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Strange Times – Observations on True Blood Season 6 so far

Guest Writer editorialWe are now three episodes into season six and most of our burning questions still remain unanswered. I do, however, have my own theories on what will happen in the coming episodes.

 

More thoughts on “Who Will Bite The Dust”
 
We all know that one of our beloved main characters will bite the dust this season. Many are convinced its Eric while others believe Lafayette will finally meet the same fate his character did in the books. If I’m choosing between the two, my money’s on Lafayette, simply because it’s no secret that Eric is probably the most popular fan favorite on the show.

That being said, after watching “You’re No Good”, I’m convinced that a character I had never really considered to be in danger before could meet his demise this season and that’s Jason. It’s obvious that Sook’s loving big brother is ill and seems to only be getting worse. From the spoilers I’ve seen for episode four, Sookie and Jason’s faery grandfather don’t seem to keen on helping his grandson, since Jason missed out on the Fae gene.

Jason has survived multiple were-panther attacks, an overdose on V, and Steve Newlin among other obstacles, but he has always bounced right back, until now. Not only is Jason physically ill, his mental state hasn’t been all that great either. Could it be that all the tragedy and danger that have followed the Stackhouse siblings are finally catching up to them, Jason being the one taking the brute?

He is, after all, merely mortal whilst his half-fae sister still has the vamps, weres, and royal faEry kin to help her out. Then again, Jessica may still be carrying a torch for Jason and help him out with her blood, if he will allow it.

Niall and Sookie help Jason

Another character I believe may possibly be in danger of meeting her maker is Pam. In the last couple of seasons, Pam has been taking desperate measures to keep Eric to herself but her attempts have instead pushed him away. Or so it seems, bottom line is Pam will do anything and I do mean ANYTHING to keep her maker safe and if that means the true death for her, well so be it.

Pam is probably one of my top five favorite characters and Kristen Bauer Van Straten does a fabulous job portraying her but her character has grown away from the sassy, bad-ass vamp we knew in first three seasons. She has gone from smart and witty to clingy and a little crazy.

I do applaud the Tara/Pam pairing, though I don’t see it lasting too long. Tara is also one whose fate is up in the air. There seems to be a pattern with Tara, every time she is saved from a terrible thing, something similar ends up happening to her anyway.

Tara thought Lafayette was the body in the back of Andy’s car in the season two premiere but he reappeared after being held captive in Eric’s dungeon then in the season two finale Jason kills Tara’s new love, Eggs, because he thought Eggs was trying to kill Andy Bellefleur. Then, Tara narrowly escapes being made vampire by the demented Franklin Mott in season three, only to be turned by Pam in season five to avoid dying from a gunshot wound to the head courtesy of Debbie Pelt. So, wouldn’t it only make sense if Tara finally met the true death? After all, you can only escape it so many times before it finally catches you. At this point in the season, it seems that almost everyone except Sookie is fair game.
 

New Fae’s in Town

 

Speaking of the fae, there are two new faes in town, one being Ben Flynn, the ruggedly handsome stranger Sookie helps out in episode 2 (The Sun). Ben has now returned to assist Sookie’s faery grandfather, Niall Brigant in keeping Sookie safe from the yet to really be seen Warlow, the progeny of Lilith, who was promised Sookie would be his by her several times great-grandfather John Stackhouse.

Ben Flynn

Ben just kind of appeared out of nowhere and we don’t really know much about him, yet, other than he knows a little more about the Fae than Sookie does and he and the Sook can “feel” each other, something neither could do with any other fae. Maybe they are supposed to be soul mates?

Many Trubies are thinking that Ben is some kind of bad guy, maybe somehow connected to Warlow, but I disagree with that. I think he is totally a good guy and while I am TEAM ERIC, it is a little refreshing seeing Sookie having a chance to be with her own kind, someone that truly gets how she feels. Maybe Ben and Sookie are destined to have lots of half-fae babies to restore the bloodline destroyed by Warlow? Or maybe he is just someone to make Eric jealous so he will come to his senses and take Sookie and his vamp family of Pam, Tara, and Nora out of Louisiana and away from all the danger.

 

Why not leave the State?

 

I am really wondering why all the Louisiana vamps haven’t left the state already. I mean, if Louisiana is the only state invoking these Jim Crow Laws for Vamps, why not just go to another state? You got Mississippi, Arkansas, and Texas all within a couple hours distance, so it’s not like it would take awhile to get to a safer territory.

Nora, Eric, Pam and Tara

Maybe set up camp at Russell Edgington’s old place in Jackson or head back to Dallas to seek help from Isabelle, Godric’s former second? But no, our favorite vamps choose to stay in the land of the un-free and walk right into danger. Guess we wouldn’t have much of a season of they didn’t.

 

The new Billith
 
I still can’t decide if I like the new Billith or not. Frankly, old Bill was kind of uptight and bland. Maybe it’s time to give the Confederate soldier the True Death once and for all so Stephen Moyer can spend more time directing and making babies with his wife.

Bill Compton

 
Guess we will just have to stay tuned to find out what will happen next…and to ensure there’s a seventh season…
 
 

Telina E. Knight

Telina E. Knight

Telina is a 26 year old mom, free-lance writer and blogger and a dedicated Trubie. She is currently working on her first novel and a new blog.
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88 comments
wiwa
wiwa

I'm really worried about losing Jason too. I hope it won't be him. After seeing Chris Bauer answer a question about the death and the strong reaction he had where he said it's "not fair" I figured it would be somebody he worked with a lot, so either Jason, Terry, Arlene or Sam. Why are they killing off an established and beloved character? I think it would have to be really important to the main story (Sookie's) or it would be to eliminate the need for writing that character their own arc in a following season to help streamline the show. They don't have to continue to write a separate story for Terry and Arlene, they started out as purely support characters and they could continue on that way. Killing Jason would devastate Sookie. But I had the weird notion that maybe they will kill off Sam, again, I hope not, because then the show can't end the same way the books end, keeping people guessing, and not many would really expect it to be him so the shock would be huge. I really don't want to lose any of these characters I mentioned, or Tara, Lafayette and absolutely not Bill. Losing Bill would kill the show for me. But like you said, nobody except Sookie is safe.

ROBIN
ROBIN

I think it's Tara"s time to go. She has outlived her usefullness!!!!

Nickymouse
Nickymouse

Telina, I appreciate you taking the time to give us your insight. Your article was well written and for the most part, enjoyable. But I have to admit I was also a bit shocked by the Billith comment that you wrote. Whether it was meant to be taken lightly or not, so many of us could read a lot of resentment in that comment. So many Eric fans have felt threatened by the real life relationship between Anna and Stephen, as if it would somehow alter the story that they hoped would play out. Mentioning that in your piece just brings that subject up again, and makes the reader wonder if you also feel that same resentment. It may not have been your intention, but that's how it sounds. Imagine if someone were to write an article and say, "Maybe it's time for the Viking to meet the true death once and for all so that he can spend more time working with his father and dating his co stars." I know that if that were to happen, even if it was meant to be taken lightly, this thread would be way longer than 81 comments, and none of them would be very pleasant either.

callonmebill
callonmebill

Well written piece on which one of our TB friends is not coming back and except for the part about Bill/Stephen not coming back so he can direct and have more babies which has been adequately debated in the comments section so I wont have to add my thoughts, I did enjoyed the authors POV. The "death" I think has been established as an original S1 cast member, so Nora or Holly or Alcide do not count though they may die too. For some reason I put Jason in the safe category with the Sookie, Eric, Bill troika never thinking he was in danger. But also Sam needs to be safe as does Lafayette and no you can't kill Jess and Andy leaving only Arlene and Terry. In the end Terry will be the one, the good solider. This is my hope. The other possibility as the author Telina points out is Pam or Tara and yes they to are vulnerable, but Pam is such a fan favorite with her fashion and one liners while Tara dying or Jason would be to much death for Sookie to bear. Or not?

justafan
justafan

You absolutely have every right to your opinion and those who run this site have every right to invite it to be expressed. But really, how naïve are you given the reactions like death threats when CH did not land Sookie with Eric, are you that you think you can make a comment about Bill dying so SM can go make babies and direct; and in the same article say you are TEAM ERIC in caps and not think that would incite these type of comments. Then beg just kiddin about the Bill death thing. I find the entire petty squabbling tiresome and downright hateful at times. Eric is a great character when he is ERIC, not some annoying 12 yr old in basketball shorts. Bill's character is incredibly complex and his evolution continues to compel me to watch this show. It's hard to imagine anyone else but AS and SM playing these characters. The were story is painfully boring and while many love to look at him, (and I apologize to JM fans) he can not act worth a crap compared to an AP and a SM or Sam Trammel. Ben is completely underwhelming and far too contrived to suddenly be on the side of the road; to not have made it to the fae club (which was just a couple miles down the road) & been there when Warlow killed everyone; yet just happens to be there when Niall comes out, knows of Warlow and who Niall is. Ms Sookie needs to give the fairy v a rest, stop and think about he life and what she has been thru and decide as an independent, capable woman how she wants her life to be. Take charge and make grown up decisions whatever they are. Finally the one thing I did agree with is I am starting to fear for Jason & I adore him. At the same time that he seems to be setting up for the obvious one we will lose, TB loves to create that sort of diversion and shock the heck out of us.

mybabybill
mybabybill

My two cents about Lafayette: The writing for this character has taken a downturn in the past few seasons, but Lafayette has always provided an unflinching view of the reality-based world, whether you like it or not. that is something that is sorely lacking in BonTemps. LaLa and Ruby Jean together? no better comedy anywhere! Lafayette and Tara? their emotional exchanges cut away all the b***s*** and go straight to your heart in a way no other pairing seems to be able to do. Lafeyette at Merlotte's? you can get everything you need! that short-order cook will make you lunch, do your nails, fix your fashion, babysit your child, teach you self-defense, provide sex education, fill your "prescription" order and just basically tell you about yourself! annnnnd quiet as it is kept, I think that Lafayette's swag has opened/turned many a closed mind regarding the issues of th LGBT community. I defy you to name another TB character that may actually be changing lives in the real world. Writers! know thyselves! humble thyselves! heal thyselves!

Lynnpd
Lynnpd

I think I need to point out to the readers that this is an editorial post, which means that it is an opinion piece and this article reflects Telina's opinions. While you as the readers are free to disagree with her, lets please be respectful of others opinions.

Rebecca
Rebecca

Telina, Thank you for your post. One of the reasons I find myself coming back to this site daily is that all points of view are celebrated about the show that we all adore. I'm befuddled about Niall. I mean he seems the most useless King I've ever seen. He goes after Nora thinking she might be Warlow? Weird. Also Nora doesn't go all "They smell amazing" on Niall. Some things just aren't adding up for me. I'm worried about Jason too. I love Jason's character. He and Andy (and before he left -- Hoyt) ground the show with their human qualities. It seems a bit too 'in your face' to have Jason die, but one never knows. Pam - Hmmm, the writers are making her so whiney, and clingy as the guest writer wrote. She isn't asking what Eric needs and doing it. I could see Pam dying trying to save Eric. Andy is in danger too with 4 hybrids in a town full of starving vampires. What will happen to those girls now that there are no more Bon Temps Fae? Ben - I like Ben. I think there is something else going on with him, but I'm not sure he's a bad guy. I've been kind of thinking he's being made to get close to Sookie. Maybe someone in his family has been kidnapped or something. I don't know. Bill and Eric and Sookie - I can't see any of these three going away, unless the show will not be renewed which with each episode and no news from HBO is getting more likely. Alex has a big career now outside TB. Anna has her XMen and other movies coming up. Stephen is making a name for himself directing. So it could be the show will see the true death this year... I just don't know. Thanks again for the great post.

wiwa
wiwa

I forgot Jessica, I don't want to lose Jessica either. I hope we don't lose more than one of the season one cast, but with all the emphasis they're putting on "nobody lives forever" I don't think they're going to stop at one of the original cast plus the regular multiple new-comers. Oh no, Steve and Sarah Newlin were in the first season too. Yikes!

Karen
Karen

Excellent points Nickymouse, and I agree. I was also surprised to read that comment about Stephen. Telina, if you had made similar comments about the other actors, maybe your comment about Bill/Stephen would have been taken as jest. Now it comes across as petty and bitter. I would also point out that he doesn't need to stop acting to continue to direct and make babies with his wife. He's done all three at the same time before.

mybabybill
mybabybill

killing Pam? hmmm. now that would really open up such possibilities in the vampire realm. I remember Pam as a fan favorite in earlier seasons, but now, maybe not so much. It would depend on who you talk to about it I guess. killing Tara? after ALREADY killing her in S4, how can you do it AGAIN without the appearance of shall we say a less than random selection? In addition, this character (and many others) serves an internal dynamic that is rarely discussed and has yet to be resolved. Again, if you feel she needs to go, you are probably not getting some parts of the story.

Telina
Telina

Ok, you can call me naive all you want to but i wrote my article from MY point of view and didn't really care if all everyone agree with what I had to say. I also never said I was JUST KIDDING about the Stephen Moyer comment, I said I meant it to be taken lightly. There are way more serious issues in this world not to make light of other than Bill, Stephen Moyer, and his status on TB, directing, or making babies. I personally think the making babies process is a lot of fun and I am sure that Stephen and Anna do to. I am also a mother and if someone told my husband to stop building furniture for a living so he could spend more time tournament fishing and making babies with me, I would be all for it. So you guys can stop acting like I am trying to diss Stephen Moyer or Anna Paquin for that matter. I simply put what was on my mind. If you guys want a sweet boring article talking about how great every character is and how everything is perfect on TB, well, write it yourself because that sounds pretty darn boring to me. I appreciate all of your comments even those of you who need to lighten up a little because it means you are reading my work and THAT is what is important to a writer. You don't have to agree with everything I say but at least you are reading it. I will not condone personal attacks however because you don't know me or my character and therefore have no right to tell me how I meant for something to sound or how I think or how I should have written something. If you have a different opinion I suggest you take a seat and write it down like I did. Thanks again for all your feedback and thanks for giving my article a read. I meant for this article to give the fans something to talk about and that's what you all did. Thank you.

Eric Rocks
Eric Rocks

I agree with your thoughts on the whole Were storyline, and especially Alcide portrayed by JM. Perhaps we'll get lucky and he'll be the supposed "fan favorite" that will be killed off. I wouldn't miss him one tiny bit.

Rebecca
Rebecca

Justafan, So glad to hear I'm not the only one hating on the Were storyline. I find the way the writers are portraying them as disgusting. I think JM is great, but just don't care for his character anymore. Also, there has been no interaction between the Weres an the main storyline so at this point it just seems like filler. And yes, TB loves to throw out a diversion and keep us guessing which is why I'm not sure if Jason lives or dies. Mybabybill wrote it might be a character arc for Jason. Maybe, but I'd like him to stay as is. I don't want to see him changed.

Rowena
Rowena

Well said about Lafayette, mbb and Aphrodite.

Colette
Colette

How can someone who's either high or possessed bring an "reality-based point of view" ? generally speaking Don't get me wrong, I do love Lala (and Nelsan is terrific), I'm so glad they didn't kill him in the first season.

mybabybill
mybabybill

oh yeah. and *genuflect* in the directiona of A)AB and B)Nelsan Ellis. A)for imagining this character as more than words on a page B)for making it so.

Colette
Colette

"I'm befuddled about Niall ... " Same here. Why didn't he turn up sooner? What's with Queen Mab? I thought she was supposed to be the faery head of state. In the books full-blooded faeries have the ability to hide their scent - maybe that's the case here with Nora. Hard to tell based on this short scene.

mybabybill
mybabybill

although things look bad for Jason, I wonder if he is just starting on a newer character arc.

Nickymouse
Nickymouse

Thank you Karen. You actually brought up something I forgot to mention. I don't consider myself to be overly sensitive, and I've read way worse things written by people who despise Bill, but I agree completely with you regarding the nature of the article. None of it was really written in jest except for the part about Stephen. No other actor's personal life was discussed in that tone either, so the fact that it was written so differently than the rest of the article is what caused me to comment. And while I completely agree that there are bigger things in the world to be concerned about than what Telina thinks of Stephen, I feel that it should be taken as a constructive criticism to a writer, and nothing more.

callonmebill
callonmebill

@mybabybill, I do not feel Tara needs to go - I said she was vulnerable as all S1 characters are and my sad vote went to Terry or Arlene; I just went through all the S1 characters and voiced my opinion in a lighthearted way on why they should stay or go. I still feel Pam and Tara will not die the true death. I based my Pam being a fan favorite on my crack "scientific observations and interpretation" lol from viewing my Tumblr account, meaning the negatives are at a minimum.

Colette
Colette

"In addition, this character (and many others) serves an internal dynamic that is rarely discussed and has yet to be resolved. Again, if you feel she needs to go, you are probably not getting some parts of the story." What dynamic might that be? Please don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to step on your toes or anything, but I don't see much value (for the story, the show etc) in Tara - as a character and right now, not to belittle the job Rutina's doing playing her. She's still a very angry woman who acts first, often without thinking it through. She killed Elijah and endangered Pam doing so, now she ran off with Willa. She's constantly trying to drive a wedge between Pam and Eric, although Eric - being the most experienced and powerful - is their best bet to survive right now and ! welcomed her into the family.

justafan
justafan

You doth protest so very much for one who does not care what we think.

Colette
Colette

It's supposed to be one of the characters who were around since season 1, so probably not Alcide. A lot of people speculated it would be Jessica - some due to the fact that her character was invented for the show. But who knows? It could be Terry, or Arlene, even Andy ....

mybabybill
mybabybill

You ask: How can someone who’s either high or possessed bring an “reality-based point of view” ? generally speaking If you think of Lafayette as primarily a drug user, you have completely missed the point. Larayette is first and foremost, a businessman. How could a person that YOU are describing hold down > 2 jobs, pay his bills and keep his mother's nursing home care financed? Right. He couldnt.

AphroditeMF
AphroditeMF

You underestimate how rational a person high on drugs can be. ;) Lafayette expresses more wisdom and integrity than, say, Arlene, who has probably never done drugs.

Rebecca
Rebecca

On AB's new show, Banshee, he also has a badass character a little like Lafayette. If you haven't seen the show, it's worth a watch.

Rebecca
Rebecca

Colette - Yes, what is happening with the Queen Mab group? So much of that storyline was dropped by the writers. Hmm I didn't know that the full-blooded ones could hide their scent... maybe, although when Russell was after the Bon Temp tribe he could smell them as could Newlin.

mybabybill
mybabybill

sorry. didnt mean to be so terse.

mybabybill
mybabybill

know what? you may be right. it's a new show. new showrunner. all bets are off. it could very well be tara.

Eric Rocks
Eric Rocks

I agree. She treats Pam and Eric the same way she treated Sookie and Bill. I found her to be extremely annoying in both of these circumstances. Now, I love her interaction with LaLa and Sam, but she really needs to keep her nose out of other people's relationships. Especially since she absolutely no idea of how to maintain one herself.

Eric Rocks
Eric Rocks

I recall thinking it would be Terry awhile back because of spoiler pics of Andy and Arlene dressed in black at a supposed funeral. I still vote for Alcide :), because I love Terry.

Colette
Colette

He is a frequent drug-user, that doesn't mean he's not capable to handle a job (or two). On the contrary, there are not few people who do drugs or are addicted to alcohol. Some of them have very good jobs and make a lot of money. But you have to admit that taking drugs, being high alters your perception. That perception is not seldom a distorted intake of reality, that was what I wanted to express.

Colette
Colette

I've never encountered anyone who was on drugs acting or thinking rational, you take drugs to escape reality to begin with. But apart from that, Arlene is true to her beliefs, narrow-minded in some cases but that doesn't change the fact that she sticks with her choices. Taking drugs, selling them, trying to screw a Vampire like Eric isn't particularly wise (if you ask me), having your cousin turned into the thing she hates most is another point where I'm not seeing reason being the motive.

AphroditeMF
AphroditeMF

I believe that Claude told Sookie during season five that the last portal to fairyland (the place that Sookie went to at the start of season 4) was closed.

Colette
Colette

Yeah, but there were a lot of halflings in the club, and they don't have the ability.

Colette
Colette

Oh, those devious pics! How often has it turned out to be a decoy? Andy and Arlene would go to Sam's funeral, or Lala's, or Jason's ... I too hope Terry won't be the one, I would miss him. Can you imagine Arlene raising three kids on her own? And her man, again?

Rina
Rina

Lala is not a drug user. He only does that occasionally when the world becomes too much. And he doesn't sell drugs anymore. And of course there was nothing rational about turning Tara into vampire. It was all emotional. Lala didn't want to lose his only cousin.

Eric Rocks
Eric Rocks

Maybe Niall, since he is a king, can open and close portals. Book Niall was able to do so at will. And he went through the portal in Sook's bathroom, remember, only we don't know where that was a portal to.

Colette
Colette

You're right, and we saw it blowing up, kind of. There must be more than one though. And somehow these portals are created ... how and by whom? More questions we don't have an answer to ....

Rebecca
Rebecca

Colette and AphroditeMF: Yes, there were a lot of halflings in the club so that explains why Russell could smell them. Oh - okay I didn't realize it was closed. I do remember Sookie and her grandfather jumping through the portal and there was so jabbering about it was closing. I just thought the Queen closed and then she could open it again. If it's closed for good it makes me wonder why we were drug down that path because I don't think anyone really liked that storyline. Thanks guys for the clarification.

Eric Rocks
Eric Rocks

you know, though, if it is terry, it may lead the way for Arlene to be even more characteristic of her book counterpart. Hmmmm....... Just thinking here, but maybe he tries to help Andy save any remaining faebies that Jessica and Bill don't eat and kill. Or Patrick's wife somehow gets wind of Terry's role in his death. There are at least a couple of plausible scenarios for his death. I hope I'm wrong.

Rebecca
Rebecca

You know if we have to see someone go, I vote for Alcide. They aren't doing anything with him on the show and when they do I usually fastforward through it. I mean how many times do we need to see them chowing down on people. Ugh. Not sexy or interesting. Also, Alcide's career is really taking off. He has a bunch of movies coming up. But.... I can't see all of Bon Temps showing up for his funeral so it's probably not him. Wasn't there something about the death bringing the folk of Bon Temp to their knees? So it must be someone that frequents or works at Merlottes. Ugh I hate this....

Colette
Colette

"Lala is not a drug user. He only does that occasionally" What kind of logic is that? If you occasionally beat your wife are you not a wife-beater? Please, be honest, how many time's did we see him take drugs? All kinds of. "when the world becomes too much" Only proves my point, his incentive is to escape reality. Is that a way to deal with anything? And of course he didn't want to lose his cousin, but turning her into the thing she hates, for selfish and emotional reasons, doesn't make him especially rational. That was my point. I never said I could not relate, I just dared to doubt he's the character most rooted in reality.

Colette
Colette

Gotta be the dark realm Warlow was banned to, he tried to escape there first.

Colette
Colette

I think we're going down that path again because there are a lot of questions we don't have an answer to. Like : if it was the last portal how can Niall appear? That's what I love about this sides, you get many different points of view, others recall details you didn't payed much attention to, looking back and reviewing it can offer a whole new direction. I love this sort of interaction, discussing and speculating. Awesome ;)

Rebecca
Rebecca

You do have a good point there about Arlene. Everyone loves Terry in Bon Temps. Arlene already doesn't care for the vamps, if Terry were killed by one she'd really be in the anti-vamp camp.

Rebecca
Rebecca

Love this whole discussion - so much fun mulling over all the angles. I'd rather not see the other Fae again. That was just too weird and StarTrekie for me.

Colette
Colette

What's wrong with Star Trek? ;) Just kidding - I happen to like that too. I'm not keen on seeing the other fae again, in fact I'm suspicious of pretty much all of them, but I sure would like a handbook with rules (and a tiny bit of background information) for the TB universe.

Rebecca
Rebecca

Hi Colette - Nothing is wrong with Star Trek :) It's just when Sookie was in Queen Mob or Mab (can never remember which way it goes) land it just felt like an original Star Trek show. I kept waiting for Mr. Spock or Captain Kirk to show up.