And poor Russell Edgington! The True Blood writers killed the BEST character on the show! After gorging on faery blood, he was in such a fervor that the 3,000-year old Edgington didn't see Eric (or his stake) coming.
By now, everyone knows that the rumors are true: season six (airing in summer 2013) will be True Blood's farewell season. Alan Ball is moving on to new projects. And season five was written in such a way as to push the limits of the series in order to end it. It was the only season of the five so far to go in a completely different direction from the original Sookie Stackhouse novels. The writing was on the wall--or screen, as it were--even if True Blood fans didn't want to see it.
The elder faery scene was poorly done; it didn't come off as a very old, very wise faery who had many millenias worth of knowledge in her head. The acting made it seem more like a middle aged woman on crack. But, saving the faery grace was Morella's birthing scene....
And dear, dear Holly! Acting as a faery midwife to the fae-woman Andy cheated on her with...times two? The result: FOUR new Bellefleur daughters! And Morella's orgasmic performance was pretty interesting, too; the audience (and their commentary) at the bar was almost as entertaining. It was good to see Lafayette having fun the last two episodes after all the horrors he's had to face the last five seasons.
And what about Pam and Tara's kiss! We all saw it coming, but boy, it was fun to watch. Almost as fun as watching the last of the Vampire Authority get staked into bloody oblivion.
Luna's performance as Steve Newlin was pretty darned good, too. Now the question is, does Luna survive to see season six???
My Wizard World pal, Sam Trammell, spent most of season five naked. That takes talent! Imagine how difficult it is to say your lines when fully clothed. Sam was totally in character; now THAT deserves an Emmy!
Jason's new eyes revealed his dead parents as alter-egos; before the elevator doors open, Jason considers killing the vampires he's riding in the elevator with--even though they're all "on the same side." But when the doors open, and Jason refers to Warlow, Eric's vampire sister, Nora, reveals she knows who the mysterious vampire plaguing Sookie's existence is. Next season, the rest of us will know, too. But that was not the best hook to end the season on; we already know who Warlow is. We even know what he wants. And we know why he wants he wants it. The actor playing the part is yet to be revealed to the larger audience but that's far from a cliff hanger. In other words, the writers of season six need to be forewarned: Make. It. Count.
And what happens to Sookie? When season five ends, she and Eric are running from the newly formed Billith. Since True Blood has left the Charlaine Harris ranch, it will be fun to see how things end in the next and final season. Will Sookie become vampire? Is there a were-tiger named Quinn coming to Bon Temps in 2013? Will Billith live and Eric die? What happens to Jason and Jessica? And how does Warlow fit into the whole puzzle?
Well, perhaps "puzzle" is too generous of a descriptive. Still, True Blood is THE BEST show on television!
While you're waiting for the 2013 season, be sure to pick up your copy of the 2010 or 2011 editions of TRUE BLOOD & PHILOSOPHY: WE WANNA THINK BAD THINGS WITH YOU on iTunes, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or any major book retailer in stores or online. Sam Trammell's a fan! You should be, too....
Want to hear more about True Blood's season six??? Come see your #PopCultureProfessor talk vampires and other supernatural superheroes this fall on the Wizard World Comic Con tour starting in Columbus, Ohio in September, Austin, Texas in October and New Orleans November 30-December 2!!! And don't forget to follow @DocHousel on Twitter for season six hints and spoilers, as well as Comic Con insider info!
Until the next bite, keep your fangs sharp! v--v