September 13th, 2010
01:07 PM ET
Editor’s Note: This post contains spoilers for the Sunday, September 12 episode of HBO’s “True Blood.”
Well, that’s that. Was the finale everything you hoped it would be? Even though I felt the episode was clunky at times and really didn’t leave us with an "OMG I CAN’T BELIEVE THEY TOOK IT THERE" cliffhanger, the writers brought Alcide back and that was good enough for me.
So, what happened? There were lots of little things that added up to a whole lot of awesome.
Sam plied Tara with a stack of hoecakes and broke the news that he was a shapeshifter. It went over like a lead balloon and, having had enough of Bon Temps and its propensity for supernatural happenings, Tara cut her hair and appeared to leave town. Not helping matters was finding her mother in a compromising position with the local (married) pastor.
Sam, meanwhile, discovered that Tommy had fled town after robbing Merlotte’s. Upon tracking him down, Tommy expressed his displeasure at being shunned. Sam shot him anyway. I don’t know about you, but I’m liking the New Sam.
Meanwhile, with the help of Hoyt’s high school guidance counselor, Maxine and Summer staged an intervention in an attempt to make him see the error of his vampire-loving ways. Hoyt promptly told them where to go and reiterated his love for Jessica. (Oh, Hoyt. I love you like crazy.)
But it appears we haven’t seen the last of the Terrible Twosome, as Maxine was later shown shopping for Steve Newlin-endorsed firearms and one of Summer’s creepy dolls appeared to be left at the house Hoyt rented for he and Jessica, who he sorta kinda proposed to.
Lafayette continued to be troubled by visions, and to those of us at home it appears that he’s able to see hints of the skeletons the people of Bon Temps are so desperate to hide.
Glimpses of Sam’s bloody past and the dark truth about Arlene’s baby prompted him to make a frantic call to Jesus, who quickly came to his side and told Lafayette that he was a brujo, or a witch. That’s right, he’s a witch who’s a nurse who’s a dude. Does this mean Lafayette’s a witch as well? I can’t wait to find out!
Elsewhere, the most boring storyline of the season refused to come an end. Jason and Crystal set off to warn the people of Hotshot about the pending DEA bust. Felton made an appearance and absconded with Crystal and a cooler full of V after killing Calvin and another relative. I can’t even tell you how much I hate this plotline; I’m going to light a candle and sacrifice a chicken in hopes that there’s an incredible payoff next season.
Now, let’s talk about the main event! Sookie saved both Eric and Russell from a crispy demise in Fangtasia’s parking lot. The decision to retrieve Russell was prompted by a posthumous visit from Godric, who urged Eric to forgive Russell for killing his family. Sookie offered Eric her blood to heal his wounds while Russell was left resembling a charcoal briquette. Deciding that death was too good for Russell, Eric made a mysterious phone call and then the heavens opened up and Alcide appeared. Menacing glances were exchanged between the men folk as Sookie flirted with Alcide and told Bill and Eric they were no longer welcome at her home.
To clear his father’s gambling debts, Alcide agreed to let Eric store Russell Jimmy Hoffa-style on one of the Herveaux construction sites to marinate in his grief over losing Talbot. The tables were turned when Bill threw Eric into a matching foundation pit and let the concrete flow. What the what?! Bill’s evil, y’all! But Eric escaped!
He made a beeline for Sookie’s where Bill had appeared to try and make amends. Eric confronted Bill on the real reason he was dispatched to Bon Temps – to procure someone of true fairy heritage for the Queen. It was also revealed that Bill staged the Rattray draining and subsequent Sookie beating from waaay back in season one so that he could give her his blood and keep track of her. Sookie was understandably outraged and kicked Bill out of her life. Though she shunned Eric as well, she appeared more hurt than angry and I’m willing to bet that finally – FINALLY – they’ll wind up in bed together within the first three episodes of season four. You heard it here first.
I don’t know, I felt that Sookie’s scenes in this episode were a bit…off. Some of her actions seemed out of character – pouring Talbot into the garbage disposal, anyone? Perhaps it was a matter of overacting on Anna Paquin’s part? Who knows. But anyhow, season three fizzled out with Sookie seeking solace at Gran’s grave in the Bon Temps Cemetery and then disappearing into a golden glow with Claudine after accepting an invitation to some dumb fairy gathering. Here’s hoping I’ll warm to that storyline by next summer.
What did you think of the finale?
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