True Blood "Sunset" Review: Slut Your Heart Out

True Blood S05E11: "Sunset"


The second-to-last episode of a season of True Blood is a precious thing. This is a series I love so much, mostly because it makes me chase around the edges of my room, paranoid: "Carbon dioxide leak where are you? I just saw someone squatting on a strip tease catwalk all like, 'What do you think of Ke$ha?'"

This was Alan Ball's penultimate foray into his insane little diorama of Southern heat and prey and predators (a world that always seems to expand in such depth in the credits but never quite fulfills that authentic Southern Gothic grit in the glossy town of Bon Temps). The inspiration to transform, let's face it, second-rate romance novels into first-rate political satire was rooted in Ball's busy brain, and as of next week we won't get any more of it. Sayonara! He will be onto like, Amish people getting haunted by witches or whatever. Life moves on.

However, our auteur seemed determined last night to turn the little world that he's presided over around 180 degrees before leaving it. Like an angry high school graduate pissing over the edge of Make Out Mountain onto the horizon of his hometown, Ball seems determined to leave his mark on the universe of True Blood and whatever ambitious hands hold the reins next. To wit: He has destroyed Bill. Those of you who have been all #TeamBill, I'm sorry. He's an indefensible villain, either gullible or evil, I'm not sure which is worse. His corn syrup and Red No.5 goddess is sewing the seeds of destruction by making every member of the Authority feel like the "chosen one" because she wants only havoc and murder around her and gooey pubes. Hercules already told me all about this: The ancient gods were petty and cruel. But what do you think drinking all her blood does?

Nora, an interloper on the viking genitals that should rightfully only stand erect for Sookie, bonded with her brother by jumping on his lap and forsaking her fanaticism all of a sudden. They saw Godrick beheaded by Lillith and that was all Nora needed to abandon a belief structure that had sustained her through weeks of torture.

Between that and kissing Salome Wildenstein, she was ready to get the eff out of the parking structure and back into the world of the living, but not before the most awesome new character of the season strolled through and had his say.

This dude! So effing awesome. If our defense people are anything like this then let's instate martial law. The Colonel or whomever really condescended to the vamps with his spastic clipped tone and ominous threats: "WE OWN THE DAY." You own my heart, sir. Too bad Eric had to kill them as part of his plan to escape the Authority and save humanity/protect the vampires from getting mushroom-clouded. Oh well, it all comes out in the wash. Most compellingly the Colonel, during his brief and intensely enjoyable cameo, kept holding up a thumb drive and declaring it had footage of Steve Newlin and Russell disemboweling frat boys. All I could think was, "STOP TAUNTING US AND SHOW IT." If this isn't a denouement for the finale, if we don't see these two churning through hard-bodied coeds in some YouTube or news clip, I will be incensed.

Jessica was looking for her own way out, and it led to Bill sending her to turn Jason. She fake-turned him long enough to make an interesting clip for an episode promo, and then allowed him to kill her bodyguards. She also kind of proposed to him while standing in a grave? Blood-smeared tears and the whole bit, like a goth teenage love song and still looking hot as hell, even with dirt in her hair. I love Jessica and Jason. He should frankly be so lucky.

But Jason has no time for eternity, he's too busy being wildly ineffective and barging in on Sookie as she witnesses "the Elder," easily the corniest, community theater-level moment HBO has ever broadcasted.

How embarrassing was this shit? How dare they make an artist hold a squat and dance around while saying these preposterous lines! It was like something out of an ABC family story about the dead coming back to life to influence a prom queen nomination or Vanessa Williams granting wishes to single mothers or something. Touched By an Angel backlighting and Ross "Dress for Success" all over it. Gross! It was jarringly bad. I am so sorry, legitimate actress who had to be in this unforgiving role. It probably sounded so good on paper and then when the film came through they had to roll with it like it was still a good idea when it was patently awful, like a high school play performed by your teachers. Your deaf teachers.

Whatever, the Elder is on various frequencies (a.k.a. is ridiculous and crappy). In another world, Alcide, who has spent this season unfortunately NOT rutting with Sookie, was furiously chopping wood with his chest freshly waxed. Werewolves spend a lot of time keeping their sculptured abs from growing hair. Not a follicle below the neck! Such is a werewolf's way.

It cracked me up that his dad is disgraced for stealing money from the pack. I'm imagining like a sock full of pennies. Are the wolves not consistently broke? If you have crazy supernatural skills that make you stronger/can hide your identity, you'd think you'd steal from a bank, not make off with the $45 that the wolves were saving up for a pizza party.

Jessica turned to Pam to hide her in Fangtasia, not realizing the ladies had enough on their hands covering up the murder of a certain no-name Sheriff. She also asked the question that's been on the tip of everybody's lips: Are Pam and Tara crushing on each other? Tara, in an ombre jacket with matching ombre eye shadow, got weirdly grossed out by the idea. Hello, Pam looks like a Barbie doll and you're a smokin' hot stripper and both of you like girls.

Pam also got weirdly sardonic about having Jessica hang out with them for a night. "Oh good then we can braid each other's hair and talk about boys." Frankly, Pam, that sounds better than your current plans: going upstairs and glaring at a half-empty goth club.

Unfortunately the slain sheriff was the progeny of Laura Bush one of the Authority members. And she arrested Pam for it and flitted around Fangtasia being wonderfully creepy, and now everybody is in the parking garage/Disneyland Indiana Jones Ride line waiting area they're using as the Authority HQ these days. Sam and Luna sneaked in, Pam is there, Jessica was dragged back, Ella is there, and from the promos it looks like Eric and Nora will return to set things right. (Also, they can both fly. Adorbs! Don't ask me why Eric doesn't use this skill more often.)

Andy, who has body-sculpted himself straight into my dreams this season, swore to do right by Holly right before finding out his half-fae baby is due in a matter of days. Please respond in the comments if you give even a fraction of a f*ck if Andy finds a steady romantic interest this season. I cannot say I truly care if he is fulfilled in his personal life, because I don't believe in his character's personal life or a reality that extends beyond "...AND CUT" the way I do with, say, Lafayette (who has gone plot AWOL).

Don't get me wrong, Andy has been super enjoyable this season and has become a solid police presence, but still: I don't care about Andy's personal life. It's right behind "alphabetizing my spice cabinet" in terms of things I want to give mental space to.

Arlene and Terry were necking like newlyweds despite all the OSHA violations that implies. Okay cool, thanks guys for not taking up any more of my time than strictly necessary. Please neither of you die next week.

Steve Newlin and Russell Edginton were lead by a glamoured Jason to the fairy field, ran around in a frankly enchanting display of special effects, and then Russell promptly slurped up the oldest and presumably strongest fairy of them all (the horrendously embarrassing "Elder").

The fairies are the worst, aren't they? Just so ineffectual.

I cannot wait to see how they avoid getting killed en masse next week. I'm guessing Warlo comes in and protects Sookie—as she's his property—from Russell. Hopefully he's an even older vampire or possibly a weird vampire-fairy hybrid.

Also Alcide and his dad killed some extras. Because vampires are everywhere these days! The weird disconnect between the value of a vampire to the sanguinistas and the fact you can't make vampires without humans hasn't really been explored, and I'm not holding my breath because you have to kind of give logic a pass when it comes to True Blood. It's all gossamer, and one mustn't dissect gossamer.

Suffice it to say, next week should be a real ol' show-down hoe-down, and as a set-up for that, this episode was passable. I loved the Jason/Jessica moment and the Colonel. I'm a little sad that it's basically impossible for me to like Bill ever again. I feel a little cheated that we didn't get to see the fraternity slaughtered (fingers crossed someone plays that thumbdrive on some platform next week), but I'm still very curious to see how everything unwinds.


QUESTIONS:

1. Will Eric choose Pam over Nora?

2. Are the fairies going to be saved by Warlo?

3. Is Jason basically indestructible?

4. Is there any way to redeem Bill?

5. What do you think drinking all the Lillith blood does?

6. What is Alcide even doing these days? Why did they fritter away his and Sookie's possible sexin' arc?

7. What are your predictions for the finale?

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Luna's daughter's name is Emma, not Ella!
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Did anyone else wonder why the werewolves bother to change? They are clearly stronger in human form! Totally useless otherwise.
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they did kind of show the frat, except it was after they'd done the eating/drinking



drinking the lilith blood turns you inter her, gives her a physical body to resume her existence is my guess.



nora will die to save eric, not sure how and pam and him will fly into the sunset together. fairies will be all murdered and sookie taken by warlow, and then next season eric and bill done gonna save her but not before Bill becomes head of vampire shadow government outright :P



alcide is wasting valuable show time these days- just like the old days :P
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Pretty sure this is the season where activists are supposed to blow up a building full of vampires for sookie to save eric and pam. Eric and sookie are supposed to be bonded more than ever and he admits to remembering everything about being with her. I understand terrorists taking down a really tall building being a bit taboo, but still...would have been a cool story line to stick with. The original. I wonder what they are going to do with Lafayette since he never had a story line to twist. That is one thing I do like about the show the fact they added Jess when the book didn't have her and didn't kill Lafayette in the first season. Bill should still get with the vampire lady that looks like his dead wife and sookie and eric should still get married. Lol I wish. I think I will stick to words on the page.
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Another Great Episode! I was a little disappointed with the Fairy Elder's scenes and feel Russell got her too easily.

I like the dark direction Bill is going and it was awesome for Lilith to appear to many claiming they are her chosen one to cause chaos, death and destruction. I can't wait for the finale!!!
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Second rate romance novels??? OH NO YOU DIDN'T!
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Look, I read all of 'em-LOVED all of them! but let's face it, it's not exactly Persuasion. But it's a strong second-tier, waaay above third tier stuff that involves like, highlanders on the covers.
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Those books are DREADFUL. Poorly written. Alan Ball has expanded the Bontemps universe beyond Harris's imaginings.



The new and underwritten characters are the stars of the tv show.
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I want to like this show because of Anna Paquin, Alan Ball and the books, but I just can't. Every time I see a show like this, where someone takes a story that I like and goes completely off the track that the books were on, I just wanna say GET YOUR OWN STORY. If someone can "improve" upon an already existing tale, why don't they write their own? If the books are so dreadful, why was the series based on them to begin with? It's no surprise to see people who like the tv show don't like the books because they're completely different from each other. Obviously I like the books better (I don't think they're the best ever but they're better than the tv series imho) but I don't see any point in arguing about personal tastes. I'm just saying that for fans of the books, this tv series has probably denied them any chance of seeing something more faithful to the original story.
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Ms Harris was well paid for the original concept.



And it was a strong concept, I absolutely accept that.Charlaine drew the outline and Alan Ball coloured in the characters and filled in the background. Alan Ball gave the concept true depth. (As it were!)



I did read several books, but they would bug me. The first person narrative device wore thin. Plus I would hold my head in my hands as yet another character found Sookie irresistible.



That said- the first season when the tv show and the first book ran fairly parallel is probably the tightest, most contiguously plotted season. However I totally love the mad curve balls the tv show throws out!
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Lol, what do I care if Ms. Harris got some money out of the deal?

Defending the quality of the tv show is a bit of a non sequitur. This kind of thing annoys me no matter how good the new version of the story is.

In fact, example: "Girl, Interrupted". I liked the movie better, but they changed the story so much that if they changed the title and the names, I don't see how the similarities would have been noticed by anyone.

Simply put, it's dishonest. It's a false way of lending legitimacy to a story -- a way of tricking the public.

In the case of True Blood, I suspect Alan Ball really wanted to follow the original plot more closely but that other people involved in the project took it in another direction. He certainly wasn't the only writer involved there.
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At least we saw the aftermath of the frat massacre last week when Russell and Steve were dancing amid all those bodies in the frat house.



I wonder if the werewolf pack storyline will be resolved in the finale. We have not seen them since Emma got taken. I am guessing Alcide will train harder and come back to take over.



Drinking all of the Lillith blood may actually allow her to take over that vampires body. That would set up a new villain for next season besides Warlow.



Bill has been off the rails since last season and his next story arc will likely be him trying to come back from what he has done and rebuild the relationships he has destroyed. It is pretty interesting though that as Bill has been falling deeper into being the villain, Eric has been becoming more of the hero.



While Russell is likely going to go up against Warlow, I still want to see Eric take his revenge on Russell. Now that Eric and Russell have left Lilith behind, their pledge of peace is over.

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Please dont be right!



I want more Russell next season. I love his cheery bouffant and his baby-chewing Dracula Country accent.
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OK, as much as I thought Fae Elder was stupid... there was one bit I liked.

I was probably one of the few people that liked that quick back-and-forth between Sookie and the Fae with For/Against.

It started out slow (and stupid), but got funny with Sookie just quickly saying one or the other without caring.



That being said, just about everything else with the Elder Fae was epic fail.
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The Fae Elder is working on a level you just don't understand. First, she gave Sookie confidence by acting like a complete loon, preparing Sookie to become the hero she must. Then, the Elder gave all of her blood and power to Russel to make him overconfident and therefore vulnerable. See? She's the kind of master strategist that only an eons old higher being can be.
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I like it! Strategic-plot-device Fae Elder!



Shoulda spent fewer fairy hours listening to cheesy pop and more time fine tuning her fairy-fire targeting.
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1. Will Eric choose Pam over Nora?

I doubt it. Although I think Pam is ten times more kick-ass than that stupid little mouse Nora. Eric needs to get his priorities straight and stop saving people who don't deserve it.

2. Are the fairies going to be saved by Warlo?

No idea.. curious to see this Warlo guy though.

3. Is Jason basically indestructible?

He is just one of the few humans who have been able to stay just that, human, without getting all fucked up. Jason is awesome and I do hope he stays that way.

4. Is there any way to redeem Bill?

No.. never liked him, he's just always been so shady and stupid. I say give him a stake to the heart.

5. What do you think drinking all the Lillith blood does?

Besides get them high? Fucks 'em up.. Royally.

6. What is Alcide even doing these days? Why did they fritter away his and Sookie's possible sexin' arc?

I suppose the writers just couldn't bare Sookie ending up with someone semi-normal and actually nice?

7. What are your predictions for the finale?

No predictions I just hope they finally put some real action into this season. So far Pam has been carrying the entire show for me. Give Pam a raise!!
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1. It would be a big suprise if he did (I hope he doesn't)



2. Don't think so



3. :)



4. No



5. Permanent insanity?



6. I guess he's the friend who's always around when Bill or Eric are unavailable.



7. Eric & Nora kick ass, I think Russel will get some kind of a farie-sugar rush and has to escape or something, Andys live does a 180 and he'll probably find a realy bad solution for his conundrum,...



oh, why don't Sam & Luna change into flies or something with less blood? I thought vampires can smell blood?!??!
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"who the fuck is Luna?". LOL. Pam is the absolute S.H.I.T.
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Hey Lily, will you be writing a "Who do you think will die in the finale?" article? I'm pretty sure you did one for last seasons finale and it was a fun forum to comment on.



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Fucking A! I remember we all predicted Jesus would die,. I wonder who will be the extremely obvious death this year?
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I thought it was a pretty good episode, and have faith that the season finale will be much better. The fairy elder BS was so bad, though...just so, so, so bad. What were the writers/producers/etc. thinking? That was some seriously shoddy/lazy writing. But as long as there are Pam and Eric, I'll be a loyal viewer.
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I liked the fact that the authority lady found Jessica so easily at Fangtasia, because I thought earlier that that had to be the worst place in the world to hide.
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Right? At least in a random human's house, they have to get permission to enter.
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I gotta say, I LOL'd a lot wheile reading this recap.



RIP, The Colonel. You were way more interesting than Roman. But not any smarter than the teenagers in slasher flicks.
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I don't think the colonel was more interesting than Roman, but both did not want all hell to break loose which is exactly what's happening, The writers should have never killed off Roman.
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As a Meloni fan, I'm quite disappointed at how his character was written. Bland and boring IMO.
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The only time Meloni was good was on his last episode. I'm not saying that because his character died on that episode, it was because he wasn't too preachy and was actually quite fun. The Nike blue polo shirt said it all. If only he was like that the 4 episodes before and not giving the same fucking sermon over and over.
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I wouldn't call this the worst episode ever, but it did sum up into the stupidest.



Black guy died exactly as I said he would: ineffectually, like every member of the Authority so far. Basically, "it's been 30 minutes and someone needs to die, let's pick off a thousands-year-old vampire." I already said I didn't want to be a vampire, but who'd want to walk around in a dungeon for thousands of years as blood-filled ziploc bag a tween could pop with chopsticks? I'd actually prefer to be a stone vampire that twinkles in sunlight, and even then, I'd rather be dead.



Nekkid Luna > Nekkid Lilith x 100. I guess that's all I really have for that.



Alcide's the Matthew McConaughey of this show. Used to be Jason. I'm probably in the minority, but I'm not so much tired of him walking around without a shirt, but him running off like a hero every episode only to get his ass kicked and then saved by someone really old. He needs to learn how to either save the world or stfu about it.



I don't think Bill's much worse. Like I said, he was always a craven asstool who cared about himself more than anyone else. The guy's a dick, but I don't think he's done anything irredeemable...or important in a while.



The Elder...wow. Again, I feel partially responsible. I shook my head and asked if this show could be any dumber, and they answered it with a brutal and efficient 'yes.' I'm a godless heathen and I still asked God why.



Russell was fine, and I'm glad someone finally proved that they could dodge an idiot standing around throwing Sookieballs. The strongest faerie hops out and gives her blood to the strongest vampire. Faeries suck so very hard, and I hope Russell kills them all, saving Sookie for last, of course.



I don't want Pam and Tara 'together' together. There's just no need for that.



It's weird that I could walk away from Heroes after three seasons, but I'm still watching this. I don't know if that makes this show better or if I've just gotten dumber. Not like Tara's ever gotten naked...
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That's the thing. Bill is a couple of hundreds of years old and would never move quickly enough to kill the Mensah300Vamp.



Silly plot hole. This is Madness.

Ahem.
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He was on his knees, unprepared, in a state of drug-and-religion induced bliss. So I don't think it's strange at all. It's certainly not a plot hole.
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How unprepared does a thousand(s)-year-old vampire get? Could Sookie have walked up and staked him with a pair of chopsticks? And why would the Authority take blood or anything that leaves them so coked up, any 200-yr-old babyvamp or disgruntled guard could walk up and wipe them out? Maybe he wasn't even that old, but then, why would he be a Chancellor? Idiocy any way you slice it.
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Madness? This is...True Blood, and Lilith loves *me* an' not *you*, so meh, die.



...yeah.
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I suppose there are still a few things to enjoy even if there is usually very little, unlike Heroes, where there was nothing at all. There wasn't a single character or anything really that made me want to tune into that show after the halfway point of season 3.
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Sigh, you were right, Peter Mensah was totally wasted.
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Yeah, I did hope for your version, but I knew...yeah...
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Best to remember that she was the Faerie Elder for the Bon Temps chapter of the Moulin Douche. There has to be something in the water there, because they sure do bring 'em up dumb. Or did I miss something and all of the world's Faeries have moved to BF North America? The old world ones have to have their act together right? Collecting milk from porches and fixing shoes in the night?
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Sure, speak a little brogue, play a few tricks, barter with money made from daffodils, and then gtho like a thief in the night. Won't see *them* doing the Humpty Dance in a ghetto burlesque club and banging idiot cops that have ass shots on Facebook. Mm-mm. Not them.
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HOLD THE PHONE, the crazy fairy elder was played by the same lady who played Alicia Fennel on Veronica Mars?!?!?!



Sigh, Wallace's Mom, I think less of you now.
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Yeah, she's been in a ton of stuff, even before Veronica Mars. I felt way more embarrassed for her than for her character or this show...and that's saying a lot.
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I agree the Colonel or General or whatever was my favorite character this whole season. He was so badass he made thousands and hundreds year old vampires nearly pee their pants. I really want to see the US military retaliate now. In every movie or book or show you see or read about vampires it portrays them as feared, powerful creatures of the night that humans have no hope against. But when it really come down to it aren't humans a little more scarier? Like the Colonel said, we own the day. We're very creative when it comes to designing weapons. And we outnumber vampires. Someone needs to do a show where the humans are the monsters and the vampires are the scared ones. That would be awesome.



Moving on, I forgot all about Murella and Andy... that shows how little I care about that storyline. -.- I do like Andy but why is there a need to cause drama that isn't worth it on this show...



Love Jason as always.



Still don't like Nora. Someone stake her and Salome already.



I used to dislike Tara greatly but now that she's a vampire her character evolved. At least she isn't playing the victim card this season. FINALLY.



1. Yes. He better.



2. That would be an interesting twist. But he would only probably save them to later eat them.



3. He might as well be. Jason has fairy blood too doesn't he?



4. Nope. Alan Ball wants to take him with him when he leaves.



5. Makes the vampires crazy obviously. Like Eric said its acting like a kind of drug and the fact that these vamps are in a nest is making the situation worse.



6. Looking sexy.
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Thank you Lily for the Laura Bush reference ! I'm still chuckling ...

I was happy with everything minus the Alcide and Andy stuff.

And Lillith is the probably crappiest god ever : she was Cain's wife and mother of his children?

Wasn't she judged to eat her children to all eternity? Hmmm ...

So maybe "Warlo" is Cain and therefore considerably older than Russell? And will Bill puke out Lillith in case of consuming the rest of her blood?

And isn't Jessica just the best?
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If this season was Alan Ball making his mark on True Blood, then I say good riddance. The show has always been over the top, and I like that, but this season had more awful than good. Too many story lines going on at once, and too many story lines that I just didn't care about.
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Technically Jason is part fairy right? maybe the elders blast would of charged him up. I think his power in the book was that he is 'irresistibly good looking'? atleast thats what ive been told by my sister whos read them
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WHAT WAS THAT?!



I can't believe I'm about to write this, but the superlatively preposterous fairy Elder had to be the most ridiculous thing I've ever seen on this show. And we're talking about TRUE BLOOD here! Saying True Blood is ridiculous is like saying water is wet. It's f***ing implied! But the dancing fairy Elder crossed the line. The line of how much bullshit a viewer can take before he frustratingly yells into the yawning cosmos "F*CK IT!"



I apologize for the profanity, but these fairies are killing me! At least the Elder was humorously killed. That made up for some of it.



The real tragedy is that this episode was pretty damn good if you exclude Fairy Miss Cleo. The best part: ERIC! True Blood is never better than when he's his unabatedly viking self. He finally got out of the suffocating confines of the Authority complex and will hopefully be instrumental in the annihilation of Bill's newfound zealotry and truly messed up religion. And I, for one, didn't mind Nora's sudden change of heart. We've seen how strong the connection between Maker and Progeny can be, so witnessing Godric decapitated by Lillith is as good a reason as any to make her doubt her beliefs. She was manipulated by a force that we still don't fully understand.



LIllith has been the real mystery of this season. The go-to theory that the blood in the vial is Salome's bewitching brew has seriously been called into question. I've had my doubts ever since Godric showed up. He didn't fit into that equation. His plea for Eric to stop Lillith and save his sister defied the Salome theory. And with Salome effectively out as the deity duping Sanguinista mastermind, what does that leave? Lillith really is a goddess? Doubtful. Are they all just getting high? Possible. But I'm hoping for something more. The Ifrit storyline taught us that there is no limit to the crazy shit TB can introduce into its world, so the sky is the limit.



RANDOM THOUGHTS:



- I honestly wouldn't care if Bill met his true death in the finale. I know it will never happen, but the writers have butchered his character to a point where I'm left cheering for someone to decapitate him with THEIR thumb nail. (How the hell does he do that?)



- How awesome was that Eric & Nora takeoff scene?! (Anyone else notice the traffic light turning green?) I like non-crazy Nora and her weird sibling relationship with Eric. Go Team Godric's Progeny's!



- Stupid Tara! How dare you endanger one of the best characters on the show?! I still haven't forgiven you for your first four seasons.



- I didn't think I would ever get tired of seeing Luna"s breasts, but here were are .... and I don't like it.



- Never change Russell. Even if you die in the next episode, you go out being your awesome 3000-year-old self.



- For some reason I felt the compulsion to watch "Kill Bill" last night on Bluray. I haven't the foggiest idea why.



- Is it wrong for me to want Russell to drain all the fairies in that field? I thought you were supposed to root AGAINST villains.



- Pam: "Who the fuck is Luna?!" Best. Line. Ever.



- Great review, Lily! Your captions are hilarious!



- BRING ON THE FINALE!
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The fairy elder scene was awful, but I still think the opening of last season was the stupidest thing ever. I really do hope Bill dies, and everybody knows the biggest fan of Bill was Alan Ball himself. Alan is on his way out, so Alan, pretty please with sugar on top, take him with you.



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Do you think it's possible?
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Killing off a main character set Game of Thrones apart from every other series on TV. Off with the mofos head!!
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I'm leaning more towards no, but I think it is possible. Bill is just a character that has stuck around because Ball likes him, he almost just seems tacked on at this point like a lot of other characters, but his character is in a tight corner right now. True Blood often likes to take the Dexter way out though, and the lack of real consequence for this show's characters has gone on for too long. The finale is Ball's last episode, so he has a chance to go out with a bang and leave his mark in a good way. Killing Bill off along with some other characters I think could do that.
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@FF maybe if you click your heels together three times and wish REALLY HAD, some fairy god will make it so. pleaseleterickillbillpleaseleterickillbillpleaseleterickillbillplease!
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I place my money on Bill saying "Oh my god. I've been so wrong." 3 times and becoming a mainstreamer again as quick as he became a religious extremist. The consistent bad writing demands it.



That being said, KILL BILL!
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Impactful character deaths are so rare these days. The only characters that are less likely to die than Bill are Sookie, Eric and Jason. I hate to say it, but Bill will probably be redeemed in a completely arbitrary and startlingly sudden way.



But if Ball finally grows some, uh, balls, and kills off Bill on his sendoff episode, it would be an unexpectedly refreshing way for him to bow out.



And if Eric is the one to do it, well, then he'll be my hero.
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Yeah, there's that hard fucking fact. Still, it's not like killing Bill will kill their marriage.
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He's married to the star. No way does that happen.
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Why are you so furious about the fairy elder scenes? I had to laugh really hard and loud and I consider that a good thing. Because it was so bad. It was terrible. But only True Blood gets the bad shit right, I think.

TOTAL agree on 1. Russell : what Dennis O'Hare did with Russell is just brilliant - you have to surrender to and dwell on strong emotions to get through 3000 years! And he is so ... contagious in his swagger.

2. on Bill : please Alan, KILL BILL KILL BILL KILL BILL
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For me it wasn't one of those "it's so bad it's good" type of things. I just thought it was plain bad.



I've got a feeling Russell will die in the finale, but I REALLY don't want him to. He's one of the greatest and strangely most likeable villains on TV.



KILL BILL KILL BILL KILL BILL ...
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I was actually more disturbed by the fact that Sookie answered all the musical questions wrong. :)
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Boys to Men, for? John Cougar Mellencamp, against? Come on, Sookie!
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My jaw dropped when she appeared on stage and started doing silly dance moves. But as I said below, the scene didn't bother me much. Maybe because the silly questions about music lightened up the mood a bit. Maybe because we've already seen worse. I think the glimpses we've seen of fairies dancing in the fairy world were *a lot* worse actually.
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Personally, that was the dumbest thing I've ever seen on True Blood. And once again, when you're talking about True Blood, that's saying something.
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I wonder if Lillith and Warlo's stories might be somehow related. Both pretty old, and aren't "fully on this plane" - the Elder Fairy was on many planes, so it might all tie in together, maybe an ancient feud.



For a while, I was thinking Bill might be undercover, but after seeing how he acts when alone recently, I'm thinking I was wrong. Hopefully after he gets Lillith's evil, hallucinogenic blood out of his system, he'll be himself again and be all contrite.
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Have we seen Sookie's boobs at all this season? I'm thinking that we haven't... How are we supposed to keep the men in our lives watching the show if Anna Paquin's boobs aren't in it?
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Sookie's not hot, so it's okay. Luna and I guess Nora have helped. And we can always hope for Jessica on the Fangtasia stripper pole.
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We're OK watching other boobs too.
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Why did Andy's fairy look him up at that exact time? Is he part of their plan to fight Russell? I don't see what he can do.

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She's only a centuries old mystical being with superpowers. Andy has testicles. Women-folk need a man's protection.
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EXACTLY! yes, she said he 'swore on the light to protect her and their fairy fetus' which is all well and good, but what did she exactly think Andy was going to do against Russell Edgington?! ANDY?! not likely lol
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She must be SERIOUSLY desperate if she is relying on Andy to protect her from a 3000 year old vampire??!!!
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1. Huh? Is there something that makes you think that he will have to make that choice?



2. I hadn't thought of that, but I think it's an interesting idea. I don't see anything else that can save them right now. Maybe they can teleport away or something.



3. That didn't look survivable. But this is True Blood, so Jason either wakes up with a headache that lasts no longer than to the end of the scene, or is saved by Steve Newlin. ("Yes, you can have some of my blood, but you will have to suck it from here").



4. As soon as he's off the blood, he will be back to normal. Eric won't care about what he did. Sookie is too dumb to even think about it.



5. It makes them high and stupid, and puts them in touch with her "spirit".



6. I think you're the only one who ever wanted to see that. She already had two boyfriends, and didn't need a third. Alcide isn't even an interesting character.



7. I prefer not to make any.
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I like the evil Bill a lot! He was so boring when he was with Sookie and had this disgusting bromance with Eric.



I also love that Lafayette is acting like he used to. I prefer to watch him like this for 10 secunds in every episode that wathing him for 10 minutes in the horrible mask of mexican demon.



I would also love to see Alcide and other renegade warewolves hunting down baby vamps in the next season.



While I like Andy, imo it's bad that the writers started a new story with him and this pregnant fairy. I hope that they will finish it soon and Andy will not have any problems in the couple of next seasons :)
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I think Lillith's blood will be spilled. Most likely into that water pit that Bill washed his hands in. And thus, the bloody naked Lillith will disappear.
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I think warloo is not coming until next season
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I think we'll be seeing warlow this sunday during the finale.
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I just hate how they destroy bill, I just hope pam doesn't get killed and eric must save her, come on!! I'm sure norah dies as everyone else who's been aded this season. and i don't think warlo is bill, he is someone older
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1. not sure in what sense, but i don't like nora. getting naked only to cover your naughty bits on hbo is uncool.



2. as nutty as the elder appeared maybe any number of them stand a good a chance as she did. also i don't like the actress. the third thing i've seen her guest star on now and for whatever reason she bugs. maybe it was her villainous first impression.



3. as he should be.



4. i've pretty much stopped rooting around the time he elevated to whatever rank whenever that was. i liked him as a sweet protector / lover of sookie. anything else and he comes off as an ass.



5. prevents anyone from being able to drink it in the future? no diea but what with lilith seemingly able to actually present herself corporeally, i wonder if she couldn't just fill the thing back up again.



6. he's bringing relevance to robert patrick. being on the show. which i'm happy about.



7. salome gets killed (which i'm rooting against), nora gets killed (whichi i'm rooting for), same and luna save luna's daughter, the last of the authority (laura bush?) gets dead. yeah no idea but i'm sure it'll be pretty straight forward.





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Jason Stackhouse - QB1 to the Rescue!
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WHO THE FUCK IS LUNA?

Best part.
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I want more Lafayette!!!

Why didn't the faeries shoot their lights at Russell when he was eating the elder??? That made no sense to me. At least something exciting happened this episode. So glad Eric was a faker!
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This episode was so Great , i always hate when they finish each characters plots without any crosses between them but in this episodes a lot of plot-lines coming together even though i feel that overall this season there are a lot of disappointments .

p.s Very funny captioning !

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Did anyone else notice that the fairy elder was Coco from Fame? Damn, I'm old.
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I thought to mention it but, thought the same thing as you - no one would know :(
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I recognized her, and immediately thought of Fame. I saw her recently on Nikita, but that didn't occur to me. I had to look up who she was playing on Fame. I didn't even recognize the name "Coco" when I found it at IMDB.



I don't remember her at all from Veronica Mars.
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And Wallace's mom in Veronica Mars!!!
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I think I've already made my point with this season, so I'm just going to focus on other positive things.... Lily, really looking forward to Revenge S2 and you're weekly recaps! Have you seen the trailer?
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I personally think Sookie is going to fall for Warlo, and we will find out he was her destined mate this entire time.



I also think the whole Lilith choosing everyone to be 'the one' was her way of making them kill each other so that only the strongest one will be left to drink her blood. Not sure what drinking her blood will do, but I assume it will make the vampire who does insane and powerful
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I don't think she'll fall for warlow at all, he killed her parents. Unless Sookie's crazy she wouldn't fall in love with someone who did that
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On the Inside the Episode video on youtube, that's basically what they said. She wants them to kill each other so the strongest one will drink the blood.
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This show went down the tubes this season. They could have do so much more (or less? whichever one is better) with everything they left off on last season. But instead, we got maybe four good episodes total and a bunch of crappy fillers with ridiculous story endings. Such as the one about the Ifrit curse. Gimme a break. Anyway, I'm just glad I still have quality shows to watch like TW and TVD.
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It went down the tubes last season, and I still think that last season was the worst, but this season certainly wasn't any step up. There have been things this season that I loved, unfortunately, there is always more bad than good in episodes nowadays. That hasn't been the case with the past few episodes, and maybe an episode or two earlier in the season, but it doesn't make up the for the rest. I'm hoping the show can benefit from losing Alan Ball, but who knows. The guy is only a slightly more talented Ryan Murphy.



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It's ridiculous. If anyone asked me what this season was about - besides the Authority and Pam/Tara I couldn't say WHAT it was really about.
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Agreed. The whole first 3/4ths of the season were such a snore. The subplots are only intertwining now- but the season's over already! lol
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Completely agree, but I'm not surprised considering that by S5/S6 tv shows usually get bad. Too many ideas, that were bad and boring... I'm really hoping the new showrunner will fix the show and turn it back to what it used to be or at least make it decent.
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1. Doubt it. Pretty sure Norah is going to die. Besides Tara is going to save Pam.



2. I don't think so. If anything, Eric kills Russell and Jason Kills Steve Newlin.



3. At this rate, pretty much. Jessica and Sookie seem to be his kryptonite though.



4. Nope, he's probably going to be revealed as Warlow in season 6 and the gang is going to have to kill him. Which would probably be the end of the show. (season 6 the last season?)



5. Makes them drunk apparently. And what makes vampires drunk in TB land? Fairy blood.



6. Chopping wood apparently, I thought he was suppose to kill J.D. ? It would probably be cooler to see Alcides dad take on J.D. you know, father vs. father.



7. Russell dies, Steve Newlin Dies, Luna, that Laura bush Sharon Osbourne looking authority member dies, a bunch of extras dressed in authority security dies oh, and Norah. Maybe Lilith since Godric didn't "really" die (he's a ghost) But to kill Lilith you have to kill Salome so her too. Wildcard death: Tara or Pam Somehow I can imagine Pam saying "Save yourself" cause that's something she'd say in her 1940s accent.
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I don't think Russell, steve or Luna will die.



Warlow we'll probably see him during the finale on sunday. I have a big feeling that we will
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I never liked Bill anyway but I'm still a little shocked that they've destroyed his character as much as they have.



Basically I'm watching this show for Pam and Tara at the moment and I'll be happy if we never have to see another scene set in Authority HQ ever again after this season. Also I hope Eric isn't forced to choose between Pam and Nora.
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1. Nora will die.

2. Possibly, or they may juice up Sookie so she can save them.

3. All main characters are.

4. As a hero? No. As next season's big bad, sure.

5. Nothing. Someone has to be doing it. Else, this is some super lazy writing. The hallucination says the exact same thing to all of them in the same words? No way.

6. Hiding, apparently. Didn't there used to be a wolf pack? They are saving more sexing for next season when Sookie looks better naked. Besides they have used up their nudity quota on Lilith in every episode.

7. The authority is wiped out, except for Bill, who embraces his evil side all next season, because Alan Ball is basically salting the earth as he leaves.
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I wouldn't mind seeing the show go by the book a bit for next season. It might actually help it..Would love to see Quinn and Amelia introduced from the book series. Take Sookie out of Bon Temps for a while.
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1. I hope he doesn't have to because I respect Pam she doesn't put up with anybody's bull crap. And I don't know enough about Nora to choose her over Pam so as it stands right now no I like Pam more.



2. I think Warlo will kill Russel because I am betting Warlo is even older then Russel is and right now no one can stop Russel. Plus since Sookie was promised to him I highly doubt he is going to let her die. And I think that in turn will save the fairies.



3. I don't know normally I would say yeah he always gets hurts and bounces back but this time I think he is going to be messed up he hit that tree hard way to hard for a human to live. I think Sookie will make a deal with Warlo to save Jason's life in turn she will have to go with him.



4. I really hate Bill now. Even if he was just playing a game all this time but I highly doubt he has because he was just as enthralled with those visions of Lilith. I don't think hes faking it. Even if he was I am so sick of him. Eric is a so much better character.



5. It's either used for mass hallucinations and turns somebody uber powerful but also crazy. Or it will bring Lilith back.



6. I dunno I kind of liked him with her. They threw it away really fast.



7. Warlo saves Sookie and agrees to go with him if he saves Jason and the other fairies. There is going to be a war between humans and vampires and I can see Lilith being reborn and using bill has her second in command for a war against humans.



But who knows. But as for Bill I am sick of him.
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Is it just me, or does everyone want all the faeries to get eaten? If they are just going to look on as a vampire drains one of their own, and pussyfoot around some sort of plan, that in the end seemed terrible, I think that whole club deserves to be incinerated. Not to mention destroying this whole stupid faerie storyline as well.
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You spoke from my heart. They deserve it.
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yeah I was really surprised. couldn't they have blasted him altogether en masse as he was feasting on the elder?
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couple other things, i think jason will com through. if he dont, sookie will b so depressed and DEJA VU (remember the 7th season f buffy the vampire slayer? wasnt that the most boring in the beginning, with buffy being all depressed and all?) Depression is not interesting. it just wouldnt b a smart move. the ratings would totally drop. i hope they show more of sam and luna. im really getting into their lives with luna's daughter being kidnapped (again, KILL OFF RUSSEL AND STEVE.... NO RESURRECTIONS!!!!!) . but wut i really want to see is more of steves wife or ex wife. She was so pretty and sweet. I LUVED her.
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This was an ok episode. I loved Alcide's dad getting the vamps with a bow and arrow! Awesome!
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Just a few random thoughts: I never cared much about Bill, one way or another, but I certainly hate him now. He needs a swift kick in the nuts, since I'm sure that affects men of all species, and then maybe he'd snap out of it. Slapping Jessica proved how far he's fallen.



Kill Lillith. She's really just been a hallucinatory result of a bad acid trip, and I am completely over her bloody nudity. (British pun unintended.) As a villain or whatever she is, I don't care enough about her to care about her plan.



Pam, Tara, Jessica and Jason were great again. The faerie elder was... strange. I guess living a long life over various dimensions makes you an interpretive dancer with an affinity for music and pop culture. Whatevs. Season finale looks promising though.
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i think eric might choose nora over pam. He let pam go and pam has her own thing goin on with the authority and tara and killing the sherrif thing. i think jessica might get pam out. As for bill, i honestly think the only thing that might save him is sookie almost being killed. maybe... possibly........... anyway, if bill dont com through, warlo might b sookies new vamp bf (or he might kidnap her and kill her). i don't no wen stupid russel is gonna leave the series. him and steve newlin are creepy and pervy. UHHHH! i'm getting chills (the bad kind). KILL OFF STEVE AND RUSSEL NOW
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Well.... I think this was the best episode so far, but the one with the dumbest, stupidiest part in the old fae. At that moment i was thinking to drop the series for my watch list! That was more painfull than watching the dumb Hoyt crying, or his red neck mama. Hope the season finale is good, but of curse, I have to say that this one is the worst Tru Blood season of all...
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There is NO WAY it is worse than last season. The Pam/Tara relationship alone makes this season infinitely better!
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Hm. If you add up all Tara/Pam scenes we might get about 30 minutes? Which is 5% of the total screening time of this season. So even though it was great, it might be hard for some to overlook the other 95%
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That's the problem there. The scenes with Pam and Tara have been some of my favorite True Blood moments ever, but they also take up such a small part of the season, that you can't really justify them alone making the season better.
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I'll go for quality over quantity every time. :-D
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