‘True Blood’ Recap: Unexpected Departures and Decapitations (VIDEO)

'True Blood': Eric V. World
Eric finds himself alone in his fight against the Authority.
'True Blood' Bill's Lost
Eric confronts Bill about where his mind's at. Watch!
'True Blood': The Kool-Aid
Bill goes to the dark side and a new vamp wants Sookie.
It may have taken 10 episodes, but True Blood has finally hit its stride this season with a game-changing episode full of unexpected departures. With only two episodes left until the Season 5 finale, “Gone, Gone, Gone” gave the HBO show the momentum it needs to hopefully finish strong.

Note: Spoilers ahead if you haven’t watched Sunday’s episode, “Gone, Gone, Gone.”

So let’s start with the aftermath of Bill’s (Stephen Moyer) unfortunate betrayal. Molly (Tina Majorino) got an iStake to the chest, proving once again that these Lilith worshippers are in the business of eliminating nonbelievers. At least Molly went out with her dignity still intact, which is more than we can say for poor Mike (John Billingsley) who got two chopsticks to the chest in the episode’s opening scene.

Meanwhile, Nora (Lucy Griffiths) and Bill attempt to convert Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) into a believer — and therefore, save his life — by giving him more Lilith blood. Nora decides to take some alongside her brother, yet instead of Lilith, the two are greeted by their maker Godric (Allan Hyde). He encourages them to fight Lilith before the “godless god” herself appears and tears his throat open and rips his head off (yes, it was just as gruesome as it sounds). It looks like watching Godric die for the second time was the catalyst Eric needed to convince the Authority of his allegiance to Lilith.

However, just as Eric joins the Lilith movement, Russell (Denis O’Hare) breaks free. He could care less about Lilith; he just wants his faerie blood. After asserting his dominance — he is 3,000 years old, after all — Russell runs off, but not before proclaiming, “We will have the sun.” Could Russell find a way to synthesize faerie blood the same way the Japanese synthesized human blood with Tru Blood? Somehow, we don’t think “Fae Blood” sounds as catchy.

Back in Bon Temps, the Hoyt/Jessica/Jason saga came to a dramatic end when Hoyt (Jim Parrack) announced that he was leaving for Alaska. But before he could start his new life, he wanted to forget about his old one first. Watching Hoyt plead with Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) to make him forget her — and then watching Jessica glamour her first true love — was definitely one of the most heartbreaking scenes that the series has ever produced. However, Hoyt didn’t want to just forget Jessica, he wanted to forget Jason (Ryan Kwanten) too, making for a particularly painful parting between the two former best friends. At least Jason gets to say one last goodbye before Hoyt drives off to The Great Frontier.

But Jason didn’t have a long time to mourn the loss of his BFF Bubba. Nope. He’s got a faerie mystery to solve! As it turns out, Gran had more than just a box of old photos and report cards under her bed. Thanks to Jason — yes, Jason — the Stackhouse siblings discovered an old scroll with a bunch of fairy writing under Gran’s bed. Morella uses her abilities to translate the writing, which is actually a contract that says the next “fae-bearing” female Stackhouse heir — Sookie (Anna Paquin) — has been promised to Warlow, the vampire who killed her parents. Could Russell be the mysterious Warlow? It would make sense, considering that he’s looking for a way to harness the power of faerie blood. Congratulations Sookie! You’re back in the middle of the action.

While “Gone, Gone, Gone” was a triumph on many levels, we wish we could have gotten more screen time with Area 5’s new Sheriff Elijah before Tara (Rutina Wesley) went all “Kill Bill” and cut off his head. Although we do admit that it was a particularly epic scene, specifically Tara and Pam’s (Kristin Bauer Van Straten) kickass solidarity. As for Jessica, Bill ordered her to come to the Authority’s headquarters where she witnessed firsthand Bill’s devotion to Lilith. Oh Bill, if we hear one more “praise Lilith” come out of your mouth, we’re writing you off as a lost cause.

Buzz Moments

OMG!: Eric can’t truly be a Lilith worshipper, right?

Thank you, TV gods: For Russell and Steve Newlin’s slow dance to Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream.” Seriously, was that the best moment of Season 5 or what?

Awk-ward: Sookie discovers an entirely new use for chopsticks when Mike shows up at her door looking for a body — her body. Andy was right: Good thing she didn’t order pizza.

Hotness: Tara and Pam are the new Thelma and Louise.

Fab-u-lous: Got to love that Lafayette and Sam were there to protect Jessica from the last of those mask-wearing vigilantes.

Can. Not. Wait.: To see what Russell’s next move is and whether or not he could be the mysterious vampire who killed Sookie’s parents.

Celebuzz Meter (1-10): 9

Watch director Scott Winant and writer Alexander Woo discuss the episode below.

Do you think Eric is truly a Lilith believer now? Or is he just faking it? And be honest: Did you cry when Jason said goodbye to Hoyt? Sound off in the comments section below.

– Crystal Bell