I was cool just seeing Terry and Lala living their lives, cooking up gumbo at Merlottes and being the characters they used to be.
From an episode thread. I so agree. The show needs a touchstone of 'normalcy' in which the viewer can sort of exhale. Even for a few minutes. If everybody is dragged into something supernatural in a firsthand way, there's really none of that. The only ones this season that I can think of who aren't, are Arlene and Mrs Fortenberry, and even they are tangentially wrapped up in something via Terry and Hoyt. Terry is headed toward something supernatural or is already knee deep in it, and Hoyt is flirting with being lunch for some new vamp. When they are on screen, much as I dislike most of what comes out of their mouths (especially Arlene) they are more a glimpse of how a lot of people might react to those circumstances. It adds a lot of humor or poignancy, depending.
It does seem like Bon Temps is a hellmouth, in that it just seems to attract much more supernatural activity, much of it dangerous or 'bad,' than anywhere else in the True Blood universe. But I'd also love to see more places outside Bon Temps and how 'normal people' or 'the common folk' live in those locations. Even on television. Show us what others think about vampires - show a vampire being interviewed (cough, that isn't meant as a reference to a certain book series, honest) or something. I'd love to see a vampire being interviewed about points in history for instance. That would be the first thing I'd want to know. Or have a werewolf on a talk show talking about their favorite foods. Silly things like that.
However they do it, contrast to 'normal human life' is desperately needed, I think. Show the way our brains work vs. the way supes' brains work. Show them humoring us more often. Or, just the way it was more in the early seasons, with more people doing everyday things. Otherwise supernatural is just natural anyway.