True Blood’s season 4 finale opens the door to a potential promising fifth season.
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HBO recently wrapped the fourth season of its smash hit and critically acclaimed show True Blood. If you’ve not yet seen the finale you might want to hold off on reading this week’s blog until you do, because the following does contain spoilers. In addition, if you’re not a fan of the show much of what follows will probably not make much sense to you. Okay. Are you still with me? Good. The past three seasons True Blood has always ended on a cliff hanger. That was not the case with the ending of the fourth season because it didn’t just end on one cliffhanger, but multiple cliffhangers, which no doubt will lead to a dizzying degree of speculation as to what the fifth season has in store for viewers.
The conclusion to the fourth season of True Blood was a real jolt to the fan base of Sookie Stackhouse and company’s fictional world of Bon Temps, Louisiana. Leaving a trail of blood in its wake, in total, four characters of note met their end. Among the shot, stabbed, and eviscerated: Debbie Pelt, the werewolf whose total burnout of a character was convincingly played by Brit Morgan; The head of public relations for the AVL (American Vampire League) Nan Flanigan, acted by the competent Jessica Tuck; Kevin Alejandro’s character of Jesus who is both a powerful Wiccan and the lover of one of the show’s main characters, Lafayette; and Sookie’s best friend Tara (Rutina Wesley). In this blogger’s opinion, while it was made to appear that Tara has been killed, I would seriously doubt that her character has exited the show permanently. In the world of True Blood anything can happen, so she most likely was made to look to the viewer worse than she actually is, or perhaps Sookie’s ever developing fairy magic will have the power to heal Tara’s wounds.
The season finale takes place on Halloween, which in this blogger’s opinion, is a bit ironic considering it seems that every day in the fictional town of Bon Temps presents a never ending series of gut wrenching, emotionally draining, and macabre events for its residents. The episode titled “And When I Die,” is no different. At the conclusion of a well constructed fourth season, minus the ridiculousness of the were-panther storyline, which made me cringe every time I had to endure the sheer idiocy of it, for me, the season was not a let down. Instead, I felt it was a statement that the show has a tremendous amount of life left in it, which is no surprise considering the wealth of material that best selling author Charlaine Harris has provided in her novels regarding her fictional character of telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse and the people who populate her small Louisiana town.
As previously mentioned four characters were killed during the less than one hour season finale. But, how did they die? Leaving aside the fact that the spirit of good old Grandma Stackhouse was the heroine who finally took out the main baddie of the season, Marnie, and whisked her off to the great beyond, it was Marnie who got the body count started by killing Jesus. Marnie did it in order to take the nightmarish demon that resided within Jesus’ body. As sad as it was to see Jesus go, his demise actually was the least jarring of all of the deaths that took place during the season’s final episode. Nan Flanagan met the true death and then some at the hands of vampires Bill and Eric who moments earlier had learned that the Vampire Authority had placed a death sentence on their heads. It will be very interesting to see how that particular storyline plays out during the fifth season. Was Nan lying? Will Bill have to give up his position as King of Louisiana? Will Eric flee somewhere with Pam? Will Eric even forgive Pam for her transgressions that could’ve led to Sookie’s death? Next, we move on to the classic burnout that was Debbie Pelt. She had the potential to be nice, kind, and she was far from unattractive, but the allure of something missing in her life constantly led her down a destructive path which eventually led to her own demise when Sookie blew her head off with a shotgun as retaliation for Debbie killing Tara (who, I’ll reiterate, I don’t think is gone for good).What does all of this speak to in regard to the creative team behind the True Blood series, well, in this blogger’s opinion, it makes a bold statement that the show’s powers-that-be are not afraid to off even beloved characters when their deaths help to serve the overall story and make the series that much stronger.
Now, we come to what I felt was the most welcome news of the evening, the return of the King of Mississippi, Russell Edgington. He was by far the most dynamic and badass of the evil foes that the collective seasons of True Blood has presented. Steeped in old world European mystery, his character made me think of the famous vampire films made by the legendary British film brand Hammer Studios which produced a cadre of vampire films from the 1950s through the 1970s including eight different Dracula films, many which feature iconic actor Christopher Lee. Leaving aside my waxing poetic about movies I first fell in love with as a child in East Norwich, New York, the return of King Russell should be the primary catalyst in making next season the most intense one yet. Edgington is by far more dangerous, cutthroat, and diabolical than ten witches with Marnie’s pre-possession power put together. In case you missed it, the cement encasement that Edgington was buried in at the end of season three has been dug up and the silver chains which have the ability to render all vampires powerless were left as a clue that he has escaped the tomb that, according to Civil War vampire Bill and Viking King Eric, was supposed to hold Russell for at least a hundred years.
It appears after having watched the show for the past four seasons that absolutely, and I do mean ABSOLUTELY, no one is ever given the extended euphoric pleasure of being content and happy in Bon Temps. Cases in point: Sookie finally deciding that she can not choose between Bill and Eric and therefore must go her own way: poor Sam’s werewolf encounter; Jason being paid a visit by a former holy roller, now turned vampire after engaging in carnal pleasures with vampire Jessica; even good-hearted Terry and Arlene who’ve had more than their fair share of misfortune are being toyed with once again by the show’s writers. Arlene’s dead serial killer husband Renee paid her a visit in ghost form to inform her that her current husband’s friend and former war buddy, Patrick, who showed up during the season finale, is the arrival of bad news.
“And When I Die” left fans of the show with more questions than answers, but unless it is a series’ finale, most good shows opt to do that. So, in addition to other questions I posed in this blog, in the meantime you can also ponder the following: What does Reverend Steve Newlin want with Jason Stackhouse? Will Sam survive the werewolf attack? How will Bill and Eric deal with the Vampire Authority who has put the price of death on both of their heads? Will Sookie take Alcide up on his offer to be together now that she has parted ways with both Bill and Eric? And last but not least, who will King Russell seek revenge against first now that he has been unearthed? Ah, if only we didn’t have to wait until June 2012 to see how all of this will be resolved, but we do. But, as the saying goes, good things come to those who wait.