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True Blood series finale recap: 'Thank You'

Bill makes one more request of Sookie, as Jessica allows him to feel his most human.

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True Blood

TV Show
Current Status:
On Hiatus
run date:
Stephen Moyer, Anna Paquin
Sci-fi and Fantasy, Drama

Series finales are often polarizing, and True Blood’s will likely divide fans between those who are satisfied with a happy ending and those who want an hour of TV that leaves their hearts in their throats and their butts on the edge of their seats. The final season has been about getting back to the characters and letting them have time to actually sit and talk to one another. That’s a lot of what they did this hour, for better or worse.

Bill’s death wish: As mentioned in our instant react, not seeing the S for Sex in the episode’s rating is a tip-off that this isn’t your typical episode of True Blood. Bill tells Sookie that dying of Hep-V has made him feel more human than when he was human, and he wants to be reunited with his family. Staying with her, he’d be denying her children (has he not heard of sperm donors or adoption?), and he finally admits she’s not the only weak one: As long as he’s on the planet, he can’t not be with her either because he loves her too much. The twist is one you feel foolish for not seeing coming: Bill asks Sookie to use her one-time fairy light ball to kill him. By showing him the true death, she’d be setting them both free—she’d just be normal and vampires would no longer be lining up at her door. Sookie agrees to think about it, mostly because she wants to kill him for even asking her to assist his suicide. (And p.s. Bill, you can stake yourself at any time.)

Eric’s brilliant idea: For anyone worried that Bill’s “we only bring her death” speech about Sookie got to Eric, you were right. Eric and Sookie have no scenes together in the finale. He’s staying true to who he is—a capitalist who doesn’t like to trust anyone or share. He suddenly thinks of a plan he frankly could have thought of a lot sooner. He glamours Sarah into drinking Pam’s blood so they can set her free and track her by her fear. Mr. Gus follows into the tunnel after her as Eric and Pam do some fancy stunt work to kill a couple of Yakuza before setting Mr. Gus on fire. Eric then has just enough time to fly to Sookie’s house and kill the Yakuza sent to murder her before she, wearing that stupid T-shirt, even knows they’re outside her home. Eric drives the car back with their dead bodies, bopping his head to the music. Pam, meanwhile, finds Sarah at the carousel in the park where Eric turned Willa. Sarah wants Pam to make her a vampire. The always fickle Sarah offers to become lovers with Pam, who says no amount of money will have either of them going down. But there is something Pam wants from Sarah—a vaccination. Drink. And that’s the last we see of Eric and Pam until the time jump at the end.

The Wedding: Did anyone expect Hoyt and Jessica to marry in this episode? Bill unintentionally guilts them into it, explaining to Jessica, who’d come to tell Bill that she’ll be okay without him, that he never got to walk his human daughter down the aisle or meet the man she’d marry—so he just wants to know Jessica’s “spoken for” before he dies. Of course, you can’t help but feel Jessica’s right when she reminds Bill that Hoyt’s memory of her goes back just a day, so this wedding is incredibly too soon. Especially since Hoyt later admits to his best man, Jason, that he feels like Harrison Ford in that “old movie” (!) Regarding Henry, where Ford’s character has amnesia but falls back in love with his cheating wife. In one of Jason’s wise moments, he tells Bubba they need to live everyday like it’s their last (which they do in this town), and asks him to imagine who he’d like to wake up next to—it’s Jessica. To quote Jason, “It puts everything in perspective prescription for us.” Ha. I think I’m going to miss you most of all, Scarecrow.

Andy is invited to perform the service—and so Bill can tell him as Bill’s closest living relative, he’ll be inheriting his home, which he should rent to Jessica and Hoyt for $1 a month. Arlene and Holly are also there, mostly to gawk at Bill’s house, which they’ve never been inside before, and so Arlene can provide some comic relief with her, “Oh s—, I forgot” when the music doesn’t shut off for the service. True Blood has always had a strong gay metaphor, and it’s nice to see the series go out on one: The state of Louisiana may not recognize Hoyt and Jessica’s marriage because she’s a vampire, but there’s no doubt in Andy’s mind that God does because love is love. More comic relief: Jason calls Andy “father” when Jason tells him he’s giving Hoyt away, but they already hugged it out, so he should just continue with the service.

Who was afraid Bill was going to dissolve into a pile of goo at any second during the service? I was so nervous about it, the magnitude of Sookie hearing Bill’s thoughts for the very first time didn’t even hit me. She heard him thinking about his happiness and his pain, and his desire to stay present and not letting anyone see the suffering. He thought about how much he loved her and how much he wanted her to have a wedding.

NEXT: Goodbye, Bill