True Blood Heats up in "Cold Ground"

As someone who's generally not a fan of vampire shows, True Blood just continues to surprise me as I get more hooked every episode! This week's episode, "Cold Ground," really intensified the issue of the murders in town as they stretched from a few girls who'd slept with vampires (and Jason Stackhouse), to poor sweet Gran. So very sad - and how very disturbing as we saw Sookie discover Gran's body at the end of the last episode by slipping on the excessive blood on the floor!

This week the idiot cops came along to check out the situation while Bill and Sam fought for who could win over soothing Sookie. The cops made it quite clear to Sam, and through their thoughts Sookie heard, that they believed the intended victim was Sookie. If the murderer is indeed going after those associating with vampires, that makes sense, and it also makes sense that they may have been coming to kill both Sookie and her grandmother since her grandma had just hosted Vampire Bill's history talk at the church.

It was fascinating, and sad with how very endearing she is, to see Sookie losing it over her grandmother's death, mostly because of the "circling buzzards," aka the gossipy townspeople, who came to give their condolences and food, or rather to snoop around and drive Sookie mad with their nasty thoughts she was unable to block out.

Poor Sookie! It was great to see Tara so defensive of her as we've already seen what close friends Sookie and Tara are, but this episode showed Tara in all her glory as the true blue friend plus a reminder that Sookie and her grandmother were like family to Tara.

This also made me wonder, though, later in the episode why Tara went to help her mother after Tara seemed very clear at Gran's funeral that she wasn't going to believe any of her mother's BS anymore. Of course it's her mother and anyone would have trouble being cold-hearted, but I would think she would be after the way she acted at the funeral. I guess we'll have to wait and see how that develops.

As for Sookie's experience at the funeral, she continued to have an impossible time blocking out everyone's thoughts in her grief, leading her to freak out and tell everyone to "shut the f*** up!" which of course the minister and religious town just loved!

Sookie also entirely gave in to her desire for Bill as she realized he was the only one she wanted to be with when she was in need of comfort. This led to the moment we've been waiting for since the moment Sookie became interested in Bill - her first time. Sex, vampire sex, and vampire biting - wow! As soon as she went to him, I figured if they slept together, she'd let him bite her, but the massive amount of blood made it far from sexy - for us viewing anyway, but they both seemed to enjoy it.

So now will Sookie become a vampire? I'm a bit confused on how it happens since for Bill, he was bitten by the vampire, then she said he'd die if he didn't drink her blood, so it was the bite in combination with him drinking her vampire blood that made him a vampire.

Now Sookie has already drunken Bill's blood, so now that he's bitten her, will she turn vampire?

Also, it looked like Jason was having some bizarre effects from the vampire blood - so much for him hating everything vampire! t was a bit odd that he was hyped up on V when he hit Sookie for associating with vampires and getting their grandma killed, but I guess it was just making him freak out in general... hmm.

So much I cannot wait to see more of next week!

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Default avatar cat
Oct 13, 2008 2:29PM EDT

Ok, I hope this doesn't count as a spoiler, but I'll clear the issue of how to become a Vampire - hoping that Alan Ball didn't change that.
For you to be changed, a Vampire would have to drain you to the point of death, then give you (quite) some of his blood to drink.The bite during sex (or rather at the climax) is just the...mhh...extra Vampires like. After his first year, a Vampire has enough control not to kill when biting. Actually, the older they get, the less blood they need to sustain their strength.
But the episode was really intense and really beatiful. great characterization, wonderful portrait of feelings. And it was nice to see that sex doesn't have to be awful and meaningless :)

Default avatar cat
Oct 13, 2008 4:21PM EDT

The best episode yet, i think the uncle bartlett introduction was good too and the end was just plain hot.

Default avatar cat
Oct 13, 2008 6:19PM EDT

for some reason i have a feeling that tara's mum is not making the whole 'demon' thing up. maybe she is the killer who knows. some who has read the book said that we will be shocked when we find out the identity of the killer so im just wondering if it might be taras mum. can anyone who has read the book let me know if im off base.

Default avatar cat
Oct 13, 2008 6:42PM EDT

...but that would be a spoiler ;)And remember, Alan Ball changed other things already....meh for Eric not staking ... himself. but oh well, that's life.
Let me just say that in the books, Tara's mom already seems to be gone. She never appears in person, and Tara lives independently and has her own business.

Default avatar cat
Oct 13, 2008 6:58PM EDT

i might be completely wrong, and this is just my complete assumption, i have never read the books... but i really think the killer is going to end up being sam, for some reason there is something weird going on with him, the way he looks sometimes and theres just an air about him... and btw there is definitely something up with that dog that keeps randomly popping up...

Default avatar cat
Oct 13, 2008 9:24PM EDT

if Alan Ball stays true to the books, Sam is not the killer. Throughout the whole series, he remains loyal to Sookie. Ball has already veered away from the books, however, as Sam and Tara do not have a relationship of any sort in them. Tara's character is also actually much more fully developed in the TV series (she's more important and more likable), and a closer friend to Sookie.

Default avatar cat
Oct 14, 2008 2:38PM EDT

I've never read the book, but isn't Sam the killer? He went back and laid down with the dead girl(the one who shot at Jason) in a previous episode & then they showed him in a picture with the dead woman. Then he shows up right after Sookie finds her grandma.
Also, who is the uncle and what did he do.
I think Tara went back to her mom's, because she heard Jason in the next room, and she had no where else to go.

Default avatar cat
Oct 15, 2008 10:07PM EDT

I do hope that Ball will change a few things, because since then I like the movie version so much more now! Yes, he emphasized the traits of some characters such as Lafayette and Tara, and a few other characters just emerged too. Things are goig to be just very interesting, what I am expecting to be created is the entire world of the eight books, with all the fairy, manead, werewolf and all the magic stream all around it! the only thing that is overrated by Ball is Tara's mom and her spiritual problem (plus alcohol addiction), the tortured attraction of Tara for Jason was enough, but well, I'll take it as it is, we're still on Book 1

Oct 17, 2008 5:17PM EDT

Wow, I can't believe people found the biting scene gross.... maybe I'm sick but that was just such an enticingly bizarre yet sexy moment - so far removed from reality - that I didn't find time to be grossed out, I was too fascinated by the whole thing. I decided not to read the spoiler in this thread but GOD I really do want to know if Sookie's going to become a vampire. Unfortunately I came into watching True Blood right after reading the fourth and last book of the Twilight series. However, True Blood has really taken on its own identity and character for me. This is so fantastic that from the first episode I was seriously SO HOOKED!!! Hooray for creativity!.... I think the killer is Sam because, hey, the guy writhed in a dead girl's bed. But this show has such rounded characters that it could just be Sam's necrophilia acting up...

Default avatar cat
Oct 19, 2008 3:14PM EDT

has anybody else noticed the dog? there is something very creepy/odd about it.

Default avatar cat
Oct 19, 2008 7:11PM EDT

I haven't read the books, but I have come to believe that Sam IS the dog. Think about it, Sookie mostly gets bursts of emotions from him, not coherent thoughts or full sentences. He also barks in his sleep. Those things lead me to believe that Sam maybe can change in to the dog.

Default avatar cat
Oct 20, 2008 1:25AM EDT

Ok, Sam should not be the killer. If he is, i will be highly disappointed at Ball's decision to veer from the story. Sam did not writhe with Dawn's dead body in her bed - she wasn't there at the time, this was after they removed her body - the choice to have him do that is something which was not portrayed in the books, however he was more than likely trying to catch the scent of the killer. Stay on track with your dog theories.i agree that the demon stuff with Tara's mother is a bit overdone... when watching it i'm mildly interested in a grand-scheme-of-things sort of way, but more anxious to get back to the "real plot." The V stuff is also getting a little odd, but intriguing.The beginning of episode 7 was lovely. We don't see sex scenes done that way too often ~ sexy, passionate, intimate, but not crude. Well done, True Blood.

Default avatar cat
Oct 20, 2008 2:34AM EDT

Man !!! You are right! That's why the detective saw him running naked at the end of the last episode! I guess he was trying to get the scent of the killer when he was on the dead girl's bed.

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