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TV Review: TRUE BLOOD: Season 7, Episode 4: Death is Not the End [HBO]

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HBO‘s True Blood Death is Not the End TV Show Review. True Blood: Season 7, Episode 4: Death is Not the End means we are almost halfway through the finale season of this (initially) ground-breaking series. I just powered through 6 seasons of Breaking Bad. There is no real comparison of these two very different genres…except that solid storytelling and maintaining a high level of respect and integrity for your characters seems paramount to a successful, memorable series. I believe we are all going to remember True Blood for 3 very good, very promising, cutting-edge seasons…and then the unexpected unravel…that never relented.

This fourth installment however, was the best episode of the finale season thus far. Due in part to the episode being filled with cameos from characters past. Jackson Harveaux (Robert Patrick) showed up. Terry Bellefleur (Todd Lowe) showed up as a hallucination. And beloved Hoyt Fortenberry (Jim Parrack) was back.

It is always exciting to see past characters return when you’ve invested in a series for this long. True Blood has the unique ability of resurrecting the dead (pun intended) given it’s genre. Although, it still felt here as though these characters were thrown in to the pot at the 12th hour…not cleverly integrated back in to the storytelling. I’ll give it the writers and creators though, they are consistent in their carelessness in bringing a character back as they are when taking them out.

In this chapter we saw how Fangtasia was created over time in flashback sequences. That it was never Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) or Pam De Beaufort (Kristin Bauer van Straten)’s idea, rather it was Ginger (Tara Buck)’s…and that Pam had stolen the idea.

We came to understand that Jessica Hamby (Deborah Ann Woll) had been refusing to feed for weeks because of her guilt at killing the fairy sisters. This generated a satisfying scene with Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), and with Lafayette Reynolds (Nelsan Ellis) as well. Sookie read Jessica up and down, and told Jessica she didn’t care about her problems. Sookie cared only to make sure Jessica was completely game for the assault on Fangtasia. Lafayette was more sympathetic…he told Jessica he had to murder his old boyfriend.

Ultimately, the gang stormed Fangtasia. All the Hep V vamps were killed, along with Vince (Brett Rickaby)’s human crusaders. The action was solid and tense. Though we all know no one is safe in Bon Temps, everyone came out of the battle alive.

Wondering how the writers are going to inject some real stakes (I’m sorry), with only 6 episodes left, when both sets of antagonists are gone. And in the end, will Sookie choose Bill or Eric…or die trying?

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