HBO‘s True Blood Almost Home TV Show Review. True Blood: Season 7, Episode 8: Almost Home is the 8th installment in TB‘s clumsy finale season…which started carelessly, then found a middle that we could get excited about, and is now heading towards an ending that has little emotional depth.
This show has been a shadow of its former self for several years now…yet, we are all still hanging in there to see how this once cutting edge show concludes and where our beloved characters end up.
Pam De Beaufort (Kristin Bauer van Straten) and Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) closed in on and eventually caught Sarah Newlin (Anna Camp). Eric grabbed her, dangled her by the throat, and finally bit her. Eric — cured.
In a diabolical move, Yakamoto Corp. head Mr. Gus (Will Yun Lee) told Pam and Eric that he had no intention of using Sarah’s blood to make a “cure-all” for Hep V…there’s no profit in that. Instead he was going to make a less-than-perfect product, so that customers would continue to be beholden to him. [The writers of True Blood have always been effective in using the shows fantastical storylines to express social commentary.]
And just when it looked like the show’s two head vampires would both be saved, Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) decided NOT to drink Sarah’s blood….Okaay. Does this choice have to do with the Civil War flashbacks and the dream of Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) holding the baby? Perhaps something to do with Queen Sophie Anne?
In other news, Jessica Hamby (Deborah Ann Woll) and Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten)’s relationship took a turn…now that Hoyt Fortenberry (Jim Parrack) was back in the picture. Jason has had eyes for Bridgette (Ashley Hinshaw), which now gives Hoyt and Jessica a chance to reunite. [I like it.]
[I can’t quite fathom why the writer’s continue to single out Tara Thornton (Rutina Wesley)’s character to treat so poorly. She was killed randomly and unceremoniously in the first episode this season…and now she is made to apologize to the woman that made her life hell.]
Lettie Mae Thornton (Adina Porter), Reverend Daniels (Gregg Daniel), and Lafayette Reynolds (Nelsan Ellis) saw a flashback of Tara’s abusive father and how Tara almost killed him. It seemed his leaving the family was what started Lettie Mae on her road to addiction…thus the apology.
Okay…with only two episodes to go, I’m still holding out for a cohesive, satisfying conclusion.
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