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“True Blood” Season 7 Preview (Spoiler Free)

Published: June 20, 2014, 11:16 am, by Terry Terrones

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Cast: Anna Paquin (Sookie Stackhouse), Stephen Moyer (Bill Compton), Alexander Skarsgard (Eric Northman), Sam Trammell (Sam), Ryan Kwanten (Jason), Rutina Wesley (Tara), Chris Bauer (Andy), Kristin Bauer van Straten (Pam)

Air-date, time: The seventh and final season premieres at 7 p.m. June 22 on HBO

At the conclusion of season six of “True Blood,” Sookie was forced to take a hard look at her future. Bill discovered that salvation comes at a price and Eric’s ultimate fate remained a mystery (tanning on an ice field is not a good idea for a vampire). Meanwhile, the town of Bon Temps braced itself for a new crisis that would threaten humans and vampires alike. The show returns for its ten-episode final season this Sunday.

Synopsis: I had access to the first two episodes of season seven. In episode one a band of H-vamps crashes a vampire/human mixer at Bellefleur’s. As Sookie seeks refuge from accusations that she’s somehow to blame for the chaos in Ben Temps, the “one vampire for every human” plan moves forward. In episode two a trio of hostages taken in the Bellefleur’s attack look to someone familiar as a possible liberator from the H-vamps. Sookie and Jason visit the neighboring town of Saint Alice, where a young woman’s diary offers clues to the potential fate of Bon Temps.

What you can expect in the first two episodes (mostly spoiler free):

-       The action starts fast. The first episode opens in the middle of a huge battle between H-vamps, regular vamps and Bon Temps townies. It’s a mess.

-       A major character dies within the first five minutes of the season. That said, we don’t actually see this person die so I wouldn’t be surprised if they came back later in the season.

-       Alcide still only scowls, Sookie still makes horrible decisions and Pam is still funny. Sorry, I couldn’t help myself.

-       Sookie gets a lot of grief from the townspeople of Bon Temps (and deservedly so some might say) in episode one. At first she has a hard time dealing with it but then she turns it around and tries to appeal to the town to let her help. Of course it doesn’t work. But hopefully this is a sign that this is a redemptive season for Sookie.

-       When we first see Eric Northman he’s engaged in a love scene with a character no one would probably expect. Twitter will go nuts after this scene.

-       Two minor characters die in the first two episodes. With the early death of a major character in episode one and two minor characters, this could mean that the death toll is going to be pretty high this season. Maybe showrunner Brian Buckner learned a thing or two from “Game of Thrones.”

-       Unlike Warlow or some of the other villains this series has seen the H-vamps are straight-forward and direct, which is a nice break from some of the other convoluted plot lines we’ve seen before.

-       The Bon Temps townies suffer from a bad case of groupthink. Expect them to make some stupid (yet entertaining) choices.

Those are the highlights I gleaned from the first two episodes of season seven. I’ll be honest, I’ve been down on “True Blood” for the last few seasons. It lost its edge with too many mythical creatures and by turning characters who were likeable (Jason) or interesting (Sookie) into ridiculous (Sookie) and clichéd (Jason). These first two episodes give me hope, however, that this last season of “True Blood” goes out with a bang.