True Blood' season 2, episode 9

There are only three episodes left in Season 2 and the storylines have become so intense, I find myself equally torn between wanting Sunday to come as quickly as possible to find out what happens and not wanting Sunday to come because that means we're one step closer to the end. It's the sign of an excellent season, though, which will hopefully avoid the kind of canned, cheesy wrap-up that befell last season.

Last night's episode "I Will Rise Up" was intense and somber. It traded much of the show's playful campiness for heavy themes and dark characterizations. (Although there were a few gems courtesy Hoyt and Jason, of course.)  I don't think I budged from my spot on the couch at all. We picked up a few moments before last week's episode left off, with Luke entering Godric's lair and looking a bit thick around the middle. He has a bomb strapped to his chest with chains and other silver trinkets crisscrossing his midsection. He delivers his message from Rev. Newlin and the blast incinerates Godric's pad. Bill watches, stunned, from the driveway where he's just escorted Lorena ("You may be immortal, Lorena, but you are dead to me"). From the front yard, it looks as though the white-hot blast has eviscerated everything: men, vampires, and Barcaloungers alike.

Bill rushes inside and finds Sookie still alive and sprawled on the floor beneath Eric, who shielded her from the blast. The inside is littered with insides, including Stan's. On Eric's command, Bill exits as quickly as he arrived to snag and punish Luke's cohorts. Eric feigns dying, imploring Sookie to suck the silver shrapnel from his chest. Sookie, who thinks that's like totally gross, refuses, until Eric exhales in a melodramatic whimper "(gasp) ... dying ... (gasp)" and lets a limp arm fall to the floor with a thud. Next thing we (and Bill) know, Sookie's straddling Eric and literally licking his wounds. This kind of hanky panky has consequences, Bill tells Sookie. Since she's now swallowed Eric's blood, the two are forever connected. Like Bill, he'll always be able to sense her emotions and Sookie will feel sexually attracted to Eric. "I could kill him," Sookie says later on. "I concur," says Bill.