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TV Review of True Blood: You'll Be the Death of Me

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  • TV Series: True Blood
  • Episode: You'll Be the Death of Me
  • Starring: Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell, Ryan Kwanten, Rutina Wesley, Nelsan Ellis, William Sanderson, Chris Bauer
  • Written By: Raelle Tucker
  • Directed By: Alan Ball
  • Network: HBO
  • Series: True Blood

TV REVIEW- TRUE BLOOD: You'll Be the Death of Me

The season finale of True Blood features bloodletting, are you surprised?

By Stephen Lackey     November 26, 2008


Anna Paquin From True Blood
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True Blood has fairly consistently been campy fun throughout its first season featuring a southern gothic sort of mystery, vampires, and campy Louisiana characters. It’s easy to raise a flag when it comes to the actor’s portrayal of these characters due to weak accents and some instances of stilted acting but overall, the actors and the writing improved from week to week. The show’s biggest weakness, looking back at the full season now, is probably the length of the season. HBO only allows for 12 episode seasons of this show and this episode seemed to suffer from a lack of breathing room for the story. It all just ended really quickly. You might say that would be an excuse because the creators of the series knew way in advance how long a season is on the network so it was incumbent upon them to properly spread their story out across the given episodes. If you said that, you’d be right.
 
This season has had a lot of business to take care of though. The vampire rules had to be set up and a romance between a human and vampire established, a multitude of characters had to be introduced, and a mysterious murder mystery added to the mix – oh and there’s a shape shifter too! The one aspect of the season that suffered is the murder mystery. Many episodes ended with some shocker scenes, the most shocking of which being the death of Sookie’s grandmother, but no real traction on discovering the identity of the murderer until the last couple of episodes. Suddenly in this episode, he is fully revealed and the story arc ends. It comes off feeling anticlimactic and just a bit disappointing.
 
What was exciting about the episode was all of the setup for next season’s mysteries. There’s a big battle with Bill actually believing that he can get to Sookie in the heat of the day. It’s pretty dramatic at any rate. He does find his way into a grave and he and his clothes appear to be fine the very next night. The mystery is who he fed on in order to recover from being roasted by the sun. The episode is cut in a way to lead us to believe that he fed on Lafayette. That probably isn’t the case but something bad happened to Lafayette. Ultimately it would be great if Bill just fed on that annoying girl that he turned into a vampire but that’s probably not the case either. She’ll be around next season to create an annoying emotional triangle between her, Bill, and Sookie next year. It seems like vampires can’t feed on each other anyway.
 
Michelle Forbes entered the show last episode as Maryann the mysterious benefactor that just wants to help Tara get back on her feet. Maryann was a really intriguing character from her first appearance but the final exchange between her and Sam in this episode makes for one of the most interesting mysteries set up for season two.
 
The campiness of this show and the retro pacing and zinger endings has made for a really entertaining season. This episode ties up the main story for this season and sets the stage for season two. Even though the murder mystery did seem to end a little too quickly and simply, the episode was still a great finale with another stinger ending that makes the months between this finale and the start of season two seem really long.

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redhairs99 11/26/2008 3:10:29 PM

I like the show, but I do agree that they kind of forgot about the murder mystery for several episodes in the middle with little to no mention of the earlier murders, then BAM the second to last episode Sam and Sookie are hot on the trail.

They do tend to telegraph their big reveals though, which lessens the impact I think.  BEWARE SPLOIERS....

.....Sam going into the bar when the detective is trying to talk to him, then seconds later a dog runs out and over to Bill's to look after Sookie.  Also, the fax of Drew Marshall's pic at the end of the second to last episode.  I think by showing this at the end of a episode weakens the tension when he finally attacks Sookie.  I would have rather seen the fax in the final episode immediately followed by some interaction between him and Sookie.  Seeing it the week before left me with that 'yeah i no he's the killer, so get on with it' feel.

The way this last epsiode was edited you'd think Bill fed on LaFayette, but I agree Stephen here that's probably a red herring.  Though I don't think there's any chance that Bill fed off of his newly turned vamp girl.  There's a scene near the end where Eric and Pam dropped the annoying new vamp off at Bill's b/c she's too much of an annoyance.

hanso 11/26/2008 5:06:21 PM

Yo this show is pretty nice.  With each episode I liked it more, especially when they showed Sookie's boobies.  That was extra niceness.


I disagree that showing the killer at the end of the episode lessens the impact.  I lean towards the other way.  I was pumped and wanted to see the next episode right away instead of waiting a week for it.  Plus the fact that we know the killer but Sookie doesn't made the scene in the car/house much better imo.


What I hated about this episode is the fact that vampires can survive so damn long in the sunlight.  That's some bullshit right there.  Bill left his house, walked to the cementary, collapsed, waited while Sookie & the killer went at it, then had to wait for Sam to bury him and the dude never died!!!!!?  WTF?  How long do they have to be out to die? 


I also hated what happened to Lafayette.  He's a funny motherfraker. 


I want season 2 now damn it!!!!!


*******Spoilers for season 2**********


Lafayette is dead.    I'm really pissed about this shit.  He was one of my fave characters.


The lady that picked up Tara and knows Sam, is a new creature to be introduced in the show.  I believe she is a Maenad. They can control some animals, run around naked in the woods with pigs, like to drink, have sex, hang around bars, hate vampires.


I know this cause I'm currently half way through Book 2 Living Dead in Dallas.  Apparently HBO will base each season around a book.  The ending of Season1 is how Book 2 begins.

ripum853 11/26/2008 9:00:50 PM

In response to Hanso's spoilers, so Spoilers here as well:

 

 

 

 

Wow, so Lafayette really is dead huh?  I thought he would've been turned into a Werewolf or one of the other different Were-creatures that supposedly come into the lime light later in the story.  I heard about Jason and his future Were-difficulty lol, but that was it. 

 

Anyway, I was wondering what Maryann was, and I don't mind reading spoilers before hand, so now I'm happy lol.  That does look interesting though.

 

Btw, since everyone else thought it was pretty simple to figure out; I guess I wasn't the only one that saw Rene as the killer early on in the series?  Shame, and here I thought I was clever :-(   ah well.

 

Great show though, and yes, a lot of hot, fine lookin titties on the show.  That never hurts.

 

I'll give that bitch from Mean Girls, Cloverfield, and Amy from the last season on True Blood credit*.  She had a nice ass body...something I never would've thought looking at her in the other two films.  That Dawn girl at the beginning of the season was pretty sweet too.

crimsonkingtph 11/27/2008 12:49:06 AM

Spoilers, maybe.....

 

Awesome show, can't wait till next season! I hoping they don't kill off Lafayette even if he did die in the book. I haven't read any of the books yet but I do know he wasn't that big a character in them. Typically if a book I like is turned into a movie or show I loathe anything buy small changes, but this one I would let slide. Like hanso said, Lafayette is funny motherfracker. Besides he had a huge bag of percocets!

redhairs99 11/27/2008 9:38:17 AM

I agree about the extremely long amount of time that Bill was able to walk around and be in the sunlight.  Just too damn long.  However, they did set this up earlier in the season when Sookie had the breakfast with Bill dream where he burst into flames.  Sookie told him about her dream and Bill said it wouldn't happen exactly like that.  He then described basically what we saw on the last episode, though I still didn't think he could survive that long.

miket@jartrealestate.com_home 11/27/2008 10:23:58 AM

I love this show. It really sucks (pun intended) that we have to wait till summer 2009 for new episodes. Man I hope Lafayette is not dead, that is a great character. Make him a vampire, and have Jason following him around asking for V!

Also, I don't think Bill drained Lafayette, he wouldn't have gone to the trouble of putting him in the detective's car, he would have thrown him in the lake with Sookie's uncle.
redhairs99 11/27/2008 9:45:31 PM

When did LaFayette end up in the detective's car?  Did I miss something?

hanso 11/28/2008 12:59:58 PM

Yea you missed something, you missed the end of the episode.  The detective was walking to his car with  Sookie &  Tara, when the back seat door of his car is opened a black foot with painted nails is opened, the girls scream end of episode.

The only black man who painted his toes in the show was Lafayette.

redhairs99 11/28/2008 1:39:38 PM

Oh yeah, I remember them screaming when he opened the door, but I didn't remember them showing what was in the car.

vonkarolinas 11/28/2008 2:03:29 PM

Firstly I would like to agree whole heartedly with Hanso.  Boobies.

 

Secondly, also really enjoyed the show.  And have been pulling my hair out looking for that Hamburger with Aids recipe.

 

Lastly, the final episode aired 4 days ago, I don't think Spoiler warnings are needed anymore.

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