Too good to wait. Boy, that was a GREAT finale! I have to admit, Raelle Tucker, the author of the last episode of Season 4, managed to surprise even me.
We all knew it wasn't Jessica knocking on Jason's door again--Hoyt, maybe, but the Rev...and with fangs??? I liked it. A lot. But that storyline only has about three possibilities...not enough to keep the Truebies busy over the next nine months. A tad disappointing there. After a truly remarkable season of one breath-taking episode after another, it would be difficult for Team-True Blood not to falter...if only a little. I found this device old, tired and ultimately, cliche. But if anyone can pull it off, it's Tucker. Here's to hoping! (and I'm actually toasting to that success with my latest mixology concoction, the "Cruel Mistress," which will be featured in this month's Pop Culture Cooking...yes, it's back!!!)
Ready to keep going? Onward!
Sookie shoots Debbie. Fans of Harris's novels had a heads-up there. Which begs the question, why is hot, hunky Alcide Herveaux attracted to homicidal maniacs??? Sookie just joined the club. She killed Debbie with the same precision with which she spooned sugar and poured milk into Tara's mug earlier in the episode. Scary. And so was that scene with Bill and Eric. No manage a trois this season, kids....
Jesus dies. But don't feel too badly. He was never really part of Harris's novels anyway. Lafayette, on the other hand-- resurrected as he was--has only one place to go from here.... I can't say anything more. And yes, I'm as big a tease as that ginger-slut, Jessica. And you love it, don't you???
There were some great lines in the last episode; I'll let you savor all the fun one-liners on your own. Some of them had me laughing out loud. It's one of my favorite parts of the show. And, Tucker's golden pen.
Nan gets it in the end, or does she? Perhaps she who laughs best doesn't have to laugh last...because someone dug up Russell Edgington. Oh yes, he's back, baby!!!! Season 5 is looking good....
Sam and Luna are tight after both burying their dead...and just as she tells Sam not to jinx their joy, a werewolf emerges from the shadows. We saw that one coming with our eyes closed, people!
Tara is shot! In the head. Saving Sookie. Oy. She looks dead, but if you're a fan of Harris's novels, you know Tara lives a relatively normal, healthy life...with marriage, children, even a career as a local shop-owner. I want Tara to live and love again--not only because I think Rutina Wesley rocks and would miss her inspirational performances--but because I'm sick of seeing the African-American characters get beat up. There. I said it.
Does Andy Bellefleur father a faery-child? His world is in for a shake- up, down, and all around in Season 5. Holly, better hang on to your witch's hat...cuz you're in for the ride of your Wiccan-life!
And poor Arlene! Isn't it bad enough she was engaged to a serial killer who impregnated her with his demon spawn? I guess not. Terry's a good man, but as the peacock-owning author Flannery O'Connor once pointed out--also a Southerner like Harris and Ball--"a good man is hard to find"....
We all know #waitingsucks...so why wait? Check out the 2011 E-dition of True Blood & Philosophy: We Wanna THINK Bad Things with You, available at Barnes & Noble, Amazon...and iTunes! Shameless plugs aside, like our favorite TB vamps, you can only sustain yourself on True Blood 4 re-runs for so long before you need an infusion of human hemoglobin...and I understand (from very good sources) that mine is rather magical. At least, in literary form.
TB 4:12 rates an unapologetic 9/10 on the Housel-scale. Great season, everyone--and of course, our thanks to Alan Ball, Raelle Tucker, the cast and crew of HBO's True Blood, all the behind-the-scenes HBO peeps who make it happen, the "real" Sookie--Charlaine Harris, and yes, YOU--the fans--without whom none of this would matter.
Until Season 5...stay thirsty! For True Blood, that is....