Rant: Should I Take One Last Bite?

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.)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

Best guesses:

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?

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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.

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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.

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“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.”

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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:

  1. dentist appointments
  2. day-long staff meetings
  3. dinner with my sister-in-law (the one I dislike)
  4. a colonoscopy
  5. 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:

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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?

 

 

 

 

One thought on “Rant: Should I Take One Last Bite?

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    theladykt says:
    May 10, 2014 at 11:59 am
    I’m asking myself the same thing. I haven’t watched S6 yet.

    McDoogle says:
    May 10, 2014 at 12:11 pm
    This is what i did to make myself feel better. I stopped reading in the middle of dead in the family. And around the middle of season 4 I stopped paying for HBO and went online to watch the episodes for free. Bonus i watch game of thrones for free as well. Then I read as much fan fiction as I can. 😉
    xoxo

    meridiean says:
    May 10, 2014 at 12:12 pm
    My reply? Will your innate curiosity allow you to NOT watch? If you can, then I’d say…meh. It’s not like there’s going to be anything this season that will grab you emotionally, but I sense plenty that will piss us all off.
    I foresee something even worse than the proverbial train wreck that we just HAVE to watch. I don’t think Sookie deserves to be stuck with whatever the hell Bill is now, but I can’t think that TB Sookie deserves Eric, either, and I could not care less about Wilting Willa or Bitchy Tara or Angsty Pam any more, and I sure as hell could not care less about Al the greasy dog boy or Shifty Sam or any of the other whiny denizens of that area. The past 5? seasons, I’ve only watched for Eric.
    Sadly, I figure after it’s all over and done, the entirety of his appearances this season will be found on youtube in a 30-minute compilation.
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    californiakat1564 says:
    May 10, 2014 at 12:16 pm
    Train wrecks = Season 7. It’s sad that it’s come to that now. The saddest thing is that–after last season–I’m not even sure that Eric deserves ME anymore. But—if it comes to that, I would muddle through. Take one for the team. Step up to the plate. Sidle up to the bar. Buy the handi-wipes.
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    meridiean says:
    May 10, 2014 at 12:26 pm
    Yeah, I know what you mean, but I’d still forward you a case of the best handi-wipes on the market. And some of those little drink umbrellas, too, because you never know.
    Head’s up, though: apparently there’s a shortage of chaise lounges to use when you SUNBATHE NUDE IN THE SNOW… *still head-desking over that bit of WTF’ery*
    Last season was TB starting their version of CH’s de-balling of Eric as far as I can decipher.

    fffbone says:
    May 10, 2014 at 12:25 pm
    I’ll watch it. I want to finish it out. I won’t buy the dvd’s anymore. To bad they messed it up.
    It’s because of this show that I found the books. Also all these wonderful people and fanfic.

    queenofareafive says:
    May 10, 2014 at 12:26 pm
    I won’t be watching it. I still haven’t watched the last episodes of season 6. Ashensunset gave me a play-by-play when we wrote our season six finale rewrite, lol. I’ll probably fork out and buy the DVDs next year just to keep my collection complete.
    I think it’ll probably end up being one steaming, stinking pile of horse shit. But at least we’ll have (hopefully) loads of new ideas to fix the clusterfuck once it’s over. Silver lining there.

    jc52185 says:
    May 10, 2014 at 12:29 pm
    Part of me wishes that I won’t watch but I will probably force myself to just to see how it ends – just like I did with the books. It’s almost like an OCD thing. I agree with you where the show kinda lost it – in the last few episodes of season 4. From the. It was so different from the books, which could have been a really good thing but the writing tended to fall short. All this build-up for rather anticlimatic ends to the plot points. I’m imaging that the vampire virus will be along the same lines.
    It wouldn’t surprise me if Sookie ends up with Bill. I think that will be what ultimately happens. But I can see them ending it with her with either Sam or Alcide or even someone new or having her be alone as an independent Sookie. I just don’t see any option really happening in a satisfying way for the viewers and that’s where the writers really lost it. It’s where the books lost it. It’s the ending CH wanted but it still could have been done in a way where the characters felt like they were the ones we have read for years. Instead, the inconsistency in just about everything killed it.
    At least it appears like TB will be consistent. Bill does horrible things and yet is constantly redeed as the good guy. And most of is just continuously sit there and shake our heads at it.

    sabigr says:
    May 10, 2014 at 12:33 pm
    Eric gets HepV – There have been fan pics from the set and Askars makeup has the purple veins on his chest. CH copped out on her own characters – I won’t expect HBO to do any differently
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    californiakat1564 says:
    May 10, 2014 at 12:39 pm
    Oh what a plot twist…I wish I could say that without the sarcasm… Maybe Eric can “lead” the zombie-vamps! Oh–and then Bill can be the one responsible for the cure! Yippee! I can’t wait……
    [[[rolls eyes]]]

    stephlyra says:
    May 10, 2014 at 12:38 pm
    boycott of season 7 and get the word out, otherwise if in the success it is as if you said they’re right. Normally, according to him, he will not love story with Sookie. Neither Bill or Eric. But from the beginning we can see clearly that the relationship anna / stephen influence on the relationship Sookie / Bill. But how do their realize that Bill / Sookie, this is not Anna / Stephen? Automatic translation as always.
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    californiakat1564 says:
    May 10, 2014 at 12:41 pm
    Well if Anna and/or Stephen “need” for Bill and Sookie to be together in the end in order to feel good about their relationship, then….that’s sad. Hopefully, neither of the actors was involved in the decision. That’d just be….sad.

    Lyndel says:
    May 10, 2014 at 12:41 pm
    TL;DR? every rant needs this.
    I would rather watch Teletubbies sitting in a brainwashing chair with my eyes forced open for 72 hours straight than watch the last season of True Blood.
    Even Skarsporn couldn’t make up for the heaping pile of scheisse it now is.

    padore says:
    May 10, 2014 at 12:42 pm
    I have already promised my husband that I will be canceling our HBO after this season. I have invested so much of my time and well, anger, that I am determined to complete the train wreck. I agree with you on all the points you so correctly made – especially the first bit. I understand artistic license and that a written work is like an author’s child – HOWEVER, as a reader (at least in the first few books) I was introduced to a wonderful, strong character whom I could not help but to love. He, although dead, loved life and lived it to the fullest. He met his match and for a moment it was written in a manner that led me to believe that they would be together…until TB and the love between the characters portraying Bill and Sookie. It seemed that since the actors loved one another well, the characters should as well. I could not read the last book where Eric was reduced to basically a whiny, sniveling, quitter – that is NOT the character I had come to love. So, yes, I will watch it alone in my room with the door closed – my children need not hear the language that I am sure will come out of my mouth – especially when my sister calls me to “discuss” the show – yeah, she lurves Bill and Alcide – good times. Please, continue your wonderful stories of Eric and Sookie – this is where I go for my HEA!!!

    switbo says:
    May 10, 2014 at 12:53 pm
    Sadly, I think your analysis of how the season will play out is probably pretty accurate. I, for one, won’t be watching unless I read something that shows me the season is going better than I expect. I gave up about halfway through last season. I’m just totally disgusted with what an idiot Sookie is. No, not even an idiot, she is deliberately obtuse.
    I’m just sick of “Beehl”, who can do no wrong; and when they made Eric such a fool that was it just it for me. (And if I had to see Liliths’s blood We’re supposed to believe that a man who has survived for a thousand years makes such bad decisions? He wouldn’t have last 10 years with the decision making skills they’ve had him demonstrating!
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    switbo says:
    May 10, 2014 at 12:56 pm
    Crap, I’m not sure what happened up there, but that sentence in the middle of the second paragraph was SUPPOSED to say “and if I had too see Lilith’s blood coated bush one more time, I was going to hurl.” And then a closing parenthesis. Then carry on with the next sentence about “We’re supposed to….”
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    switbo says:
    May 10, 2014 at 12:57 pm
    To, not too. Ugh. I hate commenting on my iPad.

    saintsfan022010 says:
    May 10, 2014 at 12:57 pm
    I’ve decided that I will wait to watch until the entire season is done. That way I can binge watch, fast forward through the garbage I don’t want to see (Tara, Arlene, Violet, Andy ect..), and not prolong the agony over 10 weeks. Yep, Eric is going to get Hep V, but will they let it kill him or find a cure for him? Probably doesn’t matter. It disgusts me beyond words that Bill is being “redeemed” once again. The last episode of last season when Bill is being interviewed on TV and Sookie is looking at him all goo goo eyed made me about lose my dinner. That told me right there that they were going to put her back with the vamp who repeatedly lied to her, had her beaten, screwed around on her ect… ect…I don’t even like her character any more because it is ridiculous that someone can be THAT STUPID. I also agree that Eric will be used in token appearances because the idiots at TB didn’t think that anyone would MIND when they tried to burn him to cinders. Talk about being totally out of touch with your audience. Or maybe it was just that they didn’t care. Only when there was a tremendous uproar with fans threatening to boycott did he pull back, get Alex out of hiding in Sweden to sign up for gloried guest spots and try to appease the masses. Just such a shame that they have ruined this show from what it could have been. I stopped reading the books after #10 for the same reason. I could see the writing on the wall for E/S and that it would lead right to a puppy. In fact, I refuse to read anything more from CH at all. I get much more satisfaction from our little fandom and you very talented writers than I do from her or TB. Rant over.
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    padore says:
    May 10, 2014 at 2:15 pm
    DITTO!!!!

    magsmacdonald says:
    May 10, 2014 at 2:04 pm
    I stopped mid season 4. Don’t even have hbo so I vote no. I just enjoy my dream Eric, your Erics (and many others) the calendar kjwrit created on my office wall . . . Sorry got lost thinking about the calendar and my not so secret stash if Askars in magazines. All better than TB or the final CH books (didn’t read em).
    Good rant.
    Aaannndd. I’m still afraid to read the latest chapter of flame.
    ~ mags
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    californiakat1564 says:
    May 10, 2014 at 2:11 pm
    I’d be afraid too. LOL.
    Kat
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    magsmacdonald says:
    May 10, 2014 at 2:18 pm
    Sooo not helping.
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    californiakat1564 says:
    May 10, 2014 at 2:21 pm
    I promise to fix things—eventually. And I will give you hints. Stuff will happen. Then other stuff. Then bad stuff. Then good stuff. Then bad again. Then good. Sigh of relief. But then bad!
    But then good. And then bad & good. Helpful?
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    magsmacdonald says:
    May 11, 2014 at 9:18 am
    Helpful = NOT!
    Still afraid. I might have to wait for a while – I truly can’t handle these two being hurt – you made me love them both too much. DAMN YOU!
    Happy Mom’s Day if that’s your thing.
    M

    maithanroisin says:
    May 10, 2014 at 2:23 pm
    I’m wondering that myself considering the amount of awful season finales I have sat through in the last year (excluding Breaking Bad). Unfortunately curiosity will get the better of me and I’m hoping against hope that the negative reaction to season 6 finale will have kicked sense into the writers..
    As for those promos, they are not legitimate True Blood promos. they were made by someone on Deviantart not long after it was announced that season 7 was going to be the last.
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    californiakat1564 says:
    May 10, 2014 at 2:26 pm
    Well–at least that news about the promos is “somewhat” helpful….LOL. They should check for typos before posting though. LOL.
    Are there real TB promos? If not, that’s so sad. After all it’s the last season….Oh well.

    maithanroisin says:
    May 10, 2014 at 2:28 pm
    I’ve only seen the clips HBO have released and a few pictures from the 1st episode. No print promos so far but I don’t live in America so maybe there are some!?
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    californiakat1564 says:
    May 10, 2014 at 2:31 pm
    I haven’t seen any either. And I can’t really talk about typos b/c I’m sure I’ve left plenty. 😉
    The unofficial ones are nice though (other than that pesky typo). They are nicer than a lot of what I’ve seen from HBO over the years.

    ficlit78 says:
    May 10, 2014 at 2:32 pm
    It’s creepy. Your forecast of the upcoming season is EXACTLY what I fear is coming. It’s like one of those premonitions old ladies get deep in their bones. I too have wrestled against my curiosity, my good sense saying that I’m just setting myself up for disappointment. I think, in the end, I won’t watch. I think about how angryTB has made me for THREE YEARS, and I ask myself if this facial cum shot of a show can possibly be fixed in 10 episodes, even if everything goes exactly as I would hope. No. I don’t think so.
    I’ll wait until it’s done. If I hear it pulled itself out of its own ass, then I’ll go back. Otherwise, double fuck these people for killing my favorite couple. Fuck them for making me agonize for hours and hours over their fate, then shitting on me because I happened to be a fan who expected their love to follow its natural conclusion. I’ll live with you and all the others in this lovely fantasy land we’ve made.
    Love you guys.
    H
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    californiakat1564 says:
    May 10, 2014 at 2:38 pm
    I do love your way with words. 🙂

    McDoogle says:
    May 11, 2014 at 9:05 am
    Was thinking the the exact same thing!

    Snowf86 says:
    May 10, 2014 at 3:04 pm
    I feel exactly the same way. For myself, i dont have to worry about wasting money on an HBO subscription as i dont have foxtel (australian cable tv), last season I ended up just fast forwarding to Eric scenes and didnt care about anyone else at all really. I’ll end up doing the same thing again i think, just to satisfy my ASkars crush a little. The series had such promise in the beginning, it all went down hill after season 3. Why cant they give the fans what they want at this point?! Anyway, no matter what happens, i will always have a better time reading your wonderful stories, for as long as you grace us with your brilliance. Thankyou 😀

    nightfal29 says:
    May 10, 2014 at 3:12 pm
    You could always do what I will probably end up doing… watch on fast forward till a scene with ASkars.. pause …drool… play till he is no longer on scene.. fastforward till he’s back… repeat… Then wait till the much better fanfiction versions are written with a proper Eric Sookie HEA and sigh in relief!!!

    ericluver says:
    May 10, 2014 at 5:39 pm
    Ditto! But instead of fast forwarding, I’ll watch the “Eric” scenes (which I’ve been doing since the end of S3) someone posts on a page I follow on FB (while playing peek-a-boo from behind my fingers in case they *gasp* do something horrendous to poor Askars wee-wee again) Other than that? Yeah, I’ll wait for the MUCH better fanfic versions that sprout after what, I’m sure, will be a craptastic, rip-your-hair-out, yell-and-throw-things-at-the-screen, final season *sigh*

    msbuffy says:
    May 10, 2014 at 3:23 pm
    I canceled HBO last December to get my husband a college sports package so we could watch our nephew play hockey. I’d already decided before then that I wasn’t going to watch Season 7. Between what CH did with her “Coda,” which makes a very nice coaster btw, and the debacle that was Season 6 of TB, I’ve become so disgusted with all of it. I am so sick of lazy writing just to finish something in order to get out of it. AB has “Banshee” now on another premium network & that’s obviously where he wants to give his time and attention. The others who’ve taken his place? They’re worse than he ever was. From the start of the show, I’ve wondered and complained out loud about the different writers for each episode. With so many writers, why not give each main character their own writer to keep things consistent? Nope, can’t happen. So, as I said, I’ve had enough with the laziness & folks who don’t want to finish what they’ve started. I’ll be watching some rerun on Sundays at 9:00 this summer, and they won’t be reruns of TB. Everything about it gets spoiled anyway so it’s not as if you have to actually watch it to find out what’s happening. Someone will let it slip.

    Tynee23 says:
    May 10, 2014 at 4:18 pm
    And what about poor Alcide?,,, Thankfully we never met a Quinn. I never got the impression in the books that Sookie was easy but the TV series has sure made her look like a flippant Ho. She jumps from man to man with open legs. I will watch the last season in hopes of getting some small glimpses of Eric but I’m very afraid it will be Bill and Sookie all the way.

    maithanroisin says:
    May 10, 2014 at 11:44 pm
    Um, book Sookie Stackhouse slept with more characters than her show counterpart.
    Such Such double standard since Jason has slept with half of Bons Temps.

    Tynee23 says:
    May 10, 2014 at 11:52 pm
    Book Sookie had a longer time frame than series Sookie. She was in committed relationships with all her shags except Preston and he used his Fairy Glam to wrangle that one. Jason was a manho in the books too so they stuck to cannon there. Another thing about Sookie Book Vs Sooki TB – the yelling and the screaming. Blah!

    maithanroisin says:
    May 11, 2014 at 12:15 am
    Yes, but Sookie was in love with Eric in the show and she slept with Warlow in the heat of the moment after being traumatised discovering her parents wanted her dead. it was an act of self-loathing. Plus she’s in a relationship with Alcide now so just a typical 20 something year old bar the vamps and the weir glowing! ;D
    I can’t agree with your view that she is a ho but I will agree that her characterisation has been off. Especially how they had her going from being independent discovering who Warlow was to giving up and having to be rescued from becoming a fae-vampire. I don’t want tv Sookie to end up like book Sookie though since she became so closed minded and bigoted at the end of the novels.

    Tynee23 says:
    May 11, 2014 at 12:18 am
    I agree with you there. I would have prefered Sookie to end up alone than with Sam or with anyone really. I believed she was stronger than just settling.

    jules3677 says:
    May 10, 2014 at 4:55 pm
    I look at the True Blood & CH’s series this way; they write the plot into an unlikeabe corner. Its up to the fanfiction writers to get the plot right. As someone who has yet to see season six, waiting for the dvds’ to be released, I have read everyone’s reaction to it. Yes I’m concerned but HBO may be the one’s forcing the writers to write to their specifications as Allan Ball is no longer in the picture (pun intended). Really its like watching a car crash on the screen, you cannot look away. But you can change the ending in your own brain … then write about it. 🙂

    Karen says:
    May 10, 2014 at 5:00 pm
    I’m afraid it’s going to be even worse than you predict, but I’ll still watch it, I’m not sure why. Thankfully, I’m fully invested in Game of Thrones, so that makes the HBO subscription worth it.
    I just hope Alex keeps making good movies and gracing my computer screen. If anything, I’m grateful to TB for introducing me to him, if nothing else.

    Erica S says:
    May 10, 2014 at 5:19 pm
    I for one will not be watching. I didn’t even watch the last episode of last season I was so disappointed. Of course I did check out the infamous weenie roast on youtube though.
    I realized the relationship that I have with this show was unhealthy and emotionally abusive. It started off like most relationships do. I was immediately smitten. Every Sunday I excitedly counted the hours till I got to see it. When it went off I was left satisfied with a smile on my face, Then it all went to shit. It became obvious that It was trying to change me into someone I am not (a bill lover ugggh). It made no secret of the fact that It thought I was stupid ( how else can you explain the last few seasons). Instead of leaving me satisfied and happy I was just left feeling used and disrespected. Every week I would keep coming back hoping that this time it would really change and I would see the show I fell in love with. Than every week I was left cursing the tv saying never again, It is a little disturbing that I have this much anger and bitterness about a “freakin tv show”. I admit it makes me question my sanity a little..lol So for the sake of my sanity I am walking away. I suggest that everyone do the same.
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    ericluver says:
    LOL. I’m sorry, that has to be the best description of a TV show “relationship” that I’ve ever heard. I’m still snickering. Hehehe! (Come to think of it, it’s probably the best way to describe some of the relationship “relationships” I’ve been in *sigh*) 🙂

    ericluver says:
    May 10, 2014 at 5:51 pm
    Kat, you said it so well. I laughed, because it’s SO true, all the way through….then thought about it….then felt melancholy and just plain sad, because what you say IS so true *sigh*

    lostinspace33 says:
    May 10, 2014 at 5:57 pm
    Based on everything you wrote in this post, I suspect we may have been separated at birth. Nearly every word is something I’ve thought about the show! My feeling on whether or not to watch S7 is this, though: I will take every available opportunity to see ASkars, whether on TV, in a movie, or in person…though the latter is about as likely as a vampire sunbathing! If I could suffer through the entire movie Melancholia, then I can certainly endure the final season of True Blood, even knowing that it’s probably going to disappoint me at best, and infuriate me at worst. Watching Eric Nortman in action will be worth the pain. (Like you though, my crush on Alex in that role didn’t happen until he cut his hair in S2.)

    sjohnston3 says:
    May 10, 2014 at 7:05 pm
    I’ll admit I didn’t read others’ replies but I think a primary issue that has nothing to due with TB’s plots is that “Sookie” is married to “Bill” in real life, so he’ll stay on the show. I think this is the motivation behind many of the plots. What else is “Bill” doing in RL–singing/acting very badly in the “Sound of Music”? (And that was just embarrassing!) Anna P probably put her foot down, said we need to finance those twins, and keep “Bill” on the show, regardless of how ridiculous the plots have gotten. In the meantime, Alex is off in RL doing other projects and movies.
    So, I’ll probably watch season 7, even though it will be after the fact on HBO GO–I won’t renew my lapsed HBO sub for it. I hope it’s better than I anticipate but we’ll see.
    In the meantime, love your stories, CK, even if the last chapter of “Touch the Flame” was depressing beyond words! Thanks for your contributions!
    Susan

    gyllene says:
    May 10, 2014 at 7:28 pm
    I expect to be fully disappointed with True Blood and I think you are correct about what will happen. I personally think when HBO and CH signed a contract she made it a clause that Sookie and Eric cannot be together.
    I expect there will be a lot fanfiction written after the season is over and I look forward to how you will fix all their horrible mistakes.

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    kleannhouse says:
    May 10, 2014 at 7:41 pm
    i have really nothing more to add. i feel the same way as you… what to do what to do? KY

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    shoegirl01 says:
    May 10, 2014 at 7:51 pm
    TB season 1 is the reason I got hooked on the books and read them back-to-back. CH’s last books were a let down/rip off for her fans. Since TB is based on the books – why not finish the series like the author did and piss off the fans that have been there from day 1.
    I’m on the fence about watching the last season; could be that I’ll tape them and do a marathon/fast forward viewing to satisfy my curiosity.

    loretta412 says:
    May 10, 2014 at 9:57 pm
    you hit the nail on the head every thing you said I have been saying I am still wondering why they are canceling the show I will miss the show at lease we got a little hope the asshit writers would get it right i’m hoping does anyone know why they canceled the show

    askarsgirl says:
    May 10, 2014 at 10:11 pm
    Well I’m going to watch it, if only to ff to all the Eric scenes then ditch the rest. If Askars wasn’t involved with this show I would have never watched in the first place but since he still is I will suffer through to the end. I’ve already had one horrific series finale this year (How I Met Your Mother) so I think I’m prepared for this one 😉

    caraway seed says:
    May 10, 2014 at 11:23 pm
    I agree with your summary of the quality trajectory. To me, the real ‘uh oh’ moment was not killing Russell in the season finale of s3. It was SO illogical – that Eric would hunt a vampire for 1000 years (and not notice that he was essentially RIGHT NEXT DOOR for years, c’mon, is the vampire world so big?) and then not kill him is INSANE. Then the debacle at the end of s4, as you say, Eric retains his memories and still says he loves Sookie – and Bill had her beaten so he could manipulate her with massive doses of blood and Sookie is like ‘hm, can I phone a friend before I make a decision?’. And after the reluctant decision to turn Pam because it is such an eternal commitment to make a vampire, to suddenly turn Willa on a whim and then abandon her? ARGGGHHH. And the vampires are the only plot that is interesting and since s2, they always cut away to other stupid shite (maenad, whitetrash shifter/panther family drama, fracking Iraq ghosts or whatever that was with Terry – I love you and Arlene but WHO THE HELL CARES). And, and, and… no more.

    Kristin says:
    May 10, 2014 at 11:40 pm
    DON’T WATCH. DON’T FEED INTO GIVING THEM A RATINGS BOOST. Wait for the youtube videos of just the Eric scenes you could probably fill in the missing blanks. Wait for the illegal streams to show up online. Wait for people to post about or live blog what is happening if they are watching. Wait for the spoilers of people who watch illegally, but DO NOT WATCH. Don’t give the ridiculous messes and trolls of people that are in charge of and run this show the satisfaction of playing into their pocket. They fucked up, they fucked up so so so so so so incredibly bad, let them know it by not tuning in and letting their ratings bomb. It’s already the last season, they don’t have to placate fans to watch or play to certain people’s likings, they can do whatever they want. They already have and they will, you know they will ruin it. So don’t let them win, DO NOT WATCH IT IS NOT WORTH IT. Whatever you want, whatever you think “might” happen the suffering of actually watching is NOT worth it. So don’t watch and save yourself the heartache, and continue to write 413413093458923485029billion times better stories than the people that actually get paid to come up with this shit can turn out for us.

    asgardianangel says:
    May 11, 2014 at 4:28 am
    I agree with every word you’ve said along with everyone else’s comments. I gave up on the show halfway thru season 5, thoroughly disappointed in the direction. From what I read in blogs the rest of season 5 and 6 I’m glad I didn’t waste my time. I blame SM/AP as I find it hard to believe that their relationship hasn’t impacted on what the shows ‘creative’ people came up with. You’d think they’d learn their lesson from the reaction to DEA. They know the majority will keep watching so will regard the ratings as a success. Thank fcuk for fanfiction writing the wrongs.

    MistressCinder says:
    May 11, 2014 at 11:45 am
    Sooooo not watching! Last season was such a train wreck and it left a bad taste in my mouth…

    lovinthevamp says:
    May 11, 2014 at 3:39 pm
    I feel like I have to watch just to see A Skars for probably 5 total minutes but I am totally with you that it will be a train wreck. I will just have to rely on all my fanfiction girls to give me what I want – Eric/Sookie forever! There were a few things that I liked from TB that were not a part of the books – of course above all was Eric Northman – they totally got that right with A Skars. I also loved Godric as Eric’s maker but they killed him off way too soon and I liked that Sookie had more power than just the telepathy. I also liked that they didn’t kill off Lafayette. I could probably think of a few other things if I thought hard about it. I actually couldn’t finish the last two books because I knew it didn’t give me what I wanted but I feel like I need to watch season 7. Nothing else to watch on a Sunday night. I will read some fanfiction during the parts that don’t interest me – should be able to catch up on a lot of stories. Thanks Kat for all you do with your stories! Lisa

    Jonna says:
    May 11, 2014 at 3:50 pm
    Totally agree with everything you said. I am getting prepared for the worst season, and no E/S. Which is heartbreaking. But watch, you are paying for HBO anyway. LOL Then we can complain together how horrible it was and continue to enjoy fanfiction. Lord knows I will be surprised if they give the fans what they want.

    honulvr says:
    May 11, 2014 at 11:27 pm
    I think you are giving the writers way too much credit. The story line you came up with as their bad season is much better written than anything they could possibly do. I stopped reading the books because I couldn’t stand Sookie’s character anymore. I think CH has serious issues that she hates her own creations as much as she does. Then True Blood systematically ruined every character, I can’t even watch the Eric scenes anymore. I don’t care if AS acted every scene naked and with award winning acting, I still wouldn’t watch because they have made him so inconsistent. I hate their Sookie (whiney bitch), Jason (rape victim turned vampire sex slave??), Pam (whiney bitch), Tara (whiniest bitch), Bheel (yuck gross asshole shit yuck), Sam (confusing), LaFayette (huh?), Gran (not a good person), Claudine (in books sacrificed her life to save sookie, in tb we cheered when Eric ate her), Alcide (at least he gave us the only actual sexy sex scene last season). Then, the true blood writers didn’t think it was enough to make the main characters all inconsistent multiple personalities, they then decided to give equal screen time to all the other not main characters. The writing is so bad that they are making me dislike the actors that play them. Anyone that says they just watch the Eric parts? That is not Eric. What CaliKat and all the other wonderful ff writers write is the only true representation of what a 1000 year old, smart, warrior viking with honor would be. He would not be someone to turn a Madame who “forced” him in to it by slitting her wrists – he would have healed those topically with Bill’s blood and yelled at her that she clearly didn’t hear what he had just told her. He wouldn’t serve a King like Bill. He wouldn’t turn Willa and leave her. He wouldn’t have a child that has super vampire blood that is capable of turning someone an hour after their brain was blown to bits and then treat her like family. He wouldn’t be so careless as to let Russell live (I’m still not sure what happened there with Godric’s ghost). He wouldn’t have tried to save Bill from the authority after Bill had proven what a turncoat he is and he obviously wouldn’t be sunbathing nude on a mountaintop. How both CH and TB could have screwed up such potential in a character such as a 1000 year old viking warrior is beyond me. Truly, I will not be watching and I know I can do it because I got so fed up with CH that I stopped reading in the middle of a book.

    gwynwyvar says:
    May 12, 2014 at 4:10 am
    The line that had me almost lying on the floor laughing ‘Sadly, I’ll miss the Maenad.’ Perfect!@!
    I will probably do what I did for last season. Wait till its over, then skim through all the boring bits… Terry, Arlene, Billith. Took me half the time to watch it all … I own s1-4. But I can’t see myself paying money for any more. Much like the books.
    I’ll spend my money on buying every movie ASkars has ever been in. Even ones not in English.
    Good luck with holding off, if that is your choice. I probably won’t have the willpower. Heck, I even read the dang coda. My willpower is for shit! Lol

    sweetmg says:
    May 12, 2014 at 6:04 am
    I agree with your entire rant. I got hooked on TB right from the beginning … and had bought/read all of the available SVM books by the time season 2 started. Those S1 episodes kept me company in the wee hours of the morning, as I nursed my infant daughter. I hadn’t been hooked on a show like that since “Six Feet Under”. I thought it was fucking brilliant!!
    S2 and S3 saw me through my father’s illness and eventual death from a rare cancer. I would steal moments away from the painful reality I was living at the time, and I would indulge in some laughter at the genius that was Denis O’Hare’s Russell Edgington or KBVS’ Pam. I also ADORED Nelsan Ellis’ “Laffie”!!! What a scene stealer!! I just love those scenes with Lafayette and Eric! So freakin’ good.
    My ASkars fan girl status was firmly cemented by the time S2 rolled around, too. That is also when I discovered fan fiction– and for that, I will always be grateful.
    I hope that one day, a “tell all” book will come out, and we’ll be given a glimpse into the fuckery that has been going on over at HBO. The repeated changing of show runners has resulted in the one show I adore becoming nearly unrecognizeable. Those amazing characters …. phenomenal actors … intriguing story lines. There was so much promise and it seemed they had the recipe “just right”.
    In previous years, I couldn’t wait for the next season to begin. This time, it just feels like dread. Like someone I love has a terminal illness, and is going to die. And I can’t do a damn thing about it 😦
    In spite of how depressing that sounds, I will be watching S7. Simply because I can’t not watch. I will be hoping for the best, but keeping my expectations low.
    *sigh*

    sweetmg says:
    May 12, 2014 at 6:26 am
    PS – I follow several of the TB actors on Instagram and KBVS on Facebook. In the past, they would post photos from the set or post comments in anticipation of upcoming seasons, etc. Lately it’s been silent. Nada. Not a peep about anything TB related. Hmmm …
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    californiakat1564 says:
    May 12, 2014 at 6:45 am
    I’m thinking about watching and blogging about it–so that I can look at it with “separation.” At this point, I have HBO for Game of Thrones, which I like. I’m just hoping that they won’t screw that up.
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    sweetmg says:
    May 12, 2014 at 7:16 am
    I love GoT, too! I am really behind on it this season, though. Gotta get caught up. Real life is a demanding pain in the ass sometimes 🙂

    Jackie69 says:
    May 13, 2014 at 7:58 am
    Well I agree with what you have said Kat and with most of what was commented above I want only to say this I used to LOVE TRUE BLOOD , I waited anxiety every summer for TB to begin!! But this summer?? No way I prefer doing something else like going out with my sweet husband and my three wonderful boys…I started reading the books because AS was so talented it was after the Episode “I will rise up” that I ordered the first six books but around book 11 I got pissed off with Sookie and the excuse of her breaking the blood bond was so lame, not to talk about all the other stuff that happen in that book (like when she goes in Bill’s resting place COMPLETELY NAKED so gross ..in the end I think Ch hated her heroine cuz she gave her an awful fate (married with Sam mother of 4 kids) when she could have been more WTF she was a fairy princess!!!
    On tb I don’t expect a better fate for Sookie God only knows what the Writers will do to her !!Bill will never get what he deserves and Eric will infected by Hep-V like he didin’t suffer enough on this shitting show and for the rest of characters that I lòve? May they rest in peace… I hope that you as the many other talented ff Writers keep on writing beautiful stories about these two characters !!! Take care everybody..

    eaaustin85 says:
    May 13, 2014 at 2:44 pm
    after season 5 I stopped paying for HBO, because I was seriously pissed at Sookie for being such a dumbass(the writer’s for portraying as such) and started watching it online for free…I haven’t even attempted to buy/read the books. I could tell from the fan fiction that I read that I would hate that Sookie as well. But I will watch season 7 n get pissed at her stupidity n throw popcorn at my monitor again.

    eaaustin85 says:
    May 13, 2014 at 2:45 pm
    It’s like a train wreck you can’t help but watch

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