True Blood – Season 7, Episode 10: “Thank You”

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True Blood Series Finale

 Ok, I’ve had a week to mellow out about it.  Hmm…nope, still pissed.

All I could think about watching the ending of True Blood is “Alcide died for this bullshit?!!!”  I mean, really.  I applaud the show for actually going there and allowing Bill to die but I was less than pleased with the ending.

While I was happy to see Hoyt and Jessica get married, I felt like they spent WAY too much time on the wedding.  Some of that time could have been spent expanding the flash forward.  For example, it would have been nice to see Lafayette at all but at least we could have gotten a glimpse at his and James’ relationship.  Same goes for Arlene and Keith.  They’re still together 4-5 years later but how have they handled Arlene being Hep-V positive?  What has Willa been up to?  She was in the flash forward but we haven’t really seen her since Eric released her.  Maybe Sam could have gotten a proper good-bye.  It would have been nice to know that maybe Eric and Sookie have stayed friends.

Watching the wedding, it occurred to me that, possibly, Andy forgave Jessica a little too quickly/easily.  In True Blood time, it’s probably been about 2-3 weeks since Jessica ate his daughters but, there he was, performing her wedding.  I realize that her protecting Adilyn went a long way to smooth the situation over but still.

The death of Bill…First, even though he allowed himself to die because he believed it was best for Sookie, he was incredibly selfish about the whole thing.  I sort of understand him asking Sookie to use her light to kill him.  He wanted her to have a normal life and he knew losing her fairy powers could make that easier.  But, when she said she didn’t want to lose that part of herself, he should have let her off the hook.  Did he not think that staking him would be traumatic for her?  Why couldn’t he just have laid there in his grave until the sun came up?

Of course, my main problem with the ending is Sookie ending up with some random guy.  Bill wanted her to have a normal life but that could have been possible with Alcide.  Since she didn’t give up her powers, he would be better able to protect her.  They could have had children together (who wouldn’t necessarily have been wolves since they would only be half). Alcide seemed to be pretty understanding about Bill being Sookie’s first love.  When he became sick, I think he would have accepted Sookie needing to take care of him in his last days.  She didn’t need to sleep with Bill to show she loved him. Then she would have been able to fully commit herself to her relationship with Alcide.

I realize the show couldn’t make everyone happy but they could have put a bit more thought into the final season.

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True Blood – Season 7, Episodes 6 thru 9

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Yeah, so…as much as I have always loved True Blood, even when others didn’t, this season disappointed me.  I haven’t felt motivated to blog about it for most of the season.  Anyone who’s read my blog knows I went from trying to blog everything to only blogging the shows that made an impact on me.  True Blood has always been one of those shows.  I’m just going to skim through my thoughts on these episodes.True Blood: Karma

One thing that I’ve always loved about True Blood is its fast pace.  Each season, the 10-13 episodes take place over a time span of a week or two.  This season I feel like that pacing backfired BIG time.  All it did was make Sookie look like a callous cold-hearted slut.  The time span between Alcide (who she admitted to loving just not as much as he did) dying to her jumping into bed with Bill was about three whole days. True Blood: May Be the Last Time

Why couldn’t there have been a time jump here?  Why rush Bill’s Hep-V?  After Arlene had been rescued, there could have been a small time jump here.  Bill’s illness could have progressed and Sookie, feeling guilty, could have been taking care of him and their relationship could have progressed slowly from there.  The way the show handled it was SO disrespectful to Alcide’s character.  As to Bill’s reason for refusing the cure…does he not have any willpower?  If Eric can stay away from her, why can’t he?  If temptation is so great living so close to her, MOVE!  He spent a couple hundred years living somewhere other than Bon Temps, why can’t he do it again?

True Blood: Almost Home

I’ve never really been a Bill/Sookie or a Eric/Sookie shipper.  It’s pretty obvious that I’ve always been firmly on Team Alcide and not just because Joe Manganiello is pretty to look at either.  Alcide (in the show, anyway) was always there when Sookie needed him and he never used her.  In the books, …well I liked Quinn but since he wasn’t on the show…I guess I kind of hoped she’d end up with Bill.  Book Bill wasn’t as much of an ass as TV Bill though.  At this point, I’d rather have seen her with Eric.  They had a much better relationship.  I just feel like they’ve ruined Sookie a bit this season.

True Blood: Love Is to Die

As for the other storylines:

  • I’m glad Hoyt came back and that he and Jessica got back together.
  • I don’t like how they handled Tara this season either.  An off-screen death and then ghost!Tara?  I understand the reason for the gun story but I feel like Tara deserved better.
  • I’m glad Lafayette and Arlene are happy but would have like to see them more.
  • Willa was a take her or leave her character but it would have been nice to see what happened to her.  I know she was in the background of a couple of scenes but she was wasted too.
  • I loved most of Eric and Pam’s scenes.  The flashbacks were especially hilarious.  Favorite scene of these episodes has to be Eric and Ginger.
  • I was glad to see some character development with Jason.  So glad Violet is gone.
  • I’m glad Big John got out of the kitchen and got to speak.  🙂

It sounds like I haven’t enjoyed this season at all and that’s not true.  I shed tears and laughed.  I’m just a bit disappointed.

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True Blood – Season 7, Episodes 3, 4 & 5

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I was on vacation so I didn’t get to write about last weeks’ episode and, well, the week before that, I was just too mad so, whoever reads these gets three eps this week.

Fire in the Hole

True Blood: Fire in the HoleI wasn’t going to write about this episode.  If I don’t write about it, it didn’t really happen, right?  I think I might have mentioned before that while most people seem to be on Team Bill or Team Eric, I am firmly on Team Alcide.  It shouldn’t be too hard to guess what my reaction was to the end of this episode.  What really pissed me off the most was Sookie’s conversation with Bill.  Why have her talk about how she doesn’t think she loves Alcide as much as he loves her if he’s going to die later in the episode?  That was totally unnecessary and kind of bitchy.  He deserved a better death too.  We deserved a last Alcide/Sookie scene.

As humorous as I find Eric and Pam’s flashback do’s and fashion, the storyline with his human love seemed pointless.  I also feel like it kind of takes away from his relationship with Sookie.  I realize now that it was to introduce the Yakuza but couldn’t they have come up with something better?

Death Is Not The End

True Blood: Death Is Not the End

Thank God the Hep-V storyline is over!  I’m glad they wrapped it up so quickly even though it seems like they’re rushing this season a bit.  Considering it is the final season, couldn’t we have gotten a few more episodes?  

I liked all the old characters they’ve brought back in the last couple of episodes.  Nan last week, Hoyt, The Magister, Ginger, Terry (*sniff*) and Jackson this week.  I will be curious to see who else they may be able to fit in.

This week’s Eric and Pam flashback was great. The two of them running a video store together was priceless.  The thing that bugged me though is there is no way Ginger is smart enough to have come up with the idea behind Fangtasia.  Seven seasons and she’s never had the brains God gave a chicken and suddenly she was a thoughtful college student who lost all sense just from meeting Eric?

True Blood: Lost Cause

I was glad for this episode.  I was afraid with everything going on and the things that need to happen before the end of the season that all the deaths would be glossed over.  Maybe losing Alcide made Sookie realize how much she really loved him because her grief and mourning seemed genuine.  I was glad that when Jackson was eavesdropping that drunk Sookie didn’t slip up and say something stupid.  I bawled when she slipped her arms into Alcide’s coat.

I like where most of the relationships on the show are headed.  I don’t care much for Violet with Jason.  I’m iffy on her character.  She’s not an evil vamp but she’s unstable so that makes her dangerous.  I would love to see Jason and Jessica stay together.  I want to see Lafayette happy, I just wish his hookup with James had happened differently.

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True Blood – Season 7, Episode 2: “I Found You”

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True Blood: I Found You

I’m a bit confused about the Hep-V vamps.  At the end of last season, it seemed like they were a mindless bunch of near zombie vampires.  Now, they’re an organized group of intelligent vamps with a plan.  And what happened to Betty?  I assume she hadn’t been feeding like she should because she still seemed to have a conscience about what they were doing.

That opening scene was totally a wink at the fans.  I didn’t find it believable though because there is no way Eric is a bottom. 😉

I read some comments online that thought Sookie should have broken up with Alcide because of the thought he had last episode.  Those were mostly from Sookie/Bill or Sookie/Eric shippers so their comments don’t hold much weight.  Who hasn’t had the off-hand negative thought about a loved one when they’re mad?  Is that any reason to break up with them?  Plus, look how understanding Alcide is being about Bill.  He knows Sookie was thinking about him and seemed to be okay with it.

Shouldn’t Sam or Alcide have smelled the giant pit of dead bodies?

Why was Adalind’s fairy light purple?  I’ve only ever seen them be white.

If Eric dies, I fear True Blood will have a riot on their hands.

 

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True Blood – Season 7, Episode 1: “Jesus Gonna Be Here”

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True Blood Season 7: Premiere

Ok, so who thinks Tara is really dead?  We didn’t actually see her die and she seemed to have the upper hand the last time we saw her.  Lettie Mae isn’t the most reliable witness and she was already in shock.  Maybe Tara killed the other vamp and took off after another one.  Also, shouldn’t Pam have felt it when (if) Tara died?  Of course, Rutina Wesley says Tara is really dead but what is she supposed to say?  I guess we’ll see.

Sookie can be really dumb sometimes.  I realize she was upset with Alcide but she’s like catnip to vamps and there are a bunch of crazy ones running around out there so she decides to take off by herself.  The people of Bon Temps are stupid too.  I realize in a crisis, people need someone to blame but why Sookie?  Yes, she’s slept with a few vampires but she’s not currently with one so how did she cause this?  Why not blame Bill?  He’s a vampire who lives right in their town and he’s made a lot of questionable decisons.

Didn’t they say a few times last season that Sookie would lose her fairy powers if she kept using them?  I’m pretty sure I saw her throw a couple of light balls during the melee at Bellefleur’s.  And where’s Niall?

Who whistled and called off the Hep-V vamps?  Is there someone leading them to attack Bon Temps for a reason?  Was it just a signal the vamps had established ahead of time for their raids?

A prediction based on the teaser for this season.  Bill dies.  I’m probably totally and completely wrong but a couple of things in that trailer made it seem possible.  First, Sookie and Jessica hugging each other while crying.  Second, Sookie distraught and covered in what appears to be vamp blood.

 

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True Blood – Season 6, Episode 10: “Radioactive”

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Let me just start off by saying:  Yay!  Sookie and Alcide!  More on that later.

I wish they had shot the first scene of Alcide and Sookie in the cemetery before Joe Manganiello had cut his hair.  That wig he was wearing was awful.  Gotta say, he looks much better with the haircut, it was getting too long.

True Blood Season 6 Finale

Not sure what I think about Violet and Jason.  He was basically forced into the relationship and he just went along with it.  Violet seems to be a good person but she’s a little pushy and possessive.  It was pretty funny when she beaned Jessica with the volleyball.  I totally saw that coming.

Can’t say I was completely surprised by the turn the Warlow story took.  He had already shown how bad he can be by the other things he had done this season.  Killing all the fairies at the club, getting rid of Niall.  He was trying to be good for Sookie but, most likely, it was an act to lure her in.  His death pretty much answered my question about his blood.  I guess, because he was a vampire, the effects of his fairy blood were permanent as long as he was alive.  I was glad to see Niall show up again but didn’t Warlow turn him?  I would’ve thought that might at least be mentioned.

Glad to see Bill somewhat back to normal.  At least he seems to have regained his conscience.

We’re all in agreement that Pam saved Eric, right?  No way the show is getting rid of Alexander Skarsgard.

True Blood: Nerd Eric

SIX MONTHS LATER:

The show needed to do this.  The fast pace that the show moves at means that, with the exception of the year Sookie spent in fairy land, six seasons of this show has happened over about a six month period.  Each season pretty much picks up right where the last left off.

Sam’s the mayor.  That was a fast six months since he didn’t even seem to be thinking of running.  Though, I suppose mayor’s races usually aren’t long, drawn-out affairs.  Did he sell the bar to Arlene because it wouldn’t look good for the mayor to own a bar?

Why is the Hep-V such an epidemic?  Nora was infected and died in a matter of hours.  It’s six months later and now there are roving bands of sick vamps (which reminded me of the walkers on The Walking Dead).  The only possibilities I came up with are A) Nora was injected directly and these vamps have drank the virus diluted through the TruBlood which makes it take longer to kill. or B) Drinking human blood keeps the virus from killing the vamps.

Even though Bill has regained his humanity, he still seems to be kind of full of himself.  Wasn’t there a better way to expose the governor’s Hep-V plan than writing a book?  And what made him think Sookie would take him up on his offer?  After all they’ve been through, she’s obviously going to have issues with trusting him.  Not to mention that it would be pretty disrespectful to Alcide for Sookie to let her ex feed from her.

Aww!  Tara and her mama made up!  I loved that whole scene.  Both ladies did a wonderful job.

When I saw that Sookie and Alcide are a couple now, I literally bounced up and down, clapping and said “Yay!”  I know, most people are Eric fans but I’m all about the Alcide.  While I can appreciate a good-looking blonde, I love dark-headed men.  I’ve always thought Sookie and Alcide had good chemistry and they’ve been in each other’s orbit since Season 3.  I just wish we’d gotten to see the relationship develop.  And, I see comments around the internet about Sookie being a slut but he’s only the fourth guy she’s been with.  It was established that Bill was her first because her telepathy got in the way of dating.  I just hope she doesn’t break Alcide’s heart.  I think there’s some lingering feelings for Bill but she’s sworn off vamps.

 

Can’t wait for next season!!!

 

Favorite Lines:

  • “Sook, meet Violet.  She’s European.” — Jason
  • “Sookie!  I am actually fucking happy to see you!” — Pam
  • “Growl all you want, Bright Eyes…” — Bill

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True Blood – Season 6, Episode 8: “Dead Meat”

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True Blood: Dead Meat

I have lots of questions after this episode.

So, suddenly, Alcide‘s not a douche anymore.  He spent seven episodes being the biggest dick in the world and they undid it all by having him kick Rikki’s ass and save Nicole and her mother.  My question is did he kill Rikki?  If he didn’t, how did he just leave with Nicole?  He just said “I’m out and taking them with me.” and the pack just let him go?  Especially when they were so hell-bent on making sure Nicole kept her mouth shut?

Violet/Jason —  How does Gov. Burrell not knowing about Jason and Sarah help her?  Obviously she doesn’t know the Governor is dead, but what’s her angle?  Also, she seems to be a bad-ass but she doesn’t seem to be horrible.  Kind of a female Eric.  Since Violet got sent to the round room with Jess and the rest, what happened to Jason?

So, Warlow hates being a vampire but he wants to turn Sookie?  Have I mentioned this before?  Does Sookie have enough fairy blood that she’d be able to walk in the sun like Warlow?  I assumed that when Bill drank that small amount of Warlow’s blood that something about Lilith’s blood made the day walking effect last longer (possibly permanent).  Eric seems to have drank quite a bit more but how long will the effect last with him?  Is there something about vampire fairy blood that makes it last longer?  Also, why the hell did Sookie leave Warlow tied up when she left the second time?  She obviously untied him when she went to see Arlene (when she went back she gathered more vines) so why not untie him this time?  He might have been able to defend himself against Eric.

Why didn’t Jessica tell James about Jason?  Why are there so many “J” names in this triangle?  When James told Steve about the Tru Blood, shouldn’t the other vampires in the room have been able to hear?

Is Sam’s story line happening in an alternate dimension from the others?  This whole season has only taken place over two weeks and Nicole is already pregnant enough that Sam and Alcide can smell it (Eww!)?  And the Silver Fox (*snort*) loves Nicole?  Luna just died!!!

Why was there a different actress playing Caroline Bellefleur?  Originally, it was Katherine Helmond from Who’s the Boss?  Was she not available?  Did they think we wouldn’t notice?  If I was Arlene, I’d start cleaning house.  She’s Terry’s wife, she should have the final say-so about all his funeral arrangements.

Finally Sarah.  She thinks she’s on her way to gettin’ crazy.  Honey, you’ve already got there and went ’round the corner.  How does she think killing Ms. Suzuki makes her any better than vamps?  It makes her worse.  At least vampires sometimes have to kill for food.

Favorite Lines:

  • “Oozy but productive.” — Pam
  • “I brought second and third pairs of underpants in case of wedgies.  Most days I needed a fourth.” — Steve
  • “You ain’t even two weeks old yet so, no, I’m not gonna get you some coffee.” — Andy
  • “Sorry to take that one away from you…” — Eric

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