‘True Blood’ Recap: Eric Against the World (VIDEO)

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Eric confronts Bill about where his mind's at. Watch!
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True Blood fans may be breathing a collective sigh of relief after watching Sunday’s episode. The HBO series put to bed two of its most laborious (in my opinion) storylines to make way for the few that can make the last three episodes of Season 5 truly harrowing.

Note: Spoilers ahead if you haven’t watched Sunday’s episode, “Everybody Wants to Rule the World.”

Let’s begin with the pickle Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) is now in. What a juxtaposition we have here. Eric, not Bill (Stephen Moyer), is probably the only person standing between mainstreaming and utter vampire on human carnage. The question in the last episode was whether or not Bill was just playing the Authority. That seems to be answered as he has double-crossed Eric and gone totally in with the Authority’s plans to create a civil war by destroying the world’s Tru-Blood plants.

We should have known something was up when Pam (Kristin Bauer Van Straten) found out that the Authority had named a new sheriff of Area 5 – some Criss Angel-looking dude. Now, we’re left with the very interesting question of how Eric will be able to stop the Authority now that they know what side of the war he’s on.

As for the vigilantes running around killing supernaturals, clues started pointing toward retired Sheriff Bud Dearborne (William Sanderson). Turns out his new girlfriend, Sweetie, was the leader of the renegade gang. So after Gran’s spirit clues in Sookie (Anna Paquin) that Bud may know something about her parents’ killer, she finds herself smack-dab in the middle of the vigilante craziness.

Thankfully, Jason (Ryan Kwanten) and Andy (Chris Bauer) were able to recognize Bud’s boots from the gang’s web video and got to his farm in time to save Hoyt (Jim Parrack) and Sookie from being pig feed — with some shifter help from Sam (Sam Trammell). After a scuffle, the group’s deadly extracurricular activities are over. Plus, Luna (Janina Gavankar) was able to exact some revenge on Sweetie for ordering the kills on her, Sam and her daughter.

Meanwhile, Arlene (Carrie Preston) finds herself Patrick’s (Scott Foley) bait for Terry (Todd Lowe) at Merlotte’s. If you’ll remember, the spirit of the woman who put the curse on the guys’ platoon said it would be lifted if either one of them killed the other. After being lured there, Arlene is able to stab Patrick and give Terry a chance to disarm him. Then, Arlene gets a hold of Patrick’s gun. That leaves her husband to make a decision. Does he kill his pal in order to save himself and his family from the curse? Yes, he does. Terry may have to deal with some resonant guilt for shooting his friend, but at least he won’t have to deal with the body. The smoke monster didn’t leave spot of Patrick behind. I had higher hopes for Foley’s storyline, but now I’m most excited that it’s over.

Buzz Moments

OMG!: Bill has really bought into this Lilith stuff, huh?

Thank you, TV gods: For putting the black smoke monster and vigilante storylines to bed.

Awk-ward: When Pam realizes that she’s about to get clobbered by the new sheriff after threatening to stake him.

Hotness: Seeing Bill and Sookie back in bed together – event if it was just a figment of his imagination.

Fab-u-lous: Lafayette in all his “psychic” glory.

Can. Not. Wait.: To find out who this vampire is that killed Sookie’s parents. There’s clearly more to that storyline than we know right now.

Celebuzz Meter (1-10): 8

Are you surprised that Bill has turned on Eric? Were you satisfied with how Patrick and the vigilante storylines were wrapped up? Sound off in the comments section below.

Watch writer Raelle Tucker and director Dan Attias discuss the episode below.