June 18, 2014 at 9:55 am #318258
Reviewed by Melissa Maerz on Jun 11, 2014
After last year’s season finale, you might’ve thought True Blood‘s writers were high on V. Sam (Sam Trammell) is the mayor now? Sookie (Anna Paquin) and Alcide (Joe Manganiello) are together? Eric (Alexander Skarsgård) might be dead? But when Sam announced Bon Temps’ new credo—a human for every vampire, and a vampire for every human—he refocused this messy, sprawling story on what really matters to fans. No more Lilith. No more wolf pack. No more Rutger Hauer holograms. Just the fanged ones we love and the mortals they snack on.
That was the plan, anyway. At the start of the seventh and final season, you’d be forgiven for thinking there are zombies out there, too. The opening scene makes True Blood look a little too much like The Walking Dead: Hep-V-infected vampires are pulling bodies out of cars, feasting on flesh, and kidnapping people from Bellefleur’s. Luckily, they’re also killing superfluous plotlines. A major player is dead before the opening credits even roll.
But there are still too many characters to keep track of, and their numbers are only growing. Humans we’ve never seen before are planning an armed revolt against the vampires. H-vamps are holding people captive in the basement of Fangtasia. Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) is hanging out in Morocco, playing Russian roulette with the locals. Sookie even discovers a whole other town that’s been ransacked by the H-vamps. Plus, Jessica’s (Deborah Ann Woll) boyfriend, James, isn’t himself: Nathan Parsons has replaced the original actor, Luke Grimes. Just when True Blood needs a close-up on familiar faces, its world won’t stop expanding.
Speaking of familiar faces—you’ve always kept your eyes on his face, even when he was naked in that deck chair, right?—Eric is back. Sort of. When he first appears, he’s letting Jason (Ryan Kwanten) unbuckle his belt, with enough candles flickering in the background to light a cake for his 1,087th birthday. But as it turns out, this is all just Jason’s dream. More silly than sexy, the scene glows as if someone had set True Blood‘s Instagram filter to “Valtrex commercial.” We’ve seen this kind of cheap fake-out before, like when Jason’s romance with Warlow was later revealed to be just a fantasy. They can’t fool us again.
Is all of this enough to abandon True Blood before its grand finale? Not quite. There’s a clever twist involving Eric that could set up an exciting arc for Sookie. Whether he is dead-dead or just undead—we won’t spoil that here—he will definitely spark some suspense this season. Even if Sookie ends up with Bill (Stephen Moyer), there’s enough of Sweden’s favorite sunbather to satisfy. A human for every vampire? Then I’ll take Eric, please. B-June 21, 2014 at 9:37 pm #318259
Episode Title: “Jesus Gonna Be Here”
Synopsis: A band of rogue H-vamps attacks Bon Temps; Sookie seeks refuge from accusations; Bill gets help from an unexpected source.
Discuss.June 23, 2014 at 6:52 am #318260
That was such a poor way to dispatch a longtime character. Stephen Moyer’s direction was very lacking throughout in this episode.
I’m expecting big things for Adina Porter this season. It’s too bad that Alfre Woodard can’t return to the series one last time.June 23, 2014 at 9:51 am #318261
I did not love that premiere. A refocus on vampires is a good thing, but it was a little dullsville. That was a bad way to get rid of Tara, but at the same time, that character had run so long past her “best before” date. I’m so not interested in seeing Pam roam the Earth looking for Eric without any actual Eric. I was hoping they’d take the opportunity to get rid of Jason’s vampire girlfriend, but no such luck. And how odd that, after having to recast Jessica’s boyfriend James, they’ve now handed him over to Lafayette as a love interest. Not bad necessarily, just weird. Watching those four randos have the same standoff with Jason/Violet and Andy/Sam felt like a waste of time.
On a positive note, I love that Adina Porter is in the regular cast now! She’s awesome.June 23, 2014 at 4:14 pm #318262
Jason and Violet just seems wrong. I just don’t see the chemistry but maybe it’s just me. Other than that I liked the episode but Pam looking for Eric oddly was my favorite part. Anyways my grade is: B.
Sidenote: I wonder if they would give Pam a spinoff?June 23, 2014 at 5:14 pm #318263
So that’s why Luke Grimes exited the role… He just didn’t want to play gay character. Homophobic much?June 23, 2014 at 7:18 pm #318264
So that’s why Luke Grimes exited the role… He just didn’t want to play gay character. Homophobic much?
Really? I thought it was because he was cast in 50 Shades of GreyJune 23, 2014 at 7:36 pm #318265
Wow, Is Tara really gone? The character has been on the show for so long, its’ such a nonchalant way of getting rid of a character as substantial as she had been.June 24, 2014 at 8:32 am #318266
I wondered that about Luke Grimes, too, but then I thought that anyone who gets cast as a vampire on this show has to expect to be at least gay-ish at some point.June 29, 2014 at 1:59 am #318267
Episode Title: “I Found You”
Synopsis: A group of hostages seek liberation; Sookie and Jason visit a neighboring town in search of clues; Lettie Mae turns to Willa to channel her family past; Vince stirs up his fellow vigilantes; Pam searches for her maker.
Discuss.June 30, 2014 at 6:23 am #318268
The only scene that left any genuine impact was the one between Nelsan Ellis and Adina Porter. Holy hell that dlalogue lept off the page in those two actors’ hands! Otherwise, I don’t know. These rabid vampires are the worst, ugh. The scenes with the infected teacher lady were solid. Carrie Preston does wonders with the slightest material here. But making Eric infected with Hep-V is kinda inspired. Maybe they’re setting things up for the inevitable Sookie/Bill reunion, b/c with Eric out of the way, it won’t be hard to phase out Alcide eventually. And that scene with Sookie going to Bill asking if he could still sense when she’s in trouble (duh, Sookie, he can) was telling. I’m sure the takeaway from this episode will be the cold open between Eric and Jason. I never thought I’d see that on here, so kudos there for a real surprise after all this time.
Grade for “I Found You”: B-June 30, 2014 at 6:23 am #318269
that prologue hahaha, epic in many ways.
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