True Blood Recap: S04E11: Soul of Fire
Andy Gets Lucky
Poor Andy starts out cursing his cousin for making him walk all the way home, but I imagine he may thank him given the outcome. He is walking through the forest, talking to himself in irritation, when a sudden blinding light stops him short. A woman appears in its midst, and she immediately attacks poor Andy.
When he awakens, it is to this same woman on top of him. She had smelled the vampire blood in his system and assumed the worst, but after reading his mind, she realized he was safe. Apparently this is a green light for her to make love to him. Is there a specific reason Andy is attractive to fairies, or was he just in the right place at the right time?
Arlene manages to convince Andy at least temporarily that this experiences stems from his ingestion of vampire blood. I imagine that involving Andy in the fairy storyline is a good way to open the door further on Sookie's heritage. For readers of the books, this may not come as a surprise, and but viewer's of the show only, have you ever wondered how fairy blood came to run in Sookie's family?
Marcus attempts to get Debbie to run away with him and his daughter Emma. Luckily, Emma calls Luna and they discover Marcus is hiding out at Alcide's. Luna takes Emma outside while Sam challenges Marcus to a fistfight. No weapons. No shifting. Even though Alcide tries to intervene, Sam sticks to the self-imposed rules and manages to defeat Marcus himself. But when Marcus grabs the nearest gun, Alcide tackles and kills him.
Alcide, angry at the betrayal he imagines of Debbie, immediately abjures her: "Debbie Pelt. I abjure you. I see you no longer. I hunt with you no longer. I share flesh with you no longer."
Buy Songs From the Episode on iTunes
- You Need Love by Muddy Waters
You could barely hear this song playing in the background when Marcus asked Debbie to run away with him. But like all the songs picked for True Blood, hearing this will get you in the mood to return to Bon Temps.
- Soul of Fire by Witch
Own the song played over the closing credits.
Preparing for Battle
With vampires posed to strike outside, the captives inside get antsy. Casey panics and tries to attack Marnie. Marnie propels a knife into Casey's body.
Cue another Antonia rebellion. Upset with the killing of an innocent, Antonia challenges Marnie as the captives watch (with Lafayette translating as he is the only one who can see ghosts). This time, Marnie does not succeed in talking Antonia down, so she casts a binding spell to keep her from leaving the cause. This spells major trouble.
Just as Jessica is about to attack the building from the outside, Jason runs in to save his sister, and the day (or night, as it were). I love that brotherly Jason steps in at this moment. Bill and Eric are ready to call off the attack, but not without cursing Sookie for getting in the way. Jason gets in their faces and tells them off by reminding them all the times Sookie has put herself on the line for them. And coincidentally, Jason also saves their undead lives by telling them about the barrier. They must regroup and formulate a new plan.
Meanwhile, inside Jesus "discovers" that Casey still has a pulse. Except that she is most definitely dead. He and Lafayette take Casey into the bathroom to use her blood in a brujo spell that will break the bond between Marnie and Antonia. Poor Jesus is stepping up to the plate to do what he thinks is right, even though he is betraying his long time friend to do so.
Holly and Sookie attempt to bring Marnie to a place where she will negotiate with the vampires rather than fight. "I get it," Sookie tells her. "You've always felt like an outside, and now you feel like people are finally respecting you!... Please, Marnie, you can end this. You have all the power."
Marnie Seals Her Fate
Marnie's negotiations actually involve using Sookie as a hostage. She offers a "deal" in which Sookie will go free if Eric and Bill both suffer the true death. This scene made me tear up quite a bit. Both vampires instantly agree and are about to end their lives in front of their vampire children all for the sake of Sookie's safety. It is a testament to their love for her and their stupidity. Like Pam, I wanted to protest. Just as in season one when Bill ran out into the sunlight to save Sookie from Rene, the gesture is supremely romantic and useless. What good will they be to her dead?
Pam disobeys Eric's order and runs to get the bazooka. She targets the barrier, but it stands up to the force and ends up propelling the explosion toward the vampires instead.
Immediately following, Eric yells at Pam for disobeying him and endangering Sookie's life. Jessica orders Bill to never threaten suicide again. And Jason lies on the side of the street, face a bloody mess and blind from the explosion. Luckily Jess is there with another infusion of her blood to heal him and strengthen their connection.
Marnie uses the blood on her floor to see the present (what the vampires are doing outside) and the future (which happens to be her own death). She calls for a witches' circle to keep the vampires from killing them all (which she did not see) and gain command of their bodies to bring them stumbling toward the barrier. Jason tries to hold them back, but he is unable to. The good he can do is use his thoughts to warn Sookie. She reacts, using her power to terminate the physical circle of bodies and, in turn, their spell.
As one can imagine, Marnie does not take kindly to this interference. She encases Sookie in flames. Outside, Eric and Bill can sense her pain and fear but can do nothing to save her.
Remember Jesus and his brujo magic? During this whole saga he has been preparing his spell. His hands are bond together using a scarf of Marnie's. He chants, and the demon appears. With a single breath of fire, he eliminates the bonds tying his hands and thereby the connection tying Antonia to Marnie. Her spirit leaves, and with her goes the spells fueled with her magic: the ring of fire around Sookie and the barrier of light keeping the vampires at bay.
How It Ends
The vampires storm the building, intent on taking out all inside. But when Sookie speaks for the captives, Marnie becomes the sole target. Only Roy will stand up for her, but he is quickly dispatched by Eric. Bill puts a few rounds through Marnie with a final blow to the head, making her vision of the future come true.
Now all that is left to do is heal wounds and figure out where to go from here. Sookie looks on as the two vampires she is in love with consult (and Eric gives her one longing look). Jason and Jessica have a heart-to-heart. "Even without your blood in me, you are all I think about," Jason confesses, "What the hell am I supposed to do now?" Jesus and Lafayette decompress from the event as they lay down to bed. Lafayette tries to ease Jesus' conscience, as he was instrumental in setting up the events that led to her death.
This seemed like a fabulous season finale, but as we all know, there is one more episode to go this season. Where can it go from here? Well, remember when Lafayette was possessed by Mavis? Cue round two, but this time, he is taken over by the vengeful spirit of Marnie. Just when everything seems to be calming down, an even more dangerous dilemma is n the horizon.
A Sneek Peak of More to Come
"We call it the Witches' New Year. It's the day the veil between the living and the dead is thinnest. All day I just had this terrible feeling in my gut..." So Holly sets up what is to come next week. The threat of Marnie still hangs in the air while vampires politics put Sookie's vampire lovers at risk. If you are anything like me, I cannot wait!!
Vampires Being Awesome
As they are approaching Moon Goddess Emporium...
Jess: "I'm so sick of silvering myself day after day. I'm pissed off all the time. This is what PMS used to feel like."
Just as Eric and Bill are about to kill a cursed vampire...
Pam: "Wait. Vintage Cartier. I'll take good care of this. Sorry, go ahead."
Also, kudos to the special effects and props teams on this episode! Great work on the explosions from the light barrier, the vampire disintegrating within its field, and Eric being Eric when he takes out Roy's heart and then sucks some blood from it.
Sometimes, back when I was human, I used to pray. The real kind of praying. I had to fake it all the time when my parents were around, but when no one was looking, real late at night, I’d clasp my hands together, get down on my knees and squeeze my eyes shut as tight as I could. I’d think so hard it hurt most of the time. I don’t know if I really believed that god would hear me, or that maybe just the universe would catch wind of it. I wasn’t praying for me or for something I wanted, it was more about reaching people outside of my little life. Hoping that some missing kid I’d seen on the news would be found, or people coming home from war would be safe, that the deaf could hear and the blind could see again.
And even though I’m getting a little tired of having to save Jason with my blood, since it’s mixing up all our feelings, making it hard to tell what’s real and what’s the blood, I’m real glad I got to give him his sight back. Maybe my prayers are coming true, or maybe some things really do come full circle. Not sure what that says about god, about me, or about vampire blood, but I think it says something about the universe.
Source: Jessica's Blog