They’re back! In the season six premiere of True Blood, Sookie, Bill, Eric and the rest of the  gang are back for more crazy times in Bon Temps. This time, their enemy is one of their own.  Can Bill survive his newfound super power?

True Blood, Season 6, Episode 1 Premiere, “Who are you, Really? “— After last season’s snooze fest, season six of True Blood has a lot to prove. But if the season premiere is any indication, it looks as though we’ll be in for a bloody, action-packed ride.

Things kicked off with a bang as Eric, Sookie, Pam, Tara, Nora and Jessica escape from the Authority’s headquarters to safety. But as rode off, they all caught a glimpse of  Bill, all bloody and immersed in flame. Their first thought? Kill Bill! He flies away so they all think he’s dead and gone.

Events picked up right where we left them, except now we got to see Bill reborn into the likeness of the goddess Lilith. (I guess we can now call him Billith?)

We’ll still have to wait and see if this storyline with Billith will play out in an interesting and exciting way, but the show has a lot to make up for and this storyline, along with a few other outlandish ones started last season, has not choice but to deliver in a big way.

When the group finds out that Bill is not dead, they all begin to fear what he’s capable of. But they have an obstacle, Jessica. Jess is compelled to stay with her maker. When Bill summons Jessica, a pull that almost kills her, back to their house, Sookie goes with her.

They arrive at the Compton place to find Bill looking much like his old self, sans blood. He insists he only wants to talk. Eric and Nora fly to their aid and Bill belts Nora away and grabs Eric by his neck, prompting Sookie to stake Bill. Bad move on Sookie. Bill then drops Eric and easily pulls the stake from his chest, completely unharmed.

Bill explains that he’s different and has been chosen to lead vampires, but not in the way the Authority did. “I brought you here tonight so you could see for yourselves. I am no monster. I do not wish any of you harm, but if you force me to defend myself again, you will be sorry.” Sookie tells Bill to leave Bon Temps if he really means no harm, but Jessica refuses to leave him  and tells everyone to leave. Later, Bill reveals to Jessica one of his new powers, telekinesis, and asks for her help using his new abilities for good. But when we see, in the end, three forms of Lilith entering Bill, it looks as though any form of the old Bill is lost for good.

Women everywhere were, without a doubt, happy to see our favourite alpha male wolf, Alcide (Joe Manganiello), stripped down to barely nothing. He’s got some pretty sexy wolf-ette groupies now and his relishing in his newfound authority as leader. As much as Alcide is a fan favourite, this storyline was one of the weakest introduced last year and if the writers don’t connect him, and his wolfpack, to the story’s heart, Sookie, it will be eaten alive as fast as a werewolf eating one of its own. Alcide’s six pack isn’t enough to keep us satisfied.

Let’s hope that Jason Stackhouse, another character gone down the tubes, has more of a meaty storyline this season. One of the things we wonder about Jason is, why doesn’t he have any powers? Will he develop some since he can now see dead people? We see him in the premiere hitching a ride with none other than the famous “Warlow,” the mysterious, super old, tie to Lilith somehow, vampire who killed his and Sookie’s parents. He’s come to collect on his contract their grandfather made to him, to take Sookie. But we still don’t know what the deal is all about.

In other news, Andy Belfleur who instantly became a daddy by at Fae last season, wakes up to realize that his newborns grew over night into toddlers. Sam becomes an instant dad after Luna dies. Also, there’s a new Governor in town, Truman Burrell, who is hellbent on “taking back the day” and killing all vamps.

Overall, the season premiere was entertaining but the entire season has its work cut out for it, especially now that it’s been cut from 12 episodes to 10. The story lines set out in the last season led the series too far away from the Sookie Stackhouse storyline that it went bust. It turned the series into more of a cheesy soap opera direction with too many characters veering out on their own. But we all know how addictive soap operas can be. Even the campy ones keep us coming back for more.

True Blood airs on Sundays at 9 p.m EST on HBO and HBO Canada on The Movie Network.


—Toni-Marie Ippolito


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