True Blood premiere: amazing or more of the same convoluted plot lines?

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Spoilers for past episodes of True Blood follow
The season five premiere of “True Blood” was Sunday, and I have to say I was a little disappointed. I love True Blood and I’m not going to stop watching it until it’s off the air. It remains one of the most entertaining shows on television, and the eye candy is incredible. This opening episode seemed like it took way too much time trying to remind us of every single trailing plotline in this show. Some of them I just don’t care about at all. I enjoy Terry and Arlene, for instance, but I don’t care about the drama with Terry’s marine buddies all experiencing mysterious fires. The drama in the werewolf world also seems like a throwaway plot to me, (did we need to see the wolves eat their leader? – no) but at least we didn’t have to deal with the witches or the fairies, and the yokels in Hot Shot are just a distant memory.

Also, I’m going to be frank here, I was really hoping that Tara was dead for good. (You can watch creator Alan Ball explain why they wanted to bring her back as a vampire in this “behind the scenes” video on HBO’s website. It’s all about putting her in charge instead of having her be a victim.) People has a good overview of the plot this episode, so I’ll quote their recap as it would exhaust me to do my own. (You can watch a video recap here.)

HBO’s supernatural hit returned Sunday night with its season 5 premiere, and probably the biggest question on everyone’s mind was, “Is Tara alive?”

Well to find out, fans had to wait until the end of the hour-long episode, which picked up right where season 4 left off – literally.

Keep reading if you’re not afraid of spoilers …

Debbie Pelt’s attempt to shoot Sookie failed in the season 4 finale when Tara jumped in front of the gun and took a bullet for her friend. This is where season 5 begins: As Tara lay dying in the kitchen, Pam shows up looking to apologize to her maker Eric. After Sookie and a grieving Lafayette beg Pam to make Tara into a vampire as the only way to save her, Eric’s progeny reluctantly agrees and they bury both women in the backyard.

Meanwhile, having done away with Nan Flanagan, Eric and Bill are captured with silver nets by agents of the mysterious Authority. Luckily for the vampires, their captor turns out to be Eric’s sister Nora, who’s a double agent. After having sex with her brother, Nora takes them to her allies, who provide both with new identities.

Shifter Sam has been taken by werewolf Marcus’s pack, who are looking for their leader. They’re torturing the bar owner when Alcide shows up and tells them he killed Marcus – and that he deserved it. He also has some news for Sookie: Russell Edgington is still alive.

After being glamored by Rev. Steve Newlin, who is back, gay and a vampire, Jason is saved by his new love Jessica. The two aren’t taking their relationship to the next level because she just broke up with Jason’s former best friend Hoyt, but they’re running in the same circles – and end up at a sorority party together playing drinking games.

As Sookie and Lafayette wait and watch the shallow grave, where they buried Tara and Pam, for any signs of the undead, finally Pam emerges from the ground in her dirty yellow sweatsuit. But there’s no sign of Tara until Sookie uncovers her friend who appears totally lifeless. But then Tara jumps out and bites Sookie, who suddenly has a new vampire trashing her kitchen.

[From People.com]

I didn’t see Tara bite Sookie at the end of the episode – I saw Tara lunge at Sookie, (which makes sense as Sookie is supposedly irresistible to vampires) and I assumed that Pam would jump out at the last minute and save her. During that scene I was wondering why Jessica hasn’t whoosed over to help. She’s in the mansion right near them, after all, and she has vampire super hearing.

Some of my favorite parts of this episode were the brilliant quotes from the key characters. The absolute best line was from Pam: “I am wearing a Walmart sweatshirt for ya’ll. If that’s not a demonstration of team spirit, I don’t know what is.” I also liked when Jason explained to the co-ed that he shouldn’t sleep with her, and when he told gay vampire preacher Steve Newlin that he wasn’t interested but let him down easy. Steve exclaimed “I’m a gay vampire American, and I love you Jason Stackhouse.” Jason said he was flattered but added “This dog doesn’t bark that way.” It’s the lines that keep this show interesting when the plots drag on, but that’s nothing new for True Blood.

Here are some photos of Alex Skarsgard bringing his casual hotness to the street. This man just exudes sex. There are also new photos of Joe Manganiello hosting a pool party, and you can see those here. He doesn’t do it for me, so I’m not going to include them. Alex is wearing a Sweden jersey to support his country in the European soccer championship. Unfortunately Sweden lost 2:1 to the Ukraine in yesterday’s match. They still have two more matches to redeem themselves, although they’re playing strong contenders England and France. I’ll be rooting for them and thinking of Alex. Look at these pics – his friends are hot too!

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Alexander Skarsgard

Alexander Skarsgard

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  1. sassenach says:

    That kiss between Eric and his “sister” was so freakin HOT!!!!!!

  2. Asli says:

    I NEED to see this episode! Also, reading the recap it said he had sex with his ‘sister’. Was that just random or…? Can someone tell me what led up to it? And I can’t believe Pam is Tara’s maker now! :O Let’s hope Tara takes after her maker and quits the whining.

    And those pictures of him! I die, he’s so gorgeous.

  3. Eleonor says:

    It takes Alex hotness to make me forget Madmen season has just finished.

  4. the original bellaluna says:

    You forgot Eric’s “We fight like siblings, but we f*ck like champions!” (I actually had to rewind that part for hubs – he was only paying attention with pocket change, and he stopped and said “What did he say??”)

    • mia girl says:

      THIS! That has got to be one of my favorite lines EVER from TB! That whole scene was hot (great chemistry) and funny (Bill waiting and Eric’s cell phone going off)

      And honestly, I like Eric so much better when he’s not with Sookie. Last season was kinda pathetic.

      • Launicaangelina says:

        I was thinking they had great chemistry too! Much more than Sookie and Eric.

      • the original bellaluna says:

        That, and this (from Pam to LaFayette):

        “I don’t know what it is about me that makes people think I want to hear their problems. Maybe I smile too much. Maybe I wear too much pink. But please remember I can rip your throat out if I need to. And also know that I am not a hooker. That was a long, long time ago.”

        And the “use your magic hands or super snatch” (to Sookeh) was golden as well.

        In fact, I think my new name for Sookeh will be Super Snatch from now on! :D

        AWESOME!

      • Maguita says:

        “And also know that I am not a hooker. That was a long, long time ago.”

        I did not remember that one!!!!

        Whomever is writing for Pam, should start writing for Sookie, because every word coming out of her mouth is please-I-beg-punch-me-in-the-face blah.

      • mia girl says:

        bellaluna – Yes! Pam has the best lines on TB, hands down. I wish they would give Pam and Lafayette their own spin off show called “Hooker”. Here are a few more of my Pam favorites:

        “Did I miss something? Are we girls now? Did we join a book club and read some queer chick lit memoirs and are bound together by estrogen or sisterhood some other feminist drivel?”

        “Blah, blah … vampire emergency. Blah.”

        “I am so over Sookie and her precious fairy vagina and her unbelievably stupid name. F**k Sookie!”

      • the original bellaluna says:

        Love those lines too! (Especially the “Blah, blah…” one.) But Pam’s delivery is spot-on and deadpan. And who couldn’t love LaFayette? He’s just so…”call it like I see it” how could you not?

    • LittleDeadGirl says:

      Pam has the absolute best lines and is one of my favorites. I too was kinda hoping Tara would just go away but the whole sister line had me and my friend gaping. They had chemistry and were hot but did they really need to keep saying they were siblings. It got gross after a while.

    • corny says:

      @Original Bellaluna…he was only paying attention with pocket change, and he stopped and said “What did he say??”)

      LOL, BEST. LINE. HERE!

  5. Jenna says:

    Still not watching TB. And the whole b.s with Tara as a vamp makes me even happier I quit. Though I’ve been hearing that a few people didn’t like it.

    Skarsie needs to get on a quality TV show so I can watch his cute face weekly. :(

    • the original bellaluna says:

      Just DVR it and fast-forward through the parts that don’t have Eric in them; have cake and eat it too! :)

      • Jenna says:

        Oh, I can totally watch Skarsie’s parts online without having to fast forward through TB bitches I hate. :D I refuse to give this crappy show my view. lol

      • rufustfirefly says:

        ^^Exactly this. I couldn’t really tell you what happened with that whole mess other than a blur of Pam, Anna’s bad acting, Steve Newlin professing his gay love for Jason, Bill’s weasely self, Nora’s lovely accent, and Eric’s glorious ass flexing. After that my mind went *poof*….blank. No more bad episode. Alex’s ass really is the remedy for craptastic writing. It suddenly became a masterpiece. :) Who knew?

    • Choupette says:

      For a season opener it was weak. My husband and I were really hoping we’d seen the last of Tara. Also it seems as though the whole Bruha thing isn’t finished as Lafayette’s boyfriend’s body disappeared and bf said something like “Nothing lasts forever.” I hated that guy. He was annoying. The intro of even more chars, instead of paring them down, was disappointing. We didn’t see Russell or Chris Meloni or Alcide nekkid.

      Sam’s woman is a bore, that storyline is a bore and needs to die. The Terry friend story is just one more ridiculous plot to follow. In some respects I wish the series followed the books a bit more.

      Eric and sister are vampire siblings ONLY. They share a maker not a birth father/mother. I agree with others that having Eric be totally over Sookie in less than 5 mins is a bit hard to swallow. AND FOR THE LOVE OF GOD CAN WE PLEASE STAKE BILL? I can’t stand that guy. The actor that plays him is FUGLY. I am sure the storyline will have him and Sookie be lovers again because they are married in real life.

      • Eleonor says:

        Love your nickname!
        Are you writing with your Ipod? Say hello to Anger Bear for me!

      • CC says:

        re: the actor that plays Bill

        The guy…. is an eyesore, starting with the bad hair (including the dyejob and …is he getting hair transplants?), saggy old skin…talk about not aging well. Add an alful “flour”-based makeup job….

        And yea, AB’s infatuation with the guy and the fact that he made him the male lead, the fact that he has a RL relationship with the lead means he gets shoved down everyone’s throats. He’s the male Tara, shoved down people’s throars regardless of popularity. Or charisma and screen preesence.

    • iseepinkelefants says:

      It was horrible. It gave me a reason to give it up for good. Even the “this season” preview wasn’t interesting. I’m not even going to dvr it (to watch it in one go) because I’m sure that adds to the ratings and I’m not giving HBO the pleasure of that.

      The show is a crap fest. Bad acting, bad soap opera writing, it’s just bad. Pam and Lafayette are the only redeeming characters but even they’re not enough to make up for the other 55 minutes they’re not on the screen.

      Watch it if your bored when the seaon’s over if you have ABSOLUTELY nothing else to watch, but I wouldn’t bother giving it a view in the meantime.

      I can’t believe how bad the show is (or that HBO produces such melodramatic drivel).

  6. hairball says:

    I was really disappointed too. I actually was kind of bored. TB must never read what people say because everyone always says there are WAY too many plot lines. Now we have to care about Terry’s marine friends’ fires?? Who cares! Andy taking bribes….good god, just takes away from stories I.actually care about.

    I hate Tara and now that she is a vampire, have to deal with this annoying character that I wish had been killed. Plus, for those who have read the books, if she is the Bubba of tv series – good god, even worse.

    Eric supposedly loves Sookie yet when she’s in trouble abandons her. ? Then all of a sudden he’s banging his vampire sister. The sex scene and kiss scene just seemed contrived. His sister appears out of the blue, we know nothing about her or care for her and then they’re having sex – boring to me.

    I know I’ll keep watching TB but I’m really losing interest. Having the sister come in and f*cking 15 min is like saying ‘ok, that was season 4 with Eric having feelings for Sookie and now it’s a new season – must have new love interest’.

    Eric saying to Bill ‘I’m not leaving you’- seemed so out of character to say it so blunt. He’s never been a fan of Bill’s. Now the same night Sookie dumps them he’s declaring so out right he’s not going to leave Bill? It could have been show just with Eric simply not leaving and helping Bill.

    It’s sad when you know a show is not as good anymore because you don’t want to admit it but it’s definitely not. And if spend this season watching Sookie take care of another vampire (Tara) Agh.

    Each episode is only an hour and SO many plot lines. A big let down.

    • Jen34 says:

      I think Eric is over Sookie, while Bill is clearly still in love with her. He called her the love of his life in the last eppy of S 4.

      I like that Bill and Eric are getting along, although it is probably temporary.

      They need to clean house and get rid of some of these characters. They should start with Tara.

    • MorticiansDoItDeader says:

      They already jumped the shark. They should just bite the bullet and throw Bubba in the mix. I don’t think they’ll make Tara the Bubba. It looks to me as if she’s mad with blood lust; which brings to mind the newly made vampires from the terrible twilight series (don’t judge, a friend dropped them off for me to read when I was stuck at home with a new baby-and desperate for new reading material) ;)

  7. the original bellaluna says:

    CB, I was disappointed too. The lines are, as ever, pretty entertaining (you nailed that one!) and Pam’s acerbic bon mots are generally my favourites.

    But they spent way too long on last season’s story-line “refreshers” and I don’t give a flying fig about Terry’s former CO. (Give Terry and Arlene a break already! They’ve been through a ghost haunting them, lost their home to a fire, and then said ghost kidnapped their baby via a possessed LaFayette! AND they had to move in with…FAMILY. *shudder*)

    I’m really interested in how the Jason/Jessica story-line will play out, and I hope they can work it out. (Knowing this show, however, I doubt it.)

    It looks like Christopher is introduced to us next week, so hopefully things will be picking up in pace. To make us wait an entire year for drivel is really sucky!

    (And they’d better not do this to me with Boardwalk Empire!)

  8. Kaboom says:

    This show is descending into a mess. Ball doesn’t seem to have a clue how to wrap up storylines and keeps hanging on to them until kingdom come. He needs to return to the books if this is supposed to keep rolling.

  9. Manuela10 says:

    i liked it. great start. i was more disappointed with mad men even not exciting about final. but damn…eric is so hot….and @sister@ i d like more @deep@ story between them.

  10. Jen34 says:

    There are way too many storylines that don’t interest me, but I enjoyed it overall.

    I will watch for Eric and Pam. The preacher storyline is interesting. I really wish Tara were dead. I have no interest in her, although if it gives us more of Pam, it would be a good thing.

    Alex was so fine when he was hitting it from behind. That ass!! Loved his ‘F**k Sookie’ line line also.

  11. The Original Mia says:

    Stopped watching after last season. Now, I content myself with watching Eric clips from Skarsgardnews. He’s so pretty. Sigh…he definitely needs a better show.

    ETA: Thank you, CB, for sparing me from pictures of JoeM. He does absolutely nothing for me & my pals. Nothing. He’s annoying and can’t act. He’s perfect for this show.

    • rufustfirefly says:

      Yes, Alex deserves so much better than the garbage he’s getting on TB. He’s still the best thing about the show despite their endless attempts to undermine him and prop up other, lesser characters.

      ITA about Joe M. I just can’t with him. He’s 200+ lbs. of try hard, IMHO, and he reeks of the douchey-vibe for some reason. He does absolutely zero for me. Just give me Alex and his gorgeous self!

  12. grabbyhands says:

    Add me to the list of disappointed. Once again, it looks like the show is going to be weighted down by too many characters and story lines. I don’t care Jessica anymore, I don’t really care about Jason, especially since the writers are committed to keeping him a total moron (and I still haven’t forgiven them for the whole panther mess), I really don’t care about Sam and Luna and I don’t care about the werewolves. I don’t care about Terry and Arlene.I actually don’t hate Tara, but I’m not super interested in a vamp version of her.I even kind of hope that Sookie will take a vacation somewhere so we will be spared listening to her whine. The only things keeping me watching at this point are Pam, King Russell and Gay American vampire Steve Newlin. But I think I’m going to start DVRing the show instead of watching it live so I can fast forward through the tedious parts.

  13. CC says:

    Didn’t watch it, barely watched S4, simply have no interest in 95% of storylines. Not that HBO would care, I’m not in the US. I’m just not a masochist and don’t want to watch bad TV on purpose.

    And oh my, what a shocker! (notice the sarcasm) Tara isn’t gone for good. The fact that she has a contract…. oh right, yea. There’s the REAL reason. And the last part…not being sarcastic.

    I’ll never get the need to give contracted actors “something to do” without a good reason for it.

  14. melior says:

    This is undescribably BAD. Who does the scripts? It’s getting worse by the year. No plot coherence no character development. Not even Skars nakedness can save this show. Sad.

  15. Chatcat says:

    I watch TB because by 9 PM on Sunday I need to take an hour to indulge myself in nothing more than an almost vegetative state in order to prepare for the week ahead and this show certainly does that…don’t have to exert any brain power to follow along that’s for sure, like watching a weekly soft porn soap opera. I feel CB cheated us here…not everybody thinks Skars is the hottest and it would have been nice for equal opportunities to show pictures of JoeMang for those of us who aren’t Skarscrazy. Love love love Meloni and glad he is back on HBO and looking forward to some bareassneked scenes with him!

  16. celine says:

    there aren’t enough poc in the show already, what is wrong with u?????? i love tara i hoped she could stay human tough.

  17. oh dear says:

    hmm i dont know. i told myself id stop watching after last season cos it just got way too silly and there were too many annoying characters.. but i watched it last night.

    after the initial “omg i cant believe how bad their acting is” i was like “wtf” most of the time. lots of things that happened were out of character and the worst thing was that old werewolf lady!! omg! i thought the old annoying weird talkin witch was gone but NO! they had to hire a new annoying one urghhh

    the whole werewolf stuff was really annoying, too.

    the only good thing was naked swedish boy and lafayette when he challenged wolfman.. other than that, a big fat letdown :(

  18. MorticiansDoItDeader says:

    As an aside, while watching the scenes for upcoming episodes, I noticed that they hired the actor from the “Candyman” movies. He appears to be in the Authority with Chris Meloni. That man is creepy, yet has a velvety smooth voice. He’ll make an excellent vamp.

    Also, one of my fav scenes from this episode was Jessica and Jason singing The Runaways “cherry bomb.”

  19. the original bellaluna says:

    Is anyone else pissed off that we have to wait an ENTIRE YEAR to see the show pick up 5 minutes PRIOR to where it left off LAST YEAR?

    Come one HBO/TB, throw us a bone! Even Psych and Royal Pains and The Closer throw us out a few bonus eps around December/January!

    DAMMIT! I just reminded myself that this summer will be the last season of The Closer. :( I’m going back to bed.

  20. brandymc1980 says:

    If you guys have read the books, then you would realize that Tara is going to become the beloved character ‘Bubba’. ‘Bubba’ was Elvis is vampire form. He was turned after he died and wasn’t normal. He only dranked cat blood and had abnormal strength.

  21. TG says:

    I watched the first 3 seasons but didn’t pay for HBO last year for the 4th because I had lost interest, however caught up on some episodes over the weekend and I find it the same ol thing as season 2. My favorite was the manad (sp) who took over Bon Temp and turns out season 4 had another lady taking over a group of people with the vamps and wolves trying to kill her. Boring an stupid. That being said, I love Pam and yes she had the best line(s) of the night, esp. re that Wal-Mart suit. I also like Jason, he is too funny. I will not be paying for HBO so as soon as the free days are over so am I. Oh and I will never read the books, worst author in the history of mankind, even worse than that woman who wrote the “Twilight” series. I suffered through 2 of the books and just could not finish the 3rd.

  22. lucy2 says:

    I still enjoyed it for what it was, but agree it was sort of all over the place. I mostly watch for Pam, Lafayette, and Eric’s Hotness. I am so over the werewolves and shifter stuff, and am tired of Sookie and Bill. I do like the Jason/Jessica stuff though.
    If they aren’t going to kill off Tara, I’m at least glad they are giving her the chance to be something other than a perpetual victim. I think Rutina is a good actress, but they just kept handing her the same stuff over and over and the character became annoying, so it will be nice to see her get to do something different.

  23. johnnybadboytapia says:

    i was mostly bored with this episode, I hope it picks up in the next few episodes. I was sacred for a bit with lafayette and the razor, my poor guy has been through a lot I hope they give him a purpose this season now that his lover is dead. I liked tara, an hope that now that she is a vampire this makes her a more intresting. I’m also waiting to see how this plays out with the relationship between pam and tara. I love Pam she is my all time fav person, and i hate to see her so desperate, Eric has been kinda a dick to her!

  24. Amy says:

    True Blood has never been a quality show for me. It’s more like a guilty pleasure–it’s campy, ridiculous, great one liners, and lots of good looking people standing around. The first season was pretty good, the second season was alright, I can’t remember what happened in the third season, and the fourth season was a big witchy mess! Here’s to more ridiculous plot lines!

  25. beth says:

    I thought it was good. It’s a funny show. I think my love affair with Askars is coming to an end, though. In real life he’s dreadfully boring. I listened to his commentary for an episode of S4 on the DVD and he had absolutely nothing interesting to say. I was bummed. He’s so beautiful, though, it’s not surprising there isn’t much going on upstairs.

  26. Jaxx says:

    My daughter and I don’t have HBO so we wait all year and then rent the last season when it comes out on DVD and have an all weekend TB gorge-a-thon. I thought season 4 went from bad to worse. By the last two episodes I was so tired of it all that I skipped the last disk and let my daughter tell me what happened.

    The only thing I prayed for was that tired Tara was really dead.

    God didn’t listen. Sigh.

  27. curegirl0421 says:

    Y’all are crazy! It totally rocked. I can’t wait for next week and more of Lafayette, the coolest bitch on the planet!

  28. Gene Parmesan says:

    I loved his ‘f–k sookie’ line lmao
    And i don’t care what you all say, i still love Tara especially in season 1

    • Iggles says:

      Yea, all the Tara-hate on the interwebs is ridic. There are way more annoying /useless characters on this show yet so much venom is directed at her! I’d say she has a right to be cynical & upset after all the crap she’s been through!

  29. Jane says:

    I love Pam’s character and she always seems to get the best lines. The Walmart sweatsuit remark had me laughing out loud, but referring to Sookie as super snatch was awesome. Quite frankly, I had been getting tired of seeing all the guys running after Sookie, which is the way it is in the book, but it is still boring and not not believable.

    The woman that plays Pam did an interview and talked about the season she and Sookie had to walk in on Eric having sex in the basement of Fangtasia. He was nude and they had to do the scene many times. She said Alex S., being Swedish, has no problem being nude and evidently just stayed that way throughout the long shoot of this scene. She said after a while she and Anna Paquin would call his package IKEA if they had to reference it during the shoot.

  30. DreamyK says:

    I waited all last season to see Nice Eric and Sookie hook up. That choreographed forest scene was so uninspired and fake it forced me to break-up with True Blood for good. I’ll read the recaps and shake my head, and that’s about it. I’m kinda sad the next book in the series is the last, but I already know who Sookie is going to end up with..Sam. Charlaine said she knew who Sookie would end up with while writing the first book..and if you’ve read her Aurora Teagarden books..she ended that series with the first guy that Aurora dated..and Sam was Sookie first date. :)

    Sookie has magic hands and a suppah snatch! hahaha

  31. sup says:

    SPOILER ALERT: I didn’t see Tara biting either. btw i liked the ep but i really hope they won’t make Tara into some Bubba2.0 now.

  32. TXCinderella says:

    OMG! That pic of Alex Skarsgard naked. Wow, I think the sexiest thing on a man is the Venus girdle. YUM-MY!

  33. I Choose Me says:

    LMAO at Bill checking out Eric’s package in both stills.

    Bill and Eric. Hmm, now that would be an interesting hook up. Betcha there’s fan-fic out there on this already.

  34. justine22 says:

    im agree i dont like the beggining of this new season i just watch true blood for pam. i love her.

  35. dread pirate cuervo says:

    Eh. I, too, love the show & will continue to watch it, but I don’t love how much they stray from the books. I don’t care for gay, vampire preacher man or this Tara-as-a-vamp nonsense. First season still the best & steadily downhill from there.

  36. LittleDeadGirl says:

    I wasn’t too dissapointed. There is still alot of fun and hotness to be had but waaaay too many storylines and a few things that happened seemed contrived. Eric fucking someone else isn’t out of character. It’s how he’d get over Sookie or pretend to get over her anyway. However, him suddenly bffs with Bill is weird. He tried to murder him for like 3 seasons and now he will die for him? Just cause they both got dumped by Sookie? I found that bizarre. Tara as a vampire is going to be horrible. I can already tell Sookie and Lafayete are gonna spent 90% of their time babysitting her.

    As an aside I was excited to see Meloni as a vamp but now from the clips I’m not so sure. Who think he will be good and who think he will be bad as ancient vampire?

  37. mforman says:

    I knew deep down they weren’t going to kill Tara off, but they really should have, I haven’t met one fan of the show that has liked her character, she is not needed.
    Eric, Pam and Layfatte and Jason, are truly the best of the show. Steve Newlin and Russell are going to be amazing characters this season. AB has destroyed so many of the possible story lines, his stepping down came too late, it should have happened two seasons ago.
    AB gave too much of the story to the Bill and Sookie nonesense because he likes the character. If AB had his way he would have kept Eric as a second class role, instead of one of the top three roles.
    Thank goodness a change of writing and direction will take place, because I really cannot stand Alcide (stop growling and keep your shirt on), Sam and Luna are also looking to be annoying, and enough with Arlene and Terry.
    It feels like once again they are trying to do too many storylines at once.

  38. Sachi says:

    I didn’t like it.

    Actually, I wasn’t even looking forward to the series returning.

    After the mess that was TB Season 4, and the awesomeness that is Game of Thrones, I find myself thinking more about what will happen next season on GoT than paying attention to True Blood.

    True Blood just isn’t as good as it used to be, IMO.

    Pam and Lafayette are still great, and the bit that had Rev. Steve Newlin in it was funny, but the season premiere wasn’t that good.

    I know it’s supposed to be trash TV or pure camp and we’re not supposed to take it seriously, but even a campy show gets frustrating to watch, and True Blood is no exemption.

    The plots are too convoluted that instead of making me curious as to what will happen next, I find that I don’t care anymore.

    The characters don’t seem to be developing and instead of spending time writing characters that actually progress and become more well-rounded, the writers add more and more characters and plot points, as if hoping that the series will move along if they put in new faces and new locations and throw in good doses of sex and gore.

    I don’t think I’ll be watching next week. Who knows, maybe I’ll pick it up again if I have nothing else to watch. :D

  39. Amanda G says:

    I thought it was a pretty good show. I’m glad they are having Eric move on. That was my favorite book of the series and Alan Ball DESTROYED that storyline last season. If he’s not going to do Sookie/Eric properly, then I’d rather him not do it at all.

    I don’t get the Tara hate. I find other characters more irritating. Like Sam. Never cared about him.

  40. Shannon says:

    I was also hoping Tara was done for good. Unfortunately, they brought her back and now she’s a vampire. I have never been a fan of her and it has a lot to do with her characterization. Now that she’s a vampire I just expect her to be an uber whiny victim instead of a just a normal whining human.

  41. Nunulove says:

    Super Snatch??? Lmao I love Pam.