Considering Bill already saved the vamps on “True Blood” season six, where could the season finale “Radioactive” -- which aired August 18 -- go from there? For one, what happens between Sookie and Warlow when she decides she doesn’t really want to be a fairy vamp bride.
An unexpected death?
But before that showdown happened on the HBO drama, all the vamps are still high and celebrating their new life in the sun. Well, everyone except Pam, who goes off in search of Eric, and Bill, who is worried about the cost of all this to Sookie.
It’s a good thing that he’s worried about her too, because Sookie desperately needs help. Warlow has been playing Sookie; he still wants her. But he wants to own and use her too, and it has nothing to do with love. And really, what was Sookie thinking, asking a 5,500-year-old vamp to “date” her in the small community of BonTomps?
Alas, despite Sookie failing by trusting Warlow on “True Blood,” she has a band of people who still care about her, especially her brother Jason and, strangely, his vamp lover Violet. Adeline too will do anything she can for her fellow faerie. And then there’s, of course, Bill, who remembers his humanity briefly to help his once human lover.
Yet it’s Sookie’s fairy grandfather, who reaches through the bathroom portal, that gives Jason a chance to finally, once and for all, kill Warlow. Warlow is dead, and his blood is gone, and that means his powers disappear too -- even for Eric, who is sunning his beautiful naked self on a mountaintop on Norway. He goes up in flames.
But is Eric Northman really dead on “Radioactive”? He’s one of the HBO drama’s most popular characters, and his death -- considering all the blood and gore of late -- felt really anticlimactic, if that’s what it was. After all, fans saw him go up in flames, but they didn’t see his body explode. Could he, somehow, still be alive? And what is Pam's fate?
Set-up for “True Blood” season seven
Yet, Eric's mountaintop escapade wasn’t the only surprising thing about the season six finale. The drama fast-forwarded six months, and it felt like an entirely different show. Then again, it’s an entirely different world. Bands of Hep-V vamps are roaming the world taking out small towns, and now the humans have a whole new war to fight.
But that’s not the only thing they’re talking about. For one, everyone is in a different place in their life. Bill Compton is a bestselling author. Alcide and Sookie are now dating. Violet still hasn’t allowed Jason to have sex with her. Sam is mayor, and Merlotte’s is now Bellefleur’s. And as mayor, Sam is determined to keep his town safe by arranging monogamous relationships between uninfected vamps and humans in order to keep the human citizens safe. To arrange all that, they plan a large social at night. Because that’s really the best idea when there’s rogue vampires all around town.
At the social, Bill tries to express his worry for Sookie, who refuses to choose a vamp (naturally), and Bill tells Alcide, “Growl all you want, bright eyes.” But this interchange is interrupted by a noise. Because really, no surprise here, a rogue band of vamps shows up at the social, and it’s most likely going to be a crazy bloodbath. Then again, who knows, because fans will just have to wait until “True Blood” season seven, and that won’t be until next summer, a long wait indeed. But really? What this fan -- and many others -- care about more is whether Eric Northman is dead or alive.
© Elizabeth SanFilippo 2013
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