True Blood (2008–2014)
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Cold Grey Light of Dawn 

With Marnie empowered by spirits of the dead, Bill issues an unpopular order to save vampires from the light. Eric embraces his amnesia; Luna discovers Sam is not the man she thought he was... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Anna Paquin ... Sookie Stackhouse
Stephen Moyer ... Bill Compton
Sam Trammell ... Sam Merlotte
Ryan Kwanten ... Jason Stackhouse
Rutina Wesley ... Tara Thornton
Alexander Skarsgård ... Eric Northman
Kevin Alejandro ... Jesus Velasquez
Marshall Allman ... Tommy Mickens
Chris Bauer ... Andy Bellefleur
Kristin Bauer van Straten ... Pam De Beaufort
Lauren Bowles ... Holly Cleary
Nelsan Ellis ... Lafayette Reynolds
Janina Gavankar ... Luna Garza
Todd Lowe ... Terry Bellefleur (credit only)
Joe Manganiello ... Alcide Herveaux


With Marnie empowered by spirits of the dead, Bill issues an unpopular order to save vampires from the light. Eric embraces his amnesia; Luna discovers Sam is not the man she thought he was; Lafayette expands his consciousness; Pam gets a body peel; Andy's date with Holly doesn't go as planned; Jessica has doubts about her future with Hoyt; Alcide and Debbie join a new pack. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

7 August 2011 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Tara Thornton: Oh, hell, no. You're the second-to-the-last person I wanna see.
Marnie Stonebrook: [as Antonia] Now, don't be too hard on Marnie. Marnie's spirit is pure.
Tara Thornton: And Tara ain't so crazy about Marnie's new way of talking about herself.
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Humorless, mean, and soapy -- "The Days of Our Undeaths"
13 August 2011 | by SarasilienSee all my reviews

True Blood is not the first show to take a Great Leap Forward in order to inject some new energy (think Battlestar Galactica at the start of season 3). It's a big risk, and it may eventually pay off, but so far Season 4 has been a terrible disappointment -- not because of the changes, but because of what the writers and producers have done with them.

There are far too many subplots, most of which are not engaging. Watching the show this season is like channel flipping, but without the satisfying power of choosing when to push the button. The subplots aren't inherently boring -- though we could easily do without the Hoyt/Jessica thing, the Alcide/Debbie thing, the Sam & his brother thing, and the Andy acting like a bigger jerk than ever thing -- it's just that there are so many, they have so little humor in them, and they're so mean-spirited. Seriously, it would be kinder to kill Tara every episode (like Kenny in South Park) than continue torturing the poor woman like they have.

As for this particular episode, there's not much to say. It's just as busy and unengaging as the rest of the season has been. Yes, there are some important developments between Sam and his brother and, more importantly, between the Spanish necromancer and the local vampires, but frankly, with everything else going on in the show, it's pretty hard to get excited about anything.

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