True Blood: Gone, Gone, Gone Review (Mania.com)
Review Date: Monday, August 13, 2012
Those of you who read this column know I consider the scene from season 2 when Godric meets the light, as the best moment in True Blood’s arsenal. It was sad, inevitable and beautifully shot. It gave emotion to a character (Eric Northman), who, not an episode before, we considered the epitome of a scoundrel. Godric had lived hundreds of lifetimes, had seen the world change and shift, saw regimes rise and fall, and then change and shift yet again. His soul had grown old and weary, and the world he now lived in only showed him violence and hatred. It was his choice to move on; he had enough of our chaotic era, and wanted to finally have peace. Like I said- it’s a beautiful scene, and this week’s episode finally produces a moment that rivals Godric’s passing. The character involved couldn’t be more different, but their reasons are strikingly similar. These two moments completely peel back the layers and expose the reality of the trashy and indulgent world of True Blood, and they make you believe the powers that be may actually pull the strings much more deftly than we give them credit for.
The character in question is Hoyt Fortenberry (Jim Parrack), quite possibly the last remaining human in Bon Temps that is genuinely a good person. There was a time when Hoyt and Jessica’s blossoming romance was the beating heart of this show. Amongst all the vampires, werewolves and shifters, Hoyt and Jessica gave us something incredibly real and human, even if one of them is a vampire. Hoyt was the guy we could all identify with- He was as good at heart as a Louisiana boy could be, and didn’t think twice about accepting Jessica for who she was, even if his terror train of a mother vehemently disapproved. Since those days of puppy love, Hoyt and Jessica have had a very rough relationship. Jessica couldn’t control her vampire cravings and cheated on Hoyt with Jason, who has been his best friend since childhood. Hoyt, in a very misguided fashion, fell in to the fang-banger crowd, and eventually went a step further by joining an anti-supe hate group. Broken, battered and just plain defeated, Hoyt asks Jessica and Jason to meet him at Merlottes. He tells them he’s taking a job in Alaska, and leaving Bon Temps to the wind. Of course, Jessica and Jason don’t want him to leave, but Hoyt then shows them how serious he is- He wants Jessica to glamour him and make him forget her completely. He doesn’t want to live the rest of his life with the pain she has caused him. It’s a sad and sobering moment, but what makes this scene so powerful is his next request- He wants her to make him forget Jason as well. Jessica tearfully honors his request, and after counting to ten, Hoyt, much like Godric, has removed himself from the chaos of the True Blood world. There’s a scene later on in the episode when Jason pulls Hoyt over on his way out of town. I was instantly worried they were going to completely undo the earlier scene, but instead it’s a bittersweet goodbye, and all Jason can do is go back to his car and cry; knowing how responsible he is for ruining his best friend’s life. There’s always a chance the writers will eventually undo Hoyt’s glamouring, but I truly hope they don’t. As much as I’ll miss the character, and Jim Parrick’s acting, the way in which Hoyt exits the show will always stand as a biting warning of what the world of True Blood has wrought.
There are certainly some other juicy bits in this episode, and I invite your thoughts and discussions in the comments below.
Best Moment: The glamouring
Worst Moment: Every time a vampire moves in fast motion
Mania Grade: A-
Episode: Gone, Gone, Gone
Written By: Alan Ball (creator), Charlaine Harris ("Sookie Stackhouse" novels by)
Directed By: Scott Winant
Starring: Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer and Sam Trammell