True Blood finale: awesome or what the bloody hell just happened? (spoilers)

The finale for True Blood’s fifth season aired last night. Instead of doing a full recap of this show, I’ll just give you some highlights that someone more motivated and organized than I am compiled. This show is somehow ridiculous, awesome and campy all at the same time and there’s no way I’m not tuning in next season to see what happened with crazy Bill, the evil Phoenix rising from the pool of ancient blood. A lot of vampires bit it in the finale, and enough remained to prove dangerous, particularly Bill. Bill is the new Russell Edgington, since we had the pleasure of seeing Edgington’s face melt. Other awesome deaths included Rosalyn dying after Sam shifted inside her (brilliant!) and Salome getting staked by Bill after he slipped some silver in her drink. I want to know why some vampires’ faces transform for a few seconds when they die and others just explode immediately. It seems to correspond with how central a character they are to the show.

Anyway here are some highlights from last night. We’ll have to wait until next year to see what happens, but you know Sookie isn’t going to die. “Must all roads lead to f’ing Sookie?” I’m with you, Pam.

Goodbye Awesome: R.I.P. Russell Edgington (Denis O’Hare). He was the absolute coolest. Psychotic and power hungry, Russell obviously had to die, but we will miss his perfect speeches and (sometimes) irresistible Southern charm. After some fairy light rays and quick action, Eric finally got his centuries-old vengeance. Eric saves Sookie (Anna Paquin) yet again.

Father of Fairies: It was only last week that Andy (Chris Bauer) slept with Maurella (Kristina Anapau) and found out that he was going to be a father. In one of the more hilarious ridiculous scenes, Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis), Arlene (Carrie Preston) and Holly (Lauren Bowles) are all on hand to witness the miracle of life and Maurella’s interesting reaction to birthing and post-labor. Surprise! Andy has four babies and it’s the father’s job to raise them. Peace out!

Bill Is the New Lilith: Bill’s arc throughout this season has been his path to religious fanaticism. He’s slowly and methodically weeded out the competition for top dog in this nuthouse. His final action was poisoning Salome (Valentina Cervi). And if you thought Bill’s crazy death explosion was shocking, so was his ascent out of the blood pool.

Shift and Rescue Operation: Adorable puppy Emma needs some rescuing. While Sam (Sam Trammell) tries to appeal to Bill’s non-psycho side, Luna (Janina Gavankar) skinwalks into Steve Newlin (Michael McMillian). Good plan, no? No! Steve Newlin is in a bit of hot water for killing some frat boys and has to go on TV to talk himself out of trouble. Meaning Luna does. But remember this shifting into humans is bad for shifters. Season six consequences, y’all.

Rightful Place: There’s a new sheriff in town. Alcide (Joe Manganiello) finally takes his place as pack leader. He’s hot and good at making speeches—he’ll definitely do well in his new position. Presuming he doesn’t go power hungry like Bill.

Rewind Moment: After some longing looks and a little banter, Tara (Rutina Wesley) and Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) finally make out. And there was a very brief Pam and Eric reunion. Presuming everyone survives to next season, we need more of our favorite Maker-Progeny. Pam and Eric have been separated far too long this season, it makes us hurt deep in our hearts.

[From E! Online]

I agree that the makeout session between Tara and Pam was awesome, as was Jessica’s reaction: “I knew it!” I paid no attention to the werewolf subplot, and the fairy birth scene was just mildly amusing, not hilarious. I did like how the peanut gallery at Merlotte’s kind of voiced our thoughts on how ludicrous yet entertaining some of this season was, particularly when they were watching TV and witnessed Steve Newlin shift back into Luna. Lafayette said “I did not see that shift coming,” or was it “sh*t“?

Also, what the hell was going on with Jason seeing visions of his dead parents and suddenly turning against all vampires? I mean he came through when it counted, and he didn’t kill the good guys, but I feel like his character is constantly getting the shaft. He’s smarter and more aware than anyone seems to give him credit for, particularly the writers. Jason already went through all this when he rejected the Fellowship of The Sun.

Next season, I see more of a lasting romantic relationship between Sookie and Eric, and I see Bill getting deprogrammed somehow and coming to his senses. I could be wrong, he could bite it or go into hiding like Russell, only emerging at the end of the season when they need another villain. I’ve read most of the books but I’ll be damned if I can remember the plot, which isn’t a guide to the series at all anyway.

If you didn’t get enough True Blood, HBO has a bonus scene available on their website. I won’t give away any details, but I will say that I enjoyed it and am looking forward to next season.

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  1. GiGi says:

    It was like the best dessert you’ve ever had after a mediocre meal. I loved every minute of it and will probably watch it again today!

    • Rux says:

      HAHHA! I am reading this right after I hit play on “On Demand” to rewatch last nigths episode.

    • Qzie says:

      Well said! I laughed, I yelled out loud, I clapped–best finale. Ever.

    • hmmmm..... says:

      +1…it was BRILLIANT! Loved every second but I too was quite confused by Jason. I think the bump on his head, (which Sookie noted) will lead to some kind of altered state of his own next season. I’m glad they didn’t vamp him too.

      Jason is the only character which has been through the mill interacting with the different “species” and is still human….I’d like him to stay that way!

      Loved how Maurella turned the baby responsibilities upside down…if ONLY that would happen in real life! LOL

      • Jennipurrr says:

        I believe they’re doing something with the head bump, too. In the books, Jason became part werepanther after being repeatedly bitten (no rape, sometimes they throw such bizarre details into the show that aren’t in the book).

        All of this stuff with Bill is so far off the book story line. I was really hating him, but I love the new Billith. Should be fun.

        I pretty much loved it all, such a great finale! I’m interested to see whose blood it is that Alcide took and what the consequences will be. The seasons are too short, way too much time between!!!

      • Mourning the Death of Music says:

        He was also power blasted with fairy light. That might have had something to do with it. Being that before, his parents were visiting him in dreams. Now he sees them when awake.

  2. Jennifer says:

    I don’t know why but I’m able to enjoy only first and eventually second season of any tv show. Then I always get bored and lose interest.

  3. samanthalous says:

    It was just meh, I think they are taking too long with story and need to progress a bit faster.

  4. PyrLover says:

    I am so glad that Eric rediscovered his balls at the end, albeit briefly. He does not do well in a bromance. I am sooo tired of Sookie crying. I think that Sam will be left with Luna’s daughter,and Andy with his four new daughters. I’d love to see Pam and Tara take a whirlwind romantic worldwide travel. It is so far away from the books it doesn’t matter anymore.

  5. RHONYC says:

    Tara & Pam’s kiss was:

    a. very sweet & believable

    b. very ‘Mullholland Drive’

    and yeah, i became a lesbian, just for a sec.

    don’t judge me. 😉

    • Genevieve says:

      @ RHO, hehehe….

      Yeah, I did too….just for a sec. 🙂 And Jessica’s reaction was P-E-R-F-E-C-T-I-O-N!! So was the look on Andy’s face when Maurella stuck him with quads, lmfao. And the hotness of a shirtless Alcide/ Joe Manganiello was (pant, pant) GRATIFYING!

      I’m really glad this series finally got a sense of humor about itself by the season finale. Bill’s slow seduction by the Lilith monster has been compelling, but not enough to watch for an hour. The Terry/ smoke monster arc was a bust. However…a VERY satisfying finale with Bill rising from the pool of blood, in front of a horror-stricken Eric and Sookie was pretty epic.

      FUN…can’t wait to see Bill deprogrammed next season. AND the hotness between Eric/ Sookie. Ahhh, screw that- I just want to see the hotness of ERIC! <3

      • mia girl says:

        For me
        Eric + Nora = hot
        Eric + Sookie = not

      • RHONYC says:

        @ Genevieve

        lmao! check out the link (btw, thanx CB!) for the xtra scene! next season, which may be the series finale, is gonna a*s by the looks of Nora & Jason’s exchange!

        woop-woop! 😉

        PS- @ mia girl

        sure dirty standup sex w/Nora in the container was hot…but Sookie & Eric in:

        -the woods
        -on the floor
        -on the chair (this starting to feel Dr. Seuss-ish)
        -on the bed, from behind
        -in the shower
        -in the Norwegian fantasy forest

        come on…that’s the stuff of legends. 😆

  6. RHONYC says:

    Next season, I see more of a lasting romantic relationship between Sookie and Eric


    and i see Nora having a HUGE problem with that. the way she was looking at Sookie & Pam in the elevator…kinda like who the hell are these hoes & why are they so important to Eric?

    i can see some jealousy in the making. 😕

    • Genevieve says:


    • silken_floss says:

      #DEAD @ like who the hell are these hoes LMAO

    • hmmmm..... says:

      +1…me too! Plus I LOVED how she kept saying how delicious Sookie smelled and Eric’s reaction to that was priceless!

    • Beth says:

      I didn’t think of that, but it makes sense, and I can see now that they foreshadowed that with her attitude toward them. I think it will be fun! I’d like to see Pam and Sookie team up against Nora, since they’ve never been close at all.

    • d b says:

      Agree – first hint was when Nora snarked to Eric about Pam being a prostitute — foreshadow much? LOL

  7. grabbyhands says:

    I was disappointed. After sticking with the show for five seasons, I’m finally done with it. Bill is going to be an even more annoying villain than he was a hero and I have zero interest in them furthering the fairies story.

    I’m glad someone besides me is frustrated with the lack of character development with Jason. They really had a chance to change things with him after what happened with the panthers but they went right back to making him an idiot.

    • Leigh says:

      100% agree.
      This season was garbage. For a second, when Bill turned into that pile of mush, I was SO excited – I thought they’d killed him off… BOO.

    • Johanna says:

      I’m so over it. Season 1 was the best for me. The humor, the writing, the cinematogrophy, and the characters were all perfect. Then it became a major success and HBO threw a bunch of money to the writers and they went absurd.

    • nothingbutflowers says:

      +1 – Last night was the last episode I’ll let my brain suffer through. This is very much reminiscent of Ball’s Six Feet Under which I loooved so much the first season and then watched as it went so far downhill until it became a shadow of its former self.

  8. RHONYC says:

    sorry, and one more thing:

    Maurella is a ROCKSTAR!

    i told my fiancé that if we have kids, that’s EXACTLY how it’s going down.

    i’m gonna get up, spruce up my dress, pat him on the back and be like good luck motherf*cker. try not to kill ’em!

    deuces. 😆

  9. Jenna says:

    I watched ‘The Kardashians’. Yep. I’d rather watch that then True Bleh. That show has turned THAT bad. Though I did catch the last few minutes when it went to commercial and oh dear, Sookie is so damn stupid it hurts. All those things she said about Bill? Ugh. I wanted to hit her in her stupid crying face. -_-

  10. claire says:

    I skipped the last few episodes, and just read the recaps. True Blood has this way of just dragging out the most annoying side stories, that I lose interest. This finale sounds awesome though, so I’ll have to watch!

  11. Mirella says:

    After a pretty horrible season, the finale was amazing! I loved the banter between Eric & Jason, we need more of that in the next season. It’ll be interesting to see where they take the Billith story.

    Book 6 is about the vampire conference & bombing, right?

  12. A says:

    This was the first time I’ve loved True Blood in a long, long time (also, the Steve Newlin/Russell slow dance to Katy Perry was priceless). I think the creators are finally waking up the the fact that most of the viewers see Eric/Sookie as far more appealing than Sookie/Bill.

    • Minx says:

      +1 Totally agree. Especialy this: “I think the creators are finally waking up the the fact that most of the viewers see Eric/Sookie as far more appealing than Sookie/Bill.”

      Now, if they can just get Sookie on board, get the stick out out of her ass and get her to stop treating Eric like last week’s garbage, we’ll be set!

      Alex knocked it out of the park last night. The Viking was large and in charge! Sam was amazing, and Nelsan was brilliant as usual.

  13. mia girl says:


  14. Sachi says:

    I gave this show another shot and I stuck it out ’til the finale just to see if it was gonna get any better.

    Peter Mensah’s character was so wasted. So was Chris Meloni’s.

    Who cares about Alcide? His story is so boring and Joe Mangianello isn’t helping at all. Even Martha is more interesting.

    Jason and his changing views are just too late at this point, IMO. They’ve kept him as an idiotic, bumbling character for so long that now he’s started to have a solid development as an “anti-vampire”, probably-part-fairy-with-some-powers character, it doesn’t feel nice. But just plain out of place and off-pace. He’s still endearing, though, so that’s a positive.

    Sookie wasn’t the centre of this season, but the fairy arc was very weak.

    Bill has become so insufferable, I kept wanting him to die. For a moment I thought I was gonna get my wish…

    At the end, all I could think of was, “Finally. Fall TV season is here.”

    I honestly am done with this show. The writing has become so messy and the show is so tedious. Alan Ball has no idea how to adapt a book and successfully separate the TV show from the literature.

    • TheOriginalMaxi says:

      +1, but I only made it through half this season. There were way too many storyline. I didn’t care about Alcide, the other werewolves, Sam storyline and Terry’s storyline. I wish he stuck nearer to the books.

      • Sachi says:

        Ugh, yes, the Ifrit arc. They should have given Terry and Arlene the boot after they resolved the already weak Baby Mikey plot (Mikey and the other two kids are rarely seen in the TV show anyway), written them off as having moved out of Bon Temps and them just writing occasionally to Sam, who is barely in his restaurant to begin with.

        I feel like they have so many characters and now they’re just stuck having to makeup stories about them just to give them something to do. Scott Foley was equally wasted as Patrick.

      • Beth says:

        In the books Arlene becomes a raging vampire-hater. I think the show should run with that. They keep trying to make her likable, but she’s so much better when she plays the character as unlikable.

  15. lucy2 says:

    That was the best episode of a pretty bad season, which isn’t saying much.
    I actually cheered when Bill turned to goo. I’m so sick of him (I like the actor though) and he needs to go for good. The whole bloody Lilith thing was gross, not looking forward to bloody Bill.
    Bringing Russell back was kind of a waste of an awesome actor/character, but I did enjoy his scenes with Steve, and Eric getting to kill him.
    The fairy crap bores me to tears and the 4 babies thing was just STUPID.
    Alcide needs to go, he’s boring and dumb and off on such a tangent.
    I was worried Jessica was going to end up dying, glad she didn’t. Luna needs to go too. They keep bringing too many characters in – glad they got rid of some in this episode, but there’s still way too much going on.

    • Stacia says:

      I feel the same way. After about S2 the series began to plummet. Can’t believe HBO keeps renewing this show…ratings are still good I guess. Too many stoylines and all are never resolved or tied up.Dont get me wrong, I like the show in the beginning but I see an ax falling on this show’s neck.

  16. KasKas says:


    I have noticed the face change before vampires get killed… each time its when they slowly get a stake in the heart vs a quick and sudden death.

    • muppet_barbershop says:

      My theory is that the face change vs. immediate explosion occurs when the vampire is older and stronger.

  17. sapphire says:

    Gotta say the orgasmic screams at fairy birth were a total hoot, along with the play-by-play from the barflys!

  18. Samigirl says:

    After a couple of disappointing season, I am *finally* full of happiness from this finally. It was funny, campy, bloody, and I thorougly enjoyed every second of it. I loved the fairy birth, and of course, Lafayette was hilarious. I totally called that Bill was going to die and resurect, but I definitely enjoyed seeing an evil side to him. He’s such a little wuss in the books, so seeing him being a dbag is great. I will be rewatching the finale tonight! 🙂

    • Beth says:

      ^ Love this! Bill is such a douche in the books! I love that they’ve done something ridiculous with him instead of making us voyeurs basically to Stephen’s marriage to Anna, like in Season 2.

      I like what’s going on with Sookie and Eric.

  19. Micah says:

    Quoting the ever eloquent Pam –


  20. Eleonor says:

    I could totally go lesbian for Pam!

  21. reddmasters says:

    The difference in the quick vs. slow death of the vamps is due to the age of the vamp- the older the vamp, the slower the death.

  22. hairball says:

    I guess I’m in the minority, but I am really sad with what happened with Bill this season.

    To me, it just seems out of character and unbelievable to now have him suddenly become totally against humans and evil. I actually like both Eric and Bill with Sookie.

    No matter how stupid the story got, I always enjoyed Bill’s compassion and struggle to try to do what is right. I know people disagree with that, but I always enjoyed that part of Bill, very much. I thought it was very touching.

    So to now have him become evil, have his vampire body destroyed and he is now some evil god………just made me sad. I find it very unbelievable and like they are just grasping for shock value without taking into consideration what would be in character.

    I did like that Eric and Sookie might be more together, but am incredibly disappointed and sad and feel betrayed almost as viewer by these writers.

    If Bill is now evil not sure I want to watch anymore. It’s not believable to me. Really miss Bill Compton from Season 1. When I think about Season 1 and now, it’s sad how much the show has lost.

    Sounds so melodramatic, but the conclusion really bothered me. Also, totally agree with the Jason character – this is season 2 all over again.

    • Eleonor says:

      I’m in part with you, because Bill loves power, loves the spotilight, he adored being “the king” being a politician, so to me this change is not shocking, even if it is too extreme.

      • hairball says:

        @Eleonor- I guess I didn’t think of it in that way. Those are good points. That helps it make a little more sense but still makes me sad and really disappointed.

    • elsebeth says:

      Remember, Bill came to Bon Temps under the instruction of Queen Sophie. He fell in love with Sookie, yes, but he cheated on her with Lorena, drained her so badly she was put in the hospital, tried to kill Eric, and has pretty much been drinking humans for the past few seasons now like it’s no one’s business. Last season he made one last bid to garner Sookie’s love, and she rejected him. I believe that was his breaking point.

      • hairball says:

        @elsebeth: I agree he has become more power hungry since becoming King. I just still thought deep down he was a nice vampire. To see him going this far, like saying to bomb True Blood factories etc, just seems out of character.

        I thought Lorena was his maker and thus made him do it and I thought he was so out of it he didn’t know what he was doing and thus almost drained Sookie. Keeping things from Sookie when she purposely asked him was wrong and trying to kill Bill was totally wrong too. I guess always thought though that deep down was a decent vamp or tried to be. 🙁

  23. Stacia says:

    This season with the emergence of the Authority,Fire-banshees and 20 other different subplots BLEW CHUNKS. This show was all over the place. But the season finale was good. I really don’t see this show going on another couple season’s. It’s getting too campy and over the top for my taste.

    • hairball says:

      I agree. I swear to god if I heard “The Authority”, “Lilith”, and the same vampire religious speech one more time, I was going to lose it.

      I so did NOT care about the authority or Lilith and ‘the one true blood’. It was a total waste. Don’t even get me started on the fire monster – Omfg. Do those characters have contracts where the writers are obligated to include them each season?

      All these new authority characters that I could care less about and then to have Bill’s character treated in such a way, I just am so disappointed and really actually don’t know why I watch at this point.

  24. Beth says:

    The bit with Arlene and Lafayette providing background humor was great. They should keep more of the secondary characters as providing background humor, especially Terry and Andy.

    I thought it was a great finale. I’m glad Eric is back to his bad-ass self. And I’m glad it seems like the triangle is down to just him and Sookie. That’s how it should be. 🙂

    • Mirella says:

      “I thought it was a great finale. I’m glad Eric is back to his bad-ass self. And I’m glad it seems like the triangle is down to just him and Sookie. That’s how it should be.”

      ITA!! 🙂

  25. Melissa C says:

    I have to add, I think that the older the vamp is, the more spectacular their true death. The new vamps are pretty much just explosions when they die.

  26. I Choose Me says:


    Roman, Salome and Russell were all very old vamps so their deaths were slower as opposed to newer vamps who just go sploosh! as soon as they get shot, (with silver or wooden bullets) decapitated, staked or cross-bowed.

    Not sure what they’re doing with the Jason character. I wish they wouldn’t make his character keep taking two steps forward, six steps back. As for Bill when he melted or whatever, I was in shock thinking they’d killed off a major character but nope, here comes Billith. Still absurd as it all is I can’t stop watching this show just to see what ridiculousness they’ll come up with next.

    Pairing Pam & Tara together – A+ (Love these two together. Love!!!
    Sam shifting inside Rosalyn – A+
    Andy as a Fairy father of 4 – D-
    Jason sees dead people – F
    Billith – WTF

    Really wish Sookie would stop crying all the damn time. Most I’ve liked her this season was when she was drunk.

  27. I Choose Me says:

    Also how awesome was Eric this season? I’m now officially Team Eric. Though I prefer him with Nora rather than Sookie.

  28. sweetpea says:

    LOVED IT! I am now and forever in love with Eric. Hands down. And Pam is brilliant. I basically channel surfed through the fairy birth – yawn…except for Lafayette – hee hee….

  29. Amy says:

    I thought it was one of the best episodes of the season, but I’m not sure that’s saying much. I was rolling my eyes through most of this season.

    I loved Eric in this episode — particularly when he wasted Russell. All of the vampire deaths were great – especially the Sharon Osbourne lookalike. That one had me rolling. 🙂

    I think one of my other favorite bits in the episode was Luna-as-Steve Newlin’s mannerisms and walk. Michael McMillian was giving Sam Trammell a run for his money in the dude-walks-like-a-lady department.

  30. Samantha says:

    Did everyone forget about WARLO?!? They totally just let that plot line go!

    • RHONYC says:

      @ Samantha

      hey, check the link CB posted on top…it’s a BONUS scene left out to the finale. *spoiler alert*

      duh-duh-DUHHHHHH. 😯

  31. the original bellaluna says:

    I…I just…WOW.

    Okay, NO season can be as bad as the Maenad season. (Seriously, it just can’t.) But Hot Shot and all this fae shit is coming DANGEROUSLY close.

    I like that this season wasn’t as Sookie-centric (because Anna is pregnant, no doubt), but I really need some more LaFayette and Pam (and Eric & Pam TOGETHER) in my TB-viewing life. They bring the funny, in a way that this show desperately needs.

    I think Andy being a daddy (even to fae) could be just the thing he needs to complete his life. And I REALLY like him with his GF, so let’s not mess this up for him, shall we TB?

    Steve Newlin, slimy little bastard that he is, really needs the True Death. (If he got it and I missed it, please let me know – I’ll watch again just to see it.)

    I am not at all pleased with the way Christopher Meloni (and his glorious ass) were wasted. Shame, SHAME on you, TB!

  32. Mourning the Death of Music says:

    Again, I’m still in the minority that I enjoyed the season and all the subplots which make for a richer world to look into.

  33. Stubbylove says:

    TB is definitely one of several guilty pleasures for me. Was sad when Russell died and there can never been enough Eric, Lafeyette or Pam.

  34. Celia says:

    I enjoyed this season so much! And wow Bill is a GOD now, how amazing!!

  35. Camille (TheOriginal) says:

    Finally got to see the finale and I loved it. Can’t wait till next season.