'True Blood' Recap: Episode 33, 'Everything Is Broken'

True BloodEpisode Title: "Everything is Broken"

Written By: Alexander Woo

Story: Sookie (Anna Paquin) and Bill (Stephen Moyer) have begun repairing their relationship, but mystery still surrounds Sookie's true nature — even if both Sookie and Bill are getting closer to the truth. After slaying Talbot (Theo Alexander), Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgård) finds himself with a unique opportunity, while King Russell (Denis O'Hare) mourns his lover's loss with a public display of violence. Tara (Rutina Wesley) learns that you can't run away from the past forever — unless you've got wooden bullets, as Jason (Ryan Kwanten) pointedly points out. Sam (Sam Trammell) is on a downward spiral while Hoyt (Jim Parrack) and Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) could be on the mend.

The True Face of Vampires: If ever there was a shot in hell of humans and vampires co-existing peacefully, King Russell Edgington absolutely cast that notion into doubt by killing a human newscaster live on television for all of the world to see. Dressed to the nines and armed with his beloved Toblet — my new name for Talbot, whose remains are carried around in a crystal goblet — Russell warns the world that vampires are not to be trusted. After such a brutal display of violence, it's hard to disagree with him.

Russell's actions only further solidified that Nan Flanagan (Jessica Tuck) and her superiors at The Authority made the right ruling regarding Eric's murder of Talbot. Instead of facing punishment, Eric has been given the go ahead to seek vengeance on Russell for killing his human family nearly one thousand years earlier. In other words, the final three episodes of this season of "True Blood" should feature Eric as something of a vampiric James Bond — that's something we can all get behind!

No episode of "True Blood" is complete without some utter vampire decimation, and "Everything is Broken" was no different in that department. It turns out that Franklin Mott (James Frain) survived Tara's vicious assault several weeks ago, but just as he returned to enact vengeance upon his onetime lover, Franklin met the true death at the hands of Jason Stackhouse, whose shotgun was thankfully loaded with wooden bullets. It's going to take a long time before Jason can make up for mistakenly killing Eggs (Mehcad Brooks), but saving Tara from Franklin is certainly a step in the right direction.

Several relationships moved in interesting directions with this latest episode, including Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) and Jesus (Kevin Alejandro) growing closer. Arlene (Carrie Preston) is nervous that Terry (Todd Lowe) won't love her when he finds out the baby isn't his, and Hoyt admits to Jessica that he hates his current girlfriend. It's hard to say whether or not those two will reconcile before the season is over, but it looks like they're on the right path.

Also on the right path are Bill and Sookie, in more ways than one. Not only is their relationship on the mend, but both of them are closer to finding out who and what Sookie really is. Sookie learns that she's not the only person in the Stackhouse bloodline with telepathy, as her cousin Hadley's son Hunter can also read minds. Bill, meanwhile, somehow paid a visit to the magical fantasy land that Sookie appeared in two episodes ago, leading the southern vampire to a cliffhanger revelation: "I know what you are!" Too bad we don't know what she is yet — even if readers of the "Sookie Stackhouse" novels are already in the know.

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