updated 06/30/2014 AT 1:00 AM ET
•originally published 06/29/2014 AT 11:45 PM ET
Spoiler Alert: Things in Bon Temps, Louisiana, are going from bad to worse.
After last week’s episode of True Blood – where a peaceful town barbecue ravaged by an unknown band of diseased vamps left many dead, including Rutina Wesley’s formidable character, Tara – the show picks up in the eerie aftermath.
Dazed and confused, citizens gather at the local church, where Mayor Sam Merlotte (Sam Trammell) instructs them all to go and help clean up the mess the previous day’s massacre left behind, while he and the police set out to find the culprits.
Resident mind reader Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) informs the militia about the body of an unknown girl she’s found across town, setting her, boyfriend Alcide Herveaux (Joe Manganiello) and the guys on a mission to find out if the corpse will reveal any clues as to where the deadly bloodsuckers originated.
Of course they needn’t look too far. Holed up in the nearby vampire club Fangtasia, the murderous vamps sit tight, trying to regroup after taking a beating at the BBQ brawl. With them are a few townspeople they kidnapped to snack on later, including local moms Arlene (Carrie Preston) and Holly (Lauren Bowles). When the two women recognize one weak vamp to be their kids’ former teacher, they make a play on her sympathy hoping to be set free.