“Fight OR Die” True Blood Episode 3×07 “Hitting the Ground” Analysis

“I think over again my small adventures, my fears, those small ones that seemed so big, all those vital things I had to get and to reach, and yet there is only one great thing: to live and see the great day that dawns, and the light that fills the world.”- Lafayette (inuit song) 


 Sookie must fight Lorena or she will die! 


 Sookie, Tara, and Alcide must fight Debbie or die! 


 Tara knows she must fight or die! 

 Alcide fights Coot so that they won’t die! 

 However, Alcide ignores that same instinct because of his “love” for Debbie and she assures him that because he didn’t fight (kill her) she will try her best to make sure that they all die! 

 Jason doesn’t realize that his obsession with Crystal might have him fighting for his job and his life (he may die because of this). 

 Hoyt must fight for his love for Jessica or their love will die! 

 Although we know better, QSA is unwilling to fight for Hadley even though she thinks Hadley may die! Hadley thinks she must fight for herself or she may die. 

 Sookie tries to fight for Bill so he won’t die. 

 Bill blindly fights for his own undead life because he doesn’t want to die his final death despite what he tells Lorena (even if Sookie dies). 

 Tara and Alcide must fight for Sookie’s life so she will not die when she cannot save herself! 


 Tommy fights for his life at the dog fight so he won’t die. Sam fights for Tommy’s life so he won’t die and he can live. 

 Jason refuses to give up. He will fight so Sookie won’t die


Claudine wants Sookie to fight the darkness of Bill so that the life inside of her will not die! 

“Don’t let him take it from you, promise me!”

 Bill is going to fight to keep their connection alive as it dies. 


Sookie  fights to live rather than die even if it means being initially  lost, confused, scared, and alone in the dark. 

 No matter what, Pam will FIGHT and she will not let her dignity die, let alone her undead life. 

 Eric will fight for Pam! Eric will not let Pam die her final death! 


(Pam_Ravenscroft photos)

The Magister will fight for the rule of “The Authority” even if it means he may die his final death. 


 Russell will fight so that his dream will not die. 

 It has hit the fan! People were “…Singing the Blues(3×06)  and bodies were “Hitting the Ground(3×07)”  Vampires have discovered how to have a “Night on The Sun(3×08)” and where will it lead? Will the “darkness” that Claudine referred to prevail or will the “light” prevail? 

Will Sookie stay in the dark or eventually follow Claudine into the light? (what about us as an audience?)



  1. #1 by Freyja on August 2, 2010 - 8:42 pm

    Yes this was truely a episode of survival or death! Sookie nearly died because she went into the back of the van with a dying vampire. Thinking love prevails all, don’t listen to what the brain tells you, listen to your heart …. She has finally hit the ground! Everybody is fighting for her to live… Eric has warned her, Tara, Alcide, Jason, Lafayette and even Bill warned her about his darkness! Will she wake up and fight and find herself?!

    • #2 by talktrueblood on August 2, 2010 - 9:07 pm

      Survival (the very basic desire by everyone and anything) is a very good overall subject for an episode.
      Yes, I think the ending with Claudine asking her to go in the light as she stayed in the dark was VERY symbolic. Will Sookie remain in the dark?

  2. #3 by the northman files on August 2, 2010 - 8:44 pm

    Again, you capture the very essence of the episode with so few words. Well done sweetie!!

    *No matter what, Pam will FIGHT and she will not let her dignity die, let alone her undead life.*

    LOVED Pam in this scene. She was not about to give the Magister the pleasure of hearing her beg and plead for him NOT to pierce her. Eric would have been so proud. But her resounding sigh of “Eric” tore me up. And the look on his face when she said it/when he saw what had been done to her… I love relationship these two have. And people think Eric can’t love. See Godric and Pam. That’s all you need to know.

    Anyway, brilliant recap yet again. BRAVO!

    • #4 by talktrueblood on August 2, 2010 - 9:05 pm

      Thank you!

      I was so pleasantly surprised by Pam in this scene! I think this goes to show the strength and light that comes from Eric’s blood! The Eric and Pam relationship is absolutely beautiful just like the Eric and Godric relationship. If Sookie becomes involved with Eric I think they will bring similar beauty in eachother’s lives!

      • #5 by Freyja on August 2, 2010 - 9:35 pm

        This is what I think! The good blood comes from Godric (vampire Jesus) first and foremost and inherits to Eric and then Pam! And with all the signs with the dreams between S/E and the Fangtasia/porch scene they will have a loving relationship.

      • #6 by talktrueblood on August 2, 2010 - 10:48 pm

        The Blood of Godric apparently breeds strength, rationality, passion, and love!

      • #7 by the northman files on August 2, 2010 - 9:41 pm

        Yep. And on that note about Godric, we could even mention again (because it bears repeating!) how when Eric was kneeling before him, behind them were the statues of the angel (Eric) and Jesus (Godric).

        Brilliant. If all of his actually comes to fruition, and AB and the writers have been smart enough to put all of this together in the end, I will take back every single bad word I ever said about him. LOL

      • #8 by talktrueblood on August 2, 2010 - 10:46 pm

        I really hope this all comes off like it seems because this season was brilliant if it does!

  3. #9 by anna on August 2, 2010 - 9:49 pm

    Didn’t Tara say something along the lines of: “It ain’t the vampire blood that did it, it’s the piece of s**t she drank it from”?

    • #10 by talktrueblood on August 2, 2010 - 10:05 pm

      Hell yeah she did and Tara is a truth teller! I loved her before and I will love her more now! If she dies I will cry!

    • #11 by patty barrow on August 4, 2010 - 4:39 am

      I enjoyed reading this very much … I had thought Sookie to be something like a Fae but it didn’t fit in with the Vampires and this season, Werewolves, which not to offend anyone, I am not fond of. I never cared for Werewolf movies.

      I love fairies.. I am sad that Bill is not what he seemed. I was shocked at his mauling Sookie.

      The ‘dream’ does for me confirm she is a fae and Bill is the bad guy stealing her light. I will have to get used to Sookie and Eric when it happens.

      A wonderful blog and comments on a wonderful series.

  4. #12 by anna on August 4, 2010 - 11:57 am

    Just watched the Inside the Episode video. What I found interesting is that they focussed on the set, the deaths and teasing the audience. No analysis of the characters’ actions but judicious use of scenes from the episode about the whole what is Sookie side of things. No recap of Bill’s actions at all, just it’s aftermath

    • #13 by talktrueblood on August 4, 2010 - 4:30 pm

      What did you gather for that? I simply thought it was because the actions of the characters are always supposed to be interpretable by the audience and they are avoiding the question about where things are going with Bill because that is one of the major plotlines this season. The inside the episode videos are generally a joke anyway because they aren’t going to give us their personal opinions most of the time on a show that like I said is interpretable.

      • #14 by anna on August 4, 2010 - 7:04 pm

        Well, I seem to recall that the BtS for episode scene for 9 Crimes did include the writer and producer’s comments about the characters’ motivations and so do some of the others.
        That BtS did get a lot of stick from people here for spouting justifications for Bill’s actions that reminded some people of the arguments used by the nazis’ and led on to a whole discussion about responsibilty.
        It’s probably extremely deluded thinking that someone somewhere read what people said and took note.

      • #15 by talktrueblood on August 4, 2010 - 9:05 pm

        Well just because it’s the character’s justification doesn’t mean it is a “correct” or “right” justification.

        I remember that one and I hated it! So you think that they are trying to ignore the bad things Bill does? then why make the scene where he drains Sookie at all? why make it so graphic and grotesque and make Bill look like a pig at the trough? why have every non vampire character hate him now? why?

        Maybe it is to provide hope to diehard Bill fans!

  5. #16 by anna on August 4, 2010 - 9:26 pm

    Agree with you about the right and wrong justifications but sometimes they seem to take it to a whole other level.
    Perhaps the absence of Bill’s draining was to allow people to draw their own conclusions about the episode without too much hype.

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