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True Blood – Season 6 Episode 1 – Review (Spoiler Alert)


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True Blood is officially back on our screens with the fang-tastic sixth season. 

I can’t tell you how annoying it was to wait a whole year to find out what happened to my favourite characters but for the next ten weeks I can indulge myself in the blood, sex and gore of the hit TV show True Blood. With shows like this the response can be unpredictable because for the next season to thrive there must be a change in pace and after watching the first episode of season six, I am very excited about the new road that the show is going down.

Based on the best selling books by Charlaine Harris, True Blood is a fantastic TV show on HBO and Fox TV UK that brings the world of Sookie Stackhouse to life. The show has been on the air since 2008 and since then we have watched the show become a massive success as we discovered the supernatural beings present in Bon Temps Louisiana. Over five seasons there have been vampires, shape shifters, fairies, werewolves, mane ads and ghosts all fighting to get along and more importantly- stay alive.

At the end of season five we were left with a cliffhanger, one that frightened every  ‘Truebie’  to their very core. Bill or should I say Billith rising from a pool of blood as Eric and Sookie watch in pure amazement and fear. Eric yells run to Sookie and the credits roll. And that is what every True Blood fan was left with. An uncertainty of what would happen next. But never fear because season six has returned and I personally think it will be the best season yet!

The first episode carries on from where season five left off and I have to say I really liked the thriller-type-camera-angles in the first ten minutes of the episode. I watched an interview with Stephen Moyer who plays the role of Bill Compton and he directed the first episode and the camera angles were his idea. He said ‘I knew I wanted to play the episode as a thriller, I never had the camera on a tripod, I never had the camera on a dolly. We were literally hand held and running, I wanted to give it the feeling that you were with the actors.’

In the first ten minutes of the episode a character dies, which is a little bit of a surprise. The character wasn’t one of the primary characters but I still felt like her death was rushed and they could have waited until further in the episode. However, the death of this character shows the true revelations of what is to come for all supernatural beings and humans during this season, hence the tag line ‘No one Lives Forever.’ When one character dies though another one is introduced. Jason has a run in with Eric’s sister Nora and leaves Sookie, Tara and Pam behind to run off his frustration.

I guess no one ever told Jason to never get into a car with a stranger – but he does. There is something odd about this character from the beginning but I knew that he had some connection to Sookie. He claims that he is Warlow and Jason obviously reacts and ‘Warlow’ disappears without a trace. That won’t be the last of him though, he will be occurring in plenty more episodes and I’m sure they will reveal his true identity because judging by the season trailer, the old guy in the car isn’t Warlow but a distant relative of the Stackhouse siblings.

In the first episode of season six titled Who Are You, Really? We see the end of the Bill and Sookie relationship. Well I assume so, she did try and stake Bill to save Eric. Maybe they will find their way back to each other one day? Hmmm maybe not.  I think I prefer her with Eric anyway. Another surprising turn in the episode was Sookie banishing Eric from her home, it seems that Sookie has finally learnt that vampires bring trouble – About damn time Sookie! She believes that her life with will one day be ‘normal’ but who is she kidding really? She’s a half ling – half fae half human telepathic. There’s nothing normal about that.

Now, let’s talk about this Billeth situation. I wasn’t the only one who was shocked when Bill supposedly died and resurrected from a pile of red goo. I didn’t know how the writers would come back from that and I felt that the character Bill was going to be killed off. But cleverly it has worked to their advantage and now the character Bill is actually exciting to watch – I found him boring and too perfect before. No vampire is that perfect. While the episode spent much of its time on the aftermath of the assault on vampire central, it also found time to add a few new layers of intrigue, most notably the new politician storyline. I feel like this is a secondary part of the plot, like the vampire authority was in season five.

I tolerate it because it is part of the show but I prefer the show when they focus on the main characters but that is my personal preference.  It’s still early days, but so far, it seems that Bon Temps is indeed an almost faerie-free zone – except for the magical children in the care of Andy Bellefleur. Lafayette is yet to be possessed by anyone yet but it will happen at some point – he has the worst luck in the world. Just like Sookie, he will never be normal. Alcide has become the master of his pack and is enjoying the power he has over the other wolves, especially the ladies.

I am really excited for next week’s episode. Ten weeks sounds like a long time but I feel like it isn’t long enough to unravel all of the hidden parts of the plot that need to see the light. Hopefully they carry on making True Blood because I think the show is exceptional! I give the first episode of season six five stars because it has left me excited and on the edge of my seat. I guess I will have to wait until Monday to find out what happens but in the mean time I think I am going to dive into the fiction that runs through the veins of the show – it’s time to read the fourth book in the Sookie Stackhouse series Definitely Dead.

I don’t like to compare the books to the TV show because they both run on completely different tracks. Some hardcore fans are annoyed by the fact that the show doesn’t stick to the books – but where is the fun in that? I will possibly write another review next week after the second episode airs. I hope you all like my review on the first episode of season six – now I need to go and ‘sink my teeth’ into the next Charlaine Harris novel.

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