WASHINGTON, August 24, 2014 – Tonight’s marks a television event. True Blood, like Breaking Bad or the grand daddy of them all, 24, must come to an end.
We have seen our cast surrounded by unending tragedies, the unfair hand of life and death. And we have looked at ourselves and our quests for happiness – because if Eric and Bill are still morose after hundreds, if not thousands of years, what chance do we have.
And because in true vampire fashion, life can explode in one gooey, bloody, stringy, sinewy mess that takes a whole lot of towels to clean up.
Only in real life we do not have the cello music to warn us that the goop and the fan will soon meet.
So who has made it to the end of True Blood?
– Sookie and Jason first living happily with Gran, that peace is the result of tragedy – the death of their parents. Which we learn has a whole to do with Sookie’s dad wanting to kill his fairy offspring. They are both poised on the cusp of self realization and happiness. Will they give it to them, and us?
– True Blood is a love story. The story of Vampire Bill and Faerie Sookie (a classic dichotomy of evil vs. good – or dark vs. light – or yin vs. yang . And Sookie and Sam. And Sookie and Eric. And Sookie and Alcid. And now at the end, it is Sookie and Bill, once again.
– Arlene and Terry found love, leading to Terry’s short-lived happiness of about 4 seconds between the time he realizes love is stronger than the PTS he suffers and a friend who agrees to help him commit suicide shoots him. Visited by Ghost Terry, Arlene is letting herself fall for 500 year-old but still a hot 30 something Keith.
– Jason has had lots of lovers, but few who love him. Until now. Hoyt Fortenberry comes back to Bon Temps to bury his mama, Big Maxine, along with his girlfriend, Brigette. Whom Jason has an immediate attraction, but it was Jason’s lusting after Hoyt’s girlfriend, vampire Jessica Hamby, that had a glamored Hoyt leaving Bon Temps for Alsaska’s oil fields (and where the almost constant light means no vampires!).
– Jessica has been a favorite of fans as she has gone from being Bill’s navie progeny (he was forced to turn her by a vampire gang) to a woman finally able to be, well, a woman. Last episode leaves Jessica reconnecting with Hoyt, who has been told the story of their past, and Jason with Hoyt’s girlfriend learning about platonic love, which for the stud muffin Jason is a unique experience.
– Our moral compass of the show is the flamboyantly gay LaFayette, cook at Merlottes turned Arlene’s and good friend of Sookie and just about everyone else. Lafayette seems to have found love, finally, after having his relationship with Jesus in Season Four turn into a witch cult that has Lafayette and Jesus having some very creepy voodoo experiences which lead to Lafayette learning that he is far from just intuitive and kind, and able to channel the dead now and then, he is a witch with magic powers. Lafayette has now, finally found love with James, who had an unrequited love with Jessica that when Lafayette points out just what a brat she has been, and has her change her tune.
– And through it all there has been shape shifters, including now Mayor of Bon Tempos Sam Merlotte who has found love with Nicole, an activist who meets Sam in her work to stop humans from persecuting shapshifters. Nicole is one of those characters that propels the story, and now, in these final episodes she has taken Sam away from Bon Temps where a now very pregnant Nicole says she will not raise their babies having previously told Sam that he is now Mayor of Crazy Town.
– And then there is Eric Northman and Pam, two of the oldest vampires in the show, they have survived many a trial, silver chain, threat of daylight, stakes, silver bullets and crazy people. But will they survive tonight? Pam’s unconditional love for Eric, her maker, is the stuff of legend. We left Pam, last week, once again facing true death – this time at the hands of Mr. Gus. A Texas businessman, his empire was destroyed by Sarah Newlin. With control of the Yakuza Japanese Crime syndicate Mr. Gus has captured the maniac Sarah Newlin, a former anti-vampire Christian fanatic who oversaw the development of Hep –V.
Now, it turns out Sarah is the cure for True Bloods final tragedy, the Hep-V, that was killing Eric, and is now actively, and quickly, pushing Bill towards his true death. Sarah is the one character most of us hope dies tonight. And we hope Eric does it.
Mr. Gus sees the cure for Hep-V as a business opportunity, however he won’t sell the cure, but the treatment to keep those infected vampires always coming back for more.
Will Sookie grow up tonight, stop being the selfish little fairie we alternately love and abhor, and convince Bill that there is neither purely good, nor purely evil, but that our eyes do adjust to the darkest night or brightest sun.
Or will Bill just accept his death because really, he has to be damn tired and happy endings just don’t end with cello music.
Join Communities Digital News for our Final True Blood episode “Thank You” that we will hold open following the shows conclusion to chat and through the second showing at 11:30pm EDT.
Tonight’s final episode is 9 p.m. ET on HBO