True Blood Season 7 Ep. Recap: ‘Love Is To Die’ By Kevin Clarkston

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Nine down, one more to go kids. Like last week’s “Almost Home” “Love Is To Die”served primarily to tie up more loose ends plot-wise to pave the way for the “Bill’s Choice” series finale.

 

That’s not to say “Love Is To Die” didn’t contain any sparkling moments of its own. To the contrary, the episode contained some of the most emotionally candid scenes in the show’s history, and most of the credit goes to our puppy love-turned full grown couple, Jessica and Hoyt. Taking a page from Lafayette’s love-and-war playbook, she shows up at Hoyt’s door just after he and Bridgett put the finishing touches on a fight about her and does an emotional bumrush, getting all googly-eyed and telling him how they used to be together. Everyday together. Always. Damn, “Don’t Speak” is a great song. But I digress.

 

By any definition, Jessica wreaking havoc on Hoyt’s current relationship simply so she can fill him on their past one and pour out her feelings about Bill pooh poohing the hep V cure is a supremely selfish act. She doesn’t try to deny it. And yet her actions read less as selfish and more like those of a vulnerable woman determined to grab her slice of happiness in the face of impending tragedy. Though why Hoyt reserves all his anger for Jason and none for Jessica for their past tryst is a bit of a head scratcher—it takes two to tango after all—these  two clearly belong together, and the consummation of their reunion ranks as one of True Blood’s most romantic sex scenes.

 

The Bridgett and Jason stuff wasn’t quiet as affecting, given they don’t have half the history Jessica and Hoyt have.  Like some of his previous dalliances, this one started with Jason coming to a distressed woman’s rescue; and like those previous train wrecks, it had physical repercussions, which in this case meant a fist to the face from Hoyt after Jessica filled in the break up blanks. However, things soon get back on track once he and Bridgett head back to his place; there he tells the whole sordid story of how his friendship with Hoyt fell apart because of his libido,  how Hoyt’s parting shot—that he has something missing inside—has haunted him and why Jessica knows Hoyt, but he he has no recollection of her.

 

Six months of non-stop Alaska sunshine aside, I have hard time believing Bridgett wouldn’t have the slightest clue about glamoring, which at this late date would seem like common fanger knowledge in the show’s universe. That said, it’s obvious the scene is meant to show Jason’s maturity in taking responsibility for his actions, and set up Bridgett as the right woman for him, one who doesn’t manipulate him (Amy, Sarah, Crystal—that damsel in distress routine got old really fast) or value him only for his looks  (Dawn, Violet), and shares his desire for children. I’m sure they’ll have gorgeous, blond babies together.

 

The couple the episode’s title can most literally be applied to is Bill and Sookie. True to form, Sookie doesn’t handle Bill’s announcement well, and gives him a first class guilt trip about what his death would do to her. Nice job Sook. While some have cited  Bill’s decision not to feed from Sarah and heal as another example of classic Compton drama queendom, his later conversation with Eric provides valid, tangible reasons for his choice. As he explains, he has lied to, threatened, and nearly raped Sookie in the past, and she has come back every time, and as she admits, she held back in loving Alcide because she still had feelings for Bill. Taking himself out of the equation he believes, is the only way for her to move on.

 

Giving most, if not all the power to Bill in this situation isn’t doing much for Sookie’s agency; but she does tell Arlene she’s determine to not to treat another man the way she did Alcide, so it does show some fortitude on her part. Either way, Bill and Sookie’s late night chat may be interrupted by Gus Jr. and The Angry Yakuzas, since Eric let it slip that Sookie knows of Sarah’s antidote blood.

 

True love or the true death? We’ll get our answer next week.

 

Other Thoughts:

 

—Sam and Nicole depart Bon Temp for saner pastures, with Sam leaving Sookie a letter about the world being small, passing on experiences to your kids, and other Circle of Life ish. It’s a nice enough send off I suppose—Sam, who began the show as the quintessential loner, coming out the other side as a man/shifter comfortable in his own skin, getting the family he never had—but, I don’t know. It just didn’t do that much for me.

 

—Ginger and Eric’s throne sex provided one of the episode’s few laugh-out-loud moments. Mama finally got her wish, but only lasted a few strokes before hitting the floor and snoring in ecstasy. Oh well; ’tis better to have a minute of Northman than to never have had Northman at all.

 

—The Yakuzas are planning to pimp Sarah out as a one-stop, hep V healing trick? Yea, that sounds about right.

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