HBO’s hit drama True Blood ended its third season Sunday night (Sept. 12). And to many fans’ disappointment, it ended with many feeling duped. Alan Ball, what happened?
True Blood used to be the show to talk about at the water cooler on Monday morning. But, I almost felt like I had to force myself to watch the entire season. At times I couldn’t even bare it.
I took it upon myself to let series creator Alan Ball know how to save his one-time hit vampire saga:
1. Kill off a main character.
I don’t know how many times I can watch Eric, Bill, or Sookie get into life or death situations and know with absolute certainty that they will survive. In all three seasons of the series, not one single main character has bit the bullet. Why should we invest our time when we know every character will be safe in the end?
2. Get rid of Tara
At least for a while. This girl is by far the most irritating to watch. She is one of the main reasons I dread turning the show on each week. She has no story line whatsoever and hasn’t had a relationship with Sookie since season one. The hair cut was a good change, but we need more than that. Send her away and see if we miss her. Heck, if you kill Tara off you’ll solve problem 1 and 2.
3. Let Sookie and Eric hookup
We all know that Sookie and Eric end up together in the book series. Why not spare us the time and eliminate all the will they or won’t they melodrama. We want to see Sookie and Eric get naked in the sheets! This is True Blood after all.
4. Focus on the relationships
How can we get totally invested in a series that focuses more on the action than the relationships built between the characters? Props for finally hooking Lafayette up with a good man and a long term relationship. While I always wished Lafayette would bed Jason Stackhouse, Jesus is a good understudy. Give us relationships we want to root for!
5. Don’t make us guess things
How exactly did Eric get out of the cement? Yes, we know Pam saved him. But, we only know this through dialogue. Boring! One of the many reasons I almost fell asleep during this somber finale.
The worst part of all is that Alan Ball’s post-show message indicates that he will bring more supernatural beings to the series for season 4. Isn’t that what we don’t need? There are too many characters as it is and too many subplots. We need more focus on fewer characters with individual plots.
Of course, I will be tuning in for season four. But, the way the finale ended is not a way to leave us hanging until next summer.