updated 07/20/2014 AT 1:45 PM ET
•originally published 07/20/2014 AT 11:10 PM ET
True Blood has always celebrated the undead, but on Sunday night it was all about celebrating the actually dead.
With the pack of Hep-V infected vampires disposed of, the residents of Bon Temps are finally afforded time to mourn the loss of their loved ones.
Sookie (Anna Paquin) is at first resistant to the idea of having people over to remember her deceased boyfriend Alcide (Joe Manganiello) and best friend Tara (Rutina Wesley), but Bill (Stephen Moyer) shows up with a bouquet of flowers, and the rest of the town soon follows.
Alcide’s father, Jackson (Robert Patrick), and Tara’s mother, Lettie Mae (Adina Porter), give moving speeches commemorating the heroic deeds of their respective children, but the party takes a lighter turn when Sheriff Andy Bellefleur (Chris Bauer) makes an impromptu decision to propose to his girlfriend Holly (Lauren Bowles).
While the rest of the party celebrates the impending nuptials, Sookie escapes upstairs with Arlene (Carrie Preston) as she – with the help of tequila – begins to accept that Alcide is truly gone.
Back downstairs, a fight with Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) leads James (Nathan Parsons) into the arms and lips of Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis). When Jessica finds the two men together, she has her ex-boyfriend Jason (Ryan Kwanten) – who has been questioning his relationship with Violet (Karolina Wydra) – rescind James’s invitation to the house. Alone upstairs, the former couple finds comfort in each other and ends up in bed together … well, in chair together.