True Blood Review by Nadim S.

True Blood 7.03: Fire In The Hole

True Blood 7.03: Fire In The Hole

Written By:
Brian Buckner
Directed By:
Lee Rose

It's funny - I've been begging True Blood to kill off characters for years now, and while the writers seem to have gotten all trigger-happy this season, I'm still not satisfied. I guess the show's problems are bigger than I thought.

Alcide was always a void. It boggles my mind that he's been with the show since the third season and he's still so devoid of a personality. The writers failed to make him a relevant character at every turn; instead, he always felt like a plot contrivance that could be conveniently inserted into the story whenever needed. Even his relationship with Sookie was mismanaged, as their coupling mostly happened off-screen and thus garnered very little emotional investment from the audience. All of these reasons contributed to his death being a tremendously unemotional and vacant affair. I literally rolled my eyes as Joe Manganiello's final scene unfolded, and I doubt that's what the writers were going for.

Much more successful was the return of Sarah Newlin, one of True Blood's greatest villains. I've always adored Anna Camp's performance on the show, and bringing her back for the final season is definitely a decision I can root for. In addition, making her a target of the Yakimono corporation  effectively brings the show full circle, as the fashabcks revealed that the Tru Blood manufacturers targeted Eric in the past. I wasn't exactly on the edge of my seat as Mr. Northman was faced with the decision of saving either Pam or Sylvie's life, but it's always good when Alexander Skarsgard gets some screentime, particularly when he gets to bond with Kristin Bauer (Pam). More of these two please.

Some other thoughts: I was more shocked by Miss Fortenberry's death than Alcide's demise. I'll surely miss her more because she was consistently funny in all her appearances. Thanks for nothing, Violet. But hey, at least Hoyt's mama got to shoot Jessica before getting her heart ripped out.   And it was a haunting moment for Andy as he refuses to call the ambulance at the end. It would do the show good to give serious material instead of the usual lighthearted fare. 

And finally, it must be reiterated that Sookie is still a horrible, horrible protagonist. I can't remember the last time a show had such an unlikeable and idiotic lead character. I hate to say it, but it really is time for True Blood to come to an end. What's left of its legacy depends on it.

Our Grade:
The Good:
  • Sarah Newlin's return is priceless
  • At least there's a nice body count mounting!
The Bad:
  • Sookie is more and more useless as time marches on

Nadim S. is a regular contributor of review for Critical Myth; The Critical Myth Show is heard here on VOG Network's radio feed Monday, Wednesday & Friday. For more commentary from Nadim, go to You can follow him on twitter at @nadsreviews.

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