True Blood Announces Final Season … Praise Lilith!
Yesterday, Michael Lombardo, president of programming at HBO, dropped the hammer. He announced that the upcoming season of True Blood, its seventh, would be its last. And while I’m sure that many fans let out a collective groan at the news, the rest of us celebrated and sent praises up to our deities of choice.
I haven’t been a long time viewer of the show. I’ve caught a few episodes over the years, and I never understood how people kept watching and were so addicted. We’re talking about a show whose character types include vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters, and fairies.
So, two seasons ago, I gave it a try. The result? I still don’t understand why anyone thinks the show is good, but it at least became enjoyable to watch the nonsense unfold and guess at which ridiculous plot twist would pop up next.
Plotlines have consisted of that time that Lafayette became a medium, began talking to spirits, and he and his boyfriend started having mystical lucha libre masks. There was also the vampire-fairy hybrid that has the ability to read other people’s thoughts, blast them with power balls, and walk in the sun. And who could forget when one vampire, due to guidance from the vampire Bible, drank too much vampire god blood and became a vampire god himself, complete with premonitions and visions of naked bloody vampire women as his guides?
Kidding aside, the show does have its redemptive points. After you get past the excessive cursing, violence, and nudity, there are characters that you can care about. The show attempts to embellish on the character flaws that each person contains, and they get points for that. And the show has also dealt with sensitive subjects deftly, such as the effects of military service and parental issues.
Still, the bright spot of this show has always been Lafayette. He is that character that always has the perspective you the viewer has. When people enter headfirst into dangerous situations, he opts out. When people say something stupid, he calls them on it. And when the plotlines converge into a hot mess, his one-liners put the exclamation mark on the stupid.
But even with all of this working in their favor, I still say good riddance. The writing is terrible, most of the acting is overdone, and the storylines aren’t even realistic. I know there are a lot of people out there that love this show, but I’m sorry. Honesty really is the best policy.
For those of you that are already going through pre-withdrawal symptoms, cheer up. Even though your vampire soap fix is going away, this final season is bound to be one for the record books. They’ve had crazy witches, vampire hepatitis, a fairy circus hidden behind a portal in the middle of a field, and vampire internment camps. I don’t know how you top those things, but the minds behind True Blood are sure to come up with some doozies.
Either way, this will be the swan song for Sookie Stackhouse, Bill Compton, Eric Northman, Alcide Herveaux, Tara Thornton, Lafayette Reynolds, and the rest of the crew. And I can toast to that.
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