True Blood season 6 episode 9 review: Life Matters
Revenge, revenge, and a bit more revenge. Here's Emma's review of this week's True Blood episode...
This review contains spoilers.
6.9 Life Matters
True Blood’s sixth season reached its penultimate episode this week in seriously schizophrenic style with Life Matters. One the one hand beatific and truly affectionate, on the other bloody and truly vengeful, the episode couldn’t have been more finely balanced; even the bizarre grandmother couldn’t spoil it.
Yes, Grandma Bellefleur the bigoted OAP, either conceived as comic relief or as the over-estimated sour to the funeral’s natural sweet, was firmly on the wrong side of funny every time she spoke – a bizarre and rare comedy misfire, God only knows what they were thinking when they wrote those lines. Granny faux-pas aside, the rest of the funeral scenes were fantastic – sweet without being schmaltzy enough to be unpalatable, funny, touching and with Sookie outing herself as a telepath thrown in for good measure. As TV funerals go, this one was definitely uniquely Bon Temps, and a fitting tribute to an equally unique and much-loved character. Special mention goes to Nelsan Ellis, whose own unique character was the highlight of the funeral – bedecked in his finest funereal falsies, and somehow even more fabulous than usual, Laf’s graciously told and touching Terry story may well be his finest hour.
As is True Blood’s habit, the main storyline was diametrically opposed to the tranquil goodwill and benevolence of the funeral. With Eric releasing all the non-important vamps, True Blood went from notoriously naked to fabulously gory. Proving that revenge is a bloody business where vamps are concerned, we were treated to detached genitalia, severed limbs, exploding vampires and stomped on heads in a budget-blowing gore-fest.
As expected, the newly freed vamps dished out plenty of reap what you sow style revenge on the humans that imprisoned them, but perhaps the biggest act of revenge was vamp on vamp. Despite Eric’s early arrival, it was in fact Bilith’s attempt at Hara-Kari that saved all our most important vampires. And then, just when it looked as though, indirectly, Warlow would in fact be the death of Bilith, he once again proves invincible. Which could be one explanation for what was perhaps the episode’s biggest surprise, the disappearance of one Eric Northman. Uncharacteristically wordless for the ex-sheriff, his sudden taking leave of the vamps he worked so hard to save will hopefully have some higher purpose, and won’t keep him away for too long.
Perhaps he’s on the hunt for whore for Christ turned murderous nutjob Sarah Newlin, who Jason inexplicably let live post-massacre. It was the Revenger's one act of mercy and may prove to be an incredibly bad decision. As long as she’s alive and has the sound of her now deceased vampire ex-husband’s declaration of love for the man who let her live ringing in her ears, no one will ever be safe. And on a more revenge-y note, of all the people working at the camp that deserved to die horrific deaths, she was on the top of the list. Let’s hope that Eric, Bilith, someone manages to get hold of her and puts her back on the list.
What with the funeral and all the revenge, there wasn’t much time for movement on the Sookie/Warlow storyline, but it’s still looking as if Sookie will indeed be the young trophy bride to a multi-millennia aged man. Sookie’s funereal revelation smacks of thank you and good bye; added to the whole I keep my promises routine, and we could well be invited to one of TVland’s more bizarre weddings next week.
Of course, the show is yet to address the question of exactly how long the faery blood effects, courtesy of Sookie’s intended, will last. Today’s full-complement escape, while delightful, surely doesn’t bode well for the gang going into the finale. Nobody gets away with a happy ending, so there must be some horrific side effects on the horizon. Either that or they’re all invincible – having drunk Bilith’s as well as Warlow’s blood, it’s not entirely out of the realms of possibility. God help Sarah Newlin then...
So, we’ve just one episode left – already? – of what has been a superb visit to Bon Temps. With new storylines developing even as the season draws to a close, we may or may not discover the whereabouts of Sarah or Eric, Sookie’s marital status, Bilith’s immortal status, and exactly how Jason finds life as the male Ginger, in next week’s finale. And that’s the beauty of True Blood – when it’s good, there’s just no knowing what’ll happen. And it’s been really good. Why isn’t it Sunday already?
Please, if you can, buy our charity horror stories ebook, Den Of Eek!, raising money for Geeks Vs Cancer. Details here. .