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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
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.