JASON: It's been a long fuckin' week, and it's been a weird fuckin' week.Just go with it. That's a phrase you often have to repeat to yourself when watching TRUE BLOOD, but thankfully only once during its series finale. The idea that Hoyt (Jim Parrack) would agree to marry Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) after only knowing her a day (as far as he remembers), just to please her terminally ill "father" Bill (Stephen Moyer), wasn't the most plausible of things. But this show has done far sillier things over seven seasons, so I went with it. The wedding itself didn't pull at my heart-strings as was intended, alas; mainly because of that underlying stupidity, but also because Hoyt and Jessica were a couple taken to such a tragic conclusion that this eleventh hour decision to right a wrong has always felt like fan-servicing.
The best part of this episode was, undoubtedly, Sookie taking Bill's life. Opting to keep her Fae-powers (which is part of her own "truth", she instead straddled Bill in his exhumed coffin and pushed a makeshift stake into his heart, to see him explode into a bloody mess around her. Quite a graphic, emotional ending. True Blood has always been at its best when it's laying on the melodrama with a side order of explicitness, and it helps that Paquin and Moyer have such obvious chemistry (which isn't always the case on-screen with real-life couples). It was a great way to end their stories, and is the main reason I liked "Thank You" overall.
DANIELS: God doesn't lead our lives and he doesn't have to live in our shoes.
Overall, I don't have any huge complaints about this finale or how the writers chose to end the show. Season 7 wasn't the best year, True Blood's fatigue was really showing in places, and I'd have preferred a punchier finale with more shocking moments than what was delivered... but it was resonant in how it chose to conclude the central Bill/Sookie storyline, and almost every other character was given a happy ending. In some ways it's a shame it didn't have the balls to do something truly memorable, but I'm just glad it didn't do something truly horrific.
written by Brian Buckner | directed by Scott Winant | 24 August 2014 | HBO