Awesome tease. Awesome let down
With a show like True Blood – or any large ensemble cast for that matter– I expect that there will be things that work for me and things that don’t. Although I may not like every particular storyline, generally speaking the last few episodes will pull things together into a cohesive whole and create a satisfying conclusion. I think the overall weakness of the Authority plot and the number of questions left hanging over our head made that impossible to do.
Let’s take a last look at the major storylines in no particular order before I give my final overall grade.
Terry/Patrick/Arlene – Everyone should have heeded Rene’s warning and avoided this plotline like the plague. The actors did what they could with it, but there’s a good reason that it was probably the single most universally panned arcs of the season. True Blood writers PLEASE stop trying to make Terry and Arlene main characters. It does not one favors and takes screen time away from stories that need more development. D
Pam/Tara – I think everyone was pleasantly surprised at just how great this turned out. Pam is more popular than ever and Tara has gained a whole new legion of fans comprised of people like me who couldn’t stand her before. Brava. A
Russell/Steve – On some level we knew their return was a bit of stunt casting. While they found something believable to do with Steve, Russell wasn’t as lucky and I found myself missing the more menacing aspects of the character. Still, the pair provided some great scenes and it was nice seeing Eric finally get his revenge. B
The Obamas – On the one hand, this was one of the stronger multi-character arcs, especially for characters like Andy. On the other hand, there was a lot of convenient day-saving by Sam and Luna and that was when they weren’t rolling on the ground looking like right fools. B-
Jessica/Jason/Hoyt – Personally, I’m over this triangle. Without question, Hoyt got the sendoff he deserved and the storyline provided some of the most powerful moments of the season. It appears Jessica and Jason are truly done for, and I’m quite all right with that. A-
Lafayette – Needed to be done, wasn’t interesting at all. The grade has been saved by the return of classic Lafayette in the last part of the season. C+
Sanguinistas – All bark, almost no bite save for the rise of Billith at the end. The past few seasons it is the vampire’s story arc that has brought everyone together at the end and though this did it in numbers, it didn’t do so in spirit and as a results, the season never quite came together. C
Alcide and the werewolves – The only interesting parts involved non-weres and that’s never a good thing. C-
Overall although the season did some things right, taken as a whole the season was just decent. Most of the episodes were okay, few were truly great and as a whole there weren’t that many moments that you truly want to rewatch. As a whole this season is just kind of forgettable which is why I’m going with a final score of C+
It’s been fun doing the fangover and I hope you enjoyed reading it!