I came into True Blood as a Sookie Stackhouse fan. I’d read the books and was ready to see them adapted to TV. Season One surprised me. (Mostly due to the sex-plosion. Hello, Jason Stackhouse.) After Season Two, I willingly looked at True Blood and the Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire novels as two separate entities, as they’ve taken such divergent paths.
I reminded myself repeatedly through the madcap blast of Season Three that, “it’s okay if it’s not the same as Club Dead,” because I really wanted to love True Blood, the show. And I love Alan Ball. But, really? Let’s admit it: Despite some great scenes and a stellar episode or two (“9 Crimes,” particularly), Season Three was a damn mess.
And it had me scared. Each season has moved farther from the core Sookie storyline. With Dead to the World (Sookie Stackhouse #4), my favorite Sookie book, the source material for Season Four, I was terrified True Blood would massacre my beloved amnesiac Viking plotline.
So, it’s time: I’m issuing an ultimatum to True Blood. I need two things to happen this season, regardless of extraneous storylines, or I’m breaking up with you:
1. I want my Sookie/Eric relationship and I want it front and center. I understand why the show made Bill more sympathetic than the novels, but I have been waiting for Sookie to ditch him for three seasons. Give me vulnerable Viking vampire sex, please.
2. I need a strong overarching plot. Sookie needs something to do (in addition to the aforementioned Viking), and she needs to kick a little ass. Dead to the World was the big changing point for her, where the starts to become a part of the supernatural community. Scatter-shot storylines will result in a Chelsea/True Blood break-up.
We’re a few episodes in, and True Blood has given me a straight-up adorable Eric Northman. (The man was playing in a lake pretending he was a sea god. That’s the cuteness.) The show is meeting part one of my ultimatum. (I expect Viking sex scenes forthwith, though.)
On the latter half, it’s too soon to say. King Bill weirds me out and the were-panther plot is darker and far creepier than anything in the books. However, I can see the possibility of True Blood strengthening the witch storyline in conjunction with Eric and Sookie. And that may give me the strong plot I want out of this show. I’ll just keep my fingers crossed that Sookie doesn’t get lost in all the Marnie craziness.
Are you and True Blood still seeing each other? What do you think about the season thus far?
While Chelsea Mueller runs Vampire Book Club, she won’t turn down a sexy werewolf, demon or faerie. (Her husband often reminds her that she’s taken.)