It was previously 'Scratch My Back,' which I think is way better, but 'Scratches' is still pretty gross considering I looked at the episode title online right as the "healing kind" of doctor was digging the gross pus and poison, or whatever that was, out of the massive scratch wounds in Sookie's back?? Congrats, True Blood, on having at least one moment in every episode where I have to cover my eyes, meanwhile thinking how awesome the show is and the clever titles are.
So that grossness came with the utter excitement of the shadowy introduction of... the beast man, as we will call him until that terrifying enormous horned devil has a name. Perhaps Mary Ann?
Since Mary Ann is the main person who has strange powers that we don't know anything about besides making everyone crazy and hyper-sexual, my first thought upon the beast appearing was that Mary Ann seems like some sort of devil, so could she be this crazy horned figure?
But if it's her, why was this the first time anyone in the town had seen the creature or any of its effects? No one knew anything about it, even the wise and ancient Eric. It was compared to the komodo dragon that injects its victim with poison then tracks the victim until it's entirely weakened. I don't think it was noted what happens then, but I'd suppose either it eats the victim or, as I'm thinking of this beast creature after seeing Daphne's back, takes the victim under its control.
While this beast man may not be Mary Ann, I'm hoping there's some connection - maybe there's a breed of devilish beings around that are now going to emerge including this beast man and Mary Ann, much like the vampires came out of the coffin. My guess is that the beast, or some other being like it, is what killed Miss Jeanette as well, though there was never anything mentioned about her having those huge scratches on her back. Maybe that was just to leave that awful first discovery for when it was fresh on Sookie's back.
So either the appearance (or reappearance for Sam) of Mary Ann, Miss Jeanette's mysterious death, this beast man appearing, Daphne coming to town, and Sookie getting attacked are meant to be connected, or we're at least meant to think they are. I would assume we can say at least Daphne, the beast appearing, and Sookie getting attacked are related considering the matching scratches, but if there isn't just one beast, maybe there's a little more to it.
While the new beast overtook my interest for this episode, it was great that Sookie's attack not only led to the gross-out moment of the episode, but also to the gross-out moment of last week ending as Lafayette was finally released upon Sookie's indigent insistence. So what now for Lafayette?
While we don't get a new episode next week on the holiday weekend, the episode preview for July 12th showed Eric appearing at Lafayette's house, seemingly very soon after Lafayette got home. So what will Eric want with Lafayette? Was his release all a show to convince Sookie to help Eric? Is he going to kill or turn Lafayette into a vampire, or give him a good, final scare?
While it truly is painful to wait an extra week to get a new episode of this captivating show, I could use a little time to "take a breather," as HBO suggests True Blood is doing, to digest all that's already happened in these first three episodes. So with all that's happened so far, what do you think we'll find out about this beast, the continuing Mary Ann mystery, the now intriguing Daphne situation, and all the other craziness going on?