True Blood Series Finale

True Blood Series Finale Review: “Thank You”

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Welp. The HBO Original Mature Vampire Series True Blood is now complete.

What a mixed finale it was. Packed to the bursting point with both cringe-worthy and EPIC feels, strange moments, unexpected turns, “OH COME ON!” moments and just a bit of cathartic comeuppance.

Bill goes into greater detail about why he wants to die and making sure Sookie understands that it is largely for her that he is doing it.  He talks about how he’s never felt more human, as a vampire, than during the last few days when this virus took hold of him. He wants to have a human life, a mortal life, to be reunited with his long gone family in death. As opposed to living aimlessly potentially forever? Sookie understands a bit more, but her reservations surge again when Bill asks for another favor. He wants her to use her light ball to kill him, and in his mind let them both get what they want. So as they both are what they are, they will cause each other pain and suffering, Bill says.

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Oy veh ist mir! It would be far more palatable and less infuriating if Bill’s death was unavoidable, and he was asking Sookie to kill him before he became a frothing, ravenous mess. Instead, the show has to play Bill’s selfless self-righteousness up to eleven to force a final, gut wrenching main character death.

Back at Fangtasia, Eric is getting fed up with Mr. Gus’s threats and coercion. He releases Sarah Newlin from the dungeon of Fangtasia, asking if Pam will join him in killing Gus and taking over the Nu Blood enterprise.

“I am so, #@$%ing, in.” We knew you would be, Pam.

Gus descends, taking the bait at first, but Eric isn’t bothering to act very concerned that Sarah “escaped”. He figures out Eric set Sarah free, and tells the goons to kill them. Pam and Eric snap their necks with vampire acrobatics. Gus tries to escape through the secret passage but gets Eric explodes a can of gas and smokes Gus out like a clog in a chimney. Eric kills the goons headed to Sookie’s without disturbing her, in epic style befitting a Viking Vampire God.

Pam catches up with Sarah by the carousel where Eric turned Willa. Sarah wastes no time trying to bargain for power.

“I think I’m a horrible person.”

“Yes dearie, you are.”

“Which is why I’d make an excellent vampire!”

Ah. No. You do not get to do a Steve Newlin, Sarah.

Pam isn’t putting up with her bull$#%@, especially not the offer of any sexual depravity Pam can think of, and she simply wants to take her back and feed on her to inoculate herself. The close up of Pam’s fangs sinking into Sarah’s neck is pretty iconic TB footage.

Sookie has flashbacks to young her and young Tara and her grandmother. She overhears Tara’s thoughts about being excited for when Jason gets home. Holy Hell, Tara’s crush on Jason feels like such a long time ago. They’ve had actresses play younger versions of the Stackhouses and Tara before, but I think an extra bit of casting effort went into these two. The young Tara and Sookie are perfectly believable as younger versions of the characters we know.

Anyway, Tara says that now that Sookie knows her secret she has to tell her who she likes. Sookie says she doesn’t like any and that she doesn’t expect to end up with any one. Adele Stackhouse won’t hear of it. Her grandmother tries to impress upon her that there is no reason she shouldn’t have what she wants from life, except if she decides she’ll never have it.

When Sookie goes to Jason’s to tell him what Bill wants, Jason tells Sookie that he can’t advise on whether to do as Bill says or not, but they will always love each other.

Hoyt and Jessica arrive at Bill’s. Bill, admittedly a bit selfishly, asks about Hoyt and Jess getting married. Whoah, Whoah, hold it up right there. Is Bill so determined to put a neat little traditionalist bow on all the women in his life before dying like a moron? Yeah, sure, it sucks you never got to see your human daughter marry, but you are killing yourself. You don’t have to ensure that Jess is…..UGRH, “Spoken For.”

Hoyt, is ready to give Bill his answer. He’ll marry Jessica. Today.

Jessica needs a word with Bill. She’s surprised, saying she can’t deny having fantasized about marrying when she was a human girl, but they only just reconnected, yesterday.

True Love can happen in an instant, Bill Says.

Jess agrees.

At least this quaint shotgun marriage results in a funny scene where Jessica and Hoyt each call Sookie and Jason respectively asking for marriage favors, like dresses and best man.

Hoyt and Jason make up during their prep.  Hoyt wonders if he should call and apologize to Brigitte STAHP! HOYT, DON’T BE AN IDIOT. Thankfully, Jason says that for us. He also has a bit of wisdom for Hoyt that if today or tomorrow or the day after was going to be his last day alive, who would he want to wake up next to?

Jessica.

The ceremony is awkward (no rings, no written vows, Andy presides) and totally romantic and Jessica is lovely. Arlene plays a vinyl record of Vivaldi’s Spring? Really?

I’m sitting there watching my OTP get sunk, running over my objections thus far and then Andy drops this gold nugget as he concludes the service and marries Hoyt and Jess.

“You may kiss your vampire bride.”

That’s hysterical. Then I thought, are these moments of base fan service really worth slogging through this half touching, half disturbing emotional roller coaster? Guess we won’t have to for much more at any rate.

During the service, Sookie can hear Bill’s thoughts, ugh.

Wait, I’m hearing right. Bill’s thoughts! WHAT THE HELL! He’s sitting there on the bride’s side next to Sookie thinking about how happy he was and that he had to not let the infection overpower him yet.

Just when you think True Blood is going to introduce a last minute surprise twist that could stand as the best possible fist pumping moment of awesome of the season to end the series, it becomes a total non-sequitur. Sookie mentions it to Jason when they get back to his house and then it never comes up again.

#%@$ THIS HORSE $#%@!

Sookie reads Brigitte’s thoughts, who is a bit affronted that she thinks Jason slept with her, but later tells Jason that she would be happy with Brigitte and Jason getting together.

“I ain’t gonna be a girlfriend stealer again.”

“Yeah well, we just came back from Hoyt’s wedding, so, you got nothing to worry about.”

Sookie has one last guiding figure to see, Reverend Daniels. At first, I was not pleased this character was getting so much screen time in the final episode, instead of Sam, or Lafayette or Eric or Pam. But the show snuck in its most progressive affirmative commentary, maybe ever!

Sookie reveals to the Reverend that she’s fairie. “No kidding!” “Wish I weren’t”. She ask if he thinks certain people are “mistakes”, if people are meant to be what they are or if they’re supposed to change, if not.

The Reverend says that he thinks God gave us our sentient brains for a reason, and that is eventually to make our own choices, (Read; There is nothing wrong with you Sookie, or anybody being discriminated against because of things they didn’t choose about themselves right off the bat. Or even for choices they make for themselves later.)

Sookie and Bill arrange to bury him with his family. In the end, Sookie decides not to give up her nature for Bill (good choice). Sookie climbs into the coffin with Bill and holds the stake in place over his heart. Bill explodes into a neat puddle of blood and guts in his coffin and Sookie buries him. Well Bill, your death wish was finally fulfilled.

The whole time I was hoping that Bill or Sookie would realize that the Hep-V infection, in combination with Sookie’s blood was somehow turning Bill back into a human, and that maybe with her light ball his vampirism and his infection could be expunged. Then Sookie and Bill could finally lead a normal human life together like they have both always wanted. Just think of what a crowd pleaser that would have been!

I suppose this way, it’s a more important choice that in the end, Sookie decides not to give up a part of herself just so that Bill will be satisfied. Really, this urging of Bill’s is presumptuous and a bit sexist. Hasn’t Sookie proven to Bill by now that she can handle her powers and possible vampire suitors or abusers? In the though, he accepts her choice.

I thought for one wild moment that the show would end with Sookie leaving the cemetery. Thank the Gods that didn’t happen.

Flash Forward 3 Years: Eric and Pam are the new billionaire media moguls of Nu Blood. Thanksgiving at Bon Temps is a comprehensive “who is left” catch up. Jason and Brigitte have 3 kids, Jessica and Hoyt, Arlene and Keith, Willa, Lettie Mae and Reverend Daniels, Andy and Holly, Adylin and Wade, Lafayette and James, all there! All having Thanksgiving Dinner happily. And BTDubs, Sookie is preggers by…some dark scruffy dude who we only see from the back?

Is this a joke?

I haven’t even got the energy to get mad any more.

Suppose it makes sense, the point was more that Sookie did move on and have a normal human life. But still, would have been nice to know. But really? After all the struggle to be with socially unacceptable partner that you really loved, we’re just going to tack on an anonymous, faceless all American that we are just supposed to accept was good enough for Sookie to have children with?

Sarah Newlin gets exactly what she deserves. To be a feeding slave to all the vampires that she infected. Owned by Pam and Eric.

“What are you thankful for, Sarah?”

“…nothing.”

I take it back. I’m glad this happened instead of Sarah getting ripped apart, preferably by vampires. Most satisfying part of the finale.

There are commentaries to be found in the final episode of True Blood, some I like, plenty I have serious qualms about. I can see the threads of thematic continuity that do exist in the ending, but there are plenty of others that don’t make sense to me. I see both the sense and the idiocy in Bill’s suicide. I see the LGBT affirmative and the regressive heteronormative moments the show purposefully and probably inadvertently crammed in the finale.

Bill’s Old Fashion Sexism leading up to his death, really irks to me. Perhaps Bill was really never meant to be a vampire…he could never really reconcile his lingering humanity and his time period with his vampire nature. Being made against your will is a tough gig. It’s one thing to not really have a clue what you are asking for, but being made against your will and hating yourself and your maker for decades didn’t help.

I’ve got so much to say….

Most desperately though, I can’t shake the feeling that the creators tried blatantly to write an ending that would make the fans sad and happy at calculated moments, instead of telling the best ending the series could have had. And for that I headdesk.

But for now, this will be end of my review of the marginally satisfying, groan worthy finale of True Blood. I’m sad to see it go, but there will always be the second and third Seasons. Great thing about this day and age, it’s easier than ever to see your preferred parts of shows and celebrate a series just as you see fit.

True Blood is complete, the fandom is immortal.

 

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