Spoilers, darling. Spoilers.
The final season of True Blood begins right where season 6 ended: with the imminent attack on the good people of BonTemps by rogue Hep-V infected vampires. The showrunners are unforgiving this year and in the first 10 minutes of the show we lost one of our main characters in the attack. But first, a short sum up of where our characters are at right now:
The last we saw of Sookie & crew, the town was having a mixer to match up vampires with human lunch boxes in exchange for protection against the rogue vampires. Bill has offered Sookie his protection (which she rejected), and the other characters are slowly pairing off with normal, sane vampires. Tara reconciled with her mother; Jason has been steadily dating Violet the vampire for over six months; Sam and his pregnant fiancee, Nicole, are happy together (or so we assume). Alcide has cut his hair (much to my dismay) and is steadily dating our favorite fairy waitress, whose new boss, by the way, is Arlene Bellefleur.
Vampire Eric was naked sunbathing on an Alp, last we saw of him. He’s so hot he caught on fire. Cue the most horrible cliffhanger in history.
Truth Be Told
The first few minutes of “Jesus Gonna Be Here” are bloody. We see numerous vampires (both good and bad) being staked, and in the attack by the rogue vampires, Holly, Arlene, and Sam’s pregnant fiancee, Nicole, are taken by the rogues. The vamps leave before too many people die or are taken for a midnight snack, however. Because apparently the Hep-V infection leaves its victims with sizeable quantities of self-control.
When the dust settles, and the town is quiet, we hear one woman’s screams of grief for her lost daughter.
Now, I’ve had rather conflicted feelings about Sookie’s best friend since season one. I’ve loved her; I’ve hated her. However, her sudden death was perhaps the most honest the show has been in seasons: when someone you love is unexpectedly taken from you, there’s no cinematic build up to gently ease you into their death. There’s no melancholy score as they clasp your hand in theirs and breathe their last. It happens when your back is turned, when you’re not prepared, and it hits you like a punch to the stomach. Part of me wishes that Tara had gotten a moment of closure, but the writer in me appreciates the realism presented by such a quick, brutal, and unnecessary death.
I may even miss Tara’s excessive eye-rolling.
The past few seasons have focused heavily on Sookie’s growing fairy powers, but have, in my opinion, neglected her telepathy. Her telepathy is what got her involved with vampires in the first place, but has more often been treated as a convenience of plot than a characteristic of Sookie’s personality. This episode took baby steps to right this, as we had the townspeople once again ostracizing Sookie with their thoughts.
In true Sookie logic, she handles the situation by walking home alone through the forest because apparently rogue vampires don’t want to suck her drier than the Sahara Desert.
Sam doesn’t seem to highly concerned that the mother of his unborn child is missing, but then considering how quickly he moved on from Luna last season, perhaps I shouldn’t be surprised. Andy Bellefleur, on the other hand, heads out with Vampire Bill once he hears that his Holly is missing. He leaves his fairy daughter at home, with Baby Vamp Jessica guarding her (strange choice of babysitter, if you ask me) and off he goes on a moonlit manhunt with Bill Compton. While they are searching for the missing townmembers, they come across some humans who are of the “shoot first ask questions later” variety. These characters serve to clue the audience into the bigger picture–there is no help from The Powers That Be, because there probably aren’t any anymore. The people of Bon Temps and Shreveport are on their own, and I thought this was a rather clever way of bringing the focus of the show back to small-town Louisiana after a few seasons of having a larger scope.
Back at the Bellefleur mansion, Jessica and Fairy Child (What’s her name??? Adalyn Annie Adelaide?) have a little heart to heart. Jessica is trying to make up for her past sins, namely eating Andy’s other fae children, and I really think that Deborah Ann Woll is going to slaughter our hearts this season. Metaphorically (I hope).
Jessica defends the Lonely Fae against a rogue vampire, almost to the expense of her own life. The two girls end up saving each other, and there’s a lovely moment when the sun is rising when Jessica resists the urge to feed on the fairy.
Tell me that doesn’t look like the cover of a romance novel. I smell a new ship on the horizon…
This brings me to Jessica’s new vampire boyfriend, James. Now James has “adopted” Lafayette as his human/lunch box, which is an awkward situation to be in for both of them. The two act as if they’ve been set up on a blind date, which I suppose they have in a sense. They’ve each seen the other around town, of course. Lafayette knows James is Jessica’s significant other, and James, well, James knows Lafayette as the gay man who works as a chef at Bellfleur’s. Their first conversation is held a short while after Lafayette’s cousin and close friend, Tara, has met the True Death.
Lafayette admits that he can’t grieve for his cousin, not again. He admits that he’s relieved by it all. For me, this was the best scene in the episode, because Lafayette is the most compelling character on the show. He’s met with heartbreak (I still cry about Jesus). He’s met with prejudice. He’s met with death. Through it all, he remains true to who he is–witty, strong, and resilient. Some of the other members of Bon Temps could take a lesson or two from him. James tells Lafayette how he died, how he was persecuted for loving a boy. The two bond, and I can’t help but hope that Lafayette will get a happy ending this season (possibly with an undead hippie?).
Speaking of honest, gut-wrenching moments, let’s get back to Sookie for a moment. During a spat with her werewolf, Sookie brings up things which (we assume) she’s been burying for a few seasons. She reminds Alcide, and us, that she can hear thoughts all the time. She can hear the things people don’t mean to say, and though she tries not to hold grudges, it still hurts. It’s easy to forget that Sookie is a girl with insecurities when so much focus has been spent on her love interests.
When the sun rises, the members of the town make their way to the church. When Sookie enters, she is quickly shunned by Tara’s mother and other townspeople. Even Sam, the mayor of Bon Temps, stays quiet. Sookie doesn’t leave quietly, however. She admits what everyone has long suspected–that she can read their thoughts and that she knows what they think about her.
It’s an interesting character turn for Sookie, and I’m hoping that we will get a fairy waitress who is more self-reliant and secure about her abilities. Perhaps Sookie’s homage to Tara will be taking some of her best friend’s no-nonsense attitude and snark as her own. Perhaps with just a smidgen of eye rolling.
Meanwhile in Morocco, Pam is on the hunt for her maker. We all want to know: where’s the Northman?
Until next week, Truebies. Rest in peace.
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