I'm starting to wonder if maybe Marnie is actually dead. Antonia's a necromancer, right? So... maybe. Which, eeeewwwwww.
It's not so weird actually, within a lot of fantasy lores powerful necromancers turn themselves into undead creatures. They're usually called a "lich". Not thinking this will be the case, though. I think Antonia should be actually enjoying being alive/corporeal again.
I just stumbled into the casting call for Marnie: "a Z-list palm reader who’s painfully aware of what a joke she is — that is, until, she comes to be possessed by the spirit of a real witch." Well, in the end, the Z-list angle hasn't been pursued too much I reckon. She was able to bring that birdie back, which can be very little for a true necromancer, but still huge for the common palm reader. Also, she's a legit medium or Antonia would have not been able to possess her, and she was able to contact Sookie's gran by herself, so that's not too much of a Z-list in my book.
So, 3 episodes from season finale we have 4 distinct groups of characters/storylines, and they're almost all satellites of the main one, being the vamp/witch war.Plot A: Antonia's Revenge.
Featuring 4 of the 6 leads (the 6 first-billed actors in the credits, before the list starts going alphabetical): Sookie, Bill, Eric, Tara. Also featuring 4 regulars: Holly, Pam, Nan, and obviously Marnie. It's the main course of the banquet, by the end it will hopefully attract everything else in the same way as the Maryann plot did in S2. Every character not featured here is currently aware of the plot, except (unbelievable!) Sam.Plot B: Mavis's Tragedy.
Featuring no lead (except briefly Jason), but 5 regulars: Lafayette, Jesus, Terry, Arlene, Andy. It started as "Lafayette's Medium Training". Solved, it allows Lafayette and Jesus to converge into plot A. It seems it was actually all about giving Laf & Jesus's ghostbuster team a baptism of fire. Hopefully, Terry & Arlene will get to rest now, while Andy's addiction subplot might be featured again in the background.Plot C: The Troubles with Weres.
Featuring 1 lead, Sam. Also featuring 4 regulars: Luna, Alcide, Debbie, Tommy. It started disjointed, now it's centered on Sam being with Luna, aka Marcus's ex, plus Marcus enlisting Alcide, plus Alcide having relationship troubles with Debbie, plus Debbie doing an odd couple routine with Sookie, plus Tommy throwing his skinwalker trick on everyone. Alcide could be the key to bring Sam and whatnot to plot A. Debbie has been already there, if accidentally.Plot D: Jessica loves Jason.
Featuring 1 lead, Jason. Also featuring 2 regulars: Jessica and Hoyt. After a slow start while getting rid of the Hotshot storyline residual from S3, Jason seems now flexible enough to jump through plots. Jessica is already part of plot A, being Bill's "daughter". Hoyt might not have a role other than the broken ex-BF & ex-BFF.
So, in the end, I don't complain too much about this season's structure. It's heaven compared to last year's, when in the end most of the characters didn't know anything about each other's stories (how many of them actually realized there was a 3,000-year old vampire king in Bon Temps?). Some of the subplots still dragged too much (the Hotshot situation, the Mexico trip), or were totally filler-ish (Andy's date with Holly; the whole Portia's shenanigan), but in the end at least we had big chunks of the cast always together, and converging.
Edited by K42, Aug 27, 2011 @ 5:14 PM.