Should True Blood Meet the True Death?
As the HBO series True Blood gets set to wrap its seventh season, many viewers are asking, “Should True Blood meet the “true death?” Meaning, should the show wrap this season, or will HBO renew it for an eighth season? While many viewers, including me, have enjoyed the show up until now, many of us wonder about the show’s direction going forward.
Over the past few weeks, as season seven has aired, I’ve heard more than a few friends say they will no longer watch the show. While one friend said she gave up after watching the first five minutes of the new season, others have sat through a few more episodes. After watching Sunday’s episode – the episode preceding the season finale – a friend posted “True Blood is so over.., never watch again” on Facebook. I might see True Blood through the season finale, but I might not pick up watching next summer.
I have actually read all of the books, though I will admit that I started reading The Sookie Stackhouse series after True Blood first aired on HBO. I’ve actually found it interesting to see how the show has taken a different direction; kept certain characters alive; created new characters and events and, of course, killed off characters that continue to appear in the books. It’s entertaining because I get the books, and the TV shows, and they create separate worlds. Up until this season, the TV series has kept a general theme to the season, though with its own spin.
While many viewers know that Lafayette dies in book two, but lives to be one of the series’ favorite characters in the TV show, some viewers might be surprised to know that the Maenad in season two (Michelle Forbes’ Maryann Forrester character) was a minor character that was mentioned just a few times. Sophie-Anne Laclerq, the Queen of Louisiana played by Evan Rachel Wood, lives on to preside over a few more books past where the TV show killed her off, and interesting plotlines before her thrown is taken in a bloody power struggle.
I’m not one of those “by the book … ” types. However, I think it was when Bill dethroned Sophie-Anne and became King of Louisiana that I started to question the direction of the HBO series. I was willing to continue watching and still enjoyed the show … until the Lilith storyline wrote itself in. This is where the vampire series painted itself into a corner; it turned away from interesting. For so many seasons each episode, like so many chapters in the Stackhouse novels, end in a cliffhanger that leave you anticipating the next episode (or chapter). But these past two seasons have turned True Blood into a blood fest that doesn’t always leave you wanting more.
With the new power drunk up by the vampires after last Sunday’s episode, what more can you expect? Vampires can now walk in daylight, which gives them almost limitless power. Their main weakness is null and now they can truly take over the world. Is that entertaining? Hopefully, next season, if there is a next season, the advantage of sunlight will wear off and vampires lounging in their chaise lounge chairs sipping True Blood from the bottle will burst into flames. This show has jumped the shark. Many viewers have agreed that it is time for True Blood to meet the “true death” and be replaced by a new show that will inspire water cooler chat once again.
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