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24 November 2008 @ 09:11 pm
True Blood 1.12 You'll Be the Death of Me  
Well any complaints I made this week about being conflicted about Smallville developments just got blown to pieces: CONFLICTED doesn't begin to sum up my feelings about the True Blood finale!

Oh my god, they just KILLED LAFAYETTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
BILL killed Lafayette! Just when I had come to love Bill so much! NOOOOO!
I'm just... in shock. Denial. I refuse to believe it!

The conflict comes in because other than that I loved the finale. It was creepy and horrible seeing the true Rene/Drew come out and I thought the show really did a good job of playing on the fact that he'd been this harmless, likeable, jokey guy all season. Sookie didn't feel in danger and even for the viewer it was hard to believe she was. But I loved the way they played up the creepiness in the gaol, for instance, having him overhear that she was on his trail, and also in the house. And oh, grandma! I felt sad all over again seeing her die. :(

They also used well the fact that although Sookie can read minds, she is in the habit of not doing so, and, when she does, she can find it overwhelming and difficult to stomach. They also explored the fact that while the truth does slip out eventually, it can happen by chance if a person is well guarded, as we saw with Rene. On the other hand, it was cool that he could feel her in his head when she was running away. And go Sookie for grabbing a spade and defending herself! I liked that in the end the boys were just delaying tactics. ;)

Clearly Maryann has some creepy agenda going on but until next season when that will, no doubt, come to light, I really enjoyed seeing Tara gain some equilibrium. I was laughing at the scene where she 'stumbled' on a ridiculously attractive young man in the same situation as herself, but I found myself smiling at that scene despite the obvious manipulation (of both Tara and viewer!). And Tara IS all those things that Maryann said she was: smart, brave and funny, a survivor. I liked seeing her as a more confident version of herself at the bar and with Sam, briefly.

Sookie on pain meds was absolutely adorable, I thought. And I really liked the warmth in her speech to Sam, though of course Tara got the wrong idea about it, and that was sad. I don't want those two (Tara and Sam) to give up on each other. And while I do think Sam loves Sookie, I'm not really sure it's destined to be boyfriendly love. Their exchange read more as mutual appreciation and affection than romance chemistry, in sharp contrast to the Bill/Sookie, er, sizzle? (OMG, most inappropriate pun ever!)

BILL! OMG! Bill burnt himself to a crisp for her! That was both tragic/moving and completely hilarious! I didn't know whether to laugh or cry. I do love Bill. But omg, HE KILLED LAFAYETTE. All the way through his reunion kiss with Sookie I kept thinking that. And I should have been so happy those two kids hooked up again--I'd wanted that after Sookie so unjustly threw him out.

Ugh! MEAN show!

I did love that Eric couldn't hack that annoying dumb chick that Bill turned. And Pam seemed SO unimpressed. *hearts Pam* That amuses me and I guess Bill's terrible act will mean that I don't mind seeing him get pushed around by Eric next season? But waaaaah, no Lafayette? :(

Jason was hilarious and hopeless and I could see his salvation coming a mile away. *facepalm* I'm not sure if Jason as a born-again will be better or worse than Jason as a V-junkie but I am amused.

A bit of a surprise joy? Arlene. I always dismissed her as the dumb hick girl in love with the charming guy, and having that flipped on its head was kind of cool. It was horrible when she found the tapes, but I laughed at her sympathy flowers for Sookie. Oh dear. Poor Arlene, she really does have bad taste in guys--and she really SHOULD hook up with Terry! (Unless he's next season's villain!) I liked her speech to Sookie a lot and thought she was really sweet after all.

As usual I loved little touches:
- Sookie calling Andy 'Detective Belfleur' to get him out of the bar, even though he'd been terribly annoying earlier with Jason.
- Terry saying people should listen to him but they never do.
- Hoyt wanting a vampire girlfriend... (though uh-oh! a candidate just arrived in town!)

Oh! and I love that there was finally a purpose for Sam's sniff-session! Sniffy-trail-hunting Sam was cute and cool! But I do wonder what's going on with that safe and all that money... I *knew* there was more to Sam's history we hadn't found out yet!

SO don't want to wait a whole year for more. *pouts*

Lafayette, you will live in my memory as one of my favourite ever one-season characters! *waves lighter*

ETA: Potential spoilers for books in comments.
 
 
Current Location: sofa of comfiness
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redteekal: True Blood Ericredteekal on November 24th, 2008 01:12 pm (UTC)
NOEEEEEESSSS!!!!!!! If that's Lafayette in the car then he better be sleeping or he's about to be turned into a vampire!
Dammit they cannot do that to my favourite Season 1 character! *stamps foot and waves fist at Alan Ball* He just owned every scene he was in and he's just far too fascinating, intriguing and colourful to be written out this way. Bad enough that Rene was the psychopath. I think I am going to have to go and buy all the books to tide me over. For 12 episodes this series really rocked.And for the rest of my wishlist - more Erik please. Alexander Skarsgard is brilliant. 'There are favours and then there are favours'.

Edited at 2008-11-24 01:13 pm (UTC)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: True Blood LaFayettebop_radar on November 24th, 2008 08:31 pm (UTC)
I'll back more Erik and more Lafayette, for sure! Hopefully Lafayette's death is a fakeout... but I'm scarred on this show by themy really killing grandma!
Stephanie: TB gif Bill einaphets on November 24th, 2008 02:41 pm (UTC)
Oh my god, they just KILLED LAFAYETTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
BILL killed Lafayette! Just when I had come to love Bill so much! NOOOOO!
I'm just... in shock. Denial. I refuse to believe it!


*flails* I refuse to believe it. I think if it were Bill we would have seen him do it and yet they didn't show it. And if he DID feed off of him, I don't think he killed him. At the time they ended filming of this season, they didn't even know if they were going to be picked up for a new season. Tara and Lafayette have become such fan favorite 'extras' that I find it impossible to believe that they'd kill him off that way. I don't think it'll happen. *fingers crossed*

How can this show be so graphic and gory and yet make me laugh my ass off without being campy? I don't know of another show that has ever done that. Every character makes me laugh. And this isn't a comedy. I just can't get my head around how much I frakking love this show!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: True Blood Billbop_radar on November 24th, 2008 08:34 pm (UTC)
Ohh, GREAT reasoning there! *clings to hope*

How can this show be so graphic and gory and yet make me laugh my ass off without being campy? I don't know of another show that has ever done that. Every character makes me laugh. And this isn't a comedy. I just can't get my head around how much I frakking love this show!
I second all of that! It is a fascinating previously unexperienced type of amusement!
Call Me OneTrack: lafayette dancingcallmeonetrack on November 24th, 2008 03:24 pm (UTC)
Lafayette is not dead. (If I keep saying it, it has to come true!) I do have hope that it's just a fakeout because Alan Ball has done interviews saying Lafayette and Jason are his favorite characters to write for. So he wouldn't kill him off, would he?

And I don't think Bill fed off him. No way, no how. Bill is the nice vamp. Even to save himself, I don't think he'd feed off a human, esp. post-Jessica.

I have to say the show hasn't put a lot of stock in Sookie/Sam and I'm pleased with that. I thought they were going to end this season with s/s together somehow and Bill on the outside and I'm glad they didn't because I sorta ship Sam/Tara. For that reason, I was not interested in Eggs either.

I feel just the way you did about Jason's "salvation." Totally amused. Let's see how long it keeps being funny once he gets in over his head again though.

I too really liked the Detective Bellefleur moment.

Oh show. Summer is so far away! It's a good thing BSG is on its way back to distract me.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: True Blood Billbop_radar on November 24th, 2008 08:36 pm (UTC)
lan Ball has done interviews saying Lafayette and Jason are his favorite characters to write for. So he wouldn't kill him off, would he?
Ohhh, good to hear! I can see that as a writer they'd be great fun...

Bill is the nice vamp. Even to save himself, I don't think he'd feed off a human, esp. post-Jessica.
Really? I had a terrible feeling that turning Jessica may have opened something in Bill... and also he was near-dead and may have been running on survival instinct not thought? I'll be very happy if I am wrong!!!
Beckygiggleloop on November 24th, 2008 03:53 pm (UTC)
Hubby & I just got back from Florida and I SERIOUSLY wanted to detour through Louisiana on the way home & see if we could find them filming somewhere, but we didn't have the days to spend doing it. :) I LOVE THIS SHOW SO MUCH OMG.

That having been said, if they've killed off Lafayette I will be PISSED. :( *keeps fingers hugely crossed until summer*

It almost seems like Pig Lady was trying to recruit Tara into getting turned into a vamp, the way she was telling her that she's strong and a survivor. But obviously Pig Lady isn't a vamp, so I dunno. My guess with the pig is that she's a shapeshifter like Sam (hence them knowing each other). And Sam getting the money out of the safe makes me think he's getting his stuff together to make a run for it to get away from her. I'm SO curious to find out what their history is and why he's so afraid of her. Maybe Pig Lady wants to turn Tara into a shapeshifter? Is that possible? I don't think they said - it was hereditary in Sam's case, but who knows if it's something that can be transmitted.

Man, I really really really hope Lafayette isn't dead. And who the hell would wait TWO WEEKS and then put him in Andy's backseat? Hmmph. I CAN'T WAIT!!! :)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: True Blood Tarabop_radar on November 24th, 2008 08:41 pm (UTC)
I don't know.... I sure hope Lafayette is not dead! And if I had the chance to go to Louisiana I'd want to go there too now!

I did think the Pig Lady was a shapeshifter but I have a new theory now: I think she can will things into being, shape reality, by drawing on the pig's energy in some way. (Hence the weird flickering on the lawn.) I'm thinking she conjured up that guitar dude to keep Tara trapped! *shrug* I'm not wed to my theory, just having fun trying to work out what her deal is.
tragicllyhiptragicllyhip on November 24th, 2008 04:47 pm (UTC)
I missed the first 25 mins or so because i forgot, was it really Bill??
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: True Blood Billbop_radar on November 24th, 2008 08:38 pm (UTC)
Unclear! There was a whoosh that seemed like a vampire moving fast, and shortly after that Bill whooshed up to Sookie's place all healed and saying he'd fed... but it could be a fakeout. They'd buried Bill to try and save him because he got crisped in the sun trying to save Sookie.
(Anonymous) on November 24th, 2008 06:24 pm (UTC)
You never see Bill feed off of Lafayette. They edited it in a way that makes you think that's the case, but considering how the writers of the show try to misdirect viewers, you shouldn't jump to any conclusions.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: True Blood Sookiebop_radar on November 24th, 2008 08:42 pm (UTC)
Hee! I got scarred by them actually killing Grandma. ;) I do agree it's ambiguous and I hope it's a fake out.
Vacuum state of peacebzoppa on November 24th, 2008 09:16 pm (UTC)
I haven't even watched the show. I watched 20 minutes of the first episode and turned it off. I tried, many times...

I have, however, read the first 5 books. I have my opinion on Lafayette's death which comes from the books. Do you want to know?
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: True Blood LaFayettebop_radar on November 24th, 2008 09:47 pm (UTC)
Hmmm. I heard he dies in the books. I think I do want to know?
Vacuum state of peacebzoppa on November 24th, 2008 09:56 pm (UTC)
He barely even had a part in the first book. He wasn't related to Tara, in the books Tara is just a random (white) friend of Sookie's from high school.

Lafayette dies in the first chapter or so of the second book. His murder is kind of the mystery (the way searching for the serial killer was in this season/the first book).

Basically, I doubt they're going to bring Lafayette back. If they're going to use the second book as a springboard for the second season's mystery, he's definitely dead.

On the other hand, there's a lot of change/addition to the series. I can't say that the murderer in the book is the same as the murderers on screen... Bill didn't kill a vampire in the first book, it was Eric who staked his bartender when Sookie discovered he was stealing and the bartender attacked her. (Was that why Bill killed the vampire in the series? And why he had to make some chick a vampire?)

Normally I'm all about analyzing the differences between books and tv shows/movies, but there was something about True Blood that just turned me off. I liked the opening 5 minutes of the pilot but I thought the character introduction was very rocky. Normally I'm more tolerant of pilots but I could not get through it. And this was before I read the books.

I do have to say that, in the books, Pam doesn't dress like a dominatrix... I once texted my friend that Pam was wearing dark pink pants and a pink top...
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: True Blood Billbop_radar on November 24th, 2008 10:33 pm (UTC)
Basically, I doubt they're going to bring Lafayette back. If they're going to use the second book as a springboard for the second season's mystery, he's definitely dead
*nods* That's what I concluded too just on the basis of the TV finale here. It would make a good premise for the second season and they did need to set up a new mystery, so to me it seemed obvious he was dead.

there was something about True Blood that just turned me off
Aww, that's a pity. I love it to bits! I love Pam the way I know her in the series--she's one of my favourite support characters. But hey, everyone's tasstes are different. Did you prefer the books? Loving the series so much I can't work out if I'd like the books or not!
Vacuum state of peacebzoppa on November 24th, 2008 11:33 pm (UTC)
I'm actually lukewarm on the series. I was open to trying both, and in fact had the shows before copies of the books. I ended up reading first. They're entertaining enough, I'll continue with the series until it turns me off.

I'm just sad I couldn't get into the series for the fandom.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: True Blood Sookiebop_radar on November 26th, 2008 12:18 am (UTC)
I can see how the show is not for everyone. It's a very strange blend of elements, and of course casting may or may not work for you too. (I can see how Sookie could annoy a lot of people though I don't mind her.)

Is there much of a True Blood fandom? I haven't really sought it out, though I might now that i'll be missing the show so much.
Vacuum state of peace: poltergeistbzoppa on November 26th, 2008 12:29 am (UTC)
Not so much as fandom as "Look! My flist is talking about this show! Wish I could participate."

I haven't participated in what other people may call fandoms, really. I just like watching what my friends say about it :)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!bop_radar on November 26th, 2008 09:27 am (UTC)
Ah, yes, that's the best way really. I'm like that too.