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Thank You – True Blood Season 7 Review

The final episode of HBO’s True Blood is simply “Thank You” and I believe it’s an appropriate sentiment. After all, True Blood has given us seven wonderful years of something that, before the show premiered, I don’t think we knew we wanted — a show that is so ridiculous and over the top, and so aware that is exists in this way, that you can’t help but smile while you watch. Sure some of the dialogue, and less occasionally the delivery of that dialogue, left something to be desired, but the series more than made up for it by allowing itself to run so far with its premise that you couldn’t wait to see what happened next. Add to this a cast of characters that, while just as out there, I grew to know and love, and you have a show that is truly, completely great.

***FULL SPOILERS AHEAD FOR THE SEVENTH SEASON OF TRUE BLOOD***

High on V, see in' dead people. Yup, sounds about right!

High on V, see in’ dead people. Yup, sounds about right!

Not the wedding we thought we'd get in season one!

Not the wedding we thought we’d get in season one!

Season 7 was a little hit or miss sadly, and may have came across that way somewhat because of the extreme highs of season 6. Some critics were down on last season, but things like “God Bill” had me hooked in tight, and the re-introduction on the wonderfully evil Sarah Newlin (Anna Camp) was a great surprise. It was a lot of set up, that all sort of paid off without a lot of bang this season. I often felt as though I was holding onto the love I had for the other six seasons, and not really getting the same out of many moments in this seventh year. We did have some great True Blood-esque scenes throughout the season though. The two that jump to mind are the lynch mob started by the townsfolk, resulting in the ever so epic demise of Maxine Fortenberry (Dale Raoul). And the other being Violet (Karolina Wydra) capturing Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll), Adilyn (Bailey Noble), and her soon to be step-brother, and locking them in her sex dungeon. If that last bit does’t say True Blood, then damn it, I just don’t know what does.

Sadly, when it’s easiest to point out the flaws in this season, are in the finale itself. The pacing is way down from anything we’ve seen in years from the show, we get almost no appearance by the incredible Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis), and the death of Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer), at the hand of Sookie (Anna Paquin) felt like it missed the mark on the touching moment it was intended to be. On a positive note though, I did throughly enjoy the wedding of Jessica and Hoyt (Jim Parrack), Tara (Rutina Wesley) FINALLY dying (something I’ve wished for since sea on one!), and the final scene brought a smile to my face.

While I didn't get to talk about either in the body of the review, I leave this here as a memorial to two of the best characters on television -- Jason Stackhouse and Any Bellfour!

While I didn’t get to talk about either in the body of the review, I leave this here as a memorial to two of the best characters on television — Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten) and Andy Bellefleur (Chris Bauer)!

Now that we’re finally at the end of the long, bloody road that has been True Blood, I’m happy to say I took this seven-year journey. There was laughter, tears, moments I never thought I’d see, and even a few I’m still not sure that I did see. But one thing is hard to argue, this wonderful series was doing camp for camp’s sake well before Hemlock Grove or Sharknado were ever even a though, and I dare say that over the course of its healthy run on HBO, there is still no one who has done it better. Thank You.

he final episode of HBO's True Blood is simply "Thank You" and I believe it's an appropriate sentiment. After all, True Blood has given us seven wonderful years of something that, before the show premiered, I don't think we knew we wanted -- a show that is so ridiculous and over the top, and so aware that is exists in this way, that you can't help but smile while you watch. Sure some of the dialogue, and less occasionally the delivery of that dialogue, left something to be desired, but the series more than made up for it by allowing itself…

Review Overview

True Blood - Season 7 - 8.5

8.5

Great

Summary : True Blood is a show that no one should turn their nose up to, because when it's at its best, it is truly incredible. Season 7 brought some some great moments, and some things we've come to expect from the show, but also disappointed a time or two. Overall, it's still a shame to see such a great show say goodbye.

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Trey is a video game enthusiast, movie junkie, and cultivator of one fantastic beard. He loves to write original Gregorian chants, play the spoon harp, and speak of whatever comes to mind on the Free For All podcast.