Post-coitally, Pam asks Eric to make her a vampire. An elderly madame is not a fun existence. “We die alone in the dark, syphilis, TB…” (Did they really abbreviate tuberculosis back then? I thought lazy acronyms were a modern invention.) Eric, however, doesn’t want the responsibility of being a maker, and he won’t turn and abandon her like a baby in a gutter. To throw away the bond of the maker is “sacrilege.” (A ha, now we see the connection. She’s abandoning her sacred duty to Tara.) When Eric refuses, Pam slits her wrists in a mystical ultimatum: “Let me walk the world with you, Mr. Northman. Or watch me die.” As we know, Eric does turn her.
and he makes this face.
Hmmm. Eric seemed considerably colder and more cynical when we originally met him with Sookie, than he does in these flashbacks. What is it about Pam that got to him? He’s a Viking warrior and vampire, for chrissakes. He’s killed many times and seen many deaths, probably plenty of hookers among them. Why he can’t stand to see Pam die I don’t know, other than my person belief in her awesomeness. I think it’s really great that Pam’s character is standing on her own this season. Well, she may be pining for Eric, but she’s not just a cameo any more!
We get a short sequence of Arlene walking into the freezer and getting eaten by Tara, which I guess turned out to be a dream. (Don’t really get it.) In real life, Lafayette walks in to feed Tara and she scratches him up good and whips out her fangs.
and she is now hotter.
She storms out. Again. At the end of the episode, Tara’s wandering the town alone, and has a brilliant idea when she sees a tanning salon – Curl up and Fry. Yup, she gets right in that booth and turns up the heat. Does fake sunlight kill vamps? I don’t know, but it’s got to hurt. Across town, Pam’s maternal/maker instincts kick in:
“That stupid bitch.”
I’m sure between this suicide attempt and the flashbacks, this is going to be the catalyst for Pam stepping up to her maker role. Which is sure to be hilarious and awesome!
Bill & Eric, Off Doing Something Else Unrelated
Over at the Authority palace/dungeon, we’re having another boring political argument! I could do without the Guardian’s one-line minions (except for the kid. Tell me more about the kid! Does he have an adult mind? Do kid vampires want to do scarier stuff cause they’re more perverted? Will he ever be able to get it up? Inquiring minds want to know!)
The newly escaped Russell Edgington is the poster boy for the Sanguinistas now. The Guardian’s plan is to release Bill and Eric, and let them hunt Edgington. His back-up plan is the “new Nan Flanagan”, Steve Newlin! He’s on hand to do damage control in case Russell emerges after Nan promised last year that he was dead. Steve doesn’t seem to have grasped the super solemn ethos of the Authority and the commitment to mainstream. Instead, he teases the gullible, optimistic. “You tell me what you want them to believe and I’ll sell it to them!” This doesn’t go over well; to the Guardian, humans aren’t just ‘talking meat’.
they’re meat you can have sex with, too!
And this goes beyond love and peace and stuff. It’s about self preservation: humans will take down vampires with their sweet army, if they feel sufficiently threatened.
Oh, Mac from Veronica Mars. Relegated to techie status forever. This time, she’s a techie vampire, suiting up the boys with app-activated “I-Stakes” in case they try to pull a fast one on the Authority.
my dream role.
Time for another history lesson. This isn’t just any Salome. It’s Salome, beheader of John the Baptist, dancer of the seven veils, a “symbol of dangerous female sexuality” – but according to her, just a little girl manipulated by her family. “The Bible is little better than Us weekly.” I’m not up on my Biblical stuff, but she definitely had a really fucked up family – of humans.