'True Blood' Recap: Russell Doesn't Skip a Beat (VIDEO)

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If you take True Blood too seriously, then Sunday’s episode may have had you up in arms. On the other hand, if you’re OK with the HBO show going on an over-the-top bender once in a while, then you probably had fun watching “In the Beginning.”

Note: Spoilers ahead if you haven’t watched Sunday’s episode.

It’s true. True Blood went way more off the beaten path than usual on this episode. It brought back Jesus' (Kevin Alejandro) decapitated head, the black smoke monster, Godric’s (Allan Hyde) ghost, a very naked ancient vampire Lilith rising out of a pool of blood and faeries making use of their microwave fingers.

The biggest shakeup is occurring at the Authority sans Roman (Christopher Meloni) and now under Russell’s (Denis O’Hare) control. While there’s till dissension in the group, there is very little opposition to the new leadership. And anyone who tries to go against Russell are swiftly taken care of -- such as Dieter (Christopher Heyerdahl). Rest in pieces.

In an effort to accomplish, well, I don’t know what the endgame is here, the group is forced to drink the first vampire Lilith’s blood. The effect? High vampires strolling through the streets of New Orleans and then feeding on the members of some private wedding rehearsal dinner party. After a hilarious karaoke duet between Russell and his unsuspecting meal, the young bride, Lilith rises again out of a puddle of blood and incites the group to feed more. It is at this point that Godric appears to Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) to tell him this wanton feeding is wrong and he needs to save his sister from continuing down this path.

Over the course of the episode, Sookie (Anna Paquin) visits Faerie-tasia and learned that her powers are finite. Wanting to be normal, she later starts shooting off her microwave fingers in order to drain them completely -- possibly fueled by the information that it was he sweet faerie blood that attracted the vampire who killed her parents. After all that she’s gone through, can you blame her for wanting a normal life?

In other action: While Sam (Sam Trammell) tracked down and killed a couple of the shooters who have been hunting down shifters, Hoyt (Jim Parrack) turned anti-vampire and joined the vigilante group.

Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) tried to track down Jesus’ body only to be captured by his ex’s grandfather, have his lips sewn together and his head almost burrowed into so pappy can transfer the family’s magic into his unborn child. Thankfully for Lafayette, grandpa’s significant other didn’t like the idea much and saved Lafayette's life by killing the old bastard.

Tara’s (Rutina Wesley) mom stopped by Fangtasia to tell her that she’s dead to her. This allowed for another motherly moment between Pam (Kristin Bauer Van Straten) and the young vamp – except it ends with Pam telling Tara that her break's over and she needs to get back on the stripper pole.

And heck, Terry (Todd Lowe) is still trying to lure the smoke monster out with Patrick (Scott Foley). Yawn.

Buzz Moments

OMG!: Another Authority member killed? After all the hype, really?

Thank you, TV gods.: Russell singing “You Light Up My Life”? That’s a sure “best of the season" moment.

Awk-ward: Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) kissing Jason (Ryan Kwanten) with the blood of some random guy she was draining still on her lip?

Hotness: The sexual tension between Alcide (Joe Manganiello) and his beautiful sparring partner.

Fab-u-lous: Pam’s bedhead-slash-crimped hair.

Can. Not. Wait.: How will Eric save himself and his sister from Lilith, Russell and the Authority? Why do we care about Terry and Patrick?

Celebuzz Meter (1-10): 8

Watch series creator Alan Ball and director Michael Ruscio discuss the episode below.

What do you think Lilith's arrival means for the series? Tell us in the comments section below.

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