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True Blood: Season 7, Episode 1 (Recap)

Jesus Gonna Be Here (Spoiler Warning)

In a TV show that started off as brilliant entertainment, the defanged and anemic True Blood finally takes the hint and makes season 7 its last. I could make a strong case for season 4 being where it really started to go wrong, but arguably by the end of season 3 a lot of fans realised the show was looking less of a sure thing. Although, die-hard fans and True Blood apologists will tell you the show is as good as it ever was.

Whatever went wrong, I intend to watch the final season with a small amount of sadness in my heart, mourning what True Blood could have been rather than what it has become. And I still hope to see a spark of whatever it was we all fell in love with in the first place. Jason Stackhouse always thinking with the wrong head. Andy Bellefleur not thinking at all. Hoyt and Jess. Lafayette's one-liners. And last but not least, Sookie and... well, Sookie and every eligible non-human she ever came across!

True Blood
Created by Alan Ball
Cast Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell, Ryan Kwanten, Chris Bauer, Kristin Bauer van Straten, Nelsan Ellis, Joe Manganiello, Deborah Ann Woll, Carrie Preston
Episode Release Date 22 June 2014
Ed's Grade: C

Doing the same as last year, the final season is only 10 episodes long compared to 12 episodes of previous years. Directed by Stephen Moyer, we begin the pilot of season 7 continuing with a horde of infected vampires attacking the good folk of Bon Temps, who were holding a human-vampire mixer. We lost Eric Northman at the end of season 6 after he decided to catch a few rays, and it appears we've lost Tara, too while the infected vamps are running rampant. Or have we? We don't actually see Tara die and there was hardly a word said about it. Certainly compared to the hullabaloo created when Terry bought the farm!

Andy stayed at home protecting his remaining faery daughter from harm, when Jessica turned up offering to keep them safe. Of course it's all thanks to Jessica that Adilyn is the only faery daughter Andy has left, so it's no surprise Andy doesn't want her near Adilyn. After getting the call about the vampire attack, Andy leaves Adilyn alone in the house with strict instructions not to invite Jessica in. Eventually an infected vamp turns up at Andy's but Jessica keeps him at bay until the sun comes up. Adilyn eventually invites Jessica in at sun up, to save Jess from the true death. But Jess struggles not to drink Adilyn's blood, however she does succeed in fighting her urge.

If I were in Andy's shoes I wouldn't have left my daughter alone in the house, where right outside was the vampire who had already murdered my other daughters. I also don't understand why that lone vampire just stood there until the sun came up, rather than attacking Jessica to get to Adilyn.

Andy and Bill go hunting for the missing women, one of whom is Arlene. The pair have a couple of interesting scenes together with Andy making it clear to Bill he'll work with him for now, but he's far from cool with Bill. If only the Lilith arc wasn't a complete waste of time, Bill may still have had something up his blood-soaked sleeve that would have helped in their hunt for the Bon Temps folk who have been kidnapped for their blood.

Jason finally gets it on with Violet, and Sookie is tired of hearing the thoughts of the townsfolk as they blame her for what has happened. Sookie even has a (very) brief falling out with Alcide when she overhears him thinking she was partly to blame for their current predicament. As well as having make up sex with Alcide, Sookie stands up to the townspeople and tells them she wants to help them fight the infected vampires. We also catch up with Pam in Morocco, as she plays vampire roulette with a six-shooter, against a muslim vampire. Pam is hunting for Eric, and after not blowing her heart out the back of her chest, she's given a piece of paper with what appears to be the whereabouts of her maker.

I must admit, the episode was a little better than I expected, and even Lafayette got to be funny again, so it could be that we'll get to enjoy this last season of True Blood, but it'll take another episode or so before we know for sure.

TV Review by Lead Entertainment Writer, Ed Blackadder

Season 7 Episode 2 Details:

Episode #72: I Found You Debut: SUNDAY, JUNE 29 (9:00-10:00 p.m.) Other HBO playdates: June 29 (11:45 p.m., 2:30 a.m.) and 30 (11:15 p.m.), and July 1 (12:15 a.m.), 2 (8:00 p.m., 12:30 a.m.) and 4 (midnight) HBO2 playdates: June 30 (9:00 p.m.) and June 3 (3:35 a.m.), 5 (9:00 p.m.), 6 (8:00 p.m.) and 10 (3:25 a.m.)

A trio of hostages taken in the Bellefleur’s attack looks to a familiar face as a possible liberator from the H-vamps. Sookie and Jason (Ryan Kwanten) visit the neighboring town of Saint Alice, where a young woman’s diary offers clues to the potential fate of Bon Temps. Spurned by Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis), a desperate Lettie Mae (Adina Porter) turns to Willa (Amelia Rose Blaire) to channel her family past. Vince whips his fellow vigilantes into a dangerous frenzy. Pam’s (Kristin Bauer van Straten) search for her maker leads her to a very familiar place.

Written by Kate Barnow; directed by Howard Deutch.

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