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True Blood Recap: S04E12: And When I Die

Updated on September 11, 2011

And we are finally here. After a season of ups and downs, magical or otherwise, the season has come to a close. Everything came to a head with the death of Marnie during the last episode, and this set up the first half of the finale. Most of the action had already occurred, but we still have time for more death and a few surprises along the way.

The Finale: Keeping Score

Characters Who Died
Returning Ghosts
Returning Characters
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Marnie Redux

"Samhain was Wicca's greatest holy celebration. the night we honored and communed with our dead. Now people only know it as Halloween. Children feed their fat faces with candy and run in fear from evil green hags they call witches. And vampires have done a thorough job of demonizing our most sacred sabbath." - Marnie as Lafayette, to Jesus

Lafayette is not acting like himself. Or so Jesus thinks. He cooks him breakfast and tries to figure out what is wrong, going so far as to promise to live a life without magic if Lafayette has had too much of it in the past few weeks. Jesus figures out what is really wrong when he tries to kiss Lafayette. That is right before Marnie stabs Jesus in the hand with a fork. That has got to hurt.

Marnie takes control of Jesus' powers.
Marnie takes control of Jesus' powers.

Marnie has Jesus tied up to a chair. She is planning on taking his powers. After Lafayette breaks free from her control momentarily, Marnie threatens to cut out his eyes. Jesus begs Marnie to leave Lafayette's body because vampires will kill Lafayette without a thought to get rid of her. Marnie will not let him go. At the threat of further harm to Lafayette, Jesus harnesses his magic and changes into a demon; Marnie stabs him and then tastes blood, effectively transferring his powers to Lafayette's body.

When Tara goes to Lafayette's and finds the door open, she also finds Jesus dead, still tied to the chair. Somehow, Tara makes an intellectual leap and concludes that Marnie has possessed Lafayette. How did she figure that out exactly? She rushes to Merlotte's to clue in Sookie to this turn of events.

Meanwhile, Marnie has Bill and Eric tied together on a freshly built pyre, ready to burn. Holly, Sookie, and Tara arrive to see Marnie light them on fire. Holly, resourceful witch that she is, pours a circle of salt around the pyre while Marnie goes on with her diatribe about revenge. Sookie blasts Lafayette to try and save the vampires she loves, and he goes demon.

The circle of salt works as protection so the witches' circle of three can weave their spell, which calls the ghosts at the nearby graveyard from their graves. Antonia rises as well, and she extinguishes the flames to give Eric and Bill a respite. More importantly, the spell also raises Adele Stackhouse. When Antonia cannot convince Marnie to move on safely, Adele reaches into Lafayette and takes Marnie's spirit from him. Antonia wants to save Marnie from centuries of suffering in trying to wreak revenge. Marnie has some serious issues, but she finally leaves with the ghosts to peaceably pass into the afterlife. No more Marnie, finally!

Sookie heals both Eric and Bill after their run-in with Marnie.
Sookie heals both Eric and Bill after their run-in with Marnie.
Eric and Bill look forlornly after Sookie after she decides to not stay with either of them.
Eric and Bill look forlornly after Sookie after she decides to not stay with either of them.

Favorite one-liners (of sorts)

Jesus: "You can't trade magic like f*ing Pokémon cards!"

Sam: "Nobody likes an angry bunny!"

Holly: "Goddess no. Usually I just light a candle and ask the spirits to make sure my boys don't end up in jail or knock somebody up. So far that's worked okay!"

Eric: "Excuse me! We're feeling a little crispy up here!"

Jesus: "Dude, I'm dead. You're a medium. I'll always be with you."

Andy: "I just want to say I'm sober, and I'm lonely, and I could be good to someone, if they let me."

Winding Down: Resolving Plot Points

  • Both Sookie's vampire lovers are taking her blood to heal. She heals them and then leaves them both, explaining that it was the hardest decision she ever had to make. Her gran told her to follow her heart, and this is where it led her. In other Sookie-related news, she gets her job back at Merlotte's. After finally talking to Sam, he realizes why she has missed her shifts the last few weeks.
  • Alcide comes to Merlotte's to try and get Sookie to be with him. He has a rather persuasive argument: "You remember when you said that if you were smart, you would have fallen in love with someone like me? People always say follow your heart. What if your heart keeps telling you to do the same stupid shit over and over again? What if our hearts can't be trusted? It's our brains we should be listening to?"
  • Jason finally mans up and tells Hoyt he slept with Jessica. Hoyt asks "How?" Jason starts to tell him in detail (ah! Jason...), but Hoyt ends up cutting him off and then kicking the shit out of him. Later, Little Red Riding Jessica comes to play with Jason. Jess tells him she does not want a relationship. She does not want to hurt him, but she is not ready to commit.
  • Pam gets angry. "Sookie? I am so over Sookie and her precious fairy vagina and her unbelievably stupid name!...I've been with Eric over a hundred years. I've watched him seduce super models and princesses and spit on their bones when he was finished. How can someone named Sookie take him away from me?" Pam is so upset that she lets Ginger hug her.

Rene's ghost returns on Samhain to warn Arlene about Terry's past.
Rene's ghost returns on Samhain to warn Arlene about Terry's past.
Bill is splattered with Nan's blood after staking her.
Bill is splattered with Nan's blood after staking her.

And Winding Back Up

Arlene's Trouble With Men

Terry's old army buddy comes to town to visit (welcome to the show, Scott Foley!). According to the casting notice I read, Foley will be an important part of next season. This might have something to do with the warning that ghost Rene delivers to Arlene: "I've met the ghosts of his past. They ain't gonna rest forever. Run. You hear me? Run!"

Vampires Gone Rogue

Nan shows up at the mansion with an order to administer the final death to Bill and Eric. Luckily for them, she realized that her head would be next on the chopping block, so she quit her job with the AVL and her allegiance to The Authority. She is there to offer them a place with her mutiny. Or more like, demand that they join her. Nan knows what Sookie is, and she plans to use Sookie as leverage. "I saw the way you both looked at her. Hungry puppy dogs, slobbering over the same juicy bone." This was the wrong thing to say. Eric decapitates the guards and Bill stakes Nan. Resolution? Yes. But Eric and Bill will still have to deal with their death warrants.

Steve Newlin shows up on Jason's doorstep, but it looks like he might need to be invited in.
Steve Newlin shows up on Jason's doorstep, but it looks like he might need to be invited in.
Alcide discovers a Russell Edgington-shaped hole in a parking garage.
Alcide discovers a Russell Edgington-shaped hole in a parking garage.

Jason's Houseguest

After Jessica's departure, someone else comes to Jason's door: Reverend Steve Newlin. This time, he comes with a pair of shiny fangs. This could be the result of one of two scenarios: either Newlin was turned or he thinks being a vampire for Halloween is ironic. Either way, we are left questioning what he is doing in Bon Temps at the home of a former disciple who deserted the cause after screwing his wife.

Alcide Gets A Call

When Alcide leaves Merlotte's it is to visit a foreman at a construction site who wanted to show him something. Alcide quickly realizes that the foreman had been glamored by a vampire. Who would want to do that, and why? What they discover may not have meaning to them, but it certainly does to viewers of the show. In the concrete floor of the parking garage is a hole that was recently dug. Next to the hole? Some broken silver chains. It looks like someone has taken the trouble to unearth Russell Edgington's tomb...

More Death, Close to Home

Sookie comes home looking for Tara, who is crashed at her place. Instead, she is confronted with Debbie Pelt, who has visited her home with a shotgun, ready to take Sookie down for supposedly causing the rift between her and Alcide.

A note: Earlier on in the episode, Tara and Sookie discuss their memories of Adele and dream of a future they can share together. I knew that some recurring characters would die in this episode, and this conversation caused me to dread of Tara's immediate future. I could anticipate her death, but I could not imagine how it would happen.

When Debbie finally shoots, Tara sees it happen, and she quickly rushes into the kitchen to push Sookie out of the way. She rushes right into the bullet's path and dies from her heroism. Sookie retaliates by grabbing Debbie's gun, pinning Debbie to the ground, and shooting her in the head. End Scene.

TTFN (Ta Ta for Now!)

And so ends another season of True Blood. Now we can only wait until next year and season five. Luckily, True Blood provides us with many tidbits during the waiting period to tide us over. And if you need to talk to someone to help with your withdrawal, head over to the True Blood forums. You will find many fans suffering from the same affliction.

If you want to continue the vampire trend with me, I will begin recapping Vampires Diaries later this week (premieres September 15, @8 on the CW). Until later!


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      Janette Katende 

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      I cant wait for next season 5. Great work you are doing here, im as captivated reading your hubs as im when watching this very interesting series. Keep up the good work.

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      Megan Kathleen 

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      Thank you so much for staying awhile, Reynold Jay, especially given that you stumbled here by accident. I really appreciate the feedback!

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      I donl' watch this show, however I came across this HUB by accident and then I found I enjoyed this very much. You have this laid out beautifully and it is easy to understand. Keep up the great HUBS. I must give this an “Up ONE and awesome.” I'm always your fan! RJ

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      Thank you so much for following me! A running body count is a great idea. I will have to do that next year... which seems so far away now.

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      Brian Dooling 

      6 years ago from Connecticut

      Great hub! it was awesome following the True blood season with you on hubpages! I can't wait for next season! As for the episode i thought it was the best season finale yet, so much going on and so much coming up next season. I like the body count you did at the beginning of the hub, maybe next season you could do a running tally. As for Tara, i hope she's not really dead, now comes the long wait till next June. Voted up!


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