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True Blood S07E08: "Almost Home"


True Blood is making me nervous. Here we are, with so many story threads seemingly wound up: Eric is well. Angel Tara has delivered her message unto Earth. Jessica and Jason are safe from Violet and so totes in love. Where we landed in “Almost Home” was where I thought we’d land in the series finale. So what final shocking twists are hiding just beyond the next Spanish-moss-laden turn of the Bon Temps Parish path? Where can the show go from here?

First off, Sarah Newlin got sucked like a Capri Sun, healing Eric.


Bill and Sookie made a lot of peace with almost five seasons' worth of absolute bullshit.


Violet called Jason to a Murder House by sending images to his flip phone. I know the flip phone was a blast from the past, but considering the timeline of this show it's still roughly Alternate Universe 2008, so it's a little more okay. 

Anyway, Violet had composed a tableau of Marquis de Sade-level sexual violence. Actress Karolina Wydra enjoyed an enviable monologue, complete with an un-toppable prop (a red-hot dildo)...


...and then Hoyt swooped in, killed her with a wooden bullet, and simultaneously secured the futures of Adilyn, Wade, Jessica, and Jason. Well done, Hoyt!


Hoyt and Jessica reconnected. It’s a little spoken-of phenomenon, but there’s nothing more undeniable than an adoring ex-boyfriend. In this case, the ex-boyfriend can't even remember Jessica's old bullshit and nasty arguments! No wonder she's folding in front of him like he’s emotional kryptonite. An adoring ex-boyfriend is comfy like a Snuggie and sexy like Fabio, understanding like a school chum while knowing your kinks like a diary. Problematically, Hoyt and Jessica's renewed chemistry came on the heels of Jason admitting he was in love with her, albeit in abstract terms that framed intimacy as a ride in Glinda the Good Witch’s bubble. Sure, I’ll take it.


Meanwhile, with Sarah Newlin pinioned in the Fangtasia basement, the Yakuza Cowboy laid down a verse from Chris Rock's standup ca. 2000: The money isn’t in the cure, the money's in the medicine. Rather than synthesizing and selling a straight-up antidote to Hep-V, he’s going to sell a stop-gap partial cure that will compel Hep-V positive vampires to buy Antidote-Recipe Nu Blood for their entire immortal lives just to keep their disease at bay. Although really, wasn't obsolescence built into Tru Blood Original Recipe? Like, the choice for vampires was either drink Tru Blood or live a life of crime, right? But the show is making a political point about corporate America, and I respect its effort to send a message. 


Meanwhile, a frightened family watched a pastor, his wife, and his wife’s nephew do V and saunter through their house. Very patient of them. Lettie Mae and Lafayette and Mr. Lettie Mae got to finally see what Tara had been leading them all toward this season: an Emmy nomination.


J/K but really, what a meaty scene for Adina Porter! She killed it. Tara’s dad was the worst, and Tara almost killed him as a child but didn’t, and what she wanted to communicate to her mother was forgiveness. Also Rutina Wesley looked like a Vanity Fair cover. Gorgeousness! 


Hoyt turned up on Jessica’s door with a bag of blood and eyes full of thirst. Erasing the past apparently didn't affect the chemistry between Jessica and Hoyt. Will Jason intervene? Will Jessica try to hook up with Hoyt again, now that there isn't a "batteries included"-type package deal with his overbearing mom?


For those of us who were still white-knuckling through the original Eric-Sookie-Bill love triangle, there was a flutter of remembrance of what Eric and Sookie used to be this episode: Eric chased down Sookie to tell her he was cured, but she was like “Bill Bill Bill blah blah blah” so Eric shot out of there. Oh, Sookie. 

Later she chased him down to Fangtasia during daylight hours, and the Yakuza were not happy about it. I’m not sure why the Yakuza were so threatened by a 90-pound lady in Walmart petite wear, but they were really on edge with Sookie, ready to pump her body full of lead if she made one false move. Like, why? They’d already drawn and synthesized Sarah Newlin’s blood, it's not like she was precious cargo. Yet Sookie walking into Fangtasia drew a similar response to seeing, say, a man made of matches walking into a lake full of gasoline.


Eric came to the rescue, pretending to glamour the unglamour-able Sookie. She used the time to read the mind of the Yakuza Cowboy, arguably the smartest instinct she’s had in three seasons, and later burst into the basement of Fangtasia, where she discovered Sarah Newlin awaiting deliverance.


In perhaps the best move Sookie has ever made, she left that bitch tied up to the death carousel. Well done, Sookie, well done.

Later, though, when Sookie brought Jason and Bill to Sarah Newlin to drink of her antidote-laden blood, Bill flat-out refused. What’s up with that? We have two more episodes in the entire series. Bill, stop playing. 


If Violet dying, Bill getting his hands on the antidote, and Tara communicating to her mom aren’t part of the series finale, what the hell is? The next two episodes feel weirdly unpredictable, and I can’t wait for them.


QUESTIONS:

... WHAT IS BILL THINKING?!?!?!!


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AIRED ON 8/24/2014

Season 7 : Episode 10

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I had this weird feeling that if Bill drank from Sarah, his super virus would mingle with her antidote and cause something bad to happen...and I think him putting up a fuss, for whatever stupid reason he has, is helping build up this possibility (because of bill lept at the chance and happily said "why sure! I'd love to be cured!" it will make us have less sympathy for him when he creates vampire super-v via his selfishness).

Seriously, why IS it ok for Eric to bite Sarah to get cured? I know she has the antitote in her, but I'd hardly want to contaminate the source..
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When Sarah says, "What's that?!!", and Jason replies, "That's death comin' for ya.", it reminded me a lot of the final scenes in Fight Club where the Edward Norton character is taunted by Tyler Durden.
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Bill can't possibly be thinking clearly. Maybe the Hep-V is making him crazy and all broody and stuff. And he feels all guilty and irredeemable or something. I'm sure that will turn out to be what it is. You're right Lily, he needs to stop playing. Don't mess with me Bill, geez!

I am thoroughly enjoying Yakuza Cowboy though. Wow, he's one of the most entertaining new characters we've had in a while.

Nu Blood OMG, I hope they make an actual beverage and have it on the air as well as the HBO Shop. What the hell are they waiting for? They need to capitalize on all of our geeky enthusiasm for overpriced mediocre beverages that come in fancy bottles.

And I'm so totally nervous, anxious, and apprehensive about the series finale. I don't even know what to do with myself.
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I thought the scene with Jessica and Jason in the car was them mutually agreeing their relationship was important and meaningful but a romance was no longer a part of their future. Jessica called it a beautiful friendship after all. With everything they've been through I think they're calling it a day
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I can easily see that Vampire Bill is just plain tired. Sookie's endless running toward danger has worn down even his supernatural vitality. Eat a wooden bullet, Bill. Why prolong the ennui.

I was rather glad when Hoyt shot Violet. Not because it does anything for Hoyt, but because Violet was a poor woman's Russell Edgington. She hadn't expressed any of this taste for torture and hot-rod play before, so it felt forced. Here declaration that she was hot stuff compared to Helen of Troy and Cleopatra when she was too young to have ever known them unless they were vampires sealed her fate.
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I thought she was just comparing herself to those historical figures because she was obviously so full of herself. I never even considered that they could've been vampire contemporaries or anything. But I think she was just wayyy too full of herself. I was like take it down a notch, you're not all that!
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I think the whole point of all the Bill flashbacks is to show that he doesn't want to live any more. I think it's the theme of euthanasia--at a certain point, perhaps, even vampires think it's time to call it a day. I have a feeling that's where they're going with the whole "Bill doesn't want to be cured" thing. He's made peace with Sookie, but their relationship is different now. On a more shallow note, I'm hoping for a spinoff featuring only Eric and Pam. "Fangtasia" would be a great title for a new show. More Eric naked, please...
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This final season is generally a lot better than the previous 2-3 ones, but the problems the show has are still visible. Plotlines dragging on and on for no particular reason (see Tara's arc, we thought there was something important going on there and it was just more family drama - she could have forgiven her mom in *one* episode), too much soap-opera based on Sookie, plotholes as big as craters (like others have pointed out, why not get a syringe and just get the blood to Bill? Five people needed to do that?)

At this point I couldn't care less what Sookie says or does, barring Jason she must be the dumbest character in the show. Hooking up with Alcide, getting herself infected due to being careless and impatient, getting Alcide killed for pretty much the same reason, then giving her blood to Bill. Infecting Bill, then hooking up with him 2 days after Alcide's death?!? It's not at all convincing that someone like Bill would be desperately in love with her, let alone Eric.

Violet's death could've been more exciting. She was played up and then needlessly played down and killed within a matter of seconds, by Hoyt no less. And Bill with his vampire existential drama, please. Just drink the damn thing and get it over with! I'm enjoying these episodes but all the while it's understandable, that it's the right time for the show to end.
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Agreed. I never liked Tara. All she does is cry and/or look hurt/weepy. Her character was always annoying (her mother even more so) to me. I fast-forwarded most of this "Ghost Tara" B.S. Waste of airtime, IMHO.

One of my favorite characters is Sam, but his actions of late make NO SENSE. Yeah, Bon Temps is his home, but really? "I'm going to abandon my wife and baby because I really dig this super-dangerous, post-apocalyptic town," said No One.
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But I liked how insightful Arlene was with him at the bar, when she talked about the decision that he needed to make. I agree, he needs to get over Bon Temps and if he does indeed love her (Nicole), as he said, which I only caught upon watching the episode a 2nd time, then he needs to go and be with her. Where's the problem?! Maybe they're all a little addicted to danger, huh? It looks Sookie might not be the only danger whore.
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Tara is like, the crybaby and drama-queen of the show. Good actress and I like Rutina Wesley, but they could have given her something more substantial to do. Tara becoming a vampire was pretty much the most interesting thing that happened to her character through the whole series, and instead of exploring that they got her killed. And then she spent like, 8 episodes pointlessly running around like a ghost.

I'm indifferent to Sam, but I also agree that letting Nicole leave while pregnant with his baby is beyond stupid. I haven't read the final book but I think it may be related to what I hear about the ending of the book series (I'm not writing more due to spoilers).
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Maybe it's just me but I loved Sookie's reasoning for leaving Sarah in the basement: even when she's the solution, Sarah is really just part of the problem.
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"Very patient of them."
What were they going to do? Call the sheriff that wasn't anywhere near the parish? Call the deputy that was tied in the dungeon? Call the dead cop who decided it was smart to run with a mob? All that was left was that shaky officer and who knows where he is.
All they could be was patient.

The only thing that kind of irked me was that after Sookie discovered what the cure was...go to the local pharmacy...get a syringe and get some of her blood and take it to Bill.

I agree with some of the other commentors about the Yakuza. They killed Newlin's Dad in plain sight of dozens of eye witnesses at a Presidential Library. They are not going to care about a small town deputy.
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Wow! That was, what's the word...., stupid!

Tara plot? Jeeeeeeeeeeeesus H. Christ. We had to tolerate entire season of that crap for this? What kind of ending to that story arch is that?

Yakuza/Eric partnership makes less and less sense. "Oh, you say her brother is a cop? Oooooooh, I'm so scared. I have these tough guys, bunch of guns and all this tech at my disposal but I better not anger small town cop. But you are right, it's not as if there are large groups of crazy vampires killing people and wiping out entire towns so of course one woman going missing will be noticed. Also because I don't really trust you I'll leave Sarah here, with you. I know I told you we can't give pure cure to anybody but pelase, don't give it to anybody."

Bill rejecting cure? Must be because he feels guilty for all the innocent people he killed. I mean, alst couple of eps it was jsut scene after scene of him regretting killing that lawyer woman.

Violet learned why villains shouldn't monologue. Ever!

But no Sam so at least that's that.
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Sometimes the problem isn't with the show. This is a great example .
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  • Pretty much every story thread was anti-climatic.
  • Poor Violet had to die and it wasn't even a death worthy of her. Also way too easy and anti-climatic.
  • I'm glad Eric was cured but it was just so.... easy.
  • Sookie continued to be a dumb, impatient bitch as usual.
  • Thank goodness Numie didn't have to die... yet.
  • Bill is being a self-righteous dunce as usual.
  • Tara's story was the most ridiculous, pointless, dragged-on for wayy too long, anti-climatic, bullshit story about nothing. What a boring V trip.
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Anti-climaCtic. As in 'climax'. Climatic as in 'climate'.
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haha. good catch.
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I confuse that too sometimes
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Is it me, or has this show really lost its luster? It's just not exciting anymore, I used to love this show, been watching it from the very start. But now it's so dull I just can't... I am very disappointed. Never thought I'd say it, but shows like Teen Wolf and The Strain are just kicking True Blood's butt as far as being interesting right now.
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My theory: Hep-V+royal fae blood + channelling Lilith = turning back into a human = Sookie+Bill forever (or at least until they die of "natural" causes).
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My theory: missing the wife and kids + tired of being a vampire with all the baggage that comes with it = bye bye Bill
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One can only hope.
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Predictable, boring, cheesy, plot-holes everywhere...
And Bill wants to die on his own terms, super. And so surprising, with all his flashbacks the whole season long... at some point I wished to be a vamp myself, so that I can make myself explode with the help of a splinter or something, anything just to be spared by this torment that is watching True Blood as of late. Sure, there is some fun stuff still there, here and then, if you look closely enough. *Sigh* I just want to get it over with after 7 seasons, I need to see the end although I have a good idea where all is heading to anyway, like anybody else if the comments are any indication.
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Good episode, I'm glad they wrapped up the Tara and Violet storylines and that Hoyt is back. I'm not loving the fact that in the 11th hour they seem to be turning Jessica into the girl that wants everyone's man. I've always liked Jessica but wow, james, Jason and Hoyt were all with other people and there she is chasing after all of them. That's not cool, please pick one (preferably Jason) and leave the other two alone! And then there is Sookie, every week she reminds us why she's awful. I was pleasantly surprised when she didn't take Sarah Newlin out of the basement, but I also wasn't surprised when Eric showed up and all she could do was talk about Bill and disobey his request to wait to help Bill. Does anyone like Sookie? And of course bill had to be dramatic and refuse the antidote, I know they have 2 episode to fill but I really wish he would just die or run off with Sookie and leave everyone else in peace. Bon Temps might be an ok place to live if those two weren't there.
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Everyone's getting stupid. It's like Dexter S8 with 200% more sadness porn thrown in, sighs. Thankfully, only two more painful episodes to endure...
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Jessica and Hoyt need to end up together. Jason gets Normal Blondie. Everyone lives happy ever after.
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I feel bad for Violet, I know what it's like to want to watch the most stupid show on TV so that I could rest from thinking for awhile, and that's what Jason was for her: she wasn't evil, she just got cancelled.

I love how True Blood can do meta like this!
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I think it was fitting that Hoyt killed Violet considering she killed his mother. As for Bill, he's had all these flashbacks of his wife and children all of which will be pointless if he lived. So yeah, I guess it makes sense that he dies now.
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Bill has to go home, and he can't go home as a vampire. I thought grandpa Neill already explained it when he explained the nature of miracles to Sookie last week.

And the matter-of-factly way Hoyt became a hero was a miracle too. Don't spoil it, Jessica!
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An okay episode but thought it could have been better. Glad that Eric is cured. Sookie still acts like she doesn't have a brain (going to Fangtasia when Eric specifically told her he would come back with the cure for Bill) but at least she left Sara in the basement instead of untying her and bringing her to Bill. I did like Bill and Sookie's conversation, and it makes complete sense that Bill doesn't want the cure because he continues to feel guilty for his actions as a vampire. To him death is his redemption for all that he has done, plus it will finally free Sookie to live the life that she truly wants and he feels she deserves.

I thought Violet's death was anticlimactic. Soo much potential but then she gets caught up in her monologue about how wonderful she is and all of the terrible things she is going to do and gets shot by Hoyt. I was expecting more. I thought it was good that Hoyt got to kill the vampire that killed his mother (though he doesn't know it). I also liked his conversation with Jessica about the death of a parent. Brigette is an idiot. First for mentioning babies to Hoyt like he really wants to deal with/think about that while he is packing up the house of his dead mother and second for jumping into the car with Jason when he was going to Violet's. I wanted Jason to shove her stupid ass out of the car. I thought the conversation between Jason and Jessica was really sweet and wrapped up their relationship nicely. It looks like Jessica and Hotyt are going to reconnect and Jason will probably end up with Brigette (he did say that he wanted to have a family).

The conclusion of Tara and Lettie Mae's storyline was weak. Tara deserved so much more than being killed off screen and having us watch Lettie Mae try to figure out what ghost Tara was trying to tell her for the last 8 episodes (she forgives her for her messed up childhood) was a waste of time that could have been used to focus on other more important (and interesting) storylines. This storyline could have been wrapped up in one episode.

Only two episodes left and I am anxious to see how everything comes to an end.
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I'll never forget the way Pam looked at him like a 5 year old girl when Eric chose life over killing Sarah.

He's her Godric, she would rather die than lose him.
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Sookie will become Tara 2.0, she'll propably get shot fatally by the Yakuza so vamp blood doesn't work, forcing them to make Sook a vampire. Either Bill takes the cure and does it, or he dies and Eric does it. Fairy grandpa don't really give two shakes anyway to do something, so we get vampire/fairy hybrid Sookie who's blood like Warlow will let all vamps run around in sun and then they all live happily ever after.

Or they will do something entirely different. To be honest I don't know what ending would be best, as long as it doesn't end like the book I guess, cause that was really crap imho.
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Com'on bill cut the bs and take the antidote...ok we know that snookie aint gonna have a normal relationship as long as u are in the picture and surely she aint gonna have a family too...but she is a big girl she can make herbown choises...so drink new-me up...
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Jessica & Hoyt & Jessica & Hoyt & Jessica & Hoyt & Jessica & Hoyt & Jessica & Hoyt & Jessica & Hoyt & Jessica & Hoyt & Jessica & Hoyt & Jessica & Hoyt & Jessica & Hoyt :) Sookie and Bill can die happy or horribly.
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needlessly difficult. truer words were never spoken.
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IMO Season 7 is the weakest one. I think the writers ran out of ideas. Season 6 which was not bad should have been the final one.

At this point I'm only interested in Numi.
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Unfortunately I think we've been giving a bad case of misdirection and Bill will live and Eric will die, most likely saving Sookie.
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I don't think Eric will die, but I don't think he's to end up with Sookie either.

At its core, Eric is a Sheriff. A reluctant hero to his kindred: he's bound to find the way to use Sarah's blood to save vampires regardless the wishes of the Corporation.
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I think there will be a big death and the fact that Eric is cured 2 episodes early and all the stories are pretty much wrapped up for most supporting cast members then I think there's something big coming/ but I would prefer it if Eric lived. Some people have seen spoilers and know the end; I refuse to read but reading between the lines of what people have said, things don't look good for Eric
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I think Bill just doesn't want to exist anymore I hope that's the case and Sookie ends up with Eric
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I think Bill has already come full circle: he's bound to come home to Caroline and the kids.
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So Sookie uses her (all of 3 days) dead boyfriend's truck to go & save her dying ex-boyfriend (who she fucked only last night).

Classy, real classy there Sook.
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Have you seen that ugly yellow Rabbit she was driving in early seasons? It's a wonder she hasn't been carjacking people at gunpoint to replace that heap.
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Bill... just die already.
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violet was magnificent. The scene where she described what she was going to to all off them and threatened to deflower Jessica with a red hot dildo every time minutes in stiches. Only Violet could me laugh so hard at something so horrible. It's funny - whilst the last thing I want to see is Sookie and Bill get back together (there is far too much history there as far as I'm concerned and it completely underwrites all those scenes in the last series where they both made it clear that they were completely over each other and were willing to let each die.) I'd love to see Jess and Hoyt get back together. There is something pure and beautiful about Hoyt and Jess as a couple whereas Sookie and Bill just feels like lust rather than love.
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Best line of the night: "Quiet, antidote."
Hahaha love Eric!
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I never really noticed it until she got brunette hair and dragged through the dirt, but Sarah Newlin is pretty fricken hot!
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When Bill said that he didn't want the cure, my reaction was WTF?
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That was the same reaction i had initially which was followed by "yes, yes, die already so that sookie and Eric can be together" :)
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"Yakuza Cowboy" Mr. Gus should get a show of his own. I would watch that.
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Bill could be simply tired of living, I suppose. He doesn't belong there and he knows it. Kudos for making Hoyt the hero and I really liked the Hoyt and Jessica connection, never really saw her fascination with Jason anyway.
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Jessica is lovely, but she's kind of a slut: she never had a connection with Jason...but that doesn't mean she'll honor her connection with Hoyt.
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Pretty sure the fascination with Jason is SEEING him, just not know, or conversing with him. As for Bill wanting to stop living? That just feels weak really. He's been alive long enough to get passed all those early regrets of his family, but hasn't lived anywhere near as long as Godric who had pretty much seen and done everything in his time and had nothing left to live for.
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On the contrary, Sarah Newlin is even more precious now that they have the money making medicine. Her getting free, to tell everybody about the cure, would be a disaster for the Yakuza-Cowboy.

Bill refusing the cure makes no sense. If he wants to die nobly, meeting the sun while healthy makes more sense than slowly wasting away from a blood disease.
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Maybe he's not in his right mind. Eric seemed to be all gung ho and ready to die as long as he got his revenge, but once Pam black mailed him into living, he seemed very happy with the decision. And not because of Pam if that moment of him healing was anything to go by.
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Always felt Adina Porter deserved a much bigger career success and hope she gets an Emmy nod for this role as Lettie Mae. She's really amazing as Tara's tortured mum. I think Bill may want to end his life to end all the ups and down, but hey, it's TB, one never knows. I loved this episode and am very glad Violet got blasted asap. Can't bear seeing Jessica get torched by her. Anyways, I'll just savour the remaining episodes and just be thankful there's 2 more episodes, although I do feel sad to see TB end.
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I still remember her incredibly brief appearance in the Walking Dead premiere, one of the most impactful scenes of the entire series to date for me. That woman really needs to find a role much more worthy of her talents.
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Yikes. At this point I am longing for some Werepanthers. I mean they are bringing them back right? They are giving every other worthless storyline from the past screen time. Of course Hoyt is going to save the day because, reasons. Allow me to predict the rest of his story. He somehow remembers Jessica and Jason and him being glamoured? Why? Lust is a powerful mind fixer or something. He and Jason are going to get into it and Jess and Hoyt are going to live happily ever after and Hoyt's girlfriend and Jason are going to hook up.

At this point all I am hoping for is somehow Sookie dies a horrible death. Violet should have gone for her instead of Adalind and her boyfriend that somehow she has more muscle tone than. Turning Violet into a cartoon villain was horrible, she was a great character and frankly I just don't buy her fall into the villain or her death.

Why is Eric playing with the Yakuza guy? He is cured and at full strength, how exactly are we supposed to believe that he is scared of the Yakuza. He can rip them all to shreds, so can Pam if and when she stops being a damsel in distress for the rest of the season. It doesn't make sense.

I agree with Bill, he should not take the cure and he should die already. However that isn't going to happen, because somehow he is going to lose his vapirism and become human and he and Sookie are going to have an annoying little baby and live happily yada yada yada. Kill the show with fire already.
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Agree with just about everything, including your predictions, with the exception of a few things. I didn't think Violet was a great character. Even before this, I thought she was a pretty terrible character. Maybe a character with potential, but never a great character.

As far as this yakuza business, I would find it a little believable if Gus was a very powerful vampire, and not all his minions were just slow humans, but that's not the case. I understand why he is sticking around, I just wish there was something more threatening about the yakuza. Though I'm also not sure if Eric and Pam are the type that would want to develop a cure that would help other vampires, though I don't think they would want to be the last vampires, if that makes any sense. It would be great to see Eric and Pam just kill all those guys, but the writers don't want them to have the spotlight. No, that's all reserved for Bill and Sookie, because that's who the writers want people to care about. These fucking hack writers have always been threatened by the popularity of Eric and Pam, and that makes no sense.
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Ok you articulated my thoughts on Violet better than I did. I think she was the best character they have come up with in a few season and she had the potential to be a very good character. Maybe Jason is just magic.

Completely agree with you on the writers and Eric and Pam. They eat up every scene that they are in. Pam with her few words ruled that scene in the basement. But I have to wonder if it is real. It really isn't that hard to be more appealing that Sookie and Bill. Hell I would almost take another episode of time wasting with Ghost Tara and the gang over those two. And the Ghost Tara thing was a colossal waste of time to give closer to the dumbest character in their universe.
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At Comic-Con, when someone asked showrunner Brian Buckner why he killed Alcide in a meaningless way, he said something along the lines of "this season was about getting Bill and Sookie back together." Brian Buckner is a much bigger fucking idiot than Alan Ball. The guy is a fucking sitcom writer for Christ's sake, and I mean that literally.

The Fangtasia episode earlier this season was better than just about any episode in the past two, maybe three seasons, and you want to know why? Because there was an abundance of Eric and Pam, and they let those character be true to who they were. Since then, they only get minimal screen time, and while they still rule scenes, there are touches that kill me, like having Eric stupidly kill Amber, and Pam being a damsel in distress, which I vented on again in my comment below. It's hard to be less appealing than Bill and Sookie and it's hard to be more entertaining than Eric and Pam.

You long for some werepanther action, I'm longing for some new SoA and TWD episodes. They can't be as bad as this right?
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@safibwana Hahahaha, no I meant he was a sitcom writer, for shit like Spin City and Joey. Nothing to do with Christ himself.
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The Eric and Pam flashbacks served a purpose, especially in the context of the individual episodes AND in the overall narrative of the series, Bill's flashbacks seem like a completely useless waste that tell us nothing more than Bill was a human once upon a time, and not even a particularly good one at that.
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Wait, he literally writes sitcoms for Christ? Like, "Two and a half manifestations-of-the-most-holy"? "That's So Jesus"? "I Love Mary"? "That B.C.E show"? "The Judas Iscariot Show"? "Disciples"? "All in the Focus on the Family"? " "Ame---no wait, that was actually a thing.
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@Komboloi That's the thing. They talk all this talk of getting back to the roots, and they think Bill and Sookie is the answer to that. If they think the Bill and Sookie relationship was what made this show good in the first place, than they really are the biggest idiots since the Dexter writers. Maybe that's why Mark Hudis was fired as showrunner early last season, because he didn't share the Bill/Sookie love that Alan Ball and Brian Buckner share. Maybe that's why the two best writers on this show, Raelle Tucker and Alexander Woo left with him last season. Buckner is the only original writer left, and I can see why.
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Ha what if a dozen were panther girls show up with Jason's babies?
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Oh shit! I totally forgot about the were-panther people. Wow, that would be cool to revisit, those trashy, weird, uncomfortable people of Hot Shot. Maybe they're doing better now, who knows? Maybe they got some dental care or something.
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He was thinking about babies recently. Maybe him and Jess can raise those.
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Jason was thinking babies with Violet. As much as he had the hots for Jessica, or Hoyt's new girlfriend - or Crystal, or Sarah Newlin, or Tara, or...- he had never thought about babies with anyone else.

Like it or not, Violet was the only one who had that much.
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Eric could rip Yakuza guy to shred. But last time I check Eria own a bar, not a biological lab with the equipment required to reverse engineer the Hep V cure and manufacture and distribute it on a large scale.

They need to play along with Yakuza gang until they figure out a plan to get the proper cure for Hev V from them and infect the supply of there new true blood drink they are going to be producing and releasing onto the market. Sabotaging the Yakuza plan for releasing only a partial cure.
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Presuming they want a world wide cure. As of last season and maybe the end of Violet, who is even close to Eric in age? Anyone? Anyone that we have seen? I don't think so. A world wide cure isn't Pam and Eric's thing. Their thing would be to select a very few amount of vampires that they like and let them feed off of Sarah cure them, let the rest of the ones they don't like get Hep V die off and then rule how they want to rule. Eric was fine and dandy before the Yakuza and the order found them. I think that is what Eric would do.
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I think after all the higher ups in the order, all the Lillith fanatics and Russell were all about the oldest vamps left of any significance, and with them all gone now, I think Eric is about the oldest you're likely to find.
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But I don't think Eric really wants to be in charge of anyone else though.
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True. But I don't think he would mind picking whose in charge that would leave him be and they do their own thing. He hated the bureaucracy, but I think he understood the necessity of it. He could set the ball rolling and bow out pretty easily.
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WHAT WHAT WHAT IS IT WITH YOU AND YOUR AWFUL DEATHS THIS SEASON, TRUE BLOOD?!?! A freaking gun shot into Violet's back?! Meh! You know what, Violet? Be glad you're dead now and don't have to bother with those lovefools anymore!

... Really?! All those mysterious, dramatic V-trips because of a gun? REALLY?! "You were a good mama!"... Are you fucking kidding me, Tara?! At least we learned something of this storyline: vampires apparently do have a soul or something...

Bill thinks what Bill always thinks: Sookie Sookie Sookie. He probably figures something like "If I stay alive, Sookie wants to be with me. But she can't have a normal life and family with me. But I could never leave her (except if I die ofc). She's better without me! Better go all suicide commando!" Gotta admit, he kinda has a point. But srsly Bill, you should know that Sookie is going to run back into Eric's viking arms even before her Kleenex has touched the ground...

THANK YOU, Lily, for your reviews! It's the only thing that cheers me up right now!
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Gotta admit, he kinda has a point. But srsly Bill, you should know that Sookie is going to run back into Eric's viking arms even before her Kleenex has touched the ground...

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA Truer words have never been spoken about True Blood.
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I just watched next week's promo. I had no idea how right I was... -.-'
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I loved Tara and Lettie Mae's scenes. I was really surprised the showdown with Violet ended so quickly, but I'm kinda glad it did. Don't know what to think about Bill.
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When Jessica said hello to Hoyt my heart melted a little. Tara telling Lettie Mae to forgive herself had me bawling. Getting to see Tara's sculpted arms and looking like a Greek muse was a wonderful final treat.
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Bill is looking forward to an end to his immortality, but his last vision/dream made me think... what if Hep-V from a fairy halfling turns out to be a cure to vampirism? This way, "vampire Bill" will meet his death and be reborn as "human Bill", AKA a Bill who can have a baby with the love of his life.
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I kind of feel like that would be the biggest FU to fans.
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Unlikely, but it is a nice thought.
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I Like the way you think.
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I hate the fact that Hoyt has gained last minute cool points for saving Jason, Jessica, Adilyn and Wade and for giving Jessica a bag of his own blood. I want Jessica with Jason, not Hoyt. The guy was a dick to her. Violet getting killed all I can say is thank god. Bitchy bossy possessive psychotic pain the ass. I'm betting Eric is gonna turn against the Yakuza guys because they want the cure for different reasons than Eric does. Plus, Eric Northman has never been the type to like taking orders from anyone, excluding Godrick. Bill, just take the goddamn cure already. There's no way that Sookie or Jessica are just gonna stand by and let him not drink from Sarah
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Question: Why didn't Violet (or most) simply use her near light speed to pull out the slug before ka-plooey-dom set in - because you know we're going to see her have people dig up significant dildos in her yard?
What a fuckin' waste of time the Tara bit turned out to be.
What a fuckin' waste of time the Bill and Sookie bit is turning into and for fuck's sake get on with the bobble head blonde story.
Besides that, love it :P
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I'n just sick of seeing ancient 100 year old vampire dies so easily, this show takes place around 2009, how many old vampires have died that year?
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what is bill thinking? that was what all his boring flashbacks were about.... him missing his wife and humanity. so i think endgame is him dying so he can go be with his wife and children.

Everything in this episode was pretty watchable bc it felt like we were moving forward this week. Except for the Bill/Sookie retconning and maybe the easy out of disposing of Violet (but was acceptable). I found it funny that of all things she asked about was Sophie Anne. FIRST of all, Bill is not of a high position and Sophie Anne maybe batshit crazy but not stupid to tell Bill her ENTIRE plan with Sookie. Second, of all, I can't believe of ALL the things she asked about, she asked about Sophie Anne... how about something more recent? How about "What made you take the Lilith blood if you luuuuurve me so much??"

from the preview, it seems before Bill goes he's going to make another decision for Sookie (you know bc he knows what's best for her rather than let her make her own choices -- stupid as they are most of the time, but it's her life). I'm not sure what he's asking of Eric when he tells him "it's her light we're drawn to and our darkness that draws her light," is he trying to eliminate her fae light so she can be fully human? I highly doubt he's suggesting to turn her vamp. FINALLY -- it seems Eric finally takes Sookie on a flight, that was sort of a thing in the books.
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I was glad someone else noticed that ret conning discussion between Sookie and Bill - that was like the end of a fairly early book, but became the reason they broke up (and I was totally on board with that decision) that it is part of my irritation at the series (of course the TV show seemed to skip over the part where Niall knew some one was after the halfling Fae and assigned a vampire to watch over Sookie - Eric, which always also explained the pissy attitude Eric had toward Bill.

Other than that, okay...golf kind of messed up my TV watching last night so this was the first thing I watched.
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I thought Jess and Jas were end game. But now I think maybe Jess and Hoyt will end up together and Jason will have that lady Hoyt's been dating...
I couldn't care less for Sookie and all of her bullshit drama with Bill... Lady and Gent ar so annoying.
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So I fell off the wagon and watched this train wreck of a show. I guess I am a self-hating TB viewer...

Now talking about self-hatred... I thought vampirism and vampire rights in this show was some kind of metaphor for homosexuality and gay rights, so what does it mean that the alleged hero and protagonist (boring as hell as he may be) Bill Compton wants to renounce his vampirism and let himself die? What are we supposed to read on Bill's dumbass move to hate his own nature to such degree that he refuses the cure? Seriously worst character ever though Sookie gives him a run for that too... Clearly they deserve each other even if we, the audience, probably deserve better (or not since here I am watching and hating again)
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This whole show is a sad shell of its earlier self. Goes to show you what zero long term planning in the plot department will get you - this mess. If I hadn't watched this show for so long and this wasn't the last season I would quit watching for sure. This show pulled a Dexter big time going downhill the way it has....
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It's a shame how quickly Violet went downhill. From zero to *itch in a couple of episodes, and then a quick end dealt by a character we've barely seen in a couple years.

She wasn't awesome or SUPER stable upon her appearance... but she was decent enough. A really really old female vampire "set in her ways" about monogamy. I was cool with that.

Then she wanted Jason to "man up" and "take her" after months of teasing. And I was OK with that. I thought it was actually funny, especially considering how easy things typically are for Jason in that regards..

But then, she went down the psycho *itch roller coaster really fast. The "man up" thing was funny at first, but then calling him a wimp after that was a bit weak. Then going full on RAGE on the rest of them like a short-lived "big bad" was sad.
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So I guess EVEN BILL is soooo tired of the drama he wants to die. That really says something about you, Sookie.

My guess is he feels he's done enough harm and just wants an out. Meanwhile he sees himself as an albatross around Sookie's neck: with him around she'll constantly cling to him like a broke life raft.

With him gone, MAYBE she can move on and MAYBE make some better decisions. But let's face it... this is Sookie we're talking about.
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