Well, it was a fantastic and powerful night on HBO with the premiere of the most recent season of “True Blood.” Questions were, of course, answered, but there were even more questions raised by this highly-anticipated premiere. There were even a few surprises in store for those of us who have followed this series from its inception.
Of course, like any premiere of a long-running series, a lot of this episode was spent tying up some of the loose ends left dangling from the last season’s finale. Although this could have led the series to fall into the trap of having too many story lines, in fact all signs point to the fact that this season, perhaps, they will choose to focus on a few of the more powerful storylines. We now know that Eric and Bill have been arrested by the Authority, that Sookie feels powerful remorse about killing Debbie, Lafayette is full of anxiety, and Jessica and Jason are continuing in their on-and-off relationship.
Naturally, we also had some of the most enduring mysteries at least brought into the light. We know now that Russell is going to return, that Steve Newlin is a gay vampire, and that Tara, in a not all that surprising move, has been transformed into a vampire by Pam. Where the surprise occurs, however, is that she may not (and indeed probably will not) be the same Tara that we have known these past seasons. Indeed, she might be nothing more than a dangerously feral vampire with little or no memory of who she was. Fun times ahead for this character.
The real star of the evening’s episode, however, was Pam, who continues to be a breath of fresh air, with her biting sarcasm and her ability to steal any sign that she appears in. Most importantly, it looks like she is now going to have a fairly large measure of influence and power over the newly-turned Tara, so hopefully we will get to see a great deal of her in this coming season.
However, the premiere also raised a number of questions, most of them revolving around the Authority. What will happen to Bill and Eric now that the Authority has discovered their attempt to escape? Clearly they are at least physically safe, but there are really no other guarantees, so it’s going to be a wild ride as we discover what happens to them.
All in all, this was a very strong beginning to an already-strong series. The characters are showing some real growth and development, and it looks like there are going to be some very interesting political developments going on in the series this season. With the Authority full of factions, and with Russell on the loose again, there’s really no telling what’s going to happen during this season. If the writers know what they are doing, they will pay the most attention to the vampire politics, which look to be the most fascinating and compelling part of this season..