Choosing a short list of great scenes from season 3 isn’t a small task! In choosing for this poll, I’ve tried to include scenes that were either quintessential True Blood, or else gave specific, valuable insight into the characters or a particular plot line. I know lots more scenes could have been included, feel free to expand on your faves in the comments!
This is the final poll in Rehab for Rabids – Season 3. Results will be posted for week two soon.
A. RUSSELL LOSES IT ON THE NEWS
Why it makes the list: For sheer, over the top insanity you just have to hand it to this show. We were still trying to reconnect our jaws to our faces the next day, and Denis O’Hare was absolutely PERFECT.
B. FRANKLIN FINDS THE DOSSIER
Why it makes the list: The first solid evidence that half the fandom were NOT insane book freaks, this bone came early in the season and was perfectly timed. Had we been forced to sit through yet another season of subtle hints and innuendo about why the HELL Bill was in Bon Temps, I don’t think I’d be sitting here now. One of my worst fears was seeing this dragged out for five seasons; fortunately the torture is over.
Tell me you didn’t jump out of your chair and scream your fool head off when you saw this little file of sin, lovingly scrawled in Bill’s own hand, no less?
C. ERIC WALKS IN THE SUN
Why it makes the list: An old and powerful vampire sees the sun for the first time in 1000 years. Do we need any more reasons?
D. THE RATTRAY REVEAL
Why it makes the list: Two words – PAY DIRT. (Or eat dirt, if you’re Bill).
E. BILL AND LORENA’S TWISTY SEX
Why it makes the list: See point A. Over the top, jaw-dropping and completely insane – True Blood at its best. Oh, and also because unlike the book setup, Bill was not compelled to engage in nasty carnal acts with Lorena – yet he did it anyway. Never let it be said that we book fans hate on everything Alan Ball does with this show, I could have kissed his bare backside for this.
F. ERIC’S FANTASY
Why it makes the list: We’ve raked over this one quite a bit already, but in a nutshell – it’s was gratifying to have proof that Eric’s interest in Sookie comes from a genuine place. I’m sick of hearing that he only wants her for political advantage, as a sex-toy, or “because Bill has her”.
G. SOOKIE GIVES ERIC BLOOD
Why it makes the list: Sookie used her brain twice in three minutes! Not only did she save Eric, but she slapped Bill. After having been drained by another injured vampire only days before, she placed remarkable trust in Eric by allowing him to feed from her – and we were furnished with MORE evidence (as if any were needed by this point) that Bill is lying when he says no other vampire could control themselves around his personal crack dispenser.
H. BILL PROCURES DESTINY
Why it makes the list: Let me be clear – I’m at a point with True Blood Bill where I can barely stand to watch him, and find myself literally unable to remain seated in my chair with my mouth closed whenever he is on screen.
Yet I find this scene mesmerising. The atmosphere of the club, the dialogue, the music – every element just came together, and it was beautifully acted by Stephen Moyer and Jade Tailor. Watching Bill slip into the role of procurer like a pair of comfy old shoes as he must have done many, many times during his lengthy tenure with Sophie-Anne was fascinating; his conversation with Destiny incredibly sad and revealing.
Why it makes the list: I have a personal boner for this scene – one of many in the later part of the season that saw me go from almost quitting this show in July, to being back on board with all my bells and whistles (and booze) in tow. Appearing in the episode titled “I Smell a Rat”, Jessica and Hoyt’s play-by-play of the night Bill first gave Sookie his blood left me completely speechless. Combined with repeated mentions of that fateful evening peppered through the season, the matter of The Rattray Incident coming back to bite one Bill Compton was no longer a question of IF – but WHEN.