Let's Discuss: The 'True Blood' Series Finale

Saying goodbye was sadder than expected. Known for its bawdy camp, out of this world storytelling and vulgar abandon, “True Blood” signed off in a manner that felt appropriate despite being an about face from the overall tone of the series. All the while possessing the qualities most finales should strive for: closure, a glimpse into the future and a sense that a long crazy ride had been worth hanging on for.

The big question surrounding the final hour was Bill’s fate. At the end of the pre-penultimate episode he had denied the opportunity to take the cure and announced his decision to meet the “true death”. Understandably his loved ones were shaken but Bill, as the season had steadfastly reminded us, lived a long life complete with all of its misery. As the episode centered on whether Sookie would deliver the fairy blast that would kill him or if he'd die at all, a philosophical question arose as to accepting or living with whom we were born to be.

As the hour neared its end and Bill’s fate hung in the balance, Sookie decided to keep her powers and begged Bill once more to reconsider. He maintained his earlier stance and together they helped him meet his true end. It was an emotional scene and one that was still hard to believe given that it seemed a Bill/Sookie endgame had been in the cards, since the beginning of the season. Bill’s journey on the series seemed to be leading to this all along and one couldn’t help getting swept up in the twinkling wistfulness of their goodbye.

Even in the series’ final moments, the moonlit scene of a backyard soiree filled with family and friends felt poignantly inevitable. The finale tied up all of the loose ends and provided one last real-life allegory to carry on its flagship socio-political undertones.

It was the last daring choice of the series. On a show that had so many things it could explore, it was disappointing that it never quite lived up to its promising premise, continually haunted by missed opportunities. As sloppy as some of the episodes had been this season, the heart of the characters never wavered, to its credit.

In all honesty, the show was hamstrung by having the unlikable Sookie as its core character. There was no concrete reason to like her. As a heroine she waffled, whined and constantly endangered the people she claimed to love and she was consistently bested by a slew of other characters that were far more amiable. Her not receiving the happy ending she wanted or at least in the way she’d envisioned was a mild consolation for all that she’d wrought.

On the other hand Jason, Sam, Lafayette, Jessica, Eric and even Pam received the happy ending they deserved. There was one confusing bit about Eric and Pam. Why had they returned to working at Fangtasia after they had made it big with New Blood?

Oh well, between that and Sookie’s faceless significant other, there were still a few things left to the imagination and that was for the best. After 7 straight summers, next year will definitely feel a lot chillier without “True Blood”, a series that was bold, provocative and in the end, surprisingly sentimental.

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