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True Blood Review: So Happy, So Much Pain

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After seven seasons, there were a number of major questions left to be answered in the show's final installment.

While many characters have become fan favorites, we began with the two who got everything started. It was only fitting for True Blood Season 7 Episode 10 to open with Sookie and Bill.

Bill noted how appropriate it was that they found themselves in the living room where he and Sookie shared so many moments.

RIP, Bill - True Blood Season 7 Episode 10
Rest in peace, Bill Compton. Sookie helps stab the love of her life in the chest.

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

Sookie

Bill felt Sookie deserved everything life has to offer and that being with him would deny her that. It wasn't all about her, though. The disease had made him feel more human than ever, bringing him to the conclusion that his life as a vampire had been a lie.

In cheating death for centuries, he had been denied many of life's joys and its finality. 

Asking Sookie to kill him took real balls, but Bill underestimated how willing Sookie would be to give up her light to do it. If all Bill wanted to do was let Sookie live her life, he could have just broken up with her and walked away. But he couldn't let her go.

Where Sookie got hung up was trying to decide if paying Bill the "ultimate kindness" would be the ultimate disservice to herself. So a rather off-put Sookie was left with a decision to make.

Fittingly, we next checked in with Eric and Pam at Fangtasia. After a final one-handed choke by Eric, he filled Pam in on his plan to kill Gus Jr. and market New Blood on his own with Pam.

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.

As Eric disposed of the Yakuza guards and engulfed Gus Jr. in flames, I uttered a sigh of disappointment. I so wanted to see one last epic Eric kill. After watching him tear people's hearts out and rip faces off over the years, I wanted something memorable.

Then - in what turned out to be the final act of kindness  we saw him pay Sookie - Eric intercepted and dispensed with the threat against her. We didn't see him kill the Yakuza members, but the unaffected way he grooved along to the music as he drove away with their mutilated bodies was just the kind of Northman scene I had been hoping for.

It was then Pam's turn to offer up a final fantastic moment. Pam laughed off Sarah's proposal to be her lesbian progeny, but when Sarah mentioned Tara, Pam showed just how much Tara's loss pained her. We never got to see Pam's reaction to Tara's death. Her reaction here was a nice nod to their relationship and to how big a heart Pam really possessed.

Pam then helped herself to a vaccination by drinking Sarah's blood. The tight shot of Pam spilling and drinking Sarah's blood was beautifully vivid and one of the best depictions of a vampire feeding we have seen on True Blood.

Over at Bill's house, Jessica showed up along with Hoyt. Bill - still drunk with nostalgia - selfishly overstepped his bounds again when he asked about Hoyt's intentions to marry Jess.

I might be a vampire Bill, but I am also a girl. And what just happened down there isn't anything like what I dreamed about.

Jessica

I was so happy to see Jessica stand up for herself and call Bill out for his actions. Hoyt was the perfect gentleman as he reacquainted with "Vampire Bill," but was that seriously a proposal he uttered to Jess? Again, Bill forced the whole issue and was really to blame.

Hoyt was too honorable a man to offer up anything but an honest answer and reaction to the awkward situation he was thrust into.

So I can't be too mad at him, nor can I blame him for wanting to marry Jess. I also can't fault Jess for wanting to give Bill one last moment of happiness. Bill would also be able to give her away at her wedding, which is as much a part of the dream scenario as anything.

The next morning, Sookie showed up at Jason's and met Bridget. To what must have been the collective shock of fans everywhere, we learned Jason did not end up sleeping with her. Along those lines of the unbelievable, Jason thought for a moment Sookie was asking him for advice. She of course wasn't, but the two got to share a nice siblings moment as before their phones rang.

In typical Jason obliviousness, he asked Sookie if he should throw the dresses in the trunk of his car, then literally tossed them in the back seat when Sookie told him to "throw" them in there. She asked him if he told Bridget where they were headed. I liked that he didn't lie to her about Hoyt's weddding. Seeing them starting off on such genuine and honest footing gave me hope that it would work out for him and Bridget.

Arlene and Holly were honest - but also not above a little dish session - as they hilariously wondered aloud if Jess was pregnant and cringed at the thought of breastfeeding a baby vampire. They, of course, would also relish the opportunity to snoop around and check out Bill's house (which few people had been in) so I was pleased they included that aspect of the wedding proceedings.

Jason and Hoyt reunited as best friends (at last!) and we got one final classic Stackhouse moment when he used the word prescription in the place of perspective while telling Hoyt how you have to live every day like it is your last. 

Andy admirably answered the call to preside over the marriage and also produced a great laugh from me when he yelled at Arlene to turn down the procession music. After collecting himself, he offered up a heartfelt endorsement of the union of Jess and Hoyt despite what their government might say. In doing so, he made a strong parallel comment on the real life issue of gay marriage in America.

That was a theme that seemed to continue when Sookie visited with Reverend Daniels. Bill wanted Sookie to give up her power to let him go, but also to give up any other vampire's attraction to her by giving up her essence as a faerie. That was how she could live what he felt would be a normal happy life, but what Reverend Daniels so eloquently contended was that Sookie was exactly the person God intended her to be.

She was born a certain way and that was no mistake, it was what made her special.

God doesn't have to lead our lives and he doesn't have to walk in our shoes.

Reverend Daniels

Everything he said made sense, which is why it seemed so strange Sookie then called Bill to have him meet her in the cemetery. After dressing so sharp for the wedding, I was a bit shocked to see the outfit Bill chose for his funeral.

Sookie ultimately chose to not give up her powers, her essence, but was still willing to help Bill. She checked to make sure it was what he wanted a couple more times. Then after a final "I love you" and kiss, she put the handle of a shovel to his chest and together they let go of their life together in an explosion of blood.

Vampire deaths, with the exception of Godric's, have never been pretty on this show. So despite the emotional and pivotal nature of Bill's death, it was an accurate way for him to go. His death left a heartbroken Sookie covered in what would have to be considered true blood.

Godric Commits Suicide
Sick of eons of being a vampire and ready to it all to end, Godric chooses to end his own life while Sookie stands by watching Eric's maker meet his.

As Sookie took one last walk through the dark woods of Bon Temps (will she ever learn?), the screen faded to black and I had mixed emotions. I had not gotten my fill of Eric and Pam. Thankfully, there were still a few minutes remaining which showed Eric and Pam reaching financial fame and then back where we all fell in love with them. Eric was back on his throne at Fangtasia and Pam was running things behind the scenes.

Sarah got what she deserved in the end via a life haunted by Steve. Jason became a parent with Bridget, Sam returned with Nicole and their family and we faded to black from a final scene showing a pregnant Sookie take her place beside an unknown bearded man at their Thanksgiving dinner. 

As we said "toodles" to True Blood, I was thankful for the finale. Despite all that Sookie and company experienced, they found a way through it all for a life worth living.

Looking back, True Blood paved the way for a plethora of shows and movies featuring vampires, werewolves and other supernaturals. So, at the least for that - regardless of how you felt about the finale or True Blood Season 7 - we should all be grateful and say "Thank You."

What did you think of the finale?

And was True Blood Season 7 the worst final season in TV history?

 

Review

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I find it amusing that most people who liked the ending keep saying "loose ends" were all tied up... and if that makes a good ending for you, ok. But for me, I like good consistent intelligent thought provoking writing which arguably is something that Trueblood has been missing since Season 3, but I guess I'm a glutton for punishment because I was hoping that the last season would bring what I liked about the show back, but instead it was uneventful garbage. It's ironic that of all times for the show to try to give a nod or get back in touch with the feeling of the books was the last episode when it no longer mattered or even made sense. smh. What a waste.

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The sentence that says it all: Dexter's ending was better. Now let that one sink in...

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what about a 'no what about HIMYM?' option to the poll

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I liked it! Tied up loose ends and gave all the characters what they wanted.

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With the exception of Hoyt and Jessica's wedding, this finale managed to entirely ruin every other relationship on the show. It was completely unsatisfying, turning Sooki into a shallow, frumpy broodmare whose 'normal' husband was so unimportant to her self-centered 'fulfillment,' that he didn't even deserve a name or to be fully seen. Newly defanged Eric and Pam went from being centuries old, educated, terrifying predators to incredibly cheesy and ridiculous infomercial hucksters and we are supposed to believe this is the pinnacle of success they have always striven for? Time and again the writers took characters we had invested years in and turned them into unrecognizable strangers. All within a single episode. Providing captions that indicated months or years had past in order to convince the audience that exceptional growth and evolution of the characters occurred, despite the fact that they were not allowed to witness it and it often flew in the face of what we knew about these characters, was just lazy. I thought it was a profoundly dumb finale. Not impressed at all.

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It was so tedious, I ended up fast-forwarding through the never-ending Sookie/Bill conversations and wedding just so I could get it over with quicker. Probably the worst series finale I have ever seen.

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If you ask me wanting Sookie to give up her fairy light and to kill him was definitely no act of love. It was the ultimate control issue which dominated their sick relationship from the beginning. Eric and Pam as usual the only entertaining part of the show, all the rest just bland.

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I liked the finale. I thought they did a very good job of tying everything up and it made some very good points. Especially the one of not everything stays the same. Things have to change for life to go on. I also liked how they didn't show the man Sookie married because in the end it doesn't really matter. The whole point was to show that Sookie got the life Bill wanted her to have. She was happy with her friends and family. Jason and the kids were adorable. Loved everything about Jessica and Hoyt. Glad Jason got his best friend back and Eric and Pam got the fame & fortune they wanted. Best scene hands down though was Eric in the car jamming to the music. I loved how they brought all of the characters back to the basics that we originally loved about this show. Very sad it is over.

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I thought the ending was okay! Not what I was expecting, but it was alright! I expected all vamps to be destroyed or leave in some manner and Bon Temps left as it originally was before Bill came along. Would liked to have seen Alcide come back. Was he shot with a silver bullet? Don't werewolves have recovery powers? Not sure why Sookie wouldn't allow him to be saved by Jessica either!! Thought they were great together! Glad Jessica got back with Hoyt, and Jason finally found someone to settle with and have kids. Gran deserved to have a legacy. Didn't like that we don't know who Sookie finally married? Is he Fae? Werewolve? Vamp or human? Should have covered that a little bit more.. afterall we can't give Sookie to just ANYBODY!!!

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I couldn't stay and finish any of the episodes with all the messy stuffs in this last season. Not even this episode for that Jess Hoyt wedding part. BUT I liked the ending where Sookie left the cemetry and moved on with her life and the thanksgiving dinner with family and friends. It may not be the fitting ending for everyone, especially for book fans that want to see Sookie end up with a known love interest from the book, but it is at least a happy closure for most of the Bon Temps folks we have liked these years. Acceptable and rather sweet ending for me.

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.

Sookie
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