True Blood: With Alan Ball Gone and the Show Straying Further from Its Source Material, Where Should the Series Go in Season 6?

Back in 2000, a soccer mom with a no-nonsense haircut started imagining a world through the eyes of a bosomy blonde psychic. With a few deft references that drew parallels between her world’s vampires “coming out of the coffin” and the LGBT community demanding civil rights, she fueled the imagination of Alan Ball, TV auteur, who drew on a personal connection to the material in that context and ran with the premise to capture the drama, love, and adversity of a homosexual pairing in intolerant times, but within a heterosexual narrative. After all, Sookie and Bill's relationship could easily have been read as that of a gay couple, with Sookie choosing and having to defend her alternative lifestyle while learning its subculture and ultimately being targeted by a violent bigot. 

In the beginning, Ball's creative departures from the books served the story well. The first season of the TV series, which debuted in 2008, showed Bill risking his life for Sookie by coming out into the light of day, an ending that for sheer melodrama and romance puts the first book’s ending (Sookie fighting off Rene on her own and Bill visiting her in the hospital afterwards all like, "Bummer, someone tried to kill you... P.S. I got promoted in Vampire Land") in the shade. Ball explicitly wove in LGBT characters and romances, particularly by elevating Charlaine Harris’s peripheral Lafayette (vampire chow, by the end of Book 1) to perhaps the show's most complex and endearing character by the end of Season 4. Ball found a way to embed meaningful empathy for the LGBT community in a mainstream romance, and offered sexiness and danger to audiences that didn’t even know they needed it, ultimately paving the way for another serious rendition of a novelized fantasy series, Game of Thrones.


But after a few seasons, perhaps Ball felt he’d gotten his point across, perhaps he felt the show had become too dependent on its central love triangle, but he seemed to have tired of True Blood. The humor that had always been present in the series started overshadowing the romance via campy interludes throughout Seasons 3 and 4, and then in Season 5, Ball moved the focus of his messaging from civil equality to government bureaucracy, the cost of war, torture, and terrorism. Making Bill take a turn toward worshipping a fundamentalist and, at last, transforming him into a weird-ass blood-god disconnected one of the main characters from any connection or relevance to our own times. Just as Harris seems to have gone from impressing her readers to placating her readers to openly thwarting and infuriating her readers with the last book of the series (the Amazon reviews left by fans simply DRIP with venom and read like eulogies for dreams forever lost—more on that in a minute), Ball sowed the fields with salt and burned down the barn at the end of Season 5, leaving HBO with a tangle of Sookie Stackhouse fan fiction that had gone way too far off the road map of the books to ever truly return.

And how, might you ask, did Charlaine Harris manage to turn a legion of fans into a mob howling for her blood? I'd like to go into detail below, so if you're mid-series, go ahead and skip to the second red line. 


++++++++++++++++++++ Spoilers for the book series follow. ++++++++++++++++++++ 


The Southern Vampire Mysteries series of novels, much like True Blood, hooked audiences with a love triangle: Sookie would have to choose between Bill and Eric, with other supernatural beaux stirred in for good measure and variety. However, much like what happened with the TV show, Eric continued to dominate readers' and Sookie's attention, but apparently, in the final book, Sookie ultimately chooses Option D, Sam Merlotte. This in itself would be enough to make me tear any object in my hands to shreds, be it paperback or beloved pet, and throw it out the window. But even if you aren't invested in the romance, if you, like Ball, have been more interested in the meaningful parallel that Harris made between vampires and minorities of all kinds being integrated into society, Harris managed to cauterize that progressive story vein as well, with vampires and humans deciding they really shouldn't live together after all. Sure, this could just be the case of a weary author with no real idea of how to put the genie back in the bottle in her last 90,000 contractually obligated words sewing things up as fast as she can, but even then it'd still be a rather dour indictment of society's ability to evolve AT BEST. For Harris to abdicate the chance she had to be a meaningful voice in favor of progress is socially irresponsible to a baffling extreme. I quote the Amazon review from a customer named "Oh Yes," which perhaps puts it best:

For years CH [Charlaine Harris] has talked about the underlying message in the series being about marginalized people, gay rights, discrimination, blah, blah, blah. Well, in the end she turns that issue upside down and smacks us in the face with it. Sookie's desire for a simple normal life with humans is painfully clear. CH tries to reinforce her choice in the HEA [Happy Ever After] by driving the point home over and over that vampires are bad, and not to be trusted. That the only healthy, safe life is away from them. From Tara saying we should spit on the vampires to Sookie outing the Were at the clothing store, she turns Sookie into nothing more than a bigot. ...the message from DEA [Dead Ever After] is that people should stay with their own kind. And I find that message to be very sad and shocking.


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Without its visionary auteur or cult source material, and with HBO apparently firing showrunners left and right, True Blood’s sixth season promises to be the least cohesive yet. Will the show continue on with the dreary Vampire Authority in their cheerless basement? Will it fight its way back to the books, as the casting of Rutger Hauer as Niall suggests? Or will some showrunner stay employed long enough to drum up brand-new content?

It's my own personal hope that the story will get smaller. Season 5 took on a James Bond/worldwide conspiracy/high levels of government tone that felt very "Dynamic Screenwriting 101," and it wasn't at all specific, which I believe all great writing—onscreen or off—must be. 

So what I think the show needs now is the level of Give-a-F*ckness that Ball and Harris had coming in. True Blood will only succeed if HBO gives the show to a truly great writer and allows that writer to play with Ball's world the way Ball played with Harris's; that way, a personal connection—and  a more authentic story—can blossom. What True Blood did best in its early seasons was not just the over-the-top humor, the almost-avant-garde violence, or the steamy romance, it was that the show captured a huge, unfathomable, multifaceted issue and crystallized it into one conflict we cared about with all our hearts. If it can care like that—with the simultaneous sense of escape into fantasy and personal revelation that Ball first created, we could see a resurrection of the series. But if everyone on the staff is going to be chained to the expectations of a lucrative franchise that must go forward and make money by being more of the same (as Harris, and perhaps ultimately Ball did) it won't survive.


QUESTIONS:

... Are you managing your expectations for a Ball-less season?

... Do you think the series can take anything from the books?

... Where do you want this season to go?

... What do you watch an episode of True Blood hoping to see?

... Do you think this will be True Blood’s last season? Should it be?

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First year the show was great! Great acting, wonderful story line, dark comedy with just enough suspense. I was impressed. Something new and on the cutting edge. Second year the show became much darker though still with the dark comedy and wonderful acting. After the second year things changed, I am sad to say, because it was my favorite show. I read once it became a hit, instead of keeping the elements that worked in place, those with power and need for more money, pushed for change. I think True Blood must have a different audience now then the original fans, because this series is no longer the one it started out to be. Now that's not a problem for my husband or neighbor, both of whom I introduced the series to. They still love the show. The ridiculous does not bother them, however, we all chuckled at Fairly land. They must have different writers for different parts of the show because who ever wrote and designed fairly land, well..... I mean I kept looking at the actors to see if they would crack a smile. How could they seriously hold it together in Fairyland. Though my husband never misses True Blood, I refused to watch it last year. I had gotten tired of the gratuitous sex and violence that took up so much screen time. It was also incredibly boring especially when it had no relevance. I was desensitized by the bombarding of so much gore. At times, I thought they might as well throw all those vampire guts straight at the screen. I could go on, but you probably feel like my husband. He likes the show, and I just ruin for him. So I'll shut up now. I just wish I had the old show back for me.
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That Amazon review by Oh Yes was patently false. Sookie did not out the were when she went shopping with Tara. To say that she did only demonstrates that this person did not read the book. Furthermore, anyone that has any reading comprehension AT ALL knows that Sookie ALWAYS wanted to remain human. She got tired of vampire politics and being used by Vampires. She was silly in her expectations to have supernatural beings live like human beings. Charlaine Harris said from the beginning that when she wrote this character she thought that who would be stupid enough to get involved with a vampire. That is how she came up with the idea of a telepathic bar made. These other fantasies about Sookie being in a happily ever after relationship with Eric comes from fanatical and extremist fans that are angry that things simply did not go their way.
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Sookie is not psychic she is a telepath.
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I used to recommend this show to people and now I am pretty embarrassed that I did so. After season 3 it became a joke to watch. It was so horrible to watch you almost had to turn it into a drinking game to make it bearable. I stopped watching after the second ep of this season and am not looking back. I tried my best to keep with it in the hopes things would turn around, but it never did and I wish I could get my time back. They need to put an end to the misery and put a stake through it... :( The show seems to have lost its intelligence and now its all about the T&A and how many "f*cks" they can get in.... That is a good drinking game by the way- Take a drink every time someone says "F-ck - Sh-t - B-tch -or FangBanger" 2 drinks every time you see boobies and chug your glass every time Sookie gets naked. Everybody takes a shot when Sookie has a relationship triangle delema or every time Jason takes off his shirt. If you play it at any point in the last three seasons your liable to black out.
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thanks for the above, made me laugh, sharing with my friends and getting more laughs-and they like True Blood
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That shot game you mentioned, I'm pretty sure I would black out if I played that during the first three seasons too.
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I have been watching the show since the beginning. A true fan. Thus season, I notice something has changed and not for the better. I was not aware that A major screenwriter was no longer involved but that could be it. There is too much cursing, the F- word constantly being used and it does nothing to enrich the story. Also sh&@ is also thrown around. It's become embarrassing to watch. The dialogue is juvenile and stupid. I said this week would be my last episode. I don't care anymore what happens to the characters. It's not consistent. Too bad. It was a great story/show.
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Last season, which was way worse than this season, didn't do the trick for you?
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I didn't realize Alan Ball was already gone. I thought he was staying around for a couple more seasons. It will be very interesting to see how this season develops as a result.

1.I will have to reconcile my fealings about this, now that I know.
2.The series can probably take a lot of things from the books; I have only read the first 2 as I've heard that the stories deviate from ea. other so much.
3.I just want more of the raunchy, humorous, sexy, vampire, & supernatural drama that we've had before.
4.See above answer
5.I think its too soon to tell if this will be the last season or not. I think we should all wait and give it a chance. Its my favorite show and I just hope that I can still get the same happy feelings from it that I've gotten before
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In the final book, Sookie chooses Sam. That sends the exact same message that he original Shrek movie did! That ultimately, you should stay with your own kind.
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What is so wrong about not wanting to give up her human life to live with a vampire? Sookie ALWAYS said that she wanted to remain human. Eric wanted her to risk being his whore while he lived life as the King of Oklahoma enjoying the power and money that came with it. Do you actually believe that he would have been able to keep her a secret from his vampire wife? Why should she have wanted to live like that?
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Sookie is part fairy and part human. Sam is a full shifter. So how exactly does this demonstrate that "you should stay with your own kind"?
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First, as a writer myself, you can not imagine how tiresome it is to write something that just never ends. True Charlaine Harris fans knew this day was coming. She is a talented, imaginative, writer and her moving on is what happens with all of her series. She does not write series indefinitely, and to be honest, how boring would it be if the character you start out with never grows, or changes, or advances?

I understand how hard it is to say good-bye to a book series you love, but as a writer it is even harder to say good-bye to a character that has become your main-stay, your tour de force. But…the show must go on. Our characters grow and change…and so do we.

I am looking forward to Mrs. Harris’ next book series. I am hoping she will continue with her “Grave Sight” series. Good luck Mrs. Harris. Here’s hoping the next 13 books are equally successful.
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To be honest, I'm glad the show has strayed off the path of the books because the last 3-4 in the series is nowhere near the level of the predecessors. Although the last couple of seasons in True Blood has been incredible weak aswell, especially last season with its horrible plotline. I know the books plotline is terrible aswell, but shouldn't you atlteast try to come up with something better. I mean, in ten episodes with HBO's budgets. Don't you expect, even demand something better?
The only reason I'm even slightly inclined on watching the next season is because Skarsgård is Swedish and needs some backing up from his home country. + And he's a great actor.
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I love the books AND the show. I was disappointed with the book series' ending, but I was satisfied. It was definitely time to end Sookie's story. I don't understand the sense of entitlement from book fans that Harris "owed" us something; it's awful.
My wish for the show is for less plot lines and less cast. Less is more! I think the show worked better with more streamlined stories. We've got vamps, weres, ghosts & witches. Do we really need fairies too? And there are too many principal cast members! There's just not enough time in a cable show-season to service EVERYONE. So let's move some folks to the periphery. Does Andy really need his own plot line? Does Arlene? I'm excited about the promise inherent in a new season and hope I won't be disappointed, or worse, bored.
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Giving small-part characters their own storylines is most definitely True Blood's primary problem in my opinion.
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it should. now that Eric is gone.why would they do that? come on, Bill? he is old for Sookie. and he is not hot like Eric
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Eric hasn't gone anywhere?
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IT SHOULD END!!!
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And obviously I have to keep watching the show so I can read Lily's hilariously fantastic reviews.
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I don't even know where to start. After reading the last book, I have never been more disappointed with anything I've read or watched. At least I can get a laugh of the show.
***BOOK SPOILER*** I knew half way through the books she'd end up with Sam, her love of the sun but mainly her wanting children was always prominent. But why finish it like that? Eric was barely in it at the end, it's like CH hated him? Why build up this tension and love story and then have them in this mundane relationship??? GGGRRRR***END BOOK SPOILER***
As for the show, I've given up on thinking about where it's going and what it's at, especially since the Billith debacle. I'll still watch it, just in case it returns to greatness....
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Where did you get the idea that Charlaine Hated Eric? She gave him the send off that was true to his character. He was larger than life and he went on to be a king. There is NO way that he could have stayed with Sookie, a naive young woman that wanted to REMAIN a human. I called her naive because she expected the supernatural world to function like the human world did and was often angry when it didn't. Only a fool has those silly expectations after all of her experiences.

She gave Sookie and Eric great closure. These are HER characters after all and she is entitled to write them as she sees fit. Not how you want them to be seen..
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I know they are her characters but she has a responsibility to her fans. She created Eric and Sookie, created a love story between these too characters, built up the will they/won't they for 8 books. Harris did an amazing job of building the sexual tension between Sookie and Eric and for me at least this was the main story throughout the book. Sookie always wanted children and she loves the sun, so I always knew her and Eric wasn't to be. But to barely have him in the final book. He went with the queen to save Sookie, but this is a vampire who lived for 1000 years and this is the first time he has loved someone and he just walks away without a fight? After all the other efforts they went through to deal with kings/queens that were after Eric, this just seemed like weak storytelling. There were only supposed to be 10 novels in the series, and the first 10 books are far superior to the 3 added on. The series would have been better finished after 10. That's only my opinion. If you loved how it ended, good for you.
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The show should kill off characters they can't come up stories with. The worst thing is having a filler story in a season that is not connected to anything else, just because they have some extra actors.
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So if a character bores you, they should write in a very gory blood-soaked death to provide you with the entertainment you crave. How Roman Empire of you.
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I think Hoyt Fortenberry had a really good exit and it had nothing to do with death.
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And then, when they get bored with that story or really have nothing else to do with it, they cut it mid-season.
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*Cough*Alcide*Cough*
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Actually, I'm a huge True Blood fan. The first few seasons were amazing, full of great writing and acting. But then it went downhill and I still watched every single episode. Just because I hoped it would get better. It didn't and it got even worse last year. Yet, I have the same hope for season 6 because now Alan Ball's crazy train has come to a stop. I can only hope the writers return to the original story and if not.. I'll still watch, I guess. Just because I used to like it.
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yes, yes, yes and for the moment or two of talent shining through.
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Oh I'm like you, eternally optimistic that the show will redeem itself, and this has only lead to me being eternally disappointed and angry. Oh well on to season 6 episode 1 :)
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Well, a season with a "small" story was the fourth, which was basically all about the witch. Many people didn't like it (I kind of did).

The problem of the fifth season was not the wideness of the story, but that everything in the show was executed sloppily. The set was horrible (at least the main one, the Authority HQ) and absolutely not inspiring; the level of the acting was sub-average; the story was, more than too wide, too convoluted and unclear, and it wasted the nice parallels (fundamentalism, etc.) it had prepared; but above all, there was a total lack of atmosphere.
In the first season Sookie's town in the bayou was full of atmosphere and tension, and that was its beauty. Here at the end we had an almost fully blown war of vampires towards humanity and I couldn't feel ANYTHING, even in the night scenes outdoors.
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I agree the story needs to get smaller and trim some fat - unnecessary characters and stupid plotlines (like the government conspiracy) and FOR GOD'S SAKE vampires and warewolfs are plenty enought of supernatural species, please do not bring anything else. Witches, bloody gods and fairies included.
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I've never read the books (nor I have any intention to), but I think the show still has a couple of seasons left in it.
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I have watched every season, but like most of you, I'm enjoying the show less and less as it goes forward... Last couple of seasons I had to fast forward most of every episode because some side stories had zero interest for me (or the whole picture, anyways). One keeps watching trying to get some of that original fresh taste. In my opinion, the best thing for this show would be a couple more seasons with the new writer to give it back the tune we liked and get a cool closure to this world that we have loved so much. Nothing can last forever and still be good, specially not a show that has not been good for years now.
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I’m really disappointed with the way things went. It drifted too far away from the books and instead of improving the story it gave us…. well…. Nothing to go with?
I really hate the way werewolves are represented, they seem to be even dumber than in the books. The storyline with Sam’s family was awful and the faeries…. Why did they do that with the faeries…? There’s nothing fair about them anymore. And I won’t start talking about HotShot!
I wanted to see much more of Eric, to see Quinn and learn more about the feudal vampire system. I wanted to spend some time in New Orleans and see some badass fights.
In the books Sookie is smart, please try to show us that on TV!
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Yep the only point of Alcide now seems to be to appear onscreen shirtless as frequently as possible... And the other werewolves are depicted as not very smart...

The show did some good things vs. the books for example keeping Lafayette alive and making him into a great character... Jessica, Nan Flanagan, Russell Edgington and Godric were also great additions (improvements in the case of Russell and Godric)... The strength of the books is more in the characters and the overall universe it created, not the plots/mysteries themselves which are weak for the most part... Whether one liked the entire Fellowship of the Sun or the Maenad stories in TB, they were much weaker in the books (in my opinion)...
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I agree with you on everything. I particularly liked Godric and his relationship with Eric.
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last season yes...!
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WOW lots of hate for True Blood on this site oh well the ratings keep going UP after every season with season 5 being the most watched in the series. It will continue to go up following season 6 and 7 despite the negative feedback you few Bloggers post Also one more thing True Blood >>> GoT Dont Forget we paved the way for you
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As Whedonrules said, HBO was already into scripted drama shows well before True Blood. Oz, Sopranos, Carnivale, Deadwood, The Wire, Six Feet Under, and a whole lot more. Some of that was even sci-fi and fantasy.

What exactly did True Blood pave? It was actually late to the "Vampires are cool and sexy" phase that started up again.

I liked the show at the beginning, but it's been going down hill.
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It paved the way for the first Novel/Book adaptation on HBO (liked said in this article SMH First sci-fi and fantasy series where you get that from) Then after the success they looked at GoT book following and made that series
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Was just trynig to figure our what you meant by paving the way. Wasn't the first series, wasn't the first drama series, wasn't the first scifi/fantasy series.

Looks like it was the first novel-series -> tv-series adaptation. Apologies.
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So true. True Blood was good for like 1, maybe 2 seasons. Now it's a bad JOKE. I officially quit last year. I finished the season, cuz I am never able to quit a show midseason (see>>> Revolution) but I wil not be tuning in again this sesason. and I don't care if the ratings soar sky high, that doesn't make it a good show. cuz it's not, and hasn't been for quite some time....
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Alan Ball had absolutely ZERO involvement with "Game of Thrones" and HBO's been airing hour long dramas since 'Oz' (1997) and dealing in the supernatural since 'Tales from the Crypt' (1989) so how exactly did it pave the way? 'True Blood' more so paved the way for 'Banshee' because its early success gave Ball the clout to get 'Banshee' made.
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It paved the way for the first Novel/Book adaptation on HBO (liked said in this article SMH First sci-fi and fantasy series where you get that from) Then after the success they looked at GoT book following and made that series
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The first season of True Blood was the best thing at that time and I still liked the second. But by the third one, the story fragmented into a disjoint mess, with threads starting and ending abruptly and an insane multiplication of characters. So if anything can save the show (though I finally lost hope anything will), it's returning to a smaller focus where we would again give a damn about the characters, and not trying to make thirteen-year-old boys happy with more sex and violence that don't build the story. Remember the werepanthers. Ugh, my point exactly.
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1) Perhaps without Ball the series could reach season 1-2 quality
2) I really hope they don't make the end just like the books
3) The only thing I want for sure is more Eric
4) Anything interesting
5) I think it should
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I love the TV-series, but I've hated the books from the beginning. Not because of the story, but because they read like something a 14-year old would write. Only made it through the first two because of True Blood, but then I gave up.
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A very horny 14-year old.
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Huh? This show paved the way for GoT. Hahaha, thanks, I needed a laugh. Okay, done laughing. As the Red Lady would say, "That statements dumb, and full of errors."
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Thank God it's straying from the books I would hate Sookie to end up with Sam, it's Eric or Alseed( no idea how to spell his name sorry) all the way!
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Well, if you've read the books it's clear that Sookie's always had a thing for Sam, and I could only see her ending with him. But in the TV series that would make no sense at all.
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The last couple of books were terrible, could see what she was doing and going. Destruction of the Viking of whom had gotten too popular with the readers, even more so than the heroine, the one patterned after Harris herself, could not let that go unpunished. Having Sookie settle for the dog was pulled completely out of her butt, everyone knows this. She kept Bill alive per the request of Ball for the his man crush on Mr. Moyers. I hope they stay as far away from the books as possible, it can only make the show better. I love this show, always have. Also, if she had planned all along to pair Sookie with the boring as shit dog, then she just went along and used the readers for as much money that she could get, from them for as long as she could, what a cow.
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I've only read up to book 9, but I decided to read the spoiler anyway. I get why the Amazon reviewer is upset (and others) but I'm not surprised at Sookie's choice. I'll have to finish the series before I can really give an opinion, but George R.R. Martin's books are at the top of my list to devour!
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OH MY DEAR GOD ... I am only into book number 5 but decided to read the spoilers anyway and I can't even express my anger towards whom sookie ends up with in the end!! That was literally a slap in the face for me.. It's not enough that the show is getting progressively shittier and shittier but now the books have too... that's the one thing that gave me some happiness thinking that if the show gets so unbearably bad I at least still have the books but wow was I wrong..arghh I just can't even...what is life even about?!
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Read to book 9, and then act like that is the end, forget the other 3 books exist and you will be happy.
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I haven't read the books, though I understand how heavy the metaphor was early on for Vampires/FangBangers and the gay community. IE: their hardships, the hate crimes against them, etc.

However... ultimately the metaphor fails which is why it makes sense for Sookie to end up with someone else.

She wasn't experiencing ordinary bible-belt antagonism for her affections; being with a vampire was flippin' dangerous (from the vampire itself). After x books of THAT noise, she probably felt better going with someone else and thus reducing the life-endangering drama of people trying to kill/eat/drink her every day.

I don't care how thick the metaphor is... if the fictional analog is something that has to consciously make an effort to NOT to kill you and drink your blood, and is surrounded by people that ALSO want to kill you and don't have the desire to stop themselves... the metaphor ultimately fails.

So you can't complain that it says "she ultimately picked a straight life" No it was more along the lines of "she ultimately picked a life where people didn't see her as a Turkey Dinner every second of the day."

Obviously: the metaphor works surprisingly well... a lot more than I thought it would before I saw Season 1. But it doesn't work enough to make the complaint about the ending.
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I agree with you anger 100%. I literally threw the book on the ground in disgust after I finished the last page. I felt like someone else had written that book, much like when L.J. Smith was fired from writing The Vampire Diaries books and I read one of the ones the ghost writer had written. It just wasn't the same, and you could tell it hadnt been written by the same person. It feels like Charlaine Harris has had some sort of personality change, and now a totally different version of her wrote that final book. The behaviour of the characters and the stupidity of Sookie just didnt ring true with the previous books, and the sudden mood swing that caused Sookie to burn red-hot with lust for Sam, it just came out of nowhere. It was totally forced, and to be honest felt alot like the rushed endings I used to put on my stories for English class back in primary school, which I did because I was bored, had gotten to the required length of the story, and couldnt be arsed to finish it properly. Serious let down for the fans and I certainly wont be reading anything else she writes.
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Yeah omg I know what you mean! I was so sad that L.J. Smith got fired and she still never finished her night world series..which I pre-ordered btw T.T sooo that was a disappointment, and now this whole sam thing noo.. I understand what some people mean with the fact that Sookie felt like she was in danger all the time or what not but why Sam..I just can't picture that I really can't I would have rather her end up with Alcide but oh well :(
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That sex scene with Sam was awful but her ending up with Sam totally makes sense, I used to be Erik&Sookie's number one fan, but for several books it's been clear that she could only end up with Sam.
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Alan Ball has been all about 'Banshee' since he heard the idea. He must have been over 'True Blood' the minute he read that pilot. He met Jonathan Tropper and David Schickler two novelists with a brilliant idea for a show ('Banshee') and he was the push necessary to get 'Banshee' made, (getting a show runner as capable as Greg Yataines who really wanted to be a part of the script as well was the bow on top) and the television world is a better place for it. Sucks to be 'True Blood' losing that kind of vision but the weather is fantastic in 'Banshee'.

'True Blood' was over when 'Lost Girl' proved you can tell a story about a fae and it doesn't have to suck. Bo is infinitely more interesting than Sookie Stackhouse. Showing the rest of the 'True Blood' fae to be nothing more than the Solid Gold Dancers was kind of the nail in the coffin (see what I did there:) for this show.
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The first 5 seasons have seen vampires kill with impunity.
At first I really like the vampires but then it just started to piss me off.
"Oh, someone else just got their heart ripped out."

I want season 6 to be about standing up and fighting for a change.
"Take back the night!" sort of thing.
I want to see a massive vampire body count for a change!
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1. I don't know if I should expect it to get better or worse. I hope that it means no more pointless disconnected stories. I worry that it means no more awesome episodes and no more great dialogue.

2. I don't read fiction.

3. I have always wanted it to focus on the conflict between humans and supernaturals, but I don't think that's possible now. They clearly have to deal with Billith and Warlo first.

4. Something awesome. Russell Edgington killing someone on live TV. Sam blowing up a vampire from the inside, and LaFayette going "I did not see that shit coming".

5. I want them to improve it, not end it. But if they can't improve it, I don't mind if they end it.
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The main problem with True Blood since season 3 has been that there have been too many pointless stories that have nothing to do with anything else. Like the fire demon, or the ghost at Arlene's place. If they can't think of anything for the season 1 characters to do, they need to either get rid of them or make their parts much smaller. Now that he's gone, I hope that it was Alan Ball who kept pushing for pointless disconnected stories, and that none of the other writers ever wanted that.

The second biggest problem is that they suck at basic supernatural species design. They failed at making werewolves interesting at all. They didn't do a great job with the shapeshifters either. I don't even want to talk about the warepanthers. They made the Maenad too silly, and the witches too weird. They were doing OK with the vampires for a few years, but eventually they found a way to screw them up as well, by introducing The Authority. And the fairies...OMG, the fairies. How could they possibly think any of their ideas regarding the fairies (except the telepathy) was any good? I don't know if Alan Ball invented the fairy dance, but as showrunner, he had to at least approve it.

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Unfortunately, I've heard in reviews that there is still too much going on. One reviewer got it right, saying the show is too scared to kill off any characters, and still insist that we check up on every character every episode. That's a big reason why the show has lost so much momentum. They didn't even have the balls to kill Hoyt, no they just sent him away and kept him alive just in case. Buckner said one important character won't make it, but take that for what you will. Ball thought all characters were EQUALLY important.
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Agree with both of you. With so many story lines for minor characters, we end up with 5 mins of Sookie, Bill or Eric at the start and end of the show. At least tie these characters in to the main story arc if they want to include them so much. I love lots of the side characters, like Lafayette or Terry, but I don't need them to have their own story lines, and even more so for awful characters like Andy. Hopefully Game of Thrones will teach tv show big wigs that shows can survive killing likeable characters.
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I think the series could take some things from the books, but it has obviously gone too far away from them to ever be a faithful adaptation. I wouldn't want the show to do that anyway. (I've only read a couple of the books, tbh)

I want this season to get away from the tedious Vampire Authority stuff, and get back to what made it so unique in the first place - the quirky characters dealing with supernatural weirdness. This past season they wasted some really good guest stars on a really boring storyline!

I don't know if this will be the last season. If they pull it all together and make a good show, then I wouldn't want it to end yet.
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I think they should kill this show so that Alex is free to star in something more engaging - other than that, don't care, if it weren't for Eric and Pam I would have stopped watching after S03
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The first season was great. The second, less great. The rest have just been large collection of stupid.
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Mostly agree. The third season had some of my favorite moments from the show as well as a few of my favorite episodes. That is where it started to get out of control however with it's incoherence. Season 4 and 5 were deplorable in just about every way.
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I didn't watch all of season three. And only caught random episodes of 4 and 5. And of those I didn't like any of them.
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My attempt at reading Alan Ball's mind:

Why be a part of the train wreck that is True Bloods later seasons when you can go on to produce Banshee?
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any idea how much power Ball had over True Blood compared to the HBO suits?
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It's more like, "What have I done, I fucked up really bad, I need to get out of here!"
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When it all comes down to it though he could produce another 100 seasons of that crap and jut one season of Six Feet Under would cancel them out with its sheer awesomeness.
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Six Feet Under was excellent for two seasons.
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Sadly I bailed a few episodes into s5, despite it having the ever impressive Christopher Heyerdahl guesting.....
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I enjoyed the first 2 seasons and then things started going downhill, it has become so campy that it was hard to watch. I would much rather envoy shows like Teen Wolf which don't take everything too seriously and still feel fresh
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Teen Wolf! That is all.
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PREteen wolf! that is all
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I have no idea what that means but it made me laugh so thumbs up for you.
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Who needs True Blood anymore? The world has Teen Wolf (which is, need I remind you, totally chill and helmed by a gay writer/showrunner).
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Teen Wolf WISHED it can reach the quality of True Blood's season 1-3
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Also, why are you speaking in past tense? Teen Wolf is still going.
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It doesn't need to wish. It's already accomplished it.
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I've pretty much been hate-watching True Blood since season four, so I don't really care that Alan Ball is leaving or that the show is differing further from the books.

I haven't read all of the books, I tried the first couple and didn't really enjoy them (Sookie Stackhouse is not a great first person character), but I read the spoilers anyway. If Harris wasn't destroying everything she built up about equality, I think I would have quite enjoyed the ending of humans and vampires not actually being able to get along.

I agree with you Lily that the show probably needs to go smaller, but the problem with that is that it's already gotten so big, especially with The Authority in the fifth season. Unfortunately with the addition of Billith and with all the trailers I've seen this season, it doesn't look like they're going to do that, but rather go even crazier.

And I doubt that this will be the last season, despite the critics it still gets a lot of buzz, and if the ratings are steady (they'll improve) it will be renewed.
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I pretty much haven't watching since Jason thought he was going to be a werepanther and that was like the funniest thing I've ever seen. Not the rape part obviously (people who thought that was super sexy are nuts) just the part where he's running around screaming about werepanthers!
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I don't really care where the season goes. And that says plenty enough.
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uh oops SPOILERS possibly in my post below I totally forgot I read the spoiler portion of the post ( something I would not have done had this been game of thrones or the like)
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if you really cared you could remove your comment and repost an edited version of it

so you only don't post spoilers for certain shows? interesting

**we really need an edit button
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no i meant I only read spoilers for certain shows
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my mistake! sincere apologies!
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I am here for the train wreck.But I don't mind if an alien spaceship will scoop the train at the moment of impact and take it away far , far, away, in another galaxie.
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I watched Season 5 while doing admin and at times my filing was more exciting that that dreadful Authority storyline that seemed to go on for hours on end (worst writing ever, such a waste of Chris Meloni's talent) and other equally awful and more pointless storylines - that Iffrit bore for example or Jason Stackhouse again turning into a bigot...

I am not hopeful (perhaps the whole book debacle is weighing on me now) but if Dexter could get passed the disaster that was Season 6 and deliver a pretty good Season 7, who knows...
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it is always a question of whether to make fans happy, or to stick with your original vision be it good for the audience or not. You have to sell books/shows sure so you have to to some point, but should you talior it`s story to keep people happy? with GoT sticking to its guns killing characters and the final seasons of Breaking Bad and Dexter coming up, the latter saying the ending wont be a happy one for fans, it is an interesting question. it seems that for this show reading the comments/whats to come, that it has taken an illogical step though, no? either way I am glad Dexter and BB are coming to an end, as it seems a natural one and you can milk a thing to death. I hope that you guys have a happy ending or if not one that fits in with the atmosphere of the show, as theres nothing worse.
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After season 5 not only am I happy Ball is gone but I probably wouldn't have even watched season 6 had he still been around. The show needs writers who are capable of coming up with season long arcs for the main characters so we aren't left with horrible side character filler.
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