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'True Blood' Series Finale Recap: Fangs For The Memories

August 25th, 2014 7:20am EDT
'True Blood' Series Finale Recap: Fangs For The Memories
Yep, it's over. HBO's very bloody action/drama/comedy/horror series is finally at rest, and you're free to walk the streets of Bon Temps unafraid once more. That's not actually true seeing as, in the True Blood universe, vampires, werewolves, shifters, witches, maeneads, and incredibly annoying fairies still live in the world. Don't you kinda wish you lived there?

The final ep was sad but sweet. A little too much focus on Sarah Newlin (uh, Lafayette? Lafayette anybody?), but everything got pretty much handled. It was a happy ending for most. And before anyone asks (who am I kidding, they ...
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‘True Blood’ Season 7 Episode 9 Recap: Suicidal Toddlers

August 18th, 2014 2:02pm EDT
‘True Blood’ Season 7 Episode 9 Recap: Suicidal Toddlers
Previously - Hoyt and Jessica re-connected. Eric used Sarah Newlin to cure himself of Hep-V. Vampire Bill Compton inspired a Bon Temps-wide eyeroll when he refused to take the cure.

Ah, it’s the penultimate episode of this epic vampire saga. "Love Is To Die" was sort of necessary but somewhat low-key, obviously intended to clear the decks of all of our secondary characters’ needs, wants, and problems. It also gave Eric some time to show some depth beyond “I’m going to eat Sarah Newlin's face!!” and displaying airbrushed disease veins.

As often happens on True Blood, we start off where we ...
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Summer TV 2014's Top Villains!

August 17th, 2014 6:00pm EDT
Summer TV 2014's Top Villains!
You can’t have a good TV show without a villain. Even if it’s a reality show about making widgets, there’s got to be an evil widget in the mix making trouble for the rest of em’. With Summer 2014’s television season just about to set, we thought it would be fun to talk a look back and see which television evil-doers positively sizzled!

In no particular order (here there be spoilers!) …

Thomas Eichorst - The Strain (FX)

If you've been watching FX’s schlocky end-of-the-world vampire drama The Strain you've probably enjoyed Richard Sammel's chilly portrayal of the head vamp’s slithery ass...
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'True Blood' Season 7 Episode 8 Recap: Beautiful Friendships

August 11th, 2014 4:15pm EDT
'True Blood' Season 7 Episode 8 Recap: Beautiful Friendships
Previously - Violet imprisoned Wade and Adilyn. Pam, Eric, and the Yakua cornered Sarah Newlin. Sookie and Bill reunited and made love. Jason was hot.

Crazy lady Sarah NEWLIN is cowering in her former cult compound when Eric Northman comes a’looking for her. Her realization that she is about to die is confirmed by another Jason STACK HOUSE hallucination. He’s wearing some really tight jeans and they’re highly flattering, If that’s death, sign my ass up. Sarah surrenders outside and Eric quickly goes to murder her. Pam’s threat to put a bullet into herself halts Eric’s murderous progress. S...
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'True Blood' Season 7 Episode 7 Recap: Vampire Jenny Craig

August 4th, 2014 9:29pm EDT
'True Blood' Season 7 Episode 7 Recap: Vampire Jenny Craig
Previously - Jessica spilled the tea on Bill having the Hep-V to Sookie. Violet planned to use Adilyn and Wade to avenge Jason’s betrayal. Sarah Newlin (aka "Newme") appears to be the cure for Hep-V.

I feel like True Blood is winding down (or up) in a satisfactory fashion. Showrunner Brian Buckner and his writing team swore up and down that this final season would be all about Bon Temps, and they seem to have been telling the truth. The only glaring mistake this season (well, besides those endless, ponderous Vampire Bill Compton’s origin flashbacks which damn well better have a point) is c...
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'True Blood' Season 7 Episode 6 Recap: Meet Newme

July 29th, 2014 6:15am EDT
True Blood Bill
Previously - Sookie was the reluctant hostess of a “We Saved Arlene, Holly, That Drunk Broad & Sam’s Baby Mama!” party. Jessica got over finding her boyfriend James and Lafayette boning in the back of their SUV by boning Jason. Eric caught up with Sarah Newlin. Bill discovered he’s got Hep-V.

We’re vamp-speeding closer and closer to the finale and the storylines may be slightly lame but they’re trying their best. They really are. Hey, there’s no rapist were-panthers, women duct-taped to toilets, or Christopher Meloni staking children. They’re trying!

Eric’s weak with the Hep-V but that do...
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'True Blood' Season 7 Episode 5 Recap: It's My Party And I'll Die If I Want To

July 21st, 2014 3:46pm EDT
'True Blood' Season 7 Episode 5 Recap: It's My Party And I'll Di
Previously - The good guys threw down with the Hep-Vs and rescued Arlene and the others. Pam reminisced with Eric about the founding of Fangtasia and how Ginger was more involved in it than we ever knew!

Pam and Eric are having some issues with their pouty daughter Willa, who is NOT going with them to track down and kill Sarah Newlin. Even though the polar ice cap sexy that is Eric Northman made her into vamp, he certainly didn’t stick around to raise her. On the contrary, she looked upon Tara her vampire momma. She castigates Eric for leaving her, and Pam for leaving Tara. If you guessed ...
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'True Blood' Season 7 Episode 3 Recap: Mourning A Beloved Character

July 7th, 2014 9:18am EDT
'True Blood' Season 7 Episode 3 Recap: Mourning A Beloved Charac
Previously - Bon Temps is a big ole’ mess. Famished vampires dying of the Hep-V virus have kidnapped several of Bon Temps favorite citizens (and Sam’s baby mama who isn’t Luna) to eat. The remaining citizens have formed a lynch mob looking to roust or kill the supernatural Americans in their midst. Pam finally found Eric in France and was horrified to discover he’s contracted Hep-V.

The Meat -

I have good news and bad news. The good news is that Sarah Newlin is back. Anna Camp is a delightful actress and her portrayal of the nutty power-mad vamp hater was one of the few high points of l...
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'The Leftovers' Season 1 Episode 2 Recap: The Hot Cop

July 7th, 2014 7:36am EDT
'The Leftovers' Season 1 Episode 2 Recap: The Hot Cop
Previously - 2% of the world’s population has vanished and no one knows why. Hence, life has become very desolate and freaky for those left behind. Mapleton, CA police chief Kevin Garvey tries to hold the devastated town together while questioning his own sanity. His wife Laurie Garvey has left their family to join a mysterious cult called The Guilty Remnant. Their daughter Jill is trying to maneuver family problems, high school, and young adulthood in Mapleton’s increasingly nihilistic teen scene. Older brother Tommy Garvey is a college dropout who has joined ANOTHER cult in Nevada led by ...
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'True Blood' Season 7 Episode 2 Recap: Pizza Forensics

June 30th, 2014 8:33am EDT
'True Blood' Season 7 Episode 2 Recap: Pizza Forensics
Previously - A slew of Hep-V infected vamps attacked the 1st Annual Bon Temps Vampires/Humans Mixer. In a prime example of aiming for Yoko and hitting John, Tara was killed protecting Lettie Mae. Arlene, Holly, that drunk broad who hangs around in the background, and Sam’s pregnant lady (they should totally name the baby Luna) were taken to Fangtasia to act as groceries. Adilyn fed off Jessica and invited her in despite Jess having nixed her three sisters. Pam is searching the world for Eric.

It’s gotta be the last season of True Blood, because this week’s episode opens with the fan servic...
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