After seven seasons, TRUE BLOOD's vampires have finally bitten the dust rather than anyone's jugular. For many, this HBO drama was a reliable source of fun and blood-letting from beginning to end; for others it was an entertaining supernatural guilty pleasure that went prematurely senile. But hey, it was memorable! And now we can ask: which season was your favourite?
To help you decide, here are my thoughts on each season's highs and lows...
Lows: Lettie Mae's exorcism.
Lows: Tara's guitar-strumming boyfriend Eggs • Maryann being revealed as... um, a maenad? • Sam got a shape-shifter girlfriend • A sex orgy with a meat tree
Lows: Alcide and the stupid werewolves • The stupider were-panthers • Lafayette had a boyfriend called Jesus, who was magic.
Lows: Jason's a cop now? • The awesome Gary Cole played Sookie's grandfather Earl (um, for five minutes!) • Sookie's fairy godmother • Debbie-bloody-Pelt • The ridiculous ghost story involving the creepy doll Arlene was given • Sam's brother Tommy • Sheriff Andy shags a fairy • Hoyt's a dickhead around Jessica now.
Lows: Eric's dull sister Nora • Steve Newlin's a gay vampire now, and he later hooks up with Russell Edgington • Alcide and wolf pack politics • The Fae night club in an open field • Russell's damp squib demise • Terry and the Ilfrit "fire-demon" from Iraq bullshit • Nude blood goddess Lilith.
Lows: Sheriff Andy and his teenage fairy daughters • The awful truth behind inconsistent villain Warlow • Sam's girlfriend dies, so he gets another almost immediately.
Lows: Sheriff Andy's wife then daughter getting kidnapped in two unrelated, consecutive storylines • Arlene and vampire Keith the MILF hunter • Tara returning as a ghost for redundant closure with her mother • Sookie's insensitive house party after Alcide's murder • Hep-V vampires and the virus's illogical symptoms.
My best to worst? I'd probably go 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 5... but that could change the next time I think about it. Season 3 had the ludicrous were-panthers, after all, so maybe I should swap that with 4. Then again, 3 did have Russell Edgington's gruesome interruption of the nightly news. See, it's tricky.
But what do you think? Vote for your favourite (or least bothersome) season of True Blood in my poll below, and leave a comment if you want to rank the seasons. Voting ends in a week, if you want to check back here for the final result.