True Blood Season 7 Episode 6 “Karma” was an episode of many parts, some were great , some were so-so, and some were plain awful. And yeah, the awful bits involved Bill and the great bits involved Eric (I’m sure you’ve visited us before, you know how this works).
We started off well enough, Eric Northman once again proving you can never take the Viking out of this particular vampire, as unfocused, ill and exhausted, he continued where he left off last week in dispatching a few more of those pesky ninja guys who turned up uninvited to the Dallas convention. We like Eric when he kicks ass!
Unfortunately the ass kicking is short-lived as Pam has been captured and they both end up sat in front of a big old glass window waiting for their first sunrise together (in around 7 hours time). We know they are not going to frazzle, so there’s no need to get worked up about it.
Post credits and Bill calls his lawyer – he needs an appointment to get his affairs in order. Jessica overhears him saying that he now has Hep V. (This would actually all be quite entertaining if I wasn’t completely sure the f*cker just isn’t going to die no matter how hard I wish for it).
Jason is worried about going home to his mildly psychopathic girlfriend Violet, but his concerns seem unfounded when she is waiting for him in the kind of lingerie that women know men really, really like. It looks like Romeo Stackhouse is off the hook.
Back to Dallas and it’s almost dawn. Pam is pissed, this is not the way she intended to die. But then the doors fly open and Mr Gus Jnr. makes his first appearance. He’s the North American President of the Yakanomo Corporation, which means that thanks to the tainted Tru Blood crisis he is currently the North American President of jack-shit! He needs Eric’s assistance to rectify the situation, he wants Sarah Newlin and he wants her dead. Eric is not forthcoming with any information he might have. Pam, not quite so keen to meet her true death, will help Mr Gus out if she has his word of honor that they won’t be killed. Eric wants to kill Sarah Newlin, Mr Gus wants to kill Sarah Newlin, Eric wants to be the one to snap Sarah Newlin’s neck, Pam wants them both to stop measuring their dicks and make a deal (Now this is a Pam I can get behind). So Eric gets the kill, Mr Gus gets the body, and they prepare to raid Amber’s house when the sun goes down tonight. Straight up, I like Mr Gus, (Will Yun Lee) he has style and panache, and anyone with the balls enough to go dick to dick against Eric Northman is a welcome addition to the season’s already strongest story-arc.
Somewhere over the other side of town we see a desperate Sarah break into her sister’s house. Amber is still up and as Sarah learns she has Hep V, the ailing Amber collapses unconscious on the floor.
Over in Bon Temps Jess calls Jason to call Sookie to come round so she can tell her about Bill. Jason does as he’s asked, but we learn Violet is awake downstairs and when he leaves she smashes up her room. Andy walks in on Adilyn and Wade having sex and chases him out of the house. Lettie Mae and Lala have entered a V induced trance, courtesy of James’s blood. They find Tara, still on the cross and Lettie Mae helps her down. Later in the trance Tara leads them to their old house and after Rev. Daniels rudely awakens them that is where Lala and Lettie decide to go next. Nicole tells Sam “this town is fucking crazy” and gives him until tomorrow to decide if he is leaving with her or not. Sookie and Jason visit Jess, who tells them Bill has Hep V. Sookie realizes she gave it to him and asks Jason to take her to the clinic for a test. Bill is sat waiting for his lawyer’s appointment when he notices that the Hep V veins are spreading quickly. The guy waiting next to him gets up and moves away – possibly because he’s worried about the speed of Bill’s spreading disease, but more likely because he’s just realized he is sitting next to a complete asshole who nobody likes.
After the blood test Sookie doesn’t want to go home. Instead she and Jason discuss true love. Sookie thinks it’s weird as she can still feel Bill when he’s nearby (it’s not really though is it Sookie? You just had a load more of his blood). She thinks there is something about your first love that is extra special. She loved Alcide and she supposes she loved Eric in her own way.
Jason has never felt that kind of love. Sookie tells him that life is too short to spend it with someone he doesn’t love.
Meanwhile Bill has finally got in to see his lawyer. They have some boring discussion about the technicalities surrounding his will and adopting Jessica. I started to write my grocery shopping list. Anyway it all ends with Bill not liking what he hears and so he stabs his lawyer to death and leaves. Yep, that’s right, but just remember that all those human flashbacks were just to show us what a top, top guy Mr Compton actually is. Redemption is sweet in Bon Temps.
It’s finally night-time again (hurrah!) and Amber and Sarah are having a sisterly heart to heart. Sarah has some not very nice vampires trying to kill her, Amber tells Sarah she is the one who made everybody sick. Sarah declares she is a “new me” but Amber says that can’t absolve her from all the shit she has done. Then Sarah delivers her trump card because……..deh,deh,deh, there was an antidote for Hep V……. and Sarah drank it all……she is the antidote sweetie and she will heal you!
Jason arrives home to find Violet has gone, she left a note saying the relationship wasn’t working out for her. Again the hapless Romeo thinks he’s got away with his passionate moment with Jess. But Violet has a plan, she’s down at Fort Bellefleur and persuades Adilyn and Wade to accompany her to her safe-house, and to leave their mobile phones behind so they can’t be tracked.
Over to Dallas again, and the really, really, really cool kids arrive at Amber’s house, cue cool “Karma” music.
Amber answers the door and is completely healed. Eric wants to know ……..
….. but we still have time for Bill to arrive home to find Sookie and Jess waiting for him. The camera pans away leaving the 3 of them together in the house to mope around and deal with his Hep V crisis, because you just know that he will suffer with it so much more than everybody else does. Yeah whatever. Did I mention Eric Northman is really f*cking awesome in his limited screen time this episode? I think I probably did. There’s no supposing for me – there are just 4 more weeks to go and I intend to appreciate the hell out of him every night and every day, and pray to Godric that the Viking will still be standing on August 24th when the finale credits roll.