The episode began with the customary "previously on True Blood" which was pieced together really well, ignoring a lot of the pointless bits (such as most of the vampire politics related arc) and perfectly served it's purpose and reminding us all what happened last time with out filling our brains with too much information and then continued almost seamlessly into the episode, taking off from the end of it's previous season where we have the humans and vampires of Bon Temps pairing up at a mixer to keep them all safe from the threat of the dangerous "hep B" vamps who are on the rampage. This does not go well as the hep B vamps attack anyway, feeding on all of the humans they can find and kidnapping Arlene, Holly and Sam's pregnant girlfriend. This is a great action packed start to the season where we get to see Sookie using her fairy mojo, Sam and Alcide in their respective canine forms and Tara using her vampire strength and speed to kick butt and protect her mum.
Before the opening credits even roll the fight has finished but Tara's mum is covered in sticky, bloody remains crying that they've killed Tara. Wow. Boom. Less than a couple of minutes in and it would appear we've already had our first death, as we didn't actually see it happen I won't take it as a certain or permanent death just yet but it was shocking none the less.
Next we're off to Merlottes in the aftermath of the attack and Sookie can't help hearing everyones thoughts as they blame her for the attack, including in part her now boyfriend, werewolf Alcide who she's now apparently in love with. This peeves me a bit, I know Sookie's love life has always been a bit on/off but this random turn with very little explanation (if any) annoyed me (and still does) immensely. This scene however does bring back the darker side of Sookies ability, in recent episodes it's been more of a gift but this brings the whole thing back home and shows that the huge price she must pay for her ability is always there.
We get to see most of the main characters and now back in their normal setting, it's a nice relief to have a fairly normal Bill Compton back so we can possibly ignore most of Season six along with the return of his noble ways we can also really see how all the characters have started to progress, we get to see that Jason especially is actually starting to almost grow as a person, he takes his job upholding the law much more seriously than the Jason of Season one or even two ever could and his character really is the better for that, even if he is hanging out with the sexy, firey vampire Violet who has decided to claim him as her own. We see Jessica hurting after she slaughtered all but one of Sheriff Bellefleurs children as she has vowed to protect the last remaining one and does so adamantly, even nearly meeting the sun herself to protect Adalene from a hep B vamp that's stumbled upon the Bellefleur house. Speaking of Bon Temps sheriff we actually see him and Bill almost respecting each other as Andy defends Bill from a group of humans trying to take it upon themselves to take out the vampires.We even get to see a bit more from Willow, Eric's latest "child" who seems set to perhaps join the group of main characters for this final season, she is currently staying under the church after helping to heal Tara's mother.
Another new character is the vampire Jessica met in the previous season who would now appear to be dating our favourite red headed vamp and honestly, I'm pretty okay with that. This new vamp who has mysteriously (thanks to a recasting) changed from being a rather hot beach blonde to a broody dark headed bad boy who is pretty gorgeous, fairly deep and seems like a really good guy, knowing my track record he'll end up being a horrific mistake and probably behind all the bad stuff but a girl can hope right?
We end the episode with what is left of the human citizens of Bon Temps convening in the church and we can hear their usual Sookie hating after Tara's mum flips at Sookie for trying to comfort her and although Sookie goes to leave she does a classic turn at the door for one last rant to the populace along the lines of, "I know more than you, get over yourselves you need my help" but with a nice Sookie twist so it sounds more like "I love this town, let me help".
So that concludes the beginning of the end, one episode down, nine left to go, hopefully we'll see some more Eric before the end as when we last saw him he was caught short sunbathing naked on a mountain in the snow and subsequently caught fire, Pam is still looking for him so I'd imagine we haven't seen the last of him. Here's hoping. Check out the video before the official "in the coming weeks" video for season seven released by HBO themselves.