True Blood – The Finale

November 24, 2008

[Note: This post is not meant for young children. The comments section may have spoilers.]

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Based on The Southern Vampire Mysteries, a series of books by Charlaine Harris, and adapted for television by Alan Ball (Six Feet Under), True Blood presents a world where modern vampires can live among humans without the need to feed on them. After the Japanese invent synthetic blood that is produced into Tru Blood, vampires simply go into a bar or a convenience store and order a bottle in their favorite type (O, A, B, or AB) served at 98 degrees.

With this sense of “humanity,” vampires want equal protections under the law like voting rights and state-recognized marriages. At the same time, humans have started to crave vampire blood or “V” which allows them to achieve states of heightened senses and pure ecstasy. Unless a human can find a vampire dealer ready to drain his or her blood, the usual practice for v-junkies is to kill vampires and drain their blood.

For those of you who haven’t watched True Blood, HBO’s Sunday night 9 pm EST series, you better have good reason. To clarify, good reasons do not include: a) Desperate Housewives, b) hating all things Vampire, or c) any feelings you may have had about Six Feet Under.

Even if you do not want to watch any of the “special characters” (read: vamps, fang bangers, telepathics, shape shifters), some of the show’s best moments are provided by the supporting (read: human) characters – specifically, Lafayette Reynolds (Nelsan Ellis), Tara Thornton (Rutina Wesley), and Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten).

Plus, the shows setting, Bon Temps, Louisiana, paves the way for some interesting commentary about prejudice as vampires fight for integration.

With that brief introduction, what did you think about the season finale? Let’s begin a discussion in the comments section of the post.

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5 Responses to “ True Blood – The Finale ”

  1. revisingproust on November 24, 2008 at 1:54 pm

    Personally, I was let down by the season finale. The killer was revealed in the second to last episode and the suspense of the finale was that the audience knew who the killer was before the other characters did.

    That’s a great way to drag the audience in…if they built it up better in the final episode. I was still a little fuzzy as to what the killer did in his last town and why he hated fang bangers so much.

    Moreover, the parts with the killer’s fiancee were a little dull and unrealistic. The kids just happen to find the vampire sex tapes the same day that the killer goes after Sookie?

    The end was too put together…not answering enough questions and not giving enough story to keep it interesting.

    The parts that I did find interesting? I like this new Maryann character and her quasi-halfway house. What was up with that shivering? Did she provide a home for Sam when he was all alone? She can’t be too dangerous or else Sam wouldn’t let Tara get in the car with her – would he?

    I hope Bill’s creation – the feisty teen – plays a bigger role in Season 2.

    What else – do we think those were Lafayette’s feet in the car?

  2. Fortuna Köln on November 24, 2008 at 10:38 pm

    Sorry, I just can’t get into anything with vampires (and I listened to A LOT of the cure in junior high). From the few episodes I have seen of this show, it seems well put-together, but I just can’t get past the lameness of vampires. I know you said specifically not an excuse, but it’s just so…. I can’t think of the word, but it makes me think of fat guys with ponytails, trench coats and sword collections. The vampire club in the clip above looks like it came from Blade or something (Snipes, however is still cool even when doing vampire movies). The rest of the cast can’t save it, I was never really was interested in the whole Southern-Gothic thing anyway. I have the same problem with superheros (except Batman because he could theoretically be real). Maybe if it was vampires in ancient Greece or urban sasquatches I could get past it, but until then I gotta pass.

  3. revisingproust on November 29, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    i’m rewatching the series now…

    in the first episode, it’s notable that the “stray dog” shows up when Bill almost dies. Bill alludes to the fact that the “stray dog” is keeping an eye on Sookie & protecting her.

    in the second episode, it’s notable that the stray dog tries to save Sookie as she’s getting beat up. when Bill saves Sookie’s life, he also saves the “stray dog’s” life.

  4. revisingproust on November 29, 2008 at 11:07 pm

    why are longshadow’s fangs down even when he’s simply tending the bar?

  5. Leola Vimont on July 9, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    True Blood, the best tv show ever

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