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Posted at 07:23 AM ET, 08/08/2011

True Blood Season 4 Episode 7 reaction: The Cliffhanger

This might be the easiest episode ever to recap, because almost nothing happens. Mostly it’s just a tremendous amount of characters talking about stuff we already know. Really, all you needed to see was the last 5 minutes.


We learn that Maxine Fortenberry’s neighbor is actually a vampire!

Kidding, that’s not it.

The last we'll see of Jessica? (HBO - HBO)
Marnie/Antonia recruits Tara for her coven and together with a few other folks they cast the spell to compel the vampires to seek the sun. Bill was prepared for this however, and he had all the vampires leave town or chain themselves with silver. Jessica, staying with Bill at his mansion, manages to pull herself free and as the episode ends, Jessica opens the doors to greet the day, though we don’t see if she bursts into flames or not.

The case for her being dead includes:

- Deborah Ann Woll is the lead in a new movie by the “Little Miss Sunshine” folks and might have had a scheduling conflict.

- It would set up Hoyt to kill Marnie/Antonia and nicely play off this episode’s discussion of whether the vampires were getting what they deserved or if violence just leads to violence.

- I complained about the show having too many characters and Alan Ball decided to punish me by almost killing the utterly despicable Tommy only to kill one of my favorite characters instead.

The case for her being alive includes:

- Jason, rushing to save her, was almost to the door when he was stopped by a guard. We hear a gunshot, but he could get to her in time to knock her back inside.

- Although the show plays very fast and loose with this, I believe Godric stated that younger vampires burn more slowly and older ones more quickly, like dried wood. Jessica should have more time than Godric, for instance.

- Who’s going to run if she’s dead?

So is she still undead or finally dead? Leave your thoughts in the comments.

By Paul Williams  |  07:23 AM ET, 08/08/2011

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