True Blood Review by Nadim S.

True Blood 7.08: Almost Home

True Blood 7.08: Almost Home

Written By:
Kate Barnow
Directed By:
Jesse Warn

True Blood's writers have displayed a remarkable amount of schizophrenia this season, particularly when it comes to the endgame couples. After distracting us with a possible Jason/Jessica reconciliation, it now looks like they've decided to end things with Jessica and Hoyt back in each other's arms.

I can't say I'm excited about this move (as I always found Hoyt boring) but it does leave me wondering about Jason's fate. Will he just settle with Brigitte, a character we barely know? Wouldn't it have been wiser to keep him with Jessica and not bring Hoyt back into the picture?

On the bright side, Eric is cured. I had a sinking feeling the writers might resort to killing off our favorite vampire so I'm ecstatic he survived (unless they decide to stake him in the finale just to mess with us). Bill, on the other hand, refused to take the cure in the episode's final moments. That seemed like unnecessary drama to me, but I guess the pointless flashbacks all season long (culminating with Sookie and the void baby) were meant to provide insight into his mind leading up to this momentous decision. Do something gutsy, writers, and kill him off in the show's swan song.

I wonder if Rutina Wesley holds any grudges against the writers for completely slaughtering the character of Tara throughout the show's run. Sookie's BFF was a standout in the first season, but she slowly but surely became a punching bag that never really amounted to much. And when she was finally killed off, it was much too late (and off-screen no less). Adding further insult to injury, the writers had a mumbling Tara pointlessly appear on crosses with Boa Constrictors in hand.

If you had any hope this subplot would amount to anything, then you my friend are painfully naive. The character's tumultuous journey came to a close, and in the end, her appearances this season culminated with her forgiving her mother for being abusive simply because she was the victim of abuse herself. Honestly, this subplot was a mess from start to finish, and it ended on a painfully unsatisfying note. Here's hoping Rutina moves on to bigger and brighter things in the future.

Our Grade:
The Good:
  • The existence of a cure might help chart towards an ending
  • That ending is only two episodes away
The Bad:
  • What was the point of spending so much time on Tara?
  • Where the hell are they going with Jason?
  • Bill's plot thread remains inexplicable

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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