It's always a drag when a show you're addicted to ends for the season. Cold turkey and all. But it helps that, in the case of "True Blood," they left us with a strong sense of closure. I thought last night's finale satisfyingly tied up the season-long plots in the demented first half, and then suggested new mysteries for next season in the quieter second half. It wasn't a full-on amazing hour, but it did the trick for me.
--- Saying goodbye to Maryann, with her black heart and white wedding gown, was hard, but necessary. Along with Eric, Godric, and the Fellowship of the Sun, the Maryann character made this season thrilling; but she had served her demon-of-the-year purpose. If Alan Ball, aware that Michelle Forbes was making Maryann into a camp classic, found a way to keep her around for another season, the result would have been forced and disappointing. Maryann left us wanting more, always the better choice.
Did anyone else think Maryann seemed almost touchingly pathetic as she stood expectantly waiting for her god, ready with her egg and her meat statue, deluded into thinking she was about to wed? A little supernatural Miss Havisham, with her "old, borrowed, and blue" zombie bridesmaids?!
--- A few forthcoming storylines were set up, including Jessica as a truckstop bloodsucker, the death of Eggs, and the blood cartel (!) of Eric and Sophie-Anne. As Sophie-Anne, Evan Rachel Wood seemed to be struggling to find the right amount of humor and brattiness again last night; I'm hoping she'll be more natural next season, assuming she'll be back. She's not quite believable as a vampire who can actually make Eric submissive. Her obsession with Yahtzee, though, is ironic and amusing, and I love the decadence of her poolside perch.
--- I was glad Sam was finally recognized as a hero. I've grown fond of him, and was relieved that he lived. His search for his parents is a promising new twist for next season, as is the question of who has taken Bill. He was removed, after he and Sookie had their whimsical little dance at the restaurant, while Sookie was in the ladies room deciding to marry him (in Vermont!!). At first I was convinced it was Eric. But of course, it will be more complicated (for instance, Lorena, Bill's embittered maker, left him on very bad terms this season).
What do you think? Did you like the finale? Do you love the smell of nail polish in the morning...!?