True Blood's Season 5 Finale: All Hail Billith

True Blood S05E12: "Save Yourself"


It was almost a happy ending!

Going into last night's True Blood, besides being basically in tears at the thought of having to go another year without the show and what the finale means about it being the end of summer and the end of my tan (JK the only light I see is from computer screens), my main thought was:

Either Alan Ball is going to eff this up so that whoever fills his shoes has no idea where to go next, or he's going to leave this season with a million different open ends so the Season 6 showrunner can make it this own thing.

However I was foolishly forgetting that some languages use the same word for "crisis" as they do for "opportunity" (Canadian?) and Ball could—and did—do both. (He wrote the finale, natch.) Yes, last night Ball not only dissolved his main character and the show's axis love triangle, effectually ripping out the series' spine, but also left nearly every character in a crisis moment that whoever plots out Season 6 should be able to go in pretty much any direction. Is Bill all-powerful now?  Are Jessica and Jason (or as I like to call them, Robsten) officially broken up? Is Luna dead? Are the werewolves going to finally go back to school and get their GEDs? Ball left a series of open-ended essay questions embedded in this finale, but only after treating us to a rip-roarin' 45 minutes of engaging suspense. Killing off the main villain in the cold open was brilliant in terms of gluing me to my screen. His friends must call him "Balls" as in "What big ones you have, sir."

Talk about sidestepping expectations! As soon as this happened, I didn't know where the show was headed. And frankly just Eric and Sookie standing in eye-contact range made my heart flutter like a Southern belle's fan, and then for Eric to restrain Norah from eating Sookie and tell her to never, ever feed on Sookie... the agony was as exquisite as it can get while sitting on a couch. You realize we could have had a thousand such moments this season if Eric and Sookie had spent even a single episode in the same town! There could have been flutters and feints and brooding looks that would have left us at home clawing at our shirts in a fit of vicarious desire, or that's what could have happened to me, at least. Eric and Sookie, you are my delicious sexual vanilla! Lather it on my sensory points!

So yeah, Eric killed the world's strongest vampire with a twig in the cold open and then rounded up the whole Good Guys Gang to save Bill from Salome, which: Why bother? Look at this twerp.

Bill had finally finished his season-long transformation in the depths of the Authority cocoon into a giant pink sphincter of puckered flesh from which only pure crap would extrude. Yes, Bill had become a total asshole, stomping with his tiny feet that probably make about as much impact as butterfly feelers around the Authority screeching at extras and gazing covetously at a perfume bottle filled with grenadine. Even the very busty Sam could not talk any sense into Bill.

I mean, good gracious, I'm sorry, but Sam has got some cleavage. I don't know what producer's shoes he pissed on to have spent so much time naked and in unflattering lighting this season, but at some point Sam's upper torso shifted into a pert pair of breasts, the likes of which I haven't seen since  Al Bundy's beloved "Big'Uns" covers. I'm not sure if that's a diss or a compliment, I say it merely as a slave to the truth.

Anyway, even Sam's heaving bosoms quivering with concern could not get Bill to "snap out of it," so Sam was like "Peaczzzz" and turned into a fly and Bill hopped around the room roaring with anger that he couldn't kill a fly like Scar from the Lion King or Cruella De Ville or something. What an asshole.

Eric, clearly the new dreamboat of the True Blood Universe, sneaked Tara, Sookie, Jason, and an armory of vampire-killing devices into the Authority with extreme ease and we got to see a lot of incredibly satisfying vampire pops. It's rather refreshing how seeing a vampire get staked has all the satisfaction of a water balloon breaking, with enough gore that it registers as gruesome, but it goes by too quick to really be graphic or truly violent. It's perfect TV murder.

Unless they slow it down in extreme cases, like the melting hilarity of Salome's slow-motion staking. I mean, this poor bitch. She wore a special "Goddess Blood Drinking" gown and then went upstairs and switched into another incredible frock for her second attempt like it was a Celine Dion concert or something.

And then she drank it and it was full of silver and Bill looked on as she choked on poison, twirling his mustache and gloating about how he had switched the blood and now he, and not King Triton, was Ruler of All the Ocean! The waves obey his every whim! The sea and all its spoils, bow to his power!

You know, on and on, and Salome was too weak to reach up and pinch his puckered asshole lips closed so instead she let him stake her rather than listen to his bullshit and her face looked like a cake that got left out in the rain.

Alcide and his father, meanwhile, were campaigning for veganism at the dude ranch and I was totally set to just plan my outfits for the week while their mouths moved when Ball slipped in a brilliant moment: Granwolf drove in a tweaking werebitch (her word, not mine) in the backseat of her car, just throwing herself and her legs around the backseat and coming down real hard off of V she had been FORCED to drink!

It was wild and so good and weirdly gross and trashy, and then she sweat V out of her pores disgustingly and chose that moment to have the boyfriend-girlfriend talk with Alcide. I mean, it's been a while since he called. Maybe three days? Maybe two days. This entire season, as one Price Peterson pointed out to me, has taken place over the course of approximately seven days. The pack breaking down, Lafayette recovering from Jésus's death, Eric going missing, Bill converting into a hardcore asshole—it all happened in a week. Chew on that.  

Also, Andy Bellefleur had quadruplets while Lafayette, Arlene and that one terrifying bitch from the maenad orgy sat around getting buzzed and watching the fairy give birth and orgasm simultaneously. Shame on you! I don't care if someone is having a sexual birth on a pool table in Merlotte's (because heaven forbid another set be involved besides the Aladdin Casino's Parking Garage aka the Authority compound, and Merlotte's Honky Tonk), you should not sit there with cocktails and comment! Even if she is a salt-guzzling fairy and even if she seems kind of into it. Watching a glowing v'jay expand and convulse as a screaming creature breaks through a bloodless womb may seem very similar to Sex and the City reruns but it is not the same thing. Conveniently for props and baby-actor wranglers, fairy newborns are six months old and don't have placenta. Okay? Honestly this whole vignette was very original and actually made me smile and then laugh and then just be like, "This show is tripping." Which, hey: Why else do I watch True Blood? Where else can I see something this proudly insane? Still, in real life: Don't watch people's births half-drunk with your pals. Call me old-fashioned!

Meanwhile Luna skin-shifted into Steve Newlin to save her adorable puppy daughter, and Sam was delightful as a little fly buzzing around and treating us to adorable POV fly-eye shots. Luna got in front of a camera that linked up to the live news and barfed up a ton of blood and possibly died; it's up to whoever the showrunner is in Season 6. And Sam figured out a whole new way to kill people as a shifter that is WAY scarier and more awesome than anything the vampires have every done: flying into the Authority hag’s mouth and shifting in her head. I mean, brilliant. Alan Ball was probably like, at the table read, “We have a number of prosthetic heads around the set and we are going to go through EVERY LAST ONE OF THEM, do you HEAR ME?!”

Jason, who somehow survived getting thrown across a football field and into a tree, had the kind of artsy concussion that any doctor will tell you happens all the time where your parents appear as a responsive Greek chorus to the action going on around you and change your personality. Suddenly he was back in FOTS mode, loadin' up guns and telling off Jessica when she confessed her love for him. Jason, knock it off. Season 6 showrunner: Fix Jason's head, thanks.

Alcide showed up in the middle of a V binge, flanked by Grandma Werewolf with a crossbow (like, what? ), and told all the werewolves from now on they would just say no to drugs and stay in school. Sure? Who is going to naysay an immaculately groomed tour of muscle who's clearly high out of his mind? Not these Rock of Love rejects.

The moment that made me squeal girlishly was when Tara saved Pam and they made out like teenagers. Who called it?! It was the one romantic meaningful moment we got this season and the ladies actually had some spicy hot chemistry going on in that kiss. Swoon. And then Pam seeing Eric and just glowing was emotionally rewarding, too.  Pam has always been Ball's favorite and he gave her a succinct and profound speech to Jessica and a possible fantastic little romance for Season 6, so thankee guv'nah!

Then all our faves got in an elevator and flew up to the roof so the love triangle could finally get in a room together and work things out.

Only, things did not work out. Bill drank Lillith's V and apparently died. Yes, Ball physically destroyed what was once the heart of the show, Bill and Sookie. It was almost a relief, since he had destroyed Bill as a character by last week's episode.

And then  in a triumph of truly terrible special effects, Bill resurrected—nude and covered in blood—from a pool of his own gore, like Lillith herself.

A vampire ghost god? So his crazy belief system is true? So what exactly are we dealing with here? This doesn't seem like something that can be cured, reversed, or tamed.

So Bill is next season's enemy? If I were next season's showrunner, I'd be on the one hand kind of furious and also a little intrigued if I couldn't pick up this gauntlet and resurrect Bill as a contender for Sookie and a bastion of normalcy. But that might strain viewers' belief.

All in all: WERE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED? I certainly was. This finale had all the punch, verve, and a true cliffhanger—something Ball has denied us previous finales, preferring to have a climax in the second-to-last episode and then falling action in the finale, alongside a set-up for the next season. Now we are all Wil E. Coyote, skittering off the cliff and hovering in midair. Do Sookie and Eric make it to the roof? Yes. Does Bill come with them? It's enough of a question to make me just as impatient as ever for the next season. At the end of the day, with this extreme of a cliffhanger, Ball has given the next showrunner quite a parachute of audience expectations for next season, but I fear there are many rocks waiting below.

QUESTIONS:

– WHAT THE HELL IS BILL NOW?

– Can Bill be "fixed" or will he be the enemy next season?

– Luna: alive, dead, or don't care?

– What should Andy name his quadruplets?

– So what happened to Warlo?

– If you were the Season 6 showrunner, how would you resolve the open ends in this finale, including Luna's skin walking, Alcide's V-exposure, Jason's concussion, Pam and Tara's relatish, and obvs Bloody Bill?

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Loved this review.

I have no idea what Bill is but I can see him being the enemy for the first half of the season, being fixed and then the Warlo plot coming in about midway. As for Luna- alive please! If not, what is to happen to Sam? Jump back in line with Sookie's other suitors?



One MAJOR problem I see since the series has been shortened to 10 episodes- there is just TOO much going on. I think Andy's plot with the fae-babies needs to be wrapped up QUICK. Do. Not. Care.



Also don't care about Alcide's V-exposure, as long as he keeps his shirt off. And I kind of like that crazy tweeking werebitch and Alcide together. It's also nice to see him out of the line of Sookie suitors.



More Sookie and Eric next summer. Jeez they didnt get together ONCE the whole season.
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PAM and TARA! That is all!
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I like in the books how bill finds a vampire that looks like his late wife and they become partners while sookie is busy with max and eric. This seemed to be more of an interesting ending for Bill instead of just being pushed into the sea of side characters. I am hoping that next season take some inspiration from the book and don't eff it up completely.
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Loving Bill this season, his character is very interesting. Also, whoever is doing his wardrobe and hair is doing a nice job, he looks great.
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There were several things about this episode I didn't like, first, Jason looks more like a redneck a**hole, which we should sympathize? Not to mention he is extremelly annoying, also basically the whole authority got decimated and somehow the two shifters survive, the way they invaded and killed every vampire inside with ease, I think what really pissed me off was the somewhat anti-climatic death of Russel Eddington(?), the guy had become of one the best of most interesting villains in a show full of cartoonish ones, thanks a lot in part for the great performance of the actor, there was a lot of forced and just plain uninsteresting side stories in this episode, like the wolves and Andy's quadruplets, in the end, it appear just a blade movie considering how vampires were dropping left and right, however the very ending, was awesome, Bill and Salome, and Eric, Sookie and Bill, with Bill drinking the blood, exploding and rising into Billith, that was just plain awesome!
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Fantastic finale and hilarious review!!!!

Bill is probably the enemy now but he shouldn't be fixed too soon!

Luna's ok, I hope she lives

Haha I'm with the one who said eenie, meenie, minie, moe

Next season should be called where's warlo :))

I will miss this cazy show and your reviews!!!!!
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I guess Russel was just too high to fight off Eric? I wonder if we'll ever find out how the Fairy Elder (that lasted about what 5 minutes?) knew Russel Edgington? Flashbacks?



Billith....okay...sure. Would've been a more powerful cliffhanger had we'd not seen Bill return to form from the blood puddle...think if we all actually though Bill was dead right now? Like last season finale wouldn't had been as good had they shown us Tara actually being turned by Pam in the finale. Am i wrong here?



I hope Luna lives. I haven't been that much of a fan of hers throughout season 4, but she was actually a light shining thru this dark, somewhat boring season. I hope Billith doesn't bring the authority's set with him IM SO SICK OF THAT SET. It's like every episode of Season 5 was a bottle episode.



Hope jessica and jason make it work. I dont really want to root for Sookie and Eric simply because...that whole 3some was just...way overdone. Having a season off from it was actually nice but...still. Get her someone else. Same with Eric.



I kept asking throughout the episode...WHAT IS UP WITH WARLOW? WHAT ABOUT WARLOW?? But nothing...not even a mention.



LOVED TARA AND PAM! of course.

Lots of blood...Loved Loved Loved Sam's shapeshift-inside-vampire kill there. that was just so awesome.



til next summer TB =/



PS; That fairy birth scene was just....wow. True Blood...HBO's best comedy
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- Who knows, but can't wait to find out!

- I hope he's an enemy. He had become quite a boring and lame character and he needed such a drastic change.

- I guess I don't care much. I don't necessary want her to dead, but I won't exactly miss her if she's not in the show anymore.

- Lol. I'll leave that to him.

- I hope he will be some huge part of next season.

- Luna - alive but gone; -Alcide - honestly, don't care for him; Jason - he can stay that way for a while, all tying up with his parents and Warlo, eventually finding his way again; Pam and Tara - again, don't care, don't feel them; Bill should be the ominous entity of the new season, can either end with him regaining some "normality" or being vanished in some way;



All in all, I enjoyed this season a lot. Entertaining, definitely. And for one, can't wait for next season!
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Okay so if anyone out there is a Sci-fi fanatic like i am and remembers anything from a show called "Millenium" some 15-20 years ago then can we surmise that a big hardcore season finale by writers that are leaving the show most usually results in a show's demise?



Quite frankly as a viewer I feel like either way the Bill drama leads i'm going to be disappointed , either he's a villain now and you have to treat him as such (which in TrueBlood means he needs to be a relentless force that has to be taken out) or you fix him so he likes rainbows and sunshine and puppies again. Over the last few years of television i will say taking out main characters that are pivotal to viewer emotions (See: Game Of Thrones, Rescue Me, hell even Supernatural) can be mind blowingly unexpected and make the difference between Might-See and Must-See TV that in my mind fixing Bill would seem like a copout.



Now with all this said i pose the question that is now forefront in my mind:

Has True Blood been renewed for Season 7 yet?



And finally i will answer this because i love this posed questioned (MANY SPOILERS): If you were the Season 6 showrunner, how would you resolve the open ends in this finale, including Luna's skin walking, Alcide's V-exposure, Jason's concussion, Pam and Tara's relatish, and obvs Bloody Bill?



Luna should live. However she should start to find that skinwalking is becoming less and less painful the more she does it, this however will come back to bite her later in the season as it begins to take a toll on her unshifted body. At the end of season 6 she would die after a series of skinwalking stunts as a bank robber or something leaving her daughter with Alcide's pack

Alcide will get addicted to V, wake up next to his girlfriend who has been murdered by Rene and.... oh yeah we've already used that plotline. on second thought lets go with this Alcide's dad, T-1000 re joins a pack with his son, they do everything together, hunt, gather rub their butts on the carpet it's beautiful except the extreme V that T-1000 gave Alcide has a more LSD effect in which he starts seeing apparitions of JD with his throat ripped out inviting him to drink the blood of the Werewolf God so he can go fight God Bill.

Jason will continue to see his parents, they'll be there all the time until Lafayette expels their spirits back to hell or has his demon eat them. Either way Jason needs to see a doctor for that and can't fall asleep until he does. Jessica will blood-cry her eyes out until Jason's head is fixed but there relationship is so back and forth she'll get upset then Bill's progeny will probably be turned Sanguanista (?) and frolic at his feet in the getup Leia wore in Jedi.

Pam and Tara will run Fangtasia and apathetically be pulled into the Vampire drama by Sookie. There relationship will be hot like silver.

Bill needs to be meaner than Russell Edgington (Season 3 Russell when he ripped out that newscaster's spine mean and concluded with "and now the weather!") He needs to be a Force by which all of the other TrueBlood villains pale in comparison. Heartless. Ruthless and most of all he must be defeated and not fixed.... i will however allow two alternatives: Cover him in Silver (which should do nothing to a vampire god) and cement him (ie Freeze him in carbonite), or elevate the season's playing field so that Bill can lay his plans and set his traps focus on Warlo as next season's villain and spill the rest of Bill into Season 7.



Just thoughts.
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grammy wolf used a Compound bow not a Crossbow -.-
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Sorry if this has been brought up, but hasn't anyone considered that Warlow might be Nigel, the baby eater? No I don't think so either, but I don't think the writers have abandoned Nigel. I somehow see him getting involved with this fairy baby predicament of Andy.



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I don't think Warlo is going to be that pathetic. He's going to be someone special, like a fairy turned vampire, or a vampire that's also a witch. At the very least, he's going to be someone cool, someone feared by other vampires, a leader, not a follower.



The reason why we haven't seen his face isn't that they're trying to keep it a secret which one of the familiar characters he is. It's just that they don't want to cast an actor for a major part a year before he becomes relevant.
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Ooooooo! I never thought of that! That's a definitely maybe!!! Hahahahahaha...
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I meant to say, Sookie is not Jason's biological sister so she is not in jeopardy of the wrath of Warlow!!! But that's just my speculation and it will take the whole season,to find out! Hahahahahaha
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Season #5 finale is over! What can we look forward to in Season #6???



QUESTIONS:

WHAT THE HELL IS BILL NOW?

Lilith reincarnated: Bilith

Can Bill be "fixed" or will he be the enemy next season?

Fixed? Maybe, he will Evolve into something better! Wouldn't it be cool if he was Warlow and had been waiting for this opportunity all along? Season #6 is gonna be a humdinger! There was no mention of that character in the finale!!!

Luna: alive, dead, or don't care?

Luna is an unnecessary character. But, her lil dog child is gonna be something else: werebitch AND shifter in one? Holy moly!

What should Andy name his quadruplets?

Hmmmmmm... The question should be, who's gonna adopt them? Does that mean Sookie was adopted??? I'm just saying... Ok, their names should be Blessing, Chastity, Purity, Maurella (named after the fairy mother)

So what happened to Warlo?

I'm hoping there will be a season surprise with Bill being the evil Warlow. BTW, why did Sookie's dad promise his first born female? Maybe, it's will prove true that is adopted and the real daughter will show up or be revealed in Season#6 (if there was one).

If you were the Season 6 showrunner, how would you resolve the open ends in this finale, including Luna's skin walking, Alcide's V-exposure, Jason's concussion, Pam and Tara's relatish, and obvs Bloody Bill?

+Luna's gone and her offspring is gonna be a terror!

+Alcide is a tall drink of water who, as pack leader, stands strong against anything vampire.

+Jason just continues to be himself; dumb as a box of rocks, yet studly.

+Eric has the best family to reek havoc like the old times: Pam, Norah & Tara! There will be heat, passion and battles for his attention. But that is a team to be reckoned with.

+Bill, as the new authority, will be Eric's nemesis and thus Season#6 is gonna be hell on wheels!

I am so exited and anticipate the action in Bon Temps including Fangtasia, Merlottes and Wolfpack!!! Lol!
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Yeah I never liked Luna really.
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Bill might finally become interesting. Love Pam! Love Pam and Tara even more (especially weird since I was rooting for Tara's death last season)! Maybe now we can finally get Eric and Sookie back together. I do agree that we need less characters; the whole fire demon thing was a waste of time and I hope that they're going somewhere with the fairy babies.
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Bill was the most interesting he will ever be as a puddle of blood. I hope Bill eats the fairy babies.
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This series has strayed so far away from the books that I just can't stand watching another season. It has just become to extreme and to stupid. Anyone who have read the (now 12) books knows that Bill is a goodhearted vamp. Actually all the characters are so out of character that it feels like they have just made a "bloody" mess out of this series.
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I think the most important thing is to understand that the television/filmic versions of any book should NOT be the exact same thing. To just copy something from one source to a different one is boring. I think is better to have the books, and then in a different story the TV Show.
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Well, first of all, that is not entirely true (take Game of Thrones for example). Second of all, my biggest problem is not with the story but with the characters that acts completely "out of character". Finally, if you think that this way is better that is just fine, but I really don't.
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Yay for Bill! Since Russell couldn't really keep his bad guy routine up like he did before he was buried (did he lose 20 pounds there?), I hope that Bill will be the guy to root for next season.



I just hope he does some bad-ass stuff and kills off some of the more annoying characters like Lafayette, Luna or Sam.



All hail to the vampire-god!
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It was a pretty good ending of the season. It kind of makes up for the rest of the season.



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I think Billith works.



Probably not. Which is good, he is a better bad guy than pretty much anyone they have had thus far.



Luna better be alive. Janina is great.



That is going to be fun to see what their names are.



Nora apparently knows him.



Luna gets fixed by some type of magic. Or maybe V. Alcide will probably jump on and off the wagon. Or maybe he just uses this one time and all of the wolves move to the suburbs. Jason needs to see a neurologist pretty quick. Pam and Tara is going to be fun. And Bill will probably be a douchey bad guy. Nora will reveal Warlo and my guess is that Eric will know him.
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.this season was 99% about characters i hate doing stupid things and 1% about the characters i like doing stupid things, the only reason ill watch season's 6 premier is to see if the new show runner makes this series watchable again if he doesn't ill stop watching_
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Good finale but seems to give away a bit for next season. Probably better than a usual true blood ending which would have ended in the blood just boiling after sookie left the room or some crap. But you'd think Bills now the evil vampire that Sookie saw/ has been promised to. Maybe it was never Lilliths blood but Larrys, Lilliths biological father. Ohhhhhh, haha
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Good thing about this season is that they did not play the triangle which dragged on for the last season. Eric and Pam delivered strong performance. Sookie and Bill annoying as ever.
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And unfortunately any mention of Warlow in this episode was trapped in the bonus scene on HBO GO and true blood's youtube. (to sum it up: jason says 'I'm coming for you, Warlow' and Nora says 'Wait, What do you know about Warlow?')

How could they leave something that important out of the episode is beyond me.
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Agree totally, that was a better ending than the actual ending. No one knew who this Warlow is, then we discover Nora at the very least is aware of him. Why relegate this to the website as an extra scene. I would never have have seen it only for some comments here.
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I'm glad that Bill turned into some kind of reincarnation of Lilith, if only for the fact that we'll never have to see her on screen saying "drink me, drink allll of me" ever again. And the song they used at the end of the episode couldn't have been more perfect. Stabbing Westward always throws me back to a teenage dreamy kind of 1995.
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Personally, I thought season 5 was one of it's finest. Let's be honest, the whole love triangle WAS getting old and it was only a matter of time until True Blood lost many of it's viewers. So they had to change it up and it remarkably transitioned smoothly.

We all knew the situation with Bill was only going to spiral out of control the moment Sookie rejected him completely at the end of the 3rd season. He killed the queen, gained power as king, overpowered the witches, got taken in by the authority for killing another authority (or by the point, ex-authority) member, then went bat shit crazy when his religious views were tampered with and he began doubting everything he ever believed in. All in all, Bill has grown hungrier and hungrier for power these past two seasons.

Now, Bill rose up from a pile of blood as a Vampire God. We've passed the point of no turning back and things are only going to get worse.

The disintegration of the authority has only made the show that much better and it's set up a lot for the 6th season to come.

Edgington's death was a little too rushed for me though.

Luna will be fine, I'm sure, since skin walkers have always fallen ill after they shift back into their own body.

The werewolves didn't do much for me this season. It was more like filler. Every character was connected somehow and the weres just had their own separate story. I wasn't too keen on that take. They need to intervene the weres with the vamps again like they once did before.

It'll be interesting to see what Steve Newlin will do next, which side he will take or if he will disappear all together then come back later in the 6th season.

Warlow will be the next be revelation, next to Vampire God Bill, and I'm intrigued to see what is to come.
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Forget about Bill, theres a war comming this way.
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Boo for killing Russel, he was too awesome :(
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Billith BE PRAISED! www.facebook.com/BillithCompton
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I just read the interview that Alan Ball did with tvline, and he says a few interesting things. He said they got rid of Hoyt because they didn't know what else to do with him, which I guess is an obvious answer, but what about the 20 other characters in that same boat. He says there are so many characters to serve on the show, which I think was his choice since he did the same thing on Six Feet Under, giving every character equal screentime. Not good storytelling, but since Alan Ball does as Alan Ball does, he's servicing himself more than the show. Lack of focus/momentum as a show continues is an Alan Ball trademark. He didn't say this directly, but he implied that he was basically burned out and was tired of writing for these characters after five straight years. Ball was just so fucking out of touch with the fans, didn't give a shit about fans being satisfied and didn't see the problems as problems since he usually expanded on them. I can only hope Mark Hudis, the new showrunner, will go for something simpler, but he could be even worse. We'll see
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Synonym for "out of touch with [the] fans" : "true to your art". Not listening to the fans at all is a completely valid and respectable way to approach things. In fact, by some (strict) definitions (often favored by artists), fan service invalidates a work as art. There are many valid criticisms of Alan Ball, but that's not one of them.
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Your right, I worded that wrong. I think he never paid attention to the criticism of the show, and nobody seemed to steer him off the direction he was going in. The critics and fans all pretty much say the same thing anyway in this case I think if you put out something, and the majority of people complain year after year, then that means something must be wrong. I do respect Ball for standing by his work even if it hasn't been that well received. and not being a little pansy ass like Tim Kring.

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Basically, I will remember this as the season where the main characters were shoved to the sidelines, and a lot of time was spent on minor characters with uninteresting story arcs.

Individual story lines were not that bad, but they were paced atrociously, terminated prematurely, underdeveloped (or in the case of the Authority, overdeveloped), or just all around botched. Way too many throw away scenes dealing with supporting characters simply for the sake of having them on the show

There have been some bright spots, but not enough. The episodes/season felt very fragmented to me. Flitting from one story to the next giving it a very chaotic feeling. I'm just surprised there was such a drop in quality

I don't know it just seems like they're not trying anymore and throwing together random shit no effort whatsoever. Everything is so wrong: the pacing, the characters and the new music (horrible and cheesy). It also doesn't help, that with each passing episode the absurdity level is getting higher. I mean, ever since S3 the show has walked a fine line of craziness but this is just too much.

So basically, overall it was not a good season. Most of the subplots came and went (Lafayette, Debbie Pelt, The Ifrit, the masked hate group) and were finished and dismissed with seemingly few consequences. Meanwhile the overarching Authority/Lilith/Russell line has been painfully slow and mostly trapped in uninteresting and claustrophobic sets.

Character development has been interesting (Tara and Pam in particular), but it's not been consistent either. LaFayette in particular has been nothing but a clichd afterthought for the last few episodes, simply swanning through the few scenes he has with a sassy retort.

And for me, Bill's religious transformation has been not a little unconvincing. It's hard to get any steam up over his epiphany when you don't really buy any of it. He's never been a threatening presence and that doesn't help. Besides, I really don`t see any way the can redeem the character after this season.

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So Ive just watch the Season5 finale and it was EVERY kind of AWESOME.



Ive not read Lily's review yet- I want to tease myself a little longer, savour the anticipation of finding out if she laughed as much as I did.



It was absolutely one in the eye for all the doubters and complainers this season.



I laughed my ass off, cheered and then some. Alan Ball's finale was a masterpiece in fun fangirl pleasing drama/comedy. So many touches which made me grin and properly laugh out loud!



LOVED it. Will be back after Ive read the review.
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- GOD aka Billith

- You can bet on that.

- Who? Don't care!

- Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe.

- Apparently Ball said that Warlow would play a big part in season 6.

- I am blank.



But I liked the finale! At least it was not boring.
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I wonder if "Lilith" was just some other random vamp who drank some other random vamps blood, died again and rose from a pool of blood. Might that be why the Lilith character is always covered in blood,

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Why were there air vents? Vamps do`nt breath right? I guess the prisoners needed air, but does it have to run through the entire complex? Did the vamps build this building or did they take over an exsisting building that already had air vents?
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Don't ask that! With Vampires not eating and breathing what do you think would they look like after centuries? Not so fair to the human eye, I think ...
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That's a fantastic question. I would guess for one of two reasons they keep air vents going: decorative plants, or the occasional human visitor. Or perhaps air conditioning? Do the undead mind humidity?
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They could get eye-mushrooms I heard.
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I too was shocked by Russell's quick death, I thought TV.com viewers will be sooooo pissed! Then I thought about Safibwana's sarcastic (and prophetic) words about the fairy elders plan last week (hilarious!).

I will miss Russell, but series have to know when to get rid of bad guys (think "Heroes" if anyone still remembers it) and bring in new ones. I hope that means Bill will remain a bad guy and then get killed off. I liked him once, but not any more. It is all about Eric (love him) and how his character has evolved.
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I ... this ... what the ... Billith ... Tara and Pam ... Russell ... orgasm-births ...



I got to watch again
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I am just in love with the Andy Bellefleur plotline! That was the most bat-shit crazy thing I have ever seen, and it was brilliant. A fairy giving orgasmic birth to quadruplets on a pool table while a bunch of people get drunk and watch - True Blood at its best. Left me thinking though, how many other poor guys has Mirella dumped with an armful of fairy babies?? Good luck Andy!
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When Bill died I almost lept out of my chair in excitement, then he was resurrected and I huff and puffed

I was so glad we didn't see his Johnson. Phew
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I don't get why you keep going on about the love triangle. The whole sookie / bill romantic babble was so annoying and sappy and twilight'ish. Good riddance
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It's just always been a central theme of the show and it frames a larger question of, are vampires capable of love (which Bill put into question by telling Sookie it was all an act) and its one of the most solid structures to have in any piece of storytelling from the legends of King Arthur on. And frankly I love when this show investigates relationships. Put Lafayette and Jesus or Jessica and Jason or Bill, Sookie and Ericin a room and I'm interested.
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But hey I guess girls and boys like different things about this show
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Hehe, I think it got more or less confirmed when Eric lost his mind in season 4 though
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I am sure and I hope Bill will be the enemy, it always makes sense when it is someone you know instead of someone knew that you have to learn hating :-) Luna should be dead as they should continue slowly fading out the other story lines and characters. This was a good season because it was focused on the vampires again, Season 4 was all over the place with too many characters and excruciating acting from that witch.

I want the slogan for Season 6 to be "KILL BILLith"
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1. don`t know what creature, but obviously hes really ugly.

2. Hoping for enemy. But maybe he will be fixed by drinking from sookie.

3. dont care

4. First of four, second of four, argh, stop, wrong show^^

5. Pretty scary ghost. Should be a job for lafayette. No season without a ghost story

6. I dont care, but Pam and Tara are cute.
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WHAT A FINALE.

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AGREED. Ball really pulled out all the stops for this one.
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1. even more irritating, I'm sure

2. enemy would be more entertaining since he'd have a purpose, but when a good character suddenly becomes evil then it's too cliche and you want them to die but they never will since they're a main character.

3. I don't really care, I like the actress but Luna's pretty much take her or leave her.

4. probably some female versions of his own name, like Claude and the whatevers

5. ghosting about

6. who knows, this show is so batshit crazy that you could kill them all and bring them back as new actors and have all different kind of powers and the audience would probably be like "ok, that's fine, I'll believe it"
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Questions:

1- Hopefully less boring. God I rejoiced at his death. If only fleeting...

2- Enemy please. Pretty please!

3- I wouldn't care, but if she's dead she wont hog the screen anymore, so I'm voting on that one.

4- Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe. Then get the eff off the show.

5- I'm curious about having that dropped or momentarily forgotten. I mean, Ball probably had something on his mind about it, so now what? Was it a setup for just another possible future storyline?



YEAH I WAS ENTERTAINED! :D
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i would not say it is the best season nor the worst one but this one did something great , at the end it puts every character at the right place .

* Pam with Tara is awesome , Alcide is the master , Jason is a vampire slayer , jessica still awesome and Bill is a bad-ass villain !

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Questions:

1. Bill is now going to be some kind of all-powerful vampire that forces people to feed on humans. BTW its hilarious that Lillith gets a full frontal and Bill doesn't. I guess some unspoken rules are not to broken, even by True Blood!

2. Bill should not be fixed, make him the enemy and/or kill him. I feel like his character doesn't have much story left anyways.

3. Luna is probably alive and will have to face the wrath of all other shifters for revealing herself to the world. Plus it will be interesting to see the anti-shifter hysteria among humans wondering if they can trust they acquaintances.

4. Well we can call the first one "Get", the second one "off", the third one "the" and the last one "show". Then we can just shout all their names together to give Andy some subtle hints.

5. Ya that Warlo thing is a bit confusing. Hope its not a loophole. Sucks for the new writer to deal with it and give a legitimate reason as to why it hasnt been dealth with yet.



For the new season: have the humans been paranoid of shifters as much as vampires and make it more of an all out war to determine the identity of supes. X-men comics is a good blueprint of how to go about doing it. Alcide can then deal with V-addicts who dont want to recover while trying to keep them away from human discovery. Jason can join this movement and totally lose it, which means it is Sookie's job to give him closure by finding out the truth about parent's death. Bill can then just savour the hysteria and cause more vampire related attacks. That would actually be a good season.
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Well full frontal yes, but you cant really see much of the actual detail of her lady parts there. Besides they're covered by a big bloody bush (ew)
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One thing I thought about while coming back from work today: that pedo-vampire who only wants to eat babies is still around. I guess he was such a peripheral character, Ball completely forgot to deal with him last night. :All I am saying is... someone got to do something about this guy. Frankly, I will have way more enjoyment from seeing him get kill then, say, Salone.



Pedo-vampires should all die... I'm just saying.
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I don't think he was a 'pedo'. He just like to feed on children. But yes, he was just a disgusting as one.
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I have nothing to say other than: "Excellent Review!"
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I can't believe how much they wasted Russell's character since introducing him two seasons ago. Such and underwhelming end. Not sure I am interested in seeing Andy try and take care of kids or this whatever thing going on with Pam and Tara. This season really was a disappointment for me especially Alcides story line. Ending with a wolf standoff with neither one of them in wolf form - what the hell budget cuts or something?? I'll be back for next season though - I'm in it till the end. Bill vs Eric would be a nice send-off to finish series.
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I squeal like a little girl when Tara just opened the door without a care in the world and kissed Pam!!! Man I dont really like Tara but there was tension and chemistry between them. AWESOME

Awww when Pam touched Erik when she entered the elevator was so sweet (You can tell Pam is my fav xD).

It was awesome how Bill is turned on a vampire/god/psycho whatever he is. I hate Bill, I always preferred Eric with his cynicism and dont mess with me, he and Pam are the only vampires truly to themselves, their convictions and the faith between each other is really something!
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Who doesn't love Pam?
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Pam is the best. I think I like Tara even better for crushing on her. Their storyline this season was my favorite and thinking about how both their characters formed in the seasons before Tara got turned makes their relationship seem almost fated. Love it.
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I CHEERED when Bill died... and cursed a ton when he was resurrected. He's been the worst for several seasons now, and Sookie is much more likable without him.



I waited until last week to start marathoning the whole season, and it only emphasized how little happened this season! There were some great parts, like Tara and Pam, but maybe the writers should really try to cover more than a week in Bon Temps per season?



And I laughed out loud when the fairy said all Andy had to do was keep half of the babies alive till adulthood! That is setting the bar so low even Andy shouldn't be able to eff up too bad
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Yeah I was also pretty psyched when Bill died. It was like "Yay! Stephen Moyer is going to be a stay at home dad for a while!" but no. Oh well.
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I loved the episode and how it all played out. I admit I was a little taken back and some what disappointed how easily and quickly Russell was killed. I mean a 3,000 year old vampire on ancient fairy blood should be pretty damn powerful!

Alcide is a hero and will continue to be one through out the series, I hope!

It was awesome to see Eric restrict Nora from eating Sookie, and to see him and the others free Pam and Jessica. Pam and Tara's moment was sweet!

I'm curious what's happening to Luna, maybe she could become some sort of uber shifter.

The Fairy birthing scene was definitely trippy and fun! Lafayette making drinks and dancing with the girls was fun too!

I liked Bill through out the episode and the scene where he chases Sam the fly was kind of cool. I really liked how he tricked Salome by telling her Lilith came to him.... and told him Salome was the chosen one, then he killed her.

The rise of Billith was awesome. I think he could be reincarnated god, which would be awesome! I look forward to seeing what happens next!

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