Now we’re talking.
That’s not to say this was a perfect episode – far from it. But at least this hour restored a sense of fun to the proceedings, while sustaining the show’s signature wit. There’s a long way to go before True Blood can reclaim its luster (it probably won’t though I’d love to be proven otherwise), but this was the season’s first truly effective hour.
Simply put, I attribute this episode’s success to the epic flashbacks featuring Pam and Eric. It was fantastic to see the beginnings of Fangtasia (an adult video store no less), and the defining moment of Eric becoming Sheriff. The fact that the writers managed to tie the bar’s history to Ginger was just icing on the cake. It’s subplots such as this one that supply the show with a sense of gravitas and weight after seven seasons worth of storytelling. However….
Why are we still wasting time on sequences as pointless as Jason and Sam visiting Kevin’s wife Rosie? And if you don’t know who the latter two are, I don’t blame you because they’re enormously superfluous characters. It boggles my mind that True Blood‘s writing staff is still so oblivious to the screen-time they waste on useless characters and subplots. I guess some things will never change and I need to make peace with that.
– Jason calling Hoyt and telling him about his momma was kind of touching I guess.
– Laugh-out loud moment: the Magister throwing the keys at Pam who blankly stares at him instead of catching them.
– The green screen effect with Sam and Jason driving was shockingly horrendous. Really HBO? You can’t afford something that looks marginally believable?
– Sookie getting through to Jessica with her speech was probably one of the character’s better moments. She still sucks as a protagonist.
– I can’t get over the fact that Ginger came up with the idea for Fangtasia. Her entire pitch with Eric on the throne was beyond priceless and awesome. Naturally, Pam stole her idea.
– Hilariously sad sight with Eric struggling to punch through the wall.
– Fascinating moment with Pam telling Bill that it will never work out for him and Sookie.
– The fight sequence wasn’t bad huh? Could have been longer though.
– Badass moment: Jason blowing the vamp to bits and saving Sookie.
– As if I needed further proof that Carrie Preston was a exceptional actress, she went on ahead and delivered that brilliant hallucination scene as she reconnected with Terry before almost-dying. Wow.
Jackson: He loved the fuck out of you Sookie.
Pam: (about Sookie) She’s like a fucking fungus that just won’t go away.
Ginger: Eric Northman is nothing if he is not pure fucking sex on a throne.
Sookie: (as Bill feeds on her) It’s just lunch.
Pam: Ginger, look at yourself and look at me. Who has better taste?
Although it has its flaws, Death Is Not The End is the strongest episode of the season thus far.