**My level of distaste for each of these aspects of the finale is rated on a scale of 1-5**
(2.5) Unemotional visits from the ghosts of loved ones:
I understand that Alan Ball was inserting his Buddhist viewpoint that “”Life is suffering and happiness is temporary,” so death is joyful compared to being tied to the harsh world. However how many viewers do you think are going to understand it or appreciate it even if they do? The souls of the dead seemed to be nothing but zombies to be manipulated by the living when need be. In addition, it felt as if they were high on drugs (smiling/joking the whole time or basically expressionless while they talked to their supposed love ones that they are now permanently separated from). To some audience members it seemed silly and to people like me it seemed to be such a waste of potentially emotional material.
BTW, why do there appear to be souls / individuals if Alan Ball is imparting a Buddhist viewpoint ( the Buddha did not believe in a self, a soul, or an Atman as Hindus call it); but I guess I can maybe give him a pass on that since some Buddhists try to philosophize that the concept of a soul is possible in Buddhism?
(2) Alcide makes his case to Sookie and she entertains the thought of choosing him
Ok, so I am a little mad about this scene but not completely since I was expecting it and know that Alcide was going to make a play for her after breaking things off with Debbie. Also, he isn’t Bill but that’s not saying very much. However, I still thought the scene made little sense.
First of all, Alcide barely knows Sookie and has just broken up with a lover he’s had in his life since childhood (no matter any of the bad things that have happened between them) and might-I-add was having a hard time getting over last season. Second of all, it made no sense that Sookie seems to be entertaining him as a prospect since she’s so head-over-heels for two vampires at once that she cannot bear to choose between them. I know he’s hot and all and she’s got a pull being a fairy and all but C’MON this makes no sense that they are on each other’s minds RIGHT NOW if she’s really that broken up about Bill and Eric (two vampires she dated and was intimate with) and he just ended things on a bad note once again with a woman he’s known since childhood. She doesn’t tell Alcide that his words have resonated with her a little but you can see it written all over her face as he walks away.
Also, how are Alcide fans even going to be satisfied with this scene for the reasons I specified above?
(3) Sookie screams for “Bill”after the stake is ignited and doesn’t say Eric at first.
I don’t understand why Sookie seems to constantly be more concerned about Bill. She supposedly loves them both equally but constantly seems to be more concerned about Bill (case-in-point: Sookie zapped Eric in order to save Bill without thinking about what it would do to him even though she did have many examples of it not actually killing anyone- so I am mixed about that scene). She summons her hands after calling out to Bill. Of course, the average audience member would think “Oh she loves Bill more,” even if that’s not really the case.
(1) Rene/Drew is suddenly a “good-guy” attempting to give Arlene helpful advice.
I wasn’t really angry about this of course but it was another annoyance that made no sense. I guess Rene/Drew was a murdering sociopath with a capacity to love Arlene enough to warn her about Terry’s past from the afterlife? In fact Rene was the only one who seemed to get emotional and caring at all. WHAT?
(5 -really 10 it sent me into a rage) The entire couch/ double-break-up scene!
WTF? Really, I don’t even know where to begin about this scene. Sookie is getting aroused from her double feeding and Eric as Bill are wearing matching pajamas (I guess in a way symbolizing their new-found sense of being connected and acceptance of their equal role in Sookie’s eyes and Sookie’s realization of their equal place in her eyes *VOMIT*).
Then, we have Sookie FORGIVING BILL COMPLETELY (despite it only being two weeks in her mind and Bill never asking for forgiveness or apologizing himself) AND THEN ASKING BILL FOR FORGIVENESS (for what I have no idea) as they give each other a tender stare-down!
Then we have Sookie attempting to tell Eric (after he reminds her that BILL HAD HIS CHANCE) that everyone’s misdeeds are equal so it’s all-cool for them to move on. In what universe are Bill’s misdeeds and wealth of lies equal to Eric’s and Sookie’s??? In what universe does Bill deserve to be forgiven yet you bring up what Eric did and don’t explicitly say you forgive him completely too???
In addition, we have Eric acting COMPLETELY OUT-OF-CHARACTER (like some 15 year old) as he says things like: “Bill’s cool with it” and begs for Sookie’s attention. REALLY??? All the while, Bill is there to witness the pathetic spectacle and act like the mature one standing aside, giving Sookie space, and “allowing” her to be with Eric.
We have Sookie proceeding to HUMILIATE both of them by making her love case for each of them in front of the other before leaving them both in the dust. I’ll never defend Bill but she even TELLS ERIC SHE WANTED HIM ALL ALONG IN FRONT OF BILL (of course I always knew that but what are you doing Sookie?). How is this suppose to be fufilling for either Eric or Bill fans or even Alcide fans? HOW?
There are no words to describe what a total FAIL this scene was! If I didn’t honestly believe that Bill was a terrible individual and had witnessed him attempting to kill Eric on multiple occasions, I would be rooting for Eric and Bill as a couple at this point over her with either of them!
(1.5) Predictable cliffhangers that were not a total tribute to the books
Thank you Alan Ball for the most predictable cliffhangers ever (they were predictable to anyone but the most typical and un-involved of fans)! You know, I would be fine with the Sookie killing Debbie thing (a sort-of kind-of book nod) if you had had Eric rescue her like in the books since it would be showing the books some respect for once…it would have at least made up a little bit for earlier.
(3) Tara gets killed off
I know I am in the minority when it comes to my love of Tara, but I was deeply saddened by this. Of course, it’s a supernatural show so they could bring her back somehow but it was a head-wound and I dont see how she can be turned in such a state. We could have Lafayette bring her back but what are the consequences of that? Plus, she has a head wound so what does that mean for her resurrected body? Maybe a vampire could heal her, but it looks as if she’s already gone. Only time can tell but if it turns out she’s really dead, I am going to be SAD AND MAD THEY KILLED HER OFF BEFORE ARLENE. I heard Rutina may have said something about Season 5 but where exactly are they going with this. If Bill heals her, I might just shit a brick…assuming I can watch next season without pulling my hairs out one-by-one!
I mainly see Tara coming back as some sort of ghost next season aiding Lafayette the medium. How lame would that be?
SOUND OFF BELOW!