True Blood: Season 7
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True Blood: The Complete Seventh Season (DVD)
“True Blood is the sexy, scary, wildly entertaining series from Oscar® and Emmy winner Alan Ball (Six Feet Under) and based on the Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris. In this final season, an initial battle between raging Hep-Vamps and their Bon Temps prey sets the stage for a season-long series of hair-raising denouements for Sookie, Bill, Eric, Jason, Sam, Alcide, Tara and their human/vampire allies and adversaries. In the end, some of True Blood’s most beloved figures will meet cruel fates, while others will cheat death (true and otherwise) to forge happily-ever-after relationships that will leave fans surprised and, ultimately, satisfied. What will happen to your favorite True Blood character?”]]>
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When Alan Ball left after Season 5, I remained optimistic that the show would still be entertaining and full of my favorite characters. Season 6 was enjoyable, and then came this. What a *huge* let down. I have every single season on DVD, but I will never buy this one. I never want to watch it again. It was boring, they killed characters off for no reason that made sense to the plot. What made it worse was the writers spent all this time on new characters and unimportant side characters. I didn't care about Adilyn and Wade's story or Tara's mom. They retconned several things (for one, Tara's mom had an affair with Rev Daniels, that is how they began, but they rewrote their relationship as being some pure, romantic, sweet thing).
I have always been an Eric fan, but I also liked Bill. By the end, I wanted to scream, just die already! They made this last season so full of insufferable angst, it was painful to watch. They squandered Lafayette. They squandered Willa, who had the potential to be an interesting character as Eric's new progeny from last season.
I like Hoyt and all, but he and Jessica did not make sense anymore. Jessica did *not* want to be with him anymore when he originally left and suddenly, it's all romance and marriage?! Talk about throwing something together. And then Bridget and Jason being thrown together. No, that is bad writing.
There was *so* much bad writing this last season. All the stuff in the beginning with the Bon Temps vigilante group and the hep-v vampires... it seemed like such a waste of precious screen time.
They did a *horrible* job of bringing Sookie and Bill to a resolution. It wasn't romantic.
I'm glad Eric and Pam got a happy-ever-after. They are my favorites. I've always liked Andy and Holly and was glad to see the development of Andy's character over the seasons. He is one of the best reasons to watch. Jason is another favorite, but unfortunately, he seemed to regress back to the early days, but I guess that was the easy way to get him with Bridget. *such lazy writing*
They wasted use of a great actor this season with Sam Trammell, but I was at least happy his character Sam escaped Bon Temps because that place ended up looking so unappealing. I can't imagine why anyone would ever want to stay there. There are so many other things I could say about how lacking this season was. One of the worst series-enders ever (through no fault of the actors by any means).
There were some highlights (seeing some old favorites show up for one last time, seeing more of Ginger, flashbacks, a sexy Jason/Eric scene, to name a few).
I can not believe they killed Tara off-screen. They revitalized her character by making her a vampire only to kill her off-screen and then let her horrible mother live and take up all this screen time with a story that didn't even mean anything or go anywhere - Tara with snakes on a cross -what?! (Adina Porter is a fine actress, so I don't hold her accountable, it's the writers who failed here. They had the perfect opportunity to have vampire Tara heal her relationship with her mother, but instead they went for a cheap shock and killed Tara off in the first scene of the season and had her mom become a V-addict to hallucinate her way to a resolution and forgiveness from a ghost Tara.) #eyeroll
Alcide dies from a random bullet? Are you kidding me? They never did his character right on that show, esp. starting last season when he started eating human college students? That was bizarre. Alcide would never do that.
I do highly recommend this show, but only through season 6. They ended this show about as bad as the books. What a HUGE let-down both have been.
I think the reason that season 7 is so different is because it is heavily character driven, whereas the previous seasons have been more plot driven. True Blood season 7 (TB7) really digs deep into our favorite characters' inner psyches and fleshes out how they have grown and changed throughout the years. Due to this more character-oriented storyline, a lot of the action seen in past seasons is lost, replaced with more dialogue, character development, and personal reflection. I know this upset some fans (I myself was a bit perturbed by it at times), but, looking back at the series as a whole, this direction was truly needed to end the show without cheapening the characters.
In a nutshell, the theme of TB7 is mortality; not even the vampires have a sense of immortality anymore, due to the devastating Hepatitis V virus. The characters really have to come to terms with the fact that every moment could be their last. This approach sort of takes away from the allure and appeal of vampires as they are in pop culture, but it injects the mood of the show with a sense of urgency and humanity that is very touching and humbling to the characters.
Unfortunately, for a lot of TV series, much of the judgement placed on the series as a whole is based on that show's finale instead of the sum of its parts. I believe that this is a cycle that automatically sets finales up for failure. Looking at the series as a whole, I believe that TB7 gave us a satisfying ending. Notice, I said "satisfying," not "spectacular" or "terrible." It's impossible to end a show like True Blood and please everybody. It just can't be done. I do think the writers did the best job they could have done and created an ending that was palatable. Would it have been fun to see a little more risk or for the writers to pull a complete 180 on us? Yes, maybe, but based on the direction True Blood has been going, it would have felt inauthentic. When I looked at the ending for what it was, instead of what I wanted, I found myself to be very happy with it.
This was a very hard season to review; I've had so much history with this show and have been so emotionally invested into it that I felt I was going to be very biased with my writing. After reading over this review a few times, I believe I can say that it is a pretty accurate depiction of TB7. If you're a longtime fan as well, I encourage you to watch TB7 and make your own judgements. If you're new to the True Blood franchise, I implore you to begin the series immediately; I don't believe any other show has brought me more joy or thrills... And for that, I say "Thank You," True Blood.