Tonight marks the season premiere of HBO’s True Blood, and the start of the show’s final season. After having recently endured the brutal and soul crushing fourth season of Game of Thrones, I’m more than ready for some light summer television. Of course, this is HBO, which means their version of light summer television comes complete with plenty of blood, sex, and mayhem dolled out by the vampires, werewolves, fairies, and other assorted paranormal characters that inhabit this crazy show. While recent seasons have been marred by uneven plot lines and an ever increasingly sprawling cast, when push comes to shove, True Blood is one of the most addictive shows to ever grace the small screen, and so I’m ready to settle in for one final go around with all the insanity that makes this show one of a kind.
True Blood may have debuted back in 2008, but I resisted tuning in for years, because after the onslaught of the Twilight franchise around the same time, I was left with a general loathing for all things vampire related. However, a friend of mine insisted that I give the show a chance, and so one night, when nothing else looked appealing on television, I decided to give the first episode a go. One week and several sleepless nights later, I had devoured the first four seasons, and was well and truly addicted to the trials and tribulations of telepathic waitress, Sookie Stackhouse, and her heated romance with 173 year old vampire, Bill Compton. True Blood wasn’t, and still isn’t, the best show on television, but its ability to make it nearly impossible to stop watching is second to none. Each season plays out like one long story, and every single episode ends on a cliffhanger; a practice that is as ingenious as it is infuriating when it is 4AM and you just want to watch one more episode.
With its seventh season set to be its last, I’m ready to see what surprises these final 10 episodes have in store, and to find out how the stories will wrap up for each of the many characters that populate this show. The showrunners have teased that not all characters will make it to the series finale on August 24th, so I’m bracing myself for a Game of Thrones-style mass slaughter, but unlike that particular fantasy hit, True Blood has a wicked sense of humour and jovial spirit to its proceedings that should help to soften the blow. However, I’m mostly looking forward to getting sucked back in one last time, and to getting re-addicted to a show that is a crazy mashup of fantasy, soap opera, drama, and comedy, with characters that I’ll honestly be sad to see go by the end of it all. Over the past seven years, True Blood has somehow managed to successfully mix crazy twists with tender moments, and with trailers promising a return to its core characters and a more centralized plot, True Blood just may go out on the high it deserves.