Turn! Turn! Turn! Sookie and Lafayette struggle with the aftermath of Tara's shooting, while also cleaning up after Debbie Pelt. Meanwhile, Bill and Eric, cleaning up a mess of their own, are visited by the Vampire Authority, one of whom is Nora, a woman from Eric's past. In search of the missing Marcus, Alcide's werewolf pack comes after Sam. With Bill away, Jessica enjoys her new freedom by partying with local college kids; Jason is visited by the recently turned Rev. Steve Newlin; Terry's PTSD is reignited by Patrick Devins, an old Iraq War buddy; and Alcide turns up at Sookie's to warn her about the recently resurfaced Russell Edgington.
Authority Always Wins At the Vampire Authority headquarters in New Orleans, Bill and Eric meet Salome and become acquainted with the Authority's interrogation techniques. Pam recalls her human life as the madam of the Comstock Brothel in San Francisco, and her first encounter with Eric. Werewolves J.D and Rikki pay tribute to Marcus, but Alcide refuses to participate or take his rightful place as the new packmaster. Martha Bozeman shows up wanting to see her granddaughter, causing conflict for Sam and Luna. Fearing Russell's return, Sookie procures a home-protection system; Arlene tries to get to the bottom of Terry's erratic behavior; Steve Newlin stops by with an offer for Jessica; and Jason feels the brunt of hiswomanizing ways.
Whatever I Am, You Made Me Bill and Eric barter for their lives with the Authority Chancellors and their leader, Roman. Salome and Roman enlist a new ally in the face of Russell's return. Sookie goes to Fangtasia to ask for help from Pam, who is still caught up in her memories of Eric and the strange murders at the Comstock Brothel. Andy's dalliance with Holly comes back to bite him in the butt; later, he's visited by Gordon and Barbara Pelt, who are searching for Debbie. Jason bumps into an old high school teacher, but their reunion brings up conflicting feelings.
We'll Meet Again Eric and Bill have doubts they will survive the search for Russell. Sookie opens up to Alcide. An irate Lafayette unwittingly puts Sookie's life in danger. At Authority headquarters, Roman and Salome continue interrogating Nora about the Sanguinistas and a possible traitor within the Council. Pam forces Tara to toe the line; Andy and Jason go to a burlesque party; Sam's shifter friends invite him for a run; Terry flashes back to a deadly night in Iraq; Hoyt tests the fangbanger waters; Sookie drowns her sorrows.
Let's Boot And Rally With time running short, Bill and Eric enlist Sookie to probe for clues on Russell's hiding place. Unable to deal with the demon magic inside him, Lafayette calls out to Jesus' spirit for help. Patrick Devins and Terry are held hostage in the bunker of their Iraq War buddy Brian Eller. Jason wakes to a disturbing dream; Jessica gives Tara advice on adjusting to vampire life; Sam visits Luna with bad news.
Hopeless The aftermath at the asylum leaves Sookie with an eerie sense of foreboding. At Fangtasia, Pam breaks up a vamp-girl fight, praising Tara for her tenacity. Lafayette visits Ruby Jean, who also received a disturbing message from Jesus. Fearing for his family's safety, Terry blames his curse for his troubles with Arlene. Alcide challenges J.D.; Sam offers to help Andy investigate the recent shootings; Roman lays out his plans to take out Russell.
In The Beginning Bill and Eric get a powerful taste of sacred blood. A revelation at Hot Wings causes Sookie to wonder what her life would be like without faerie powers. Meanwhile, Sam sniffs out several shifter shooters; Hoyt finds camaraderie in a new group of friends; Alcide prepares for the worst in his faceoff with J.D.; Andy attempts to reconnect with Bud; Lafayette finds an unlikely ally searching for Jesus' body in Mexico; Lettie Mae pays Tara a visit; Arlene takes a sentimental journey as her concerns for Terry deepen.
Somebody That I Used To Know At Authority headquarters, the Chancellors revel in the afterglow of recent events; Eric gets a message from Godric; Bill is shaken by a distant memory. Helped by Claude and his sisters, Sookie and Jason visit the site of their parents' deaths, with shocking results. An emotional Luna tries to walk in Sam's shoes. Hoyt's new pals bring him a present; Lafayette leads a seance to purge a curse; J.D. ups the stakes of his fight with Alcide.
Everybody Wants To Rule The World As the Authority proceeds with Lilith's plan, Eric plots his escape. Gran directs Sookie to a clue to her parents' murderer. Andy and Jason search for leads to the identities of the people behind the shifter killings. Alcide recalls his pack induction; Arlene gets caught in Terry and Patrick's crossfire; Steve gets a new pet.
Gone, Gone, Gone With vampire-on-human attacks increasing, the Authority attempts to woo public favor. Meanwhile, Nora tries to convert Eric to Lilith's gospel. Jason finds a mysterious scroll; Elijah, the new vampire sheriff of Area 5, pushes Pam and Tara to obey a new mandate; Sam and Luna search for Emma; Russell seeks a higher calling.
Sunset Bill hears a voice drawing him into the Blood Shrine. Lilith appears and commands him to drink all the blood; he has been chosen. Spooked, Bill leaves the room but in turning back, spots a bloody handprint on the glass case. Bill catches Jessica trying to use his cell phone to call and warn Jason about Steve Newlin. Bill is adamant: The inhabitants of Bon Temps are not their concern. Desperate, Jessica offers to make Jason a vampire, but Bill calls her bluff. He orders two guards to take Jessica and watch her sire Jason. Nora goes to Eric for sex and forgiveness.
Save Yourself Unfazed by their fingers, Russell taunts the faeries outside of the club... until Eric appears and stakes him. Steve Newlin disappears into the night. Sookie runs out to help Jason. Catching a whiff, Nora tries to taste Sookie but Eric stops her. He explains he sensed Sookie was in danger and thanks her for letting him settle an ancient debt. When Eric and Nora return to Fangtasia, Tara tells them the Authority has Pam. Eric goes to his basement hiding place and removes a fortune in cash.