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TRUE BLOOD
August 17, 2014  | By David Bianculli

HBO, 9:00 p.m. ET

 

This is the penultimate episode of True Blood, and boy, is it satisfying. The emphasis this week is on character, not action, and we get a lot of well-written, well-acted scenes, usually involving familiar characters in relatively unfamiliar pairings. But there’s a lot here that long-time fans will enjoy, all while ramping up to a tense cliffhanger showdown for next Sunday’s series finale. Key supporting actors Ryan Kwanten as Jason Stackhouse, and Deborah Ann Woll as young vamp Jessica, are showcased especially well in heartwarming scenes – though not, it should be noted, at the same time.

 
 
 
 
 
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