True Blood: Season 5, Episode 2

Authority Always Wins (17 Jun. 2012)

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Bill and Eric face the Vampire Authority.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Holly Cleary (credit only)


Tara is having more than a little difficulty accommodating herself to being a vampire. Sookie takes special measures but Lafayette is at his wits end. Reverend Newlin visits Jessica in the hopes that she will let him go after Jason. Terry Bellefleur continues to walk in his sleep and display violent reactions to the simplest things. Arlene has just about had it. Jason tries to make peace with Hoyt Fortenberry but he won't have anything to with him. Alcide takes responsibility for killing the pack leader but refuses to take on the leadership himself. Luna has something of a surprise at home. Eric and Bill are imprisoned at the Authority headquarters. They are tortured and questioned but neither of them will break. It appears they will both be killed but Bill has a proposition for them. Written by garykmcd

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The language the authority vampires are speaking at the end of the episode does not correspond to any single language. Most of the chant is derived from ancient Hebraic dialects (such as Aramaic). However, certain words (e.g., "nama(n)" for name) are not semitic but Indo-European, and were probably taken from Sanskrit, although it is difficult in some instances to say with certainty. The phonological similarities between the few words which do not correspond to anything in Hebrew are not necessarily unique to a single ancient Indo-European language. The word for "name" could be Sanskrit or be taken from certain Germanic languages such as Gothic. Other words, such as the word for "eternal", are either Sanskrit or are corruptions of Indo-European or Semitic words. See more »


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"Long live the King."
17 June 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Boy to I love a flashback episode. Considering that this is not officially dubbed a "flashback" episode, I'm glad that the writers decided to finally write in the back story to one of True Blood's most complex and interesting characters, not to mention they set it in the 2nd most popular Vampire era, the early 1900's, the Civil war era being the first. From the looks of it, if Pam wasn't just a "Working girl," she was the main proprietor of a whore house. Admitting that she was used to seeing dead bodies (this of course after seeing Eric literally behead a local rapist) it solidifies her very strong personality. There were only a couple flashbacks, but they helped make the episode better, considering that the writers have only put in several flashbacks throughout the whole series (One being Bill in the 80's last season which was a treat). Meanwhile, we see Vampire Bill and Sheriff Northman being tortured by the authority. Bill is being interrogated by Dieter Braun, played by Christopher Heyerdahl, whom I find fascinating. Dieter has I.V.'S connected to Bills veins that have silver set and ready to be injected. It's here where we're introduced to the Vampire Bible, which was written before the actual Bible. Dieter explains that VAMPIRES were created after God's image, not humans, and he also tells Bill the "true" meaning for Adam and Eve. After Bill explains that he does not believe in the Vampire bible, he is injected with the silver. Meanwhile Eric is going through the same torture. To be honest, I'm glad that Alan Ball decided to write in the Vampire creationist storyline. I have not read any of the novels, so I cannot confirm or deny if this is ANYWHERE near the original plot line, but so far I'm enjoying what I'm seeing.

After denying the murder of Nan, both Eric and Bill are brought before what seems like the head council. They perform a Vampire communion, which is very intriguing. Once sentenced the true death, Bill speaks up and exchanges their lives for Russell Edgington, whom of course has been rescued from his cement graveyard. I am very curious to find out how this plot line turns out, considering that the last scene shows Edgington surrounded by mutilated bodies, finally growing stronger, with a reassuring grin on his face. In the mean time, it shows the comical Sookie and Lafayette scenes trying to take control of Tara, who has now officially been turned into a crazy, bloodthirsty vamp, who also confirms that she will never forgive her best friend or cousin for what they have done.

So far so good, I am very excited to see what comes next, let's keep it up!

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