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During medieval times, evidence from medical and religious records indicates that many Europeans believed vampires spread plague.
Just last summer archaeologists unearthed a skull in Venice in a mass plague grave from 1576 with a brick shoved in its mouth. The brick was a measure taken to kill a vampire who was caught eating his or her way out of the grave.
Scientists now contend that this superstitious practice was a misunderstanding of how bodies decay, and not proof of vampirism. But the connection between vampire-kind and pestilence persevered for hundreds of years. Pale, insomniac consumptives (tuberculosis) wielding bloody handkerchiefs were also occasionally mislabeled as vampires.
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In True Blood’s sixth season, the relationship between vampires and plague is explored through HepV. In episode seven we watched Nora be made into vampire as an alternative of succumbing to the black plague only to die a devastatingly horrific death caused by a new plague engineered to wipe out vampires. And in episode nine Eric and Bill rampage against those who would so cruelly wipe out the vampire population.
The HepV storyline is one of the most compelling devices the show has ever employed. Unlike sunlight or staking, which generally require direct human contact to take deadly effect; HepV can be placed in the vampire’s food. And once contracted there doesn’t seem to be an antidote.
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Eric’s return to the vamp camp, powered by Warlow’s blood, is as much about an eye for an eye as it is about rescuing his brood. His first act after ripping apart a handful of camp guards limb from limb, is to wrench off the penis and balls of the doctor who injected his sister with the disease that killed her. This act gets my vote for all time goriest scene in True Blood history; surpassing the scene where Eric rips a heart out of a witch’s chest and drinks from it as though he’s sipping through a straw (at least that guy got to die an instant death). As blood gushes out of the doctor’s groin like a waterfall, Eric proceeds to release vampires to run amok and kill all of the humans.
In fact it’s Bill, not Eric, who gets to our favorite vampires in time to save them from meeting the sun. As an unhinged Sarah Newlin cranks open the ceiling she finds all but her ex-husband feeding from Bill in a Renaissance-worthy messiah tableau. Hottttttt.
We almost witness the demise of the Newlins. Steve meets a hilarious end, disappointing the forever delusional Sarah, and making Jason uncomfortable with his dying proclamation, “I love you Jason Stackhouse.” I found myself holding in my breath, waiting for the gunshot in the brilliant tension-filled confrontation between Jason and Sarah. I doubt her freedom will be long-lasting. But I hope she gets in one or two more evil acts before she pays the ultimate price.
As caught up as I was in the whole fantastic revenge slaughter in the Vamp Camp, I felt confused that we only saw one truly sick vampire in a morgue drawer. For the last few episodes we’ve seen most of the vamp camp population down contaminated TruBlood. So why weren’t there more sick vampires?
The half of the episode not devoted to carnage at the vamp camp, Terry’s funeral, was heartfelt and violent-free blah blah. Why did we devote so much time learning the backstory of a character who is already gone through flashbacks? This felt very manipulative, as though the writers were saying, look at this great character whose humanity you never even appreciated until it’s too late. Cry bitches…
Sookie goes public with her telepathy. No one gasped or even looked confused. But anyway her pretty speech about the fact that Terry loved Arlene from the moment he saw her and that Arlene was blessed to be loved like that amused me because she has a man who has loved her since thousands of years before her birth and she doesn’t seem all that appreciative.
Unfortunately there’s only one more episode of this season. I’m hoping mostly for some resolution to the whole decimating vampire plague issue. Okay, I’m hoping mostly for Jason to have a sexy dream about Eric since Eric healed him in the vamp camp, but I’m hoping a little for some resolution to that plague thing.
I’m wondering if Bill is going to survive the season now that Lilith’s bloody goons have already come for him once. And I’m also wondering if Sookie will keep her word to become a fairy vampire queen.
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What did you think of the ninth episode? Were you moved by the funeral? Did you have a favorite moment of vampire vengeance?
- Dahlia Jane