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True Blood Review: Vampires Aren't the Only Ones Biding Time

Heather Barefoot | 4 Aug 2014 12:00
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The Fragile State of Sarah Newlin.
As Sarah continues to run for her life, she winds up at the Light of Day Institute. There we begin to see cracks in Sarah's mind. She conjures up an image of Jason Stackhouse, who cautions her to be ready to die at Eric Northman's hands. Meanwhile, the Yakuza have discovered Sarah's location via satellite, but don't ask me how as the logistics aren't really explained. Instead they just seem to miraculously find her, which is ridiculous. Could we not have used some of Bill's flashback time to explain how the Yakuza managed to hone in on Sarah Newlin instead of just relying on convenience and apathy?

While the anti-Sarah team makes its way to the Light of Day Institute, Sarah's mental state becomes even more fragile. This time her breakdown features Jason, her ex-husband Steve Newlin, and her most recent lover, guru Sanbir. In light of her impending doom, Steve and Sanbir each try to persuade Sarah to choose their religions to ensure the safety of her soul. However, she refuses their advice and picks her own path as the modern-day messiah instead. Jason's role is to inform her again that death is coming and his cautionary words are emphasized by the sound of the Yakuza's speeding cars.

The scene with Sarah and her ex-lovers is the most interesting part of the episode to watch. She's very obviously cracked and while it's probably all in her head, I can't help but wonder if there wasn't something in that Hep-V antidote that's now screwing with her system. It'd be a fitting end to see Sarah Newlin driven insane by her own desires for greed and self-preservation, but I'd rather see what Eric has in store for her. Also Steve's quick return as an intense evangelical preacher is definitely the most successful cameo this season.

Seven down, three to go.
Episode six had renewed my faith in this season. I naively thought that we might be in track for a powerful third act. Sadly, I was mistaken. Episode seven felt just as painfully slow and unnecessary as the majority of this season has, and it successfully dashed my remaining hopes that True Blood's final season might come around to something worthwhile.

It feels like a season full of filler episodes and with only ten episodes total, that's a real problem. I'd wager that everything important about this season could be wrapped up in five or six episodes total, which has left a lot of room for unnecessary flashbacks and an long game of cat-and-mouse between Sarah and Eric Northman. It's hard to appreciate this fanfare when episode after episode continues to simply drag on. Although I am curious about Violet's entrance into the villainy big leagues, my only real remaining hope lies with Lettie Mae and Lafayette. Through Tara's guidance, I hope they discover something intriguing at her childhood home and redeem this season somewhat. Otherwise, the vampires aren't the only ones biding their time in Bon Temps.

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