Season 4 ended with many jaw-dropping moments, but one of the biggest surprises would have to be the return of Fellowship of the Sun leader and notorious vamp-hater Steve Newlin…with added fangs! The Reverend’s reappearance in Bon Temps and the reasons behind it have raised many questions, so let’s take a stab at some of them.
Reverend Steve made his return to True Blood after an absence of nearly two seasons when he showed up at Jason Stackhouse’s door as the world’s most unlikely trick or treater, greeting a stunned Jason by popping fang. But has Steve really, ahem, grown a pair? Or are his retractable chompers part of a Halloween costume? I think it would certainly be more interesting if he has now taken on a ‘if you can’t beat them join them’ mentality towards the creatures he once wanted to eradicate, and is now using his new abilities to hunt down old enemies. But it’s also a possibility that we are being swerved, and Steve simply wanted to spook Jason a little before the true reason for his return is revealed.
If he is a vampire, who turned him?
This is probably the most interesting question to me, and one that has many possibilities. Steve’s anti-vampire Fellowship of the Sun church was based in Dallas, and he angered many of the city’s vampfolk when he orchestrated the bombing of Godric’s house that left many dead. So the vampires of Texas certainly have reason enough to capture the Rev and teach him the ultimate lesson by turning him into the very thing he despises. Another possibility is that Steve went to them willingly, wanting to be turned for some reason. Along with these two scenarios, will we then see the return of one of the Dallas vamps (maybe Godric’s underling Isabel?) or even a new vampire character from Texas?
Also possible is that another returning character, Russell Edgington, has been very busy indeed in the short time has been free and is setting whatever new plans he has in motion by turning Steve. Or it could be…absolutely anybody else! Somebody we already know, such as Nan Flanagan (one last grand PR move before her demise) or Pam, Eric or Bill (unlikely, but you never know). Or maybe one of the new vampire characters already announced to appear, or maybe even a complete random who we will never see!
What is his status with the Fellowship of the Sun?
From seeing their picketing at Fangtasia early in Season 4, we know the Fellowship is still very much active and still less than keen on anyone of the fanged persuasion. But what is Steve’s current place in the organization? Is he still the head honcho, or has he been replaced by someone even more extreme? And if he has been missing and away from the Church, just how are his ‘followers’ going to take the news if he is really a vamp now? I hope we haven’t seen the last of the Fellowship, their redneckery and closed-mindedness is such a great parody of religious extremism.
What does he want with Jason?
The Reverend and Jason have had an interesting history to say the least. Jason did end up sleeping with Steve’s wife and shooting him the head with a paintball, but before that Jason was Steve’s favourite Light of Day recruit and the Rev was very fond of him to say the least (I’m convinced Steve did have a boner for Jason the whole time. He enjoyed seeing him shirtless way too much, and did you see where he was looking when he showed up the door?!) So what exactly does he plan to do with Jason now? Kill him? Recruit him again? Seduce him?
But perhaps most importantly…where the hell is Sarah?!
Sarah Newlin, I heart you. Still one of my fave characters ever (the golfcart scene: EPIC.) Please come back to grill ribs in a sexual fashion, whip out your pudding, and have sex in a church.
Praise his light! So who’s excited for the return of the Reverend?