The First 3 Minutes of Season 4

Released exclusively to HBO Go, the preview of the first three minutes of True Blood’s fourth season has now come online.

Well, well, well. What do we have here?

DoucheLand seems to be a happening place, it must be Douchetober.

And it looks like everyone gets their very own free suppository with the price of admission. Yay!

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158 comments to The First 3 Minutes of Season 4

  • Granddaddy Earl? Not Mitchell. Well, obviously there is no time continuim in Doucheland. And that fruit is bad mojo, perhaps brain washing the eater. Guess Barry is fucked. Sookies face at the end said, Houston, we have a problem. Time to get the fuck out of here.

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    momzombie Reply:

    I got this from the TB IMDb board:
    This Brian Buckner comment from one of the S3 DVD commentaries bodes well for those of us who aren’t fans of the current incarnation of faerieland:

    “Let me address one thing and it’s an interesting phenomena on the show because in the age of the internet it’s very easy to find out what your audience thinks about everything. People were sort of unanimously not thrilled with Fairy Land, but I do want to say that this isn’t actually Fairy Land. It’s a hallucinatory dream and it’s what Fairies are presenting about themselves to try to get Sookie to come with them. So think of it as a trap and the real Fairy is going to be something very very different and more sinister. I promise.”

    http://www.trueblood-online.com/season-4/season-4-spoilers/true-blood- season-4-fairies-will-be-sinister-and-badass/

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    Obladee Reply:

    Oh goody!

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    Lydia Reply:

    I just knew it too! But damn if I was not doubting myself. I thought for certain that this scene was what the Fae WANTED people to see when they were there visiting…all gauzy and golden, I knew it had to have a sinister element. Thank god they are going in that direction.

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  • ericandsookfan25

    Was I the only person that started singing the theme song to True Blood when the video ended?

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    ishy Reply:

    nope, i was right there with you! :)

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    skargasmic Reply:

    I was so hearing ‘Bad things’ right after Sookie said, “Granddaddy, that was 20 years ago! :)

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  • Lydia

    Wondering if that “fireball” being flung in the promo in doucheland targets those who have eaten the fruit or something to that affect?

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  • Northwoman

    Or maybe the fireball is Sookie tossing her britelite apple…

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  • Jennifer

    This fairyland shit is so embarassing. They better turn out to be bad ass.

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    Alby Reply:

    I know!!! My brother just caught me watching this clip and asked me what it was.
    I didn’t dare to tell him it was True Blood.

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    C.K. Reply:

    Maybe after Sookie is there for a while darkness will descend. I think that maybe they will show some creepy fae lurking around the corner or something. They might be waiting to show the really BAMF faes.

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    Summer Reply:

    i know! i was facepalming the whole time

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  • Freyja

    We were discussing this on the forum.
    The casting call for Earl Stackhouse states that “he heroically sacrifices himself to help a loved one” and that Queen Mab was angry at someone for spoiling her plans. In the last promo someone is being blasted with a fireball in Fairy while Sookie watches shocked. I think it’s QM killing Earl. He might finally have woken up from his slumber to get Sookie out of there.
    The fae have bad intentions like we were shown in DR. Fae breeding or war with the vampires? Recruiting for something?
    The fairies were one of my favorite from the books. I’m going to let this season run it’s course before I judge it too much. Because cute and fluffy is really not AB’s style, if he does something so overboard silly and sweet it’s because the fall will be great and the other side is very dark.

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    C.K. Reply:

    I wonder if that means Claudine is really deceptive too? I liked Claudine in the books but now after DR I wonder how much Claudine was decieving Sookie.

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    Melissa Reply:

    I agree, i think the fairy world we have seen thus far is meant to be an decoy. To make us feel secure in their appearance and intention. Later they will reveal the fairies for what they really are which i am sure will be selfish and devious.

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  • skargasmic

    I wonder if the fireball is QM being ticked off that her plans to keep Sookie around was messed up. I think Earl helps Sookie leave therefore interfering in QM’s plans of having fae around. This is also why Sookie still does not know much about her power and heritage.

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  • maria

    Well, probably Sookie will be in the Fairyland for a few minutes or so and in Earth has passed one year.
    This means Sookie won’t/cannot visit her Fairy-family too often, right?

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    Obladee Reply:

    What’s interesting about the time warp thing, is it explains why fairies can live so long (and stay young looking) as compared to human life. Spending a couple of minutes in Fairyland is equivalent to a year on earth as a human…

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    harmony Reply:

    i think she staid 8h30 :-)

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  • Lyta

    when I think that was not possible to hate doucheland more than I hate, I realize I was wrong, as someone said in another post, looks like a old episode of Star Trek – The Next Generation, FL is big FAIL!

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    Kathy Reply:

    I’m just reading this now, but that’s the first thing I thought when I saw it, but I think it looks like a Star Trek in the 1960s. I was waiting for Captn. Kirk and Spock to show up!

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    Dee Reply:

    YES! I said that that too when we were just shown the trailer for this but seeing it makes me think that even more now. The outfits are even the same lol.

    I think it was, Kirsten, who called it “peaceful generic planet #347″ lol

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    wahoozit Reply:

    Hahaha yeah “We come in peace. Shoot to kill.”
    Ok now I’ve gone one step further into Geeksville and am humming along to Star Trekking.

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    Dee Reply:

    Did you ever see the one of Capt. Piccard, when he suddenly is on another planet and he walks into a home and the woman knows him but as her husband, and then he stays there because he doesn’t know how to get back and everyone thinks he is someone else. But he ends up having kids and grows old there and then the planet blows up. Well it looks just like that ep LOL

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    Lyta Reply:

    NO I do love this episode (ok now I revealed myself as a trekker!) seems an episode of the first or second season, they go on a peaceful planet, where everyone dresses in white, have beautiful bodies and half naked, and dance and are very ahh “affectionate”

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    DutchGirl Reply:

    I know that episode of TNG !!

    However this fairy crap is so cheesy, it has elevator music to add to the fun !!

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    sheldon Reply:

    Oh god yeah, I remember that epi from ST-NG. Hopefully the props don’t wobble like they’re made of Papier-mâché when someone bumps into them

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  • Hootiecat1

    Part fae are in deep shit –wonder if the fireball helps Sookie or is meant to hurt her?
    Fireball may be a dramatic entrance for an royal/evil fae?
    I loved how Sookie questioned what a shit job Claudine had been doing as a Fairy Godmother–AB mixes up so much in TB, that Claudine may turn out to be dangerous to Sookie? If she talked to asshole bill, I wouldn’t trust her at all.

    I don’t have a reason yet to confirm that Eric had Fairy spies watching Sookie, (he knew about the Rat’s and bill allowing Sookie to be beaten almost to death) but the way time is distorted in FL, I still think it’s true, why Eric’s said twice that it happened on the night bill met Sookie. Fairies can’t tell time…LMAO

    OTOH — Earl thinks he’s been there a week, so maybe the part fae are not in danger?? Glow-peach a fairy drug of happy forgetfulness?
    LOL — AB got his real peach in after all….Earl dropping it into Sookie’s hand when she was five?

    Does Claudine have information on bill that she will give to Sookie? In the new preview it sounds like Sookie’s learned more, and each thing she likes less?

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    MASpencer Reply:

    I’m not sure if it’s forgetfulness fruit, though– more likely, a week in Fairytown is 20 years in our world. So I’m guessing, if Sookie is gone for a year, she won’t be staying in Fairytown for more than a few hours, if that.

    The fruit definitely does SOMETHING, though. It reminds me of Persephone’s pomegranate in Hades. Maybe once you eat one, there’s no going back.

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    Danielle Reply:

    The Persephone story came to mind immediately when I saw people consuming the fruit. Maybe each fruit consumed is equal to a certain amount of time spent in Faery, similar to one seed being a month in the underworld. Interesting, either way. I don’t think its teamed up with being forgetful though.

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    hime Reply:

    The fruit definitely does SOMETHING, though. It reminds me of Persephone’s pomegranate in Hades. Maybe once you eat one, there’s no going back.
    I thought the same. Sookie is kinda suspicious when she sees the others eat the fruits, she smells a trap. I don’t think the fruits cause the time warp (which is an inner feature of Fairyland imho), but they are some kind of drug or they force who eats them to stay there.

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    silvereyed Reply:

    That is exactly what I thought – I also think the mysterious fruit might be a bit like the lotus-eaters from greek mythology
    “…but gave them to eat of the lotus, which was so delicious that those who ate of it left off caring about home, and did not even want to go back and say what had happened to them, but were for staying and munching lotus with the Lotus-eaters without thinking further of their return”

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    EricfanKK Reply:

    I agree with the Lotus-eaters. That was my first thought.

    I recently watched Percy Jackson and the Lighting Thief, so the fist thing that came to my mind when I watched the first three minutes is the Lotus Casino scene in the movie.

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    MASpencer Reply:

    I think this is probably right on…

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    skargasmic Reply:

    I don’t think that Eric had faes watching over Sookie because he did not even know Sookie at the time of the beating, that was obvious when she walked into Fangtasia. I do think however, that he has been trying to figure out the mystery of her ever since. The reason started out being that he was wondering what Bill was up to, he did not seem to trust him. Then, of course he became interested in Sookie herself. It just took him a while to piece everything together, with the help of a few people along the way. He knew she got beat, I think from Sam and that Bill had fed her his blood, but he did not know he let it happen until it came from QSA, she has loose lips from what AB said.

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    Hootiecat1 Reply:

    Actually Eric confronted bill and accused him before he went into QSA’s pool room to play Yatze. Yeah, I heard what AB said – but some of that doesn’t make sense.
    I agree that Eric didn’t take any interest in Sookie until she showed herself to be a telepath, but once Eric knew that he’d started digging.

    Spies – he’s has spies, a vamp sheriff would keep an eye on any supernaturals in his area.

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    skargasmic Reply:

    Yes, he did confront him and he got the reaction he wanted. Yes, he started digging because he was trying to figure out what Bill was up to. I look at it this way, if it was about him wanting to know about supes in his area, then he already would have known about Sookie through his spies. He would have known she was not normal but he was totally surprised by Sookie when she walked into Fangtasia.

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    Lydia Reply:

    The confrontation between Eric and Bill is one of the things that I have had a hard time tolerating the continual error in the sequence of events. When Eric speaks to Bill about Bill giving his blood to Sookie “The night they met”…I cringe each time. Eric has said it to Bill on the dock leading into Queen SA’s place in Season 2 and again on Sookie’s porch in the final episode of Season 3. Everyone who knows the series well (that would be you all) knows that Sookie got Bill’s blood the SECOND night they met. The first night they met the Rats were trying to drain Bill and she saved him. The second night, Bill comes back to the bar because Sookie wants to “Ask a favor of him”…and that is when the Rats attack Sookie. Now……why on earth would that inaccurate statment be spoken by Eric more than once…there has to be something about that…perhaps, Bill was to identify Sookie and then at the Queen’s orders the Rats (who maybe were actually working for Queen SA)were supposed to drain Bill. Am I just being too nit-picky? I have always discovered that AB never, ever does anything by chance…I am wondering if this first night versus second night has any significance?

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    SVB Reply:

    This has been discussed quite a bit Lydia, and most of us are of the belief that this error being made twice by Eric indicates that he is getting his information about the Ratt beating second hand. Tellingly, Eric made this mistake on two different occasions, over two separate seasons – many fans picked this up when he first said it in S2, so if it was a genuine writing error you would not expect to see it repeated in season 3.

    As to who is giving Eric his info, that’s still up for debate. Ball said on the S2 DVD commentary that it was the Queen – but he sounded quite glib and tongue in cheek when he said it…and of course there is also the issue that Eric called Bill out on this BEFORE his meeting with the Queen (he was on his way inside). Obviously there could have been a conversation between the two of them that we weren’t privy to before this – but such a big deal has been made of this “mistake” that I would find that hard to swallow.

    I wrote a post on this at the end of Season 2 in which I outlined a case for Sam being Eric’s informant. http://www.sookieverseblog.com/2010/04/29/just-sayin-4/
    It MUST be someone who spends alot of time around Merlotte’s.

    After the events of Dead Reckoning (ie. Terry keeping an eye on Sookie for Eric and Niall) – and Terry’s gift to Sookie of a gun in S3, I’m not ruling him out as a possibility either.

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    Lydia Reply:

    Thank you so much for validating my suspicions…I must have missed those postings. I too have always wondered what Terry was…I always wondered why he liked animals more than people and I also find it interesting that Sookie, by choice has “never, ever read Terry’s mind.” Even early on in the books I’ve felt like there was this “invisible fence” surrounding Sookie of people (supes) who are looking out for her without her knowledge. Obviously, now she knows that there have been those who have been doing so.

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    Lydia Reply:

    Obviously, I’m meshing the book and show, but you get the point. Read your (always entertaining) “Just Sayin”…can’t believe I missed that posting. Exactly what I was thinking and and too agree that in the show it is Sam and who is the primary information provider.

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    Mony Reply:

    I think Terry got confused about which night the blood thing happened, right AB? LOL
    yep, im on board with the “AB is a smart ass who can read between the lines pretty well” lmao!

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    SVB Reply:

    Actually Mony, you might be on to something there. The info coming from Terry would certainly explain the fact that Eric has the times wrong.

    This is something that Ball could definitely have picked up from the books. After all, alot of book fans have felt for a long time that someone was feeding Eric information on Sookie – it’s been a topic of discussion here since this site began and I’ve seen it discussed on other book forums. We had most of our attention focused on Sam – simply because it had to be someone who was around Merlotte’s alot. Terry was kind of easy to discard as a possibility because he didn’t seem to have the brains or the motivation…where Sam did. But the fact that CH pointed out *MULTIPLE* times over the series that Sookie deliberately stayed out of Terry’s head should have been much more of a red flag to us than it was! LOL.

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    C.K. Reply:

    If the dog in the parking lot was Sam when Sookie got beat up by the Rattrays couldn’t Sam have helped her. That is the thing I don’t like about it if that was Sam. He would have attacked the Rattrays instead he just whined. That could have been Dean the dog. IDK

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    LLE Reply:

    Sam watch Sookie get beat up and he stay as a dog. Ratts had the gun on Dean and dog knew that it was a gun. How many dogs know what a gun is? Sam could had turn back into himself and help Sookie but he did not.

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    IATM Reply:

    To me that was the stupiest thing Sam did in both DUD & s1 was turn into Dean for that scene ( The Rattray’s beating).. why not a bigger tougher animal?? or simply show up as his human self??

    then Sammy did it agian in s1 when he turned into Dean when Rene was trying to kill Sookie in the Cemetary.. i mean C’mon a DOG?? if he is gonna show up knowing he got the scenet of the killer who killed Dawn show up as a Human with a Gun.. or at least a bigger animal to scare Rene.. showing up as a Collie was a DUH moment to me…

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    IATM Reply:

    oh yea,

    not to mention the fact that Sookie never asked Sam about the Rattray’s beating even after she found out that he is a shifter & is the same Collie that she sometimes has been allowing to sleep on her floor for the last 5 years she has been working at Merlottes..

    i mean C’mon CH with the sillyness IMO.. Sookie never backtracks to DUD events in the books..

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    LLE Reply:

    Sookie does not ask much questions in the books. When Sookie in the book was drain and rape and Sookie act like nothing happen because she has not face the trauma and that not good because sooner or later it’s going to come back.

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    IATM Reply:

    But TB Sookie hasent brought this up either regarding s1 events…

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    C.K. Reply:

    Sookie was in denial about a lot of things in the books. Sam is always talking sh** on Eric and Sookie never says anything. I hope Sookie tells Sam off in the book the next time he says something negative about Eric. Sookie will probably tell Sam about the arranged marriage and he will go on about that and give her a lecture in book 12.

    Another thing I was just re watching season one and Sam just runs to Sookies rescue. I mean wouldn’t it have been faster to take a car to her house. Unless he wanted to catch the scent. Whatever its done now.

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    LLE Reply:

    Sam has good sense smell and that why he turn into a dog so he could run faster.

    IATM Reply:

    Shit in book 12 Sookie needs to talk about the LOAN she gave Sam.. she talks about everything else that ppl owe her or didnt pay her back..

    IATM Reply:

    yes, under logic it would have been faster to take a car then run as a dog to Sookie’s house & then the cemetary..**snort**

    but Hell, Sookie made out with Sam in s1 when Billy was off at trial.. & her rational was ” Billy didnt tell her when he was comming back”.. but i mean C’mon he was only gone for 2 days & she is making out with her Boss & she knew what he went to trail for ( killing LS).. so Sookie is a wee bit fickle at best… ( just to be kind to the Sookie lover’s)..

    SVB Reply:

    The dog cowered when Mac pointed the gun at the him…which a regular dog wouldn’t do. I guess in answer to the second part about why Sam wouldn’t have helped her…depends on your POV of Sam. I’m pretty sure that Sam isn’t the all round, Southern good boy we were shown in S1/early books – seems like AB sees a dark side to him with where he took him in S3.

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    LLE Reply:

    Sam did not turn back into a man to help Sookie at all. Sookie just never thought about it at all because she was beaten up so bad that she almost die.

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    C.K. Reply:

    Gosh I hope that Eric didn’t have fairy spies looking after her. I don’t think he did because he didn’t even know the fae still existed until Hadley told him. Heck Eric probably won’t be the one to introduce Sookie to Nial. Bill will probably be the one to give Sookie fae info.

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    Hootiecat1 Reply:

    You may have that right that bill will be the one to introduce Sookie to Niall. I wouldn’t put that past AB.

    As far as Eric having fairy spies watching after Sookie — no not looking after her specifically or anyone. But just keeping an eye on everything in his area of Louisiana. Shifters, Were’s (hot shot) Eric knew who the drug dealers were in his area. The rednecks who burned Liam, Diane and Macomb. I think Eric has a very clear network of spies.

    One of my biggest laughs was when Eric went to bill’s house made himself comfy in bill’s bath tub while he waited for bill to come home. (I got the impression that bill was damn surprised at finding the big Viking in his tub, but then after considering it — not really) Eric did the same thing to bill at Jason’s house when they were hiding from Russell.

    Sam & Eric knew who each other were – maybe not on a personal level until Eric went to Sam’s bar the first time with bill on the way to the tribunal. Any and all Supe’s would need to know about a powerful vampire sheriff of the area and where he could be found.

    What ever it was that Hadley whispered to Eric about Sookie — What Eric answered was “Well I certainly didn’t expect that.” An ambiguous statement that leave you wondering how much Eric does know about the Fairies.

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    SVB Reply:

    It was confirmed by the writers in one of the Inside The Episode shorts last season that Hadley told Eric that Sookie was a fairy. That’s a definite.

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    C.K. Reply:

    Eric must have a million phone numbers in in cell. It is not a good thing that Bill had Eric’s phone (even if it was only for a few hours). Sorry that was random but Eric had Sam’s number so it made me think of that.

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    C.K. Reply:

    Eric has been around for 1,000 years so he knows a great deal (except about Maeneds which is odd)so he probably learned stuff from Godric too. Most vampires thought that fae were a myth. Presumably, Eric found out the truth from Hadley. Eric has heard fairytales and folklore over the years but probably assumed it was just a myth or that they were extinct. Plus, Eric was focused on his quest for vengence so he probably didn’t care about fae myths.

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    caraway seeed Reply:

    I totally went to the lotus eater place. The fruit just mellows you out, man.

    I don’t care what the payoff is (and my guess is – vampires arent’ so bad, look at those greek drapery supes like Mary Ann and this lot). Get out of Douche Land, now!

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  • MASpencer

    Twenty bucks says Mab is pissed because Sookie gets creeped out and LEAVES. I doubt the fairies take kindly to “ungrateful” deserters…

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    Ashley Reply:

    I agree completely. Her “plan” has something to do with bringing these part fae people there and not letting them go back.

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    Fuzzy Peaches Reply:

    I will not take that bet because I totally agree. I also agree Fairyland is pretty lame. Like someone else said, they better turn out to be badass. And is Earl played by Gary Cole?

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    MASpencer Reply:

    Hey, Fairytown needs TPS reports, too. :lol:

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    legalease Reply:

    :lol: I would absolutely die if Eddie showed up looking for his stapler!!!

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    Fuzzy Peaches Reply:

    LOL – I didn’t get the memo on the new cover sheets, no. Steven Root was great, but I think Gary Cole is a bigger name. Dude’s been in EVERYthing! Although, you still have to IMDB his name every now and then. I loved him in “American Gothic.”

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  • daisy

    I guess if you eat the fruit, you’ll get very addicted to it that you won’t want to leave the lame ass fairy place.

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    Lydia Reply:

    Explains the willingness to wear that much gauze (LOL)

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    daisy Reply:

    LOL, the clothing is so boring and lame. The only person I approve of is a guy passing in the background without a shirt. ;)

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  • KristaADoyle

    The fairy stuff is kinda weird… in the book, it was more fierce, am I right? This is typical fairy happy land. Weren’t they portrayed more as wise warriors ?? And am I the only one who’s wondering why Barry is there (with a godmother, who’s a dude…) even though I seem to remember Charlaine Harris saying that the telepathy didn’t have anything to do with being part fairy?

    Anyway, thanks for posting this! I love the show, even though I’m confused by it sometimes in relation to the books :)

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    Ashley Reply:

    I’m pretty sure this safe, happy fairy land act is not the true face of the Fae, and that they are much darker and more primal than this. This act is to lull people into a false sense of security.

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    C.K. Reply:

    They mentioned that in the show telepathy is a fae trait/connected to the fae. That will be different from the books. I guess Barry is part fae too since he is telepathic.

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    Sekushinonyanko Reply:

    In the books telepathy is a demon trait, not a fairy one.

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  • AB Negative

    This whole scene reminds me of Brave New World with the fruit being the valium to keep the fae’s real nature subdued. I loved Anna’s acting as she was introducing herself to Grand daddy Earl…she appeared so vulnerable and sweet. I think I am going to like Sookie and Anna’s acting a lot better this year. I really like Gary Cole…wish he could be around longer.

    As to Eric having Fairy spies…remember Sam was a witness to the beating and we know that Eric and Sam know eaach other because of the the phone call. I think Sam will be the spy rather than Terry as in DR.

    Thanks for finding this SVB…you are the best.

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    Christopher Reply:

    Brave New World is still one my absolute favorite books. I love that you caught it, and I’m disappointed i didn’t, but I think you’re right on. The whole utopia illusion thing would be very AB.

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  • VikingLover

    Okay so here’s my whacky theory:

    Maybe the fairies are offering sanctuary/safe place for half-breeds who have been discovered by the vampires. Perhaps they are only doing this in order to prevent vamps from learning that fairies still exist in the “world” so once there they hold these people “hostage”. Maybe that’s why they give them the “fruit” – it keeps them calm and happy and “high” – this way they won’t want to leave. When Sookie demands to go back QM is pissed (to MAS’s point) because having Sookie out in the world is a danger to the Fairies being exposed. *shrug*

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    VikingLover Reply:

    Maybe the “fruit” (their “light”) has the same effect on halfbreeds that fairy blood have on vamps.

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    cookie Reply:

    otally that’swhat i thought.Sookie it’s eric’s fruit and bill.but that’s lame bc all our speculation of he loves her blablabla will be vanished bc as barry said “it was like bitting hapiness”

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    Ashley Reply:

    I agree VL. That’s probably why Earl didn’t try to leave even though he had family to go home to.

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    Skarlove Reply:

    Great theory! I think this is probably going to end up spot on.

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    Krtmd Reply:

    The fruit reminds me of the Greek myth about the lotus eaters. The fruit keeps them sedate and blissfully unaware. They won’t want to leave, and they become completely unconcerned about the passage of time.

    Lest anyone think I’m well read, I know this from my son, who read the Percy Jackson and the Olympians book series. Something very similar happens to them in the story, but they stop eating the lotus flowers and ‘wake up’.

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  • C.K.

    WTF is up with Grandaddy Earl was he kidnapped or something years ago? It looks kind of like ancient Greek architecture. It’s funny when Sookie says that Claudine sucks as a fairy god mother.

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  • Margaux

    If Earl thought 20 years ago was last week then maybe Sook won’t be in Douchland very long. I was thinking she’d be there for awhile recovering from Beehl and all of his nonsense.
    Maybe she wont’ actually be there too long. I’m finding Douchland to be very weird and I’m not really liking this story line but whatever gets Sook into the arms of our Sheriff, I’ll take.

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  • C.K.

    I wonder how long it will take Sookie to tell Eric about Faeland? We know that she likes to keep things to herself.

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    daisy Reply:

    I don’t think it matters. Who the hell would bother going in that boring place anyways. Bill already visited the fairy world only to discover that sookie is part fairy and nothing bad happened. JMO

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  • Vickie

    Okay, that was kinda creepy. Got to say I love that Sookie is not just falling into it. I know it was only three minutes long, but she did seem suspicious. Oh my God, she’s away from Bill and the influence of his blood and she’s using her brain.Sorry couldn’t help myself.

    My guess is that fruit is the Fae equivalent of vampire blood. It looked like it was addicted. Doucheland is not good clean fun, like I said before what they showed Sookie before was a front. I think we’ll see the real face of the Fae in episode one.

    Did it look like to anyone else that the Fae are collecting humans/rounding them up?

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    C.K. Reply:

    The last thing Sookie needs is another addiction. I am glad she had the sense not to eat the magical fruit.

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  • Morganjane

    21 seconds… Claude and Dermot LOL!

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    Morganjane Reply:

    They show the blond guy that looks like he could be Jason Stackhouse 3 times in the beginning. You can see his face but looks like him? What do you think?

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  • daisy

    My theory is that when Sookie is talking to earl, he finally comes back to reality. Then he’ll start going berserk and trash the whole place (do some redecorating). After that, they’ll have to shoot him with the fire ball or whatever the hell it is, to calm him down. Sookie will get scared and goes back home by saying the magic words “home” three times, like the movie Beetlejuice. LOL :)

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    C.K. Reply:

    Or click her heals together 3 times saying “There’s no palce like home” LOL.

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  • thesedreams

    For a second there I thought I saw Godric! He dresses the same way the fairies do. I think the glow fruit and glow water makes the fairies stronger but also more sedated.

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  • daisy

    In what way has Claudine helped sookie? She has to come to the human world and stay for a while, like in the book where at least she prevents sookie from sleep-driving. I hope Claude could be more helpful in the show.

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  • Ive read on tumblr a post about the season 3 commentary that one of the directors said that the fairies are definitely evil and will get more deceptive as the season goes on and that they’re trying to win Sookie and make her truste them them using all rainbows and butterflies right now.

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    Freyja Reply:

    Yes saw that too. I wished I had the dvd’s to check the commentaries.
    So is Claudine ‘evil’? I didn’t think she was in the books, but thinking back I wouldn’t be surprised if she had some agenda. It looks like all of them in SSN/TB have some agenda.

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    Mony Reply:

    I think this is a confirmation to our suspects about the way AB portrayed fairies and Doucheland. He had a purpose and so had the Fairies with Sookie. It’s a big trick.

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    legalease Reply:

    I agree Mony. I thought that the reveal of the TRUE nature of the fae was coming but it’s nice to hear it confirmed by the writers.

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    Margaux Reply:

    I agree Freyja, we know something is up with Claude. The Fae have an agenda and maybe TB is just introducing it earlier then CH.

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    Lydia Reply:

    Would have been interesting to have Claudine in one of the “True Colors” posters…wonder which side she’d (the Fae) would be on…

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    C.K. Reply:

    I sure hope that Sookie doesn’t wait to long to tell Eric about the fae. He wants to protect her and he can’t do that if she doesn’t tell him about her trip to faeland. Sookie probably won’t tell him though because of her trust issues. Eric is one of the only people who can protect Sookie. In DR the fairies were beginning to make the vampires looked like a walk in the park. If the fae torture takes place it is going to be gruesome.

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  • Seán

    Oh God! I hate being negative…but Fairyland is so jarring! It feels like a completely different show from True Blood. It could turn out to be intriguing stuff with Sookie’s grandpa Earl (why change the name?) but this is just so terribly embarrassing! Oh and I don’t like how the fae seem to be immortal and don’t have pointed ears. I wish AB would at least stick to CH’s mythology!

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    SVB Reply:

    Yeah, color me distinctly unimpressed with this – and it better turn around quick smart.

    I’m open minded about this whole Doucheland thing – I’ve always felt that it’s a snow job for something much darker and the cheesier it gets, the more sure of this I am.

    But what’s really bugging me about this is that it’s the OPENING SCENE of the SEASON. I mean, REALLY? I want the opening scene of Episode one to kick some ass! Grab me by the throat and command my attention! I DON’T want it to have me crawling under my couch with embarrassment in case someone sees me watching. They need to go back to the opening scene of season 2 for some pointers – now THAT is how you open the first episode. Never mind that it was Eric – but it had total badassery with a vampire going mental, ripping someone’s limbs off in a basement.

    Attention grabbing? You bet.

    This is just WTF inducing.

    At any rate, my kids enjoyed it. The first time in nearly four years they’ve ever been allowed to watch a scene of this show :lol:

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    legalease Reply:

    SVB, it’s been awhile since I’ve watched episode 13, but wasn’t the Eric ripping Royce apart the end of 13/beginning of 14? I only remember because I was thinking where the hell is Eric? throughout the premiere. I believe Season 2 started with the reveal that the dead body in Andy’s car was not Lafayette.

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    SVB Reply:

    Hmmm…you’re right!

    It’s been a while since I watched it too :lol:

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    legalease Reply:

    I only remembered because I couldn’t believe that there was absolutely no Eric until like the last minute of the episode. I feel pretty confident in saying that they wouldn’t pull that kind of shit at this point in the series. I’m pretty sure we’ll see Eric before the last two minutes of episode 401. :lol:

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    Willowbella Reply:

    I agree the tone seems off with the fairyland stuff coming first, I would rather it continue in Bon Temps with the Sam/Tommy or Bill/QSA scene, BUT they have always continued with the exact scene they ended on and since that was Sookie vanishing into the Light I can see why they’ve done this. I think they’re sticking to a precedent that they’ve set. In that sense I’ll let it go and since fairyland was described by Brian Buckner as a trap I’m also hoping this whole fairy/human conference will be some kind of front/construct. There’s definitely more to it already with the enchanted fruit and grandpa Earl rocking up oblivious to time passing. I’m hopeful it will suck less than last season. *fingers crossed*

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    Lyta Reply:

    it is clear that the fairies have their darkside, after all is the AB we’re talking about, but I think AB did not have to fix what was NOT broken, I like the way CH developed the fairies, I don’t need NEVER to see the fairy world, I liked the idea of them living among us, almost as much I like the vampires are part of our society, I mean, they can be shop owners or stripers have a life on earth and its mysteries of Faeland , AB does not need to throw everything into the show, I just hope CH never resolves show us faeland. Even if they show us another side of the fae, and their faces not so beautiful and their evil intentions, they are still FAIL and cliche.
    Yes I was embarrassed by this, it’s to much trash

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    jayetea Reply:

    I totally agree that Doucheland is lamer than lame. I don’t care that the fairies are presenting this side of themselves to lull unsuspecting half-breeds (or whoever). It’s still completely cringeworthy. On the upside, I did like AP’s interaction with Grandpa Earl and I like Gary Cole! I also kind of liked that Sook told Claudine she sucked as a Fairy Godmother. I can see the credits rolling right after this three minutes is up an hopefully right after that, they’ll jump right into vampire action!

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  • This confirms what we suspected, that the way Fairies and Doucheland had been portrayed in TB was a big trick for Sookie and many others probably.
    Not so different from the books, especially after DR…which makes me even more suspicious about what AB really knows LOL

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    Mony Reply:

    this was a reply to Freyja.. :/

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    Freyja Reply:

    Yeah, that’s what I was thinking. AB has been planning this for some time I’m sure. I got suspicious of the fae after reading ‘Gift Wrap’, and the fae in TB were way too cute and cuddly to be anything but suspicious. If AB wants to shock us, he first shows us something that looks very innocent/nice (Bill f.ex) and then completely turns it around and the other side is very dark.

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    SVB Reply:

    Yeah, I do think that once again Ball has picked up on the undercurrent in CH’s books and run with it here. It was really only in Dead Reckoning that the alarm bells starting ringing loudly about what the fae agenda might be with Sookie – but going back to book 8 and 9 there were certainly hints that Niall’s intentions in particular may not be completely out on the table yet.

    I don’t think Ball was privy to information about this from CH – the hints were there, all he had to do was expand on them. He’s done that with other things already.

    You have to hand it to Ball – he’s really, really good and picking up these subtleties and running with them. Except the Maryann thing. Someone should have talked him right out of running with that particular book subplot like he did :lol:

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  • Vickie

    Watching the video again and it looks like only the humans are eating the glow-fruit. I don’t think I saw any full Fae trying in. I’m telling you that fruit is evil.

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  • Marlnails

    I think there is time jumping going on. Has anyone noticed that Barry is wearing the exact outfit that he was last seen in season 2 ep 7 http://youtu.be/vwE-x2-0z_Y his scene is at 4:07 mark

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    SVB Reply:

    Yes we were talking about this last week when we saw the shorter scene with Barry. It seems Barry has been in fae, sucking on that fruity fruit since mid-season 2.

    It’s basically confirmed now that we will have time jump of around a year between S3 and S4 (confirmed by Ryan Kwanten a month or so back), and now from this scene I think it’s safe to assume that we definitely have the typical “passage of time” issues associated with the fae more generally.

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    Millarca Reply:

    We now know, thanks to Earl, (Nice to see Gary Cole, BTW. I had the hots for him as Lucas Buck. :D :) that 1 day in Fae equals roughly 3 years in BT, so 1 year is 8 hours, so 3 weeks is less than half an hour, so it would be fair for Barry to think he’s only just arrived.

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  • Willowbella

    I watched episode 3.07 with commentary yesterday. Here in Scotland the S3 box-set came out last week. One of the writers (Brian Buckner) was talking about fairyland. He said the internet means you get instant feedback and it was clear the viewers unanimously hated fairlyland. He then said what we have to remember if that it’s not the REAL fairlyland, it’s the fairies representation of themselves in order to get Sookie to come with them and we should think of it as a “trap.” I was so relieved to hear that. Then this clip, on top of that, confirms the Fae’s intentions and that they are, in fact, much more dangerous than they appear.

    In our Scottish fae folklore there are lots of tales of fairies trying to trap humans in their realm, through food and revelry and dance, whilst time passes differently. Then when they get home more time has passed than they realise. They really seem to be drawing on that for this season.

    I wasn’t sure if the Light was coming from Sookie’s hand or someone next to her in the new promo but it does look to me like someone in a robe with long hair being thrown so maybe Sookie microwaves Queen Mab? Earl was just in his regular clothes. He may step in and sacrifice himself after that to help her get home.

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  • Margaux

    Agree SVB. “Doucheland” really doesn’t flow with TB and I’m hoping this opening scene isn’t too long. I’m just not feeling it

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  • Willowbella

    My teenage cousin just watched this and said it reminds him of the ‘Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief’ lotus fruit casino scene. It’s actually a pretty fair comparison and the set does look like a Vegas casino. :)

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  • Dee Raikkonen

    Oh man, the fairyland looked ridiculous. Are they serious in putting this as the first sneak peek of season 4? If i had not already known about the highly anticipated amnesia storyline, i would have been so turned off.

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  • sheldon

    Well the first thing that comes to mind is that the fae certainly weren’t keeping it their pants to have produced all these human/fae hybrids.

    I can’t see the fireball bit. Where is it? Is it in the video above or on another link?

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    sheldon Reply:

    Okay, found fireball bit in the ‘Sookhe is no longer Mahn’ post

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  • Rat

    Do you all remember a while back the picture that was posted here of Alan Ball and who we all assumed was Lochlan? That was not a Doucheland, warm and fuzzy, gauze-wearing fairy. For realz :)

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    Rat Reply:

    Blammo! This is what I was talking about!
    http://www.sookieverseblog.com/2010/12/18/tinkerbell-try-again/

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  • I’ve heard good things about this HBO Go app on the iPhone/iPad. Not long now …

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  • Lyta

    I believe the Doucheland can be a “jump the shark” for the casual audience, honestly.

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    Millarca Reply:

    I agree that it could be, if not handled well and if there’s too much of it. But I do give AB more credit than that. SFU and American Beauty were classy shows.

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    Jess Reply:

    Please, it’s only going to be a few minutes out of the entire thing.

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  • daisy

    These fairies are a bunch of phonies, they give them poison fruit so they can only think of “unicorns and butterflies.” At least Sookie was smart enough not to fall for that crap. I wasn’t really fond of Bary in the show, so he can eat chow down all he wants. Any ways, one can only hope it is a trap and the real fairy world is somewhere else, because that place looks like a total snooze fest. JMO ;)

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  • LLE

    I don’t believe the fairies are all bad and some of them can be good. The fairies keep half breeds on drug because they don’t want them to know anything. Earl been in fairyland for one week but twenty years in earth years.

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    IATM Reply:

    so far IMO it looks like AB is using alot of Greek Mythology in regards to Faeland & that silly fruit.. Lotus eating .. did anyone else get that ??

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    IATM Reply:

    Lotus eater’s : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lotus-eaters

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  • daisy

    Let cut to the chase here. Earl died years ago, so that means that fairies not only abduct people who are alive, but also those who are deceased?, Ew. And if Earl was a telepath, don’t you guys think Sookie would of known.

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    IATM Reply:

    Sookie didnt even know she was a Hybird… nor did Sookie remember drinking that water that Claudine gave her in s3 when she was in the coma.. Claudine told her she had that water before…

    but maybe the Fae took Earl when he was in the process of dying?? or because he eats the fruit he has no recollection of dying in the human world?? i mean Earl thinks he only been up in Faeland for a week & it’s been 20 yrs.. & he was eating that Fruit from the True.. Earl isnt Sookie’s Father he is her Grandfather.. & this must be only Fae/ Hybird Heaven since Gran isnt there as well **snort** :-) maybe that is a bad joke **ding**

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    IATM Reply:

    plus in the hospital scene Claudine wanted Sookie to fllow her in the pond & Sookie declined to go with her because she cant swim or whatnot.. maybe Earl did follow ??

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    SVB Reply:

    No it doesn’t – because it seems that Earl simply went missing, presumed dead, when he was taken to Fae. We were never told “how” he died.

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    IATM Reply:

    awe, very true SVB,

    thanks for the clarity.. i couldnt remember if it was told how Earl died or not.. it was only told how Sookie’s parents died correct??

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    Kirsten Reply:

    Gran said something to Sookie in S1 about Earl “knowing” things. The little hints have been building up since then.

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    IATM Reply:

    so Earl is going to be half Human & Fae himself ( like Fintin)?? Earl the Hybird :-)

    i guess Earl followed his Fairy God Father/Mother to Faeland & just loves the fruit ..**snort**

    you know i completely forgot that Gran & Sookie conversation from s1.. thanks for the reminder..

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    daisy Reply:

    Ok, I understand it now. This story line is a whole different ball game compared to the book. JMO

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  • When we saw Earl’s tombstone without a date of death, I thought it was a little off, but I didn’t realize where AB was going with it. If Grandpa Earl was missing and presumed dead, that would explain why there was no DOD.

    With regards to the glow bright peaches/apples/plums, maybe the more you eat them, the more time you lose in the real world. Earl feels like he’s only been there for a week, but it’s been twenty years.

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    MASpencer Reply:

    I totally forgot about that, WFS… and I agree that that’s definitely where they’re going with this. Even so, I’m a little surprised that the mysterious circumstances behind Earl’s “death” weren’t mentioned a lot earlier in the show, the way Hadley’s rehab stints and disappearance were.

    But the writers may not have had this plot point planned for so long. I don’t know.

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  • Jess

    Those are 100% not the REAL true fairies.

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  • A-Pos

    That was the lamest 3 minutes I have ever seen. The Egg and Meat tree were brilliant in comparison and I HATED the Maryanne storyline.Where are the fierce Fae from Charlaine’s books? If this p#$$y $hit is what season 4 consist of it will be my last. I wonder if AB is trying to sabotage the show with these Summers Eve commercials.,and Earl instead of Fintan or Niall……. Well there goes any relationship to the books.

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  • Hellosweetheart

    What a whole 3 minites of TB and no Eric smoulder or Pam quick wit.
    Not good enough HBO – Sookie needs to get the hell our of Fairyland and back to Bon Temps damm quick.

    Seriously though hopefully this little piece will be the first and last we see of TB lame Fairyland in season 4.

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    daisy Reply:

    it’s a snooze fest. Their clothes and the background look cheap/boring, and Bary’s god mother (even though it’s a guy), looks like a genie. So AB better come up with something better for the Real Fairy world because this is a disaster.

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  • IATM

    This is just a Thought so my fellow Eric fans dont **shoot me** :-)

    but is anyone worried at all that AB might take away AE “Making Sookie Happy” this season??

    i mean the whole Hearts desire stuff is Eric’s.. what is Sookie’s Heart desire?? was that part of DR that CH was hinting to us?? or is AB going to fuck us over in s4 & not make the curse his hearts desire??

    i care more about Eric’s Hearts desire then i do about this silly Faeland bit & Alcide grabbing Sookie’s leg in the promo picture & about the witch war..

    i want Eric’s hearts desire to stay the same as it did in the books.. i will be seriously upset if AB fucks me over with this major book plot.. I dont care about a shower scene as long as i get Eric’s hearts desire :-)

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  • Northwoman

    I do remember Earl’s name circled in the Mendacious Mr. Compton’s little Stackhouse family tree document….more here than meets the eye.

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    IATM Reply:

    HA, Maybe the Mendacious Mr. Compton already knew Sookie was a Hybird from the past.. he does read his Mythology books..**snort** & the rest of the vamps thought the Fae was extint & Daywalking was just a Myth.. HAHA !!

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  • I wonder if the fae in this fairyland are the “water fae” who oppose the “air (sky) fae” of whom Sookie’s Niall is Prince of in the Sookie books? If they are the water fae, then they are masquerading as Sookie’s friends or maybe they’re trying to “turn” her into a spy or a henchman? And, what of this Claudine? Is she the true Claudine? If so, has she betrayed her own faction to join the water fae?

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  • C.K.

    I kind of wish more time had past for Sookie. I know the time jump will be a year Bon Temps time but it will only seem like a few hours for Sookie. When she gets together with AE it will be like a couple days have past from Sookie’s break up with Bill. At least in the book I think a month or more had passed since from the B/S breakup to amnesia Eric.

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  • Katy

    Just maybe the magical fruit is being used to keep the part fae in limbo for now. And once the fae decide to go to war, the fruit will be used to make them fight, such as “If you don’t help us fight, you will not receive any more fruit.” The half fae are now drug addicts, and will do anything to get their magical fruit.

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  • C.K.

    My True Blood DVD just cmae in the mail. I wish that they would have put the inside the episodes on the DVD.

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  • daisy

    I don’t know but I sort of liked Bill’s hair when he was still with Lorena in the 1930s

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  • C.K.

    I didn’t know that there were special DVD covers. They did that for Twilight to at Target/Borders. Oh well, I already got the cast cover which I like. The special onces are sold out online anyway.

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