It’s hard to imagine that True Blood has been a part of our lives for only the past seven years. It feels like a decade ago that we watched Sookie Stackhouse, a part-human part-fairy waitress from Bon Temps, Louisiana, meet her very first vampire. Lately, we can hardly even remember the days when Bill was thought of with giddy girl-crushing love and admiration. It’s difficult to even say his name anymore. (“Do you think Sookie will end up with Bilith? I mean, Bill…”)
1. Do we miss Tara already?
Ashley: Sorry, no. Pam was the only thing that made her interesting. Good-bye.
Jenn: Nope! I’ve always preferred Book Tara over TV Tara. TV Tara’s place on True Blood always felt forced and out of place. Her death, though mildly rushed and severely disappointing, started off the final season with the feeling that no one is safe, ever, even in the first 30 seconds of an episode! It really is the beginning of the end…
2. What/who drew away the crazed vamps from Merlotte’s?
Ashley: Sarah Newlin. Crazy I know…but let’s think about this for a second. She is a freaking can of crazy. She’s ALWAYS hated vampires and certainly despises the ground Jason Stackhouse walks on. Add that up and what’s stopping her from tearing him and his town apart? Think of it this way, she has the motive and if she can control the Hep V vamps, she certainly has the ammo. Who better to destroy a whole species along with her enemies than the one person we would never suspect? Sarah Newlin is a weed and she keeps coming back stronger in some weird way in every season. I mean, hell hath no fury like a woman’s scorn.
Jenn: I think Ashley is onto something seriously intriguing with Sarah Newlin. If it is her, I bet Jason Stackhouse will really regret sparing her life. But what if it’s something even crazier, like a king or queen from another state poised to rock Louisiana for a gigantic takeover? Or it could be the Fae. The only thing vampires love more than our half-fairy heroine are full-blown fairies. The vamps have massacred their fair share of fairies and we’ve yet to see the show take on the book version of the Fae. This theory has some potential. But I still think it’s probably the Fellowship and Sarah.
3. Where the hell is Eric Northman?
A: I’d like to think he is waiting on me at home with a bubble bath and some champagne….but that’s just me. But in all seriousness, my imagination isn’t taking me anywhere on this one. I just feel like he’s actually dead, dead. It’s almost as if he’s had his moment in the sun (literally). But, then again, why would they be leading Pam on a rat race?
J: He’s alive, somewhere. (I only say this confidently because of season previews. Without the Internet, I’d still be crying over his death…) My King..I mean…Eric…probably buried himself in the snow when the fire started and is alive, laying majestically naked, somewhere near a body of water. Pam will find him soon, remind him he’s acting crazy and needs to be home, and bring him back to Bon Temps just in time to fight Bill for our girl, Sookie.
Side note – Just at the point I started realizing the episode felt empty without Eric, we cut to Pam. It’s as if the writers can feel it, too. I bet when they aren’t writing (and thinking) about Alexander and his naked bod every 10 minutes, they start to become sweaty and distracted. On a serious note – I hope there aren’t many more episodes without Eric Northman. He’s by far my favorite character (show and book) and this is the last season. I want all the Eric I can get.
4. Is Jessica going to kill all these fairies?
A: I think Jessica is going to take a note from her maker and protect Adelaide like Bill did with Sookie. Jessica is definitely the one character who has had a ton of growing pains since her characters introduction to the series and it seems like she’s one of the few who has learned from her mistakes. So definitely not, Jessica is a good girl all the way.
J: As much as I think Jessica shouldn’t in order to show that her character has indeed learned to become a civil and humane vampire (much quicker than any of the older vamps, I might add. Bill was a couple hundo years old for Pete’s sake), I kind of want her to for one reason – bad ass factor. One of the things I love most about True Blood is it’s intense gore, violence, and high number of ‘WTF EWMYGOSH’ moments. Jessica killing the only fairy that survived her the first time has potential to be freakin’ awesome.
5. Will Sookie really end up with Alcide?
A: I hope not. I mean, that’s like asking if Bella is going to end up with Jacob. #sorrynotsorry (Spoiler Alert!) I know Sookie ends up with Sam in the books, but honestly I’m Team Bill. It seems like the show is getting back to the basics in the first episode this season. I mean, hello, did you see those season one-esque glances Bill and Sookie were exchanging back and forth? Unfortunately, I don’t think Alcide will ever fully accept Sookie for her past and her faults. Bill has never had that issue….
J: Only when Lafayette ends up with Holly aka NEVER. Alcide is on his way out the door and I hope last night was the only episode where they are together. (Spoiler!) I also hope she doesn’t end up with Sam. I get how and why the book ended in that way. It worked for the books and for the story within the books. But this isn’t that story. Sookie and everything else about Bon Temps is different so please, please give us the fan-ending we’ve wanted since Season 1 Episode 1 before any of us even read the books.