The Horror Honeys: True Blood ~ The Final Episode

True Blood ~ The Final Episode

A Horror TV Honey Farewell by Lisa

RIP True Blood 

For seven years, a loyal fan base has made True Blood appointments with their television and Sookie Stackhouse into a household name. Over the years, there have been highs and lows, but overall, the love and devotion to the residents of Bon Temps has remained fierce and there was a distinctly divided emotional cloud hanging over the series finale. 

This last season has elicited two responses from Trubies. Either, you have found it to be a successful and emotionally satisfying farewell, or you have been pushed to the limits of patience, tolerance and understanding of what has been disguised as compelling writing. Although it is no secret which camp I am in, I approached the final episode with optimism because, despite what I perceive to be a lackluster final season, this show has kept me engaged for seven years and there is something to be said for that. For every fan who was mourning the end of True Blood, there was a fan who was wishing every character on the show dead. There really didn't seem to be a middle ground and that added an extra layer of fun to watching every Sunday night.

Titled "Thank You", the final episode can be summed up in one word: boring.  However, there were many pros and cons in these final 70 minutes and while none of them were surprising, the uplifting note that the show ended on was definitely not what most of us were expecting, but it was lovely.

Bill Compton has endured quite a bit of vitriol from Trubies, so it was really nice to see him return to the Bill that we fell in love with seven years ago. Bill Compton is a southern gentleman who wanted nothing more from life than the normalcy of a family. While the flashbacks to his past became taxing, they did serve as a reminder of who Bill was long before he became Billith. As the Hep-V made him feel more and more human, all the way down to Sookie being able to hear his thoughts, Bill returned to his true self. Longing to be with his family and desperate to provide happiness for his one true love, Bill exhibited a level of emotional maturity and selflessness that was intoxicating. Initially, it was so irritating that he would choose to meet his true death simply for the sake of Sookie, but it was so much more than that and heartbreakingly easy to understand. The look of pure joy and pride on Bill Compton's face as he walked Jessica down the aisle was perfection. That wedding went on waaaaayyyy too long, but seeing Bill's happiness was worth it and Jessica and Hoyt deserved a fairytale ending.

Seeing Sookie and Jason together again behaving as the close siblings that we love was a wonderful touch. I hadn't realized how much I missed the Stackhouse siblings' devotion to one another until they helped each other with their respective emotional conundrums.

Sookie's literal come to Jesus moment in the church was another scene that went on too long and was trying too hard to pull emotions from us. It was also offensive. From the very beginning, True Blood has distinguished itself as a pro gay show. From the "God Hates Fangs" sign in the opening credits to every single storyline that was, ultimately, about accepting people who are perceived as different, True Blood has successfully managed to tell some fun and crazy stories all while never forgetting who their audience was and what they expected from the show. So, why would they bail on that in the final 30 minutes of the series? 

Sookie having a choice to remain fae or give that up was absolutely dismissive and insulting. All this time, Sookie was born fae the same way that Sam was born a shifter and Alcide was born a werewolf. While you aren't born a vampire, you also cannot change that, so, all supernatural characters on True Blood have always been fighting for the innate right to exist as they are and be accepted and anyone who never saw the allegory to the Gay Right's movement in our current culture is a blissfully ignorant person. Ultimately, Sookie chose to remain the girl she was born, but when did it become a choice? At what point was it decided that if Sookie chose to change one of the fundamental parts of her being, that her quality of life would be improved? This notion goes against the entire undercurrent and overall tone of True Blood and it was not a good look. 

Bill meeting his true death was strangely anti-climatic and not as sad as I had anticipated. Sookie sitting in that coffin covered in Bill goo was a gorgeous shot, but it just didn't make me feel anything. At all.

The brightest spot in this finale was Eric and Pam. Seriously, the scene of Eric jamming out to the radio in that fast car was hilarious. It felt like the last reminder of what had made this show so special in the first place. True Blood has always owned its special level of camp and wicked sense of humor and this was all on display with Eric and Pam and their New Blood infomercial. This bit felt tacked on, but it was necessary and it helped to bring a little levity after Bill's true death. While it's nice to know that Sara Newlin will be paying penance for her duplicitous ways, this scene also felt tacked on and excruciatingly long.

The beautiful Thanksgiving dinner that closed out the show was warmly lit and you could feel the happiness of everyone at that table. In the end, Bill was right; Sookie did find happiness as did the rest of Bon Temps and that's really all that we could have hoped for. In the end, this series finale wasn't an achievement in brilliant writing, but it was also quite a bit more satisfying than anticipated and despite all of my complaints, I did enjoy my time with these characters and am proud to say that I was there from day one.