THE Russell Edgington is my favorite villain. I admit, I detested him in S3, with all of that werewolf control and V shit, not to mention the way he just grabs the innards out of people. But he certainly grew on me this season.
Oddly, enough he actually brought a bit of normacly to the Authority. I love how he accused them of basically being “school marms,” when the rest were talking about teaching The Vampire Bible to all baby vamps. That’s when things started to really unravel and the Authority fell apart one by one.
I only wish his death scene had been longer. I really wanted to see Eric get his revenge but drag it out a bit. I know Russell has suffered in the past but this was OH FUCK! I’m dead. Where was the foreplay? Maybe Russell could’ve helped Bill see the fucking light and he wouldn’t be Bililth! Then you could kill him.
RIP Russell. I’m gonna miss you and your hot mess…
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Well we had a few of those this season. From Eric and his badass killing of the guards in the finale to Nora in episode one, we have not been short of the blood and goo of dead Vampires. We have even had dead humans in the form of Bud Dearbourne and the nutter who runs the weapons shop in a very classic “you saved my life” scenario between Sam and Andy, I mean how honourable is that?
The best death in Season 5 however had it’s foundations laid in season 3 or to be more precise more than 1,000 years ago when Eric Northman watched his family being slain and his father’s crown stolen by a mysterious, hooded man, who later turned out to be Russell Edginton. Though Eric regained his father’s crown in season 3, Russell still lived and at some point you just had this feeling that that ancient grudge was going to surface once more. In a clever twist though, we had Eric forgiving Russell for his past misgivings when he was playing up to the other Vampires, who had been ensnared by the madness of Lillith. Of course it was going to take a lot more than that to control Eric, but ever the master he is, he played along and entered the spirit of things. He kept his enemy closest of all, just like any mafioso would and waited.
Of course, Eric was rewarded. Russell, true to form went mad once again and wished to resume his pursuit of day walking, even though it was against the Vampire Bible. He shunned it at that point because it no longer was of use to him. he had already been rescued and healed and was fully strong once more. He thought that with Eric’s forgiveness he was invincible, of course he was wrong.
This leads us to a glorious death scene. Russell, having managed to drain a full fae and not just any Fae but the eldest on the planet, is intoxicated and feeling mighty pleased with himself, especially since he can now see all the other fae as his ingestion of blood has weakened their magic. He is so dizzy with intoxication and the prospect of more fae blood that he loses himself in the moment and critically for him he lets his guard down. He doesn’t know that Sookie and Eric have tasted each other’s blood and formed a bond and he doesn’t know that Eric is wandering freely, having escaped the madness of the Vampire Authority.
When he is aware of it, it is too late. Eric has the stake embedded in him and is growling above him while he is left to face his fate. The way Eric turns his head to shield himself from the blood spatter and Russell’s last words complete what is truly the best death in season five. We are then treated with a classic Eric quip to finish the scene.
This was by far and away the best death in season 5.
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There was really only one contender for this and that was the moment Eric released Pam. I understand why it was done, and the tension leading up to that moment with the istakes and the hunt for Russell was well executed, but it seemed to be a reinforcement of the disintegration of the relationship between Eric and Pam in Season 4. Granted Eric is starting to accept that he has human emotions and more specifically human emotions for Sookie, but to cut off Pam is just going too far.
That being said, at least they had some dignity in the scene where he releases her and it is partially brought on by Pam herself, though I wish it never happened that way. I did not want to see Eric release Pam at all. Their relationship is a strong one and they need each other, that has been apparent since season 1 so for this to have happened is quite a lot to take on board. I just hope that this does not affect their relationship in season 6.
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Aww. One of the cutest moments ever on True Blood. Ever. Never mind that the wolf cub is Emma…
I think you could make an easy argument that the return of Russell and Steve were two of the things that Trubies were most excited for going into Season 5. And who could blame us? These were two fantastic characters on their own, they should make two even more fantastic characters paired together, right?
Meh. You’d be kind of right.
Of the pair, I think Steve fared better of the two, his popularity was always driven by his personality as much as his story. On the other hand, Russell was a character whose strength lie in the fact that he was just so much older and stronger than the other vampires and how he was a much bigger threat to them as a result. This season, that menace was largely removed relatively early on kind of neutering him. Although he had good scenes with Steve, it ultimately felt like he was brought back to appease fans and to be a plot point – move things along by offing Roman more than to create any kind of strong story around him. The couple kind of worked, but it didn’t have the same dynamic of Russell and Talbot and given that Steve was school-boy crushing and Russell was on the rebound from Talbot, it probably wouldn’t have lasted anyway.
That said, anyone else get the feeling that the writers went “So what would be a cute gift for Russell to give to Steve?” “I know, a puppy!” “I know! Let’s have them give him Emma!” and thus the plot addicting the Shreveport wolves to V was born.
Best Moment – Steve’s “Gay Vampire American” speech.
Perfectly written, perfectly acted and a fantastic way to reintroduce a character that a lot of people loved. It’ll go down as one of the shows best scenes.
Worst Moment – Russell versus the Fairies
This whole thing just felt off. The Elder Fae was a being who had literally lived long enough and in enough places that she was driven mad by an overload of knowledge and Russell still defeated her that easily? I don’t know that I buy that. This scene does win some goodwill back because the Elder Fae was so annoying that I can’t really say that I was upset to see her drained.
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There are really 2 answers to this topic for me. The one thing that they have in common is that they feature my favourite couples, Eric and Pam and Russell and Steve.
I wanted to see more of the Reunion between Eric and Pam at the start of Season 5 and how they resolved their differences first of all. Secondly I really wanted to see more flashback sequences. There was so much material that could have been used like Pam’s first night as a Vampire, how she reacted, Eric teaching her what she needed to know and also how she and Eric “lived in the wind.” That would have tied in really nicely when she explained to Tara that that is what they would do because it would have let us seen exactly what she meant by that phrase as well as giving us more Eric and Pam scenes.
I also wanted to see more of Russell and Steve and their blossoming relationship. I wanted to see more of them interacting, see how they got to know each other and also the wooing. I wanted to see much more of that because I loved the two of them together. They seemed to bring out the best in each other before Russell went back to chasing faeries, though he did take Steve with him when he did. I just loved those two together and really wished we could have had more of an expansion in the development of their relationship.
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Who is Warlo? That question has been running through my mind ever since we found out Sookie’s parents were killed by a vampire. And what a stab to the heart, eh? Sookie has had many a torrid love affair with a couple of those beloved fangers and then she finds out one of them killed her parents! Well doesn’t that just fucking suck. I do have to say she’s handling the news rather well unlike her brother Jason who is having flashes back to S2 ala Fellowship of the Sun. And please dear Godric, don’t have Jason backtrack to his religious wacko phase because I prefer him and his sexy times with Jessica. 😉
My first thought to Warlo’s identity was Bill because in Sookie’s vision she heard those three little words…no…not I love you, silly. YOU ARE MINE! Then my friend politely reminded me that all vampires say that. I don’t care, it could still be Bill because he was around during the time of that deed being drawn up on Sookie’s house. Plus, he had a file on Sookie’s family history when they first met. It would make it easier for Sookie to hate Bill for killing loved ones now that he’s Bilith.
I don’t think it’s Eric because he was in Europe at the time all of this was going down. It would also make him a great ally and keep Sookie’s trust in vampires alive because his parents were killed by vampers too. But then we have Nora reacting to the name “Warlo” in the bonus feature. I have no fucking clue how that’s gonna play out and even though, she’s Eric’s sister, she has a heavy English accent and probably wasn’t with Eric at the time.
Warlo could also be Russell, but he knew nothing of the Fae until he met Sookie. He’s also dead and that makes it no fun.
Wouldn’t it be completely fucked up if their parents were still alive and this was some messed up mind game! I wouldn’t put it past the writers you know.
The best explanation would be a new vampire introduced onto the scene for next season but speculation is more fun! V”V
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Well this, in theory should be hard to choose but one couple outshone all the others this season. We had very little of the Eric/Pam dynamic but the scenes we had were so moving on many levels. The Flashbacks helped to explain more of their closeness and obvious love for each other and the release scene had me in tears. I was overjoyed when they were reunited in the finale, no matter how brief it was.
Sam and Luna were also a good team, ass kicking where it matters and protecting Emma as well as dealing with the Hate group.
Tara and Pam, another couple worthy of a mention as what started out as a conflict filled relationship between 2 very strong and determined women, thawed as the season drew on and they learned more about each other and ended in a delicious way. I want to see more of these ladies in season 6!
BUT Russell and Steve are by far and away the best couple this season. In this relationship, we saw 2 characters that we thought we knew, show another side to themselves. Russell was still charming as ever but he softened. In the past when he was with Talbot, he ignored him a lot and was busy being a man of power and status. With Steve though, he wants to make him happy, nothing is too much trouble, not to mention at the start he flirts like the devil. When they are all high in New Orleans, you can just see him engage the silver tongue to woo Steve. He gets Steve a puppy cause he had never had a pet and he takes him out for dinner, things we never saw him do with Talbot. Steve also becomes really sweet and bashful as it is obvious that he is attracted to Russell. He was confident and cocky when Roman was around, trying to act like he was invincible, like babyvamps would but when Roman dies and Russell is staking claim for Alpha male, Steve is more than happy to submit to him.
Their relationship was brief, but it was cute, funny and sweet. it had so many layers and the interactions between the 2 characters were endearing. This is why they are my favourite couple.
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