Episode #19: “Release Me”
Debut: SUNDAY, AUG. 2 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT)
Other HBO playdates: Aug. 2 (11:30 p.m.), 4 (11:30 p.m.), 5 (10:00 p.m.) and 8 (11:30 p.m.)
HBO2 playdates: Aug. 3 (8:00 p.m.), 6 (10:00 p.m.), 7 (12:40 a.m.), 9 (4:00 p.m.) and 21 (9:00 p.m.)
Betrayed by Daphne (Ashley Jones), Sam (Sam Trammell) finds himself in an unenviable predicament at the hands of Maryann (Michelle Forbes) and her wild-eyed minions. Imprisoned with Hugo (Christopher Gartin) in the F.O.T.S. church, Sookie (Anna Paquin) uses her telepathic powers to reach out to Bill (Stephen Moyer), who’s being detained at the hotel by a stubbornly obsessive Lorena (Mariana Kloveno). After crossing a line with the Newlins, a fearful Jason (Ryan Kwanten) tries to sever his ties with the Fellowship of the Sun, but gets plenty of resistance from Steve (Michael McMillian) and his enforcer Gabe (Greg Collins).
Written by Raelle Tucker; directed by Michael Ruscio.
Episode #20: “Timebomb”
Debut: SUNDAY, AUG. 9 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)
Other HBO playdates: Aug. 9 (11:30 p.m.), 11 (11:30 p.m.), 12 (9:00 p.m.) and 15 (10:15 p.m.)
HBO2 playdates: Aug. 10 (8:00 p.m.), 13 (10:00 p.m.), 14 (12:15 a.m.), 16 (4:00 p.m.) and 21 (10:00 p.m.)
Sookie’s captivity takes an unexpected turn when Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) arrives to do his master’s bidding on the eve of the Fellowship’s lockdown. In Bon Temps, Sam finds himself in hot water after making a gruesome discovery at Merlotte’s, and Andy (Chris Bauer) proves no help in coming to his defense. Sent home by Bill, Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) and Hoyt (Jim Parrack) learn that when it comes to sex, every time is the first time. Tara (Rutina Wesley) and Eggs (Mehcad Brooks) devour a mysterious meal prepared by Maryann, with unexpected results. After Jason pays off his debt to the vampires, Godric (Allan Hyde) looks to enlighten his more single-minded followers.
Written by Alexander Woo; directed by John Dahl.
Episode #21: “I Will Rise Up”
Debut: SUNDAY, AUG. 16 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)
Other HBO playdates: Aug. 16 (11:30 p.m.), 18 (11:30 p.m.), 19 (9:00 p.m.) and 22 (12:30 a.m.), and Sept. 6 (9:00 p.m.)
HBO2 playdates: Aug. 17 (8:00 p.m.), 20 (10:15 p.m.), 21 (11:00 p.m.) and 23 (3:00 p.m.)
A wounded Eric plays Sookie for a sucker, to Bill’s dismay, and ends up getting inside her head. Later, Sookie and Jason bond over their recent adventures. Blaming Eggs for Tara’s bruises and bizarre behavior, Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) and Lettie Mae (Adina Porter) try to figure out a way to pry their kin from Maryann’s clutches. Hoyt defends his relationship with Jessica to Maxine (Dale Raoul), to no avail. Jailed by Bud (William Sanderson) along with a group of Bon Temps revelers, Sam looks for a way to escape and avoid capture by an increasingly obsessed Maryann. In Dallas, Eric and the vampires defend their recent actions to Nan Flanagan (Jessica Tuck), and are shocked when Godric decides to take the fall for their PR disaster.
Written by Nancy Oliver; directed by Scott Winant.
Episode #22: “New World in My View”
Debut: SUNDAY, AUG. 23 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)
Other HBO playdates: Aug. 23 (11:30 p.m), 25 (11:30 p.m), 26 (9:00 p.m.) and 29 (10:45 p.m.), and Sept. 6 (10:00 p.m.)
HBO2 playdates: Aug. 24 (8:00 p.m.), 27 (10:00 p.m.), 28 (12:35 a.m.) and 30 (4:30 p.m.)
Sookie, Bill and Jason return to a Bon Temps turned upside down by Maryann. Lured to Merlotte’s by Arlene (Carrie Preston), Sam and Andy find cold comfort in their refuge from a group of bloodthirsty revelers. Bill discovers that traditional vampire techniques don’t work on Maryann; Hoyt and Jessica try to keep a lid on Maxine’s madness; and Sookie tries to push through the darkness consuming Tara. With all hell breaking loose, Jason takes the bull by the horns to rescue Sam, at least for the moment.
Written by Kate Barnow & Elizabeth R. Finch; directed by Adam Davidson.
Episode #23: “Frenzy”
Debut: SUNDAY, AUG. 30 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)
Other HBO playdates: Aug. 30 (11:30 p.m.) and Sept. 1 (11:30 p.m.), 2 (9:00 p.m.), 5 (10:30 p.m.) and 6 (11:00 p.m.)
HBO2 playdate: Aug. 31 (8:00 p.m.)
With the crisis in Bon Temps careening out of control, Bill seeks out the advice of Sophie-Anne (Evan Rachel Wood), the Vampire Queen of Louisiana, but must exercise patience before she gives him critical information. Meanwhile, Sookie and Lafayette find that protecting Tara from herself is more difficult than they anticipated; a desperate Sam turns to an unlikely source for assistance; and Jessica tests Hoyt’s allegiance to Maxine.
Written by Alan Ball; directed by Dan Minahan.