There have been hints before now that the Authority does not even exist. It does. It's been said that it's toothless and out of touch. It isn't.
Moreover, it's been implied that it's a mere three decades old; an upstart confederacy barely formed before factions would tear it apart. Well, that last bit is true, as far as it goes, but its antiquity is less in doubt.
Let's put it this way. The chamber in which the Vampire Authority meet is Byzantium. Not just in style, but actually from Byzantium. It's been relocated over time. On several occasions, it's been dismantled brick by brick, then rebuilt exactly as it was designed over two thousand years ago.
And the female, whom the Authority serves, makes the room look like it was constructed yesterday. Alongside her, Eric Northman is practically an embryo.
While facing down the Authority is the major story arc of True Blood's fifth season, the theme of the dark stirrings pulling strings continues throughout. We learn, for example, what happened to Terry Bellefleur to cause such debilitating PTSD. He carried his demons back from Iraq and they are not going to stay in the shadows forever.
Plus too there is the secret lying coiled in the depths of the Stackhouse blood-line. The reason that Sookie can hear thoughts and play with light, even as she embraces the darkness. With further insight, the deaths of her parents do not seem such an accident, and that impacts Jason too.
On a much more human level, vampire rights and the end of supernatural segregation has awakened an historical dragon. No-one with powers even so much as touching the preternatural is safe. There are crosses burning and, in place of pointed white hats there are Barack Obama masks. It's war out on the streets tonight and the lynch-mobs will even take out children.
In times like this, everyone has to examine where their loyalties lie. The ways forward tend to constitute the lesser of two evils. Friends and family alike can get trampled in the bid for survival; and love lies smoking in the ruins.