Questions surround 'True Blood' finale
September 13th, 2010
01:07 PM ET

Questions surround 'True Blood' finale

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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    November 29, 2013 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  2. yoli

    if one more dumb person says true blood is a rip off of twilight, or its trying to be like twilight, or I should of watched twilight if they were gonna show this......can go kick rocks!!! DO your research and see what came out first!!! No movie or tv show is exactly like the book!!! everyone knows that! the color purple, interview with the vampire..... the list goes now you know on sundays @ 8 you can curl up with a good book!!!while Im fangbanging!!!! LOL LOL love it!!!!

    September 18, 2010 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  3. Kristen

    I liked the last episode. I think what a lot of people need to remember is that you cant always have an OMG! what the hell just happened episode every time. Im kinda glad that tara is gone, she was getting too whiny for me, but i hope she comes back like she use to be. Sam needs a quick shot to the head to knock some sense into him and his kid brother. Im happy for Jess and Hyot. Couldnt believe Bill. And all and all i cant wait for the next season. but at least i have supernatural to hold me over till then.

    September 18, 2010 at 1:05 am | Report abuse |
  4. Sam

    Season One: ***1/2
    Season Two: ***
    Season Three: **1/2

    While her springing to decisive action in the season finale did address the issues I had with the way the writers have been treating Sookie, I was disappointed in the way she found out how amoral Bill turned out to be. I would like for her to have backed him into a corner, demanding to know what it is he was still keeping from her, rather than just having Eric show up and tell on him.

    On the other hand, I'm curious to know if there was hidden meaning in Bill's line to her (excuse me, if I don't have the words exactly right), "It's not what you are that I love! It's who you are!" Will they turn out to be blood relatives, as I've seen someone predict elsewhere? Or might Bill have in his mind something along the lines of Sookie having the spirit of his 19th century wife in her? That would explain a lot of his behavior.

    I'm hoping that the Fae turn out to be more formidable and frightening than they've been portrayed so far. I'm also hoping that the Wiccans are treated with respect. While not a believer in any religion, I'm sympathetic to Wicca as having evolved from historically persecuted Pagan minorities, and being relatively down-to-earth in its worldview.

    September 18, 2010 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
  5. TJ

    I thought the finale fizzled...and I'm really hoping Alan Ball can step up Season 4 because I feel the whole show has taken a lame turn. Sookie is always rather dramatically running around to save Bill only to find herself getting bitten or beaten up. That "damsel in distress" got really old really fast. Same thing with Tara.

    As for Bill, I couldn't stand him as a vamp who was always wimpering after Sookie. I think it would be a nice change if he turned into the evil vamp bad guy. Kind of like John Travolta is loads more interesting as a bad guy than as the hero. Also, what was up with the gaytrix scene between Bill and the Queen? I have to say that was the stupidest moment I have ever seen in this show.

    Love Eric and Pam. Along with Lala, they are the ones who really carry the show.

    I'm with the group that doesn't like the new Sam. I liked him as the one guy who actually had morals. Hope he turns back that direction.

    And finally, why isn't Jason part fairy too? I believe he is in the books as it is supposed to explain why women love him so much. I'm curious to know what Ball has in mind for his character. I hope he doesn't destroy the aspects of Jason's character that make him so charming...

    September 17, 2010 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Xaxicza Poi

    Terrible finale. Not a single storyline had a conclusion. Even the major plotline with Russel isn't completed and loose ends are hanging everywhere. This wasn't a finale, it felt more like a regular episode.

    By the way, Sam isn't a badass, he's becoming an evil jerk and I don't like that. Oh, and if Hoyt's mom is going to hurt our favorite babyvamp, I'm going to hunt the author of that episode.

    September 17, 2010 at 5:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      I think it's more likely Hoyt's mom is going to hurt Hoyt, who'll take the bullets meant for Jessica.

      September 18, 2010 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
  7. Zinga

    Ok my reaction after this episode was "Huh" then "What" then "Wait thats really the end !!" 24 hours later I had totally forgot Sookie disappearing into Fairyland...I couldn't forget her sending Talbot down the drain. I had to replay that scene a few times and I was thinking, great NOW Talbot is really gone, that B***h Sookie! Sookie is now kinda creepy in addition to being annoying and also even through Bill is crazy evil it irritates me how she is constantly berating and belittling him, she totally punked him out this episode, ordering him to make sure Eric didnt drink to much of her blood... I'm so ready for Bill to turn on her again. I totally disagree with everyone who is tired of Jason. His dimness is hilarious to me, I was happy to endure the bland Hotshot anticlimax just to hear him say " ...and some of these people obviously have some major dental issues" BahhaHAha! Also, I love how after Lafeyette got off the phone with Jesus, he put his gangsta diva face back on. Other thoughts, Bill is a total sociopath(although his love for Sookie seems genuine)blame it on Lorena; burnt vampire is really ugly looking; Pam is still awesome! Russell i anxiously await your return.

    September 16, 2010 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  8. MD

    J-Sen, EXCELLENT prognostication. I hope 9/10 of your predictions come true.... I have some burning questions on this series.... If Sookie is fae, then why isn't Jason? Or, at least, wouldn't some vamp have tasted him by now to see whether he was, LOL? Why is (almost) everyone in this town supernatural? Poor Tara and Terry appear to be the only "normal" ones. When the supernatural becomes ordinary, then it loses its wattage. Why isn't Eric blond anymore? Whoever heard of a brunette Viking? Why do vampires (even the nastiest ones) seem to have such a capacity for love? That just doesn't ring true, even if this age of "cool & tragic" vampires. They are stone cold killers; they don't pine for their lovers.

    Russell/O'Hare saved season 3 for me and the monologue on the newscast may be the best TV I have seen in a decade. It so rocked. "You are not our equals. We will eat you (pause pause pause) after we eat your children." AAGGHH. Russell!

    September 15, 2010 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Anti-Kring

    #Azure, did you ever watch Heroes? That show was dead on the vine after season 1. Too many characters, choppy epidsode editing. Convoluted plots. Basically, it lost its way. Season 1 was phenomenal, but they lost the magic. TB season 3 had a brush with that but I think j-sen is on to something. This season, looking back, feels like it could be a setup to an even better season. Too bad we have to wait a year.

    September 15, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Azure

    The first season was brilliant, the second so-so, and this third season was a let down. It was too busy with too many silly characters and dumb crazy going on at once for it to be as enjoyable as it had been previously. I mean you need a directory to keep up with the characters now. The finale was a gimmicky, corny mess and surprisingly disjointed, so much so that even the actors’ acting seemed wooden and thoroughly unconvincing at times. How could the producers let such a great idea with such an instant following get so out of whack so quickly? Interestingly and ironically, the CW’s Vampire Diaries series started out bad, but has been steadily improving to the point where I’d say it’s now poised to take over as TV’s premier vampire show if True Blood continues to lose focus.

    September 15, 2010 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  11. J-Sen

    I really advise all Truebies to read the Sookie Stackhouse novels. They are the key to understanding where the basic stories of the series are going. The series is about 90% true to the novels with regards to the three main characters (Sookie, Bill, Eric) while deliciously building up lesser characters and adding new ones (Lala, Tara, Jessica/Hoyt). Had I not read the books I would probably be in the crowd of those who felt this season was 1-part good, 1-part bad. Having read the books, I can tell next season will be pretty explosive with major payoffs for Jason and Sookie's current plotlines. Here is my rough outline for Season 4 based on the books and where the series left off:

    – Sookie and Eric get together. Consequently, more Pam (!!!!). Alcide gets thrown in the mix. Debbie and Sookie will have a final showdown.
    – Bill and Sookie don't intersect. Bill fights his own war against the vamps. Hopefully, we see more of Bill and Jessica because their scenes are always incredibly touching. Jessica's plea to Bill to not release her was my fave of the season. Then it was followed by that awesome training session. We will see Jessica mature as a vampire. Her rebirth and development as a vamp is one of the series' hidden gems. We're not teased by her scenes as much as given a small window into her world. I really hope that window gets blown open. Woll is one of the most electric actors in the series and I think she better than Sookie serves as the audience's best guide for learning the true human toll in becoming a vampire. Plus, she's so beautiful and brings light to a deliciously dark series.
    – The werewolf world expands greatly and Sookie gets sucked in. We haven't seen the last of Alcide's packmaster. This will merge directly with the witch storyline. Sookie will be stuck squarely between the supe and human worlds.
    – The were world expands. Jason's storyline will come front and center in this expansion. Jason's baby steps into adulthood reaches full maturity. Jason and Crystal reunite. Jason's world will get rocked as he learns firsthand the life of a were. Baby likely enters the mix. This will probably be the juiciest of Season 4's plotlines. Jason and Felton will battle and it will be awesome. It will end badly, but we know Jason will prevail.
    – The Fae world will come front and center. In the book series it isn't fully revealed till the later books so I'm not certain how it will play out in Season 4. I think this will be the weak sister of all the plotlines, unless they do a full reveal and bring the Fae and vamp worlds into direct conflict. The actress portraying Claudine does not fit the image presented in the books so I'm entering this storyline disappointed and expecting it to limp along.
    – FoS initiates open conflict with the vamps. We've been teased all season with by Steve Newlin. I think the scene in the gun shop with Hoyt's mom is an obvious hint. Steve is too juicy a character and the actor's portrayal is too pitch-perfect for him to not make another significant contribution to the series. If Steve doesn't come back in a big way then Alan Ball doesn't realize what a goldmine he has in Michael McMillian. I love watching him work even though I just want to punch Steve Newlin in the face repeatedly. Alan, more Steve, please.
    – Sam's metamorphosis is realized. I don't think he shot Tommy, but I think the shooting will be one of his most pivotal moments. Tommy is too compelling a character to kill off and will be the vehicle for Sam's salvation and redemption for his pre-Merlotte's life. I think Tommy will also be redeemed. He has a place in Bon Temps – think shapeshifter version of Jessica.
    – Tara isn't gone. Sadly, we will have to watch her mom's life get torn to shreds and Tara come to her rescue. I hate the mom's character, by the way. Definitely the worst of the series. I'd rather watch the Rattray's or Ginger. I think we will see a new dimension to Tara... finally!!! Tara has gone through a lot of shtuff but has not developed beyond the short-tempered, pathetic, sad sack we've watched all three seasons. Tara has the ability to be a rock/foundation of sanity. Terry and Hoyt fit those roles but they are secondary characters. If Tara is to remain a primary character then she needs to change. She needs release from her demons. She's a fleeting character in the novels and she's essentially being treated the same way in the series. There was potential in Season 1 but it was squandered when she was used as the vehicle for initiating and carrying the Maryann storyline in Season 2.
    – Holly receives a larger role and hers and Jesus's characters will converge towards the end of the season. Arlene and Lala will be on the periphery of this convergence. The witch world and the supe worlds will collide, likely it will be the vamps. Arlene's pregnancy will come to a conclusion and Lala will be a key player in this. I think Terry will be a victim. Quite possibly his character will get more scenes and I think we will get to see some really fine acting from Todd Lowe. He's definitely due for some good scenes.
    – Lala's mother's prediction about "they" coming for Lala will come to fruition. Hopefully she returns – great character and actress. Her schizophrenia will be key to Lala's story. Will possibly be the most crazy-interesting plotline of the season (like the awesomely bizarre v-trip), but also the most fun. Lala will have a good storyline. I don't think Jesus will survive season 4. Love doesn't come easy in the series. I hope several characters find love by series end, but I'm not expecting it.
    – I see Jessica and Hoyt's story growing. We've been teased with them all season. Jessica is overdue for a major chunk of screentime and the FoS/Vamp war will be played out partial through their relationship. I hope of virginity issue gets sorted out. This is probably the saddest of any of the characters' flaws because it means hers and Hoyt's love will always have an element of pain. It is a physical reminder of the life she left behind, and like the character Claudia in Interview With the Vampire, it is one that incites pity from the viewer. Jessica and Hoyt's relationship is the series's bright spot and I hate to think that it will always include real pain that can't be resolved like their Season 3 rough patch.

    September 14, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  12. ycatst

    I think sookie should have played along with bill. have eric, pam, and sophie ann killed and then kill bill. that way she will have eliminated all the vampires that know of her fairyness. i am sick of everybody wanting sookie to hook up with these creepy vampires. tara is correct that they are monsters. bill should never be forgiven for having sookie beaten by the rattrays and she should never hook up with eric because he is one mean sob.

    September 14, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mrs. Herveaux

    I am also a "True" fan of the book and the show! The best scene from the last episode was Eric showing up at Sookie's house at the end. It shows how he is completely in love with her and cares for her! She needs to wake and take advantage of that man! 🙂
    What I love is seeing Charlaine's characters come to life in the show.... Alcide! Eric! Pam! Jason! Russell! Talbot! Lafayette! Hoyt! Sam! Arlene! Terry! Renee'! Dr. Ludwig! Steve Newlin and his wife! Longshadow! Barry the Bellman! The Queen of Louisana! Godric! Franklin Mott! The ones that missed the mark... Bill! Sookie! Calvin Norris! Tara! Lorena!

    Alan... you've got great best seller books to follow, don't deviate too far with the artisic interpretation! Keep CH fans and newbie fans happy! Cut out the cheesy stuff! Make the Faeries better, make the panthers better and add more skin!!! 🙂 Is that so much to ask for? I will be back next season, don't let me down!

    September 14, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Cine Mata

    This True Blood fan is disappointed. What went from a tightly-constructed storyline and interesting characters in the beginning of Season Three to a metaphysical kitchen sink of silliness by the season's end.

    Ok, let's not just have shape-shifting Sam the dog – let's get the werewolves AND add a few deadbeat hilly-billy panthers, too! Alan Ball clearly didn't want to waste any time developing their background – he must've forgotten the cunning, aggressive nature of the panther, in favor of this sloppy scenario. We had a Wiccan who was only too eager to moonlight as an abortionist (as a Wiccan High Priestess, I found this plot device to be insulting, shallow, and biased). Then let's make Jesus – because he's latin – a brujo – nothing like a little Bon Temps racial profiling, right?

    Tara's whining throughout the entire season three got on my nerves – although not as much as the new hairdo – scary! Hopefully she'll get a new makeover while she's gone, and we ain't talking about just the 'do. The finale confrontation between the Queen and Bill rang false, probably because we know TB is just setting up this tired plot device for next season's opener. Eric's bite in the beginning of the season was filed down to a dull ho-hum of "who cares" by that Godric stunt and his slobbering over Sookie.

    Sookie's transformation during the entire season left me wishing for another Sookie. Couldn't Ball & Co. find a more clever way of showing her empowerment than spewing alot of F words and the melodramatic garabage disposal scene? (Which by the way, was another ho-hum way to encur Russell's future wrath.) The fey colony comes off looking really beyond lame – to use Sookie's very word. And her character spent more time reacting than actually acting this year.

    The true surprise here was the introduction and the smooth character development of Russell Edgington, played by Denis O'Hare. He was all the snap-crackle-and pop for the entire season – without a let-up or a let-down – and should become a regular cast member. If his performance doesn't net him an Emmy nomination AND win, then I'll boycott the Emmy Award show forever! TB was wise to keep Russell around, and we all know that a little cement and a silver necklace can't keep this star vamp down for long!

    I also want to give an Honorable Mention Shout-Out to Theo Alexander. His saucy dialog and diva histronics as Talbot, Russell's long-suffering domestic diva, was truly an inspired bit of casting. It was a shame that Alan Ball didn't keep him around to be re-animated, via Sookie's blood.

    Smooches from !

    September 14, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Deb

    Editor, anyone? "...for he and Jessica"???? Try "for Jessica and him" - anyone ever heard of the object of a preposition? Please, I understand the immediacy of the digital age, but isn't anyone editing/proofing online pieces anymore? If you need a copy editor, I'm open to moonlight!

    September 14, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason


      that is one of the most common grammatical errors around. I can't believe you actually correct that one each time you see it. 50% or more of English majors commonly misuse these words in sentences.

      September 14, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • ronnette102

      Let's alert the Press and give Deb a cookie for the grammatical correction! Who cares? Gosh!

      September 14, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Mrs. Northman


    September 14, 2010 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  17. ronnette102

    OMG...With three hot men such as Eric, Alcide and Bill, they need to get rid of Anna Paquin and bring me in! I'll play Sookie. Ahahaha! I really don't care if the show doesn't follow the books exactly. I love Lafayette and I'm so glad they kept his character alive, but they need to get rid of Tara or soften her up a little. Hate having to wait so long for season four. It feels like season three barely started not too long ago. Ugh!

    September 14, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  18. daywalker

    Bravfo Sookie for turning mean. Its about time she kicked back, and if she did not, it would not be very believeable. Every Fairy has their limit. I thought it was very in keeping with her character arc. No longer is she is a little helpless waif.

    Bravo to Paquin for kicking it up a notch this season. Her accent fgot better and she does nto act like she is a cardboard cut out anymore!

    September 14, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Jason

    I think the faery storyline could prove to be entertaining and actually cool as long as it is written with authenticity (as it appears to be so far) and stays as true as possible to the actual Celtic legends about the fae. According to many legends the faery was a beautiful, extremely bewitching woman-like creature (almost angelic) that could easily appear and fade away (into another realm), they were said to be extremely evolved and intelligent, somewhat sneaky, mysterious, and close with nature (explaining Sookie harnessing earth's power to shoot light from her hand). Also in many of the Irish faery legends the faery was compared with or considered among the "dead".... I wonder if this explains why so far the faery land has been a sort of beatific version of Bon Temps Cemetery? what does everyone think?

    September 14, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Sookie

    Hello? The show is going along with the books? Really – Lafayette is still alive, that whole plot line with Russell – if he doesn't marry the queen properly, he can't attempt to have her killed at their ball, which means she can't go on trial, the FOTS can't bomb the dominoes. I cannot stand how Jason is a one off, when's he getting bitten (not born), will next season start with Eric running naked down the road by Sookie's? Tara I could live with getting axed – the actress is beautiful and talented but they gave her a leaky bag of goo for a plot line. This show is not the drama I thought it would be, but more like a soap opera, with pointed action in between a whole lotta fluff meant to waste time. Very disappointed, and thinking about discontinuing my subscription to HBO. I wonder what Charlaine thinks? I prefer when things stick to the originals (obviously).

    September 14, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      I agree with you...I wish the show would stick closer to the books. I'm hoping they'll follow the books in reference to Sookie's love life going forward....that she'll be completely finished with Bill and end up with Eric, like in the novels.

      September 14, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  21. sarah

    Well, I read the books and those of you who have not read them – READ THEM!! Much better than HBO. I will give it one more season and if it doesn't improve and gets even more "stupid" compared to the books ~ I'm not going to watch it anymore.

    September 14, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Lianne

    Question: Dealing with V, how come when you see the characters doing it for drug related purposes, they get all sorts of high, but when someone is in dire need of it, or drinks it often (as Sookie seems to do) she doesn't start tripping her face off...?

    September 14, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      regarding the effects of V on people:

      For one thing, it is explained that V can affect everyone differently, based on the person's tolerance, the age of the vampire it came from, the amount consumed, etc.

      Also, think of it like Morphine (or any opiate-based narcotic): when used in a medical situation to treat extreme pain it works to dull pain and has a superific effect, however when morphine is used recreationally by an addict (and in large amounts) it causes the user to get "high" and goes much further than simple pain relief, and can lead to death if overdosed. I think V is supposed to be similar to this in it's differing effect at different times.

      September 14, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lianne

      I see. This makes sense. I guess I'm just thrown off a little when Sookie has drank, like REALLY drank from Bill in a few scenes, and then when using V recreationally like Jason and whats-her-face, you only need one tiny drop! Guess its just a little inconsistent. But what you say does make sense.

      September 14, 2010 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Jeff

    Compared to last years finale this one was great. Russell was the high point of this season and I found myself rooting for him to somehow escape and hoping does somehow. I sure could have found a better way of disposing of him. Maybe it was the blood, but it kind of bugged my how Russell who is even older than Godric took forever and fried in a totally different way. And what's the deal with Bill now seemingly being able to fly at the very end. Next year more Pam, she's turned into my favorite with her deadpan delivery. I even have her 'blah blah vampire emergency blah' as a ringtone.

    September 14, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Julie

    As someone who loved the first season of True Blood, then tore through the 10-book series, and has watched every episode, I have to agree the finale was a bit of a disappointment. The problem is it was too uneven. This season, Russell, Talbot and Pam were hilarious, Eric and Alcide were delicious, but the other story lines fell flat. I too, find Tara annoying, they need to stop making her so whiny, the Jason/Crystal/Hotshot story was way better in the book. (I mean, why did Fenton shoot Calvin but not Jason, the guy who slept with his fiance? Come on, I know you can't kill off Jason, but really) Ultimately, it failed because it was trying to do too much, and it should have just focused on the stronger story lines and developed them more. I like both the books and show, but I admit her writing is not stellar and often silly, but kudos to her for creating characters we all can't stop talking about. Ball normally does an excellent job of improving on the book storylines (such as the Maenad, and creating the Jessica character) but occasionally missteps (Like Hotshot, making the Fae world as cheesy as mac n cheese, and Queen Sophie, who I think was more intriguing and complicated in the book) Sookie is a spitfire in the book and pretty funny, but Ball hasn't quite developed that enough, so that's why people were so confused by her flushing Talbot down the disposal. (Although, that may have been a bit over the top, even for her, as she has never been deliberately cruel.) Ultimately, I believe they can get it back on track for next season, and I'm crossing my fingers they follow the book a bit more closely as far as Sookie and Eric is concerned, but I definitely wouldn't mind a bit more Alcide/Sookie romance than is found in the books.

    September 14, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason


      I also think besides showing Sookie's tougher side (when she cruelly floushed Talbot) it was also to show the audience just how completely DONE she was with vampires in general and had truly reached her limit, for now, with dealing with ALL vamps.

      September 14, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Tooky

    Season finale was a little boring, consistent with the entire season. If next season isn't any better, it will probably be my last.

    September 14, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  26. illi

    Dumb fairy gathering is right. There was no such froufrou for the fae in the books and they should have kept it that way.

    September 14, 2010 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  27. Mary

    I don't think that I will be saying next year, "OMG, I can't wait to find out what happened to Sookie with those fairies". Cliffhanger-Fail. Russell was awesome in the scene with the newscaster. I thought that this scene would have something to do with the finale. Russell makes threats on National TV. Does he start up a vampire army in Bon Temps? That could have been a better ending.

    September 14, 2010 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  28. JMF

    I loved it when Sookie took Talbot's remains and put them down the garbage diposal, then giggled. It was almost like her mischevious fairy side was finally coming out. I was also shocked like a lot of others were to learn that Bill set up Sookie's beating back in season 1. I agree, there was always something that was a little off with Bill.

    September 14, 2010 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Jason


      I thought the EXACT same thing as you regarding Sookie putting Talbot down the disposal and laughing (I too thought it represented her mischevious fairy side coming through)

      September 14, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  29. SMFIV

    Tara should have taken those scissors to her wrists.

    And this finale was definitely unsatisfying.

    September 14, 2010 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  30. Tasty Anna

    mmmm Anna

    September 14, 2010 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  31. Name*ireland

    Great episode..lousy ending! I do hope tara really leaves town and never comes back. Too much attention was given to her boring over dramatic character..for someone so insignificant in the books. Tara needs to be gone from the show!!!!!

    September 14, 2010 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  32. Mei

    I'm sorry, but ... what the heck happened? This season had such crazy momentum and it was all snuffed. Russell's newscast was possibly the best scene from this season, and by the finale it was pretty much swept under the rug. Apparently all that "We will eat your children" can incite is some graffiti on the walls and a little bit of screentime for Nan and Steve and that's about it. Really?

    The finale itself was inconsistent and lame. Honestly, the episode prior to the finale would have made a better cliffhang for the season - we would have 9 months to panic about whether or not Eric was going to die. And Alan Ball would've had 9 months to figure out a better way to handle Eric not dying and a more thought-out way to keep Russell around that didn't seem completely ridiculous. Also, Russell killing Eric's family "for a couple of goats" is the most disheartening thing that could result from Eric's quest for revenge. It just makes the entire storyline, including all the fantastic flashbacks from earlier episodes, completely stupid. The main thing that kept me watching Season 3 was anticipation for a true showdown between Eric and Russell. Instead I got Eric becoming a yo-yo, Russell taking a nap and every other character making bad decisions while still being boring. Boo.

    Jason adopting a community is dumb, but at least Crystal is gone. And Tara? Just keeping driving, please.

    September 14, 2010 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      "Also, Russell killing Eric's family "for a couple of goats" is the most disheartening thing"

      Ummmm, Mei, I'm pretty sure that Russell said that sarcastically as a joke. That wasn't the real reason he killed Eric's family. LOL that you took it literally.

      September 14, 2010 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Mei

      I'm HOPING it was a joke. I would much rather think it's Russell being a snarky button-pusher than being serious about it. They were probably trying to capitalize on a previous episode's line "To lose the man I love ... because you have mommy and daddy issues?" Still, since Russell was probably about 99% certain that he and Eric were going to die, why not just tell him why he did it? That's what makes me worry he was being serious.

      September 14, 2010 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      I'm pretty sure he was going around conquering monarchs and Eric's dad was the Viking King and Russell wanted his crown...which that reason alone in itself is pretty pathetic too! I think it would be crazy as well if he really did it so the wolves could have a few

      September 14, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Kayla

    I wouldn't say I loved the finale, but I love True Blood, and obviously, you can't expect too much from the one hour episode (actually it was only 50 minutes). I loved all the characters' stories, except Jason's. The Hotshot storyline was pretty uninteresting, so I hope they give Jason something else to do next season. Jason is a great character, but this season was a stepdown for him. Jessica/Hoyt and his mom – there were some funny scenes. I liked Sam's interaction with Tara and I can't wait to see if he lets Tommy go. I am glad Sookie broke up with Bill. We know he loved her, but he kept too many dirty secrets from her. And also we've seen in this season that Eric definitely has feelings for Sookie, so I would like to see them together next season. Eric did a lot to protect Sookie this season, I just hope that she realizes it. Too bad we have to wait the whole year till next season! It should start in January not June!

    September 14, 2010 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  34. S.Carr

    Alan Ball is one of the best writers and show runners in TV. I've seen every episode of True Blood, but parts of the show are starting to feel like an episode of "Charmed" which is not a good thing. The disappearing effect when Sookie goes off to to the fairy realm could've been right out of Charmed – it looked a little hokey. I think they have to keep jacking up the supernatural ante – it used to be a show about the dangers of falling in love with a vampire. Now there are shape shifters, werewolves, in-bred hick werepanthers, fairies, witches... Bon Temps is a super natural lightening rod for such a tiny town. What's a populated place like New York city like in the True Blood universe?

    September 14, 2010 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  35. cj

    As a reader of the books – I think that generally, the TV adaptation has been excellent, and the departures from the books have actually been improvements. (Lafayette, Maenad storyline, Russells sticking around past Bills rescue, etc.) ...until the recent episodes.

    Sam's backstory and his blowing up came on too abruptly.

    I don't like the TV Jason/Crystal/Calvin/Hotshot storyline. Calvin is wasted here – now literally. This plotline is tiresome and Jason's ascendancy to Protector of Hotshot is ridiculous.

    The changing perspective we get of Bill and Eric was hastily thrown together on TV – the books make it much more gradual – and absorbable.

    Also ... how stupid was Bill's plot against Eric – and why aren't Pam and Eric hellbent for revenge over it?

    Tara's storyline and horrible overacting has become a thorn in the side. Go away and stay away!

    It looks like they'll be going in the Alcide / Werepack direction next season – they've been promoting the heck out of Joe Mangienello – there must be good reason.

    September 14, 2010 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  36. julielynn

    The book is definiately better. The story is wacked. So far I had high hopes for season three, one was disappointing enough. Love how hot Eric Is and alcide, but rather keep reading the books......

    September 14, 2010 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  37. Edward

    Not in defense of the finale episode but having read the books and knowing what to expect in the coming season there is going to be too much material to try and cover within the 4th season to try and start from a lulled point. Of course I think there could have been a better way to end the season but I can understand the decision and hope when True Blood does return it picks up the pace from the start.

    September 14, 2010 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  38. EricLr

    Bill Compton is supposed to be the main love interest on this show, yet he's one of the weakest and most annoying characters on the show (2nd only to Jason Stackhouse). I keep hoping someone less boring will just stake him, and we can be done with him. Then we can focus on more interesting characters like...pretty much anyone else.

    September 14, 2010 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Jason


      don't worry, Bill Compton will no longer be the main love interest for Sookie from here on out. She'll be dating Alcide and eventually end up with Eric. Bill is out of the picture (if HERE's HOPING, they stay close to the books on this issue!!!)

      September 14, 2010 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  39. kim

    I wish Sookie and Alcide had hooked up at the end. I was hoping he would go back to her house after he left Bill and Eric to their business. Oh well. Guess I'll have to wait till next's hoping for Sookie and Alcide.

    September 14, 2010 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  40. AJ

    Also, here's hoping that Claudine and her brother are a bigger part next season. Bring on Claude!!

    September 14, 2010 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  41. AJ

    I loved it and it made me even more excited for next season. As a fan of the books, i am pretty sure I know where they are going and I can't WAIT. The 4th book is one of the best. Bring on the witches!! May I suggest Fairuza Balk as Hallow? The part that left me scratching my head was the creepy doll on the floor of Hoyt and Jessica's new place. What's up with that? I agree that there need to be fewer threads in place next season. A few of the stories fell flat to me. I never liked Sam's storyline and the Hotshot thing isn't working out the way it did in the books. If they are going to continue with it they better get some panther wranglers on the set because that CGI one looked horrid.

    September 14, 2010 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  42. FangerBanger

    rotflmao@NP that comment had me cryin! Panther White TRASH! and sookie's gap being a mile long! thats anna paquin's trademark without it i wouldn't know it was her. anyways this show has jumped the shark! tara and her quivering lip needs to exit Bon Temps Forever! the writers have completely assassinated her strong characteristics this season! the finale sucked ass and the bill/queen fight was Uber lame! Season 4 may be its last if things dont change for the better!

    September 14, 2010 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  43. Brittany

    I also am not a fan of the hotshot story line, it doesnt fit well with everything else. I like that not everything is like the book but they could of atleast left the hotshot story like the book alittle bit . It actually made a little sense in the book and I liked the way it played out, it showed a different side of Jason that we arent seeing here. I am not a huge fan of the Jason character in the show and I think they are trying to show a different side of him with this storyline. I am curious to see where it goes in the next season, I have a feeling it's not over yet. As for Tara, I am actually tired of her already. It's been non stop drama in her life and enough is enough already. Since it looks like she is leaving town I am also curious to see what else they can possible do to her. Sookie did seem odd this last episode. I cant stand how one minuet to loves Bill and then the next she is kicking him out of her life, it happens like 4 times in one episode. It's annoying that she keeps taking him back after he clearly seems evil, she knew his plan and bypassed the fact that he had a paper file on her in his home. It's silly that they have dragged that whole situation out for so long. I am a huge fan of the book and im excited that all the character's are a little different but some of the book made perfect sense and would of tied in just fine with the current story line. I am very excited to see the next season and to find out who else they bring will be a loooong winter!!!

    September 14, 2010 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  44. JM3

    I agree! I was a bit unimpressed with the finale. You did open my eyes to Lafayettes "abilities" I didn't get that he was seeing people skeleton's. Thanks for clarifing that!

    September 14, 2010 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  45. Patti Zimmerman

    The most interesting characters, Bill and Eric, continue to evolve and astonish. Of course the true motivators are love and hate but the way these emotions drive the plot are original and nuanced in a way that illustrates the immense creativity of the writers. Bravo to Allan Ball for orchestrating a true original.

    September 14, 2010 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  46. Liz

    While so very excited for this episode, I cannot help but feel underwhelmed at the end. I agree that there were some major character shifts an actions that did not follow the storyline or characters well. I guess it just was not as good as I had hoped for a season finale. Can't wait for next season, but hopefully the premiere of season four will make up for the flop of an end to season three. Great article!

    September 14, 2010 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  47. mslaurab

    Overall a pretty good season finale...........would it have killed them to make it 90 minutes long? Just so much stuffed into an hour. Could have done without the Jason/redneck storyline and I hope Bill takes a backseat for awhile next season-he's getting kind of annoying.
    Everyone keeps talking about Tara leaving town......I actually thought from her actions that she might be getting ready to kill herself. And what about Franklin????????I know he was a super badass but I just loved him and his sense of humor. PLEASE BRING HIM BACK!!!!!
    Lord, it's going to be a looooooong winter:-(

    September 14, 2010 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Jmaxx30

      How the F)(* do you bring Franklin back? He was blown into a bazillion gooey pieces when Jason shot him.

      September 14, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • kabevamp

      Tara kill herself? Do you not remember her talking to Sam about how he made a whole new life for himself?

      September 16, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  48. adriana

    Summer....i smell some voodooo a brewin....

    September 14, 2010 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
  49. jenickki

    YAWN!!! I have no idea what has happened to this show. I was completely let down by this last episode. It was 53 min of sloooow and boring material. Actually, it's become all quite comical.
    I think this season, there was just too much going on. None of the characters were given time to fully develop a story line. Also, in the case of Layfette, they just decided to create a storyline. (I love this character).
    I am hopeful that Season 4 will be better. I just pray for better writing. Also, am I the only one who is really really sick of Sookie and her whining. I don't recall from the books that she was always this damsel in distress sort of person; Charlene Harris wrote her as a very self sufficient character. This is not the Sookie I am seeing on the screen. I just want to deck her character sometimes. UGH!
    Crossing my fingers Season 4 will be better.

    September 14, 2010 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      alot of women that play the "victim" role in their daily lives with men see themselves in Sookie and therefore get physically and emotionally agitated by the character, through no fault of Sookie, but rather because these women have self-loathing issues and see in Sookie their own ridiculous, sad selves.

      September 14, 2010 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  50. Jmaxx30

    Pretty muched sucked .... let me say I am a huge TB fan, but was pretty disappointed with this episode on the whole. The "cliffhangers" were contrived at best, i.e., Sam "shooting" Tommy we all know Sam didn't shoot Tommy I'm sure he fired another warning shot or whatever. I'm hoping Sookie just goes to fairyland and doesn't come back, but then of course Eric wouldn't have anyone to play with. Sookie and Bill were completely out of chartacter ... although I'm not sure that was good or bad. The Hoyt/Jessica storyline is one of the best right now, the baby doll lying on the floor in the house was CREEPY! I'm really hoping that Jessica offs Hoyt's mom, cause she is unbelievably annoying. And please oh please tell me that Tara leaving was for real and not another contrived cliffhanger. Although the new haircut was pretty stylish. Overall that was by far the most boring of episodes. Of course I'll be standing in line waiting when next year rolls around ...

    September 14, 2010 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
  51. Melissa

    Not sure about the sookie thing. She's taken a turn for the vicious. Now she's had alot of stuff happen to her so I can see how she'd be furious but she didn't seem the type to mind**** someone like she did in this epi. Torture is beyond cruelty.

    The rest of it was good. I'm glad they finally got rid of crystal.

    Tara's new do looks fantastic on her. Its very cute and much better than the long hair.

    September 14, 2010 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
  52. lep

    The whole season sucked outside of 1 or 2 episodes. If the first few of next season doesn't pick up, its time to move on.

    September 14, 2010 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
  53. np

    Just wanted to say that I'm sick of everybody bashing Tara. An actor or actress is only as good as the writer. Rutina wesley actually graduated from Julliard. Look it up. The writers made her character seem crazy. I hope she leaves the show to save her career. As for Sookie,she is the ugliest character on the show. Her gap is a mile long! I can't understand why all the male characters want to hook up with her. She belongs with panther trailer trash

    September 14, 2010 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
    • LoopsFroot

      I don't think its Rutina Wesley that people are bashing, its the character. If the actor / actress creates such a reaction then he/she has done their job 🙂 Rutina is an awesome actress but her talents are clearly being wasted, hence her possible departure from the show. Anna Paquin is another talented actress. Her character, Sookie, is clearly annoying hence all of the comments about her 🙂

      September 14, 2010 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
  54. Bobby

    I thought it was good. I too hate the story line of the V camp and I not too crazy about the Lafeyette story line either. The Bill and Sookie and Eric dtory line is cool. You never really know who is good and who is bad. I love this show!

    September 14, 2010 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
  55. Daniel Troppy

    Way to many story lines going on at the same time and not enough time. To me this finale was rushed and disheveled.

    September 14, 2010 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
  56. LoopsFroot

    I was hoping that the whole HotShot scene would have been resolved, like a massive explosion. No more gray underwear guys with bad teeth! That story line is BORING! I hope Tara is gone for the season. I used to like her but she's ridiculous. I loved that Sookie evil-laugh-while-pouring-Talbot-down-the-drain-scene lol. I hope Eric and Sookie will finally hook up next season. As for the last scene, I would have had Bill throwing Eric into the pit, then fade to black. That would have killed EVERYONE! LOL

    September 14, 2010 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
  57. Chet

    It was an okay ending. Referring to Jesus, I always thought male witches were called warlocks? I'll have to "Wiki" it.

    September 14, 2010 at 8:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      Male witches are referred to as Warlocks. They are also referred to as "witches" just like females. It's "both and" not "either or"

      September 14, 2010 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  58. emmatt

    I don't think the ending was good at all, i was hoping Alcide was going to knock on Sooki's door after she kicked Bill and Eric out!! Maybe next season... I love Hoyt and Jessica together, and don't like Sam's new dark side. Jason and tht whole storyline is the most boring plot doesn't even make sense, they wasted so much time w that! And i love the one liners of the older vampire that eric buried! He is too funny...haha Bill is a winer, Eric is a hottie, can't wait to see who Sooki hooks up with next season, besides Bill!

    September 14, 2010 at 7:06 am | Report abuse |
  59. Gabriel

    Strong points:

    Eric and Sookie going strong for next season.

    Sookie and Alcide's growing attraction.

    Bill being exposed as the loser he really is.

    Russel, simply Russel (the best addition this season).

    Hoyt and Jessica's romance.

    Lafayette and jesus 'witching' together.

    Not so strong:

    Sam's inner struggles.

    Tommy's rebellious act.


    Tara. Just die.

    Jason. I was hoping for Crystal and her bunch to be blown off, I'm so disappointed she will linger next season, I detest her.

    Arlene and her baby. I thought she'd be killed off, I'd heard that Carrie Preston wasn't on board for next season, maybe it was just a rumour.

    September 14, 2010 at 4:47 am | Report abuse |
  60. Michael

    I liked the ending, it did feel kinda blah at times, but i am sure things will be great next season. one thing i picked up on and have been thinking about it since than. When Pam saw Eric, she said something about getting cement out of her hair. Where was she? why was she covered in cement? Did someone do a switcharoo? was it really russell they put in the cement? or was it all just an act? I guess we will have to wait and see next season.

    September 14, 2010 at 2:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Liz

      Eric called to Pam to save him, like how Bill called to Jessica when he was kidnapped by the werewolves. That's why Bill tried to have someone kill Pam, because he knew Eric would have her come and save him. Plan backfired though because Pam killed the assassin and then went and got Eric out of the cement, thus getting covered in it. When she said she hoped Eric had killed him, she was talking about Bill because she knew Bill was the one that threw Eric in. Eric said he did something much much worse which was spilling the beans to Sookie about Bill's real intentions.

      September 14, 2010 at 3:33 am | Report abuse |
  61. Ron

    This was no season finale. Its disappointing how the series has lost so much steam. Upon reading the previous comments I understand how many twilight fans I share my interest in TB with. Everything is so predictable now. Everyone in the town answers their problems with some supernatural excuse. It's a town full of copouts

    September 14, 2010 at 2:04 am | Report abuse |
  62. The Sneezing Lobster

    One reason the accents sound funny is that several the lead actors are not Americans. Steven Moyer (Bill) is British, Anna Paquin (Sookie) is from New Zealand, and Ryan Kwanten (Jason) is Australian. Sam Trammel (Sam Merlotte) was born in New Orleans, but he has less of a Louisiana accent than the foreign-born cast!

    This season of TB had some standout episodes, but the finale was somewhat lame. The Hotshot storyline needs to get on with it, or get lost! I want to see a lot more of Alcidie (::snicker::), Hoyt & Jessica, Lafayette & Jesus (yum!) and of course Eric! Jason is best when he's being dumber than a box of rocks. There is one character in the books who has not yet appeared in True Blood - I want to see BUBBA!!!!!!

    September 14, 2010 at 1:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Liz

      "Sam Trammel (Sam Merlotte) was born in New Orleans, but he has less of a Louisiana accent than the foreign-born cast!"

      What I think you mean is that he's the only one with a REAL accent, not that he has less of an accent. Being from the South doesn't mean you draaawwwwl every syllable of every word. Their completely over-the-top accents make it had for me to watch the show sometimes.

      September 14, 2010 at 3:30 am | Report abuse |
    • adriana

      They really could tone it down a notch on the accents which can make it uncomfortable to watch. Everyone's acting was so outta character and over the like was like watching bizzaro TB.

      September 14, 2010 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
    • PJoe

      I"ve wondered if they'd be brave enough to bring on Bubba! I'd love to see him!

      September 14, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ophelia

      "There is one character in the books who has not yet appeared in True Blood – I want to see BUBBA!!!!!!"

      ME TOO!!! I've been waiting for him! 🙂 Maybe next season? Since Pam killed Reuben and all.

      September 14, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  63. True Crud

    This season ender tasted like "True Blood" out of the microwave oven to me. It left me cold – longing for the pulse pumping gush of the real thing as I was forced to swallowed something inferior. Not excited at all about next season.

    September 14, 2010 at 1:15 am | Report abuse |
  64. Marnie

    More Alcide please. And LESS of the stupid Jason hillbilly cat people storyline, Tara (who gets way too much screen time) and Arleen–she can leave right along with Tara. Now that Anna and Stephen are married, I'm less interested in seeing their characters together. Sookie & Alcide? YES. Hope Russell comes back, he's a hoot ("And now the news....Tiffany?").

    September 14, 2010 at 1:03 am | Report abuse |
  65. RdBone2000

    Yes, -This season did not really beg with the "umph" we've expected of the series; however, it did manage to leave a bit of suspense that (no matter your thoughts) leaves the Directing team complete and utter leverage for an utterly insane next season..... Since the series has only been true to the novels/novelettes from a basic sense; my expectation is that character evolution has been kicked into high gear... Having read the books? -I like it! The trick for Alan, will be to both heighten our enthusiasm and balances 4 seasons' worth of perception by the mainstream's affinitiy with these very same characters! Take us on a journey with a plea for caution to not over do it! ImJusSayin

    September 14, 2010 at 12:58 am | Report abuse |
  66. RSS

    I think Eric and Alcide should do some naked shots!!!!

    September 14, 2010 at 12:11 am | Report abuse |
  67. Chase

    JASON has gotten on my last nerve! He is as dumb as a box of rocks and there really has not been much of story line on him.

    September 13, 2010 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Chase

    I think season 2 finale was GREAT!.... I never blinked! This one..... Was bad..... VERY disappointing! Not much of a cliffhanger.

    September 13, 2010 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Copyediting Rules!

    "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."
    I think you mean, rented for HIM and Jessica; not HE and Jessica.
    Hire a copyeditor for God's sake!

    September 13, 2010 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • englishprofandtbfan

      i think "himself" is the more proper wording for this statement. and by the way you're a dick. a stupid dick at that, and thats the worst kind of dick.

      October 1, 2010 at 2:56 am | Report abuse |
  70. Patti

    Read the books. HBO has destroyed the series.

    September 13, 2010 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
  71. PJoe

    May need to watch it again, because I don't believe Sam actually shot Tommy...though I wouldn't have minded much if he did. Overall thought it was a disjointed snooze fest. Have a fear Hoyt is not long for this world...mama will shoot him when aiming for Jessica. Hotshot better be going somewhere HUGE because they're wasting Jason. Much prefer Eric to Bill, but prefer Alcide to all. Looking forward to seeing more of him next season. Tara, blah, Tara's mama, blah, Arlene & the demon seed, blah. La-La and Jesus...there's some potential there. It's a long time to June!

    September 13, 2010 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
  72. jessica

    why isn't the writers following the book? the hotshots story line in the books was a whil lot better. hoyt and jessica are the best couple ever. I hope eric and sookie do get together, it will make everything right in the show.

    September 13, 2010 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Sonya

    This finale was a major disappointment. Truth is, the farther they stray from the book's story line, the worse this series gets. I think it's time to get Ms. Harris back involved in the screenwriting......

    September 13, 2010 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Deby

    Good heavens, kill off Hotshott, Alcide, Tara, and Sam and his stupid family, and I'll be happy as a pig in mud. The scene with Talbot's remains was almost sickning and so completely un-Sookie-like, just weird. We need more Eric, Pam and Nan Flanagan! Oh, and kill off Jesus, but lots more Lafayette....

    September 13, 2010 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • LoopsFroot

      @Deby No no, kill off HotShot and that whole storyline, Tara should stay away for the whole season, let Sam be a bad guy (its a nice change) but please bring back Russell, Alcide and some new characters 🙂

      September 14, 2010 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
  75. SavingYou

    FTA: " be left at the house Hoyt rented for he and Jessica...."

    It should read, "...the house Hoyt rented for HIM and Jessica...." Doesn't employ proofreaders?

    September 13, 2010 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
  76. marla

    i have read all the sookie stackhouse books and none of them have any of the final episode in them .what gives? you have gone so far off the books its sad.

    September 13, 2010 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
  77. linda

    I thought this episode was blah as well. I really am hoping that Alan keeps with some off the MAJOR story lines of the book. I HATE Calvin from Hotshot is killed off.........and am hoping that they try to follow the book with him. As for Sookie, i am glad that she actually thought for herself this episode..........and am hoping that the continue with her and Eric (as they have it in the book). Otherwise, i agree that this has left me "blah"

    September 13, 2010 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
  78. JHG

    First of all, the best episode is the second to last episode of this series. This final episode was mild compared to the previous week's episode. This will be a trend for the next season. Count on that. Next, I am looking forward to the storyline for Tara. The things that she had to go through: Eggs, her mother, Franklin (that damn rapist Vamp) ,Sam (fiinding out that he's a shapeshifter over breakfast), Jason and not to mention Sookie. Finally, Arleens baby ... and the tortured soul of Arleen's man ... I feel for that dude. Summer of 2011 ... looks like a hot time in Bon Temp next year!

    September 13, 2010 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • LoopsFroot

      Nope, Tara needs to stay gone for a season. She's ridiculous.

      September 14, 2010 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
  79. York

    Can I just say I am getting really annoyed with Sookie. It just seems like every episode she is screaming or crying or saying somthing to the fact of that she is her own woman and she can do what she wants and blah blah bill blah blah blah eric...
    But yes I am excited about the Eric and Sookie thing or even the Alcide and Sookie, fairy plus werewolf sounds like some attractive babies. The Jason and Crystal fiasco took way too long to end, it was not interesting. Crystal was just like Sam, what's new? I can't believe Sam killed again, I feel like this might be a bad thing and turn into a spree. In the end, the finale was not as stunning as previous years

    September 13, 2010 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
  80. paul

    I hated it! Last year's finale had me WANTING MORE MORE AND MORE. I hated that it ended. This season has been less exciting even though EVERY single character has a story of their own and all have to do with the supernatural. WEREpanthers was the worst. And to top it all off, the comedic level on the show, even more so in the finale, has been on overdrive and making it less dramatic and that much more boring. Granted the one liners are great but there are too many.
    The king should have been FIERCE as he was dying, not a joke. Nothing made em feel the way I did last year or the year before. Let's hope it comes back quickly and when it does come back it hits the ground HARD running with action and drama. Otherwise, it is a done show.

    September 13, 2010 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Disappinted

    The only thing True Blood sucked was balls!

    September 13, 2010 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Carlos Scruggs

    I love true blood. I have never seen a show so addictive. I will remember true blood when I'm 80. This show will go down in history as HBO at It's best.

    Thank you HBO for True Blood

    September 13, 2010 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
  83. A

    No pun intended...It *SUCKED*
    Alan Ball, please bring back MaryAnne. She was fun!

    September 13, 2010 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  84. not sure what to think

    I was half-wondering if the soprano's finale writers had their hands in this schlock. sadly, I'm not looking forward to any more of this series. damn glad to have football on.

    September 13, 2010 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  85. IRIS

    There's no way Sam shot his brother in the back. I think he shot the gun just to scare him. He and Tara should both leave town for a bit and get themselves together. It would have been great to see their relationship take off before she went and got all emotional over some guy who only loved her because they were both under a spell. Bill does not deserve Sookie and I am counting down the days before she picks either Eric or Alcide. I'm going to need them to give us more with the fairy and werewolves background before they now go in this witch direction though. Waaaay too much going on and not enough answers....

    September 13, 2010 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  86. Anonymous

    This season was horrible. They need to hurry up and end this show while it can still save itself. I'm bored of it already.

    September 13, 2010 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Kaleena

    LMAO @ "some dumb fairy gathering." Yeah this season was a major disappointment and this finale was just as bad...I love the books though so I probably spend too much time comparing the two!!I can't wait for Eric and Sookie to hook up!

    September 13, 2010 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Maria

    i hope sookie and eric hook up at least once next season but eventually goes back to bill... i hope tara comes back and i hope the jason storyline gets better... true blood is still an awesome show...

    September 13, 2010 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason


      If you are waiting for Sookie to 'eventually' go back to Bill you're gonna be waiting for a long time. There are ten books and if the show stays even remotely true to the books regarding Sookie's love life, this revelation was what breaks her and Bill up FOR GOOD. She moves on to Alcide and ultimately to Eric, who as of the most recent book, she is still with and has just declared herself to be in love with him.

      September 14, 2010 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  89. JR

    I love TB but absolutely HATED this episode. I truly hope season 4 is better.

    September 13, 2010 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  90. Anthony

    This wasn't a review. now i feel like i didn't have to watch it, i could have read the whole show. a couple or few spoilers here and there, yeah. you went through every scene.


    September 13, 2010 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  91. Name*Jeff

    Sookie pouring out Talbot's remain was out of character. Not very fairie-like. Too many story arcs.

    September 13, 2010 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      If you read the books, Sookie pouring Talbot's remains down the disposal was VERY IN CHARACTER, as the Sookie of the books is much tougher. And actually, if you understand the legends of celtic fae, it was VERY faery-like as well, since faeries, according to legend, are morally ambiguous and very clever/tricky/unpredictably difficult.

      September 14, 2010 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  92. lee

    what was up with terry....any episode now..i'm expecting him to sprout pointy ears and become eff

    September 13, 2010 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  93. ammie crowley

    true blood put me 2 sleep it sucked so bad im not watching the next season i'd rather watch sunday nite football!!! i just hope that boardwalk dont suck like this season of t.b!!

    September 13, 2010 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  94. Aspesia

    Loved the whole season – loved the finale too! It's going to be a long fall, winter & spring!

    September 13, 2010 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
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  96. JohnRJ08

    It was a terrible finale. So much wasted time on useless sequences, such as with Tara's mother and the reverend, Lafayette and his hallucinations, as well as most of the scenes with Jason. As a character, Jason has become a real mess. I felt that the show tried to deal with far too many unrelated plots and not near enough attention was paid to the Godric's appearances to Eric. What was that all about, anyway? Was Eric seeing things, or was Godric really appearing to him? It made no sense to create ambiguity about that. I thought the intervention sequence with Hoyt and his mother was just plain stupid. Why take up time in the finale with that sequence. We already knew that Hoyt was committed to Jessica. As far as Alcide is concerned, a totally needless piece of beefcake that contributed zero to the finale, other than his truck. All in all, it was really disappointing.

    September 13, 2010 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      Dude, the entire point of Godric appearing to Eric was to give Eric a reason to keep Russell alive so the writers could bring him back next season. Whether or not Godric "really" appeared or was in Eric's imagination is of NO importance. And just in case you didn't notice, the fact that neither Russell nor Bill could see/hear Godric when Eric did points to the likelihood that Godric was a figment of Eric's imagination, a hallucination. Either way though, I don't see why you think the fact about that is in any way germaine to the story?

      September 14, 2010 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  97. Stevie d

    I agree with most who say the season finale was "blah." What HBO needs is a spin off to fill the void till next summer. The spin off should be call "Godric" and just recall his life via reflections. Seems like some good story lines.

    September 13, 2010 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  98. Lois

    So much second hand embarrassment for the whole thing. I used to find this characters endearing, but now? Not so much. Any chance of killing off Beel, Sookeh and Tara? If this season gets nominated for any Emmys it will be hard to believe.

    September 13, 2010 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
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  100. Matt Sydney

    The whole of Season 3 was awful, i am so disappointed with what they did that i totally lost interest in the show. Unless the opening episode of season 4 is something really outstanding, i am sure we will give this TV show a miss.

    September 13, 2010 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  101. jimmycrackedcorn

    Lamest season finale I've seen. The writing is already low quality. The only story line that has been worth watching is the Hoyt-Jessica relationship. Better get some fresh 'blood' to write for them.

    September 13, 2010 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      The Hoyt-Jessica relationship is the thing worth watching? Maybe if this were a show about young love? But you people who watch this show for its relationship/love stories are so lame.

      September 14, 2010 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  102. The_Dude

    I have never watched this show. I am an adult not some poser tweener.

    September 13, 2010 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      Then your commenting here is kinda moronic. This is and adult show.

      September 13, 2010 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason


      TrueBlood is not a "tween" show. It's not "Twilight Saga". The only thing in common is vampires. Twilight is for tweens. TrueBlood is for adults and in fact parents shouldn't allow their tween-age kids to watch it because it would probably be emotionally/psycologically damaging for a child that age, it's so adult. MORON.

      September 14, 2010 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
    • ChaosNmotion

      Well kind of seems to be that your comment then has no place in this forum.. and would an adult really post into a conversation that they had no interest in... that sounds more like a "tween" thing to do to me...

      September 17, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  103. Stu

    As for this entire season, I dont think it was up to snuff. We waited so long for this? This season was a real let down. Im not sure if we will even keep HBO now due to it. Its not like HBO has all that great of programs anymore anyhow. We kept it for TB but if this is what we can expect for now on, no – I dont think so. The first 2 seasons were good, but this one – well, maybe someone should be let go from the writing staff if this is what they produce. We expected so much more with the introduction of the werewolves, but, as with the rest of the season, it was a major let down. Oh well, we will wait and see the premier of Empire next weekend to see if we will even keep HBO at all.

    September 13, 2010 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  104. Gunther

    Vampires and their progeny are linked in times of danger. Eric is immersed in concrete; Pam extricated him. Russell is immersed in concrete; surely he has someone besides werewolves to call to retrieve him? Wouldn't Bill (and Eric for that matter re: Russell) have known that the concrete, particularly while still liquid, wouldn't work?

    September 13, 2010 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • chu

      Russel's been around for 3,000 years and the only progengy we know of on the show is (was) Talbot. Who is he supposed to call? We also know that it does take vampires some time to travel, so who knows where these potential other progeny are in the world.

      Bill did realize that liquid cement wasn't going to cut it. Hence why he called Rueben and asked him to kill Pam – he knew Eric would call for her and wanted Rueben to intercept. At the same time, Eric was relying on the fact that Russel was weaked by the sun and silver (plus the lack of accessible progeny, we can assume) to keep him in the concrete long enough for it to harden.

      September 14, 2010 at 7:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      If Russell had a progeny out there waiting in the wings to save him, I think he/she would've shown up with Russell was cooking like a rotisserie chicken in the sun all that time, don't you? The only mentioned progeny of Russell's was Talbot, and he's in the garbage disposal.

      September 14, 2010 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  105. carol

    I think thats why sophie ann keeps hadley around. sohpie ann will drain him dry.

    September 13, 2010 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  106. Mgb

    I think we saw a darker side of Sookie because so much of her "light" had recently been drained by vamps and replaced with loads of V. And it's entirely possible that Ms. Stackhouse, in spite of her Utopian-looking motherland, is actually an evil or sinister fairy.

    I wonder if Hadley's fairy son will play a larger part next year.

    September 13, 2010 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      Sookie's not in any way a "sinister" fairy. However, part of the nature of being a fairy is some moral ambiguity, and, in the books in fact, Sookie is a much tougher cookie, ass-kicking, etc. like in the talbot down the garbage disposal scene.

      September 14, 2010 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  107. shasha

    Oh and this season finale left me unsatisfied. The season it self wasn't that great Russell was the only real good parts of the show this season. When that joker comes back boy I will not miss an episode. But I'm not setting here going dang its not coming back until June. I'm more like good take a rest and think of some good stuff for next season please! I guess I'm not in anticpation mood for next season cuz I kinda have an idea of what coming next and I haven't read the books I just know predictable writers.

    September 13, 2010 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason


      No offense intended, but actually your "predictions" couldn't be farther away from what actually happens.

      September 14, 2010 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  108. Kat

    If I have to watch Tara's quivering chin one more time I think I will explode! I heard that this final episode was going to be a blood bath, and that several characters were going to be killed off. I was just hoping it was Tara. No such luck. My only hope is that she will move to New Yawk and get mugged by some Yankee and not inflict herself on us in Season 4.

    Oh, and . . . Team Eric all the way!

    September 13, 2010 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  109. Lori

    LOVED Sookie cackling madly as "Talbot" went down the disposal. I laughed out loud. Much more true to the character in the books. I was pretty stunned when Bill busted out the evilness & shoved Eric into the other ceement pit. Kind of a rip-off, though, that Bill just assumed he wouldn't be able to get out.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nancy

      Sending Talbot down the garbage disposal WAS rather inspired.....sick of the Hotshot theme, loving the faeiries...

      September 14, 2010 at 12:56 am | Report abuse |
  110. Shasha

    Okay so who thinks they didn't kill russel because he will be back in the finale of seaseon five. Sookie is finally done with wack, mr. pretend to do the right thing Bill,I knew he was not so great in the begininng of season three when he started killing people to make Russell and the Queen happy, Tara knew what type of person he was when they got away from Russel. If I were a writer I would make Sookie mess with Bill by sleeping with Eric just to get to Bill. We all know Sam shot his brother in the leg he is heart broken after killing those other folks. Hot shots plot was kinda stupid. They tried to fake us out by having Sookie leave the house as Bill answers the door for the queen. I think Bill is about to get real powerful, and go after Eric. Isn't it the prson who kills the King and Queen gets to rule the area. We know Bill is going to kills the Queen becaue he is a reoccurring character and the queen is a walk on she has only been on like ten episodes tops. We all know Bill is not going no where, He will become the most powerful vampire in the area and have Eric and Pam killed and go after Sookie wheather she wants him or not. I bet Sookie and Bill become enemies and end up in a full out battle by the end of next season. Just a hunch!

    September 13, 2010 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason


      We all (who read the books) know that it is looking like the Sookie/Bill/Eric story is going to "generally" follow the books and Sookie is gonna end up dating and in love with Eric (at least as of the current most recent book) and no she's not going to be "enemies" with Bill, they'll end up friends, but NOT date again, and yes she'll sleep with Eric, but not to get back at Bill, but because she genuinely has the hots for Eric.

      September 14, 2010 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Jason


      also, what are you talking about Bill is going to kill the Queen????? HUH? NO, in fact, if it even remotely follows the Books, Sookie is going to end up employed by the Queen.

      September 14, 2010 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  111. Mere Mortal

    I'm thinking the Jason/Hotshot storyline could turn out to be a winner after all. Think of it: Jason leading his own cult. This could be TB's answer to Juniper Creek. Stay tuned!

    September 13, 2010 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • hbcl

      Those town-folk look like they are straight from the movie "the hills have eyes". creeeepy.

      September 13, 2010 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Liz

      I immediately thought of the "Home" episode from X-Files.

      September 14, 2010 at 3:21 am | Report abuse |
  112. Katy

    Stupid show. I loved the first year. Now it's just completely ridiculous.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  113. Jen

    To me, the episode felt like it was done before season four was a sure thing. While questions arose, you could leave the series with answers.

    Tara: Things have sucked, but she's riding off into the sunset to a hopefully happy life.

    Lafayette: Uh ouh, he's got powers, but he's also got Jesus, so he'll be fine.

    Sam: Okay, trying to get rid of his cow pie image, if he's going to be that way, I don't really care to watch. (Though, I'm holding on to the notion that he fired another warning shot...maybe into the duffel bag of money.)

    Eric and Pam: Well, they'll just go on being Eric and Pam.

    Bill and the Queen: Who cares who wins because.....

    Sookie is off to live happily ever after with other fae.

    If anything, the "cliff hanger" or draw to season four was Maxine buying the Newlin endorsed vampire hunting gun. I'll admit, it was a low key season ending to a series that's continuing. However, it was enjoyable as a part of the whole.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jen

      Ouh, and almost forgot about Jason, who's found himself as a protector of Hotshot, because protecting is what he "does best."

      September 13, 2010 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  114. K2

    Anna Paquin overact? Nah, surely you jest... Seriously, when has she not overacted? The entire series has been scene after scene of Sookie melodrama. I'd much rather see the Sam storyline than the Sookie/Bill/Eric saga. Plus, I find the really horrible southern accents used by most of the actors very off-putting. Didn't any of them actually visit Louisiana to find out how they speak? Even the ones that are actually FROM the south do a poor job. I loved the show the first season, but subsequent seasons have been really blah to me. More like a really bad soap opera, but not as interesting.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rachel

      Not meant to offend, but to those of us up "North", all southerners sound like the people on this show.

      September 13, 2010 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • K2

      Rachel, no offense taken. However, if your exposure to the way southerners speak is taken from what you see in TVs and movies, that's understandable. "Southern" dialect is very regional, as is "Northern" dialect. People in Louisiana do not speak in the same way as people, say, from Georgia. But no matter how they speak, every word is not twanged, only certain words with certain letter combinations. I'm not a linguist, but even I can hear the difference. Then again, my exposure isn't solely from watching The Beverly Hillbillies, Andy Griffith or True Blood. I've lived and traveled extensively there, and that's why the really poor job these "actors" do grates on my nerves.

      September 13, 2010 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason


      I think that the actors who play Tara, Bill and sometimes Sookie, F#$K up the southern accents, especially Tara!! But I also think Sam, Lafayette, Lettie Mae, Andy Bellefleur and Arlene do pretty good jobs with their accents. I live in Jacksonville, Florida. None of them sound like particularly Louisiana cajun accents, but pretty good general deep south accents, I think.

      September 14, 2010 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Becky

      If Bon Temps is supposed to be outside or near Northern Louisiana, like near Shreveport. Then yeah, the accents definitely don't match.

      But I live south of Lake Ponchatrain, near Des Allemands, believe me we speak more like Renee did in the show.

      September 14, 2010 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  115. dignan9

    I would happily say goodbye to Tara forEVER. I'm sick of her quivering lip, hopefully she uses the hiatus to take some acting lessons. HORRIBLE.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • EricNorthmanlover

      I totally agree!! Rutina Wesley is the worst actress ever! She overacts all her scenes and is in dire need of some acting lessons.

      September 13, 2010 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Name*ireland

      Totally agree...tara sucks.. don't know why they give her so much importance in the series.. she's nothing in the books.

      September 14, 2010 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
    • pennibrown

      Tara is the reason I kept tuning in this season. As a Julliard trained actress, she can teach the others how to emote on camera.

      September 14, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  116. cxd

    Worst episode ever. The entire season was nothing but a big snoozefest

    September 13, 2010 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • JohnRJ08

      There were a couple of episodes that were good, but most seemed like nothing more than bridging stories to the next episode where nothing really happened. I did think that Russell was definitely worth watching. He really added some life (or death) to every scene in which he appeared. Half the other stuff in the finale could have been cut, especially the scenes with jason, Tara and LaFayette.

      September 13, 2010 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  117. Trubiedoobie

    It was a slow episode, and def not quite a finale, not what i expected.
    For me, i am glad AB is not following the books, and has made the charactors so much more than the 2d book ones.
    I really don't think 3 series of ['but everyone just wants to sleep with me' pouted sookie in her slacks and grey cashmere sweater] style writing holds your attention for long, i read all the books just because i had them, but was pretty much bored by book 3.
    And honestly, am i really the only person that thinks Harris just can't write well? I find her style much the same as i wrote for high school English, ok for the teen market i suppose.
    I for one am really looking forward to series 4, and i hope AB moves further from the books, the charactors he has created are much ore interesting than harris's.

    September 13, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • hbcl

      I agree about Harris's writing. After reading book one I was was thinking that she was damn lucky that someone high up enjoyed her books. But after I got over that I did enjoy them for pure entertainment value. Nothing literary about them.

      I wish the Hotshots story line was the same as the books. That would have been interesting for Jason's character.

      Until next season....

      September 13, 2010 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • amy

      Yes, I agree CH writing SUCKS. She needs a better editor.

      September 14, 2010 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
    • C

      She is NOT a great writer, and I agree that she is lucky that the books have done so well. The writing on the show is much better and although Eric is about the hottest thing ever I am glad that we don't see him in neon spandex unitards like he is in the book.

      I am surprised at some of the plot changes, but love the series so much. Thanks to CH for setting in all in motion, but thanks to AB for really making it awesome for tv.

      September 14, 2010 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
  118. sky

    I agree with Miss 808. I was shocked to read the connection and that means that Hoyt-Jess love story is gonna get even more rocking. Loved the Lafayette-Jesus part, Sam struggling with his past and trying to cope with the new found family. Hotshot storyline is far better in the books. They should have adopted it straight from them and hate the fairy tale stuff. Love Eric and Pam as usual. Bill seemed wow until the fight with the queen. It could have been shown to be more sophisticated keeping with the essence of the show. And, Russell as always is a delight to watch and I am sure that he would be back in the next season. Can't wait for witches to come on. And, want to see Sookie and Eric together finally!!!

    September 13, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  119. Mrs. Northman

    I have to admit that the finale was okay. It wasn't great! Although, the entire third season has been the best! I can agree that some of the characters from the book are more exciting than the show (i.e. Claudine). All in all, I have not been too disappointed! I am hoping that Alan stays true to the plot line in Book 4, which was my favorite book to date! I just can't believe that we have to wait soooo long for the next season! 😦 Boo! Team Eric!

    September 13, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • RS

      @Mrs. Northman I agree about the long wait until season 4. And I'm definitely on board for Team Eric. I'm also Team Pam as well since she's a part of Team Eric. That girl is a trip. I loved in the 2nd season when Eric taunted her after she ruined her cute pumps by saying "Those were cute shoes" and she gave him that "Eat s- !" look. I'm starting to read the first book (I've been snapping up every single one I can get my hands on), and from what I've read it's been amazing. This show is so addictive !

      September 13, 2010 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  120. mjski

    OK, I suspend disbelief when watching a show about Vampires, but I like to at least see constancy. Godric, who was younger than Russell burned up in the dawn hours within a couple short minutes, yet Russell, in the heat of the day, slowly simmered for quite a bit of time with only some charring. I thought the older they were, the faster they burned? Other than that, loved the show.

    September 13, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • ahifcbn

      just pretend sookie's blood made them last longer if you want consistency. ;P

      September 13, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Muggi

      Fairy blood.

      September 13, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • mrsmarvel

      Godric hadn't fed in days, Russell had Sookie's blood minutes before, and magic blood at that.

      September 13, 2010 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • VampFan

      But, did Godric have Sookies blood in him? While her blood doesn't allow them to be in the sun all the time, it definitely slows the burning process.

      September 13, 2010 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • OldGil

      Or how about the fact that Eric and Russell practically drained her to go out in the sun, then after they almost fried she had blood to fed Eric again....

      September 13, 2010 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      she had blood to feed Eric because she had just fed from Bill, remember???

      September 14, 2010 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Saej

      I always felt that Godric had found redemption. When he greeted the sun that morning, he was changed to pure light.

      September 14, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  121. Miss 808

    This is by far the best recap I've read so far. Funny and to the point. Plus the author is the only one observant enough to connect the creepy doll back to Summer.

    September 13, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  122. Grogin

    It totally sucked. Nuff said.

    September 13, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  123. Allie

    Such a fun show! I can't wait for next Summer- d@mn you, Alan Ball! (and thanks 🙂
    I'm bummed to see sweet Sam turning so mean (you had to figure he seemed a bit nice for growing up as he did- but I loved him all the more for that reason). And so alarmed to see Tara go! It can't be for good- that actress, Rutina, is too perfect and I hope she gets a solid chunk of storyline next season... Love the new developments with Lafayette, too! He's my fave, and this new witchy thing means we should get more Lafayette- always a good thing! Jesus better be good to him... And Jessica and Hoyt- too lovely, they're doomed, the poor things. Oh, you guys- the loooong, dark months ahead of us... Sunday night is back to being any old night for a while 😦

    September 13, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  124. cdwarner

    I thought the Season 3 final episode was 5 times better than the Season 2 final episode.

    September 13, 2010 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  125. Grobil

    I am a die hard fan of True Blood and all this books but I have to say this season finale was terrible!! Anna Paquin's acting kept getting worse as the episodes went on, but the finale was the culmination of it. Then you have Calvin Norris, who is a pretty important character in the books, who they made into a redneck junkie and then killed off. Then you have the way they have started to introduce the Fae. Its been very disappointing to see the way Allen Ball has started to ruin some of the characters from the book. The show had a really great feel to it in season one , but it has somehow lost it and become cheesy (the way the fight started with Bill and Sophie Anne at the end). I will keep on hoping for a better season 4.

    September 13, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marty

      I watched the first season first and then started reading the books, and I think anyone who watches the show first will be with me when I say the books SUUUUUUUUUCK!

      September 13, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  126. Cyndi

    I dont think Sam shot Tommy. I am really excited to see what happens to Jesus and Lafayette and Arlene and the baby.
    Season 1 Finale: Awesome
    Season 2 Finale: AWESOME!!!!!
    Season 3 Finale: Blah

    September 13, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  127. Krystin

    I was glad to see Alcide come back! He is a MAN! I hope Tommy doesn't actually die because I liked him, I think Sam needs some family!
    Is anyone going to start watching that Boardwalk Empire show that starts up next week?

    September 13, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  128. RS

    I find it strange that no one is mentioning Bill being able to mimick Eric's voice. Where did that come from ? I don't think Bill's entirely bad, because if he was I don't think Claudine would've helped him by telling him about Sookie.

    Alcide will be back in season 4, I saw the video footage where they announced that, and fans that were there for the Q&A went nuts. He's supposed to become a regular.

    I want to see more on Pam. The girl is crazy ! I just love her as much as I love Eric. She's just so intriguing, so cold & calculating, and yet she has a soft side that is rarely seen (remember when she cried over Eric's talk of his possible impending doom ?)

    And hopefully Sookie and Tara get a chance of bettering themselves. Tara with her getting out of Bon Temps, so that she can strengthen herself, and Sookie heading to the fairy realm. Maybe there Sookie can improve upon her abilities and then be able to get her life back in order.

    September 13, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • cherie

      the only problem with the logic about Bill not being all bad because Claudine helped him, is that it's Bill who said that Claudine helped him. Why should we believe his word at all?

      September 14, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  129. Toots

    One more thing...I have not read the books but would like to start. Where did season 4 end as compared to the books? I don't really want to start from the beginning even though I know the books are much different.

    September 13, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marty

      Book 3; It's been with the seasons so far.

      September 13, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • rob

      I have read all the books and can tell you... the ending of book 3 and the ending of season 3 are not even close. In reality most of the storyline is vastly different from the books – Season 1 of True Blood was fairly close to the book but it ended there.

      September 13, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marty

      Sorry, I answered that for Season 3. Who knows what season 4 will cover.

      September 13, 2010 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • cinders23

      Give yourself a treat and start with Book 1. It's fun to compare books/TV. Charlaine Harris's style of writing took me a little bit to get used to and now I love it! She has lines in her books that have me laughing out loud! I've read all ten books and have not been disappointed. Keep your mind open as you read, they are different from Alan Ball's interpretation.
      (For example, I prefer CH's take on the Maenad over AB's overextended version!) ENJOY!!!

      September 13, 2010 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  130. Toots

    What a cold winter it's gonna be without those cold hearted vamps!!! The doll in Hoyt and Jessica's house freaked me out! I love hating his Mamma Maxine though. Sianara Tara! Lets see some matress dancing with Sookie and Eric. And witches??? Bring it on!

    September 13, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  131. TBFanatic

    I'm a TB fanatic, read all the books and i hate to say it but last night's finale was not a real finale to me. I was wondering when the witches were going to get brought in and i realize with the show enhancing characters, things won't follow the book storyline. But i agree with everyone, Jason/Crystal has to be the worst storyline and killing Calvin???? I know Alcide should return (yummy). I hope they hurry up and speed along when we get to Sookie and Eric. I mean who out there does not want to see them finally get together! I just hope season 4 will have more on the edge of your seat shows than the bland finale. I like Sam, he's always the softie but i like them showing him with more human qualities (showing him angry). I know we haven't seen the last of the fellowship and i mean really, why didn't they just stake Russell? I thought the whole diabolical laugh and pouring Russell's man down the garbage disposal a bit overboard lol. i mean she should have put it out in the sun when he asked her to save him. i would have let him burn.

    September 13, 2010 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cari

      Yep! I agree with you on this one. I am so bored and disapointed with the whole Jason/ Crystal branch-off. It's weak, and making the show more complicated than it should be. Not sure what I think about Tara anymore... I sort of still like her, but she's always acting like a shivery little terrified animal (when she's not putting on her front). Watching her stand around quivering all the time is getting old. The thing that made the finale dumb for me – was the way it ended. LOL. Ok, I know vampires are supposed to have super-human powers. But the way they sort of lifted off the ground... dangled there for a couple seconds, and THEN flew at eachother.......... wierd. I laughed because I could almost see the strings they were hanging from. 😉 I'm one of those on and off fans. There are parts of the show that really draw me in. And parts that make me say, "why am I watching this?". But I'll keep watching next season to see where the story evolves.

      September 14, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  132. Nikki

    I am a Trubie to my core and the very fiber of my being and I must say, this finale fell flat. Season 1 ended with the Renee saga...Season 2 ended with a horn through the heart of MaryAnne, so of course I was expecting a little more than a Jimmy-Hoffa/Angel style burial for Russell. The things men do for the women they love...that's clearly the motivation behind Eric's big reveal and although I agree Bill should have told her, the question is – when is there ever a good time to say "I met you under false pretenses and I had some people beat the crap out of you, but that's all in the past and I really do love you." Nobody would buy that, coming from Bill or Eric or anybody else. It is what it is.
    I think Sookie should taste a little wolf for a while...but the thing about her hearing thoughts can't be blocked out with a werewolf, so that could pose an issue like it has with countless other men in her past. But I guess this answers that question from the last 2-3 episodes "Why can't I trust Bill?"
    I want Tara to go and find some peace...she was always so angry all the time, long before the abuse Franklin subjected her to. Meanwhile, I have the Vampire Diaries to tide me over until Season 4.

    September 13, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • JohnRJ08

      I would like Tara to leave Bon Temps and the show altogether. I am bored with her incessant whining and self-pity. The only character that has really been worth watching this year was Russell.

      September 13, 2010 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Name*ireland

      I agree.. I want tara and her self pity to be gone.

      September 14, 2010 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  133. im_me1212

    Reuben is one of Eric's hired hands... or was until Pam killed him!

    September 13, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  134. Ladell8

    I believe he said the name Reuben. Though I don't recall us meeting a a Reuben all season so that was just a throw away since pam killed him anyways. good grief. I can't wait until next summer. get to the Witches!!!

    September 13, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  135. hsq

    I'm with PF, who did Bill call to have Pam taken out.

    September 13, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Priscilla

      Bill called one of Eric's hitmen and in Eric's voice (I must've missed the episode where we learned they could do that) he ordered the hitman to kill Pam. Pam and Eric have a conversation about how she had to kill the guy when he showed up, 'cause she "didn't have time for that bu&&^$it" and Eric complained of being out a hitman.

      September 13, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ghoul

      the assassin that worked for eric was named reuben.

      September 13, 2010 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
  136. Proudlove_

    I agree with the majority of this synposis with one exception. I don't believe Sam shot Tommy in the back. If Season 3 shows anything about Sam's change in personality, it's that he's not coward but more "in your face". Only a coward would shoot another in the back and Sam is by no means a coward.

    September 13, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • JohnRJ08

      Sam shot the guy on the ground in the back of the head in that flashback. The behavior of the Sam character in the last three episodes has shifted too abruptly and made him totally unsympathetic. I also don't believe he would have put up with the behavior of his brother as long as he did if he was going that dark.

      September 13, 2010 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
  137. PMF

    Goooo Team Alcide. Like to see more of a storyline with him and Sookie. As for Eric,he is hot but annoying sometimes. Bill screwed up royally. Jason/HotShot, blah; Tara ok. Really interested in what happens with Jesus/Lafayette. So happy Jessica took Hoyt back. Looking forward to the witches coming into play next season.

    September 13, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ralph

      Don't even start this Team Eric, Team Bill, Team Alcyde crap. Leave that kind of junk for the Twilighters.

      September 14, 2010 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  138. Jen

    I enjoyed most of the show. The Hotshot part had better get better at some point or they need to drop it. I assume this is were Jason suddenly finds his legs and becomes a man, but still too bizarre and that Crystal character is either a terrible actor or has the worst lines ever. The whole Eric/Bill/Russell/Pam and the cement was awesome! So happy Eric got out and Pam was not killed. The show would lose so much flavor if they were gone. I will say, I still enjoy Russell for his terrible ways. The ridiculous in the air fight and fairy reunion felt more like "Oh crap, we still have 10 mins to fill how should we leave it?" I find Tara constantly freakin out or crying terribly annoying, but I do enjoy her most of the time. I don't like the new "Don't cross me" Sam. Alchide....more please...Layfette as always, more.

    September 13, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  139. drew

    It was fine as a regular episode, but not a good season finale. There were too many separate stories. They should narrow their focus to fewer plot lines. Or make a longer season.

    September 13, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  140. glc

    I could have done without the Jason / Hot Shot storyline this season. It was very weak. Not liking the new Sam. He was one of the good guys and now he's not. Alcide ... YUM ! Poor Talbot, he just can't catch a break. Love the Jesus / Lafayette teaser. Love the Tara teaser. All in all I give it an 8. It's going to be a long winter.

    September 13, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  141. Yani

    I too thought that the finale was bland– being a finale. I was so happy to see that Eric survived and was completely shock at the revelation that Bill is actually not so nice afterall. I was also happy to see Alcide come back and am looking forward to who Sookie will hook up with next!

    September 13, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Heather Joy

      I agree with everything you said ( although I don't think the finale was that bad..but it was a bit slow for the last episode of the season.) I think Bill is going to be out of the picture for a while..I really want Sookie with Eric..although Alcide and her seem to have good chemistry too. WOW! We have to wait now until forever for Season 4. I guess its time to watch the series again from Season 1...just to tide me over.

      September 13, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • JohnRJ08

      I thought the show was terribly written, with unintentional ambiguities that left me wondering what had actually happened. Too many side plots that were of no inherent interest, such as Tara's mother and the reverend, Hoyt and his mother, and Lafayette with his hallucinations. I didn't see any of those sequences being particularly interesting or tying in with anything else in the show. Having to watch Tara give herself a haircut was the final insult. The biggest disappointment of the overall season has been Jason. Last year, he was an important and interesting character, especially in the last two episodes. This year he has been an inconsistent mess..

      September 13, 2010 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Melissa

      I always thought there was something to nice about Bill. Never liked him much. At least Eric is honest about who he is.

      September 14, 2010 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
  142. FoxxyRoxy

    Great epi! I can't believe that I have to wait until next summer for my TB fix. As a fan of the books, it is always interesting to see where Alan takes the show but I'm worried. I hope Tara isn't being written off because even though she can be annoying, I love her character. I loved seeing Alcide and here's hoping that there is a lot more of him in the next season. Eric is still hot even covered in concrete and Pam is as awesome as ever.

    September 13, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lawgirl

      I'm glad to see that new spunky "grind that stuff down the garbage disposal" Sookie. This is more like the Sookie that appears in Charlaine Harris' books, not the milk toast that has been around for the past two seasons. Bring on more Sookie like that!

      September 13, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  143. KC

    I found the finale to be a bit blah, but that may have more to do with the ending than the episode as a whole. Loved the Hoyt/Jessica storyline, not so sure about this new Sam, don't care for the Hotshot storyline at all, glad Sookie finally kicked Bill to the curb. Here's hoping the fall/winter/spring pass quickly!

    September 13, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anthony

      I thought this finale was more of a begining to next season. As one who reads the books, the first 3 seasons were sort of going along except for this episode. This episode shows some of the true nature of characters along with the books, example Bill and Eric role reversal. I can't wait to see how the make the full transition next year.

      September 13, 2010 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
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    • Kathy B. chicago

      I read all the books and the story line is altered. Actually if you think about it all the charactors have turned darker in nature. I was disappointed in the finale, it just seemed like a normal episode no shocking cliffhanger or new twist. One of my favorite charactors is Pam but I'm still a huge fan no matter what happens and all I have to say about Eric is "YUM"!

      September 14, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric H.

      I have read about Sookie's actions at Fantasia in regards to Talbort's remains and how she is acting and every writer is puzzled by this. The answer is obvious, her fairy friend warned her of the vampires trying to steal her light, Sookie's actions with Talbort is a sneak peek of what Sookie will become if she stays with a vampire. I think Season 4 is going to bring Sookie to a crossroads where she will have to decide whether to stay with a vampire or not. This is most apparent at the end of the season 3 finale when Sookie leaves with the other fairys. Season 4 will start with a full explanation of the dilemma that Sookie will be faced with. I also believe that we will see Hoyt be turned at some point in Season 4.

      September 15, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rexxus

      Simply stated, the disappointing finale was a fitting end to the whole dismal season.

      Over the course of twelve episodes, each of the major characters has devolved into an entirely different character (i.e., "I don't know who these people are anymore!") making the storylines, backstories, and character development of the first two seasons completely irrelevant. In effect, True Blood has "rebooted" into a whole new show unrelated to what has gone before.

      In retrospect, the series jumped-the-shark when we learn that Bill was kidnapped by werewolves (an undeniable "Twilight" moment), and the rest of the season just confirmed that the writers had no idea where to go after the end of Season 2.

      I will not be back for Season 4 (and *seriously* doubt True Blood will ever see a Season 5). Thankfully, Mad Men is back in full swing, Sons of Anarchy is off to a good start, and Breaking Bad will start again next year...

      September 17, 2010 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |

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