True Blood Finale Review – “Evil is Going On”

I suppose at this point, we should expect True Blood season finales to deliver massive cliffhangers.  That’s exactly what happened in “Evil is Going On,” the final episode of the third season of True Blood, where many new questions and angles manifested just after the old ones were resolved.  Eric (sort of) squashed his beef with Russell, we learned even more about what Sookie is, Jason seems to have found his calling, and Bill’s true motivations were revealed.  And oh yeah, Jedi Godric.  The season finale of True Blood was pretty damn good – especially when compared to last season’s finale – and it’s clear that Alan Ball has carefully set the stage for a fourth season.  Keep reading for the full review.  As always, there will be spoilers.

So it turns out that Eric’s plan was to die all along, so long as it meant taking Russell to the true death with him.  While the two vamps are cuffed to each other and charring under the literally blistering sun, Eric has a vision of Godric, all Jedi-esque and at peace.  Godric tells Eric that everything – even vicious, evil vampires like Russell – find peace in the true death, and that Eric should make use of the time he has on Earth to forgive Russell.  Eric ignores Godric’s suggestion, opting instead to die with the vampire that slaughtered his family.  For a show as dark as True Blood can be, I’m a bit surprised – and maybe disappointed – that all beings find peace after death.  Not to get all existential on everyone, but if that’s the case, then what’s the point?

Sookie’s been healed by Bill’s blood, so she barges outside to save Eric and, for some reason (maybe I missed this?  Help.), Russell as well.  Despite being charred to a crisp, it was great to see Russell maintain his sadistic charm.  A bit later, while Eric and Bill are sleeping and resting up (not together, heh), Russell tries to convince Sookie to remove the silver chains from around his neck and free him.  Naturally, Sookie refuses, and getting the idea that Russell wants to use her blood to somehow revive Talbot, she takes great, twisted pleasure in dumping Talbot’s remains down the bar sink and grinding them into nothing.  After all Sookie’s been through, I suppose she’s entitled to an act of nastiness.

Of course, no one’s been through more than Tara, and if you didn’t already know that, the quick flashback sequence that included the death of Eggs and Franklin served as a good reminded that there’s a legitimate reason why the girl is so batshit crazy.  It’s clear that the reason Tara has clicked with Sam over the past few seasons is because like Tara, Sam has been through a ton.  Sam suggests to Tara that she leave town and start anew, which really doesn’t seem like such a bad idea.  Tara chops her hair off, says her goodbyes – I thought the scene with her and Sookie was very well done, by the way – and ditches Bon Temps.  Will it be for good?  Will all the Tara haters get their wish and see her exit from the show?  I guess we’ll find out next season.

We’ll also find out whether or not Sam killed his brother, but I’m guessing he just shot him in the leg.  To be honest, I kind of like the new, pushed-over-the-edge Sam, and I think it’s a testament to the acting of Sam Trammell that he’s able to be convincing as both an “aw shucks” nice guy as well as a pissed off drunk.  I’m not saying he should have shot Tommy for stealing his money, but Tommy is a real piece of unappreciative shit and likely deserves whatever comes to him.

I’m guessing that witches will be to Season 4 what werewolves were to Season 3, what with Holly being a Wicca and Lafayette’s boyfriend, Jesus, being a witch.  There wasn’t much going on with Lafayette in this episode aside from his insane V-visions (the one of Rene choking Arlene was pretty freaky, as was Lafayette’s vision of the “true” Sam) aside from Jesus’ revelation to him, but it looks like Jesus and Lafayette will be a big part of Season 4.  Fine with me, especially if we’re going to get more trippy sequences.

Jason seems to have finally found his calling, which isn’t necessarily being a deputy, but being a hero and someone who can help others.  This fits perfectly with Jason’s naive innocence and bravery and it’ll be interesting to see how he helps the poor, starving people of Hotshot.  True Blood has been pretty violent all season long, but even I was shocked when Felton shot Calvin right in the head.  I don’t think it made a lot of sense for him to have shot Calvin and then not shot Jason, as Jason is someone that he isn’t real familiar with and who he sort of hates.  Of course, I’m glad Jason didn’t get shot, but it was pretty convenient for him to escape unscathed.  Now the question is: are all the poor residents of Hotshot werepanthers?

There was a little bit of this episode dedicated to Hoty and Jessica, and Hoyt’s certainly grown up a ton since the first season.  If ever there was character growth, it was with regard to Hoyt.  Hoyt’s mother is still having a real time accepting the fact that her only child is in love with a vampire, so much in fact that she decided to purchase a (presumably) vampire-killer rifle.  It’s gonna be bad news if she points that thing at Jessica.  Also – and I hate to sound like a broken record – but can we please get some Jessica sex dreams?  The ladies drool over Eric and Alcide, give me some damn naked Jessica.

I’ll finish with the same storyline with which I started, since that’s the central one to this and every season so far.  Specifically, the Bill-Sookie-Eric triangle.  Eric decides that to truly punish Russell, he should be buried alive in concrete for one hundred years with nothing but the loss of Talbot to keep him company.  Again, Godric appears and urges Eric to spare Russell, but Eric’s desire for revenge outweighs any loyalty he once had to his maker.  Once Russell is covered in concrete and gone for the next hundred years (not likely, please come back next season), Bill turns on Eric and gives him the same treatment.  This came as a shock, not only because Bill has always seemed so passive, but also because Eric should be able to rip Bill to shreds.  Bill’s reason – of course – was that it was to protect Sookie, as anyone who has tasted her blood must be destroyed, the idea being that only Bill is capable of restraining himself when drinking the vampire equivalent of crack that is her blood.

Eric isn’t submerged for long, though, and shows up to find Bill at Sookie’s.  Eric tells Sookie that Bill was ordered by Queen Sophie Anne to “obtain” her and, surprisingly, that he paid off the scumbags in Merlotte’s to beat her to a pulp so that he could heal her with his blood.  That’s quite a twist, and although I think that Bill truly did fall in love with Sookie along the way, it’s a much darker side of Bill that we’ve only glimpsed in the past.  Sookie’s still pissed as hell at Eric, but he’s probably going to be fine as far as she’s concerned.  Is this finally the Bill and Sookie breakup?  I say yes.

Also – why the hell didn’t Eric kill Bill?  Yeah, I know that having Sookie hate his guts may be a fate worse than the true death for Bill, but still.  Bill later is approached by Sophie Anne (who expects Sookie to be handed over to her) and in his frustration and anger, challenges her to a duel.  The two of them rise Trinity-in-the-Matrix style and engage in battle, but we’ll have to wait until next season to find out who won.

Finally, while graving at Gran’s grave and feeling very alone, Sookie is approached by Claudine.  The two of them disappear into a bright light, and that’s the end of Season 3!  I do like the setup of Bill becoming a possible villain (it did happen rather organically) and the witches should be interesting next season.  Also, Eric can put the full court press on Sookie.  What did you guys think of the finale?  What do you expect next season?  Who’s happy Tara may be gone for good?  Who’s upset that she wasn’t killed?


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