****WARNING! SPOILERS BELOW!!****
The season finale started off with a bang. Episode twelve picked up right where episode eleven left off, with Russell standing in the field outside of the fairy club. Sookie, along with the other fairies inside, attempted to blast Russell with their fairy light. However, after drinking the whole fairy, it appeared that their powers were useless against him. Just when it seemed that Russell would enter the portal and feed on the fae without a problem, Eric raced in, grabbed Russell, and staked him. And this was all before the credits rolled. Later, Eric and Nora went to Fangtasia, where Eric learned of Pam’s arrest and teamed up with Tara to bring his progeny back. Jason started seeing his parents talking to him, telling him to kill all of the vampires. Eric, Nora, and Tara showed up at Sookie’s house and asked her to aid them in rescuing Bill, Jessica, and Pam from the authority. Eric tells Sookie that Bill is behind the Tru Blood factory bombings, and only she can bring back Bill from the brink of delirium. Sookie agrees, and Jason insists on joining them, despite his slipping sanity. Back at the Authority headquarters, Bill yells at his vampire army for allowing the building to be breached and orders them to search the building. Afterward, Bill lies to Salame and tells her that Lillith told him that she is the chosen prophet to lead the vampires into world domination. Alcide tries to spend some normal bonding time with his father, but of course their get together is interrupted by Alcide’s crazy were-bitch girlfriend, who arrives hopped up on vampire blood. Alcide learned that J.D. has been force-feeding V to his pack, and taking advantage of the younger female werewolves. Alcide’s father suggests that Alcide drink vampire blood to level up to J.D., and then take him on in a fair fight to secure the packmaster title. Alcide killed J.D. and took over as the new werewolf packmaster of Shreveport. Andy took his fairy friend to Merlotte’s, where he confessed to Holly that he cheated on her with Morella, and that she was carrying his child. But he could barely get the words out of his mouth before Morella’s “light broke”, and she promptly gave birth to four children…and orgasmed at the birth of each one. Meanwhile, Sam shifted into a fly and infiltrated The Authority headquarters. Luna shifted into Reverend Newlin and grabbed Emma. Before she could escape, however, Rosalyn saw her and took her to a local T.V. station to release a statement about the death of the fraternity members. Luna shifted into Newlin onscreen and told the public that vampires were keeping humans locked up underground and feeding on them. Sam flew into Rosalyn’s mouth and shifted into human form, killing the vamp. Bill put silver in the blood that he fed to Salame, weakened her, staked her, and kept the real blood himself. The crew, including Sookie, Jason, Eric, Nora, and Tara, showed up at headquarters, killed a bunch of vamps, rescued Jessica and Pam. During their daring discourse, Tara kissed Pam. Lastly, despite all of Sookie’s pleading, Bill drank all of Lillith’s blood and turned into Billith.
The finale of True Blood‘s fifth season made up for the somewhat slow pacing of the rest of the episodes. However, the series could have benefitted greatly from a slower stride throughout the twelve episodes this year. It was as if the writers crept uneasily through each episode, and then had so much information left over by the end that it was all poured into one pulse-pounding finale. Don’t get me wrong, it was enjoyable, but it felt very rushed. The audience learned that once a vampire ingests an enitre fairy, he is temporarily given some of his or her powers. Who knows what the season would’ve been like had Anna Paquin not received baby news halfway through filming. Of course, I being one of her biggest fans, am very excited for her new arrival. However, it could have hindered what might’ve been. Morella’s birth was ridiculous. Of course, the show is a fantasy, but the thought of a woman giving a pleasurable birth, especially to the extent that was shown, is just absurd. The entire season could’ve used more Tara and Pam, and less Terry and Arlene. I love Tara, and I was really excited to see her live on (figuratively) to see another season of the show as a vampire. I couldn’t wait to see her use all of her cool new powers, and watch the relationship between her and Pam blossom. To my surprise, Tara barely received screen time once she traded the sun for the moon. Season four ended abruptly with Tara’s death, and started quickly with her turning. This implied that her transition into a creature of the night would be a large part of the new season. Yet, despite this implication, season five’s main set wasn’t Fangtasia, but The Authority headquarters. True Blood should’ve learned a lesson from Lost‘s mistake, and skipped out on the smoke monster. The Ifrit fire that raged after Terry and Arlene could’ve fit into one episode, and instead lasted for over half the season. And there wasn’t nearly enough Lafayette, who happens to be my favorite character next to Sookie. I do have to give the show credit, though, for being brave enough to kill Bill, one of its main characters. Overall, season five was the worst of the seasons thus far, but was slightly avenged by its final episode. Hopefully, season six will encompass a more interesting narrative that moves along at an even pace. Whether or not the next season is an improvement, it will definitely take a different route due to Alan Ball’s departure.
Here’s a teaser for season six!