Spoiler Alert, if you have not seen the “True Blood” Season 6 finale, then stop reading NOW.
I must confess: I had given up on this aging series after the last two trite and disappointing seasons. Many people, including myself, thought this might be the last year for the series, and perhaps we were relieved to see a once great show be put out of its misery. But like a vampire resurrected from the ground, “True Blood” sprang back to live right in the middle of the season 6 finale episode. Hallelujah!
New show-runner and co-executive producer Brian Buckner had this to say about the upcoming seventh season at Comic-Con 2013: “I think you're going to feel like the show is going back to its roots. We're going to try to condense the number of stories we're telling, make you feel like you're coming home to Bon Temps. I feel like this show is ultimately about the relationship between vampires and humans. And it's about that town. I actually want to bring [the show] in a little bit. My hope is to get all these people we love living under the umbrella of one story and one thread, and really make this a show about a small town that we've all come to know and love."
Mr. Buckner is a man of his word because the season 6 story arc came to a grinding halt right in the middle of the season finale, when we witnessed a nude Eric Northman being engulfed by flames on a cold mountaintop in Are, Sweden. Poof, like fairy dust, the show shifted gears and it was suddenly six months later. Oh, and what a difference six months makes! It was like a brand-new show altogether, reminiscent of season one. Gone were the zillion overblown storylines chockfull of every supernatural creature known to man, plus the kitchen sink. “True Blood” again became a show about the relationship between vampires and humans coexisting in a quaint, small, southern town. We had indeed come back home to Bon Temps.
It was great to see Tara and her mother again in a dramatic scene. Heck, it was great to see Tara again in any scene. Remember Tara? She was pretty much only used as a prop the last two seasons. Being tuned into a vampire a couple of years ago was the worst thing that could have happened to her character. Tara was drained of all her sassiness and humanity and she quickly became just another brooding, jaded, boring vampire. But the old Tara is back with a vengeance.
As for the other residents of Bon Temps, it seemed like they all went back to basics as well. Except for poor Eric, of course. He was burned by the sun in full frontal nudity (and the size of his manhood was soon trending on social media).
Is Eric dead, or will he be miraculously saved by Pam? Will Sookie stay with short-haired Alcide or go back to being a vampire “danger whore” (her words)? Will Jason ever get through a scene with his shirt on? Will Lafayette get his own storyline again? Will the hungry Hepatitis-V infected, zombie-vampires gorge themselves on a tasty Bon Temps smorgasbord? Tune in next summer for the seventh season of “True Blood” on HBO.