And then the chant stops being about saying goodbye, and starts being about bringing Minerva back from the dead. And then it stops being entirely in English, and Marnie's suddenly speaking in tongues, and the chanting is getting more and more intense despite everybody being like WTF, and then with a great deal of authority Marnie commands Lafayette to join in the circle. The jolt of Lafayette runs through everybody, and the bird twitches and comes to life.
It flutters out of the circle and then falls down dead again, and all Lala can do is be like, "Sorry it didn't work that great," but Marnie's not all that concerned about Minerva anymore, because that was the most powerful thing she's ever done and that means she can do it again.
Sex nerd Katie takes all of this in very intensely, and then heads to the castle of the King of Louisiana, for whom she is a witchy spy. The guards let her in, and they're strapped and armored like usual, but the King's house -- under its rich appointments and bright grandeur -- seems a little familiar. That is because Bill Compton is...
THE KING OF LOUISIANA.
The implications of this are staggering. I mean, inside the show it's interesting and obviously a big deal. But in terms of the story, the mechanics of what can happen now, it's genius. Not only does it open up the question of Where's Sophie-Anne and explains why Eric ran off when Bill told him to without even trying to make a deal or stall with Sookie, but it also means Bill is one step away from both Nan Flanagan and the integrationist AVL, and one step away from the Authority and the whole Monarchy/Magister system. He's almost as high an authority as there can be.
He's one of the most powerful and important vampires in the entire world, he's apparently dating Portia Bellefleur, his Maker is dead, he's no longer beholden to Sophie-Anne, he's one of like three people with knowledge of the Faerie, he's gone from being wealthy to being ridiculously rich, and his worst vampire frenemy works for him. Bill wins. If you really think about it, Bill totally wins, like, 1000%.
Which puts the whole tender scene with Sookie, where they acknowledged that they cared for each other and that he was empty without her for that year and that for her the year never happened and she's still pissed -- it puts all that in a very different light. Because if/when Bill Compton decides to become an asshole (and last year was all about playing with that possibility) she's going to need to have already sucked it up and negotiated being his friend. She needs to work this out posthaste. You can't just assume he'll mope and pine forever, not with this happening. He could get to be an actual bad guy so, so fast.