I had such high hopes for this season, foolishly thinking that now that Alan Ball and his hard-on for all things Bill/Stephen Moyer would be gone, that the show would quit being so damn Bill-centric. And so while the show did some things right, such as bringing the action back to Bon Temps and trying to tie the gazillion storylines together, from my perspective this season and the finale especially were just an epic fail. So, Bill was the one who last season ordered the destruction of the TruBlood factories, but this season he's the savior of the vampires, who are being persecuted primarily because they no longer have access to TruBlood and must feed on humans. If I were being cynical, I'd say the writers set up the TruBlood shortage precisely so they would have a way to once again let Bill come to the rescue. I am just so tired of any interesting storylines and so much time being given to Bill, especially when Stephen Moyer (who seems to be a nice enough guy IRL) cannot pull off any expression other than frowning or looking petulant. Meanwhile, Lafayette, Tara, Pam and scores of others are lucky to get one or two lines an episode. I've been wondering for a while just what it would take to make me give up on the show, and I really think this season finale turned out to be the answer. It's easy to criticize the books, but Charlaine Harris did get one thing right: Bill worked best overall as the vampire who introduced Sookie into the supernatural world and then faded into the background for the most part.
I'm upset at the prospect of Eric's character being dead, although I still think they will do some lame-ass thing next season where it turns out he was rescued by Pam, who will have apparently borrowed a blanket from the same deus ex machina store that Niall had been hanging out in. But I remember a few years ago reading an interview with ASkars, where he talked about how grateful he was for True Blood, because he was banking the bulk of his salary as "Fuck you money," so that in the future he wouldn't feel compelled to take a shitty role in a badly written movie just for a paycheck. I think the scene of Eric burning was ASkars recognizing that the same show that had provided him with his "Fuck you money" was now the same one where he needed to say "Fuck you, no" to shittily written dreck. I suspect he negotiated or bought out his contract so that he would only have to do a limited number of episodes next season, if he returns at all. But even if he does return, I won't be watching. I'm too tired of the "Bill is a dick; Bill is a dick some more; Sookie is in danger yet again; Bill broods and does one decent thing and is praised by the entire world; lather, rinse, repeat" show. There are some great actors on this show; Ryan Kwanten has been particularly impressive. Hell, even Joe M. isn't quite as wooden as he used to be. It's too bad so many of those actors are given throw-away lines and pointless storylines just because Alan Ball regarded Bill and Sookie as OTP. Enough already.
Edited by BookWoman56, Aug 19, 2013 @ 7:35 PM.