"When was the last time you were with them?" Maxine asks. Everyone but Sam is moved by the idea that not everybody made it, through time; that he's the last man standing. "When I went to war in 1862. I... My human life ended before I had a chance to come back home." Rene asks if he became a..." (is this a situation where you use a euphemism or is there some kind of politically correct hyphenate or is it even offensive or has he reclaimed the word or is it just a word, a meaningless utterance imbued with meaning through connotation and context, and if I offend him will they make me leave, because this is totally interesting, okay fuck it) "...A vampire after that, right? Couldn't you go back to your family then?" The sadness in his eyes is bottomless; he puts a handkerchief to his eyes so that they won't see him crying, because if they see him crying their allergies will kick in: "No. No, that wouldn't have been possible." Maxine and everybody cry along with him; Sookie looks about ready to do him right there in church. "This is not a subject I'm very comfortable speaking about. But thank you for the photograph, Mayor. Brings back many memories for me." He smiles; Sookie nearly weeps for him. He palms the handkerchief, hiding the tears. They are made of blood.
Adele says goodbye to everybody, and Terry Bellefleur throws his arms around Bill without prelude. "They don't understand, man. None of them will ever understand." There are little Dixie flags on all the tables; somebody's playing it on the piano. Normally that would be overkill, production-wise, but honestly that's what this event is all about. Bill realizes what's going on with Terry, and holds him for a moment. The Brother. Maxine and Hoyt, whose entire face lights up at this point whenever he's around Bill, take a photograph with him (Bill is happy to disprove the myth about mirrors and pictures); Bill is more human in this moment than I've ever seen him, so of course effin' Sookie walks up with Sam Marlotte in tow. She doesn't take her eyes off Bill's the entire scene; she introduces them and Bill's voice is gentle. "Yes. You're Sookie's employer." Sam nods, but notes that they're off-duty right now. "No," Bill says all nerdy, "Legally you still are." Sam is like, "Um okay weirdo," because that was hilarious and dorky. Frankly, Bill should be with Sookie for the free Not Acting Totally Weird lessons alone.