True Blood
True Blood Review: We Didn't See That One Coming

Heather Barefoot | 11 Aug 2014 08:00
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A New Hero.
Jason has a certain skill for getting himself in the most awkward situations possible. This time he's in the middle of an argument between Hoyt and his girlfriend Brigette when he receives essentially two ransom texts form Violet showing a tortured Adilyn and Jessica. He and Brigette, who stubbornly quarantines herself in Jason's car, head to Violet's manor on a rescue mission.

Once at the manor, Jason leaves Brigette in his car, armed with a gun with wooden bullets, and heads inside to find his friends. Of course, it's not long before Violet finds him and has him strapped up to one of her many torture devices, just like Wade, Adilyn and Jessica. Violet goes on a lengthy rant about the order and manner of who dies first, including some extremely cringe-worthy plans for Adilyn and Jessica, but before she can truly harm anyone, she's shot in the heart by...Hoyt.

I was not expecting Hoyt to be the one to come to the rescue. I was assuming that the group would have to endure some torture at the hands of this batshit-crazy vampire until Andy and Holly arrived, but Hoyt's arrival is a nice surprise. Generally I'd play devil's advocate and ask why Brigette, armed with a gun full of wooden bullets, couldn't have shot Violet the same way Hoyt did, but I don't feel a need to this time for two reasons. One, Brigette lives in Alaska where she admits they don't have a vampire problem because of the convenient daylight situation. She's likely never had to deal with vampires and wouldn't feel a need to put her life in danger for a group of people she's never met before. Two, and most importantly, Hoyt has been a part of the Bon Temps family since the very beginning. Since he's one of the only principle characters to leave the series without dying, it's more poignant to see him swoop in and kick some ass than someone we've only just met.

After the rescue, Jason drives Jessica back to the Compton house where Jessica admits that she's always taken Jason, as a person, seriously. As this validation is one of Jason's major issues this season, it's nice to see the residents of Bon Temps finally believing in Jason a little bit more.

The next day, Hoyt finds Jason at Bellefleur's and admits he's been thinking about Jessica nonstop since saving her the previous night. Hoyt then heads to Jessica's house and gives her a bag of his own, clean blood for Bill's dinner, which is basically the most thoughtful gift anyone can give in Bon Temps.

It's not surprising that the Jessica/Hoyt relationship is in play again and the naïve part of me wants to believe that it's possible they could be together happily, but logically I don't think it would work out. Despite having the major obstacle of their relationship, Maxine Fortenberry, out of the way, Jessica has grown and changed exponentially since Hoyt's departure. She's not the starry-eyed girl Hoyt knew before and even though he might feel like a safety blanket for Jessica, I just don't foresee them being able to pick up where they left off. Plus she glamoured him, which is probably hard to get over even though Hoyt asked for it.

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