Did True Blood really just kill off whom I think it killed off? Yes, I’m talking about a television series as though it’s become a demon that needs slaying. I can hear the universal cry of fangers across the nation. Who met the true death?
The Season 6 finale of True Blood, Episode 10, “Radioactive,” might have delivered the most shocking “true death” since the start of the series. The finale, which I’ll break up into two parts for this recap and review, took place just where we left off following Episode 9, only to see a massive six-month time jump at around the 30-minute mark. From backstabbing betrayals to absolute lunacy, the first half of Episode 10 celebrated the downfall of Burrell’s concentration camp before closing things out with a mind-blowing bang. The second half, the period that took place after the time leap, saw our beloved Bon Temps gang morphed into some brand spankin’ new folks. Think “Mayor Sam Merlotte” for starters. Will Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) marry her faerie vamp soul mate, Warlow (Rob Kazinsky)? Or will the vampire formerly known as Billith (Stephen Moyer) rain blood on their parade? Where did Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) fly off to, and what will Pam (Kristen Bauer van Straten) do about it? After teasing a massive death all season long, whom did True Blood choose to turn into a hot pile of goop (kind of) by the finale’s close? Here is my Recap and Review of Season 6 Episode 10 of True Blood, the finale, “Radioactive”!
With Terry dead a buried, life in Bon Temps seemed to be slowly returning back to normal. That is, until Sookie and Alcide (Joe Manganiello) stumbled upon a wild band of wasted vampires wandering into Bill Compton’s compound. Assuring the wolf that she’d be fine, Sookie the survivor made her way over to the festivities. Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) and James (Luke Grimes) danced in ecstasy, while Violet (Karolina Wydra) fed on her new main squeeze Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten). Boy, did Stackhouse fall for this hundred-something age vampire quickly or what? He started out as nothing more than a bag of blood, at least according to my own perception. Now it seems these two are head over heels. Throw Violet in a silly “Love You Truly, Madly, Deeply” pajama shirt and suddenly she’s a lot more lovable, even going as far as to greet Jason’s sister Sookie with a long smooch on the lips. Jason, admitting to being “hers,” confided his feelings in Sookie. Sookie, of course, has been through the ringer regarding vampire relationships. Take caution, Jason, and do not piss that woman off.
In other news, Bill seemed down in the dumps from the start of Episode 10. At first, it appeared that Compton might simply have been drained, still healing from the enormous amount of blood lost in order to save the lot of his friends. In truth, a conversation with Jessica in private revealed that Bill’s connection to Lilith had been severed. He was but Vampire Bill Compton, yet again, and a god no more. Jessica, in the dark regarding what Bill had sacrificed in his mission, assumed this was a positive consequence. On the contrary, Billith might have been a power-hungry beast, but Bill Compton never was and never will be. He’d traded the love of his life, Sookie Stackhouse, for a deal with Warlow. Jessica, ever the optimist, pleaded with Bill to fight for her hand. We had a different reason entirely for supporting good ol’ Bill on this occasion.
I’ve been a big Warlow advocate since his true nature was revealed several episodes back. I thought Rob Kazinsky was a great addition to the cast and added a new dynamic to Sookie’s role on the show. In fact, I thought the chemistry between the two made perfect sense, though I was never fully on-board with the concept of Sookie becoming his “eternal faerie vampire bride.” That’s no matter at all now, of course, for a simple conversation about putting off the wedding in favor of dating and getting him acquainted with the loved one’s in Sookie’s life ended with a hard slap across Stackhouse’s face. Well, as it turned out, Warlow was not only a dangerous vampire menace after dark, he’s a full-on faerie lunatic by day! Refusing to mingle with common blood, Warlow secured Sookie to the wedding maypole he’d taken thousands of years to dream up. (Really, thousands of years and the best you can do is throw some ribbon on a pretty pole?) Sookie Stackhouse is used to this by now, and to me, she looked more stressed out and exhausted by vampire nonsense than terrified of losing her own life. Warlow, on the other hand, reminded Sookie repeatedly that there is a difference between common vampire chaos and the threat of defying her “royal” soul mate. To Warlow, she was nothing more than a possession.
Don't ask that dude out on a date is the lesson to learn here i think.
— Robert Kazinsky (@RobertKazinsky) August 19, 2013
Luckily, Bill was on a mission to win back his flame. With the help of Jason and Violet, Bill managed to wrangle Andy (Chris Bauer) and Adilyn (Bailey Noble), hoping to use Adilyn as a key to the faerie plane. I enjoyed Violet’s tactic of scaring the living daylights out of the two-week-old faerie in order to activate her natural light. Before we knew it, we joined the crew on the other side of the plane, and just in time for Bill and his gang to rip a feeding Warlow off of Sookie’s neck. Night had fallen, and the hybrid was hungry. Wow, how the mighty had fallen. After investing a good solid chunk of this season in growing to love Warlow, everything seemed to be flushed down the tubes in a matter of a few minutes’ worth of screen time. A bit of a battle took place between Bill and Warlow, while Jason and the others managed to drag Sookie to the safety of her home on the other side. While Bill kept Warlow occupied, Violet and Jason tended to Sookie’s wounds, and again, I found myself growing increasingly fond of Violet, a character I wrote off as a nuisance to the central story a few recaps back. Maybe it was merely the frigid association I’d drawn between her and the camp, but as I said previously, a pajama set worked wonders on her appeal!
Inevitably, Warlow overpowered Bill and managed to claw his way back to Sookie’s home, walking in with ease while Bill struggled to attempt to break through the sealed doorway. Warlow was quick to render Violet unconscious before sealing Jason and Andy away with Adilyn in Sookie’s secret vampire chamber. Luckily, Adilyn has grown increasingly more adept with her abilities, and before long, Jason, along with the help of Grandpa Niall (Rutger Hauer) from the other side, was rescuing Sookie from an attack by Warlow in her upstairs shower. I was seriously surprised to see it happen, but while Niall held Warlow back, Jason thrust a stake straight through his heart. It took a moment, but the ancient hybrid became nothing more than shimmery red faerie dust in time. Sookie was free, but it would come at a price. First, congrats to Rob Kazinsky for adding something great to the cast, if only for Season 6. I’ll personally miss the possibility of a Warlow/ Sookie coupling. I knew things wouldn’t end well after he got physically abusive and referred to her as an object, but I’m speaking more so regarding the chemistry from past episodes. Remember, they were faerie soul mates, regardless. Their lights matched! What does this mean for Sookie going forward?
what an amazing season, thank you all for the incredible support and love. It goes right back to you.
— Robert Kazinsky (@RobertKazinsky) August 19, 2013
The price I spoke of was a steep one for all, but mainly, for us viewers. We watched as each vampire exposed to Lilith’s blood lost their ability to walk in the sun with a single flash. Lastly, we caught up with Eric, who sat reading naked in the snowy mountains of Sweden… before spontaneously bursting into flames. Eric Northman screamed out as his body combusted and his scream cut our screens to black. True Blood gave us a few long moments of quiet silence before making the jump to “six months later.” Now, what does this mean? We never actually saw Eric die completely. It looked like this goose was cooked, though. I mean, if that wasn’t a true death, I’m not sure what was, especially considering that the show has teased a major kill all throughout Season 6 via the media. Would they fib for publicity, or is Eric truly gone? Of course, leaving things slightly open makes sense too, even if they don’t intend on bringing Skarsgard back any time soon. Evidence for the killing off of Skarsgard’s Northman in addition to the publicity, to me, was in the amount of black screen time the show gave us to quickly mourn. Had it merely cut, I’d think slightly differently. Of course, the evidence to the contrary was that Pam had previously left Tara (Rutina Wesley) in order to search for Eric, taking flight amidst the festivities that opened the episode. Could Pam have gotten to Northman in time to do anything? What could she have possibly done considering the fact that he was in the middle of a winter wonderland with nowhere to hide from the sun exposure? R.I.P Eric Northman? If he had to go out, I think he’d choose to meet the true death reading nude in the snow as opposed to losing a fight, getting staked, etc.
*Six Months Later*
Congratulations, Mayor Sam Merlotte (Sam Trammell)! In all honestly, I’m not sure I love your new political personality, but I’ll be supportive for the time being. Recognizing that a separation of church and state was not working for a small town like Bon Temps that had suffered through six seasons’ worth of horrors, Sam initiated a church meeting in which he rallied the townsfolk in order to initiate a new plan; to partner each family with a vampire. In exchange for healthy human blood following a preliminary test, vampires would agree to offer their partnering family protections from the wandering droves of nomadic Hep-V infected vamps, hungry for death and destruction more than anything.
Arlene, rich beyond belief following Terry’s death, purchased Merlotte’s for herself, redubbing the bar Bellfleur’s in honor of her deceased hubby. That evening, she threw a mixer in which humans could pair up with a fitting vamp. I realize that this portion of this review is sounding a bit wacky, but Episode 10 sort of closed with a strange vibe. Jumping into the future will do that, of course, and True Blood has dropped this in our laps to deal with on prior occasions. This is a show that usually runs seamlessly from one episode to the next. A time jump is incredibly jarring, all things considered. For example, Bill had enough time to write a memoir surrounding his time as a god. Yes, even going as far as to admitting to the assassination of Burrell. Who would throw the book at Bill considering the fact that Burrell created the Hep-V epidemic that plagued the worlds of both humans and vampires alike? Teaming up with Sam, Bill helped create this new movement to join vampire-kind with the humans.
Sookie, meanwhile, shacked up with Alcide. That’s right, after investing an entire season in a romance that ended in utter chaos, the faerie and the werewolf are finally an item, everybody. Are we happy about this? I think it’s strange that many viewers rooted for this relationship to happen for a good while, only to see it launched entirely out of the blue and with no buildup whatsoever, save for a few minutes of conversation during Terry’s funeral. I should have picked up on those clues for all of you. My bad, fangers. Maybe it was Alcide’s new short hairdo that did the trick! Who else saw that one coming considering the obvious wig situation they threw on Joe Manganiello during the first half of the finale?
My favorite moment during Arlene’s mixer was probably Tara’s reunion with her mother (Adina Porter) in which the latter apologized for a lifetime of neglect. Everything from her disappointing and downright awful reaction to Tara’s transformation into a vampire, to the troubled woman’s drunken days of forgetting to feed her own child were acknowledged. In order to make amends, she offered Tara her neck for feeding, Hesitant at first, Tara eventually took her mother up on her offer, and the two began to heal.
Meanwhile, Jessica found herself disappointed as Andy Bellefleur and his daughter sat home watching bad TV as opposed to showing their faces at Arlene’s gathering. Jessica paid the two a visit at home, giving us our first encounter between Jessica and Andy since she’d accidentally slaughtered his girls. Andy, adamant in his utter disgust, kept a gun pointed at Jessica throughout her entire plea. Jessica, refusing to take any more blood from his family, offered their home her protection free of charge. Jessica will now enter Season 7 with a chance to cope and start her penance. In addition, I want to note that I enjoyed the addition of Adilyn more than I thought I would. I think one daughter is enough for Andy, and she’s proven to be a breath of fresh air thus far.
Episode 10 of Season 6 closed with one last meeting between Sookie and Bill with Alcide by her side. Outside of the mixer, Sookie refused to take Bill up on his offer of protection, even after recognizing that Alcide was not enough to protect her. Remember, Season 6 Sookie is a new woman. She is, as she put it, a survivor, and beyond that, a badass. Unfortunately for all parties involved, a wandering group of infected vampires sniffed out the crowd just as Bill and Alcide caught a whiff of their looming pack of doom. We’ll have to wait until Season 7 to find out what happens!
What did you think of the Season 6 finale of True Blood, Episode 10, “Radioactive” Were you sorry to see Warlow go south so quickly, only to lose Rob Kazinsky for good? How are you finding new additions James, Violet, and Adilyn? Will Jason ever get laid again? Do you like the idea of rich Arlene and Mayor Sam, or will they change too much as characters we’ve grown to love as average folks? Sookie and Alcide; too fast or not soon enough? Do Bill and Sookie still stand a shot? Most importantly, did we really just say goodbye to Eric Northman? Say it isn’t so! This reviewer is in denial, clearly.
Thanks for reading my Recap and Review of the True Blood Season 6 Finale, Episode 10, “Radioactive”!