Last night, after I saw the finale episode of True Blood, I felt like I was in the Twilight Zone. So many “off the wall” things happened in this episode that it took me a second viewing to actually begin to grasp it all, and I’m still not sure I have it 100% yet.
If this was the writer’s way of a “getting back to normal” episode, I’d say they sort of missed their mark because there sure was a “big bag of crazy” going on. Most of the happenings were much more alien than normal, and that’s said by someone who has watched and loved 6 seasons of this show’s craziness.
I don’t want to sound too critical, because some of the things that happened in this episode made me very happy, and overall a lot of it was good, but the crazy stuff was just plain “off the wall” crazy. So, I’m going to be a bit crazy, too by changing up my random thoughts this week to focus on that craziness, somewhat a departure from my usual recap of the episode.
Finally Warlow showed his true colors and became the evilness we knew he would be. I was so glad to see him go and that Niall helped to get him and Jason had the privilege of staking him to save his sister Sookie was very rewarding. So now, all is well with the Stackhouse clan.
While I’m not sorry to see the Warlow storyline be over, I enjoyed having Rob Kazinsky in the part. However, I felt the whole story sort of fizzled out and Rob spent most of his time pining for Sookie and being tied up in the cemefaery. This character could have been much more interesting and there seemed to be a lot of lost opportunities that weren’t taken advantage of for his story line.
And, I never understood why Sookie was attracted to him at all, except that he was a faery, too. Other than that one commonality, Warlow never really showed anything to gain so much of her trust, and for her to be willing to marry him even after there was no need to sacrifice herself, made no sense to me.
One major death was taken care of early in the episode when he was killed in Sookie’s bathroom.
I’m not sure I thought the time jump was such a good thing, but we’ve had a time jump before in Season 4 when Sookie returned from faeryland, so it’s not a precedent they set here and I can handle it I suppose.
I thought last season’s finale was the most “out there” finale I’d ever seen, and there was no way the writers could come up with something crazier than that one.
All last year it was the Bill fans who were tortured for an entire year of waiting to know whether Bill would be a crazed blood monster, himself, or even alive in Season 6, now it’s the Eric fans who will have to wait to learn the fate of their vampire until Season 7.
With Warlow’s death, the vampires lost their ability to go out in the sun, and had to return to being the night creatures they were meant to be. It was nice while it lasted, but I’m not surprised it was short lived.
Presumably Lillith is gone and, now that Warlow is dead, she can go back to where she came from because she is no longer inhabiting Bill. In this episode we learn that Bill is once again Mr. Compton with the same insecurities and devotion to Sookie that he used to have. I have to say that I’m glad Bill is back, but I hope he doesn’t spend too much of his time pining for Sookie because I am not sure she deserves him. However, I did see a glimmer in Sookie’s eye about Bill when she watched him on TV, and it looks like she is coming around and will, at least like him again.
I can’t see Sookie with Alcide being together for too long; they just don’t seem to work for me as a couple. However, Alcide sure seems happy about it and I’m glad, at least somebody is contented. When the three meet at the end of the episode, Bill offers Sookie his protection and Alcide says, “she’s got me.” Bill then exclaims, “you’re not good enough,” and Alcide shows his werewolf eyes and growls and this is when Bill gets to say the best line in the episode, “You can growl all you want, bright eyes, but it doesn’t change the truth.“
Bill’s writing of the book, “And God Bled” to help dispel the origins of Hep V is an interesting story line that I hope they will follow into Season 7. Since there still exists a threat to vampires, he will have something to keep him busy because I think Bill is at his best when he is working for a cause and it’s good to see that he has teamed up with Sam to do so.
How Andy and the town can look the other way about his three faery daughters being killed by Jessica is beyond me, but then it’s True Blood. Also, you could say they were “accidental” deaths because Jessica lost all control of herself, I suppose and,therefore, in typical True Blood fashion this crime is just swept under the rug. However, I was proud of Jessica for going to the Bellefleur house to atone for her sin by asking for forgiveness. Andy seemed to accept her apology; if not begrudgingly.
Next season I hope to see more of Jessica with James, he seems like a promising vampire and its good for Jessica to find someone she can be happy with, other than Jason since he is all consumed by Violet.
Violet and Jason
This relationship between Violet and Jason is definitely a rather unhealthy one. I’m not sure how I feel about it. Violet has already proven that she will stand by her man, but her domination of Jason is a bit unsettling. I suspect she will be important in next season’s episodes and hope that Jason finds some happiness in the relationship.
Tara and Lettie Mae
Tara’s mother, Lettie Mae offering her blood to her estranged daughter, Tara was a good sign that she wants to also atone for the mistreatment of her one and only daughter. For six seasons we have watched as Tara has, again and again, been disappointed and mistreated by Lettie Mae, and this may have ended that pain for Tara. I have to admit though that while for now, Lettie Mae could be sincere, I worry that it might not last too long. Poor Tara. I’m glad she, at least has Willa now that Pam is off looking for Eric.
Eric and Pam
OMG! Let me begin this craziness by saying that I am convinced that both characters will be back. I figure that Pam will somehow save Eric. I don’t know how, but I just know that the writer’s just couldn’t let Eric or Pam die; it would be plain stupid. Unfortunately, as I said above, the Eric fans will have to wait this one out, just like the Bill fans did last year before they can know for sure.
For me, Eric on the mountain was the most outrageous scene I’ve experienced ever in watching six seasons of True Blood. Yes, Bill exploding into a puddle of blood in Season 5, was pretty crazy, but this one tops it for me. I have no problem with Eric needing to get away after losing Nora, nor do I question that he went to Sweden, but to sit naked on a Swedish mountain top? First off, while the rays of the sun may have warmed him, it still must have been pretty cold up there, so to lie naked in the snow in a deck chair with only a book is ludicrous? Did he fly there naked? How did he carry the lounge chair there? Being practical, I would have thought that he might have at least brought a bathrobe or something else with him. Utterly crazy!
I am glad that we got to see Pam happy in the beginning of the episode, but she soon realized that she needed to find her maker. Whether he freed her or not, Pam is still as devoted to Eric as she ever was, so the need to go find him was not surprising at all. Therefore, I predict that in Season 7 Pam will somehow swoop in and save Eric from burning. I’m not sure how it will be done, but it will happen. You may remember that Bill, too burnt in the end of Season 1 and Sam and Sookie were able to heal him by burying him in the ground. I hope and think the same will be true for Eric. So I say again, have no fear Eric fans, I’m convinced Eric and Pam will return.
BELLEFLEUR BAR & GRILL
This new change in the town bar’s name and ownership is another “craziness” that I can’t say I like too much. I think I speak for all the fans when I say that Merlotte’s has always been the central hub of Bon Temps; and to change the ownership and its name, is very hard for us to accept. I don’t see why Arlene couldn’t buy it and keep it’s name the same, but then I remember that it used to be called Bellefleur’s a long time ago. Niall asked Jason about it in this season’s episode 1 so, I suppose its not so outrageous and I’ll just get used to it. However, it’s going to take some time.
Sam is a mayor? How did this come about? Presumably we will learn more about this in Season 7. I’m not sure I like Sam being a mayor and presumably selling his bar to Arlene. I was glad though that he is trying to do good with his new role and working with Bill to find some peace in Bon Temps. And, with Nicole’s skills, I’m sure she will be a force for good in the town, too, that is, after she gives birth to their child.
Having the town gather in the church was a nice touch, but to ask the town folk to become feeders of hungry vampires is not going to be easy for them to accept. It seems that resuming production of the TruBlood drink has not yet begun, and Sam and Bill’s suggestion might be the only way to keep the vampires from going hungry and attacking humans.
Sam ends the church meeting by saying “Every human needs a vampire and every vampire needs a human.” I am glad to hear him say that because it brings us back to True Blood’s original premise, as we learned in it’s very first episode, that vampires and humans can and need to coexist.
However, at the end of the episode, a bunch of hungry vampires seem to threaten all that has been achieved, but that’s for Season 7′s story line.
THOUGHTS ABOUT EPISODE’S TITLE SONG
First off, I want to say that although “Radioactive” might be an appropriate title for this episode, I think the song they used was not. Using Imagine Dragon’s song with that title was a bad choice. It is way too popular for True Blood to use as their title song, especially when the HBO commercial that followed the show used the exact same song. The title of this episode changed three times, so I’m sure that they didn’t have too much time to find an appropriate song, but True Blood is known for finding new and innovative sounds, not for using super popular tunes that we hear day in and day out on the radio. So, I have to criticize this choice for the episode. I would have tried to get The Firm’s “Radioactive,” instead, which they might have tried to do, who knows. Check it out at our Music Speculation post to hear the song.
OVERALL THOUGHTS ABOUT SEASON 6
I’m happy to see that the writers want to bring the show back to it’s roots, but the ride we took getting there was a bit bumpy. This was undeniably an uneven season, but I preferred it to Season 5 because when it was good, it was enjoyable. There were quite a few plot holes this season, too that I hope the writers will watch out and not repeat in future. Continuity is important even in such a crazy show as True Blood.
My biggest criticism about the season is that it only lasted 10 episodes. I would love to see True Blood go back to its 12 episodes per season, but I fear that the new trend in shorter seasons is not only going to continue with True Blood, but with all of HBO’s programming, so we will probably only have 10 again next year.
Its going to be a long wait until Season 7, but we will be worrying for the outcome of Pam and Eric right here with ya’ll.