TRUE BLOOD Series Finale Recap: “Thank You”

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True Blood‘s final season was a long goodbye, and its finale was an opportunity to craft its legacy regarding what, exactly, we were ultimately saying goodbye to.  To judge True Blood on “Thank You” is, like I mentioned last week, to parallel the fan experience with the relationship between Sookie and Bill.  True Blood had to end for us to live with ourselves.  As Sookie said, “You’re choosing to die because I have no self respect?”  And we couldn’t be more grateful.  Hit the jump for the end.

true-blood-season-7-posterOh True Blood, True Blood … why?  There was a hope among fans — those of us who held on because, dammit, we’ve invested this much time, and why the hell not — that True Blood‘s finale would somehow scoop up all of the vampire gloop of previous seasons (with a few of the worst ones in particular … you know who I’m talking about: Billith, Maryanne, the witches), and form from its remains something worthwhile.  “Thank You” proved that not only could this not be done, but it probably never could have.  Some shows know where they are going, and know how they are going to end.  True Blood was not one of those.

But ok, fine; True Blood was never going to be on the list of Greatest TV Shows.  No one was under that illusion.  It was always crazy, campy, summer fun.  This year, though, in its attempts to wrap everything up, it was also mostly a snore.  I was impressed with a run of episodes from the middle to the end of the season (this episode excluded), where wrapping things up began happening in a more organic way than just having old characters entering and exiting scenes at random.  But in the end, “Thank You” showed that none of it mattered — any of it.

The show has always been about romance, and Bill and Sookie have always been at the center of it.  Once the show made the decision to kill off Bill (by Sookie’s hand), though, it needed to give viewers another “written in the stars” romantic pairing.  So Hoyt came back, and he and Jessica got married within 24 hours.  There’s no issue with Hoyt and Jessica ending the series together, but their reunion and nuptials were beyond forced.  Hoyt is marrying a stranger, essentially, because vampire Bill wants him to.  Is there no end to Bill’s selfishness?  He ruined Jessica’s dreams of a romantic proposal and wedding so that he could give her away, because he wants to die.  Everything is always on Bill’s timetable, exactly as he wants it.  But Bill is asshole, what’s new?

Eric and Pam had a fun ending, but it was completely disconnected to anything related to Sookie and Bon Temps.  And did anyone really care what happened to Sarah Newlin, or that she was hallucinating about her dead ex-husband, Steve?  Even the dinner scene where everyone was back together, and in the exact same relationships as they were three years before (which is pretty unbelievable given the whirlwind pairings over the rest of the series), it felt like a rehash of that same scene at Bellefleur’s the week before.  The real kicker, though, is that even though Sookie is apparently married and pregnant, her new husband is so unimportant we don’t even see his face.  So even though Bill died so Sookie could have these things (they never mentioned adopting, for whatever reason), in the end, the fairy tale he imagined for her was moot because her husband didn’t even matter enough to get screen time.

true-blood-series-finale-stephen-moyerSpeaking of which, where was LaFayette in all of those?  And no matter how poignant or well-cast Sookie’s memories about Tara were, is that any kind of substitute for actual Tara, who died for no reason to start the season?  Jason marrying Bridget was also a lazy end to a story that didn’t need to be as wrapped up as the writers seemed to think it needed to be.  The bottom line is that the hour-and-change of “Thank You” was largely a waste of time, and the antithesis of what most fans wanted to see.

But let’s end on a positive note.  When remembering True Blood, forget about “Thank You.”  Think of better times, like Jason’s one-liners, all of the gratuitous nudity (male and female, bless), the sweet character moments with Arlene, Andy, Terry, Holly and the other humans.  Remember Pam’s eye rolls, Ginger’s screams, LaFayette’s AIDS burger, and Jessica and Hoyt’s romance (before it was shoved down our throats).  Remember those awesomely distinctive opening credits, as the sign that summer had really started because True Blood was back.  “Thank You” was a farce, even by True Blood standards.  But don’t let it taint the memory of better times.  Like Sookie, it’s probably time for us to move on.  But we won’t forget you, Vampire Bill.  (Even though maybe we should.)

Episode Rating: D

Season Rating: B-

Series Rating: C+

Musings and Miscellanea:

true-blood-series-finale-anna-paquin– My theory on how the finale would end is that Sookie would use her fae magic to kill Bill, but something ~special would happen, and he would survive, only just be human again.  Then the two could live out a long, normal life together.  But nope!

– LaFayette did not even get ONE LINE in that finale.  Also, Sam, no one even remembered you had left Bon Temps; seriously, no one cares if you come back.

– I did enjoy Eric and Pam making infomercials and ringing the bell at the New York Stock Exchange.  Good for them.

– I was happy that the word “werepanther” was snuck into this season somewhere.

– Sookie: “Bill, I’ll never forget you.” Bill: “I wish I could say the same, but I don’t know what happens next.”  Oh great.  Comforting, Bill.  You asshole.

– “I’ve tried trusting and I’ve tried sharing, and it is not fucking working” – Eric.

– Why didn’t the Yakuza have any vampires working for them?

– Was that Charlaine Harris, creator of Sookie Stackhouse, sitting behind the monitor during Pam and Eric’s infomercial?

– Y’all … it’s been real.  “We need to live every day like it’s our last.  It will put everything in prescription for us” – Jason.

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  • Red Nose

    Good ridence to this hillbillie/dumb-redneck so called vampire show.

    I always fast forwarded through this show since all the characters were boring. I fast forwarded to the scenes with Northman and Pam. Lafeyette and Jason were sometimes entertaining to watch.

    Blending trailer trash with vampires is like blending ice-cream with a hamburger. Not a good combination.

    The finaly was dumb with the whole wedding thing and everyone eating at the table. Who came up with the finale, a dumb teenage girl. Talk about weak ending to a series.

    20 yrs from now nobody will remember or give a damn about this show. This show was just to much like old tv shows in quality. This show never aspired to be something bigger like GOT or other series that try to be more like movies.

    • justin

      you misspelled finale…but its the finale thats dumb

    • CCasanova

      why the hell did you even watch it to the series finale and evenmore take the time to read up on wat pple had to say about the finale and series as a whole,, if it was that horrible and so easy to forget??? LOL…I mean be for real…you obviously liked it enough to keep watching it for 6-7 series!

  • verasgunn

    I gotta say the one big stand out this episode was a bit surprising, and that was the girl who played young Tara. It was a small bit, and feel like she’s probably shown up before on the show, but tonight I was really impressed by how damn well she nailed the character.

    All in all though I wasn’t terribly impressed with the episode. Sookie married some random guy that looks almost exactly like Alcede from the back, and they just kill off bill after the whole aspect of him becoming more human like? The show’s already balls off the walls crazy, they could have just as easily had Sookie throw her fairy ball, it hit Bill and, oh look, he’s human again. Happily ever after, Sookeh and not-Vampire bill babies ensue.

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  • Christian Grey

    For the First couple of seasons, this show use to be for Men. Then, the next few seasons its a girly show. Then the last few it was just an embarrassment. But, they don’t call this show a guilty pleasure for no reason. I cannot believe for one second that the guy who created SIX FEET UNDER also created this Piece of shit. I wanted to know who that mystery guy of Sookie at the end. But, then again, I just don’t give a rats ass about it. R.I.P True Blood.

  • Jenn

    Layette was at the dinner table with Jessica’s ex.

  • Lewida Funji

    Your theory on how the finale would end is so cheesy and mediocre. The way it actually happened is near perfect, heartbreaking perfect. And it doesn’t matter who Sookie’s husband is, because the main idea is she gets to live normal life in the end. That’s what matter.

    This series might be half way around the world far from a masterpiece, but it’s sure a guilty pleasure fun for me. That’s all I want from True Blood.

    • brookesmasher

      THANK YOU…people are so dumb, they just want simple things fucking fed to them, so they dont have to think or feel for themselves.

      • LEM

        That finale was as simple as it gets.

      • brookesmasher

        well thank god for that.
        and it was beautiful in its simplicity.
        LOVE LOVE LOVE

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  • doctor_robot

    “My theory on how the finale would end is that Sookie would use her fae magic to kill Bill, but something ~special would happen, and he would survive, only just be human again. Then the two could live out a long, normal life together. But nope!” – there was no doubt in my mind that that was what was going to happen, then boom… i was wrong. crabby finale. and, ya… no lafayette. well, no dialogue anyway. wtf?

  • Someone

    Actually:

    Episode Rating: A-

    Season Rating: B

    Series Rating: B

    So Collider is wrong in its review of “True Blood”. As always with this series.

    • Someone

      And if I had to rate all seasons it would look like this:

      Season 1: A-
      Season 2: B-
      Season 3: A
      Season 4: C+
      Season 5: A
      Season 6: C
      Season 7: B

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