“True Blood:” Season 3, Episode 5: “Trouble” begins to really focus on King Russell as the focus of trouble and evil for this season of the series. If this were “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” Russell would be referred to as the “big bad.”
Indeed, Russell would just be perfect for a dance of death with Buffy. He really needs to become dust in the wind. Spoilers follow.
For example, it seems that Russell’s small army of werewolves is something that has been going on for a long time. Even the local Mississippi packmaster, someone who seems to have some sense, has the sense not to mess with Russell.
Russell’s not the only blood-sucker who could use Buffy’s gentle touch. Franklin has taken to tying Tara up to the bed and dressing her in some kind of heavy Victorian night gown. Tara escapes, for a moment, running from Russell’s manor house looking altogether too much like the cover of some gothic romance. She thought that there was enough daylight to get away from a house of insane vampires, and she would be right too, if it were not for the fact that the werewolves can romp after her in the daylight. When she starts to explain her discomfort to Franklin, he cuts her off with a line about blacking out and waking up surrounded by body parts.
Who should show up at Russell’s manor house but Eric, entreating permission to hunt down Bill in Mississippi? Eric is somewhat nonplussed to find Bill in Russell’s house of horrors. Eric is even more intrigued when he finds a crown in Russell’s antique collection, which Russell’s boyfriend Talbot thinks is Scythian.
It is not. In fact, it is Viking, and was taken from Eric’s father over a thousand years ago by a mysterious figure who controlled a pack of werewolves. One can see where this is going: not well for either Russell or Eric, likely both.
Bill and Sookie have a reunion that might have been tender, except for the fact that Bill is now playing the, “I’m doomed, there is no hope for me” act that would put Barnabas Collins to shame.
Meanwhile, back in Bon Temps, Lafayette has a new boyfriend, the orderly charged with the care of his demented mom, Jesus. Arlene is gone hormonal, which makes Terry think he’s the luckiest man alive. Sam is still having family problems with a drunken dad and a somewhat disturbed brother.
Andy thinks that he can put Jason off from being a Deputy by giving him tedious jobs around the Sheriff’s office. This only gives Jason an opportunity to chase after a mysterious girl named Crystal, which will likely get him into trouble again.
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