Episode: “Evil is Going On” (Season 3, Episode 12)

Synopsis: Season 3 comes to a close as Eric’s plan against Russell moves into its final act. In the middle of that, Sookie finds out the truth about both her vampire suitors. Elsewhere, Jason and Sam each face up to the new challenges in their lives.

Review: My first reaction to the third season finale of True Blood is “meh.” Not because it was bad, just because when you compare it to previous season finale’s it doesn’t really stack up. There weren’t any real shocking moments, there were no spectacular deaths, and, secure in the knowledge of a fourth season, few things were wrapped up and a few storylines were left wide upon.

Most disappointing to me was probably Sam’s storyline, where we’re left wondering if he actually shot his kid brother or not. My money is on not. Sam is a good guy overall, despite the flashbacks this season that seem to want to paint him as some bad ass lying son of a bitch. Call me crazy, but I really like the Sam we’ve known the past seasons, who had a troubled life but managed to make the right decisions time after time.

Eric’s revenge against Russell was alright. Certainly not the explosive end any of us expected, but one that was suitably mean spirited. A bit open ended, but still one of the only things that could actually mess with a near immortal vampire. Personally, I thought Sookie’s taunting of Edgington was more mean spirited and possibly even more damning than Eric’s punishment.

Tara, dealing with death and betrayal all around her, goes the traditional cry-out route of cutting off all her hair and ditching town. Over in Hotspot, a few characters are unceremoniously killed, Crystal leaves under duress, and Jason of all people is left in charge of the remaining citizens of the area. Clearly this will be a growing and learning experience for Stackhouse… next season. So I guess we’re waiting on that.

Alcide returns briefly enough to establish his role as a member of the love triangle (rectangle?) with Sookie for next season, who will undoubtedly be torn between Bill, Eric, and the werewolf. Speaking of the vampire dudes (and Sookie), we finally find out for sure that Bill is somewhat of a bad dude, having been hired from the start by the Queen of Louisiana to track down Sookie for her fairy blood. If you want to know the outcome of the epic battle to the death between the Queen and Bill, guess what? You’ll be tuning in next year. Again.

The relationship between Bill and Eric, while never all that friendly, will be a bit more chilly next season as Northman served as the whistleblower on Bill’s naughty activities.

Hm, still more to cover. A whole lot of a little happened all over. Again, it seemed like this was a set up episode, not a climax. I guess the first episode of season four will be pretty bad ass. Because it has a lot to go over. Specifically like why Hoyt’s mom bought a “vampire hunter” brand bolt action rifle. I mean, obviously to try to shoot Jessica, who has moved in with Hoyt. They’re quite the cute couple, it would suck to see something bad happen to either of them. Especially Jessica, who is hot.

Season three definitely had a few slow episodes, but there was a good run of four or five really excellent ones mixed in there. I can’t say the ending brought it home for me though, as it just seemed like an extended tease for the next season. Oh well. All in all, season three was good, but just shy of great.

What did you think about True Blood Season 3?


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