Not Radioactive: True Blood Season Six Finale

The finale of the sixth season of the HBO hit True Blood (‘Radioactive’) ended with a whimper, in my opinion. It’s a good thing that HBO already confirmed that True Blood will be returning for season seven, because after that finale, I would’ve had my doubts. Things were action-packed for the first half of the episode, then all of a sudden we fast-forward six months and the whole world is turned upside down? Does anyone know what just happened at the end of that episode?

I don’t mind the fast-forward, but they did it in a way that was kind of tricky. It has a dark feel, equipped with eerie music, and a M. Night Shyamalan-like scary movie pace. It was misleading, because nothing really happened! We found out Sam (Sam Trammell) is now the sheriff, Jason (Ryan Kwanten) hasn’t had sex with his vampire girlfriend yet, and there are crazy vampires running around who are infected with the very Hep V virus that was created to destroy them. On top of all of that, Tara’s horrible mother finally apologized to her and tried to make amends. These are nice plot points, but nothing to get too excited about.

I’ve noticed that the longer this series goes on, the more irritating Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) becomes. She’s in love with Bill, then maybe Eric, then flirts with Alcide (Joe Manganiello), then comes back and says she always thought her and Sam would be together?!?#?%? After that, she promises to marry Warlow (Rob Kazinsky)! She’s just so damn flaky and always in the middle of something. They spent most of the finale on another adventure that aimed to rescue her from her latest self-inflicted dangerous situation. She’s eventually saved, and according to the flash-forward, her initial flirting with Alcide has led to them now living together! This girl is just more trouble than she’s worth.

The shocker of the night has to go to Eric’s (Alexander Skarsgård) presumed death. He’s just sitting there (fully naked by the way) reading a book, basking in his new-found ability to sit out in the sun, when BAM! Warlow dies, taking “the power of the sun” with him. Full Disclosure: I have a serious man-crush on Eric. I might not be able to regroup if he has indeed perished. He’s totally on fire, but surrounded by snow, so there’s still a chance that he hasn’t experienced “the true death.” My infatuation aside, Eric Northman might be the glue that holds this show together, and it would be smart for the produces to make sure he makes it to next season.

We have grown accustomed to tons of gore for True Blood finales. There are always mass killings, random nudity, group brainwashing and/or craziness, and a stupid Sookie crisis to top things off. We got everything except the mass killings… That’s the best part! I sound a little callous, but this is TV, and I want to be entertained. At the very least, next season’s nemesis (the zombie vampires) will offer some early intrigue for viewers, but they are going to need a lot more than that if they want to keep their fan’s interest for a season eight.

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