‘True Blood’ Season 5 Premiere Review & Discussion

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An often action-packed thrill ride through the repercussions of the previous season, the True Blood season 5 premiere presents a thoroughly entertaining, though flawed, first installment for the series’ new year.

Picking up where the chaotic True Blood season 4 finale left, much of the premiere follows Sookie (Anna Paquin) and friends through the aftermath of their murderous escapades. Certainly a necessity given the numerous cliffhangers and unfinished stories that were left from last season, a noticeable divide presents itself in the premiere, where tying up loose ends with some characters is juxtaposed with new, compelling stories for others.

As Sookie and Lafayette “take care” of Tara and Debbie, Bill (Stephen Moyer) and Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) “take care” of  Nan Flanagan and the Vampire Authority, and Sam (Sam Trammell) and Alcide (Joe Manganiello) “take care” of Marcus and the pack, while Jason (Ryan Kwanten) is kicking things off with Steve Newlin (Michael McMillian) and Jessica is trying to “find” herself. Oh, and Russell Edgington (Denis O’Hare) is back.

While separate and concurrent storylines aren’t inherently a poor trait, True Blood once began as a single story with many parts. Now many stories with their own individual elements muddle the narrative – each scene represents its own story with its own characters (which rarely overlap).

Aside from this trait making True Blood a truly active viewing experience (if you want to keep up with what’s going on), the lack of fluidity amongst the series’ many storylines makes it difficult to get an overall sense of what’s actually occurring in Bon Temps.

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That being said, for those able to completely grasp hold of True Blood’s transition from its initial narrative to its current structuring, the season 5 premiere is a mixed bag of thoroughly enjoyable scenes and intriguing character moments.

With many of the best character moments coming from the likes of Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) and Terry (Todd Lowe), many of the other storylines present a more heightened emotional front, which can often become goofy or silly – while still remaining enjoyable.

Though teases of Russel Edgington and other impending challenges were interspersed throughout the premiere, there isn’t really a clear sense of where True Blood is heading as the season progresses. Having screened episodes beyond the premiere, it’s fair to say that some will be surprised to see what occurs by episode four. Of course, by now, this should be no surprise for fans of True Blood.

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Having experienced previous seasons of Gods and witches, fans of the series should be up to speed with how the series reacts to outside entities trying to enter the story. Fortunately, True Blood season 5 appears to be trying to tell inclusive tales using many of the series’ familiar faces. While several new characters are added throughout, their inclusion feels more natural and overall advances the characters’ story nicely.

By turning Terra (Rutina Wesley) into a vampire, it certainly provides the series with a way to keep her around. More importantly, it allows the writers to tap into another side of the character. Giving the powers of a vampire to a woman who has largely been abused by the world, it’ll be interesting to see how she takes to her new affinity for the night time.

Finally touching upon Terry Bellefleur’s military past, the return of former platoon leader Patrick Devins (Scott Foley) presents an intriguing storyline for the typically quiet character. Though Devins’ introduction was masked by a confusing introduction that didn’t even make sense to Terry (let alone the audience), the overall intent of Devins wasn’t made as clear as it probably should have been.

Trying to incorporate so many individual storylines into a 60-minute television series is extremely difficult – something True Blood hopefully learned from last season. So while the True Blood season 5 premiere is an enjoyable collection of new and concluding story-arcs that, for those willing to give way to its quickened pace of storytelling, represents that beginning of what very well could be a completely entertaining season, that sentiment could unfortunately change at any moment.

Until the true intent of True Blood season 5 is revealed, the safest bet is to take it one episode at a time, because who knows when the next 10-minutes epic fairy war will break out.

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True Blood airs Sunday @9pm on HBO

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  1. It was alright. Definitely not as excited to watch each week as I used to be with previous seasons. I just wish try would have stayed at least a little bit closer to the books.

  2. It was alright. Definitely not as excited to watch each week as I used to be with previous seasons. I just wish they would have stayed at least a little bit closer to the books.

  3. Alan has lost his way…get back to the relationships not the wacko crap…. the authority?? who cares. Sookie as become a faint storyline…get her back with Eric or Quinn before you lose us all!

    • i completely agree!!!

  4. this is really disappointing. i was so excited for true blood to start again and after watching the episodes of season 5 that have been aired, i hate it! they are moving so far from the books; i like that they are not just copying them out but come on most people read the books for the eric and sookie story line and they have destroyed eric for me. I cant watch it anymore!! :(

  5. Season 1 to Season 3 was quite good… solid story lines, not to many, this gave even more indepth to the story lines. Season 4, almost killed the shows enjoyment… it was the like 100 and 1 micro story lines that really didn’t lead anywhere and wasn’t that that interesting till the end. Saddly Season 5 continued with this trend and more so. I certainly won’t waist my time on season 6 if this continues when certainly better shows will be on not so disappointing.

  6. If True Blood continues to go on this direction … Not following any stories from the books.. Just making up stories .. Like this craziness Vampire Authority. Lilith non-sense … Tara being a Vampire ? The show will start to lose audiences. Just remember how the books have been very successful and how great Chalene Harries defines the characters crossing over the boundaries of reality and fiction. I was soo excited waiting for the new season this summer .. But True Blood Season 5 have been a non-sense big disappointment.

  7. This season of true blood is absolute crap i loved the first 3 seasons now its just wacko…Dont ruin a good show Alan pull your head in or let someone else take over.

  8. Ummm…. relationships? Sookie is best exploring her fairy heritage, not in a bill-eric love triangle. This season was great, we will miss russel, but can’t wait till next year— Billith?

  9. I was very disappointed with season 5. They are straying to far from the books. There was not vampire and sookie connections at all and this whole Bill turning into Lilith is definitely not needed. We need more Eric as always!! I absolutely loved seasons 1-3 but the 4 started to bore me and 5 was so far off from Sookie’s story that I just wasn’t excited to watch anymore. Let’s hope they listen to the fans and get back to writing a little more in line with the book. If there is another season like 5 I may not watch anymore.