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Dealing with the aftermath of death on 'True Blood'

Death is not the end
Death is not the end
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[SPOILERS] Finally, an episode which shows the devastation of death for those left behind, which is a rarity in television land. In 'True Blood’s “Death is Not The End” (Season 7; Episode 4), the cold harsh reality of someone’s loved one dying is spotlighted. The grownups assume the responsibility of cleaning up after death. While most television series are fictional, death is real. When death happens, certain responsibilities must be taken to bring closure to loved ones and a respectful end to those who are no longer here.

“Death is Not The End” is a realistic illustration of the aftermath of death. Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) calls the father of Alcide from a Bon Temps hospital morgue. She regretfully informs Jackson Herveaux (Robert Patrick) that his son is dead. When sharing with Sookie how happy Alcide was with her, Jackson states, 'He loved the (expletive) out of you, Sookie.'

Not exactly what you expect to hear from a grieving father, but not unexpected from an alpha-werewolf who was proud of his son. Everyone grieves differently when it comes to death. That’s reality.

Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten) called his childhood friend Hoyt Fortenberry (Jim Parrack). He broke the sad news of a vampire killing Hoyt’s mother. Though a solemn moment, it was bittersweet seeing Hoyt briefly return to 'True Blood.' Jason’s personal grief was accentuated when Hoyt questioned who Jason was. In an earlier season, Hoyt’s ex-girlfriend Jessica Hambly (Deborah Ann Woll) glamored him to take away the heartache of their breakup. Even in the loss of his mother, Hoyt still didn’t remember his best friend Jason.

More glances into the face of death pursued. Jason and Sam Merlotte (Sam Trammell) visited Officer Kevin Ellis’s wife to break the news of his death. Sookie consoled the adolescent children of Arlene Fowler (Carrie Preston). She promised them their mother would come home. A promise Sookie knew she couldn’t keep, but it comforted Arlene’s depressed children.

Television series, movies and video games often fall short in allowing the viewer to see the heartbreak of finding out that someone you love is dead. It is refreshing for a television series to show the after side of death. The 'True Blood' writers of “Death is Not The End” should be applauded for an episode well-done.

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C. C. J. Vann is a writer, columnist and speculative fiction enthusiast. Her blog is “C. C. J. Vann”, (www.ccjvann.com). You may contact her at info[at]ccjvann[dot]com.