It’s a race to the finish for True Blood: with only two episodes remaining, the death toll is really starting to ratchet-up.
Let’s bitch it out…In this penultimate episode, I can honestly say that the end of S5 is shaping up to go nowhere near where I thought it was going. When Bill (Stephen Moyer) announced his plan to destroy the TrueBlood factories back in 5×08 ‘Somebody That I Used To Know‘, I thought that the finale would focus on the effects of a world ravaged by desperate, rabid vampires. To a certain extent this is still occurring, most notably in Alcide’s (Joe Maganiello) storyline, as well as the periphery of the Fangtasia storyline with Pam (Kristin Bauer) and Tara (Rutina Wesley), and in the contrast between an empty Merlotte’s at night and the packed daytime lunch crowd. But the battle between humans and vampires in the wake of the True Blood shortage is not the central focus that I thought it would be. Instead the show has divided into two different wars heading into the final hour of the season: 1) Russell Edgington (Denis O’Hare) vs the Faeries and 2) the Authority vs themselves.
Let’s tackle the latter first. The madness overtaking the remaining members of the Authority has been acceptably strange (although I still don’t think it really justified the snail’s pace with which the story unfolded in the first eight episodes). It’s been several episodes since Bill’s religious conversion to the Book of Lilith and I’ve wasted far too many neurons debating whether he was faking it or truly indoctrinated. Bringing Jessica to the concrete compound aka Authority headquarters last week made it pretty clear, and his coo-coo for cocoa puffs state of mind is further cemented tonight as he falls further under the influence of Lilith’s blood. It’s somewhat satisfying then to see that his hallucinations of the goddess aren’t specific to him; in fact everyone who sampled the blood is having them (way to make nobody feel special, there, bloody naked beyotch). Whether the group’s visions are a result of ingesting Lilith’s blood, their “nesting” behaviour or a combination of both is uncertain, but the level of vamp-on-vamp violence is sure to increase in the finale now that Salome (Valentina Cervi) got the vision suggesting she’s the only one who can lead the group. It should be fun to watch she and Bill have a smackdown.
Meanwhile it appears that Godric’s “death” last week did have the desired impact on Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) and Nora (Lucy Griffiths) after all. The step-siblings hatch a plan (while getting incestuously bizay, naturally) and – under the guise of silencing the US army following the death of General Cavanaugh – bust out of Authority headquarters. Who knows what their plan is, but now that Pam has been arrested by Chancellor “Barb from Cougar Town” (Carolyn Hennesy) for killing Elijah – one of Barb’s 204 progeny – Eric will clearly need to return to the compound, rescue her and deal with Bill.
Let’s double-back to the other big conflict development, which sees Sookie (Anna Paquin) and Jason (Ryan Kwanten) battle their own threat as Russell bears down on them looking for Faerie blood. In an effort to combat the oncoming threat, Sookie and the Faeries call upon one of the more interesting characters in recent True Blood memory: the Elder Fae (Erica Gimpel) who exists in many plains at once and has an overwhelming amount of information bouncing around in her noggin. I loved the kooky take on the character, who dances, asks random questions about musicians (including Ke$ha, John Mellancamp and Boyz2Men). So yeah, she pretty much steals the show. Obviously she has to die then! It’s beyond frustrating to watch Russell drain her dry while all the other p*ssy Faeries stand inside their big top Faerie tent and watch. Newsflash kids, if all thirty of you had just zapped Russell, he would have been toast. Instead we end with a cliffhanger as Russell now has access to the Faerie breakfast buffet. Well done, dumba*ses…
- All in all, ‘Sunset’ is a pretty bloody episode. I counted eight deaths: four guards, two Baby Vamps, Chancellor “Doctore” (see you, Peter Mensah!) and the Elder Fae. Apparently it’s a bad career move to go into vampire security. Hope they’ve got good on-the-job-death benefit packages
- It’s also a bad week to be Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll): in her desperation to get word to Jason that he and Sookie are in danger, she raises the alert – and ire – of Bill. He nearly makes her kill Jason and then smacks her around a bit when she chooses the human over her fellow vampires. On the plus side, ginger b*tch gets to make up with Tara and spend some quality time in a ditch with Jason. I like the emotional moment when Jess admits that if she had to spend an eternity with someone, it would be him
- Speaking of Tara, it’s nice to have a quick shout-out to her bisexuality (which has gone unaddressed since early S4). I’m not really sure I saw the connection with Pam until Jess inquires if Tara is interested, but considering how awesome Pam and Tara already are, I’d be totally down with these two hooking up. Wait…crap, is that more incest?! Oh, True Blood…
- I’m sure some will complain about Andy’s (Chris Bauer) typical relationship scenes with Holly (Lauren Bowles) and her sons, but I think they’re sweet. Plus it helps set the stage for the unhappy reunion he has with Maurella (Kristina Anapau) when she shows up to call in his pledge to protect her. I’m less excited by the thought of a human vs Faerie war when she infers that his refusal to help is tantamount to war. Know when to quit while you’re kindasorta balancing your storylines, True Blood
- Considering the format of True Blood, it’s helpful to have characters remind us how much time has passed, such as when Andy confronts Maurella about their hook-up and her pregnancy since it’s only been a week. Of course, for viewers it’s been quite a bit longer: we saw them make nookie waaaay back in the season finale of S4 (Correction: Rodney pointed out in the comments that Andy and Jason visited the Faeries earlier this season).
- Sam (Sam Trammell) and cuss-face sneak into the concrete compound to save Emma and blah blah blah. Not interested, except that Sam is in a lot more danger than he knows if he thinks that he can call on Bill’s kindness to help get them out of there alive. Bill isn’t exactly charitable these days so the shifter may be in some trouble
- Finally, the summer of bada*s crossbow action continues (Brave, The Hunger Games, Teen Wolf) as Alcide’s dad, Jackson (Robert Patrick) saves his hide with a well-placed arrow. Anyone else feeling like they should grab a bow?
- Barb from CougarTown (after Eric kills General Cavanaugh): “Oh my”
- Pam (when Jess asks to be hidden): “Since when did I become a halfway house for wayward baby vamps?”
- Elder Fae (in her introduction to Sookie): “Ke$ha – for or against?”
- Pam (to Jessica after she thanks her for letting her stay overnight in Fangtasia): “Yeah, and maybe later we can braid each other’s hair and talk about boys. F*cking baby vamps”
- Pam (when Sam asks her to help Luna as they pass in the hall of the Authority compound): “Who the f*ck is Luna?”
Alright True Blood fans, it’s finale time, so let’s make predictions: who lives and who dies? Will the Faeries grow a pair and take down Russell? Is Jason now trapped in some other dimension since he got hit by Elder Fae’s blast? How does Maurella’s baby fit into the picture? Finally, who wins in a physical battle: Salome or Bill? Let’s see your predictions below!
True Blood airs Sundays at 9pm EST on HBO