Alexander Skarsgard stars in "True Blood." (HBO)
The horrors of Vamp Camp – where the undead are imprisoned, studied and killed – are graphically revealed in “Don’t You Feel Me,” Episode 66 of HBO’s “True Blood.”
When last we saw vampires Eric (Alexander Skarsgård) and Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten), they were forced into a gladiator-style battle armed with wooden stakes. But Eric and Pam refuse to fight, much to the chagrin of sadistic Sarah Newlin (Anna Camp).
“You assured me this would be violent,” fumes Sarah, who hates vampires as much as she loves political power. Not to worry, Sarah. The scene soon turns bloody when Eric and Pam stake a couple of guards.
Overseeing the mayhem is Governor Truman Burrell (Arliss Howard), who imprisoned his daughter Willa (Amelia Rose Blaire) after she was turned into a vampire by Eric. The Governor exacts revenge by ordering Eric’s sister Nora (Lucy Griffiths) to receive a lethal injection of Hepatitis V, a new drug created to eradicate vampires.
With Willa’s help, Eric tries to escape disguised as a guard. But Nora is fading fast. And Hepatitis V? It’s being added to bottles of TruBlood, the synthetic substitute for human blood.
While Eric tries to get out of Vamp Camp, Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten) tries to get in so he can rescue former girlfriend Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll).
Jason first impresses a recruiter with the Louisiana Vampire Task Force then gains entry to the camp by threatening Sarah. He knows secrets that could end her budding political career.
Sarah strikes back, however, by making Jason observe a supernatural copulation experiment. Cool stuff, thinks Jason as he watches hunky vampire James (Luke Grimes) wait for a partner to enter the room. But Jason starts to squirm when he discovers the partner is Jessica.
The creepy test is cut short, fortunately, when James refuses to do the deed – even as he’s tortured.
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Vampire Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer), meanwhile, is haunted by visions of Jessica, Eric and other subjects bursting into flames. He seeks guidance from Lilith (Jessica Clark), the mother of all vamps, but she offers only riddles.
“It is all on you,” Lilith tells Bill. “The time to act is now.”
That’s just what Bill does as he drinks a vial of blood drawn from Warlow (Rob Kazinsky), an ancient faerie/vampire who’s immune to the sun. Bill sets off to confront Governor Burrell – in broad daylight – and demand to know where the vampires are imprisoned.
But the Governor refuses to cooperate, exclaiming: “I’ll be a martyr for the cause.” Bill obliges by viciously ripping off the Governor’s head, instantly creating a power vacuum in state government. Here’s your chance, Sarah.
Back in Bon Temps, Arlene (Carrie Preston) fears husband Terry (Todd Lowe) is suicidal after battling PTSD for years. Her solution is asking vampire Matt (Brian Poth) to “glamor” Terry into forgetting his traumatic memories from the Iraq War.
Trouble is, Terry also forgets he convinced a Marine Corps buddy to shoot him. So just as Terry regains his love his life, he tragically succumbs to a sniper bullet. Grief-stricken Arlene cradles her dying husband as the scene fades to white.
Lucky to escape death is Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), who’s nearly drowned by Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) when he’s possessed by the spirit of Sookie’s dead father. Coming to her rescue is Warlow, who patiently waited thousands of years to consummate his love of Sookie.
And consummate they do, as Sookie surrenders her neck to Warlow’s fangs then feeds on his blood in return. Their lovemaking climaxes as they're engulfed in a magical white light.
Danger-seeking Sookie has long been attracted to supernaturals. Now she’s truly embraced her wild side!