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I wanna do bad things to you

Last night I stayed up till 3 a.m. to finish my month-long binge watch of all seven seasons of True Blood, and I'm really sad it's over. I mean, it was not a perfect show, but it was one of those shows that made me not care about how imperfect it was, you know? It was like Buffy for grown-ups, where half the conflicts are about vampires and the other half are about normal life stuff, like dating and having a job and paying bills. Unlike Buffy, the vampires aren't the enemy: they've come "out of the coffin" and revealed themselves to the rest of America, and now they're trying to live normal lives amid prejudiced communities. What I really loved about it was how well they recreated small town life. Watching it made me feel like I was back in my childhood hometown, surrounded by the exact people I grew up with.

I was also intrigued by how similar the story arc and the quality of each season mirrored Buffy.

+Seasons 1-3: Pretty much perfect. Large yet balanced ensemble cast. Adorable and slightly campy horror stories with lots of real-life conflict mixed in.

+Season 4: Hm, I still like these characters but the Big Bad is kinda weird and plot cannot withstand close scrutiny.

+Season 5: I love these characters! There's some really high-quality angst here! I'm just going to pretend that the Big Bad is not some kind of deranged god.

+Season 6-7: Wow, this show got really depressing all the sudden. Must we always say goodbye to our favorite series by destroying EVERYTHING and EVERYONE?

Also, guys, this show is basically soft core vampire porn with many beautiful naked people having sex in creative positions. Honestly, it was worth watching for that alone.


I can think of a lot of good reasons for Bill to die, but freeing Sookie from his influence is not an acceptable one. Here are some possible good reasons:

+ He deserves to die because he's the one who decided to bomb all the True Blood factories, which created the Hep-V crisis in the first place.

+ He finally feels human again, and doesn't want to live at the cost of drinking the blood of a clearly terrified woman (even if she's awful and deserves it)

+ He sacrifices himself to physically protect Sookie because it's the best way to repay her for the number of times his inappropriate behavior endangered her life.

"I'm going to kill myself because you shouldn't be my girlfriend" is not an acceptable reason to die. It's an extreme variation of the trope where the guy breaks up with the girl because it's not safe for her to be with him. No, Bill is not a good boyfriend to Sookie. A logical option might be to move away. Failing that, if Bill is truly determined to die, he should have asked Jessica or Eric to drive the stake through his heart instead. Killing him should not be the final task of the girlfriend whom he mistreated off and on for six years. Also, Bill's reasoning is creepy and sexist. "You keep coming back to me no matter what I do" is victim blaming. "I frequently give into the darkest parts of my nature, and since I am unable to control myself, I have concluded that it is my responsibility to remove myself from your presence forever" is much better. And then, if he really thought suicide was the ONLY option, he should've just fucking done it himself rather than forcing the woman who loves him to do it.

Sigh. I suppose very few TV series have a finale that's actually good. I did love Eric and Pam's happy ending though.
OMG I loved that show so much. I mean, in the end I called it "My vampire stories" because it was so ridiculous and yet so endearing. Eric and Pam were my favourite together with Lafayette. I think my favourite part about the ending was that Sookie ended up happy and with neither vampire.
Eric and Pam were my absolute favorites too! Toward the end, I was watching just for them. I did like that Sookie got to be happy at the end, but I wish that having a baby hadn't been quite such an essential part of that happiness...

Mostly, though, I'm super sad I didn't get into the show when it was actually on and there might have been fannish prompts and squee. I don't think there was ever a huge fandom for it, but it's deifnitely something I could've gotten fannish about.
I completely agree with you about Bill, but I almost didn't make it to the finale; the unrelenting horror visited upon Tara really started to grate on my nerves (and I felt like the horror-humor balance was totally off in the final seasons). Still, I know that I'll watch the series again; I did once adore it.
Oh, ugh, I know what you mean about Tara. I really liked her character, and I loved her story about separating herself from her mother in season one. I understood why she would've fallen in with Mary Ann in season two, since it's so easy to be manipulated when you're recovering from abuse. But yikes, the whole thing where she got kidnapped and raped, then started hanging out with an evil witch, then got shot in the head...

I had high hopes for her life as a vampire. She seemed to be enjoying herself and making friends, and I liked that Pam actually stood up for her. And then she just got ditched at the end of season six and died off-camera in season seven... Sigh. They could have done so much more with that character, but they gave her screen time to totally random people instead.
"I'm going to kill myself because you shouldn't be my girlfriend" is not an acceptable reason to die. It's an extreme variation of the trope where the guy breaks up with the girl because it's not safe for her to be with him. No, Bill is not a good boyfriend to Sookie. A logical option might be to move away.

I agree with you there.
Everything getting dark because the writers had probably run out of other ideas was way too common. Now everything gets dark faster, probably because GoT is successful and has become a model. I'd like more shows that remain focused on mostly harmless adventures.
I agree! I don't need my shows to be all happiness and light all the time, but it feels like the current trend is to take everything to the darkest place possible. I wish we could find more shows in the middle of the road.
ugh the final season ruined the show for me tbh!!! I've been watching True Blood since the third season was airing and up to the last episode of season six I absolutely loved it (even though season five was weird as fuck), like it was one of my favorite shows of all time despite its obvious problems (its treatment of Tara being number fucking one). Then we got a new showrunner and everything went to hell; after having been with True Blood for so long the final season felt like an alternate reality. I honestly couldn't believe what I was watching and I haaaaaaaaaaaated it so much.

oh, well. I'll always have seasons 1-6!
I'm actually kind of relieved to hear that season seven was a totally different show runner. You're right - it really didn't fit with the tone or the characterization of any of the previous seasons. I think I'll just pretend season seven never happened and keep on re-watching 1-6.

I so hated Sookie being the one to kill Bill, though if she really had to, I would rather it have been for her reasons and not his.  I really disliked Bill by season 5 or so (probably before, I haven't watched it in forever).


Eric and Pam got the best ending.  Loved it.

Yeah, Bill was not my favorite character - he was manipulative as fuck, and randomly evil a lot of the time. I wasn't exactly crying over his death, but I wish it had happened at someone else's hands or for a different reason.
I was also intrigued by how similar the story arc and the quality of each season mirrored Buffy. -- Hm. I was never remotely interested in TB but I adore BtVS. Mr Psmith and I are just finishing up a start-to-finish rewatch of Buffy and Angel in internal chronological order. We watched the last episode of the last season of Buffy Sunday night and I cried like a baby. So maybe I need to rethink TB :)