The fifth season of True Blood came to a close last night and as usual, many story lines were resolved while some were left for resolution in season 6.
With so much going on, it is probably easier to look at the finale by supernatural group.
Based on the previews for this week’s episode, I suspected that Russell would bite it pretty soon into the finale. Despite that expectation, I was still shocked that the popular character failed to make it past the opening credits. Russell joined Roman as one of the most highly-anticipated but ultimately disappointing aspects of this season. At least his true death means that we will no longer watch this memorable character go to waste. It was nice to see Eric finally get revenge for the murder of his family.
With Russell out of the picture, Eric assembled his family along with Sookie and Jason to go take on the Authority. By the time the group arrived, they really had only Bill and the Authority’s security force to defeat. Sam took out Ros (see below) and Bill betrayed Salome in his effort to proclaim his place as Lilith’s “chosen one.” Bill’s trip to crazy town was made complete when he drank the remainder of Lilith’s blood. I know this won’t please the die hard Bill fans but I was excited for the ten seconds when I actually thought the writers did away with Bill for good. I have no idea what is in store for Bill next season but I hope that his Lilith transformation means we will no longer have to see Lilith and her bloody merkin.
With a pitcher of Lafayette’s Cajun margaritas and this season of True Blood, you could have a serious drinking game. Take a drink every time you see Sam or Luna naked! Did anyone else think that the cages where the naked humans were held could not have smelled good?
Upon realizing that Bill was crazy town banana pants, Sam went into shifting overdrive to escape his captors, check-in on Luna and survey the Authority’s headquarters. How funny was the sight of watching Bill trying to catch a fly?
Luna shifted into Steve Newlin and was this close to getting away with Emma, until Ros demanded that Steve (Luna) go on air to do damage control after the release of the video of Steve and Russell’s Greek dinner. Given her previous issues with skin walking this season, it was no surprise that Luna not only shifted but she did so on live tv. Although Sam killed Ros, in what had to be the most clever yet gruesome vampire death ever seen on True Blood, the fate of the three remains unknown. It is safe to say that they very likely escaped but the prognosis for Luna’s health was questionable at best.
Alcide finally got control of his pack. The real star of the scene was the tight, sleeveless, v-neck sweater Alcide wore as he killed JD. Always the do-gooder, Alcide could stay in exile no more after learning that JD forced the wolves to drink vampire blood and raped young girls. His dad was the voice of reason, advising Alcide that you have to bring more than virtue to a fight with a werewolf jacked up on v. Although we never actually saw Alcide take his dad’s premium v, I think it is a pretty safe bet that he took a drop or two for the greater good. He made such easy work of JD.
I hope that Ricky does not have any lingering addictions to v due to JD’s force feeding. I can’t imagine that any True Blood fan wants to watch Alcide suffer through another girlfriend with an addiction.
After Eric killed Russell, we saw no more of the stripper fairies – until Maurella showed up at Merlotte’s. If childbirth for humans was as enjoyable as it was for fairies, the world would have a MAJOR over-population problem and a serious salt shortage.
The best part of this scene was the drunken commentary of Arlene, Lala and Jane. I really wanted to try that Cajun margarita! Good luck raising four girls on that sheriff’s salary, Andy!
Looking ahead to Season 6 of True Blood
The kiss between Pam and Tara was a long time coming. I’m glad that the tension between the two was not left unaddressed in the finale. Although I seriously doubt the two will live “happily ever after” next season, it is great to finally be excited about a story involving Tara and I love anything that involves more Pam. I also LOVED Jessica’s reaction. Even in the midst of danger, Jessica was still absolutely giddy by the sight of the two kissing and that was hilarious.
How amazing was her aerial attack at the Authority? Although I’m in favor of the Northman family expanding, I’m indifferent about Nora’s involvement in the next season of True Blood. Nora was definitely sheltered from aspects of vampire life because of all of her years spent rising to prominence in the Authority. I hope her lack of restraint does not bring trouble.
If Nora continues on the show, I hope that we no longer have to suffer through sex scenes with her brother. The two acted much more like actual siblings in the finale, which was way more engaging than watching the two having rapid-paced, incest-like relations.
The writers made such great progress with Jason this season. It was nice to see him be there for Sookie rather than watch the siblings off on their own going through horrible experiences, only to be reunited in the last few episodes. I loved his rapport with Andy and it was nice to see him finally flourish at something that did not involve sex.
It was disappointing to watch all of that progress undone in the finale. We’ve seen Jason hate vampires before and there was no need for him to be so cruel to Jessica. It is also disturbing that Jason is listening to hallucinations of his parents, specifically a mother who offered him oral sex at the beginning of the season. Although we know nothing of the Stackhouse parents, I seriously doubt that this is what they were like. Hopefully, as the truth of their death is revealed, Jason will realize that vampires are not the enemy.
Season 6 Preview Bonus
The bonus scene on HBO Go was pretty interesting. Pam, Tara, Nora, Jason and Jessica must still face off with the Authority’s security in order to reach the top of the building. As they travel up on the elevator, the group replenishes their ammunition. Jessica worries about Jason, Pam and Tara agree that they must survive so they can go on a date and Jason’s parents are encouraging him to take out the vampires traveling with him on the elevator. As they exit the elevator and begin slaughtering the security force, Jason comments “I’m coming for you Warlow.” Nora hears this, recognizes the name and asks what he knows about Warlow. End scene.
I am interested in seeing Nora work with Jason to figure out what happened to his parents. With the death of the fairy elder, Nora may be one of the few remaining characters (in Bon Temps) old enough to know anything about Warlow and the contract signed by Sookie’s family. Knowing Jason, he may develop feelings for Nora (or at least have sex with her), which will lead to tension with Jessica. I also suspect that it will be difficult for Nora to help the Stackhouses and keep her desire to devour Sookie under control. Until next summer!
Overall, the True Blood season 5 finale was pretty entertaining. What did you think? What do you want to see next season? Where do you think the real Steve Newlin went after Russell’s death? Sound off below!