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HBO produces some of the most critically applauded shows on premium television, but their supernatural hit True Blood never reached the same level of acclaim as its network siblings. True Blood settled well into its role as a guilty pleasure for fans despite its mixed reviews, many of whom remained faithful to the show through its lulls. True Blood is series so dedicated to its fans that some were even lucky enough to score customized coffin care packages featuring their twitter user name. One might find it extremely difficult to believe that a series so devoted to its fan base could be responsible for the entirety of its abysmal series finale.
The conclusion of the sixth season left the audience with a six month lapse in time and an imminent attack on the patrons of the newly dubbed â€œBellefleur'sé bar and grill. True Blood's final season picked up immediately following the time warp, but ultimately aimed at bidding farewell to the town of Bon Temps and the cast that kept us mostly entertained for the last seven years. Unfortunately, the season devolved into a series of tenuous circumstances that left the majority of its viewership dumbfounded and sent the series off with its lowest number of viewers since season two.
One might be able to overlook the Walking Dead styled party that led them to mass grave and resulted in a ridiculous showdown, but the lackluster deaths of key characters was less forgivable. The reason Game of Thrones major character deaths feel more successful is that their deaths fuel story lines. Alcide and Tara faced the true death earlier this season and left fans bewildered because key characters display remarkable resilience and are generally sent on their way with a significant amount of fanfare. Tara's death served as a gateway for a minor story arc featuring the unlikable Lettie Mae, while Alcide's death was merely used immediately revisit the Sookie and Bill story and add a cameo to Robert Patrick's resume.
True Blood has been billed by most as a more adult entry into realm of the supernatural, showcasing explicit behavior that the tween series Twilight was unable to present to its own audience. The final hour of the show randomly introduced the subplot of a marriage and strong-armed a key character into matrimony at the behest of a dying vampire. The â€œproposalé is to marry a person who is effectively a stranger and comes less than 24 hours after ceasing a different relationship. Laughable. The irony here is that this character, who has demonstrated verbally abusive behavior for which no remorse has been displayed, has cited not wanting children to get out of one relationship and the inability to have children as a shortcoming in the past.
The show has always promoted people being comfortable with themselves. Strong characters like Nelson Ellis' Lafayette, Rutina Wesley's Tara and Stephen Moyer's Bill have always been portrayed as characters who think everybody should be proud of everything that makes them unique. This is the primary reason that the suggestion by Bill that Anna Paquin's Sookie should give up her â€œlighté feels rather disingenuous to the audience.
The biggest deviation is that a show, built on the portrayal of lust, decides to end with a family-style Thanksgiving. A Thanksgiving that, quite frankly, would have never happened. The relationships would look more like a spider web with multiple points of connection if placed on a police board. One small ray of hope for fans it that Alexander Skarsgard's Eric Northman and Kristin Bauer van Straten's Pam whose characters stayed true to the spirit of the show established in the previous six seasons. The actors have done a great job with the material they were given, but the content of the final season leaves a lot to be desired. The finale of True Blood culminated the season-long struggle with its own identity by abandoning most of the hallmarks established throughout the entire series.