It was cliffhangers galore on the “True Blood” season three finale: Tara bails on Bon Temps, Sam shoots at his bro, Lafayette’s visions worsen and he turns to his witch boy toy Jesus, Jason becomes leader of Hotshot, Bill and vamp queen Sophie-Anne duke it out, Russell is buried alive, Sookie vanishes in a burst of light with her faerie pal Claudette … Whew! That wasn’t even everything!
The episode left plenty of dangling story lines, pieces that EW.com’s Michael Ausiello reports will be immediately picked up in the season four premiere … which is a loooong nine months away. Rather than count down the days until “True Blood” returns, let’s bask in the glory of the finale for a little bit.
Anna’s take: It was good, no doubt, but everything has felt like a letdown after Russell Edgington’s brilliant segment on the evening news that ended the Aug. 15 episode. Now THAT was an ending worthy of a series finale! Sookie disappearing with her fey folk? Eh. (I lost interest in her and her relationship with Bill somewhere along the way this season. ) And the Bill and Sophie-Ann “Matrix”-battle cliffhanger? That just looked cheesy.
But I loved the part when a maniacal-looking Sookie poured poor Talbot down the drain. And even though Russell was a hot, crispy mess, his anguish was sharp. Seriously, best villain ever. Another favorite? Jessica and Hoyt moving in together! (Him telling mama and Summer off was also pretty awesome.) But what I really can’t wait for is more witches next season. Why? It means more focus on the fabulous Lafayette and Jesus, my new second-favorite couple.
Ree’s take: Right off the top, I’ll admit I’m no fan of this OMG-Sookie’s-a-faerie story line. In town full of vamps, shapeshifters and were-things, faeries just don’t impress. So maybe that explains why Sookie’s sudden disappearance into the land of the fey didn’t exactly leave me on the edge of my seat. She’ll be back. Whatever.
While I’m at it, I’ll dish another “whatever” to Sookie’s big breakup with Bill. Sure, it’s been a long time coming, but those two are Bon Temps’ ultimate yo-yo couple. They’ll get back together just as soon as she returns from Faerieville and he finishes his bloody tête-à-tête with the queen.
Thankfully, the night’s other plot points put those to shame, as did a few blink-and-you’d-miss-them-moments: Godric’s ghost getting his kumbayayas out? Greatness. Charbroiled Russell cracking wise and rolling his eyes at Sookie and Alcide’s reunion? Comedy gold. The end of “Uncle-Daddy Calvin” at the hand of his own son (-cousin-nephew)? An unexpected treat. Oh, and let’s not forget the Star magazine cover featuring Russell and his recently de-spined anchor pal — the best!
Well, the best part was actually all about the unanswered questions that will drive me and my fellow “TB” fanatics batty until next season. I can handle not knowing where Tara went, what’s going on with Lafayette’s visions and even wondering whether or not Sam really shot his kid brother. But I’ll count the seconds until the genteel king of Mississippi rises again.
What did you think of the finale? What are you looking forward to next season?