‘True Blood’ Series Finale Review – Unhappily Ever After

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[This is a review of  the True Blood series finale. There will be SPOILERS.]

In 2008, HBO began its next phase of network of evolution with a series named True Blood which, at the time, introduced television audiences to a precocious young waitress named Sookie Stackhouse, who didn’t meet her first vampire until the pilot, at the age of 25. Now, 80 episodes later, we’re met with a series finale which, above all else, serves as a cautionary tale for shows that (unfortunately) fall to their own devices.

“Thank You”, written by the series’ final showrunner Brian Buckner, is a confusing final installment to Sookie Stackhouse’s many adventures – one that proves to be as empty, story-wise, as the series has been since it began its downward spiral many years ago. What’s left is, unfortunately, a half-hearted attempt at emotionally confusing viewers into thinking something grand is occurring by soullessly wrapping what’s essentially a final season STD storyline in a string of rushed couplings and unbelievable romance.

Those looking for a conclusion to this season’s story at hand will be happy to hear that, for the most part, it’s taken care of care of early-on – and if it weren’t for such a misplaced infomercial parody at the end, you may have forgotten about it. Eric and Pam are off saving the vampire world, while Bill saves himself from having to deal with Sookie anymore, essentially.  Elsewhere, Hoyt and Jessica get married, and Jason once again begins a relationship with his best friend’s former love – only this time, she’s Alaskan.

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No matter what, the intent to at least provide some type of closure to the many characters that make up Bon Temps is admirable, and it’s actually a surprise that they were even able to craft some type of story – no matter how disjointed and directionless – which allows fans to walk away with some semblance of success. It’s true that this episode may have been unwarranted, even unnecessary – but for how many years could the same thing have been said about the series as a whole?

True Blood was once a compelling tale of a young woman who, with powers, began down this journey of the supernatural, meeting vampires, werewolves, fairies, werepanthers, ghosts, gods and everything else that goes bump in the time, all as a means to find herself and her place in the world. The thing is: there are too many things that go bump in the night around Bon Temps, and Sookie is far too lost to simply “find herself.” As such – and because of its always-growing cast – True Blood became confused with its purpose on air; instead of attempting to write themselves out of the box they found themselves in, the show’s writers continued to deliver more and more of the same, until it came to a point where seasonal story-arcs became a second thought to all the cyclical and salacious drama.

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When it comes to drama, the True Blood series finale certainly delivers upon that, and then some. At first glance, Sookie is tearing herself apart with being asked to kill her first love, over and over again. Of course she fights it, then agrees to do it her way – which just so happens to be with a broken shovel handle, and not by using up the rest of her powers – which really would have help her live a normal life and leave everything in the past. Sookie still has her powers, Bill is dead, Bon Temps is prosperous once again, and Eric and Pam have a successful beverage company which uses a serial killer on its label. The end.

For what it’s worth, it’s always felt as if True Blood took upon the task of adapting Charlaine Harris’ “The Southern Vampire Mysteries” novels without fully knowing what occurs throughout. Sure, werepanthers are a bit much – but so is the Elvis Presley-esque vampire, Bubba, who was left out of the TV show. If anything, the show became too popular, too fast and, like we’ve seen before with shows like Heroes, the voices champing its continuation proved to be too loud for the critical voices to clearly be heard – making it that much easier to continue delivering more of the same.

True Blood was once great, yes, but that was essentially too many seasons ago to allow such sentiments to fuel opinions now. What it is now is… over, thankfully.

True Blood aired from September 7, 2008 – August 24, 2014 on HBO.

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  1. THANK GODDDDDDD!!!

  2. man, it’s crazy how some shows are such huge hits during the earlier seasons but then gradually lose their audience season after season until no one cares anymore. shame

    • Sounds like you’re talking about Dexter. After the trinity killer, the show sucked more each proceeding season.

      • lol. i’m binge watching dexter right now. i’m halfway through the trinity season and i heard that the show sucks after this season so im debating whether or not i should just stop after the trinity storyline finishes up

        • Just stop after that season (is it the 3rd?). That way you can say Dexter is awesome, although overall I think it was a good show. The 2nd to last season wasn’t too bad.

        • Good luck with that. Season 4 ends perfectly but the ending is so dramatic and game changing that it’ll be really hard to stop watching the show after it. Then the drop-off in quality for season 5 isn’t huge enough to ruin the show. Then season 6 ends with a crazy cliff hanger… and then season 7 does the same. And that’s how you get sucked into watching one of the worst ending seasons ever.

  3. Man this show was going downhill. It’s a fitting finale to be sure, but only because it was about as bad as all the episodes of the last two seasons.

  4. I was glad that it finally ended, and is an everybody lives ending! Well, except for Bill of course. I think that i prefer this ending that the one in the books.

  5. Having binge-watched 1-5 and then DVR watched 6 and 7, I’m not sure if it was the method or the writing but yes, the last seasons were the worst (although I did like the anti-Vampire story/tech of season 6 but not the Lillith storyline).

    Didn’t like how they killed off Bill, would have preferred him turning mortal by some faerie trickery and then him and Sookie having kids etc.

  6. Honestly, I’m really sad they killed Bill. But someone HAD to die, and no one had more reason to than him. First four seasons (hell, I’d even say the fifth) were quite entertaining, but seasons 6 and 7 were the most pathetic seasons of any show I’ve ever seen. The list of problems could go on forever..

    1. Killing off Tara (a MAIN character since the beginning) off-screen and in the least heroic way possible. Oh and they tried flipping the script on her storyline with Lettie Mae, absurdity.

    2. Killing off Alcide in general. That is who Sookie should have been with in the final scene. Its sad how obvious is it is that they chose him since he had only been a regular since season three. Oh, and his death scene is handled beyond poorly.

    3. The Lillith plot? Stupid.

    The list goes on and on and if I were ever to see the show runner of the last two seasons, I would give them an ear full about how pathetic they handled the end of this show. Sad. Almost as if no effort was put in at all.

    • Tara wasn’t even really in the books & her brother the cook was killed at the end of the first. The books were garbage anyways. None of the black characters are fleshed out as much as the tv show because the author is a fat white american from the south.

      As for the final season;

      Jessica & Hoyte hate each other and she cheats on him in a previous season and suddenly they’re getting married ?

      Jason… kills Hoyts mom and screws his girlfriend but they hug it out and its all good. MMMmm k.

      Bill goes all the way to see the girl who can potentially cure him just to say no and walk away. I’d be like why did you make us come all the way here you could’ve told us at home ?

      Final season comprised alot of people crying in every episode I’d say on par with Debra from Dexters crying every single show.

      WTF was TAra’s story in this season ? Her brother and mom trip out on vampire blood and see visions looking for Tara. I don’t even know how it ended, did it ? Wait I don’t even care either.

      If Eric & Pam could wipe out all the yakuza as easily as they did… wait a sec that happened repeatedly all through the series. They build up a baddy the entire season only to have eric or bill quite easily one shot them with a stake. Lillith for example all it took was sam turning into a bull to gore her. Really why didn’t you do that when she showed up.

      The only amusing character was Jason and he’s not even really in the books either. The books are mostly about who Sookie is currently screwing.

      • “Tara wasn’t even really in the books & her brother the cook was killed at the end of the first.”

        To be clear, Tara was in the books, but she was white, had her crap together, and owned a formal dress business.

        “WTF was Tara’s story in this season ? Her brother and mom trip out on vampire blood and see visions looking for Tara. I don’t even know how it ended, did it ? Wait I don’t even care either.”

        Basically, they couldn’t figure out a good way to free her spirit. Hell, I don’t think they did even that. It seems like they completely forgot to actually finish that subplot this season.

        “The only amusing character was Jason and he’s not even really in the books either. The books are mostly about who Sookie is currently screwing.”

        LOL… This is completely true, though the books did have more plot than all the True Blood seasons put together. Weak plots… but still.

      • Let’s not dance around it. The writers hijacked the show from books and made it a platform for shining light on gay struggles. If you are going to do that, tell a good story in the proccess. Even the final season with hepV, they took a historic medical tragedy combined with assisted suicide and turned it into a 120 minute cartoonish conversation. The storyline has been lost for seasons and I for one am glad to see it end. Spite occasional flashes it mostly had lost it’s edge and humor. Who knows what the true behind the scenes looked like, but it reminded me of a preacher I knew years ago (yes comparing true blood to a preacher), he was a great speaker, knowledgable, witty and earnest. Overtime he grew lazy and comfortable. What before was quick wit and stunning insight was traded for cliche and recycles. Research became what I read this week in a magazine. True Blood episodes watched as if the writers/creators were following a similar pattern.

  7. Glad its over, terrible finale like Dexter. Good at the start and then it got terrible and had an awful finale. Jess/Hoyt marry after two days of him knowing her again, Jason and Hoyts girl, Sookie marries someone we dont know.

    HBO losing their shows.

    True Blood had a following
    Boardwalk Empire is very good, thats done next season
    Newsroom done next season

    They have GOT which is their huge show, Leftovers is getting better but not a huge hit. True Detective was a critical hit but that was with the first seasons cast, not sure if it will be as good without them next season.

    If I’m HBO I’m riding Game of Thrones forever, I’d do a prequel series after the series is over cause they need it.

    • Well put

    • Completely unrealistic here but I fantasize about HBO going to Paramount/CBS handing them butt-loads of money to buy the rights to Star Trek. HBO then announces that they’re making the next Star Trek Series which they hopefully will expect 7-8 seasons out of–that’s my dream.

      Also side note–I really secretly wished for a LONG time long before Gotham was being discussed that HBO might get some rights to WB to loan them the Bat-Franchise and have HBO put out a cop show called GCPD. Make it all extra gritty and what not.

      Lastly I’ll close with this. I skipped this season of True Blood because I got tired of all the Faries, Wolves, and Vampires. I really wanted a secret ancient order of Human hunters but we got more of the same corny glam left over from season 5. HBO needs another show because losing the Newsroom, and Boardwalk means I’ll really only care for GoT. The Leftovers/True Detective doesn’t interest me at all.

  8. Would love to see HBO do a series based on Frank Herbert’s Dune novels

  9. Dexter should have had a killer like jake of all trades (the killer from profiler) and a really good profiler.

  10. Not a single line from Lafayette in the finale? Why wasn’t he at Jessica’s wedding? Yet, Jason’s brand new love interest gets more screen time and dialogue in the series finale than a fan favorite of the entire show? Why? We just learned of her existence last week. So many things made little sense in this entire season. Killing Tara off screen as if she was just a throw away character? Seriously? Bill wants to die because as a Vampire he can’t give Sookie the ideal lifestyle, yet he is ecstatic that Jessica and Hoyt are doing exactly what he thinks would be so horrible for him and Sookie. Eric Northman doing infomercials? What?

    • Exactly what I was thinking about this whole last season… Just handled very badly…

    • yeah, I think this season as a whole wasn’t all that great. The finale was just as bad as Dexter and HIMYM. It’s sad that shows put soo much effort but yet drop the ball when it comes to finales. So far the only shows that hasn’t let me down as of yet is Breaking Bad and Spartacus. I am hoping that Boardwalk Empire provides a better ending than what we got with TB. I am hoping that HBO doesn’t go the Starz route by ending their good shows too soon and providing some okay series but nothing special as what they once had.

  11. Lafayette and Sam got Robbed, I found Sam and Lafayette much more interesting than Sara Newman and Ghost Hubby and even the new girl

    • agreed on that i wanted more time on them

  12. True blood was never great, it was always trashy soapy enjoyable nonsense. i dont think it got any worse really, it just went on too long

  13. If it could be arranged id like for someone to please minus 2 seasons from True blood and add them another HBO show Boardwalk empire. Thankyou!

  14. “What’s left is, unfortunately, a half-hearted attempt at emotionally confusing viewers into thinking something grand is occurring by soullessly wrapping what’s essentially a final season STD storyline in a string of rushed couplings and unbelievable romance.”

    Nice sentence and summary.

    The whole vampires being a metaphor for homosexuality (with all the gay marriage and AIDS references) became pretty tedious when mixed with the bad writing and directing this season.

    @BigNerd: I also thought they were gonna cop out and have Sookie’s fairy power somehow turn Bill human because of his condition or because of their ‘true love.’ At least they didn’t do that. But I felt absolutely nothing when Bill died. Wish more characters died, actually.

    And the infomercial was brutal. Making Eric betray himself seemed like the ultimate kick in the pants to the viewers.

    Amen it’s over.

    • @Fury:

      I thought the infomercial was cheesy too but the irony of Eric and Pam turning corporate was funny, just like the giving the head guy a heavy Texas accent. I just don’t know how they were able to take over the whole company in Japan considering they have quite a bit of anti-vampire tech (but that’s nitpicking).

      I agree that having Bill turn mortal would have been a cop out but I don’t think it would have been any worse than having her give him the “true death”. That scene was just bleh.

      I still don’t know why they didn’t show a Tara death scene, like her saving her mom and then getting staked to shock us. That seemed weird. Even Alcide’s death scene was strangely unsurprising, short and non-heroic.

      What got me to like the show were characters like Tara, Lafayette and even Sam but by the end of the season, they were like extras. I don’t mind the happy ending for Eric and Pam (where was Ginger?) but given where the show started, it was just strange.

      At least we won’t see this overt sexuality on The Strain, the Vs there don’t even have genitals.

  15. “What’s left is, unfortunately, a half-hearted attempt at emotionally confusing viewers into thinking something grand is occurring by soullessly wrapping what’s essentially a final season STD storyline in a string of rushed couplings and unbelievable romance.”

    Nice sentence and summary.

    The whole vampires being a metaphor for hom0sexuality (with all the g@y marriage and @IDS references) became pretty tedious when mixed with the bad writing and directing this season.

    @BigNerd: I also thought they were gonna cop out and have Sookie’s fairy power somehow turn Bill human because of his condition or because of their ‘true love.’ At least they didn’t do that. But I felt absolutely nothing when Bill died. Wish more characters died, actually.

    And the infomercial was brutal. Making Eric betray himself seemed like the ultimate kick in the p@nts to viewers.

    Glad it’s over.

  16. It’s kind of sad that during the series finale of a show that I once really enjoyed I ended up changing the channel to pre-season football for about 20 minutes or so.
    I tuned back in to see Sookie kill Bill and to see the flash forwards and then quickly forgot about it while I watched The Leftovers.

    I wish I could say that I’ll miss the show but sadly much like Dexter True Blood is now considered a once great show, that lasted way to long and ended horribly.

  17. well, this season sucked. Good thing it’s the last. I hoped Sookie would be vampire but the finale was ok i guess for ending the show.

  18. I could barely watch the season with the possessed witch. I pretended to watch the.season with Lilith. When Bill drank the blood and was resurrected, I was done with that show. Glad it’s over.

    • I hated the witch season. And I still don’t understand how Bill went from “God” to normal vampire again. Was that ever explained? Did I miss it? I have a feeling it’s not my fault.

      • When all those vampires were trapped in that facility where they made the Hep-V, and he let them all drink from him to prevent them from being fried in the sun during their escape, they pretty much drained him of all the Lilith blood and he was normal after that.

        • Thanks.

  19. The final episodes were just awful. I remember really enjoying this series early on. To bad. :(

  20. This finale is satisfying because the series if finally over. That’s it. The banquet happy ending is as predictable as a fart.

  21. That finale … smh.

  22. I agree with almost everything here…

    Here’s where I disagree:

    “For what it’s worth, it’s always felt as if True Blood took upon the task of adapting Charlaine Harris’ “The Southern Vampire Mysteries” novels without fully knowing what occurs throughout. Sure, werepanthers are a bit much – but so is the Elvis Presley-esque vampire, Bubba, who was left out of the TV show.”

    Yes, they didn’t know what the hell the books were about, clearly, but Bubba was awesome.

  23. I have to give it to the writers, though. This season of True Blood went too fast and yet at the same time advanced too slowly.

    They dragged out the ending of this show an entire season yet the actual end of the season felt more rushed than Hoyt and Jessica’s engagement.

  24. It’s incredible to see the decline of a hit series coincide with the loss of a single individual, which in this case was creator Alan Ball who left after Season 5.

    “Thank You” was almost comically bad. On the good side it makes parting with the series much easier.

  25. When alan ball and his true blood became much more interested in “political drama” story lines the show became unbearable and lost its footing. It was like watching the drama-filled gay guy when he is piss drunk.