updated 07/07/2014 AT 1:00 AM ET
•originally published 07/06/2014 AT 11:55 PM ET
Although she met the true death in season 4, the deliciously austere Nan Flanagan appears in a 1980s flashback that had the seemingly ever-nude Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) forced by a group of hit men to choose between saving the life of his beloved progeny, Pam, over his current human paramour.
In the present day, Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) uses the fact that the villainous Sarah Newlin (Anna Camp) survived the season 6 finale to motivate Eric out of his Hep-V-infected funk and on a vindictive mission of revenge that ends with the former pastor’s wife hiding in a wine cellar as her yogi (and bed partner) is murdered by the same hit men Eric met back in 1986.
And there is murder in Bon Temps as well.
While fairy-blooded Sookie (Anna Paquin) successfully recruits Bill (Stephen Moyer) to help her serve as bait to attract the pack of infected vampires who have been terrorizing their town, the mob of human townspeople prove they can be even more frightening – and just as deadly.
Mayor Sam Merlotte (Sam Trammell) is the first to run across the newly armed mob. After they kill his vampire companion, Sam is forced to shift into an owl to escape their oncoming bullets. Later, Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) is shot in the shoulder by Hoyt Fortenberry’s mother Maxine (Dale Raoul) and in return, Violet (Karolina Wydra) pulls out Maxine’s intestines, effectively ending the life of the opinionated blonde.