‘True Blood’ Recap: Everything’s Coming Up Russell (VIDEO)

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All roads on this season’s True Blood have led to two powerful groups: The vampires and the faeries. And Sunday’s penultimate episode of the season brings the two so much closer to colliding.

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

After the last episode, there were plenty of bloody messes to cover up. At the Authority, a military general turns up threatening to annihilate vampires if the group doesn’t stop their attack on mainstreaming and punctuates the threat with footage of Russell (Denis O’Hare) and Steve (Michael McMillan) devouring the members of a frat. Good luck with that as Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) is two steps ahead of everyone in his bid to escape the Authority and snaps the general’s neck.

With the group freaking out, Eric suggests that he and sister Nora (Lucy Griffiths) go on a glamouring spree and erase all knowledge of the video. Sensing possible dissension, Bill (Stephen Moyer) suggests they take security with them. But, Eric later turns the guards into bloody splatter and he and his sister take flight.

Meanwhile in a bid for answers about the pact that promises Sookie (Anna Paquin) to some ancient vampire, the faeries take her to their elder — who is a hot scattered mess. After confirming what we already know – that Sookie is connected to this Warlow character – Jason (Ryan Kwanten) breaks in and explains that Russell has gone out of control. His name sends the Elder into a panic. But after a rousing speech from Sookie about refusing to run any longer, the Elder announces they’ll fight alongside her.

With Jason acting as Russell bait, he leads the vamp and Steve right to the faeries’ hideout. And in an act of silly bravery, the Elder goes out to meet the age-old vampire alone. Casting Steve off with her microwave fingers like a rag doll, 3000-year-old Russell proves harder to dispose of and the Elder is sucked dry by the vamp. I can’t say I’ll miss the silly kook. Energized by the faerie blood, Russell gains the ability to see the hideout and clearly a fight is going to have to go down on the next episode.

Back at the Authority, all hell is breaking loose as Lilith appears to multiple chancellors and tells each that they’re her chosen leader. Not to be upstaged, Bill decides to take out one of his opponents for the position with a quick beheading of an unsuspecting Kibwe (Peter Mensah). But, he’ll face bigger opposition for the post as Salome (Valentina Cervi) also receives a calling from Lilith. Will Bill come to his senses before facing off with the much elder vampire?

Finally, there are family problems afoot for others, as well. Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) takes the blame for Tara (Rutina Wesley) for killing the new sheriff – who happens to be Chancellor Rosalyn’s (Carolyn Hennesy) progeny – oops! Alcide (Joe Manganiello) rediscovers his father’s fighting spirit against rampaging vamps. And Andy (Chris Bauer) discovers he has a faerie lovechild on the way.

Buzz Moments

OMG!: Just as Andy can finally focus on Holly (Lauren Bowles), faerie Maurella (Kristina Anapau) tells him that she’s having his baby. Oh, and if he doesn’t honor the light pact he agreed to when blood was, um, draining away from his brain during their encounter, it would be an act of war. This baby better be the messiah or True Blood, couldn’t you have waited to introduce this storyline next season?

Thank you, TV gods: For killing the faerie Elder. Did anyone else think she was just a little too “on the nose” with all the random dancing and pop culture references?

Awk-ward: Knowing that on one level, sex between Eric and Nora is fine. Then on an another, it’s the human equivalent of siblings hitting it. Don’t get me started on Tara’s possible crush on Pam…

Hotness: The emerging storyline with Alcide and his father, which basically amounted to an opportunity to see Manganiello shirtless and then later with sexy tousled hair. OK, fine, I’m sure there’s more to storyline than that.

Fab-u-lous: Pam’s – was that purple? – dress with the faux laced corset. She can carry off anything.

Can. Not. Wait.: For the unmasking of this Warlow character and an epic battle between the faeries and a super-energized Russell. Plus, I assume we’re in for a civil war at the Authority and a prison break with a whole lot of naked people running around screaming. Bring on the crazy!

Celebuzz Meter (1-10): 8

Watch showrunner Alan Ball and writer Angela Robinson discuss the episode below.

Are your bets on Russell or the faeries? Warlow or Sookie? Bill or Salome? Eric against the world? Sound off below!