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True Blood Review: Capture the Rapture

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Great Godric's ghost that was intense!

Like Maurella, tonight's True Blood season finale delivered - and then some. It was kill or be killed, as "Save Yourself" featured more bloodshed than all other episodes this season combined. In a summer fraught with story lines, Alan Ball's swan song did well to wrap up a number of issues while still leaving fans thirsting for more. 

After seeing how easily he fought off the Authority and disposed of the Fae Elder last week, many wondered who could stop Russell from draining every last member of Claude's family. In what was one of the best opening scenes I've witnessed, Eric left me speechless as he reduced Russell to a puddle of goo and settled an ancient debt.

After that scene, the feeling coursing through me was probably like the one Debbie Pelt must have felt the first time she tried V and, like her, I wanted more.

The New Bill

Eric seamlessly transitioned from vengeance to vaudeville as he kept his sister from draining everyone's favorite faerie food services employee. When he and Jason hilariously squabbled, it was Sookie's turn to shine as she told the two to stop acting like children and for Eric to ask Nora to stop looking at her thirstily. 

Some of the best moments of the night belonged to the show's actual sibling duo when Jason and Sookie argued over just what it is they should expect out of life. The bump Jason took to his head had him seeing visions of his parents, but it didn't seem to affect his aim at all. The scene in the elevator where he was gearing up for the all-out assault on the Authority while wearing those shooting glasses was just epic... as was his prowess with his sidearms as he took down one "vamper" after another.

While his aim was masterful, his command of the English language was still a little off target, as we were treated to a number of Stackhouse gems in this week's list of best True Blood quotes

While Jason and Eric battled for the body count award, when it came to pure impact the Trubie award for Best Delivery of the True Death had to go to Sam, who did his best Lilith impersonation, standing there naked and covered in Rosalyn's blood. Sadly, it looks like Luna sacrificed herself to save Emma. Alcide's father spoke about how the hardest part of being a parent is sheltering your children from just how messed up the world is. Well... Emma has seen at an early age just how ugly life can be, but she should draw strength from the knowledge that despite all the evil out there, love can still motivate people to do the most selfless and heroic things. 

There was a lot of discussion tonight about one's view of the world and our role in it.

In the final scene, Bill seemed to echo in a way what Jason was feeling. Bill was tired of always feeling guilty for what he had become. He was tired of feeling hurt inside. While Jason's remedy was to expect the worst life can offer instead of thinking it owed him something, for the first time in his vampire "life," Bill took what he felt he deserved, even if it meant deceiving and killing Salome in the process. Being that caring and sensitive vampire Sookie described has only brought him heartache, so I wasn't too shocked that he drank the blood in the end. Once he melted into that puddle of blood you just knew he wasn't through. But his resurrection was still very much a riveting moment, accentuated by the fear in Eric's eyes. 

While the culmination of the entire Lilith saga was a great and much anticipated pay off, there were so many little moments in tonight's finale that added to my high opinion of it. Scenes like Bill trying to catch Sam the fly, Rikki's crazy V talk to Alcide, Maurella chugging salt, Lafayette and the others' commentary during the delivery, Eric asking Jason to pull over "please" and Tara pointing out the slippery floor to Sookie thanks to the dead vampires Jason had just killed were the kind of moments that have always made this show so special.

So we didn't find out who Warlow was. Thankfully there's next season.  So long as the show doesn't lose its unique brand of humor though, I am more than willing to keep watching.

The big payoff moments like Russell's demise and Alcide taking back the pack are the icing on the cake that is made up of all the aforementioned ingredients that make this show so great. Ball's departure is a major development, but seeing the cast's chemistry and passion leaves me with little worry about its future.

What did you think of the finale and were you cheering with me when Tara freed her Maker and sealed it with a kiss?  

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I was disappointed in Russel's death. He was a GREAT villian, and Denis O'Hare played him superbly. He deserved a more epic death. My reaction to seeing it "wait Russel died just like that? Boring.", and I just felt underwhelmed by it I did think this was a great episode, though, and I enjoyed the season. Some people dislike it because they want them to maintain the status quo. Personally, I like how they switch it up.

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I agree with you Emy, the finale was awesome! I am hoping in Season 6 that maybe Sookie can blast some sense into her brother because he is on "kill vampires" overload! He hurt Jessica's feelings but hopefully they will get together in Season 6. Even she was noticing that he was behaving strangely. I am confused by Lobstrob's comment that the faeries killed Russell and not Eric. I saw it again and Eric had the stake and he was happy that he killed him. The faeries light zaps had no affect on Russell. Anyway, I am glad Russell is gone!

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And yes, Jason shooting the vampers and the cameras was just PRICELESS ! And I agree, it looked like Russell had an OD of fairie blood but Eric staked him... Damn Eric and Nora killing those vampires was awesome ! And them bickering on how to disable everything was hilarious.
I really didn't like the ghost parents ! I found them REALLY annoying !
I wasn't surprised at all when Salome started choking on the blood. REally dumb, of course Bill was gonna trick her ! The guy is crazy lol -er !
I felt sooo sad for Jessica when Jason rejected her... But Pam looked so happy to see Eric and him to see her that it made up for it...a lil bit
And also, I agree that sometimes to beat your oponent you have to do as they do. And I am sooo glad Alcide got to kill that SOB ! Hope he won't get affected by the blood too much !

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OMG !!!!!! I loved it !!! Soooo many moments that are worth talking about !!! But the commentary during Maurella's delivery were just priceless !!!! Come on Andy, FOUR BABIES !!!!! And worst part was, your girlfriend had to deliver them, AWKWARD !!! And Tara and Pam Kissing !!! Soooo was gonna happen ! Jessica was funny as well ! And yes, the award goes to Sam !! That was the weirdest moment but man I loved the way he killed that bitch !
Eric/Sookie/Nora/Jason, nuff said ! loool. Just loved them interacting ! The food, the smell, the children ! And I will be forever greatful for killing Russel ! Thank YOU !
Bill you just fucked up, gone ! Sookie you're dumb as usual, and I cannot wait to see if he catches them next season ! lol

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Eric did n t kill Russel, the fairies did. he did n use the knife it was clear..

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Loved the season, loved the episode! Hate what they did to Bill! It was a crucifixion of character that didn't deserve it.

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@Terrie wrote :Andy now has 4 babies to take care of. I guess they'll be half grown or grown when TB returns next year. HA great point. I bet one of the opening scenes is Andy driving around with 4 tweener girls in his police cruiser as they all chatter away on cell phones. This is going to make for some hilarity next season. His face as he held baby #1 was priceless and what a great touch to have them swaddled in Merlotte's tee shirts and using delivery truck racks as make shift basonets.

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This season really disappointed me! I was bored half the time!!!! I DID like previous seasons...but this one just didn't deliver!!!

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The birthing scene was one of the funniest of the season, along with Jason in action. Great ending! I actually like Tara better as a vampire than when she was a human.

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Don't forget the priceless line "My light broke" when Emma went into labor and light came pouring out ... Loved Arlene's comments and the whole birthing show! Hilarious and interesting culmination to the season... Can't wait to see what they come up with next year

True Blood Season 5 Episode 12 Quotes

Jason: Something funny fanger?
Eric: Yes blood bag.
Jason: Leach.
Eric: Breather.
Jason: Dead fu-k.
Eric: Meat sack.
Sookie: Stop acting like children.
Nora: You smell like something I once dreamed of.
Sookie: Eric please ask your sister to stop looking at me like that.

Nora: What is she?
Eric: She is a waitress.

True Blood Season 5 Episode 12 Music

  Song Artist
Stabbing westward save yourself Save Yourself Stabbing Westward iTunes
Brick dazz Dazz Brick iTunes
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