As I have mentioned in past posts – June 12, 2012 – I LOVE vampires in general and TRUE BLOOD in particular. The book series by the excellent Charlaine Harris is one of my favorite series, and the tv series based on those books is on my top ten list of favorite shows (along with DEADWOOD, GAME OF THRONES and
– HBO RULES!!!!!) ROME
This past season was over the top in more ways than I can count, seeing that I have only watched some of the episodes once. I just watched epsisode 10 and before I type another thing I must say that there is no way that Eric Northman – my favorite vampire ever – has met “the true death.” No way. The producers, writers, you name it are jerking the fans around, but he is not dead.
For those of you who disagree with me please note the following:
1. He didn’t turn into goo and all the truly dead vampires on TRUE BLOOD turn to goo
2. He is a short hop away from full shade – watch in slo mo
3. Pam, who would give her life and more for him, is on the way to find him
Nope, not dead. A tad overheated, sure. But dead? Not my Eric. J
We’ve seen a lot of blood, guts, brain matter and human “bits” that have been hacked off, sawed off, shot off or – UGH – torn off. Really, one cannot watch this show on a full stomach. We’ve met the vampire/fairy person who killed Sookie’s parents, we’ve met Sookie and Jason’s Fairy Grandfather – played with a lot of enjoyment by the always excellent Rutger Hauer. We have seen vampires die very very badly from a very nasty infection and we have seen wolves chew on human parts. Quite over the top, as I said.
But we have also seen some of the very best writing, some truly amazing scenes, and the best acting. The cast does get better with each passing year, imho. The writers have always surprised us, but this season has been one OMG moment after another.
Some fans and critics have not been happy with this season and I can see why in some cases. The four Fairy children fathered by Andy Bellfleur were at least three Fairy children too many – but that got fixed quickly. Warlo was not quite as horrible as we were all let to believe. Jason was a tad too stupid, though he does manage to pull his shit together when he needs to, doesn’t he? There was NOT enough of Eric to satisfy me, but then I would be the first person to buy a season of just Eric with a little Pam thrown in, so don’t take my word on this one.
Worst part of the season, Bill as God. Right. The whole “I drank Lilith’s blood and now I am a super vamp” didn’t work for me. The way everyone else reacted to him, THAT worked.
In any show, in any season, there are the good things and the not so good. Overall, TRUE BLOOD does entertain and delight despite those moments that didn’t quite work. Probably the best episode of the season was number 9 – the back and forth cuts from Terry’s funeral – very moving that – to Eric going all vampire crazy at the “camp” made for one hell of an ep.
One thing that did stand out this season was the truly superb acting of Deborah Ann Woll who plays Bill’s vampire “child” Jessica. From getting a tad carried away and drinking most of Andy’s offspring, to her devotion to Jason - no matter how he treats her - her love of Bill and her “humanity” towards everyone, Jessica is the best original character in this series – she is not in the novels – and Woll is simply terrific.
It is nearly a year until we find out what happens next. Will Sookie stay with Alcide? I doubt it but a full seaosn of him would not be hard to take. Will Sookie ever really forgive Bill for all the shit he caused? Maybe just a bit. Will Sam ever become just a bar tender again? Let’s hope so.
And Eric. MY ERIC. Not dead. So not dead.