ORIGINAL POST: MAY 10, 2014
Sorry to rant & rave—but a question has been on my mind for a while.
When it comes to True Blood: Should I take a last bite?
I’m serious…should I? Should I watch Season 7 at all?
I love True Blood. I’ve written multiple stories for its world. I was hooked from the first season. After a few episodes (even before I saw Eric), I bought all the books that were then available–I think through Dead and Gone (if I remember right)–and I devoured them.
Hell–I’ve paid for HBO for six summers b/c of True Blood!
I loved the promise of Season 1, and–even though we saw him so little–I loved the Viking. He wasn’t the only reason I watched, but he intrigued me. And the potential between the characters of Eric and Sookie was so potent. (Confession: my crush for A Skars didn’t begin until Season 2–it was the shorter hair for me.)
Anyway, I didn’t hate Bill, but–after the scene with Malcolm’s brood–I’ll admit that I didn’t want him to end up with the show’s heroine. Would Eric have let other vampires paw Sookie like that? Um–no. Thus, I was quickly Team Eric/Sookie.
Season 2 (despite the fact that the Maenad thing got a little tedious) met expectations–and even surpassed them in some ways. I was not mad when Godric was made Eric’s maker, which departed from the books. In fact, I didn’t mind the changes from the books because I enjoyed what I was seeing–THEN. And I understood the desire to make things fresh.
I embraced Russell as a villain in S3, though I always liked him as a “somewhat” amusing and mostly “benevolent” vampire in the books. I didn’t like the portrayal of the fairies….but I lived with it. And the build-up to that Eric/Sookie kiss? Well I was at the edge of my seat and cheered when that Fangtasia office kiss occurred.
Season 4 should have been better, but it was always “doomed” a little–for me–because book 4 was my favorite book. The Eric amnesia storyline eventually fell flat b/c Eric remembered everything, but Sookie still didn’t give him a chance. Huh? What’s a vamp gotta do? The whole last episode of that season just seemed like a slap. It said this: “Let’s placate the Eric/Sookie fans by giving them an obligatory storyline. But after that, let’s rip that whole relationship apart.” Yes–it felt like a slap. And it also marked a much less “thoughtful” Sookie in my mind.
Season 4 also marked the last real “contact” the show had with the books, and I really think that hurt things. As annoyed by the books as I was by then, there was still so much richness to be found in them: Rhodes anyone? Sadly, killing Sophie-Anne and then installing Bill as king–instead of sending him to Peru, which is where he really should have gone for a while–took away so many possibilities. Hadley as vampire. Amelia. Octavia. Heads used as bowling balls. Felipe and Victor. Even Quinn as a foil. (Instead we got WARLOW? Huh?)
Still–I had hope–for part of Season 5. But with Lilith, they jumped the shark.
Still–at the end of S5–I had hope again–hope that Billith might actually be an interesting villain in Season 6. I was a fool.
Thinking of Season 6 just makes me cringe. Too bad that the powers that be needed to “redeem” Bill and turn him into some kind of a martyr. Meanwhile, what was done to Eric (Willa? Lack of vision and strategy in dealing with Burrell? Swedish mountaintops?) just made me shake my head. A Skars did his best–don’t get me wrong. Those scenes surrounding Nora’s death were evocative and demonstrated his talent. I “almost” cared that she was dying b/c he cared–and that is saying a lot.
But only one scene between Eric and Sookie in season 6? What a waste!
Talk about a purposeful refusal to take advantage of your best assets!
Yes–I’m biased. I WANT Eric and Sookie to end up together.
But why is that? Because “their” story was always the “best” story–whether in the books or the show.
It’s that simple.
I wanted to read the “best” story. I wanted to watch the “best” story. So sue me!
Sadly, I really believe that both the author of the books and the creators of the show PURPOSELY moved away from the “best” story because they DIDN’T want to give the audience what they wanted. There’s a type of stubbornness in “insisting” that the story can’t go the way the majority of the audience wants because it’s what they want.
They might call it trying to give us something “unexpected,” but let’s call it what it is: the “odd” impulse in modern society to alter the most natural conclusion of a storyline just to be stubborn. “This is MY story!” the creator might say. “And it’s gonna go how I want it to go–not how YOU want it to go.”
Now–on the surface–especially since I write–I totally agree with the above statements! But–you know what? I don’t BELIEVE that’s what the creators of TB or the SVM stories really wanted. I believe that those creators decided to change the storied to RESIST the desires of the audience–again, out of stubbornness. I like to think they didn’t do it on purpose…but the consequence is the same. They are gonna leave a crappy taste in my mouth.
Thus–my question stands: Should I watch Season 7?
Here’s what I think is gonna happen, based both on what little I’ve read about the season (and I haven’t sought spoilers) and what I intuit about the creators.
1. Sookie and Alcide won’t last long. Alcide will get jealous (rightly) and Sookie will get nostalgic as she thinks about all her wonderful memories with Bill. I give them 2 episodes–at most.
Meanwhile, I will scratch my head trying to remember one real thing Sookie has to be nostalgic for when it comes to Bill. I will fail.
2. Ultimately, TB Sookie will end up with Bill. I’m guessing around episode 6–though the creators will try to “build it up.”
Meanwhile, I will shake my head and decide that C.H.’s vision of Sookie’s fate is preferable–for Sookie. Don’t even get me started on Eric’s fate in Ms. Harris’s world. (cringe)
3. Eric–because of fan pressure–will be back on our screens: a good thing. But–sigh–he will be underutilized and, ultimately, wasted (and not on fairy blood). I’m guessing that at the end of episode 1 (or 2)–after dealing with a bunch of shit we don’t care about–the show creators will show us a glimpse of him (probably still healing or afflicted with Hep-V). I’m guessing he will be off on his own–or maybe with Pam–for quite a while. We’ll get a new “love interest” for him, either in flashbacks or in real time, but I won’t actually care about her. And that won’t be because I want an Eric/Sookie ending so much. (I don’t even know if I like TB Sookie anymore, though I do pity her.) No–it’s because the creators won’t do anything that makes the new love interest “care”-worthy.
Meanwhile, I will place secret over/under bets with myself as I try to guess how many scenes Eric and Sookie will have together this season versus how many scenes Bill and Sookie have together.
Eric and Sookie: one——I’m guessing episode 8 or 9. It’ll be a “goodbye, Sookie Stackhouse. It was nice to know you” scene.
Bill and Sookie? At least one an episode…..not counting that obligatory reunion episode where there will be nausea-inducing sex between them. (I will remember that Rattray beating scene, the post-van attack “love scene,” and the “pop out of the grave” “love scene” and cringe.) And I WILL feel sorry for Sookie–no matter how frustrated I might be with her. She doesn’t deserve the fate of Bill. NO WOMAN does!
What happened to this woman?
Meanwhile, the infected vamps will be running a muck. And, sadly, they won’t end up being much of a “big bad.” So I won’t care about them.
We’ll get a lot of “wonderful” connection scenes as humans pair up with vampires, but all of these will fall flat following the Lettie Mae/Tara scene of last season. So I won’t care about them.
Tara will resent Pam. They might reconcile. Or not. I’m not sure if I’ll care.
Eric will ignore his responsibility to Willa. I won’t care.
Jessica will continue trying to redeem herself–while Bill will never admit that he was the reason why Jessica was tempted to start with. I will probably care about Jessica a little. At least she’s got a little honor in her.
Random things will happen to Arlene that I, sadly, won’t care about. I will (if I watch) run to the bathroom while those scenes are on.
Things will happen to Lafayette that I–even more sadly–won’t care about. (I’ll grab a refill of wine.)
The townsfolk of Bon Temps will rally together or “they will lose their town.” I won’t care if they do. Sadly, I’ll miss the Maenad.
Violet and Jason will continue their extremely disturbing relationship—-why? So that Jason can be punished for his past “tomcat” ways? Didn’t he get “punished” enough when he was raped in Hot Shot? How much does he have to suffer? I mean–I know he’s a little “dim,” but WHY? I’ll fast forward those parts b/c I can’t stand to watch them.
And—-of course—-a redemption arc for Bill–a nonredeemable character–will be shoved down my throat. I will close my eyes during those those scenes.
“I’ve changed. I still love you, Sookeh,” (or something similar) will be uttered by Bill so often that I’ll make a drinking game out of it. I’ll end up like this.
“I just don’t know how to trust you anymore,” Sookie will say–exactly one episode before she “gives in”–more like GIVES UP.
And–in the end? Sookie and Bill will be living happily ever after in the “newly rebuilt” town of Bon Temps.
And Eric will be off to seek adventure elsewhere.
The Last Scene for Him: I’m seeing him opening a “new” Fangtasia in Tokyo or something.
Sam will still be mayor, but I’m guessing his baby mama will be sacrificed sometime during the season. Sam will be committed to being a good father.
Alcide will meet a “nice” Were and settle down–always with a little regret that “Sookie and his timing was just never right.”
And the last scene of the show? Here’s how I see it:
Night. Sookie’s working at Bellefleur’s. Bill walks in. Sookie turns and gives him a smile. She walks over to him.
“I’ll be off in another half hour,” she’ll say.
“I’ll wait,” he’ll say, sitting in a booth (the first one he ever sat in in Merlotte’s) and giving her that constipated smile we all “love.”
So–yeah–I might be wrong about all of my guesses. But what frightens me is that this isn’t even the tip of the iceberg as far as how “bad” things could be.
And–here’s the really sad part. I am 99% sure that it won’t be “better” than this! And–in my head–I’m already preparing myself for the worst.
Five other things that I “prepare” myself for the worst for:
- dentist appointments
- day-long staff meetings
- dinner with my sister-in-law (the one I dislike)
- a colonoscopy
- an earthquake (I have my kit ready to go)
So? Should I watch?
Here’s something that I think is sadly indicative of the nonsense we will face:
Do you see the typo? “Take a one last bite?”
Um…..That should be “Take a last bite” or “Take one last bite.”
I know (or at least I want to think) it is a coincidence that this typo appeared in Eric’s promo. But it just shows a general lack of “care.”
I got a laugh out of it at first. I even put it on my homepage b/c it was so epically “fail” on the part of the TB people.
But……..it eventually just led me back to the question. Should I watch? Should I take a last bite? Should I take one last bite? Or–should I try to figure out how to take a one last bite?
Thankfully, the TB people eventually found and fixed the promo:
And A Skars does look handsome.
But I’m still left with the same question as before. Do I want a last bite–especially since I am almost positive it’s going to be a shit sandwich that I’m fed?
I’ve always been a glass half-full girl. Actually–no. That’s not true. My mom would tell you that I’ve always drunk the half-glass even as I’ve tried to figure out ways to fill it again. I think that’s’ why I write fanfiction–and why I will–in my own stubbornness–continue to write Eric/Sookie stories.
There are pros of watching: to see characters I still “want” to love–Eric, Pam, Lafayette, Jessica. Possible nudity from Alexander Skarsgard (yeah–I’m not above admitting to that).
But what if the creators continue trying to get me to dislike Eric? Pam? Jessica? and Lala?
And what if they show A Skar’s “junk”–just to burn it off again?