'True Blood' Season 3, Episode 12 (Season Finale) Recap (VIDEO)
by Amy Kuperinsky, posted Sep 13th 2010 5:00AM
['True Blood' - 'Evil Is Going On']
"I followed my heart, but it led me down a dead-end road." - Sookie
Self-preservation -- and not in concrete -- would probably be the theme of this finale, if it wasn't for the massive amount of self-destruction also going on here.
Russell's sly grin thwarted by a crumbly shell of asphalt skin was almost as good as Sookie grinding the bloody goop of Talbot down the disposal. Thoughts on the flying karate antics of Sophie-Ann and Bill? Is this going to be a video game someday?
And what the hell, Bill? You're supposed to wait for Eric to do something way shadier before you decide to let him go the way of Russell. Points for thinking ahead, though.
Eric's conscience, or the ghost of Godric, told him he would regret exacting revenge on Russell even though it's been his mission for so long. He seemed to even blame Godric for instilling some lack of compassion in him when explaining why he must move forward with the murder. Eric knew he'd destroy a part of himself through that regret. He nonchalantly admitted as much to what was left of Russell.
Yet why did it take Eric so long to let Sookie know that her relationship with Bill was built on a lie? Did he really have to wait for Bill to pour concrete over his body to find the motivation? Does the brooder who was willing to go along with Pam and take Sookie hostage (not to mention Lafayette) really possess so much etiquette?
It's unfortunate that Tara departed just as soon as she was able to see how normal she really was when measured against nearly everyone else in town. Maybe in Bon Temps that makes you a natural outcast. After all, Terry was in hysterics because he wasn't actually miserable. She presumably planned to submerge her identity by constructing a new one (what did you really think of her new hair?). We've seen how fantastically that worked out for Sam. Tommy's just too unstable, and too sapped of self-esteem, to realize Sam actually did mean well. Sam is too shell-shocked by his past to completely overcome it.
Communing with fairies in the land of men with white pants and chandelier UFOs, Sookie pushed the vampire set away in favor of the supernatural sans-fangs, an obvious act of self-defense. She appeared all too happy to see Alcide, a fact Bill keenly realized, perhaps along with Eric's hold over Sookie, or her ability to care for Eric. Will fairy godmother Claudine heal Sookie's soul and point her in the right direction? Can Sookie just zip over to fairyland whenever she likes? It'd be a little weird to see her wielding that pulse of energy while doing that "halt" thing like some kind of Wonder Woman next season.
More importantly, in rejecting Bill and the whole idea of trusting any vampires, will Sookie try to completely destroy her feelings for Bill because she can no longer forgive him? Not sure how that will work out. It hasn't before. Or before that.
By comparison, Hoyt's "intervention" and happy surprise for Jessica fell to the margins along with Jason and Crystal's were-panther V story. But what was that thing on the floor of the new house that so blatantly spurred the scary music?
We're excited to see what's in store for Jesus next season, too. Lafayette seemed to be the only character pleased by the revelation that his boyfriend has a (slightly) supernatural side.
It's an awfully long wait until next season. Give us a recap of your favorite moments from Season 3! If you don't have any, what do you want to see happen in Season 4?
Quotes ... Sookie-heavy!
"Here you go, uncle-daddy Calvin!" - a dirty were-panther
"Go crawl back into your holes, you creepy cold freaks!" - Sookie to Bill and company
"Your word's worth about as much as tits on a turtle." - Sookie to Russell
'True Blood' Season 4 premieres summer 2011 on HBO.