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TV Review: TRUE BLOOD: Season 7, Episode 3: Fire in the Hole [HBO]

Nelsan Ellis True Blood Fire in the Hole

HBO‘s True Blood Fire in the Hole TV Show Review. True Blood: Season 7, Episode 3: Fire in the Hole proves to be difficult to sit through. It’s exceedingly hard to get enthusiastic or be positive about True Blood’s finale season. Three episodes in and it’s an incoherent mess. The scary, well-paced, sexy suspense, the steady build of storyline, the well-developed and fostered character, the clever camp…all that was True Blood is gone…completely gone. As one of my fellow critics commented, they have gone the way of Dexter. So true.

Last week’s episode, “I Found You”, seemed to be a light, perhaps they were going to get down to some real horror and valid mayhem for the finale. The overrun ghost town that was once Saint Alice was scary and topically current, sending genuine shivers down the spine of what may be in store for the townsfolk of Bon Temps. Then, “Fire in the Hole”.

The show is now just several different bands of characters with a portion of screen time allotted to them each episode. Lafayette Reynolds (Nelsan Ellis) and James (Nathan Parsons) got high. The Reverend Daniels (Gregg Daniel) gave a long, drawn out monologue. Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) got his picture taken. All random, miscellaneous moments that had no significance to anything, certainly not plot.

The way they are handling the killing off of major characters is stupefying. Tara Thornton (Rutina Wesley) was killed off-screen in the premiere episode, and confirmed with a voiceover from her mother. This episode, Alcide Herveaux (Joe Manganiello) was handled with the same carelessness. He was killed protecting Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) and got shot by an angry townsperson after the shootout. This was a rather unceremonious and undramatic choice on the part of the writers/creators. Though Alcide has only ever really been a fourth wheel, never Sookie’s first choice. He surely deserved a more dramatic send-off. Starts to come down to lack of respect for your audience.

Then there is the random Jason Stackhouse’s (Ryan Kwanten) desire for children and Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard)’s love for a French woman from his past (1800‘s) that we have never heard about…therefore how could we care much at this point?

This is supposed to be the big wrap-up. The grand emotional culmination of 7 years of vampires, shape shifters, faeries and all manner of supernatural outrageousness. Instead, the show continues to reveal that the creators have long stopped caring about the characters they created…making it exceptionally hard for those of us tuning in to care any longer either.

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