by Billie Doux
Sookie: "I don't think so!"
Can I say, I told you so?
I knew Warlow was evil. I mean, really. That blood wreath wedding maypole? Tacky. And there was something very mustache-twirling old school villain about Warlow forcing Sookie to marry him. He practically tied her to the train tracks.
So Bill to the rescue! There was a bit of re-set in this episode, and the biggest re-set was that Bill is now Lilith-free and very much himself again. I loved Jessica giving Bill a "save Sookie" pep talk. Jessica has always been the keeper of Bill's humanity, and I'm glad their relationship survived the season. And I loved Niall coming in through the portal in the bathroom and saving the day. I wanted Niall back, so that was very cool.
I'm sort of disappointed that there won't be a permanent cadre of daywalking vampires, though. Although the blood vanishing did confirm that Warlow is really most sincerely dead, which is good. Even if it was only temporary, it was so much fun to see "our" vampires drunk on sunshine, in beach clothes and playing volleyball, running around naked, Pam sinking down on the grass with a huge smile.
BUT WHAT HAPPENED TO ERIC?
I do like our new vamp characters. Violet is too funny; loved her scaring the light out of Adilyn, and her fidelity to Jason is sort of sweet as well as strange. The way she macked on Sookie was a big honking hint that she's gay, but if she's hooked on Jason, that's sort of bizarre. Willa made it through the season, too, and that made me happy. Pam went after Eric. Hopefully, she found him. Because he can't be dead.
The episode began and ended with Sookie and Alcide. I guess it's his turn, huh? They make a cute couple (now that he's pack-less and sane again) but have I never seen the two of them walking side by side? He's two feet taller than she is!
The six-months-later ending made it clear that the writers are bringing the story back to Bon Temps, and that's good. Sam's the mayor, and still with pregnant Nicole. Arlene bought Merlotte's and turned it into Arlene's? (I'm sorry, but True Blood without Merlotte's just feels wrong.) The human vampire church match-up to defend Bon Temps from the sick vampires was quite lovely. I especially liked Jessica doing penance for what she did by protecting the Bellefleurs, gratis.
Interestingly, the best scene in the episode was Tara and her mother. Lettie Mae baring her soul (and her throat) to Tara was way overdue and it actually made me cry. I would forget to feed you, and it was my job. Let me nourish my baby girl. Fine performances from both of them. And okay, some people are saying Lettie Mae is infected with Hep V and did it deliberately, but I am choosing not to believe she could be that evil.
Except for that last scene with the sick vamps descending on Arlene's, this would have made a good series ending. This season was… okay. I love grandpa Niall, but didn't care for the Warlow plot at all; the vampire genocide stuff was an interesting way to go and Bill saved his people, but I wanted it to be Eric. Eric is my favorite character on this show, and he was in this episode for two freaking minutes.
And DEAD? Is Eric dead? Are they really doing that to us? Seriously? Did they think a fleeting second of full frontal would console me?
Bits and pieces:
-- Pam can fly, too! What about the rest of the family? Can Tara and Willa fly?
-- Bill wrote a tell-all book called And God Bled and appeared on The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell. That was fun.
-- Bill let Takahashi go, and gave him a bag full of money. That was sweet, too. Plus it reinforced the 'the real Bill is truly back" thing.
-- Bill called Alcide "Bright Eyes". What a great way of calling your romantic rival a dog.
-- In this week's hair report, Alcide began the episode with long hair and ended it looking like a Marine.
Jason: "Sook, meet Violet. She's European."
Pam: "Sookie! I'm actually fucking happy to see you!"
Tara: "Bill gave us his magical blood, and now there's light." Sigh.
Good season finale. What did you all think? Three out of four flying vampires?
Billie Doux is the founder of Doux Reviews and has been reviewing her favorite shows for quite some time. More Billie Doux.