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True Blood Season Finale Recap, "And When I Die"

True Blood Bites: "And When I Die"

Wow. The season four finale of True Blood is slow going at first, but the final moments both knocked the wind out of me and left me speechless. Halloween comes to Bon Temps, and the holiday brings with it a whole slew of events that are a lot scarier than Arlene and Terry's zombie makeup. The residents are visited by plenty of blasts from the past (and the implication of yet another one), and by the end of the episode, a handful of major characters join the ranks of the dead.

I'm admittedly a bit irritated that there's no progress on the fairy front since we've been waiting all season long to see what that whole business in the premiere is about, but there's certainly plenty of setup for next year's stories. I can't wait to share my thoughts with you and hear yours, so beware the spoilers when you

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  • Worst table manners: Marnie doesn't exactly do a great Lafayette imitation, and she stabs Jesus with a fork on the first chance she gets. It only gets worse from there, as she ties Jesus to a chair and demands that he give her his magic powers. Unfortunately, you can't just trade powers "like Pokemon cards" (guess it's still the late '90s in Bon Temps), and Jesus sacrifices himself in hopes of saving Lafayette, allowing Marnie to take his Latin voodoo by drinking his blood. Yum.
  • Most decent proposal: Now that Debbie is out of the picture, Alcide rebounds by trying get into Sookie's heart. He lays it out for her at Merlotte's, but Sookie's not interested in a business-like partnership when it comes to her feelings — even though Alcide promises a drama-free relationship through his puppy dog big werewolf eyes. It feels a bit like Sookie is denying the obvious chemistry she's been having with Alcide all this time, but maybe she just needs time to think it over. Are you rooting for these two to finally hook up next season?
  • Best night of the living dead: Marnie wastes no time turning Bill and Eric into a shirtless vampire-kebab, but Tara, Holly, and Sookie coming storming in to save the day. Thanks to Holly's Wiccan first aid kid, the ladies raise the dead to come to their rescue. Most notably, Antonia and Gran arrive to knock some sense into Marnie, after the witch drones on and on yet again about how nobody appreciates her. Thankfully, it's all over quickly as Marnie finally takes off and Bill and Eric are released.
  • Hottest new guy: As promised, Scott Foley arrives at Merlotte's, as one of Terry's long-lost Marine friends. It's no wonder that Foley had no problem balancing True Blood with Grey's Anatomy, as he only gets a very short scene that reveals that Terry once saved his life. It sounds like we can expect a lot more from him though: Rene rises from the grave to warn Arlene about the "ghost of Terry's past." Let the speculation begin, my friends.
  • Most anticlimactic moment: After Sookie has a ménage à trois (or her blood does, anyway) with Bill and Eric, it's decision-making time. Two vampires. Both of them hot. Both of them wearing identical robes. So what's a fairy to do? She chooses neither. We all saw it coming, but it's still pretty lame.
  • Most ominous performance by a parking lot: Alcide gets a mysterious phone call and is called to a parking garage, where he finds a hole in the cement and some chains. In real life this could mean a few things, but on True Blood it can only mean one: the former vampire king has returned. And he's probably pissed off.
  • Sexiest duo: Who needs Sookie when you can have Bill and Eric working together? When Nan Flanagan comes into Bill's office to convince the vampires to help her rebel against the American Vampire League, Bill and Eric take about ten seconds before they wipe out Flanagan and her team of armed guards in one fell swoop. Not only is it fun to see them working together, but their banter has never been better (exhibit A: "I liked you better when you were brain damaged").
  • The TMI award goes to: Jason Stackhouse! Jason decides to come clean with Hoyt, but the adorably dim guy gets a little too graphic with the details, recounting all the positions he and Jessica did it in. Hoyt reacts with punches and harsh words (can't really blame the guy), particularly in telling Jason that he's missing something inside. Luckily, Jessica is there to lick his wounds, though she tells Jason that she's not ready to commit to a relationship because she's afraid she'll hurt him. Just when Jason's bad day begins to perk up thanks to some sweet post-coital moments with his little red riding hood, he gets a very unexpected visitor. Reverend Newlin comes knocking at Jason's door, showing off his pearly white fangs.
  • Best best friend: I guess I should have figured that Tara was doomed as soon as she mentioned growing old with Sookie on the porch. After a long night of taking Marnie down and tucking Lafayette into bed, Tara becomes a "magnet for f*cking craziness" one last time. When Debbie Pelt comes looking for Sookie equipped with a rifle, Tara takes a bullet for her best friend — and from the looks of it, she's a goner. At least her death wasn't in vain: Sookie seizes the gun and (possibly inadvertently) shoots Debbie in the face. I'll sleep better tonight knowing that Debbie is finally gone for good, but I'm going to miss Tara.

How did you feel about the way the season wrapped up? Do you think Sookie will get away with murder? Is the reverend going to try to turn Jason? And will Eric band with Bill long enough to take down Russell yet again? Let's get talking in the comments!

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Asfandancer Asfandancer 4 years
While I am sure TB will have Sookie and Alcide get together I'm afraid that will be a deal breaker for me. They have zero chemistry, Alcide is the worst character on the show, who wants to get together with someone who tells you he wants to be with you because his brain is telling him it's the best thing to do (boy how romantic can you get), why would you want to be with someone who ran back to Debbie after the way she treated him. I hated Quinn in the books, but even he would be better then Alcide. Sookie at this point needs to be alone, she is not good enough for Eric and Bill is completely controlling. I never disliked Bill, I just thought he was a total bore. He is a bit more interesting when him and Eric are working together. Eric needs to tell Pam he is sorry he was mean to her. Sookie is not worth ruining Eric and Pam's relationship.
rossy rossy 4 years
From what I hear Tara will "be around" next season... Come on! What good is a fairy if they don't have powers of some kind? I don't know - like bringing the dead back to life or something. - And could someone tell me why Debbie went mental & wanted Sookie dead? I can't afford to get more channels just so I can watch 1 show! To those who answer - Thanks in advance!
care0531 care0531 4 years
I am holding out hope still for Tara since it was only a part of her head blown off and not the whole thing :) I can't believe how many cliffhangers we have. What about the Fairy that came to Bon Temps? Never saw anything about that. I knew Russell was coming back but I was hoping to see him in action for the finale. Now we have to wait till June! This sucks :)
bryseana bryseana 4 years
Tara was my favorite :(
peatree peatree 4 years
I hope Tara isn't really dead because that would really kill Sookie and Lafayette. Plus, I liked Tara, she said what was on her mind and was truthful about what was going on. No matter how mean, crude, rude, or sarcastic she was you just could help but to like Tara. I hope they bring her back next season. After Marnie left and went with Antonia and Gran, everything started to get REALLY intriguing. Basically everyone on the show has someone coming after them for some reason or another. When Terry introduced he's friend from the Marines to Arlene and she had never heard Terry talk about him, there was probably a very good reason why he hadn't and I think that that guy is going to cause a lot of trouble for Terry and everyone else. When Sookie was having that long conversation with Bill and Eric over why she loved both of them and why she couldn't be with either of them, all I could think about was " Sookie should just go out with Alcide, he doesn't have all this much drama attached to him."
lauren lauren 4 years
I am going to miss tara and jesus! I was completely shocked by both! I am glad sookie gave up both vamps but the scene was a little cheesy! Excited to see russell back on the scene and I am really curious as to what terry past is hiding! Poor Arlene! Sad the season is over and, of course, can't wait until next summer!
Michele-Foley Michele-Foley 4 years
I have to say that this entire season turned me into a lackluster True Blood fan; the only bit I really enjoyed was watching emo Eric fumble around. I am pretty excited about the finale's cliffhangers though, which are enough to make me tune in again next season. From the return of Russell Edgington to a fanged-up Reverend Newlin, I am really hoping the writers focus more on a vampire-inspired plot line the next time around.
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 4 years
Tara was definitely shot, not grazed (being grazed doesn't cause that much blood to flow). As for Jesus, I was kind of getting used to him. But, oh well. I'm glad to see Russell back (?). Newlin as a vamp? I don't know. I'm calling zombies next season.
Becky-Kirsch Becky-Kirsch 4 years
@Yessina, that's actually a great point! I hadn't considered that, and I'd love to see what it would be like if Tara fell for a vamp.
Yessenia Yessenia 4 years
I will miss Jesus, too! I'm not so sure that Tara is definitely dead, though. It seemed like the bullet grazed her head, which might mean that she could be saved by some vamp blood, probably Bill or Eric's since they will feel Sookie's fear/pain. If she is saved, it could lead to some interesting dreams about the vamp whose blood she drinks...
dreamalittledream dreamalittledream 4 years
@kayedizzle, Right! Alcide killed Marcus, not Sam...who is dating Luna, Marcus' ex. I don't see Sookie not harboring guilt about the situation-self defense or not. She killed someone that Alcide was once in a relationship with..that's a tough one. And I wonder if the wolf is actually Marcus' ghost?! Or another wolf? Or someone playing a joke on Sam?
ktc71 ktc71 4 years
I will miss Jesus. I was really starting to like him. I was surprised about Tara too. Poor Lafayette, first Jesus and now Tara. Speaking of Lafayette, as much as I love the character, I enjoyed him more before he got involved with magic. How about the wolf that showed up next to Sam? Was that someone wanting to revenge Luna's ex's death? We all saw Sookie not picking either Eric or Bill. I wouldn't mind seeing her with Alcide. She shot Debbie in the books, so I'll be curious to see if they play that out the same way in the show....somehow I doubt it. I hate that we have to wait so long in between seasons!
kayedizzle kayedizzle 4 years
I don't think Sookie and Alcide getting together will be an issue. She was acting in self-defense against Debbie -- just like when Alcide killed Marcus because he was going to hurt Sam. Plus, I'd like to see if a Sookie/Alcide match could work. All in all, it was a decent finale that has some great set-ups for season five. I will miss Jesus and Tara though.
dreamalittledream dreamalittledream 4 years
I don't think Sookie and Alcide will ever get together now that she's killed Debbie... And why did ghost-Rene have that Cajun accent?! Wasn't it determined his accent was a fake and he learned it on a cassette tape? I was totally excited about the finale until this morning when I realized ALL the plot lines from a finale are usually wrapped up in the first half of the next season...aka, the fairies, the werepanthers, the creepy baby doll...none of those plotlines held any relevance for the seasonal plotline! So frustrating!!!! But can we acknowledge vampire Steve Newlin, complete with the cardigan tied over his shoulders?! AMAZING!
meowalycat meowalycat 4 years
You think they could cram in any more during those last ten to fifteen minutes? It was like a barrage of action. I have been waiting all season for Russell to return. As soon as I saw the beginning of that parking lot scene I jumped off the couch and shouted, "yes, he's back!", it's about damn time. Jesus dying was quite a blow. I grew to like him a lot this season, and especially in the episode from last week where he pretty much saved the day. I guess we're just left with the comfort of know LaFayette can use his ability to call upon him from time to time. Last but not least, Tara finally dies. I have been waiting for this since season one. I am thankful they had the sense to finally kill off her character instead inflicting another season of annoyance by keeping her around.
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