True Blood Finale: An Insulting, Illogical Slap in the Face

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Earlier today, TV Fanatic Chris O'Hara posted his thoughts on the True Blood Season 7 finale.

The review thoroughly ran down events from the hour, concluding that it was a fitting conclusion to the show's run because, after all they've been through, "Sookie and company found a way for a life worth living."

That's a fair assessment. It isn't untrue.

But it doesn't get to the heart of why I found this to be more than just an unsatisfying finale. I found it to be an illogical, insulting slap in the face to viewers, one that went against important themes driven home over the years by True Blood.

I speak, of course, about Bill's suicide and the three reasons why I had MAJOR problems with it:

A lack of logic: Bill didn't just want Jessica (a vampire) to marry Hoyt (a human); he pushed the couple into it because he wanted to give away his progeny before he died. So Bill was all for a vampire-human union in this case.

Yet his entire basis for killing himself was because he wanted Sookie to live a normal life, specifically thinking to himself during the ceremony that he desires more than anything to see Sookie someday standing as happily and as proudly as Jess at that moment.

Why is Bill all for one human-vampire marriage and yet completely against the idea of him and Sookie enjoying the same fate for themselves?

Heck, the final scene depicted two more human-vampire relationships (Lafayette/James, Arlene/Keith). So it bears repeating: what, exactly, would have been the issue with Bill and Sookie ending up together?

An insult to Sookie... and women everywhere: Bill essentially decided on behalf of both himself and Sookie that she should live a human life cycle. She should get married and have kids and even if she wanted to spend her remaining years with him... tough luck. He's a man. He knows best!

Was this all about children? Was Sookie being a mother some driving theme of the series that I somehow missed? Is there some reason why Sookie couldn't just be with Bill and adopt? Be artificially inseminated? 

There are plenty of couples out there who cannot have children and they either choose one of the aforementioned paths to do so; or they decide that they'd rather have a life together without kids than a life without each other and with kids.

But it's a decision Sookie obviously should have been allowed to actually make.

An insult to the overriding theme of True Blood: Since its beginning, True Blood has been an allegory for the struggle of homosexuals in America. It's been a series about acceptance.

Werewolves live with humans, who hang with Shape Shifters, who befriend vampires.

And yet the message the show somehow chose to end with is that the central couple couldn't be together - not only could they not be together, but one half actually KILLED HIMSELF to ensure they would not be together - because they're different.

We then witnessed Sookie expecting the baby Bill had been so excited about and ending up with some random, anonymous guy simply because that guy is human. Does this not go against every overarching value True Blood has ever espoused?

What kind of message was the show trying to send here? What happened to everything Andy said while officiating the wedding? About true love and God accepting it in all forms and how love is love and all that? That applied to Hoyt and Jessica and not to Bill and Sookie?

Bill basically killed himself because he insisted that Sookie should live his definition of a "normal" life. Since when was True Blood a series that cared about some generic concept of normal?!?

It spent the bulk of its previous seasons being as crazy and outrageous as possible, while taking on social issues in its own unique way... and then reverted to some conservative notion of 1950s America at the very end.

The final season of True Blood was simply terrible, lacking in any kind of suspense or action or drama. But I can handle boring. I can understand when a long-running series runs out of fresh ideas.

This finale, however? The decision to have Bill kill himself and Sookie be implicit in the suicide? And to want viewers to somehow see Bill as a martyr for doing so? For the reasons outlined above, I can't comprehend what the producers were thinking. It was an insulting, hypocritical way for a formerly fun and admirable show to conclude.

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Honestly, I think they became tired of the whole thing after season 4 or 5 and just threw stuff at the wall to see if it stuck. The series ending was a much bigger fustercluck than the books. I was a HUGE fan until the last two seasons. Unlike other networks (namely the CW), HBO seems to not give a rats ass what fans think. It's been a while since the series ended. It really had promise at the beginning but became a hot mess. Completely illogical ending. Perhaps none of the writers have taken writing courses. Why develop story lines just to chuck them 3/4 of the way through? Unless, of course you want to be a mind**ck kind of series like Lost--who, by the way let you know fairly early on that it made no sense at all. Honestly, the movie Jacobs Ladder made more sense than the plot lines of True Blood the last two seasons. You are going to hear the biggest fans complain the loudest about how the show was destroyed because it's like the writers took our favorite show and wiped their asses with it. I gave up on HBO entirely after this fiasco.


Bill Compton deserved to have a scene of him in the afterlife....perhaps walking with Caroline and his children. Or he could have visited Sookie through a vision by Lafayette, and he could have told her to be happy....that he was content at last, and she should live the life she deserved. Sookie's father came to her in a vision, why couldn't Bill? OR they should have had a scene of his memorial service, since he did so much to help save BT from Hep V vampires, as well as MaryAnn the maenad. He also saved the vampires of Louisiana when the witch spelled them to walk in the sun. He deserved a memorial svc. Jessica and Sookie should have gone to his grave with flowers. They should have named a street or a park after him. And they should have all toasted his memory at their TG dinner 4 years later. If they had to kill Bill, the most human of all vampires, the most generous, self-sacrificing, and caring vampire in the series, then he should have had a fitting farewell. The explosion in the coffin was purely there for shock value, and meant nothing....nothing.


Thank you for articulating everything I have been thinking about this finale! And to think that professional TV writers came up with that crap. Sad.


It wasn't because Bill believed that vamps and humans couldn't be together! Were you even watching?! Bill wanted to give Sookie a chance to find someone to give her a chance at the life she really wanted. It's not just about having babies. How many times had she decided that she didn't want to be with a vampire, let alone be one. They both knew it wasn't meant to be. Also Bill was ready to die. He had lived longer than he was meant too. He wanted or at least hoped to finally be reunited with his children. It was pretty clear that he was no longer content in this world. As far as Jessica, he loved her like a daughter. He wanted her to be happy and new that she could be with Hoyt. He is old fashioned, he was regaining some of his humanity, and he wanted Jessica to be ok once he was gone. I felt like the writers did a very good job at tying things up.

@ krissyblueyes

I don't totally disagree with you. What the writers failed to do was show Bill dying in a manner fitting for his character. Bill has protected Sookie over and over. He helped get the ladies out of Fangtasia's cellar, even when he knew they were completely outnumbered. He stayed with Sookie when she decided to make herself vampire bait in order to find out where Holly, Arlee, Nicole, and Jane were being held. He saved Jessica at the Fangtasia fight. He would have gladly given his life for Jessica and/or Sookie. His death should have been in defense of one of them, or defending Andy and Adilyn. Suicide was not his m.o. He would not have done that. This was completely OOC for him. He would never ask Sookie to help him die. Again, completely OOC. Yes, he wanted Jessica to be happy, and he was thrilled to have her marry Hoyt. But the rest was B.S.


I don't understand why shows deviate from the book? If the book was good enough to make into a show then stick to the story line!


The differences between the relationships though pretty much determined the outcomes. Jess and Hoyt, Keith and Arlene, Lafayette and James all had normal relationships. Bill lied to Sookie, nearly killed her, treated her like shit many times etc. what kind of message would it send if they ended up together? That it doesn't matter how someone treats you, if you love them you should forgive them?

@ Dee

Bill was completely in love with Sookie. She had forgiven him his earlier mistakes. He fought for Holly, Arlene. Nicole, and Jane to escape. He stayed with Sookie in the woods during her ridiculous plan to lure vampires to her. He was there to protect her. Sookie and Bill were just beginning to come together in an honest, loving way (episode 5) when he found the HepV markings. They were, as Brian Buckner said, the love story of True Blood. Bill and Sookie were soulmates, as AB said. The depression symptoms of HepV made Bill believe he would always present a risk to Sookie. He wanted her to throw her BoL to kill him so she would be fae no longer, and not have vampires always drawn to her. He wanted her to be safe. The fact that he committed suicide even though she refused to give up her faerie nature was completely unbelievable and completely pointless. Now she's still faerie, and doesn't have Bill there to protect her, which he would do forever. FAIL!


I just though the show was a waste of time to anyone who read the books because all it did was rip apart good literature and paste random pieces of it back together.


Am gonna say it was a let down and a slap in the face I could have wrote better my self. Was anyone really bothered if hoyt n jess got hitched it was a good time filler as they realised They didn't have anywhere to go with the wet pile they had created. I started watching season six again and I would say knowing what happens now in season seven I wish they had just left it there to be honest. As the explanation for the characters fates was crap. Sookie never wanted kids ffs that was her and alcides bug bate wasn't it she didn't want her kid going through what she did.


I understand the point of view of this article, but I disagree. This article implies that all relationships are black and white and the same, but in actuality they are very different, and what can work beautifully in one relationship might not work in another. Look at Sookie and Bill's relationship, he put her through the ringer, back and forth with emotions at his doing, constantly putting her in danger, and at the end of the day he wanted her to have what she always wanted, to be normal and have a normal life. She's great with kids and dreamed of having them (although was unsure she would find someone to have them with), she was always fed up with all the crazy, and she herself tried to move on from Bill numerous times but couldn't. While I agree that it is infuriating that he gets to make the decision for her because he is the man, you have to acknowledge that her relationship was not the same as the other vampire/human duos listed. Jessica can't have kids, and Hoyt doesn't know if he will ever want kids, and other than their rough period when Jessica was still trying to figure herself out they were really good together. Arlene and Keith had a very basic, drama-free relationship, and she already is a mother and has lived a normal life up to this point. Lafayette and James are gay anyways and therefore can't have kids of their own and would have to adopt if they wanted kids anyway, and can you really picture Lafayette as the type to want kids? The author of this article is right in saying that being a vampire/human relationship shouldn't be enough to keep a couple apart in the show, especially when there are so many other relationships on the show shown as successful, but like I said, just because it works for some doesn't mean that all vampire/human relationships are meant to work out, especially if it doesn't match up with what both parties want in life. It's like saying that because these two gay/straight people in a relationship worked out that all other gay/straight relationships will. The only thing that angered me with the finale was Bill being a misogynistic @$$.


i calculate that the thanksgiving dinner occurred about 4 years after bill's death. jason's oldest kid seems older than 4, definitely older than 3, which is about what her age should have been. and to have had 3 kids in 4 years....


True Blood Season 7 Episode 10 Quotes

Eric: I've tried trusting, I've tried sharing and it's just not fucking working for me. Now are you with me or not?
Pam: Oh I am so fucking with you.

If you're feeling this nostalgic Bill, I gotta ask what the fuck? Cause to my mind nostalgia and suicide? Don't mix.