Recap: 'True Blood' - 'May Be The Last Time'

August 4, 2014 3:46 AM

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Recap: 'True Blood' - 'May Be The Last Time'

This episode feels about three hours long. Technically speaking, a great many things happen in it, but most of them don’t feel significant, partly because none of the plotlines that were going somewhere last week achieve any forward momentum. As the clock is ticking down towards the closing credits, there’s a brief, wordless scene of Lafayette and Lettie Mae digging up the yard they saw Tara clawing up in their shared vision, just to let us know that that particular plot thread is still in play and hasn’t been forgotten. But there are also long, meandering scenes in which Sam (drowning his sorrows at Arlene’s bar, where he now seems to be the only remaining customer) and Andy (taking a break from searching for his daughter to stand by the side of a lake and have a good cry) whine about how fed up and frustrated with their lives in Bon Temps, while at the same time expressing sorrow at the thought that their lives there will someday end. It’s as if the writers’ and actors’ mixed feelings about finally finishing up this job and having to go look for work elsewhere were infecting the narrative.

One thing’s for sure: this is not the best season for new cast members. Amber, Sarah Newlin’s vampire sister, showed some promise, for all the good that did her: last week, Sarah revealed that her own blood is the antidote to Hep-V, and cured Amber by allowing her to feed on her. Eric and his new bu...

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