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Crazy Ranking "True Blood": 'And So We End As We Began' Edition

By Sarah Carlson | TV Reviews | July 29, 2013 | Comments ()


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For “True Blood’s” Sixth Season, each week we’ll review and rank the various raisin-cake plot developments of this bloody, campy drama. This post could get a bit NSFW, so be warned. Comments also won’t be strictly policed because the series is so far off the source novels, spoilers are practically a moot point.

Unless things take a sudden turn for the worse, it’s safe to call this season of “True Blood” one of the show’s best in years. Episode Seven, “In the Evening,” kept the momentum going, addressing Terry’s death at the end of Episode Six and then letting Nora have her turn to make a moving exit with Eric at her side. “My death shall be my own,” a human Nora told Eric back in 1665 as she died of the plague, a sentiment echoed in their present with both her and Terry. Nora didn’t want to die but had accepted it; Terry decided death was his best option. No matter what their loved ones tried to do, death couldn’t be stopped — human or vampire, it made no difference. Some fans are upset at the string of deaths, but it’s this willingness by the showrunner and writers to play by their own rules to an extent — that you can’t deal in matters of life and death, i.e., vampires, and not suffer any consequences. Not everyone gets a happy ending.

On to the show:

5. Sam has been given very little to do this season. I’m pretty sure he has spent most of it in that hotel room. Because he hasn’t gotten much love here, we’ll let his and Nicole’s love scene hang out at No. 5. Their relationship makes little sense outside of the “Well, we’ve been through something traumatic, and we’re hot, so let’s have sex” scheme of things, but who doesn’t appreciate a good shower hook-up? Besides, now that Nicole and her mother have been captured by the obnoxious werewolves (Ugh, Rikki) and with Sam returning to Bon Temps because of Terry’s death, the two may meet up/rescue each other yet again.

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4.5. Characters coming together sexually in the face of impending death/by needing comfort in the midst of emotional strife is a theme of the season, and certainly this episode. In Fairyland, we saw the aftermath of Sookie and Warlow’s fairygasm — a very Garden of Eden scene — and the two already are talking around the idea of what a life together would be like. Considering Warlow’s involvement in Bill’s ultimate plans, a happy ending may not be in the cards. But that’s all Sookie wants: stability. Even if it means promising to stay with a centuries old vampire-fairy hybrid.

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4. Jessica wanted to have sex with a vampire to see “what all the fuss is about,” but having sex with James had more to do with her attraction to his apparent goodness and her desire to feel “good” once again — to feel human. Killing Andy’s daughters sent her spiraling, but seeing James (now with a broken fang) leading life not as a monster but as a vampire who has chosen not to forfeit his soul has given her hope.

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3. I’m a broken record on the glories of Anna Camp, but I can’t overstate how great it is that Sarah Newlin has returned to unleash her special brand of Bible-thumpin’ crazy. And oh goodness, she kissed the Governor’s severed head.

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2. The upside to poor Terry’s demise is Carrie Preston is getting the screen time and emotional scenes she deserves. Arlene is quite a pill in the books, so thankfully here she has more humanity and is someone you’d certainly want to down liquor and PBR with. (Side note: Was that Terry’s grave she was supposed to be crying at in the cemetery? It wasn’t even a new grave, and it has been, like, a day since he died. Oh well.)

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1.5 THIS.

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1. That wig was present for a touching scene between Eric and Nora when the two met in 1665 London. King Charles II apparently had a thing for Nora, but she had a thing for attending to the plague-ridden. Eric saw her courage and promised her a full and never-ending life, and the flashbacks provided a perfect contrast to the present and Nora’s second, true death.

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I wish we had a better idea of what Hepatitis V actually is, but now we know the results aren’t pretty. Creating a new weapon against vampires changes the overall story of the genre (the one specific to this particular world, at least), so it will be interesting to see if the recipe for Hep V survives whatever attack against the facilities Eric surely is planning. Eric has now lost his maker and his only sibling, and Alexander Skarsgård deserves a hand for convincingly crying over the gooey remains of a vampire.

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Best lines

Sarah: “I know you know fixers — professionals you keep on retainer to cover up your seedy lifestyles. Call them. Have them move the late, great governor’s body away and dispose of it. And I don’t wanna know how. But I do hear acid is effective.”

Arlene: “Oh hey, yeah, I’m all right. I’m a little better. You know before, it was like someone was scalpin’ my brain away one slice at a time, and pluckin’ out my heart with one of those little crab forks. But now, thanks to this, it just feels like someone is crushin’ my windpipe.”

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Lasting images

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He’s pissed. Nora’s death officially means war against humans.

Sarah Carlson is a TV Critic for Pajiba. She lives in San Antonio. You can find her on Twitter.







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  • Dominic

    Since someone noted it last week , I'd have to say the score was good again . Notice how they started the Zep song while Nora was still " going " ? Nice fit ...
    Very little action , and only one death , but it was one of the best episodes of the season , And arguably the best vamp death scene ...Lotta tension ...
    ." Go be with your sluts ! ! "

  • hickoryduck

    In that "inside the episode" thingy they have on HBO the director of the episode said Eric basically has no compassion left for anyone, human or vampire. Obviously he's gonna go on a killing spree, but I wonder if this sets up his death.....

  • Dominic

    What a death scene ....
    I thik they killed her off because too many bitch about her . With a scene like that tho , you see what the writers really feel about her .
    Sarah people hate on Sam too . So I think that's why their( Sam Alcide all the "Norms") appearances and scenes are short each episode . writers responding to the dislike out there . people are definitely a lot more negative on their own HBO site ....
    Eric will guilt Sookie into going to "Camp" with him Bill and Warlo
    Riki will challenge Alcide and win as I said weeks ago . Maybe on V . He'll have to go to Sam begging

    "That would make me real happy . Except it's a MotherFuckin' LIE "

    You guys want Kelly Overton bounced too ?.
    Not a filler episode ; everyone progresses a bit . Entertaining episode .It could have been played way over he top ; but it was god as is . All the emotions were raw .
    It has to be known as Nora's Goodbye

  • e jerry powell

    What is it with all the shower banging in TV this year?

    At least this time no black women with expensive weaves in were involved.

    Oh, and Anna Camp. I still firmly believe her best work lately has been getting eaten out in the ladies' room by Megalyn Echikunwoke in the "House of Lies" pilot. A total scream.

  • JD

    Does nobody remember that they introduced Hep V way back in Season 1?

  • Dominic

    you know the Dr did say HepV ( still laugh when Willa says it ) was from " one of your old bag o' tricks " or something like that . Who had it in Season 1 ?

  • hickoryduck

    Back in season 1 Bill told Sookie to be careful about drinking vampire blood since some of them have diseases. I don't remember what it was called, but it was the same idea.

  • SottoVoce

    Since Goddrick was their maker, shouldn't he have been present in that flashback? Otherwise, it seems to imply that Eric turned Nora to save her from the plague. And I agree that werewolves and, probably Sam, need to go ASAP.

  • He said "Let me take you to my father. something something promise of immortality." I guess the actor who played Godric is either busy or aged out of his immortal role.

  • Dominic

    or DEAD since Lilith ripped his soul apart . bringing him back would be more Over-The-Top than necessary . Scene was perfect as is ( except for the meeting in 1665 when Eric has said he loved Nora for 600 years . )

  • SottoVoce

    I missed that--thanks!

  • Zen

    Eric de Lioncourt.

  • ishyaboy

    Is Pam's therapist blind? Sorry if this questions is dumb/has been asked and answered before

  • Bert_McGurt

    In case you WEREN"T implying anything - he's not blind as far as I know. But the actor (Pruitt Taylor Vince) DOES have some kind of eye condition, which maybe makes it seem that way?

  • ishyaboy

    I wasn't implying anything, I guess I was confusing his condition with blindness. It just struck me as odd that he would focus on something that seemingly didn't need to be focused on and he wouldn't stare at things directly, so I thought maybe he had fallen for her voice and actually couldn't see her. But thanks for being the person that didn't think I was taking a shot at her makeup

  • $27019454

    It's Scintillating Eye Syndrome and there is another more officially serious sounding name for it. Frank Langella has it and used it to great effect when he played Dracula in John Badham's 1979 version. Which I have. And own. And watch. A lot.

  • SottoVoce

    He's hardly a catch himself and is probably riled up by her "bad girl" attitude. But KF's right--that hair and makeup is harsh and unflattering.

  • Dominic

    Cause she's TRYING to be garish and over the top . Has her makeup been BETTER ever ? little late to complain about it now

    It's also a tactic got her into GenPop

  • $27019454

    Are you implying that Pam is a dog biscuit with bad
    skin, horrible makeup and a generally unfortunate face? Because I so totally
    agree.

  • sean

    I still have no idea why Sam ran from the redneck werewolves. Sam can turn into any animal. Just turn into a grizzly bear and kill them. Or a elephant and stomp them. Or a fucking T-rex

  • Brooke Michelle

    Honestly, it's like he has no idea that he has the whole animal kingdom to choose from. I wonder if he COULD be a t rex!!

  • Krissy

    I thought he could only shift into animals he had seen before. It would be my assumption that he has never seen a living T-Rex on Bon Temps (If he has then they have more problems to worry about than Hep V in the True Blood supply). So a T-Rex is probably out

  • Bedewcrock

    Additionally, this whole tryst thing with Nicole and Sam. Doesn't anyone recognize her as Michelle's best friend Denise from Full House?!? Jesus. The age gap is too large, HBO. TOO LARGE.

  • JoeNiqua

    Wow, that's who she is!! She aged very well.

  • If he'd rather avoid confrontation, he can turn into tiny little things they can't see with their wolfy eyes, and fly right off. Or, in the case of having Emma in tow, he could turn into a giant bird and fly away with her. Or, you know, that horse he finally gets around to turning into. This is the guy who killed a goddess with his bovine horns, right? What the hell happened to his imagination?

  • Dominic

    ahhh
    You three forget the reason why he's in BonTemps in the 1st place . Remember he shot his "current" gf and he cheatin'lover after they stole from him ? He's trying to live the quiet llfe . So he thinks defensive rather than offensive ..
    BTW I think if he's fighting a Pack of 5 or more shifter weres , even a grizzly is going down , He'll take some with him but he's down . Anything bigger moves too slow and can be poisoned with arrows/darts or attacked from behind .
    Vanity ? would you rather look like a stallion with a gleaming black coat , or a craggy-looking rhino ?

  • foolsage

    Yeah. I was grousing about that last week. Sam's FAR more powerful than some wimpy little wolf, or he would be if he pulled his head out from under his fluffy little tail.

  • I agree, but I think what's holding Sam back is himself. He's just not as vicious as the wolves - they hunt in packs and celebrate their kills.

  • foolsage

    Agreed. Sam really doesn't have much of a sense who he wants to be anymore. Even without being an aggressive asshole though, one would think that Sam could at least show the wolves that he's not easy prey, and convince them to back off. Just turn into a polar bear, growl a bit, and let the puppies contemplate whether they REALLLLLLY want to rush at something 15 times their size. Or an elephant, or hippo, or crocodile, or rhino, or grizzly, or… well, anyhow.

  • $27019454

    So many teases for this season call out how by the end, the whole world of true blood will be different (hyperbole much?). I have been trying to figure out what they mean. I think I got it, and it helps answer the Q of Why the fuck are the werewolves even part of the plot anymore. By the end of this season I predict werewolves and shifters will have been outed, and probably in some massive blowout incident that hinges on the vampires' survival/Trublood contamination thingy BFD.

  • Ozioma

    I predict that it'll be due to their killing Nicki's friends out of paranoia, and THEN kidnapping her and her mother. I'm pretty sure someone's going to come looking for them, either their own families or the FBI who's still looking for Emma. Mostly, I just want someone to punch Rikki in the fucking teeth.

  • ZizoAH

    I'm loving this season so much.

    I hope that Rikki falls in Sarah Newlin's hands somehow, she'll know what to do with her.

  • Ozioma

    I'm glad I didn't give up on this show after the miasma of failure that was season five.

  • Dominic

    Ahh but sir , there would be your conundrum . Because nothing that happened this Season CAN come about if not for the Season 5 shenanigans . Bill was fated to become Lilith , and the bombing of the TB factories began the backlash against vamps

  • dizzylucy

    As always, everything with the vamps and any story Lafayette is connected to was good, and everything involving a shifter/werewolf was bad. Is it wrong to hope the pack tears Alcide up and we never see them all again? No? Didn't think so.
    Poor Eric. He was looking pretty revenge-y at the end. I look forward to what he does to make them pay.
    I have no problem with all the deaths - this was a very bloated show in desperate need of shedding some characters.
    I am loving the return of Sarah Newlin. She is one stone cold beyotch.

  • foolsage

    Best case scenario: the pack attacks Alcide. He kills them all but is mortally wounded.

  • Dominic

    Actually it's like I posted a few weeks ago : Riki will challenge him for Pack Leader and win . Alcide will have to go running to Sam to tell him about Nicole .

    And we thought the Pack story was over !

  • This was the obligatory filler episode. They needed lots of small things to move the plot forward toward convergence, and that was handled fairly well. Eric's loss of Nora had the most resonance, but it would have been nice if we could have seen the origin of their story when she was first introduced, because it might have helped me care about her as a character as opposed to the thing that makes Eric angry/sad and functions as a catalyst for whatever furious thing he does next. No matter what that thing is, I look forward to it.

    The other scene I liked was the mafia-esque exchange between Bill and Andy. "That's a lovely daughter you have left. Shame if anything was to happen to her..." This may be an indication that Jessica is not going to die for her crimes, though I think her bout of self-loathing is a way of accepting that she should. So it will be interesting to see what happens if she doesn't die. Also if James doesn't. Which makes me wonder if there's such a thing as a vampire dentist who can remake his tooth.

  • ed newman

    How come a vampire broken tooth doesn't heal like the rest of his/her body? Is it just teeth or all bones?

  • $27019454

    In S1 it was a vampire counsel punishment to have one's fangs pulled, resulting in 3 months of starvation while they grew back. So said the Magister. The crime, incidentally, was poaching another vampire's human. A crime that so many many many vampires have committed on this show since then and they have all gone unpunished. So many plot holes; So few episodes left.

  • There'll Be Pancakes

    But if the Magister's not around anymore, and the Authority is history, no one's keeping them in check anymore, right?

  • Thank you! I thought I remembered a de-fanging early on. Shame about that whole continuity thing.

  • Bert_McGurt

    "Which makes me wonder if there's such a thing as a vampire dentist who can remake his tooth."

    No worries, Doctor Acula should be able to fix him right up.

  • $27019454

    Holy cow Eric ugly cries. Also he gets super high-pitched when crying. The makeup on Pam is like revenge for some crime she committed against hair and makeup department. And compared to the crappy vampire makeup and hair Bill was forced to endure in Season 2, his current look must be a reward of some kind because DAYUM. I'm always thrilled to see Charles II, and apparently The Restoration included welcoming vampires to his court. Progressive! Also? The werewolves must die. Cue the flash flood!

  • Krissy

    I am like the captain of the Eric fanclub in my circle of people but I also noticed the high pitched crying. I still love him though

  • MrsAtaxxia

    Eric actually gave me the feels. Poor guy. And now I'm both scared and stoked for what he's going to do. I didn't think it was possible but, good on you show, I care again! (but not about the shifters, jesus I could not care less about the stupid shifters)

  • John W

    Alexander Skarsgard once again proves he's the MVA (most valuable actor) on True Blood.

  • IngridToday

    Does any else thing Sookie is less a danger whore and more someone who's desperate to feel special? Literally all the people she's slept with have had this whole speak of "you're so special!" As soon as Warlow/Ben tells her she's the most special precious unique person to ever exist, she bangs him.

    I'm also getting tired of the writers trying to force this idea that Sookie's special. She's the most boring ordinary character on this show. Her powers barely do anything. She's not funny, clever, or badass. She just exists, complains, and has to be rescued.

  • Dominic

    And .... it took you 6 seasons to figure THAT out ??
    Anna plays her as she is supposed to .
    That's the show( or at least a main part of every season except 5 ) stop watching if you don't like

  • $27019454

    The 'using Warlow's light to flash her way back to the real cemetery' was L A M E. My sister yelled out, "Oh now they're just making it up as they go along."

  • Bert_McGurt

    She might as well be named Sookie MacGuffin.

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