First, as I mentioned last week, it's clear that most werewolves in this story are lot less potent than what we've been seeing in 1940s movies. Bill dispatches most of the pack, with just a little of his blood consumed by the wolves to show for it. According to Eric, however, these wolves may be stronger than most werewolves, being part of a secret, ancient sect of the beasts.
In other news, Sam finds his brother, also a shape shifter, and they both run off into the woods. But the bro is no friend, and does his best to put Sam as a dog in the way of a fast-moving car. Sam escapes, but apparently sibling rivalry between shape shifters can be deadly.
James Frain arrives in Bon Temps to play a new vampire with who knows what motives. Last seen as a major character to good effect as Thomas Cromwell in The Tudors, and as a guest star in just about every show on television from 24 to the short-lived Miami Medical, it should be fun to see how he plays out vs. Bill vs. Eric.
At present, he's going for Tara, who under Lafayette's tutelage may be coming back at least a little from Egg's loss. If Frain's vampire is a good guy like Bill - not very likely, but hard to say at this point - he could be the best thing that ever happened to Tara (other than Lafayette, which is something different). She deserves a break.
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