“Thank You” episode ten of the final season of “True Blood” ended with the most bittersweet true death. Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) agreed to help her love Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) die. She tearfully climbed into his casket and sat on top of him. Bill put his hands around hers as together they drove a stake through his heart. Death was what Bill wanted. Earlier he explained why to Sookie. He spoke of the cycle of life, children and how he didn’t want to deny her the joy of experiencing it. Bill was ready to meet his fate and family on the other side.
Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgård) felt differently about death. In response to Sookie saying she was scared, Eric said,
“Death is scary. I've been avoiding it for a thousand years.”
Later, scenes flashed forward to Eric and Pam Swynford De Beaufort (Kristin Bauer van Straten) living life to the fullest, without apparent regrets. The same ole, same ole good times.
Two vampires with two different views on immortality. One can make a convincing argument for either viewpoint. Nevertheless, why would anyone want to live forever?
Imagine watching people you love grow old and die, again and again. It would be hard seeing your children wither before your eyes. There must be a consuming feeling of displacement and depression. The cycle of life is a balancing act for humanity. You are born. You grow up. Maybe you fall in love. Maybe you have children. You grow old. Then, you die. You join your family and ancestors on the other side depending on your faith or lack of.
What you don’t do is die alone. No one ever dies alone. Even if you don’t have family, you die with your generation. There is closure to your circle of life. Your moment in the world is your personal footnote in the history.
Between Bill and Eric, one of them made the right choice. It was Bill Compton. Who wants to live forever anyhow? Good night, sweet prince. You will be missed. "True Blood" will be missed. Thank you to the cast of "True Blood" for the memories.
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