Season finale of HBO's True Blood comes full circle

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Kaitlyn Akers

Saying goodbye to your favorite characters is the worst. For those who watched True Blood, you stand behind me as we wave the ship of characters off into the ocean of other cancelled shows.

In other words, the storyline got out of control and the writers and producers didn’t know how to bring it back to life. For those who religiously watched True Blood, like myself, we knew that it was time to say goodbye to the vampire-loving town Bon Temps.
Sadly, it doesn’t make it any easier.

At the end of the sixth season, it was announced that True Blood would get one more season with 10 episodes. I loathed HBO for the entire year as I awaited the new season to start.

“True Blood has been nothing short of a defining show for HBO,” said Michael Lombardo, president of programing at HBO. “Alan Ball took the books by Charlaine Harris, assembled a brilliant cast led by the magnificent Anna Paquin in the role of Sookie Stackhouse, and crafted a show that has taken its many devoted fans on an unforgettable journey. Together with its legions of fans, it will be hard to say goodbye to the residents of Bon Temps, but I look forward to what promises to be a fantastic final chapter of this incredible show.”

Sounds like the show just needed a closing, right? However, the show was doomed from season five, when the writers lost control of the plot line to the point where Alan Ball had to step down. He made a mess out of the fifth season to the point that you asked yourself at the end of each episode, what just happened?

Season six was just as bad. My sister and I would try to watch it together whenever we could, but we both dreaded it. I’ll admit there were a few good points, but the storylines were never-ending, there were unnecessary explicit scenes and it was cut down to 10 episodes, due to Anna Paquin (Sookie Stackhouse) being pregnant and so-called “economics.”

Not only did they make a mess of the show (should we revisit the Billith storyline from season six?), but they cut it down so that information was jammed into episodes and you were expected to know it.

To be honest, there was no reason to watch the seventh season, except that I’ve been following it since 2008. I couldn’t just abandon it like I wanted to. So, with popcorn and my computer, I sat down and watched it the day after it aired.

To say I was livid is a massive understatement.

Don’t mistake me, I know it’s the last season, and I know some people had to be cut out of the show to focus on the important storylines. But for the writers to kill off Tara Thornton, (Rutina Wesley), who is a fan favorite for her feisty attitude, was a low blow.

Then they killed off Alcide Herveaux (Joe Manganiello), which essentially left Sookie alone because her and Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) were hardly talking, and Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgȧrd) was dying from the Hepatitis Vampire disease and wanted nothing to do but die alone.

Amongst the horrible parts of the season, there were some parts that made the show a little bit more bearable. Jessica Hamby (Deborah Ann Woll) and Hoyt Fortenberry (Jim Parrack) got back together after she originally made him forget they ever met.

Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten) fell in love with Hoyt’s ex-girlfriend and finally found happiness after almost seven full seasons of being a guy who never cared about relationships.

Bill, sadly, didn’t make the cut like everyone originally thought he would. Once he was diagnosed with Hep V (round of applause for Sookie), he rapidly started to decline due to Sookie’s fairy nature. Bill then refused the cure that was hidden in Sarah Newlin’s (Anna Camp) blood (it was obvious from the beginning), because he had believed he lived his life to the fullest.

Ultimately, and to the fans’ liking, Sookie lived the life that she had wanted from the beginning, before everything else had caused her trouble.

Sookie ended up killing Bill with a stake to the heart, rather than using her powers that made her who she was.

At the end of the final episode, everyone who lived through the chaos was enjoying a lovely Thanksgiving dinner and Sookie was pregnant and married to a mysterious man.

Eric and Pam De Beaufort (Kristen Bauer van Straten) found a cure for Hep V, and vampires could be healed and continue on with their lives.

If asked to recommend the show, I would tell you to watch up to season five, because the show had legitimate potential to be good. Writers and producers took the fantasy storylines too far, and it resulted in viewers being lost, and ultimately the show being cancelled.

It’s bittersweet to see one of my favorite shows come to an end, and I respect how the writers did it, given what they originally had to work with. With the end of the series, there will be no more of Bill saying “Sookie,” there is be no more Lafayette Reynolds (Nelson Ellis), there is no more Pam being fierce and there is no more Eric being Eric.

Goodbye Bon Temps, it’s been a good run, and I’m glad to have witnessed your story being told.

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