After seven seasons, the coffin has closed on the series known as True Blood. The series finale aired this evening at 9pm EST, as expected, it was a doozy. The show had some good notes, some sad notes, and some unexpected ones, but it’s what you’d expect from a finale, right?
This post will be long, since I don’t usually do recaps (and since it’s a series finale) and WILL have spoilers, so if you haven’t watched yet, you’ve been warned.
The show begins with Sookie and Bill. Bill starts out being nostalgic over the fact that they are in her grandmother’s house, where he first came to call on her, met her family, etc. Sookie has no time for reminiscing – she wants to know why Bill is so intent on dying. He explains to her that since he’s been sick, he’s felt more human than he’s ever felt, and talks of his wife and children, and how he should be with them. His whole purpose in wanting the true death is so that Sookie can be free of him and pursue a human life, complete with children – which she could never have with him. It all makes sense, and Sookie begins to soften as she grudgingly acknowledges his view. But then, here comes the kicker: Bill asks Sookie to use her fae light on him, giving him the true death which will also free her from the supernatural gifts that make her so appealing to vampires (which is something she’s been considering since last season). However, Sookie is angered by Bill’s suggestion (or maybe because she realizes that he’s really, really thought this through and it makes sense), and she kicks him out.
Back at Fangtasia, Eric has come to the same conclusion that fans have been thinking about for weeks: kill Mr. Gus. He compels Sarah to drink Pam’s blood so that Pam can feel her where ever she goes, and then they set her free through the tunnels. They tell Mr. Gus that Sarah has escaped, and while he goes after her in the tunnels, Pam and Eric kill the two bodyguards accompanying him. Then, Eric sets fire to the tunnel and Mr. Gus becomes nothing more than Japanese barbecue. Sayonara! Next stop, Eric intercepts more of Mr. Gus’ men as they attempt to kidnap(?) kill(?) Sookie, but they don’t even make it into the yard before Eric tears them apart. Sookie hears the commotion and goes to her window, only to find nothing but the sounds of a sports car driving away. Eric has stuffed the dead men in the back seat of their Fast and Furious car, and is bobbing his head to some electro music. Looks like someone’s in a good mood.
Sarah Newlin. Poor, poor Sarah. She was once one of the most popular women in America, and now she’s eating food out of garbage cans and pleading with Pam to turn her into a vampire. She even throws in that she’ll become a lesbian for Pam. How the mighty have fallen. Guess she forgot how she treated her poor husband when he was turned into a “proud, gay American vampire.” Pam is amused, until Sarah mentions Tara’s name. Then the tables turn quickly, and we see for an instant that Pam is really not over Tara’s death. No worries though, Pam tells Sarah that she’d never become her lover but that there is something she wants from her. Pam reminds Sarah that she hasn’t been vaccinated against Hep-V yet, and takes a bite of Sarah’s neck…
Jess and Hoyt arrive together at Bill’s house. Bill and Hoyt, seeing each other for the first time since Hoyt left Bon Temps, exchange pleasantries and Hoyt tells Bill he plans to stay in Bon Temps. Jessica interrupts their conversation to tell Bill that while she doesn’t want him to die, she will find a way to accept it and that she will be okay. As they embrace, Bill correctly assumes that Hoyt plans to stay in town for Jessica. In true man-doesn’t-think fashion, he asks Hoyt if his plan is to marry Jess in the future, which prompts Hoyt to make an impromptu proposal. Jessica whisks Bill away for a conversation where she tells him that although she is vampire, she is still a girl and has dreamed of how she would be proposed to and that what just happened wasn’t in the plans. Bill explains to Jessica that he never got a chance to walk his human daughter down the aisle, and with his impending death just wanted to make sure that she would be spoken for once he’s gone. This prompts Jessica to have a conversation with Hoyt about them getting married so that Bill can give her away. Today.
Sookie is sitting at the kitchen table and we get to see a flashback from when she and Tara were younger. They talk about Tara’s crush on Jason, and Sookie admits to Tara that she doesn’t have a crush on anyone, because boys think nasty thoughts and she doesn’t think she’ll ever be able to get married and have kids. Gram immediately comes in (Gram!!!) and berates Sookie for her thoughts, telling her that she can persevere over anything and have any kind of life she wants to have. Gram asks Tara to make sure that she holds Sookie to that if she isn’t around when the time comes. It’s a sad end to the scene, as both Gram and Tara are now gone.
Sookie goes over to Jason’s, where she meets Bridget (and is surprised that she didn’t sleep with Jason) and has a heart to heart with her brother. She tells Jason that while she’s always wanted a normal life, now that Bill has given her a way to get rid of her fae light, she’s not sure she wants to, or can. Jason receives a phone call, and the caller is Hoyt with a strange question (considering he had just punched Jason unconscious the night before). He asks Jason to be his best man, just as Jessica calls Sookie to ask her for a wedding dress. Looks like this wedding is going to happen.
Andy, Holly and Arlene arrive at the Compton place for the wedding (word sure travels fast in Bon Temps! No one is batting an eyelash!) Bill calls Andy into his study, and Andy realizes the extent of Bill’s illness. Bill reminds Andy that they are family, and since he cannot pass the title of his home to Jessica it will pass to Andy. He asks Andy to rent the home to Jessica and Hoyt for the sum of $1.00 a month, and if they should happen to forget to pay the rent, if he’s turn the other way. Andy smiles and tells Bill not to worry. It’s a touching little moment between these two characters.
Meanwhile, Jason and Hoyt have their own one-on-one pep talk, and it seems as though things are finally coming together for the once-best friends. Hoyt apologizes for hitting Jason, and Jason says “if getting hit in the eye is what it takes to get you back in my life, then I’ll take one every day and twice on Sundays.” Aw. Then, in typical Jason style, he makes a big speech and incorrectly uses the word “prescription” instead of “perspective” and just like that, a serious moment becomes light-hearted and it feels like old times again.
Wedding time! We get a glimpse of the bride, and she looks lovely. It really is a last minute wedding, so she doesn’t have the great, elaborate gowns we’d expect but somehow, her dress is perfectly simple. The ceremony begins, and Jessica is happy but scared at the same time; Bill makes a move to sit and Jessica panics. He reassures her that he is right next to her, and as he sits, something happens that hasn’t happened from the moment Sookie Stackhouse set eyes on Bill Compton at a table in the middle of Merlotte’s: she hears Bill’s thoughts. And they’re all the right thoughts: how much he loves her, how much he wants this kind of life for her (a wedding, kids, etc), and pleading with her to let him go. He had told her that the disease was making him feel more human, and it looks like he was right.
Sookie leaves from Jason’s house (after informing him that if he were to sleep with Bridget on the way to the airport, she approves) and heads over to Reverend Daniels’ church. She questions the Reverend about God and if he made everyone the way they are supposed to be, or if some of them (the supernatural ones) were mistakes. He assures her that a majority of the town knows that she has saved them time and time again, and he would not consider her a mistake. She then asks if she would be going against God if she got rid of her powers and became normal, and he gives her some very sound advice, “I believe we are all as God made us, but I also believe he doesn’t have to lead our lives, and he doesn’t have to walk in our shoes. What I’m getting at is, God wouldn’t have given us these amazing brains we’ve got if he didn’t expect at some point, we were gonna start using them to make our own decisions; to exercise our free will.” Sookie leaves the church, and it feels like she’s make some kind of decision about what to do. She calls Bill and tells him to meet her at the cemetery at sundown.
Bill and Sookie meet at the cemetery, and they exchange goodbyes. Bill climbs into the open grave where he should have been buried over a century ago, and Sookie brings out her ball of light. While looking at the ball, she comes to a realization: she thought she would be okay with giving up her light, but it is part of who she is, and that’s something she can’t let go of. She tells Bill that she can’t kill him with her light, but asks if he still wants to die. When he answers yes, she breaks the wooden shovel next to the grave and climbs in with him. They kiss, and she places the stake on his heart, but can’t bring herself to make the final move. Bill places his hands on hers, and very firmly, drives the stake in. And just like that, Bill Compton is gone and Sookie is left to cry her heart out in a coffin full of blood. RIP William Compton. (Boo!) It seems the show will end with Sookie leaving the cemetery, but…
…cue to a year later, and Eric Northman is doing a infomercial for New Blood, the product made from Sarah Newlin’s blood which helps to control the symptoms of Hep-V. After the somberness of Bill’s death, this infomercial was just the kind of comic relief needed to end the show on a high note (and Eric Northman as a pitchman? Who’d have thunk it?). Three years after the infomercial, and cut to the New York Stock Exchange, with Pam and Eric ringing the bell on Wall Street.
The following Thanksgiving, we see a happy scene in the Stackhouse home. Sookie is very obviously pregnant, which Jason is playing hide and seek with the oldest of his kids with Bridget. Outside, an SUV pulls up with Sam and his daughter. Meanwhile, at Fangtasia, we find that Sarah Newlin is still alive, down in the basement being sold to the highest bidder for her blood. $100,000 for one minute’s worth of drinking time. I guess Pam made good on her promise to turn Sarah into a whore – a blood whore. She’s also being tortured by visions of her dead ex-husband, Steve, which seems a fitting punishment for her.
The show ends on a happy note, with the main citizens of Bon Temps sitting down outside the Stackhouse home for Thanksgiving dinner. We see Jason, Bridget and their three kids; Arlene and Keith with her three kids; Sam and Nicole with their two kids, Lafayette and James; Andy and Holly and their kids; Hoyt and Jessica; Reverend Daniels and Lettie Mae; Willa, and even Jane Bodehouse is there with some unidentified man. And at the end, we see a pregnant Sookie give a hug to her husband, who we only see from the back. We don’t know who he is, but what we can see is that everyone is happy. The End.
Okay now, a few of my thoughts:
I think the show ended on a great note. It wasn’t overly depressing, and we got to see some closure with most of the characters we cared about. While I am glad that everyone ended on a fairly happy note, I am very sad to see that Bill was the only character to go. Although I understood his reasoning for wanting to die, I will admit that I openly wanted a happily-ever-after for him and Sookie.
Seeing Eric and Pam as infomercial spokespersons was hilarious, even if a bit corny. Our last shot of Eric was of him sitting on his throne at Fangtasia, and ours of Pam was of her being rude while making some money. We saw them just as we should have.
I must say, it was great to see Sam come back to visit. I was never a fan of the whole Nicole storyline, but it’s nice to see that he got his happily ever after too.
I’m glad that the show ended with all of the main characters being the focus, and not too many of the newer ones we’ve seen this season. Those characters were the reason we started watching, and the reason most of us stayed – even when the storylines felt wrong and the characters seemed off. It was a great episode to end a great show. Thank you HBO, and thank you to the people behind True Blood.