|Bill: Lilith brainwashed|
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Bill's Bloody Finale
I'll be the first to admit that I didn't fall head over heels for True Blood's Season 5. Unnecessary, nonsensical storylines, more characters than we could ever hope to follow, and still other familiar, beloved characters that were left twiddling their thumbs. But while the show may have (seasonally speaking) fallen a bit short, it concluded tonight with an expertly-paced, exceptionally entertaining finale.
In short, I couldn't have been more pleased with "Save Yourself." Twists, turns, and the death of a major character (and when I say death I'm talking about a shocker and not some cheesy maybe-kill that leaves you wondering).
Find out about all of Season 5 finale's bloody, explosive awesomeness after the jump!
After Russell concluded last week's episode by noshing on the faerie elder, I thought things were surely leading to a Russell/Sookie showdown. Would Russell force his way inside faerieland? Would it be an end to faerie life as we know it?
As it turned out - no.
In fact, Russell was pretty much toast thirty seconds into the show. He held up against the faerie blasts trying to block him entry into the faerie rhelm, but things didn't go so well for him when Eric showed up at the last second with a stake.
We'll miss you, Russell!
Like Lafayette, Sookie was one of those characters who, unfortunately, didn't have a whole lot to do this season. She jumped in and made trouble for herself where she could, which was kind of entertaining. But really, she just chased her tail a lot.
Where did we leave her? She found out she owes her soul to Warlow (or something like that.) Tonight, she embarked on an ill-fated mission with Tara, Eric, Nora, and Jason to try to save her former beau, Bill. But not even her speech for him about love and kindness would be enough to win Bill back from all the Lilith brainwashing he's received this season.
Will she find out what her devotion to Warlow really means? Will she find a more significant role next season?
Of all the True Blood characters, I'm astonished to report that Alcide probably ended up in the best position when the Season 5 dust finally settled. Tonight, he did a shot of vampire blood, finally grew a pair, and then beat the ever-loving crap out of Shreveport packmaster J.D.
Welcome to a solid role in Season 6, Alcide. Congratulations!
By the end of this season, it became clear that Jason had transformed into a vampire bigot of the highest order. He hated them so much that he even began seeing hallucinations of his dead parents telling him his hatred is just fine by them.
Tonight, Jason's deadly accuracy with wooden bullets certainly came in handy when he infiltrated Authority headquarters with Sookie and gang to try to save Bill. But his most important contribution to this episode might have been his one-liners, which were hilarious.
Among them: "If I want to be a fool, then I'll be a fool. It's my God-given right as an American!"
"That train has already sailed."
|Pam: "Must all roads lead to f@cking Sookie?"|
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Tara succeeded in freeing Pam from the Authority. But in far bigger news, she kissed her.
Sam and Luna
Sam was the first to fail in trying to get Bill to listen to reason. When that plan went awry, he shifted into a fly and escaped into an air vent.
Where's a fly swatter when you need one?
But it was his next two shifter tricks that were far more impressive. First, he and Luna put together an Authority escape plan by impersonating Steve Newlin. (Sitting the Steve Newlin imposter in a press conference and watching him nervously read from a teleprompter was absolutely hysterical.)
When that failed and they were discovered by an Authority chancellor, Sam (as a fly) flew into the chancellor's mouth and then shifted back into his full-sized self.
Explosion of vampire goo.
(Clap, clap, clap, clap!)
The Andy Bellefleur plotline this season has been a mildly-entertaining distraction at best. Its conclusion tonight was amusing, but a bit over the top as he faced his pregnant faerie one-nighter showing up at Merlotte's and then delivering four babies right there in the bar. Babies that he is expected to care for.
Will his girlfriend, Holly, stick by him? Who knows?
Good luck, Andy!
|Eric to the Authority: See ya!|
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Eric had my favorite line of the episode when, just after killing Russell Edgington, he said, "Well, that felt even better than I thought it would."
He had a lot to do in this episode. First, he saved Sookie from Russell and then he gathered his friends to save Bill from himself.
Alas, only one of those efforts was a success.
Going into the finale, we all suspected that Bill was a bit Lilith brainwashed, but we just didn't know to what degree. Tonight he poisoned and killed Salome, told Sookie that she was an abomination who never really knew him, and then drank every drop of the Lilith blood. The latter of these moves resulted in Bill exploding into a puddle of vampire goo on the floor.
Dead and gone?
Not quite. Bill pulled a Lilith and rose from the pool of blood. When he extended his fangs, even Eric took a step back.
Meet our Season 6 baddie.
Or... will it be Warlow?