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'True Blood' recap, 'In the Evening'

I didn't get my wish for an hour of nonstop action. Instead, "In the Evening" was an evenly paced episode that was mostly well-spent setting up our central players, and their merging storylines, for the final three episodes of the season.

So much for immortality

Even a badass prison break and Billith's blood can't save Eric's beloved sister Nora. Despite her brother's best efforts (you know Eric is desperate when he turns to Bill for help), Nora is the latest "True Blood" regular to meet her maker this season.

But before she disintegrates into a gooey puddle of blood and guts in Eric's arms, we're treated to a flashback of the two siblings' first meeting in 1665 London. As it happens, Nora was dying back then too, of the plague. A bewigged Eric is so taken by her courageous spirit that he brings her to his father, Godric, to be saved/turned.

Back in the present, Nora isn't as lucky and succumbs to the Hep V flowing through her now-eerily-dark-blue veins. Eric is torn up over his sister's gruesome demise, and we're left imagining the revenge rampage he will certainly begin next week.

God is Good!

Sarah Newlin arrives at Governor Burrell's mansion to find the place abandoned and Burrell beheaded. After sharing a passionate (-ly disturbing) goodbye convo and kiss with Burrell's detached dome, she promises to carry out the governor's plans to destroy those nasty vamps.

How does she plan to do that? Easy peasy -- Sarah arranges to have the LAVDF pretend that Burrell is governing from a secret, undisclosed location. She'll be his voice on all matters vampire. Sarah Newlin: She's a woman on mission from God, she's unstoppable and she's my vote for season six's MVP.

Meanwhile, at vamp camp

As per Eric's instructions, Willa goes to warn Pam not to drink the contaminated TruBlood. Pam is in her new "luxury" cell (read: no chains and enough room to stretch) -- the prison shrink is quite taken with Pam, and has arranged for these special accommodations -- when Willa delivers the bad news.

Later, Pam has a shrink sesh and agrees to sleep with her creepy, infatuated doctor if he'll let her into Gen Pop (where she can better help Willa, Tara and Jessica handle the Hep V sitch). Talk about taking one for the team.

Jason, having completely convinced the other officers that he's one of them, has Jess brought to him. She's touched to learn that Jason has infiltrated the camp with the intention of saving her. Problem is, Jess no longer believes that she's worth being saved. She does want to thank that sexy vampire who sweetly refused to rape her, though, and would be ever so grateful if Jason could arrange for that. Oh, and also, she'd love to thank James privately, if possible. Jason is worried that Jess is suffering from "stockholder's syndrome," but agrees to have James brought to her.

What's the best way to thank a guy for not having sex with you? To have sex with him, of course. But first, Jess warns James about Hep V and their Billith-forecasted deaths, and then tells him she's never had sex with a vampire. Before they all burn, she'd like to know what all the fuss is about. Cue intense vampire copulation, no coercion necessary.

After Jason vacates the room so that Jessica can get her grateful on, his day just gets worse. Sarah Newlin's first act as HBIC is to out Jason as a vamp-lover and have him thrown into Gen Pop. Luckily, Tara is there to stop the imprisoned vampires from immediately devouring him.

Thoroughly Modern Sookie

Just 'cause she let Warlow feed on her, took a big bite out of his neck and then had magic faerie relations resulting in an explosion of glowing light with him doesn't mean Sookie has consented to marry Warlow. A girl just has needs. She's trying to explain this to Warlow when she hears Arlene crying over Terry's grave. Never one to leave a friend hanging, Sookie tells Warlow she'll be back for him ASAP and light-zaps herself from faerie-land back to Bon Temps.

Once there, she and Lafayette go to check out that safety deposit box Terry gave Lafayette the key to before getting glamoured and then shot. Inside the box, they find a life insurance document issued three days before Terry was shot. They realize that Terry planned his death, and intend to tell Arlene what they've learned. Unfortunately, having decided to drown her sorrows in whole lot of alcohol, Arlene is in no condition to receive this news.

That's when Bill shows up, and even Arlene isn't too wasted to wonder how the heck he's paying them a visit smack dab in the middle of a bright, sunny day. Bill and Sookie go out back for a one-on-one, and Bill implores Sookie to bring him Warlow or the blood of their friends will be on both of their hands.

Will the new, empowered Sookie be willing to lend Bill Compton a helping (magic light) hand once again? Especially if it means turning over her new love interest? With Tara, Jessica, Jason and Pam about to meet the True Death, I'm thinking yes.

The rest of it

Sam calls Lafayette to check in and finds out Terry's been murdered. After a steamy shower scene with Nicole, he has her call her mother and come pick her up so that he can head back to Bon Temps to properly mourn Terry knowing that Nicole is safe. Do I care at all about any of this? No, I don't.

I care even less when Alcide and his dad have a lackluster heart-to-heart in a pickup truck. His father tells Alcide that pack life just ain't for him, and it ain't for Alcide either. Alcide disagrees, and returns to his pack. He informs them that Sam and Nicole are dead and that Emma has been returned to Martha. Except that Rikki tracked down and captured Nicole and her mom, and the pack knows that Alcide is lying to them. Ruh-roh.

It's been a bumpy ride, but we’re in the homestretch of season six and it's often during those last few tension-filled, cliffhanger-heavy episodes that "True Blood" is at its best and bloodiest. It's time to raise (and sharpen) the stakes -- and maybe kill off those werewolves, too.

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