Spoilers (show & book) ahoy! And also lots of nonsensical rambling.
True Blood ended this past Sunday night and I actually feel kind of sad about it. It hasn’t been that great the past few years and sometimes even completely awful, but the first three seasons, while incredibly ridiculous and silly, were really fun to watch. So, even though I have spent much time feeling exasperated by the recent seasons and grateful that it’s ending, I actually enjoyed this past season (minus the first couple episodes).
This season, while not much action happened after the crazed vampires that took over Fangtasia were gone, had sort of serene vibe to it. There were a few crazy moments sprinkled in here or there, such as Violet kidnapping Andy’s fairy daughter and Holly’s son to torture them in her sex mansion, the Republican slaughterhouse. But you could tell they really wanted to give the major characters some closure.
Sam decided to leave Bon Temps to be with his pregnant girlfriend. (I’m still really bothered that Merlotte’s was changed to Bellefleur’s…) Andy and Holly are engaged. Arlene found herself a cute vampire boyfriend. Hoyt returned and although his memories didn’t, the same feelings for Jessica easily resurfaced and the two got married (mainly for Bill’s sake, but hey they were still together in that flash forward). Jason found himself a nice girl that he could settle down with and have kids. Eric and Pam are just as successful as ever, selling their cure for Hep V and holding Sarah Newlin hostage forever.
And Sookie? With Bill dying of Hep V and refusing the cure (’cause he’s a big dumb dumb), she granted his request to kill him. He doesn’t want her to live a life in the darkness with him since he can’t give her children and such. (This very much reminded me of Angel breaking up with Buffy, but hey.) And instead of giving up who she is by using the last of her fairy magic, she stakes him. It’s not to save the world, but it was still pretty emotional. Not to mention gross. At least she wasn’t wearing white this time.
I’m not super pleased with this ending, mostly because I like the book ending so much better. Bill and Sookie are good buds and Sookie ends up with Sam instead of some faceless boyfriend/husband that knocked her up. That being, said, Sookie staking Bill was all still very emotional and gave me that season 1 vibe, which was all about Sookie and Bill’s relationship. (Sometimes I am a big weepy girly girl who enjoys sappy stuff like that, okay?)
I will argue that the pilot episode is still the best episode and my favorite of the entire series because it captured the True Blood world from the novels so perfectly. I think this show is a perfect example of when not following the books can really screw you over (HINT HINT, GoT). Sure, there are many more books of Sookie Stackhouse stories than there could ever be TV seasons, but there’s a reason why season 1-3 are better–because they mainly followed the book plots! Weird! (I’m forever saddened that I will never see the vampire convention come to life , as that’s one of my favorite Sookie Stackhouse books.)
Otherwise season 4-6 were more or less hot messes. Season 4 was all right with the amnesia Eric storyline, but I hated the way they brought the witch plot into it. Season 5 was so bad that I can’t even talk about it. (Who thought Billith was good idea!?) I will pretend it doesn’t exist in the True Blood world. And season 6 I mainly enjoyed for Sarah Newlin’s craziness.
I’m relieved the show is over because it felt like more of an obligation to watch in recent years, but I will most definitely still enjoy watching those first three seasons over and over again. Whenever summer hit, my roommate Missy and I would pop in season 1 because it was hot outside, in the show, and in our apartment since we didn’t have AC. Season 1 was so focused on the Sookie and Bill story…and maybe some people don’t like that. But it gave me some nice Buffy/Angel vibes and like I said, I can be sappy and enjoy a good dramatic romance. Plus, I think having that focus made it a better show.
Obviously I loved the show since I named my cat Sookie. And I will forever say “Sookehhh is miiiine” to her. Maybe someday I’ll get her a friend named Bill, ha. And I still rock my Merlotte’s shirt every now and then.