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25 November 2008 @ 09:09 am
True Blood finale (definite spoilers)  
Watched the season finale to True Blood last night. It's an odd little show, never great, never terrible, just always good enough. It's biggest weakness as a show is that the three romantic leads, Sookie, Bill, and Sam, are a little dull. Is anybody really coming back week after week to watch them date and mope? No, of course not. We come back to watch Jason adorably get himself into one stupid jam after another, feisty Tara alternately pushing away and allowing back in the people who love her, and Lafayette doing... well... whatever the hell it is he does that I can't quite put my finger on, but is pure magic. Of course most of that magic comes from Nelsan Ellis' portrayal. I suspect his character wasn't one tenth as interesting on the written page.

And that brings me to the singular best thing about the writing of the show: the cliffhangers. Even the most lackluster episodes have had me jonesing hard for the next one because of them. And the season finale's cliffhanger is going to really be bugging me, because they want the audience to think Lafayette is dead. And damn it, that better not be the case! Fortunately, that episode introduced one other character that could be laying dead in that car, so as far as I'm concerned it's that guy who's dead and Lafayette is merely off at that vampire court being judged for the murder of Stephen Root's character. Hopefully the vampire magistrate will find him as endearing as I do.

 
 
Listening to: Matthew Sweet - "Evangeline"
 
 
 
(Anonymous) on November 25th, 2008 04:31 pm (UTC)
Lafayette was dragged away by a wild boar to Michelle Forbe's mansion to be the new silent butler.

(It seemed whatever was after Lafayette was low to the ground, as he jumped up onto the dumpster as it went for him. It certainly was Bill feeding, as they would have you think, and he's not the body in the car, as he would have to have been dead, or held, for two weeks until being found.)
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: joslin no zoomassmonkeydiary on November 25th, 2008 06:45 pm (UTC)
I like that theory. Thanks!
Professor Mortis: Dr.Timprofessormortis on November 25th, 2008 09:04 pm (UTC)
Evagenline=AWESOME.

It was even better after I met one of the most beautiful women I've met in real life, and that was her name.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: monkey ballassmonkeydiary on November 26th, 2008 02:31 am (UTC)
It's a shame she only things about the Lord above.
Professor Mortisprofessormortis on November 26th, 2008 02:41 pm (UTC)
Still, I feel a whole lot better once she's coming my way.
Joe Camelpoppinfresh666 on November 26th, 2008 12:51 am (UTC)
Lafayette is one of the best characters in that show. Too bad he's been sidelined, especially in the last episode. But his cutesy line about wanting whatever drugs Sookie was on? Gag. Everyone's chuckle afterward seeming to say "oh Lafayette, you silly drug dealing fag!" If his character is going to start being treated like a caricature, I'd rather they killed him off.

As for explanations, you forget his one remaining side-plot, the Senator he's blackmailing. It would be a decent tactic to throw off the investigation by holding his body for a few weeks after his disappearance.

Given the vampire's regard of humans as lesser beings I doubt they'd put one on trial. Interrogation, perhaps.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: devilish tantrumassmonkeydiary on November 26th, 2008 02:30 am (UTC)
Oh, yeah, the senator!
Kegboykegboy on November 26th, 2008 05:40 pm (UTC)
the senator is a werewolf.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: fishingassmonkeydiary on November 27th, 2008 01:25 am (UTC)
Shut up! Is he?
Kegboy: Dance Of Joykegboy on November 27th, 2008 02:58 am (UTC)
No idea. Just a guess.
I Was A Teenage Pirate Zombiesebethis on November 26th, 2008 11:29 am (UTC)
It's been odd to watch since I've read the series since so much as changed. Don't get me wrong, I'm happy that it has otherwise I'd already know everything and I probably would have stopped watching since the cliffhangers wouldn't have any effect. But still, I catch myself trying to place events from the book and then second guessing myself about what I remember from the book since it was quite a while ago that I read it. Anyway, the long and short (emphasizing the long) of this is that I agree. If they could lift the mains to the level of the supports, then they'd have a fantastic show.

And also extra points have been awarded to you for Matthew Sweet.
lalienlalien on November 26th, 2008 04:25 pm (UTC)
After finishing watching the series yesterday, I picked up the book to reread. Thankfully I first read it so long ago that I didn't remember any details about the plot while watching the show. So far I'm one chapter in and already we've covered the first two episodes... It's weird reading it now and picturing the actors in my head.