Good storytelling means characters aren’t always what they first appear to be. But when the stakes are as high as they are on a supernatural show like True Blood, misjudgments can be deadly. Perhaps that’s why I can’t decide how I feel about Warlow, the big bad turned sensitive stud played by Pacific Rim’s Rob Kazinsky. Or rather, why I feel guilty admitting I like him as much as I do. Let’s break it down. Spoiler alert, if you haven’t seen this week’s episode:
• Warlow is a killer… but he doesn’t want to be. Yes, he murdered his entire village (save Niall) after Lilith made him the first vampire-fairy hybrid. But it’s not like he intended to. He just didn’t yet know how irresistible fae blood was to a vampire. Then, right, he did kill Sookie’s parents when she was a child – but that was because her father was going to drown her so she wouldn’t grow up to be Warlow’s bride. Why did he kill all the fae at the fairy Moulin Rouge? That’s a tougher sell: He admitted to Sookie in last night’s episode that when he’s visited her in the past during the evening hours, he’s fed beforehand so he wouldn’t hurt her. Was that why they died? I suppose you could argue that Warlow turning Niall into a vampire-fairy hybrid and banishing him to another dimension was less cruel than killing him, and that Warlow had to do something because Niall was determined to destroy him. But will Sookie see it that way when she learns about that decision?
• Warlow hates Lilith as much as we do: He killed her after he massacred his people because he despised what she’d made him. Now, he’s supposedly the only one who can get rid of her again. Question is: If he hates the vampire hunger inside him so much, will he want ALL vampires gone? We can’t support that, and neither can Sookie when she’s in her right mind.
• Does Warlow really love Sookie, or just the idea of Sookie? So let’s say you can forgive Warlow for having the idea of an arranged marriage (the contract had been signed in the 1700s, he’s willing to tear it up now). Does he really know enough about Sookie to love her, or is he just stuck on the idea of having a royal fae bride so they can exist on each other’s blood (and reproduce?)…. I believe he sees a kindness – and resilience – in Sookie that he responds to. I think he’s being as honest as he can be with her now, because he knows that’s what she values most. If he truly loves her though, would he have slept with her in last night’s episode while she was obviously reeling from her father trying to kill her again after he took over Lafayette’s body? (Warlow saved her, and listened when she told him not to kill Lafayette because he wasn’t himself.) Granted, Warlow was tied up when Sookie took off his pants and her clothes (save her boots) and mounted him, and he’s been waiting centuries for her. (Does that mean he hasn’t been with a lot of other women? Discuss.) But he could have used his vampire strength to buck her off and waited for the timing to be right? Or is the harsh reality that the timing never would be right, Sookie really is a “danger whore,” and Warlow isn’t redeemable? Poll!