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Is there anything more agonizing than the start of the final season of a show you adore? True Blood has spanned a very special era in my life; the series has bridged the gap between me being a confused noob fresh out of college and me being the matronly and eccentric old curmudgeon I am today. And while I can’t wait to get back to Bon Temps, I fear the end of True Blood will be the end of an era, as bittersweet as a parting kiss with a vampire viking on the doorstep of a Louisiana crab shack.

Still, at least we have one last season ahead, and with the sure hand of Brian Buckner still at the helm I have big hopes for an emotionally satisfying conclusion to the series. I mean, he turned the show around in 10 episodes in Season 6, and without any of Alan Ball’s mischief to patch up and a stunning premise set up for Season 7, I honestly can’t wait to see where he takes the story.

But just in case you’re all Game of Thrones'd in the head or Louie'd up in the heart and can’t even remember last summer or what the True Blood cast even looks like, here’s a rundown of where we left our favorite characters last season, as depicted by fans in Halloween costumes, because that is my favorite thing in the world and it's a reminder of how many people have been swept up in the vivid universe of this show. And also it’s been so long since last summer that you probz can’t tell the difference anyway.



SOOKIE

I know, we sort of all hate her by now, but she’s still technically our proxy, and at the end of Season 6 it seemed like she'd finally made up her damn mind about which supernatural creature to go steady with (Alcide). UNTIL the mayoral proclamation that vampires and humans should form partnerships so that vampires would have safe blood to drink and humans would have protection from the ZOMBIE VAMPIRES that are drifting across the U.S. So that could mean exchanging blood with Bill, and we all know how quickly that turns into boot-knocking.



BILL

After becoming a vampire savior and defeating Warlow, Bill apparently went on some kind of media junket and got a book published yet still made it back to Bon Temps in time to offer Sookie protection in return for her sweet sweet blood just as the ZOMBIE VAMPIRES rounded the corner (of the woods? Sometimes woods have corners).



ERIC

Eric is obviously the biggest cliffhanger of the show, as we saw him stark naked in the middle of the tundra just as his sunblock blood wore off. Will Pam swoop in and save him? If the show killed him off, would you even be able to bear it?



SAM MERLOTTE

Is now the mayor of Bon Temps, and the one who suggested townwide danger-whoring to protect stay safe in the face of diseased vampires. The presumably much more lucrative enterprise of running Merlotte’s is now in the newly widowed Arlene’s hot little hands.



TARA

When last we saw Tara, she was accepting the gift of her mother’s blood as the rest of Bon Temps got down on some BBQ. Never mind that Lettie Mae had effectively cockblocked her daughter from the best Singles Mingles theme in history; my biggest concern is that she might've spiked Tara's bloodstream with Hep V just to further torture her. Don’t you think so?! Tell me I’m being paranoid.



JESSICA HAMBY

Still feeling bad for that time she ate most of Andy’s offspring, Jess offered Andy and his gorgeous daughter Adeline her full protection, with no blood commitment on their side. It was the kind of selfless, big-hearted gesture we associate with Jessica when she’s not actively sucking fairies to death. (P.S. Remember how amazing Andy was for all of Season 6? I hope we get more of his big papa vibes in Season 7.)



PAM

Went AWOL last summer! Hopefully Season 7 season opens with her popping up beside Eric on his vacation glacier with a giant parasol big enough for both of them.



JASON STACKHOUSE

In the ever-loving embrace of super possessive vampire Violet, Jason is all set with vampire protection. But what about his feelings for Jessica, who’s doing double protection duty with no blood to speak of? Will Jason open his arms and veins to help out an old flame? Will doing so put Jessica at even greater risk? 



LAFAYETTE

Last but always most, Lafayette sort of took five throughout most of Season 6, popping up only for well-timed bon mots but without a meaty emotional arc to showcase his considerable skills. One of the most universally beloved characters in the show’s universe and an original HBO series creation, here’s hoping Lafayette gets a ton of screen time in the final season, finds love, and gets a major storyline. Also: Who will be his vampire co-pilot? 


Y’all. Hit me up with your predictions for the final season, what you want to see, and what you’ll miss most when True Blood goes dark. Who you think will get a happy ending, who deserves one and who doesn’t, and who might meet the sun for real this season. And please, feel free to share photos of any True Blood costumes you’ve ever donned, too.



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AIRED ON 8/24/2014

Season 7 : Episode 10

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i'm so over Sookie -- they made tv Sookie so unbearable. Personally, I was hoping the show would rectify the books and have her end up with Eric. But TV Sookie does not deserve him! They also didn't set it up the show to have the same ending as the books...... so I am hoping she ends up choosing no supes and chooses to be independent or just die altogether. Before you cry foul, has she really been the lead character? She hasn't even been part of the A plot in the last two seasons.

Seeing how BB has turned the show around when AB left us the steaming pile of Season5...... I am hopeful that we will get a satisfying end to a show that has spent so many summers with us.
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I am not a fan of sookie as of now. I am so over her right now. she used to be my favourite character. Now she is just blah blah blah to me. I would like to see her end up with Eric and get her shit back together; not in that particular order. Maybe season 7 will make me a sookie fan again. maybe
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Enjoyed S6 sans ABall too. Hope this final season will be a loooong one. Anyways, it's gonna be a TB musical in the afterlife as revealed recently, so ah well.
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Am I the only one that feels that Eric and Pam should be together? Sookie is way too much of a whiny goody two shoes for him, he is a fun and living on the edge guy, he would get bored with Sookie in no time, though he would enjoy her blood, like a drug. He needs Pam to keep things interesting for him. Bill is more Sookie's speed, or Alcine too. Sam is a man-whore and is a bit too old for her anyway. The only one that I sincerely want to see happy is LaFayette. The rest, I am not so invested in, except poor (rich) Arlene is a great character....she deserves some happiness.
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Sam is too old? Bill is 170+ and Eric is over 1000. I'd say Sookie has learned to overlook the age gap.
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hmmm...didn't think of that :)
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lol wtf
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Nice bunch of True Blood rejects. Look at Lafayette with that cheap ass chain on. A bit o' drizzle will wash the gold right off.
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And also, I'm so so happy they fixed the show last season after all the previous disasters. It actually makes me look forward to the final one, which I didn't think I would.

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I still like Sookie! I hope she gets some happy ending, which I suppose means being with Eric? It does to me.
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Funny pictures.
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Heh — I especially love the little girl as Eric. Her expression is priceless.
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Ms. Sparks- I had also assumed Lettie Mae was out to infect Tara judging by the last episode of season 6, however after reading an interview w the showrunner he says thats not the case at all n that LM is genuine in offering her blood to Tara..
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I am looking forward to the fact that the show likely had full knowledge of how book readers (I can't confess to have finished it, I began reading the Southern Vampires series like soon after the first one came out and was happily going along, and then Amelia left and the fairy war happened and I lost interest - but I have been told that is fine because you become downright angry with the rest) became enraged with the ending. Like Sookie apparently? ending up with Sam, now with fond memories of the first three books, that totally makes sense (but then book Sam was much different than show Sam) but after everything...(my feeling earlier on was that Sookie in the books was intensely bothered by her telepathy and until she discovered the silence she could finally have around vampires, Sam was a good substitute where she didn't even have the empath sort of ability that she had around werewolves, but just a really strong instinct - and Sookie so needed to be a mom and, well...) and book Alcide was a bit more, I don't know, like a goody goody?)

Anyway, I sort of see the beginning of True Blood as the official beginning of the summer season, I know Graceland and Defiance start this week, but look at the tv schedule that begins with True Blood!!
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