sookie was actually in some sort of subconscious dreamscape where she was surrounded by similarly powered humans frolicking in fields, drinking mysteriously illuminated liquids and genuinely having a good time — until the darkness threatened to come, prompting each of these men and women to hop into a pool of light and disappear. One woman, Claudine, warned Sookie not to let him take away her light, presumably talking about Bill. At this point, it's still unclear exactly who and what Sookie is — but it's very clear that we're going to find out before much longer.

That's a good point to close on, but very quickly, Sam Merlotte deserves a shout-out for saving his brother from the dogfights and his terrible parents. Here's hoping that the Merlotte brothers can stay out of trouble for the next little while — but given the nature of "True Blood," that seems unlikely!

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