True Blood Round Table: "And When I Die"

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Lives ended, choices were made and a many new storylines were teased.

While fans debate the season four finale of True Blood, editor-in-chief Matt Richenthal is here to dissect "And When I Die," along with staff writers Eric Hochberger, Carissa Pavlica and Jim Garner.

What was your favorite scene?
Matt: Eric and Bill being chained up above that giant fire pit and, no, not because they were shirtless. But because it was the prime example of lazy, incoherent storytelling. How did they get there? The two had full, regular use of their bodies and their brains. Considering it was the conclusion to the Marnie storyline, a seemingly major event of the season, I need to highlight this as my "favorite" example of the episode's sloppiness.

Eric: This is going to sound insanely morbid, but I'm going with Tara getting half her head blown off. We've been crying for too long about how this show needs to kill off some main characters and I can't think of a more useless one. I've been ready to say goodbye to since season one.

Jim: Sorry, Eric, I am fully on board with Jess/Jason on the couch. With that "red-riding hood" cloak flowing around them, sex or not, this was a beautifully filmed scene. The red of that cloak offsets the blue of Jessica's eyes amazingly.

Carissa: Bill and Eric offing Nan. Especially because the scene started with "Nan, gay stormtroopers." Such a simple hello from Eric set the tone for the whole scene. Bill and Eric on the same page, who knew?

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Is Tara really dead?
Matt: I must echo my colleagues here and say: she seriously better be. The show must have consequences, and it will an incredibly cheap tease if she is simply revived via vampire blood on the premiere. Oh, Tara also sucks. I won't miss a nanosecond of her whining.

Eric: I sure hope so after my morbid first answer... or won't I feel like an ass? Plus, then I really should have gone for J-Squared on the couch as my favorite scene. That was way hotter than truck bed sex.

Jim: I swear she spun at the last minute and was only grazed by the blast, so I am going to guess she might not be dead yet. As we have never had a primary character become a vampire (Jessica became one after turning), it would be an interesting twist to have her saved as a vampire.

Carissa: Dear God, I hope so. She has provided nothing but annoyance since her first scene. She's never been sassy and cute, just sassy and stupid. I swear her hair was covered in brain matter. No twisting in the wind can stop a shotgun from blowing away her head. Right? Right?!?

Did Sookie make the right choice?
Matt: Sure. She heeded the depressing advice of her dead grandmother (We all end up alone...), randomly made into a spirit with major powers by Holly. This is the sort of thing on which we all should base our love lives.

Eric: Yes. Between that and killing off Debbie, it perfectly sets her up for Alicide, giving her all three hot guys on the show and living out every woman's fantasy. And isn't that all True Blood is about these days anyway?

Jim: Oh, most certainty. Granted, her version of "you're dead to me" with Debbie was a bit more literal than Alcide's, but I think she and the werewolf could still make something work.

Carissa: Unfortunately, yes. And just like Sookie, I would have bawled my eyes out at the front door. But, like TV Fanatic's Eric said, this leaves the door open for Alcide and three suitors. Every woman's dream. Zowee!

Which season five storyline has you most excited: the return of Russell Edgington, the unraveling of Terry's past, Reverend Newlin as a vampire or Bill and Eric vs. The Authority?
Matt: I'd go with Bill and Eric if any part of me believed they wouldn't continue to obsess over Sookie. So, instead, let's hear it for the return of Russell! Denis O'Hare is unquestionably entertaining in this role.

Eric: Bill and Eric officially lost me on their team when they killed off one of my favorite supporting characters (Nan), so all that's left is to enjoy the return of the hilarious Russell Edgington.

Jim: You left off my favorite couple, Jess/Jason. Maybe I am just the romantic, but I think their "not-relationship" is an interesting contrast to the one Jess/Hoyt had and I am curious to see where it goes.

Carissa: Bill and Eric vs The Authority. Somehow I think Eddington will figure into that fight. When Eric and Bill stop their petty arguing over Sookie, they make fantastic partners. I'd like to see more of them against the world.

Give season four a grade.
Matt: Inc. Really, "incomplete" is the best I can for a season that never addressed what it means for Sookie to be a fairy. Remember when she discovered that information last year? Remember the premiere in June? It's inexcusable for a show to just drop a storyline in such a manner.

Eric: C. This season started off with so much potential, bringing in a layered necromancer that had control over our vampires. Yet all the show really did was mess with some relationships, have some conversations, and kill off a couple supporting characters.  What has this show become?  A vampire soft-core soap opera?

Jim: C+ This season felt more like Desperate Vampires than True Blood. We spent way too much time with Sookie, either imagining being in bed with Bill or Eric (or both), or out of a dream (as in this episode), with both of them feeding from her at once. We get it, Alan Ball, you really wanted a Sookie sandwich. Move on! Besides that, Martonia wasn't a very scary villain and having Adele reach into Lafayette and pull Marnie out like a bad tooth was the epitome of the entire story line.

Carissa: C. The witches were a TOTAL BUST for me. Disliked every single second of that storyline. Plus, it lead to the death of Jesus, who I really enjoyed. There were too many odd dangling bits left due to the focus on the witches. What it really means for Bill to be King and the faeries, for example. Oh, lest I not forget the F of the season: the were-panthers. The season was full of meaningless, trashy characters. Here's hoping for Season 5 gets back to the root of the main characters and their struggle with life in Bon Temps.


Pleeeease... Vampire Diaries? You might as well throw Twilight in there too then as the "better vampire" story. We all know VD and Twilight are about the pussy vampires. What I don't like about those two is that they're just love stories, thinly veiled under the pretext of being a supernatural story about vampires. True Blood, on the other hand, is a supernatural show first, a love story second, and that's why it's the best. Plus, it's not afraid to show some blood, violence, and sex (granted, VD is on basic television and Twilight is for kids). TB all the way!


You forgot about Andy and the fairy in the woods. Bet a little magical Andy is going to show up.


Its becoming clearly obvious that vampire diaries is now undoubtedly the better vampire show. Can't wait for Thursday.


So Kevin Alejandro left Southland just so he could be stabbed by Marnie & dumped from the show? Not the best career decision, unless Ball told him beforehand. If not, I'd expect KA's hands were squeezing on Ball's neck the day he found out.


Am I the only one who really enjoyed this season? Yes, there were plotholes and some bad choices. No, it was not as focused as usual. It had its flaws, but I watch True Blood for craziness, blood, sex and ridiculously vicious characters. I received all of these things. However, I'm just watching the show for the hell of it. It reminds me to take my life less seriously every week.


So... One day after the season is over, and I'm already at a lost as to what it was all about. A witch who died; lesbian cage-fighting Tara dies; Jason continues his quest to have sex with every female in Bon Temps; Bill kills Nan too; still not sure what the f$&% happened to Eric; Andy and Terry are still borderline retarded; and Lafayette gets witch powers and kills his demonic lover. Now, you'd think that'd be interesting... But it wasn't. I've never been more bored with lesbian cage-fighters than I was with Tara. The promise of further boredom hangs in the air - Resurrection of Tara as a zombie lesbian cage-fighter; more Terry/Arlene; more Sookie in distress; more Alcide; more miscellaneous plotless Sam; more Andy; Lafayette taking over the depressed whiny role from Tara...

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I think I'm sort of done with true blood..and the books

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@Terrie Lynn McDonald Coleman, well I agree that with only 12 episodes, the series feels way too short to truncate the whole arc in the books. I think what Alan Ball has proven succinctly is that he does have he's own version/adaptation of the series which means that we can never truly know what lies ahead. This can be both good and bad for our future protagonists. So to summarise some speculated stories and spoilers: 1.) Is Tara dead? This is probably the only time I've disagreed with the reviewers... Matt, Eric, and Carissa which is that Tara isn't going anywhere and it's not really my choice, but every character serves a purpose; even Tara. 2.) Is Terry bad? Well, its nice for Rene to come back as a ghost to warn that Terry is more insane than he is? 3.) What will happen with the whole "Eric/Bill/Eddgington" saga? I suspect a revolt and alliance against the authority next season. But perhaps Eddgington will betray them to the Fidel De Castro; as previously mentioned. 4.) Did Sookie make the right choice? Well it matters not, as the plot needs a polygamy of characters that want or are obsessed with "Sookie's FCUKing Fairy Vagi$%#". It is the order of things in this Universe. Bring on Alcide and were-panther interests. 5.) Are you sad for Jesus and Layfette? Grieve for living and not for the dead; as Jesus keeps on living in the afterlife while we are stuck in a purgatory? Truth be told, it seems much more important that Layfette grows as a character while he now should have an Obi-Jesus with him at all times. 6.) Jess and Jason: JJ? I could not believe it at first but it seems that little red riding hood has met her wolf; or least hybrid were panther. It seems I'm the only one foolish enough to purchase movie tickets to watch the 2010 movie "Little Red Riding Hood," to get the reference. Overall, it has been a weird journey. After many re-viewings I can say that the finale was a magnificent summary of what truth be told was a witcan saga.


I would give the season a D , to me is seemed rushed like we were getting interested in storyline and as soon as they become interesting theyd be over and done with. the fairys : what the hell happened there one episode of sookie escaping and then we hear no more of it. rene/baby is evil: rushed again they could of made it way more intersting but yet again is was rushed and i was feeling like wtf happened there terry/v addict: that went on far too long and was wayy to embarrinsing to watch. jason/jessica: hot ! a actually good storyline that i enjoyed (seeing jason naked :P ) but felt bad for hoyt. eric memory loss: they could of made this hot with sookie and eric having great sex in the shower but to be honest they let us all down the dream like sex pffft a bit c**p and major let down. eric was a bit baby like and i was wishing for the sarcastic sexy eric to come back. (wasnt complaing about him being topless alot tho) marnie: No way near the sort of badass they can make her, she could of reeked more havoc but instead she was soo annoying and antonia being a bit soft and fuzzy wasnt she evil to begin with?? but she ended up being a bit of a ninny
the rest of that storyline was (as i said before) rushed. sam/tommy/luna: good riddence. alcide/debbie: we knew she wouldnt be good and nice for long (alcide with his top off oufff)good riddence to her too. season five : tara: has to go im sorry for her fans but she was a let down again i liked her in the first season but then she got wayyyyy to annoying. russel: Didnt really like him to begin with. and more to the point who released him... got a feeling it was pam! terry storyline: interesting see how it pans out and for godsakes dont rush it be over before it begins!!


I just cant believe Kevin Alejandro left southland to be in true blood and then he DIES in that too!!!!! He seems to have the worst luck. Unlike tara he better not be gone forever! Also everyone seems to forgot Lafyettes potential new powers! He must have jesus' family power + if marni left anything in him + and hes a medium= him becoming the WILLOW of true blood- the most powerful person on the show! I hope he becomes a main story line next series.

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True Blood Season 4 Episode 12 Quotes

Ain't nothing more important to you than your dick. Not even your best friend.

Hoyt [to Jason]

If heaven does exist, I'm pretty sure Adele Stackhouse would be elected president there.