I found this episode kind of boring, but thought (hope?) it was setting up something better.
I LOVE to see manipulative Eric. No puppy dog for me, I like to see him maneuvering politically, which he must be good at in order to be sheriff, and I actually love Nora so I like them teamed up and it's fascinating for me to see what will happen. And Bill is actually interesting again, so another good point for the season so far.
Re the vamps vs humans, humans vs vamps. Yes, it totally makes sense for humans to react the way they do when faced with an enemy like the vampires. But then juxtaposed with the wanton cruelty of human beings, (and let's face it, we have lots) such as the dragging of a vamp behind a car and the other torture we've seen, I think it is meant for us to question that position. Because it totally makes sense for vampires to behave as they do, enslaving humans and attempting to run the world. How can we deny that when that is how we as a species consistently treat any other species or races we deem inferior or mere servants to us.
We keep cows on farms as food, indifferent to their feeling, using arguments such as: we need to eat them in order to live, or that God intended them as food, or they don't feel or think like we do, or just because we can. And I say that as a meat eater and not an animal rights activist. Vampires see things exactly the same way. So ultimately they are behaving no differently than we do.
To me, the point of watching this show is not really to root for vampires or humans, but to watch my loyalties shift and ask myself why. And to hope for peaceful coexistence between the two species, even knowing that it will be difficult or impossible given the innate dispositions of the two. I don't see it as a competition as to who is morally superior, because history is never like that, it is just about who will win. History is written by the victors.
I also was thinking Ben was Warlow. Warlow enters our plane and all of a sudden Sookie meets a handsome stranger? Yes, he was out in the day and appeared to have light of his own, but we've seen vampires do both of those before, both when consuming a lot of faerie blood. So it is not impossible.
If that turns out to correct, major, major props to the writers for the "Ben is Glory" callback.
I usually hate all faerie storylines in the show or the books for that matter. But Niall seems pretty badass, so he gets a pass from me.
I'm a True Blood addict, so I am waiting for the next episode, and hope not to be disappointed in the season the way I was last season.