After six years, True Blood ends it’s run of sex, blood and gore. If you’re like most people, your expectations for the final season are probably low. Here are four reasons why you should still stick around:
4) A Fresh Start
True Blood has always been crazy, but the craziness in the past few seasons have been more absurd than anything. Initially, the show focused on around six or seven main characters, but when season three came around – the writers felt that everyone needed a storyline. This works on shows like Lost or Game of Thrones because certain episodes are devoted to one character (Lost) or a group (GoT). True Blood’s problem is that it feels the need to cram so much exposition into one episode, making storylines feel forced or uninspired. The show shines the most when the core cast are teaming up against one central threat: whether it’s an ancient Maenad who plans to bring forth a demigod or the spirit of a 400 year old witch. When the core cast is united,they become a rag-tag version of the X-Men and it works. Season six managed to wrap up old, pointless story-lines in a way I never thought was possible: it gave the show a clean slate and situated all the major players into one major plo-line. Also, can we just take a moment of silence to commemorate the atrocity that was Billith? I mean seriously, what was that?
3) Eric’s NOT Dead
If you’re like most people, you probably assumed that after the season six finale, Eric Northman met the True Death. There’s one major rule of True Blood: unless the death happened on screen, it didn’t happen. I’m sure we can expect Eric and Pam to arrive just in time to wreck shop on the angry horde of infected vampires making their way towards Bon Temps.
2) It’s Only 10 Episodes
Every season of True Blood up to season six consisted of 12 episodes. Most would argue that this wasn’t nearly enough but personally I think it was too much. Being the first season to have only 10 episodes, season six felt more streamlined and focused than the previous seasons. The fact that the writers only had 10 episodes allowed them to craft a story with a goal focused on wiping the slate clean and bringing the cast members back together again. In fact, it’s one of the main reasons I’m looking forward to the final season. The show has been setting up the end of the series since the end of season five, so it will be interesting to see if the payoff is worth it. We deserve a solid ending to this show and it seems like it’s heading in the right direction.
1) Nobody Is Safe
It’s hard to believe, but after six years, all of the core characters are still alive. In a show that revolves around death so much, this makes no sense at all. Even Lost had the balls to kill off around 50% of it’s main cast by the time it ended. Ryan Kwanten, who plays Jason Stackhouse has been quoted as saying “People are going to be dying. Some of your favorites are going to not last the season”. Hopefully the premiere episode of season seven is an all out bloodbath and sets a grim tone for the rest of the season. There’s a rumor that a villain called ‘The Figure’ will be making his presence known and is described as being “scary, hulking, ugly, mean and crafty…like Leatherface or Jason Voorhees”. Hopefully this guy brings the campiness and fun back to the show. Along with the murder of most of the cast members.
The final season of True Blood premieres on June 22, 2014.