True Blood Review: Season Finale Thud
It’s the end of another crazy season on True Blood and this had to be my least favorite episode. Why? The predictable outcome of Sookie choosing neither Eric of Bill, leaving this triangle yet still a triangle for another season to come.
But let’s check out the body count for this season finale first. First there is Jesus, who is forced by Marnie/Lafayette to give up his demon powers or else he could kill Lafayette. She then kills him. Next we have Nan Flannigan, who Bill stakes in the heart after she calls him and Eric puppy dogs. Lastly we have Debbie Pelt, who Sookie kills with a shotgun after werewolf comes into her house intending to kill her and gets Tara right at the back of her head instead (I am refusing to believe that she’s dead!)
Marnie is forced out of Lafayette’s body by spirit of Adele Stackhouse called forth by Holly, Sookie, and Tara during Halloween night as Bill and Eric burn on a stake. Antonia appears again and tells her how living forever is true suffering, as vampires will never know peace that the afterlife offers. With a scream of frustration, Marnie joins the other spirits and crosses over. What a let down! Built up to be the season’s bad guy, this was such a lame way to end her storyline. There was no supernatural ass kicking of any kind.
I suppose it is hard to top the craziness which is Russell Edgington, because guess what, he’s back! He broke out of the cement parking lot and is sure to have Bill, Sookie, and Eric on the top of his eat list. Still, the way he was reintroduced was in no means thrilling or even exciting. Alcide merely comes upon the ravaged parking lot after one of his contractors calls him up unable to explain the mess that happened. But we do get Dennis O’Hare back and I am more than happy to have him on the show again. Now there’s a REAL bad guy.
Speaking of Bill, Sookie, and Eric, the waitress ends up donating her blood to heal both vampires from stake induced burns and then dumps them afterwards. While I would have preferred she just chosen Eric already, she finds that she’s unable to let go of her feelings for Bill and so cannot be with either of them. In her position that’s probably the most sensible thing to do after all her romantic entanglements with vampires have caused most of her problems. It was comical to see Eric and Bill in matching bathrobes. What is interesting is that in their next scene together, both men turn on Nan Flannigan, after learning that she’s quit the AVL and The Authority and was trying to recruit them to her cause. As Eric aptly put it, “Hi Nan and gay storm troopers.” Her escort in fact did look like gay storm troopers.
Bill and Eric probably wouldn’t have killed her if she hadn’t threatened Sookie’s life and called them puppy dogs. So now Sookie has two vampires pining for her for eternity. Eric also defends Bill to Nan before her death, which makes me wonder if they two of them are going to work together now that neither of them can have Sookie, putting them on even footing? Though I can hardly believe that Eric wouldn’t at least attempt to do something to fully win his ladylove. It’s definitely new to see non-emo Eric still being open with his feelings toward Sookie to the very end and to the point that he appears to have abandoned Pam for the moment.
Pam has gotten the short end of the stick on this. She hadn’t expected her maker to ever replace her with anyone after a hundred years together. Pam breaks down crying with only Ginger to offer her comfort.
The most unexpected twist happened to be Steve Newlin, whom earlier this season had been missing in action. He turns up at Jason’s doorstep after he had just slept with Jessica. Now the former pastor is a vampire. Kind of make sense that someone turned him into the thing he hates the most. Jason has finally came clean and took a beating from Hoyt after confessing that he had sex with his best friend’s ex-girlfriend. Jess in the meantime wants to take things slow and they both find themselves talking an awful lot about one Mr. Fortenberry. Jason for once is also the more insecure one of the pair, after all she is a vampire and hence more dangerous than he could be.
So ends season four with dud. I am going to miss Jesus as his character was finally starting to be interesting with the brujo powers and the magical albeit messed up family. Will he still be around for season five? Who knows, maybe he can find another medium and jump into their body. But somehow righteous Jesus probably wouldn’t do that. How will Alcide feel when he finds out that Sookie killed Debbie? Even if he abjured her I’ve a feeling that he’s not going to take it to lightly. Sookie dumping both Eric and Bill, well they’ll probably spend next season protecting her from Russell Edgington. But still, what a let down. I would have liked to have more Eric and Sookie time after Bill got her for three seasons. But that is just me. Cousins Tara and Lafayette continue to get the crappiest of circumstances. Lafayette has killed the man he loves and Tara has just gotten part of her skull blown off.
But hey, what is Scott Foley doing in Bon Temps? The actor who played Noel Crane on Felicity seems to be a marine buddy of Terry whom he thought was dead. A real dead person, the ghost of Rene actually comes to Arlene on Halloween night to warn her to run away from Terry. Really. A homicidal killer warning Arlene about another potential homicidal killer. Sorry Rene, you probably have your own agenda here.
Till next summer folks!
Season 4, Episode 12: And When I Die (originally aired September 11, 2011)
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