Eric Northman & the Deathly Hallow

It’s the Boy Who Lived! The Chosen One! – The fact that True Blood‘s “Season of the Witch” just so happens to coincide with the release of the final installment of Harry Potter? BLESS THIS TRANSITIONY GOODNESS.

Yet thus far on the show we’ve been left wondering what exactly the deal is with the witches, and how they relate to the Viking. Certainly Ball has beefed up the justification for the witch war from the original premise in Dead to the World - reasoning, as even the most rabid bookie might admit, that witches coming after Eric only for his money, territorial grudges, and a good screw might come off as implausible. Not to mention kinda uncouth. Besides, Yvetta has already been there, done that. And how. Abroom-chee. I’ll be here all the week, folks!

Umkay, moving on.. I’m going to try and pull a lot of stuff together to see if anything sticks. It’s spaghetti tossing time! You in? What do we know about witches and their grudges so far on True Blood? Make sure your arms and legs remain tucked inside the vehicle at all times, it might be a bumpy ride….

Antonia is Mine!

Likely the largest mystery of the fourth season is Antonia’s grudge against vampires – Antonia being the show’s version of Hallow, though perhaps “Antonia” is only yet another vessel pertaining to this spirit. Of all spirits, why was Antonia’s channeled?

Antonia first appears in episode 2, flashing over Marnie’s face as Eric is cursed with amnesia. There has been quite the informative breakdown of the incantation used for the curse already; if you missed it feel free to check out this thread in the forum.

Firstly, why is the witch chanting Latin – never mind a modified Jesuit exorcism spell? With the Jesuits thickly involved in the Spanish Inquisition, that’s a headscratcher on the surface…unless the witches on True Blood are going to be considered brujas, and thus Christian witches. Jesus Velasquez? HELLO. We also saw a preview clip of a woman with the same leathery face Lala’s loverboy sported in season 3, in what appeared to be 1610 flashback yet to occur this season.

Marnie, Marnie, Marnie… … Marn-ay.

May I present to you…our season 4 villain about whom we still know next to nothing about two episodes in… Eddie! Marnie! Applause, applause applause!

A red rose, how…romantic. It was nice to ‘see’ Eddie again, even if it was only in a flash of a flashback. He was, after all the utterer of those wise words back in season 1 “we are who we were when we are turned” – a throw away line that would seem quite prescient of Amnesia Eric – but what does Eddie have to do with witches and why was he involved with Marnie’s debut on the show? Possibly, it was to show Marnie doesn’t catch only “bad” spirits when she goes astral fishing, or that Lafayette has a spiritual magnetism that resonates and enhances Marnie’s own. But the question is begging to be asked – who is the true conduit here?

Most likely it is Lafayette but why did he, of all the magical people present affect the circle the most? Could it be perhaps, not that he merely has a hereditary power, but that he has a special (blood) connection to Eric? Why was Jesus so insistent to bring Lala to Marnie’s? Also, while I absolutely believe Lafayette was a factor, I’m not ready to ditch the possibility that Toni Tara was a bit of a conduit, too. After all, it was she who attracted a maenad to Bon Temps. And then there’s that whole ‘Toni’ thing she and Antonia have in common.

What does Marnie want?

From the video below it seems Marnie wants to control the dead, though it’s so hard to pick up on her true ambition with the little we know of her so far. But what is she truly after? Does she want revenge? Perhaps Antonia will give her the agency she desires, yet why did Marnie study advanced spells outside of the rest of her Wiccan group? Why was she not more distraught that Minerva remained alive for only a little while? Indeed, she was happy. Her spell worked, and it seems to me that it was a test to determine if she could increase the power of her magic by perfecting the ritual finding the right vessel.

Let’s take a brief moment to consider what Jesus said in the video above “If your soul is black, you practice black magic. If your soul is white, you practice white magic”. But what if your soul is gray? What if you have an insane fetish for Cheetos? Well.. apparently souls only come in two colors, good or evil – though I think I’ll wait to see what Apple comes out with next. Seriously, Jesus’s summation is rather contrary to the characterization of every character on the show thus far. True Blood does nothing if not paint it’s characters in the gray areas. Consider for a moment the character who has done the most harm to human-vampire relations – one Russell Edgington. I would never consider him wholly “evil.”

Does it all come back to Russell? This is a post-Russell Edgington world after all, so does Marnie have a vendetta against him or vampires in general? Does she want to accomplish something else? Perhaps on a grander scale than Russell ever planned. Is she in it for the extermination of their race or is she an ecological terrorist too?

While first watching the scene in 4.01 “She’s Not There”, showing the drunk man in the trenchcoat, holding a red drink Talbot Juice and soliciting a smoking Tony Talbot Toni Tara, I did a double take. The visual parallel stood out to me like a cheese on rice. What in the wide, wide name of sports is going on here? And what does the old Druid, Russell Edgington, have to do with Tara, if anything?


It wouldn’t be the first time that True Blood writers reincarnated a scene in order to refresh the memory of viewers, but so early in the season it’s hard to speculate as to how this fits into the larger story – not that that will stop me from trying. I can’t help but think that this Russell Tara Toni scene echos in the next Marnie scene at the Moon Goddess Emporium, when Marnie resurrects Talbot Minerva, her familiar. It certainly has tones of Russell’s apparent Druid divination ritual in stabbing Tony in order to resurrect Talbot. From the Wikipedia entry on Druids and more specifically according to the late great Diodorus Siculus:

“These men predict the future by observing the flight and calls of birds and by the sacrifice of holy animals: all orders of society are in their power… and in very important matters they prepare a human victim, plunging a dagger into his chest; by observing the way his limbs convulse as he falls and the gushing of his blood, they are able to read the future.”

What did Russell read in Tony’s twitching? I’m willing to bet this ritualistic sacrifice figures in somehow with a future sacrifice, and perhaps a death of a character on the show. Perhaps this all points to Toni Tara being turned into a vampire one day or being resurrected in some fashion. Ties between Tara and resurrection were already suggested in season 2 when she ate the heart of a shifter. We haven’t seen any fruit from that yet, only rotted meat on a tree and some dead Eggs.

She Who Must Not Be Named.

In the first episode of season 4 we were smacked over the head with a big juicy screenshot of ‘The Moon Goddess Emporium’ sign, and the dead bird ‘Minerva‘ both references to the moon goddess, and I ain’t taking that lying down! By and large, Greek and Roman moon goddesses have very little to do with resurrection spells, necromancy, life/death/rebirth deities; though they are frequently associated with shifters, or animagi. Which ever you prefer.

But one moon goddess is associated with shifters and (erroneously) Dionysus. Her name is “Mari” and she was worshipped in Spain by some Basque witches who just so happen to have been persecuted during the Inquisition – around 1610 to be exact. Like whoa! Now, I can’t find a historical bean that tells me these witches were brujas or necromancers, but they are Spanish witches coinciding with the exact date in time of a casting call, 1610. I think the writers could paint them with one big brush; brujas, Christians, and Mari witches – this is fiction feeding off historicalishness, my friends.

What do we know about followers of Mari? One interesting note from Professor Wikipedia that stood out right away was that Mari’s worshippers gathered either in meadows or caves at akelarres and chanted alot, perhaps just like these women who appear in a casting call for episode 6:

[CHANTING MEDIEVAL WOMEN] Medieval Spanish women of all ages are chanting in Latin/Spanish…2 lines, 1 scene

I also believe these witchy Mari worshippers have something to do with a former character that has already appeared on the show. Mari just happens to be associated symbolically with a black he-goat, and depicted as a horned deity; not specifically Satan, though perhaps historically the priests may have charged these witches with Satanism as a perversion of their faith and to suit the Church’s agenda.

Warning: I’m going to utter a name here that you may have tucked away onto the back of your True Blood loving brain as a defense mechanism in order to protect your own sanity. I hope it won’t startle you, are you prepared? MaryAnn. That’s right, her.

In his description of Episode 2.12 as an essential episode to watch, Alan Ball stated:

“When Maryann was summoning Dionysus, that set the stage for a lot of what has happened since.”

How? Why? Whut?

Dunno, but apparently it is something big. We also know according to a recent spoiler, Mary Bleeping Ann would have a statue in Marnie’s witch shop that “features heavily in this season’s witch storyline.” So does Marnie worship the maenad? Did Antonia? Seeing as these 17th century Spanish women are historically (though incorrectly) linked by anthropologists to the worshippers of Dionysus, this “Mari/Ann” connection could very well be what Ball is talking about. Or, it could all just be writers’ luck. Nevertheless, there is definitely a phonetic similarity if not an mythological one, between these names – Marim Mary Ann, and Marnie.

To be continued in Eric Northman & the Deathly Hallow, Part II…..

Tomorrow we’ll explore the possible relationship between all this medieval hocus-pocus and the present day plot, some thoughts on the key ingredient to successful necromancy, and the end of an era.

Stay tuned!

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75 comments to Eric Northman & the Deathly Hallow

  • Kathy

    Oh for the love of the Goddess, if Maryann figures into this storyline in any way, I will consider turning it off. I still have PTSD from the second season! Cute Amnesiac Eric be damned!

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    Kathy Reply:

    Oh and great post Serena! Sorry, I saw that name and the PTSD kicked in! :-S

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    Serena Reply:

    No worries Kathy, she gives me PTSD too… :lol:

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    WaitingForSunday Reply:

    That’s okay Kathy, we’ll get through it together. If there are any more unsexy orgies on the horizon though, we’ll have to get out the brainbleach.

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    WaitingForSunday Reply:

    Great post Serena. I’ve been half expecting some form of Maryann to show up, ever since last fall. Tara, this is all YOUR fault!

    BTW, is anyone else picking up on the weirdness/repetitiveness in the names: Antonia (witch), Toni (Tara), and Tony (hooker)?

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    Serena Reply:

    Funny coincidence Tara’s been called a hooker before too, lol… “In his other messages he calls you hookah.”

    “Hoookah..”

    “Not Hooou-kah.. That’s a water pipe.”

    Frankie! *sniff.* *sniff.* :cry:

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    nytcrawlr Reply:

    don’t you think MaryAnn is in the baby?

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    Viking Dame Reply:

    Now that it’s been mentioned, when the younger face was flashing over Marnie’s there was a second when I thought it sorta looked like MaryAnn. But then I just brushed it off and didn’t give it another thought. Until now.

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    C.K. Reply:

    It looked like the actress who plays Antonia to me that she transformed into. Why would she just want to put a banishing spell on Eric? It seems like Lala changed the spell but I thought that Marnie/Hallow would put a worse spell on him.

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  • HolyTrenchcoat

    This. Oh my God. I appreciate this post so much. The inner history nerd is full of joy.

    -I wonder if they’ll have any Potter references?-

    Scratch that. Kudos to you, dear.

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    C.K. Reply:

    I hope they have a Potter reference. The birds name was Minerva so maybe that was a Professor McGonagall nod.

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  • VikingFever

    Awesome run down Serena! Thanks! I can’t wait for Part II.

    “witches coming after Eric only for his money, territorial grudges, and a good screw might come off as implausible. Not to mention kinda uncouth.”
    It seems plausible to me – Our politicians do it all the time!

    I think you are right on track that Russell and Marnie/Antonia are going to have a connection whether working together or against each other in some capacity.

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    SacredmOOn Reply:

    I agree great post as always Serena :)

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  • Jo

    wow! good wikipedia research!!

    well if all this historical witchy-goddess worshipping stuff manages to be wrapped up into a nice storyline that includes most of our main cast (Tara, Laffy, Sookie, Eric, Jesus, + so on)….and also makes way for the return of Russell, this looks like it could be the best season yet!

    looking forward to part 2….and love the Hogwarts!Eric pic :)

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  • Northwoman

    Serena, thank you for this post! You’ve given me something to chew over between now and Sunday, and clues to look for…I wonder if Tara ever notices the similarity in the statue?

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  • Katee

    Might threads actually tie together? Could it be? Is it too good to be true?

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  • Jayetea

    Serena,

    If they are able to link Marnie, the witches, the Inquisition, Jesus and his brujo relations and Maryann in an interesting way, then I’m all for it. Really, if they are able to somewhat redeem the whole Maryann debacle by making her somehow a conduit or a lead in to other really interesting stuff, then great. If it’s all just painfully convoluted and contrived, then……well, we’ll still have AE for a few episodes, right?

    Seriously, though, I am very interested to see where they are going with the Inquisition angle/Antonia/the vampire priests. I think it all has great potential, so I hope they can carry it off.

    Nice research as usual Serena. Can’t wait for part II and I love the Eric Potter pic.

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  • Celestia

    OH. MAH. GAH!

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  • Leif

    Excellent post Serena.Looking forward to part 2!

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  • Obladee

    You are amazing Serena. I could never have come with all that in a million years!

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  • ARK

    “reasoning, as even the most rabid bookie might admit, that witches coming after Eric only for his money, territorial grudges, and a good screw might come off as implausible”

    Wasn’t there something in book 4 when all the supes were in the bar about how much a ‘drained’ Eric was worth? I thought that was the main reason Hallow wanted him, after she had her witchy way with him ;) I need to go pull my book to see if I’m remembering correctly…

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    ARK Reply:

    btw, LOVE the post!

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    SVB Reply:

    There was ARK, Sookie was bothered by the ferocity with which Hallow was going after Eric and it was Sookie who first suggested that what she was really after was his blood – worth a pretty penny because of Eric’s age, and also because Hallow herself was a v-addict.

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    WaitingForSunday Reply:

    That’s right ARK, it was Sookie’s best guess as to why Eric was the target. I wonder if it was more to do the death of her parents, who died in custody in Shreveport (?) if I remember correctly. Since Eric is the Sheriff of the area, he may have played a role (directly or indirectly) in their deaths.

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    ARK Reply:

    Oh, yes, I forgot about her parents :) Usually I do a reread before TB starts, but, alas, June was an insane month in my house…

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  • VampirePamsGirl

    I didn’t even have to read the post to love it, lol, as I am currently counting down the days and hours until Part 2 of Deathly Hallows, which I bought tickets for today! :D As soon as I saw the picture of Eric at Hogwarts, I was sold. I love it when my favorite things get combined like that, so thank you Serena! :) And the post was very insightful and intelligent, not that I’m surprised, lol. Insightful and intelligent is pretty much standard for any Sookieverse posts cause you gals are so freaking awesome. It will be interesting to see where AB does take the witch storyline for sure.

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  • LydiaB

    So is it sort of the consensus that Eric knew Hallow/Antonia in the past?

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    WaitingForSunday Reply:

    Since Antonia’s storyline begins during the inquisition, and Eric has already mentioned to Bill that he was there then, I think it’s safe to say he knew her. I don’t know if he played a role in her death, but if she was a necromancer, I wouldn’t be surprised.

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  • AWESOME research Serena! I will be totally blown-away if this does come true…but Wikipedia does not lie :P
    No seriously though…great theory!!

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    Serena Reply:

    Honestly I wouldn’t be surprised if this stuff was added to wikipedia by the TB writers just to mess with us. :lol:

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  • Hootiecat1

    Thank you Serena..great historical research.
    I was thinking that Tara and Lala are going to be a great contrast to each other. I’ve noticed how Lala is always pulling Tara out of shit from season 1.

    Season 1: Tara and the question of possession, her mother and herself.
    Season 2: Maryann Maenad – Tara’s possession and darkness
    Season 3: Tara attracts the crazy Franklin – and Talbots attention of the undead
    Season 4: That quick flash of the evil Fairies that Sookie saw as Tara approached her

    Lala has warned Tara that there is darkness in their family – which he wants her to survive.
    Also I noticed that when Eric disarmed Tara of her stake at the witch meeting he recognized something in her when he said “Well, what have we here?” just before he let her go and he lost his memory.

    I’m not a great fan of Tara – my hope of redemption of her character is – PLEASE PAM TURN THAT BITCH, be Tara’s kickass mother. LOL

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    SacredmOOn Reply:

    that would be a Hoot if Pam turned Tara.

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  • AlcideGirl

    I love this Serena. The part of me that always wanted to be an Historian is so happy right now.

    Can’t wait for Part II.

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  • skargasmic

    Awesome post Serena, looking forward to part 2. Dionysus seems to keep popping back into the equation, should prove very interesting. I love the “season of the witch and AE”! :D

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  • Lydia

    I am trying to figure out what Marnie was saying in Latin when they were doing the incantation with Eric there. Unless someone has already done so and I missed it. I think what she is saying would cast some light onto her intentions.

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    SVB Reply:

    There’s a link to the translation in a forum thread here:
    http://www.sookieverseblog.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=32&t=1719

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    MASpencer Reply:

    It was also in the latest recap!

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  • C.K.

    OMG, I love the Harry Potter shout out. I can’t believe the last movie is coming out next week. It so bittersweet.

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  • C.K.

    Ithink it might be a mixture of Lala’s powers and Eric’s blood in his veins. Marnie wanted to bring the “dead bird” back to life and Lala has the blood of death coursing through his veins. Lala has had more of Eric’s blood than Sookie has had. In season two Lala says to Sookie “It’s like he’s alaways in my head”. They haven’t really explored E/Lala’s bond that much but we have seen E/S dreams. We haven’t seen any Lala/Eric dreams to see a difference.

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  • C.K.

    Since you mentioned Maryann I noticed that it looked like Arlene’s baby Mikey had the black saucer eyes in the scene where the blood vessel in Arlene’s eye burst when she looks at him. It was just an observation.

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  • C.K.

    If any Character is going to become a BAMF vampire it better be Lala. I’ll be mad if it is Tara who becomes a vampire and that would just be depressing because you know she would be bitter and mourn her humanity.

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    Malfunktions Reply:

    Yup, we already have one of those. lol.

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    Malfunktions Reply:

    humanitae!

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  • Elle

    Since Luna means moon in Latin and she’s a shifter too, do you think she’s somehow related to the Marnie story?
    Just a thought when I was reading the post.

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    Serena Reply:

    Yup, I’ll have more on that in the second post. ;)

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  • Pam

    also, Luna was talking about witches/shapeshifters and the sacrifice of a blood relative(shifter) in order to morph into another human being!!!

    it is all connected!

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  • white.lily

    Awesome post, Serena and a lot to chew on. Can’t wait for part 2. Now, I don’t believe in “writer’s luck”, I rather think this just shows how much work they do on the background stuff and this makes me forgive the minor glitches, although it’s not easy to figure out what is a mere mistake aka continuity error and what’s “wrong” on purpose.
    Now back to Maryann, one thing that struck me was that she said that Tara called her during that ritual in the woods so Tara must have some sort of power herself. Maybe we are even misled and it’s not just Lala closing the circle/particpating in the chanting that made the spell all powerful. If Tara was able to call the maenad, why wouldn’t she be able to call for ancient spirits such as Antonia/Hallow.

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    Skarlove Reply:

    white.lily, the same thought struck me about Tara’s accidental MA summons in the woods. IMO, Tara has just as much power as Laffy does. However, I think he’ll eventually learn to harness it for good and I doubt Tara’s inner strength and apparent inability to learn from her mistakes will allow her to do the same. There’s a saying I like that goes something like “Do what you’ve always done and you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.” To me, this spells the eventual doom of Tara Mae Thornton.

    As much as I believe Bill sent Eric into that coven, Tara’s ill-thought-out attempt to stake Eric ushered in the whole curse, escalating the affair to one major bowl of Supe-Shitstorm-Soup.

    I would welcome any return to MA’s storyline that makes sense of the S2 finale. It makes perfect sense to me that AB& co. would firmly establish this connection now!

    Serena, great post. I must admit that the Harry Potter aspects fly right over my head (*shameface*), but the rest is awesome!

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    Serena Reply:

    As much as I hate Mary Ann, I’m with you, I’d really appreciate some closure on that fuckery. If they can tie it in and tie it up neatly, then I think I’m all for it.

    For shame, Skar! :o Harry Potter is.. magical. Really, it is. Of course I like the books better than the movies, which shouldn’t come as a surprise since that seems to be my M.O. with everything these days, lol,..

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    Skarlove Reply:

    LOL! Maybe I’ll give it a shot. Someday. ;-) I know there’s tons of fans here, and you all rarely lead me astray.

    MA started off with such promise, ya know? I liked her in the end of season 1, and even the early parts of S2 – Michelle Forbes did the best with what she was given. I believe the worst crime of the whole Maenad debaucle was character overexposure and too many naked ugly people covered in dirt and mustard. Not to mention that everything going on in Texas was just GOLDEN by comparison.

    To me the season 2 finale just had soooo many glaring, funky holes to be taken at face value. I know we’ve all re-hashed this ad nauseum, so any newbies can just refer to past threads and conspiracy theories. But DAMN, AB – please connect those dots for us now. Don’t sully your legacy by making meat trees, Yahtzee and zombie-eyes meaningless in the end. I BEG YOU!!!!

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    Viking Dame Reply:

    Yep. Those orgies just wore me down. I didn’t want to see one more naked person who wasn’t named Eric Northman.

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    C.K. Reply:

    I think in the seaon 2 finale Tara even mentioned something about how she felt that it wasn’t over. I haven’t seen it in a while but I think I remeber her making some ominous statement.

    I hope Tara doesn’t turn into the Amelia character and hate Eric and try to keep him away from Sookie.

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    KCScout Reply:

    Serena, Queen of Speculation, the the only way I will ever forgive TB even a little bit for the maenad madness is if you are right about this. Last week I would have bet you anything I’d never say *that*.

    Can’t wait for Part II.

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  • Brilliant post, Serena. I didn’t catch the similarity between the names of Toni and Antonia and Russell/man with the bottle and I think you’re definitely on something.
    As for Maryann/Mari —> witches: I think it would be a great idea on the writers’ part to connect this storyline with the maenad’s one. Obviously Maryann isn’t coming back, but I believe she does have something to do with the witch. Anything working for continuity is much appreciated.

    I also believe that Russell has something to do with the witch since he was a druid and he was certainly keeping Talbot’s jar with him in order to resurrect him some way.

    I agree on the fact that TB has enhanced the witches’ background and motives. I didn’t like the reasons they were after Eric in the books, quite honestly, nor I saw them as menacing enough. I thought the whole witches angle in book 4 kinda lacked of depth.

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    Lotus Reply:

    [I didn’t like the reasons they were after Eric in the books, quite honestly, nor I saw them as menacing enough. I thought the whole witches angle in book 4 kinda lacked of depth.]

    Agree with you here, hime. I always thought there was more to it than money and wanting sex from Eric, feeling CH dropped the ball in that part of the book. The witches on TB are really kicking the story up a notch, and I especially love how they are tying Mari/Ann back into the plot instead of abandoning her back in Season 2. AB always said his series should be watched consecutively, like a movie, instead of as separate seasons. It makes me feel the writers are really paying attention to the storyline when they tie current seasons in with past ones.

    Tara’s role in all of this is especially interesting. She and Lala both seem to have inherited a power of some kind and it seems fitting that she would be the one responsible for calling MA to Bon Temps in the first place and creating the drama that has ensued. I thought Eric’s comment, “What have we here?” was curious. Does he sense something different about Tara, too? We know he gravitated to Lafayette, and I always thought it was about more than just Sookie. Whatever the case, I’m already enjoying Tara a lot more this season.

    Great post, Serena! This is one of the greatest things about TB, even though we sometimes want to pull our hair out. No matter what you think is going on at the surface, there is ALWAYS something more happening just below if you only pay attention. It’s brilliant, really!

    OH! And we had another nod to KRE when Sookie poured the blood in her fridge down the kitchen sink.

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    Tabby Reply:

    In the season 3 finale, didn’t Russell pretty much say to Sookie that he was carrying around Talbot because he was planning on bringing him back? Thats why she put him in the garbage disposal../

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  • leanan sidhe

    I thought that Jesus was naive when he said that, or that he was oversimplifying the events because he was about to go to bed and he didn’t want Lafayette worried. He wasn’t thinking it through. Marnie’s an interesting one isn’t she?

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    Lotus Reply:

    Jesus wasn’t think it through, you’re right. Lala was a bit more hesitant and with good reason. His instincts are usually pretty good and when he says something, much like Tara, I pay attention. I read that scene as Jesus just trying to sway him away from concern, pulling him deeper into the work of the coven, and not necessarily a “truth” about the working of magic.

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  • Wow, amazing. And I have to say, when they were doing the bird bit, and she said the birds name was Minerva, I thought instantly, Professor Minerva McGonagall, Teacher of Transfiguration, and had a bird as a pet to transfigure. Go figure. Loved the Harry coincidence there. Serena you do your homework, dont you. And obviously the writers of True Blood do theirs as well. Bravo Serena. A+!!

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  • MASpencer

    I wouldn’t be surprised if they’re connected at all– though it’s not clear yet, since the Basque witches worshiped goats, and Maryann had a hangup for bulls.

    For that reason, I’m hoping that the writers are merely using Maryann as a reference to give this witch stuff a little more pagan context. Because I’m with Kathy… if we have to revisit that hot mess, I’m not sure I can take it. :lol:

    On the Russell stuff, I would call his involvement in this from a mile off were he not otherwise indisposed at the moment. Too much resurrection talk out of him last season NOT to be. But again, being a Druid, he would be more than familiar with the ins and outs of pagan ritual and magic. So maybe it’s just that simple.

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  • Viking Dame

    “dead eggs” LOL!

    This is great Serena! And you were so dead on about so many things in DR MONTHS before anyone knew anything for sure so I’m sticking to you like white on rice on this one too.

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    Serena Reply:

    Thanks for the vote of confidence, Viking Dame. *hugs*..

    And thanks to everybody overall! Mwah! I could be way off, or it could be spot on, lol, but it was fun to think about. :)

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  • Karen

    Wow!!! This was awesome! Thank you for commenting on the guy in the trench coat. I have watched that episode several times and I couldn’t put my finger on it as to his significance. I just knew he was there and symbolic. One thing I’ve learned about AB is he doesn’t just put something or someone in a scene without a purpose. It made me think about RE carrying around Talbot in the Waterford Crystal vase and Sookie asking him, “Why do you carry him around? Do you think you’re going to bring him back with my bluud?” RE was planning to resurrect Talbot somehow.

    I also knew something was up with Tara/Toni and the name she chose for herself. I agree that Tara may be the “dark” one since she seems to attract it.

    I agree with you that I think MaryAnn comes back in some form or another. And won’t it be a great twist if RE comes back because they (Bill, Eric, Pam, witches, shifters, etc) need him to fight whatever is coming our way this season? Oh the irony of having to dig him up. I’ve also thought that perhaps he summoned one of his own other progeny to save him. Perhaps, the Book crazy vamp, Alexei shows up in the show as the “offspring” of RE? That would be interesting.

    Thanks for the incredible blog. Love that it makes me think.

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    RubinJane Reply:

    According to greekmythology.com, “Dionysius is also one of the very few that was able to bring a dead person out of the underworld.”

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  • Ashley

    Awesome post Serena. :) I agree about the Russell/Tony and drunk guy foreshadowing. I think they are trying to tell us something, I just don’t know what quite yet LOL.

    Someone death, or maybe someone else getting staked? Or maybe Russell coming after Sookie? So many possibilities.

    I also agree about MA. I’m fine with her possibly being connected to the witches, since we know she won’t appear in the flesh.

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    Serena Reply:

    About that Russell/Tony/Toni/Tara scene…. There was an interesting quote from Charlaine Harris, she did a bunch of reaction tweets during the first episode, here is the one that stood out to me:

    “Rutina said there was a lot more to this scene. Damn.”

    I’m not sure which scene in episode 1 featuring Rutina she is talking about, and there is always the possibility just based on the word of mouth factor that the scenes got mixed up, but.. Ms. Harris is a foxy lady, I wouldn’t put it past her to be flagging it for us. :?

    You can find the rest of the tweets here: http://www.lovingtruebloodindallas.com/2011/06/charlaine-harris-tweets-her-reaction-to.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

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    MASpencer Reply:

    I’m also pretty sure the casting call for Tony last season said that it could be a recurring appearance. I won’t be surprised if the show revisits that scene SOMEHOW… especially since it WAS resurrection related, and we did find out that Russell was ultimately trying to raise Talbot, not just say goodbye to him.

    How Tara will figure into all this anyone’s guess, though. :?

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    MASpencer Reply:

    … but it could be that Tara serves as some sort of vessel or medium for someone’s resurrection, much like Tony did for Talbot.

    Just a guess.

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  • Fuzzy Peaches

    “Well.. apparently souls only come in two colors, good or evil – though I think I’ll wait to see what Apple comes out with next. ”
    LMAO … love the posts, and I can appreciate the hard work of others looking all of this up. It’s been a long time since I’ve written a report on anything, and mine were never this funny.

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  • (1) If the Viking was present during the Inquisition, and if Antonia was tortured and killed by Vampires during this period, do we think she’s after ANY Vampire or after THIS SPECIFIC Vampire? It would be an interesting development if Eric and Antonia had a romantic past, and the whole memory-erasing curse had the same effect as in the books: to send Eric’s to his heart’s desire. This could REALLY pull Sookie into the witch thing, causing a showdown between her and Tara/Lala/Holly if they stay loyal to Marnie.

    (2) Was there some hint that KRE was involved in the Inquisition? We already know from Denis O’Hare that he won’t be back until S5, and Eric appeared to not know KRE when they were introduced in S3…

    (3) Are we going to see St. Petersburg? That was a maenad/vampire show-down, but it was tied to Ocella in DITF and True Blood is never going to see Ocella.

    (4) I didn’t see any comments about Bill here… With his spy Katerina (HELLO A RUSSIAN NAME), it looks suspicious. I’ll give Bill his due that he could be stepping up into this King thing with some strategy and foresight. He’s nothing if not one to look for ALL openings through which to jump to save his own ass or propel himself up the ladder. I’m not sure that he KNEW for sure that Eric was going to receive the brunt of a witch’s curse when he sent him to the magic shop, but I bet he knew that either Eric would be old enough to avoid a curse or at least that he didn’t want to be saddled with that problem if it arose. And if we mention Bill, do we have to bring the Authority into this discussion?

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  • vilandra

    I really hope they don’t let mary ann resurface, take about going left field from the plot if that’s the case

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  • Catubodva

    Great post Serena! I also remembered, that in the first season we find that the magister was someone of relevance inside the inquisition, and in the third season Russel smells the magister’s cane and talks about Andaluzia. Very intresting! I wonder if Eric, and the magister, etc, were involved in the burning of witches during that period. Maybe that is why she is trying to get vengence!
    Keep throwing spaghetti this fan from Portugal, really appreciates!:)

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    Accol Reply:

    Good catch! I wonder if we will see Zeljko Ivanek in a flashback!

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  • Dora

    Errm, sorry to spoil it for you, but Minerva, which is the Roman equivalent of Athena, goddess of wisdom is not a moon goddess. Diana (roman equivalent of Artemis) the hunter goddess is a moon goddess – she is almost always depicted with a moon symbol on her hair. Apart from that, cute theory.

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