ATTENTION: SPOILER ALERT
True Blood hit the screen about 7 years ago as the perfect rival to the otherwise soppy and overly sentimental vampire movies and series that were gaining popularity with their silly plots about sparkly vampires who drink animal blood instead of human blood because they are ashamed of who they are and vampires who have magic rings which allow them to walk in the sun.
True Blood had none of this. It was real, explicit and downright gruesome. It had all the ingredients of what a vampire series is supposed to have: blood, gore and very sexy, evil characters. It was daring too in that it had a sort of sexual explicitness that is usually avoided in television series. And most importantly, it had Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgård)…6ft4, blonde, Swedish and literally to die for. I saw him by chance in an episode of series 2 of True Blood…that was all it took…I was hooked for life..or rather till the series came to an end.
Now although the first six seasons did have a bit of the same ol’ same ol’ routine with Soekie Stackhouse being the centre of everyone’s world, it was also exciting in that each season introduced a new macabre villain, darker than the vampires themselves.
So you can imagine my disappointment when in the series finale, there’s a wedding, a funeral and a thanksgiving dinner, none of which are rudely interrupted by some magical spell or hungry vampires out on a rampage. Nope, this was a “little house on the prairie” kind of ending.
In fact, the entire season 7 was slow paced compared to the rest of the seasons but even I would not have expected a happy ending! Seriously, human and vampires living happily ever after? Now I definitely didn’t see that one coming.
The last episode starts with Bill (Stephen Moyer) asking Sookie (Anna Paquin) to use up all her fairy light to kill him and in the process become a proper human and live a human life. After some deliberation, Sookie agrees. She meets him at the cemetery at his old grave but when the time comes she decides that she doesn’t want to give up her powers but asks him if he still wants to die and when he says yes, she stakes him (with his help) and he splatters all over the place. I was almost expecting her to use her light on him and him coming back as human again. She could hear his thoughts after all and he said the disease made him feel more human.
Bill choosing to die for Sookie and at her hands made no sense to me but I can’t say I wasn’t pleased that he died. Of all Sookie’s lovers (and believe me there were many) he was my least favourite. My favourite was Alcide (Joe Manganiello), the werewolf who died and so uninspiringly too. Poor fellow. Just for his looks alone, they could have made him die in a better manner than a stray bullet alternatively, why couldn’t he just survive and end up with Sookie?
On a brighter note, the hot Eric Northman and his progeny Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) finally kill off Mr Gus and his gangster squad or the “Yakuza” (I was wondering when this was gonna happen). My favourite scene of the whole episode was seeing Eric dance in the car after killing them all.
It ends with them shooting an infomercial for their new product – New Blood - and becoming rich and famous and their company even going public on the stock exchange. They go back to Fantasia and sell Sarah Newlin’s (Anna Camp) blood straight from the source at ridiculously high rates.
Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) and Hoyt (Jim Parrack) get married just before Bill dies. She wanted Bill to see her get married. Hoyt still doesn’t remember a thing. It was just odd that he cannot be unglamoured? Also, from the way the series was going, one would have thought she would end up with Jason? She definitely did not deserve Hoyt after everything she put him through. It was also somewhat perplexing to me that so much of the last episode focused on them?
As for the other side characters who contributed to the series, the last episode unfortunately does them no justice. The audience gets remnants of what their life was like over the preceding 6 or 7 years…
Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) is still with James (Nathan Parsons), the vamp. Poor Lafayette had no real value in this last season, which was a shame really since he was one of the more “colourful” characters of the entire series. In fact, he didn’t even have a line in the finale!
As for Andy (Chris Bauer) and Holly (Lauren Bowles), Arlene (Carrie Preston) and vampire Keith (Riley Smith) as well as Sam (Sam Trammell) and Nicole (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) with their two kids, they all appear as guests at the Thanksgiving dinner table.
Jason (Ryan Kwanten) married Brigette and they have a bunch of kids, Jason being a dad and a faithful husband was a shocker considering his portrayal as a philanderer and cad for the entire series.
Sookie is pregnant and with some guy who looked a lot like Alcide but who they don’t even show! Soekie was the main character and the end did not even do her justice! If they had followed some of the books, she should have ended up with up with Eric Northman but alas, she does not…
The entire season 7 was pretty low key with no interesting dark mythical character wreaking havoc in Bon Temps….I guess they could not exactly build up the series if the last episode was going to be what it is.
Now I am usually nostalgic when a show ends but after the shocking endings to Lost and How I Met Your Mother, I must confess, this one was subdued and a little disappointing but it did not leave me with that sense of annoyance.
All’s well ends well, I guess. The title of the episode sums it up nicely – Thank You.