True Blood Season 7.06 Review: Karma

True Blood Season 7.06 Review: Karma

July 27, 2014 – HBO

Jessica hears Bill on the phone. Photo courtesy of HBO.com.

Jessica hears Bill on the phone. Photo courtesy of HBO.com.

Another day, another slow episode with a lot of emotional moments. The slow pace is not something I would associate with True Blood as a series, but it seems to be working well for this final outing. The emotional toll of the Hep V infection is getting even higher, bringing many a bloody tear. And with that comes more distinct parallels between the suffering vampire population and minority populations in our world today. I may enjoy True Blood when it is at its soapy, ridiculously insane best, but I find it most interesting when they reach for these social connections. It also makes these supernatural characters more real to us, heightening the emotion we feel when we see them suffer. All in all, I almost wish we could simplify the stories further so that we can have more focus on Sookie, Bill, and Eric.

Everyone Else

Since Bill’s story really stole the night, let’s get everything else out of the way. Luckily, even the extraneous storylines tried to dovetail a bit. The only one really left on the outside was Sam, who had to deal with Nicole’s realization that Bon Temps and everyone in it is crazy. She is up and leaving to raise their unborn daughter somewhere else. He has to decide if he is ready to leave the only place he has truly felt at home. Given that Nicole was thrust upon us last season with little purpose, having her realize that she does not fit in now is pretty funny. It is not so funny for Sam, but in the long run, I do not see how this fits in with everything else going on. Bottom line: Sam has a day to figure out if he will leave behind his home or his growing family

Meanwhile, in a slightly more relevant storyline, Andy catches Wade in bed with Adilyn. After a lot of yelling and naked teenagers being chased out of the house, Andy and Holly get into it over their respective children. Arlene eventually gets them to forgive each other and come together to solve the problem of their kids wanting to be together. Unfortunately, Adilyn and Wade have already run away to spend some alone time together. This would be fine, except…

Violet sets up her revenge. Photo courtesy of HBO.com.

Violet sets up her revenge. Photo courtesy of HBO.com.

Jason has come to the realization with help from Sookie that life is too short to be with a vampire just because she scares the living daylights out of you. So he returns home to break up with Violet. He finds their bedroom destroyed and a note saying she has left him. He thinks he is free of her, but she is ready for revenge. She hunts down Adilyn and offers the escaped teenagers a safe space away from their parents and the threat of H Vamps. She takes them to what looks like a mansion/dungeon where only bad things can happen. I had hoped Jason might redeem Violet somehow, but that was apparently not in the cards. This little storyline does serve the purpose of uniting some characters with a common goal (saving Adilyn), but when there are bigger things afoot, wouldn’t we be better served to pay attention to those bigger things?

Message To and From Tara

Speaking of something that seems to be a waste of time, we still have to deal with a drug-seeking Lettie Mae. Lafayette takes her in hand and back to his place, but with James showing up needing shelter, that is not the best plan to keep his aunt away from vampire blood. What follows is a joint hallucination where Lafayette gets to experience exactly what Lettie Mae has been talking about. And now he is a believer. Together they get Tara off that cross, allowing her to run off into the woods. When they catch up with her, they find her digging in the yard of her childhood home. Before they can see what she is trying to show them, the Reverend shows up to wake them from their trance.

The poor Reverend thinks all Lettie Mae is doing is seeking drugs, so he gives her an ultimatum. When Lettie Mae chooses the V and Tara over the Reverend, it is the most sober she has ever been. I still don’t love her character, but I have to say I am curious as to where this is going. This whole Tara story has come out of left field, but now it seems to at least have a direction, even if I do not understand it yet. Maybe I need to have my own drug-induced vision in order to get fully on board with everything that is happening. Or not.

Who Is Bill Compton?

Now let’s move on to more important things. Remember last week when Bill discovered he was Hep V positive? Immediately upon seeing the infection in his bloodstream, he makes a call to Kepneck Law Offices. Since he is not the only one in need of emergency law services, he cannot make an appointment and needs to go and wait in person instead. He gets ready to go but runs into Jessica, who arrived home just in time to hear his side of the phone conversation. Bill was the worst of makers in the beginning, but since then he has become the best father figure to Jessica, so to see her realize that she could lose him sooner than later was heartbreaking (my favorite word to describe anything emotional this season). Once Bill leaves without telling Jessica what is going on, she makes an immediate call to Jason to get Sookie over there stat.

The infection spreads. Photo courtesy of HBO.com.

The infection spreads. Photo courtesy of HBO.com.

Meanwhile, at the law office, Bill has to wait in a room packed full of vampires. But even though he discovered his disease that night, it has already spread across his chest and down his arms at an alarming rate. So when he gets his time with the lawyer, finally, he is not his usual composed self. Of course the woman does not help either, laying out the facts that he does not have the legal right to make a will since he is no living. His only recourse is to adopt Jessica so that she can inherit his estate. That could take up to a year, which is time he does not have. And let me say that it makes no sense that the dead could adopt but not inherit. Anyway, if Bill wants to settle things, he will have to pay ten million dollars to jump to the top of the list. For being a greedy bitch, the lawyer gets a pen in her chest. Usually the gruesome deaths on True Blood are hilarious, but given the context, I was not laughing. The sad truth is that there are many people in society today who do not have the full legal rights that they should, so this scene rings way too true.

Sookie and Jason await her results. Photo courtesy of HBO.com.

Sookie and Jason await her results. Photo courtesy of HBO.com.

When Sookie and Jason arrive, Jessica reveals what she knows about Bill, and Sookie immediately flashes back to when she was doused in Hep V-infected blood. She fears she might have given Bill the disease. This prompts another sobering, realistic scene where Jason takes Sookie to the clinic to get tested. Sookie and her blood has been a huge focus of this show, so to see it in a new, frightening light was fascinating. Blood went from this desirable, sexualized object to being a stark droplet on a microscope slide that could easily be an instrument of death.

Sookie was positive. She runs to tell Jessica with tears in her eyes, and they hug out their fear and frustrations. When Bill arrives home, he finds the two most important women in his life sitting on the stairs, waiting for him with tears still in their eyes and tracked down their cheeks. A beautiful but depressing end to this episode as the camera leaves the discussion to come behind closed doors. The perfect ending.

“Our First Sunrise Together”

Eric and Pam await the sun. Photo courtesy of HBO.com.

Eric and Pam await the sun. Photo courtesy of HBO.com.

In Texas, a much further gone Eric Northman is just experiencing some of the more advanced Hep V side effects, which unfortunately hinders his ability to fight off the Yakuza. But being as powerful and awesome as he is, he would have been able to take them all on if they hadn’t already captured Pam. The pair gets escorted to a room where they are left in silver chains and meant to watch the clock tick down until dawn. With 5 minutes to go Mr. Gus Jr. enters the room with a proposition. Help them find Sarah Newlin and they can go free. A single-minded Eric insists on being able to kill Sarah himself, which almost leads to their deaths. But Pam gets them all to agree and then gives up the intel. Together, the group heads to Amber’s house.

Because with her parents now dead, Sarah can only turn to her vampire sister for help. Amber wants nothing to do with her traitor of a sister, who is clearly delusion and thinks that she can truly leave Sarah Newlin behind and become a new person. A Numi, to be exact. And this new person should not be blamed for bringing death to so many. Amber does not buy it until Sarah reveals that there was an antidote, and she drank every last drop. She can heal her sister.

When Amber opens the door to Eric and Pam, they find her completely healed. Now the search for Sarah Newlin will be not only for revenge but also for the chance at life, so I expect there will be a bit more urgency. Can the antidote be manufactured from her blood? If so, Tru Blood could heal all of the infected vampires. If not, then Sarah’s limited blood supply will only be able to save a few. And at the speed the infection is spreading in Bill, he might not be able to wait until they track her down and get her to Louisiana. Of course, they have to try, so you can expect that to be the major push over these last episodes. At this point, I can only commit to being along for the ride. If I think about it too much, I might not be able to watch if I think Bill might actually die, which is looking more and more likely every week.

Quotes of the Night

“You can’t dye your hair, blow a guru, and just absolve yourself of all the shit you’ve done in your life.” – Amber to the “new” Sarah

“Well, shit happens, Holly. You clean it up.” – Arlene in reference to Bellefleur’s and Holly’s family issues.

“If the fairy shoe fits.” – Holly essentially calling Adilyn a fairy slut.

“Well, hell, he was a bonafide vampire god not six months ago.” – Jason trying to reassure Jessica that Bill will be okay.

Next Time, on True Blood

Only 4 more episodes remain in this final season of True Blood. Obviously things are revving up now that a cure has been discovered. Next week Sookie takes a more active role in trying to save Bill (here’s hoping she takes time to call up Eric and Pam before running blindly into the woods in search of something she can only find in Texas). Also, Adilyn’s disappearance becomes a main issue when Andy calls Jess up for some help.

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