August 27th, 2012
10:33 AM ET
[This post contains spoilers for the August 26 season finale of HBO's "True Blood."]
On Sunday's season finale of "True Blood," every storyline intersected and reached a satisfying conclusion.
Just as Russell was about to attack the fairies, Eric flew in and staked him, finally killing him. So I guess Russell wasn’t Warlow? Though after all that build-up, Warlow never appeared.
Nora was entranced by Sookie’s scent, but Eric made her promise not to eat his favorite waitress. Aw!
At Fangtasia, Tara told Eric and Nora that Pam had been taken to the Authority. So they went to Sookie’s house and asked her to try to snap Bill out of his Lilith-induced trance. Jason insisted he accompany them, though he didn’t reveal he was motivated by visions of his parents telling him to kill vampires.
While they headed toward the Authority, Bill raised hell within. When Sam was served to Bill for breakfast, he tried to appeal to his former acquaintance’s dead heart, pleading for Emma’s release. But Bill didn’t care, and Sam shifted into a fly and zoomed away. Furious, Bill told his staff to kill every creature in the building.
Bill realized that, like Kibwe, Salome also thought she was the chosen one. So he told her that Lilith had chosen him to protect the one true prophet.
Later, Salome drank Lilith’s blood, but Bill had swapped it with silver-laced blood. Just before he staked his paramour, Salome told Bill that Lilith had chosen right. (With that haircut? I disagree.)
Back in Bon Temps, Lafayette was cutting loose at Merlotte’s with Arlene, Holly and some Cajun margaritas. But their fun was interrupted when Andy and Maurella walked in. He finally came clean to Holly just as Maurella went into labor.
Maurella lay on the pool table screaming - with pleasure. Holly helped her deliver as Lala and Arlene provided commentary. Asked Arlene, “Who knew watching an alien give birth would be so comforting?”
“It’s always the weirdest stuff that’s the best,” Lala responded.
Holly delivered a little girl … and then three more babies. Maurella hopped up, fresh as ever, and told Andy it was his responsibility to ensure at least half of the children lived to adulthood. In Bon Temps, that will be a challenge.
Oh, and we finally know what that fire monster storyline had to do with the rest of the show! Absolutely nothing.
Alcide was at his father’s house when Martha rolled up. Rikki was in the backseat, high as can be after JD forced the pack to drink V. Alcide’s father gave him potent V to help him defeat JD.
Alcide burst into the pack’s campsite looking like Rambo and raging like Jean Claude Van Damme at a red carpet premiere. He snapped JD’s neck and took over as packmaster.
Just then, Luna may have been exposing Alcide’s kind to the world. She skinwalked as Steve Newlin and rescued Emma from her cage. But Rosalyn spotted “Steve,” and forced “him” onto live TV. Luna involuntarily shifted back on air. Rosalyn was about to kill her, but Sam flew into her mouth in fly form, then shifted, providing us with the coolest vampire death of the season.
Then, Luna slumped down. Is she really dead this time?
Elsewhere in the Authority, Jason also channeled Rambo, dispatching every guard in sight.
Tara and Sookie headed down to the prison. Tara tore open Pam’s cell door, burning her hand on the silver handle, and kissed her maker. “I knew it!” Jessica (and I) exclaimed. I never thought I’d like Tara again, but I think she and Pam could make a great power couple.
Finally, Eric and Sookie went to talk some sense into Bill. But he wouldn’t listen, and called Sookie an abomination. “I told you the first night we met, vampires often turn on those they love the most.” What a dillweed!
Bill guzzled his vile of Lilith and dissolved into a puddle of blood. As Sookie sobbed into Eric’s arms, Bill rose from the blood as Lilith had before. So I guess Bill’s the vampire God now?
This episode didn’t feel like a finale because so many threads were left hanging. But I thought this more vampire-centric season was a vast improvement on the last. I’d still like to more see focus on the main characters and more cohesion throughout the show, but ADD storytelling has become as much of a “True Blood” hallmark as wild, bloody sex scenes. The show is pure entertainment, and as long as it remains good campy fun, I’ll be watching.
What did you think of the season finale, and of this season as a whole?
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