Sunday was the final episode for True Blood. I’m sad to see this end but it was an exciting 7 years with this cast.
TV series come and go but True Blood is the one show that I formed a connection with. As a kid I remember everyone talking about popular shows ending, like M*A*S*H, Cheers and Dallas. But since I was so young I had no clue what the big deal was. I was a fan of Sienfeld and Friends so of course I didn’t miss their season finale. But with True Blood I escalated from fan to a “fanatic”. I love Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse series so I was excited to see the characters brought to life. I love True Blood so much that I’ve camped out at Comic Con San Diego just to see them. So this post is my tribute to the show.
When a book is adapted to a movie or TV series fans always get upset with changes made. I have to partly agree with this when it comes to True Blood. Here is what I loved and hated about the show. But also what I wished they had kept from the books.
What did I love about True Blood?
- The show had gone in a different direction from the books, which was great because there wasn’t the predictability of the storyline. The first season was the only season closest to the first book, Dead Until Dark, but this was fine since we are being introduced to the main characters. The show still took some bits and pieces from the books, but they twisted it and added so many more storylines & characters that it kept us in suspense for the next episode!
- True Blood brought us a new character that was not in the books – baby vampire, Jessica Hamby (played by Deborah Ann Woll). Jessica is a newborn vampire that was turned by Bill Compton (played by Stephen Moyer). This character is exciting because we get to see the struggles a new vampire undertakes, which was missing from the book series. Jessica struggles with her new self but still tries to maintain her human traits (such as compassion). So in a way Jessica acts as a moral compass for her daddy/maker Bill and other vampires.
- I also loved the changes they made of characters in the book. Lafayette Reynolds (played by Nelsan Ellis) is killed in the book so it was great having the flamboyant character. Tara Thornton (played by Rutina Wesley) was a weak character in the books. Tara in True Blood had so many bad things happen to her but she was a tough chick. Arlene Fowler (played by Carrie Preston) was a backstabber in the books, so it was great to see her as a good friend for Sookie.
- The casting was perfect. I never thought any of the actors failed in bringing the characters to life. Alexander Skarsgard and Joe Manganiello were born to play the sexy men in Sookie’s life. Kristin Bauer van Straten got Pam’s attitude down perfectly.
What did I hate about True Blood?
- Top on the list is killing Alcide (Joe Manganiello). That was a shocker!! But we do understand that her true love is one of the vampires.
- The Lilith and Warlow story line was irritating and not exciting at all.
What I wish True Blood had done?
- I really wished they had introduced the weretiger, Quinn. He was another sexy character in Sookie’s life and their story was exciting (but heartbreaking). Fans have tossed around different actors to portray Quinn, so of those I think Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson would have been great! Quinn is described as tall, muscular, bald and with purple eyes. So I can see the Rock as Quinn.
- In the book Sookie works for Queen Sophie-Anne at a vampire convention. The book mentioned a booth that sold fang implants so this would have been so funny to see.
- I wish they had done the fairy wars, which meant not having Eric kill Claudine, Sookie’s fairy godmother and cousin. This would have been more exciting than the Warlow story.
I can go on and on about what I wish they had done but I still loved True Blood. I hate to see this end but thanks to DVDs and the internet I can always relive my favorite episodes. So this really isn’t the “true death” of True Blood.
Here are my pictures from Comic Con 2013
Here are my pictures from Comic Con 2014