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.
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.
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."
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