I was watching an interview Alan Ball did at Comic Con and I liked what he said as far as how he is telling the story. The books are first person narrative from Sookie's point of view. The TV series is what happens to the other characters when Sookie is not around to see. Although that premise sorta got shot out the door last night with Sookie being involved as much as she was with the Fellowship of the Sun senario. Oh, there will be more than one cliffhanger during the season finale.
One of the best lines last night was the guy who got arrested for having sodomy with a pine tree.