Warning. This review contains several spoilers about the seventh season of the TV show “True Blood”!
On August 24 the seventh and last season of the show “True Blood” ended.
The TV show “True Blood” is based on a series of novels written by Charlaine Harris. The story is based on the idea that vampires and other supernatural creatures exist but thanks to the creation of synthetic blood, the True Blood, vampires no longer need humans for food and came out in the open. The consequences are complex with humans who have fear of vampires and vampires who believe that coexistence with humans is impossible.
The series “True Blood” begins in Bon Temps, a small town in Louisiana, where Sookie Stackhouse, part human and part fairy, finds herself mixed up with the vampires of Louisiana. In particular, she meets Bill Compton, with whom she begins a romantic relationship.
Over the seasons, various plots were developed in the show that build the mythology of vampires and later that of the fairies with the presence of Rutger Hauer as an ancestor of Sookie and Jason Stackhouse. Other plots were focused on the love life of the various characters, especially Sookie. From the beginning, there were also erotic contents but the show is characterized by many factors, including those metaphorical. It addresses issues such as discrimination against minorities, drugs, religion, the influence of the media and others.
In “True Blood” sex is part of life and is shown as well as other complications experienced by the characters. Humans (heterosexual, homosexual or otherwise, they’re all in the same boat), vampires and other supernatural creatures are after all united in their difficulties with their relationships but also in the desire to find someone.
Personally, I was never attracted by the most romantic part of a series so I wasn’t passionate like many other fans of the show about Sookie Stackhouse and other characters’ love stories. Sometimes certain narrative choices seemed to me soap opera stuff, made only to have some fans who are more interested in the romantic side of the show argue about those plots.
In “True Blood” I particularly liked the building of the vampire mythology and the development of the stories of other types of supernatural creatures. I don’t think all plots turned out well, especially in recent seasons, but at least for a few seasons I think it was overall a really good show.
“True Blood” seventh season cast consists of:
- Anna Paquin (foto ©bladerunner0427) as Sookie Stackhouse
- Stephen Moyer (foto ©bladerunner0427) as Bill Compton
- Sam Trammell as Sam Merlotte
- Ryan Kwanten as Jason Stackhouse
- Alexander Skarsgård as Eric Northman
- Chris Bauer as Andy Bellefleur
- Kristin Bauer van Straten as Pam Swynford De Beaufort
- Lauren Bowles as Holly Cleary
- Nelsan Ellis as Lafayette Reynolds
- Carrie Preston as Arlene Fowler Bellefleur
- Deborah Ann Woll (photo ©Tomdog) as Jessica Hamby
The seventh season of “True Blood” was intended to close some stories of the protagonists. My impression is that the soap opera side was prevailing and the writers basically wanted to satisfy at least some groups of fans with choices that left me puzzled.
Sookie seemed to have finally found some sentimental peace together with Alcide but obviously it was just an impression. Poor Alcide was quickly killed off and forgotten as quickly by Sookie, who in a short time took again an interest in Bill.
The bond between Sookie and Bill is so strong that he’d rather die of hepatitis-V to allow her to have a normal life and have children. Bill’s death is all in all well done: he was never really happy as a vampire but when he dies he’s someway human again, as suggested by the fact that Sookie can perceive his thoughts.
Jessica’s story could’ve beeen very interesting but is a bit wasted. As a human, she was a teenager who grew up in a family of religious fanatics. Turned into a vampire in the first season, she starts discovering the world, is involved in the Bill’s adventuers and because of her inexperience she messes things up a lot. Her romance with Hoyt is chaotic and ends badly, especially because of her.
At the end of the show, Jessica reaches a certain maturity and meeting Hoyt again, when he’s back in Bon Temps on the occasion of the death of his mother, could’ve been an opportunity to have a closure with the past and move forward. Instead, the choice was to heve hare rekindle the relationship between the two of them with Hoyt dumping Brigette, his new girlfriend, without many thoughts.
Very hastyly, Jessica and Hoyt get married even though he doesn’t remember anything about her. The message is one of those that went through the whole show: their marriage isn’t legally recognized but love is love. It’s appropriate that Jason starts a relationship with Brigette, more or less a love at first sight.
The epilogue of the show is about as dull as possible: a leap forward of a few years and several characters along with various children born in the meantime with Sookie visibly pregnant. If you’re diabetic you’d better skip it and stop at the scenes with Eric, in my opinion the best character in the show, who along with Pam, the perfect companion for him, has become rich by selling “New Blood” exploiting Sarah’s blood.
I’m happy that “True Blood” is over because it really seemed that they ran out of ideas. I’ve never been a super-fan of the show mainly because of its soap opera elements but at least for a few seasons it was really enjoyable and going on would have completely ruined it. With its end, the memories will be mostly positive.