True Blood Season 6 finale: did they really kill off that character? (spoilers)

The following post contains spoilers for the season 6 finale of True Blood, which aired last night. If you haven’t seen it yet, and don’t want to know what happened, please stop reading now.

Last night was the season six finale of True Blood, which was a mixed bag to say the least. I stopped trying to make sense of the show several years ago and have just managed to go with it. I was grateful that this episode focused more on the vampires and humans than the supes and weres, although I wasn’t pleased with the plot. The episode was bizarre and seemed to be all over the place, particularly when it jumped ahead six months to a scene more reminiscent of Walking Dead than True Blood. There’s going to be at least one more season to come, although one of our favorite, most watchable characters may not be back. We may have seen him meet a fiery death. I’m going to quote E!’s Watch with Kristin here because if I try to do a recap I’ll bore you with details:

Oh wait, there wasn’t just one big death, there were two! Not only did Sookie’s (Anna Paquin) paramour Warlow (Rob Kazinsky) end up on the receiving end of a stake to the heart, Eric Northman Alexander Skarsgård) aka one of the series’ most beloved characters, also seemingly bit the dust. (Excuse us while we go sob into our life-size pillow of Eric for a moment.) So how’d the deaths go down? And what else happened in the finale?

Though he tried to convince Sookie he was truly in love with her and wanted to get married, Warlow revealed his true colors when our heroine asked if they could take things slow. His true colors being wanting to use Sookie purely for some S&B (sex and blood, duh)! Fortunately, Bill (Stephen Moyer), Jason (Ryan Kwanten) and Sookie’s great grandfather Niall (Rutger Hauer) were able to save her and kill Warlow. Is it bad that we’ll miss the psycho vamp?!

Sounds good, right? Too bad his death seemingly triggered Eric’s, who was just minding his own business while sunbathing in Sweden. In the nude. We’re talking full frontal nude here, people, where we got to see everything Eric is working with. (Best. Scene. Ever. Yes, or yes?) Alas, after Warlow is staked, Eric exploded in the sun as his day-walking powers died along with Warlow.

Yes, True Blood totally went there and bought property. Maybe? Hard to say if Eric is 100 percent dead as the show then jumped ahead six months…and never showed us the tall, blond and handsome vamp again. Gah! (Fingers crossed that Pam got to him in time to save him!)

The biggest surprises six months later? Sookie is dating Alcide (Joe Manganiello) and Bill (Stephen Moyer) has managed to write a book and get it published to help spread word about Hepatitis-V. (Yes, we’re totally jealous of his fast writing skills.)

Oh, and Sam (Sam Trammell) is now the mayor of Bon Temps and has come up with a plan, along with Bill, to save the town by having non hep-v carrying humans pair up with vamps. The humans get protection, while the vamps get nourishment. This is what we call a win-win situation!

And now that Bill is back to being his regular, brooding self, he offered Sookie protection, which she doesn’t go for. But maybe she should’ve taken her ex up on his offer as a gang of bad, bad hep-infected vamps descended on Merlotte’s (Oops, we mean Bellefleur’s!), where most of our characters were partying. And that’s the end of the season, folks, see ya in season 7!

[From E! Online]

I agree that Warlow deserved to die, especially when the writers conveniently forgot the character’s whole backstory and decided to make him evil again. Somehow Sookie’s fairy grandfather escaped from the fairy world and managed to kill the guy, with an assist from Jason. Best line: “You don’t complete me.”

NO ONE wants Eric to die, though. NO ONE. At least we were treated to some full frontal prior to his demise, when the magic blood that allowed all the vamps to tolerate the sun suddenly stopped working upon Warlow’s death. So Eric could have died in a fire doing some au natural sun bathing in Sweden, but we didn’t see his character break down into a pile of blood. Eric will live on.

Jason has a hot 800 year-old girlfriend who refuses to put out and is super jealous. I liked how Jason explained to Sookie that he understood what it was like to have someone have your back.

As E! mentioned, Sookie inexplicably chose the meathead werewolf, Alcide. At least Alcide got a haircut. Sookie probably wanted something uncomplicated after the more evolved supes screwed her over.

Bill wrote a book telling his whole story, featuring his Blue Steel Civil War photo. It ended up being a NY Times bestseller.

At the end there was a big meeting at church followed by a party at the former Merlottes, which has been turned into Bellefluer’s. Sam is the new mayor and suggested that humans pair up with healthy vampires for protection against the gangs of Hep-V infected vampires roaming the land. It was pretty clear from the amount of vampires in the pack that gathered that this won’t be easily accomplished.

As an aside, was it just me or was it kind of hot when Warlow tied Sookie up?

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  1. The picture of naked Eric reading in the snow is the best thing I’ve seen today. Amazing.

    • Masque says:

      Every bookstore should blow that up to poster size and put it in all their windows with the caption “Reading is Sexy.”

      If I weren’t already a bookworm, that photo would make me one.

    • LadyMTL says:

      I know, I almost fainted, lol. Never mind the subtitles in the next photos…grunting and groaning. Mmmm yes, I can look at him all day and all night and all day again.

      (And no, I don’t think they killed him off. They’d be killing off loads of fans if they were dumb enough to do away with Eric.)

    • Nerd Alert says:

      LOL you should see the clip…

  2. Kemper says:

    Pam will save Eric. I hope she doesn’t die in the process.

  3. Anna says:

    I have never watched the show and have no hots for any of the dudes in it, but I am here for the fans feeding frenzy that is sure to ensue 😀

  4. Eleonor says:

    I am so over Sookie, I’ve only read recaps.

  5. truthSF says:

    Aside from season 1, this show has really gone to the dump.

    • Gijimenez5 says:

      Can someone please explain the HPV thing. I thought it was given to vampires in the True Blood bottles, why are they thinking it’s coming from humans? Also after a vampire gets HPV like Eric’s sister they get sick and die not go crazy… What did I miss?

      • Roberta says:

        Hep-D comes from infected humans and really weakens vampires. Hep-V does the same thing, but was engineered by the governor in order to take the vamps out. Injected via the blood stream and it quickly kills the vampires (like Nora). But apparently when drank via the bottles of Tru Blood, it turns vampires into weak, zombified vampires.

      • M.A.F. says:

        To go off what Roberta said, several truck loads of True Blood were delivered so the vamps might now know that some of the bad cases got bought and sold to the vamps.

        I really do hope season 7 is the end. I thought it all started to go down hill during season 4.

  6. Opa221 says:

    I bet you that Tara’s mom is infected w/ the virus and has now infected Tara.

    • Celebitchy says:

      Holy crap! I wondered why they included that gratuitous scene, it seemed out of place but I think you’re right.

    • ParisPucker says:

      yes. smart! good call on that one…

    • lucy2 says:

      I saw some people speculating that last night, but I never even thought of it. Would make sense though – Tara should be credited as “professional victim” on the show.

    • kp says:

      whoaaaaaaa, that makes so much sense

    • erinS says:

      I thought the SAME THING! UGH. I always think Tara’s mom is good and dead until she shows up again. Such a worthless character.

    • Nerd Alert says:

      Yeah, I’m pretty sure that’s what happened too. Given that feeding turns them on, it’s so gross to feed on her mother! Sick!

    • mia girl says:

      I thought the same thing!! Not at first, but I woke up in the middle of the night and said to my husband, “do you think Tara’s mom is infected and did that on purpose?!” My husband thought I was crazy, but did say “I hope so” because he can’t stand Tara.

    • I Choose Me says:

      Girl, come sit by me. This was the first thing I thought when she approached Tara.
      I’d be very surprised if that wasn’t the case.

      As for Eric. No way they killed him off. Show’s basically dead if they do.

    • M.A.F. says:

      I was thinking the same thing. I would be mad if that is the case seeing how show Tara is one of my favorite changes from the book (I don’t like book Tara).

    • d b says:

      Damn, bet you’re right. Good call

  7. DailyNightly says:

    I can’t stand Jason’s new vamp girlfriend. She needs to go.

  8. blue marie says:

    while I was watching it I wondered if it was the final episode ever, seems like they were tying up loose ends? Anyway, if the killed Eric off, I don’t know that I’ll watch it again.

    Naked Eric made my week.(however my SO did not appreciate the rewind)

  9. mom2two says:

    That episode last night was awful. Glad Warlow was killed off because the show could not make heads or tails of his character. I really hope Eric and Pam are not dead, they are the only two interesting vampires on the show. Wish Bill would die, but he’s the writers Gary Stu, so that’s never going to happen.

    • Dubois says:

      The show had a real missed opportunity with Warlow. They could have made his character SUPER badass. He’s 5500 yrs old for crying out loud. He could have decimated the entire Bon Temps. I wish they had kept his character alive so he and Sookie could “date” in S7, and then he could slowly morph into his true evil self. Everything felt rushed. As for Eric, that viking better be alive.
      Sookie & Alceide – what a freaking yawn fest. I can’t with Alceide

      • lucy2 says:

        Yeah, that would have been better. They seem to like their villains one and done, but they should have carried him over to next year. He started off interesting, then sat tied to a tree for half the season all emotional, and then turned evil and got killed. Bad.

      • Jellyfish says:

        I agree they could have went more in depth with him I was disappointed to see him killed so quickly.

  10. ParisPucker says:

    I think they picked an almost-impossible place to find shelter for Eric to drive the point home that he’s fried eggs…Pam would have no way of protecting him if she didn’t have a clue that this was coming either. So sad to see him go!!! He was the main draw for me to keep going back and back and back… I honestly don’t know how they can keep the audience’s attention without him, especially with the plot going the way it is (..totally agree with this write-up, btw!) WHERE are they going with this?!? It feels pretty lame, honestly. The ending was anti-climatic for me, and for the first time ever in the history of Trueblood episodes, I’m not all that interested as to what comes next…

    Jessica’s new bf is a hottie! Would be fun if the developed his character more…like being the cousin/step-brother of another lead character or something. Sookie seems to be getting over it, so wondering how that energy in the show is going to be managed. Maybe grandpa having more to him than meets the eye…am just throwing some of these out there to see what would keep me interested! Can’t think of much else….

    • Nona says:

      Eric was surrounded by snow. All he has to do is dive under and the fire goes out and he’s safe. Bill burned, too, in an earlier season and he didn’t die.
      I actually liked this season. It was a million times better than last season. And Jessica’s new bf is hot, though I’m always hoping for her and Jason to get back together.

    • Nerd Alert says:

      Yeah, at my house we were just yelling, “dig a hole! Dig a f_cking hole, Eric!”

  11. Mirella says:

    At this point, even if Eric lives, I’m so over this show.

    • ds says:

      I stopped watching it long ago and if Eric’s gone maybe Alex will start doing project I might watch him in like films he’s been doing lately.

      • Mirella says:

        I kept watching for Eric. I’ve loved his recent movies too! So good!

      • Holly says:

        Seriously, is anyone talking about “What Maisie knew”?! I just saw it last night and was blown away. I was so happy to see Alex in a role where he got to shine – without ludicrous dialogue and general foolery x1000. He’s kept True Blood (shakily) standing, but pair him up with a 3′ tall, 6-year-old girl and it’s truly something to see. Go Alex!!

      • ds says:

        I still haven’t seen Maisie and thanks for the reminder cause I was just looking for new films to watch

      • lucy2 says:

        Maisie opened in VERY limited release. One theater about 50 minutes from me had it for a few days, so I managed to get up there to see it. It was really good, and everyone in it was great.
        It’s on DVD now, I’d recommend it.

      • CC says:

        I have no clue what kind of promotion is being done for Skars’ movie, but I saw a poster of it in London’s Waterloo station. High traffic area.

    • LeAnn Stinks says:

      If Eric is gone, I am too.

      Skarsgård is the only reason I stuck with this drivel for so long.

  12. Katie says:

    That’s what you all get for still watching True Blood. I stopped watching in the middle of the 3rd season, and I should have stopped before then. I’m glad they killed off Eric because Alexander Skarsgard deserves to find regular employment on a better-written show in movies. He’s too good to put up with the embarrassing fan girls this show has.

    • allons-y alonso says:

      Generation Kill is one of the best tv shows I have ever seen. Skarsgard was awesome in it

    • The Original Mia says:

      My sentiments exactly. I stopped midway thru S3 too. Not even the Skarsgard was enough to keep me watching. If Eric is truly dead, Alex should throw a party. He’s free!!!

    • Johanna says:

      I was going to type everything you just said, Katie, but you beat me to it. Season 1 was funny & great that I recommended it to all my friends & when they tuned in for season 2 I was so embarrassed & I did my best to reassure them. Season 3 was s—! I didn’t even finish seeing it. This show is a pile of turd. Congratulations to AS for finishing (getting out of?) his contract.

  13. GiGi says:

    No way Eric is dead – I think ASkars is contracted for another year already AND we didn’t see him turn to goo. No goo = not dead, lol!

    Aside from that the entire plot was awful. It felt rushed and harried. If you can’t do what you want in 6 episodes (or however many they do per season), do another. I hate when they spend all season building story lines only to shove too much info into the finale. Boo.

  14. kcarp says:

    What is up with Sookie’s grandma church outfit? Is she going for the wholesome I don’t do vamps anymore look?

    Wouldn’t the vamp Eric made (gov’s daughter) know if he was dead? I mean not to say she didn’t know but they didn’t indicate anything.

    • highclassbooker says:

      Yes, this. Willa would totally know if Eric was dead–and would have also felt his extreme pain when he burst into flames. This show conveniently ignores its own mythology. He ain’t dead!

      • Dubois says:

        Another thing that bothered me is when Eric drained Sookie’s fairy godmother in S4, she died but he was able to (temporarily) go out in the sun afterwards. When Warlow died, all of a sudden the vamps instantly became susceptible to the sun.

    • lucy2 says:

      Good point. I don’t think he’s dead (no way the show would spend multiple episodes on Terry’s death and give Eric, the fan favorite and arguably biggest star of the show, less than 5 minutes), but that’s good evidence that he’s not.

      I think it’s most likely to drum up interest in next season because the ratings have declined, but I guess it also gives them an out if Alex doesn’t want to come back. I wouldn’t blame him, as the show hasn’t been good in a long time (though this season was better than last, IMO) but I bet they throw serious cash at him to stay.

  15. Jennifer12 says:

    I can’t watch- no patience for dumb storylines. But if Eric is full frontal? Is that what you’re saying? I’m watching.

    • Holly says:

      I’ve had an awesome still (that I took with my phone) from Eric’s romp with Talbot (Russell’s hubby) that I’ve been using for all of my screens. It’s dark enough that it doesn’t jump out as being the hotness that it is, but I look forward to a new winter-season-appropriate shot!

      • MBP says:

        You can’t say that and then not share…

      • Holly says:

        Oh sorry, I’m not sure how! There were some great scenes though when Eric was seducing Talbot and he’s about to stab him-haha! Better than his “sister” sex scenes and without annoying Sookie during his amnesia period!

  16. Bored suburbanhousewife says:

    Can’t believe how much Stephen Moyers face has aged since the first season. He was so handsome then but now he’s melting like a staked vamp.

  17. highclassbooker says:

    I hate watch this show at this point, but the time jump part of the ep was so lame. Sam is Mayor?? Sookie and Alcide? Merlotte’s is Bellefleur’s? Sam’s lame preggers gf? I hate to be one of those booksdontmatchtheshow people, especially since the books started sucking about half way through the series too, but they obliterated Bon Temps by making those changes. So far from the source material.

    Also, the Warlow storyline. Gah. They made him interesting and sympathetic, had Sookie bang him and then were like “oh no, wait, he is awful and is going to essentially kidnap, murder, and imprison Sookie even though she willfully hooked up with him like 3 episodes ago.” Yikes, i think they had to think of a way out of the whole sun proof vamps storyline. Kill Warlow–no more magic blood!

    • grabbyhands says:

      Samesies. I can deal with the book to show changes if they makes sense (Lafayette lives, King Russell is flawless and should still be alive), but so many of the changes have been horrible. Making Bill the hero (seriously, Alan Ball’s boner for the character was so annoying), having Tara be abused by pretty much everyone, the headscratcher of why they decided to makes the weres V addicted rednecks and the Hot Shot panthers inbred hillbillies and the loads and loads of made up characters that served absolutely no purpose in the show.

  18. eliza says:

    This season was pure torture to watch. TB has steadily gone down hill but the last 3 seasons have been awful. Only because I have watched since the beginning do I continue to watch. It is time to stick a fork in it, because this show is done.

  19. fingerbinger says:

    I was on the message boards after the show and there was whole debate about the size of Skaargard’s peen. Was it too small for his height. Was he cut or uncut. Other than for religious reasons why do they circumcise. People were really debating it.

    • Dubois says:

      The dong was underwhelming. It hurts me to say that.

      • snappyfish says:

        maybe he’s a grow-er not a show-er?

      • Holly says:

        Dayum, now we know why he’s no Fassy with the ladies… please tell me that was truly shot in Sweden in the middle of winter. And please tell me that he equates to normal and it’s partially just an optical illusion because the rest of him is so huge! I’m glad he has a good heart 🙂

      • Samigirl says:

        It wasn’t erect, so we really have no way to judge. I was fine with it. Then again, I’m fine with EVERYTHING ABOUT HIM. =)

      • MorticiansDoItDeader says:

        I’ve seen enough to know that he is almost certainly circumcised (get your mind out of the gutter people, I’m talking about deceased dongs ;P). Unless he pushed his foreskin up, which gives the illusion of a circumcised dong. If he was uncircumcised, he would have been better off leaving the foreskin as is, to add to the length of his seriously underwhelming dong!

  20. D says:

    Worst. Season. Finale.Ever. I’m so over this show.

  21. grabbyhands says:

    I finally threw in the towel on the show last season, but I have been reading the recaps for this one. Since they managed to get a seventh season, I can’t imagine they would commit show suicide by killing of one of the most popular characters. Having said that, the writers have been making increasingly poor decisions since season two, so who knows.

  22. Nerd Alert says:

    I hatewatch this show, and I’m glad. I saw the viking dong, and no, I was not disappointed. Having dated my fair share of viking descendants (Norwegians, Swedes, and the like), they are growers and not showers, and most start much smaller than that one. Anyway, finally a full frontal I wanted to see! The insufferably bad acting and cheap sets this year were worth it.

    Everything else I hated, starting with stoopid Alcide and dumbass Sookie.

  23. erinS says:

    The good thing about this season compared to last season, was this was way more focused. Last season had too many plot lines and got convoluted and confusing. I mean, between Lafayette and Jesus, Terry’s flashbacks, Sookie discovering she was a fairy, the werewolves and the shifters the sheriff having fairy babies, and the whole Authority nonsense, it was too hard to keep up with everything and everyone.

    The finale was definitely disappointing… but does anyone thing the Hep V vamps are a version of Zombies? They’re walking now instead of dying in bed like Eric’s sister.

    • Dutch says:

      I’m sure that’s exactly what it’s supposed to be: the fear of VampireZombies. And actually from a medical standpoint it kind of does make sense. A virus that kills its host quickly isn’t a very effective one. So now HepV has mutated and doesn’t incapacitate its hosts as quickly. I’m sure its continued existence is going to be traced back to Newlin’s ex-wife that Jason let go free.

  24. Ashling says:

    You know I’m done because of the lack of consistency with characters. I’m so disappointed with what they have done with Sookie. They have written Jason to be bi polar and different from one episode to the next. As far as Alcide/Joe, whenever I look at him, I think he is trying to be hot like Anson Mount in Hell on Wheels, but B*, PLEASE! I’ve only continued to watch to see Alex and Kristen. Alex’s peen was fine. His body is huge and he was hunched over. You can see it in profile in the shower scene from Om Sara. Most men would feel comfortable showing themselves.

  25. bettyrose says:

    LOL at the headline. If I hadn’t watched last night I’d be so itching to click this story, knowing it was my own fault.

  26. Sachi says:

    This show has truly gone to the pits. I watched it last night and kept checking the time for when it would be over.

    So a 5500-year old vampire was easily killed with a stake and was restrained by a Grandpa fae coming from some weird other dimension? If Grandpa was always able to come out of that dimension, why hasn’t he done it before?

    They made Warlow look so, so weak. The oldest vampire-fairy alive and he went easily like that…and killed in a bathroom??!!! What a dumb way to go. Even Steve Newlin had a better end than that.

    Sookie and Alcide? No chemistry whatsoever. What is up with Sookie that she can’t be in a relationship with a human?

    I’ll be watching Teen Wolf instead. It can be convoluted at times, but at least it’s more solid with its plot and still makes me go, “Damn! That was good TV!” more often than not.

    • YvetteW says:

      I thought I was the only one that kept checking the time. God it was a boring episode. If it wasn’t for Jason and Andy I would have fallen asleep. Maybe True Blood should have ended after 4 seasons. It is no longer dressed so it has no place to go.

  27. Redd says:

    I think the Hep V killing Nora fast was because a big dose was directly injected and the other vamps that have it got it from drinking tainted TB.
    As for walking in the sun, the other vamps got the ability because they drank from Bill who got his by drinking Warlow’s blood- still with me? so it’s diluted and the effect died when Warlow died.
    Killing off Terry and then adding Sam’s girlfriend, Jason’s girlfriend and Andy’s daughter- ridiculous.
    Sookie & Alcide- ridiculous.
    Naked Askars- ridiculously hot.

  28. polarbear says:

    Ditch the show, make a new one about Pam and Eric’s life. Alex and Kristen are THE reason I still suffer through new episodes every year.

  29. Amy says:

    Hahahaha I’ve been reading recaps of the entire season because I only watched the first two episodes. I will eventually get around to watching the rest of it and I’m in no particular hurry. However just to see Alexander Skarsgard reading a book naked in Sweden. Do they explain why he decided to leave Bon Temps for Sweden?? The plot looks ridiculous, I do miss trying to make sense out of the nonsensical storylines.

  30. Daniel says:

    They could save the show by introducing BUBBA. Would be coold to see Bruce Campbell play him.

  31. Dommy Dearest says:

    As much as I enjoy watching the show, it’s gotten so cheesy. Beyond cheese ball. But I’m pretty sure they’re aware of it. Love some Eric though!

  32. Ming says:

    i love eric. that is all.

  33. TheyPromisedMeBeer says:

    Wait wait wait. I stopped watching this halfway through season 4, so forgive me, but …


    Please tell me there was another character named Terry that got the axe. Please please please. Terry is, in all honesty, my favorite character on that show. Ugh, TB writers.

    • Dommy Dearest says:

      I KNOW. I WAS NOT PLEASED WHEN I SAW IT! I cried during the funeral scene. SO SAD!

      • TheyPromisedMeBeer says:

        So what happened? How did he die? why? Why why why? Were the ridonkulous Baby Mikey and “Supernatural Iraqi Events” plotlines not punishment enough?

      • Dovie says:

        Terry couldn’t deal with his past anymore so he called in an old buddy from the Marines and asked him to kill him because Terry couldn’t do it himself. Terry went and took out a $2 million dollar life insurance policy, put it in a lock box, then took the key to Lafayette who called Arlene to tell her something was up. Arlene has a vampire come over and glamour Terry to forget all about the war and everything but her, the kids, and being a cook. He had a day of being completely happy… and then the marine sniped him.

  34. Leek says:

    True Blood was good for three seasons and now it’s just complete dog poop. Sookie/Anna Paquin has lost way too much weight. Her face is much too masculine now. She was pretty with some meat on that bony face. Now, not so much. I’m pretty sure the acting has gone downhill, too. I realize we could blame the writing but the acting is just terrible. I had to explain story lines to my friend the other day and as I heard it all out loud I was so embarrassed that I could even explain such garbage. This was my last season.

  35. FartSack says:

    I am really all done with this show. Love Alex S. but will not tolerate the rest of the BS and yet again, looking at Anna P.’s tits are just too much to bear. Tara needs to go away for ever and what is with STUPID Jason and his choice of females and what the HELL is wrong with Jessica? What ever happened to Terry and Arlene’s evil baby? DONE DONE DONE.