True Blood S07 E09: Love Is to Die


After this, there’s only one episode left, and it’s all coming to a bloody end. Will Sam leave Bon Temps? Will Hoyt and Jason live happily ever after with dozens of unspoken secrets between them? Can Eric ever keep a promise? Will Bill and Sookie be together or apart as “True Blood” begins to close the coffin for the last time? And will someone die tonight? Maybe we’ll find out, maybe not just yet. Check out my review of “Love Is to Die” after the jump.

The Samurai Sword of Damocles

Pam gets the award for best ironic line of the episode and it’s one of the first. “As much as I appreciate compelling character drama, the Yakuza are upstairs…” Beautiful, Pam, and it puts the entire series in context to a point. You can have as much as you want, but remember the network is always watching, ready to cut you down.


Could “True Blood” have continued for a season or two or more? I’m sure it could have. It has its rabid (pun unintended) fans, but I think it’s lost its casual fans and the regular HBO viewers. I seriously wonder if “The Leftovers” might have had better ratings with “Game of Thrones” or “True Detective” as its lead in. “True Blood” has run its course, and the Yakuza is upstairs.

Bill’s Choice

Wild dreams and haunting flashbacks may just be a part of this accelerated Hep-V that Bill has, as could be his choice to die. Last episode he refused to drink from Sarah Newlin, the antidote. This is not a popular choice, it’s one of alienation. It drives Sookie into the arms of Eric and forces Jessica to demand she be released as his progeny.


Later Eric suggests my theory, that it’s the disease working his head. In between discussion of fever dreams and Hep-V symptoms they talk about their most common interest – Sookie. She has to let Bill go, and maybe only Eric can convince her. He does, convince her to talk with Bill.

Happy Endings

Sam gets the happy ending. He moves out of Bon Temps with pregnant Nicole who thinks the entire town is insane. They’re off to Chicago to start a new life a new family, leaving a letter for Sookie to let her know why. Sam’s getting off easy, I think, but I hope he’s going to be happy. He deserves it, he’s been through hell.


Sam’s old place, Bellefleur’s is back open and swinging. It’s a new start. Arlene is convinced to make it work. File this under new beginnings and new lives as well for her, the Sheriff, Lafayette, James, Keith and the rest. Don’t get comfortable though, not everyone is going to get a happy ending.

The Glamorous Life

I thought last episode there might finally be happiness for Hoyt and Jessica with Jason ending up with Bridgette, the girl Hoyt came from Alaska with. Now I’m afraid it all might go the other way, right into the ground. Now I’m afraid I’m right.


Hoyt doesn’t get un-glamored, but Jessica does spill the beans on what went down with them, and all that was removed from his memory. When Jason shows up, with Bridgette, Hoyt lays him out flat. It’s a punch that cements the cross-cross relationships. Maybe they will live happily ever after. All things are possible in a world where Jason Stackhouse can be celibate for a night.

Do Not Cross the Yakuza

After a night of dealing with Sookie and Bill’s problems, Eric is agitated and irritable. Perhaps all of his good deeds and newly cured body have gotten the best of him. He gives Ginger what she’s always wanted – a very quick quickie on the throne. Trust me, it was better for her. But still, one more cast member gets a happy ending, and you lucky readers get the sexual innuendo for free.


Downstairs Eric gets a less charming welcome. The Yakuza knows about Eric spilling the beans to Sookie about the cure, and they’ve got Pam trussed up in silver and ready for a wooden pendulous spike aimed at her heart. Eric has no choice but to come clean. No doubt surprises await Bill and Sookie in their final goodbye next week. And again, “True Blood” goes into “The Walking Dead” mode, proving the real villains are the humans.

Mary of Bethany

Pam brings it all back home with the story of Mary, a young woman in a whorehouse Pam used to run. It’s a small bit of dialogue given while dying the hair of prisoner Sarah Newlin, but it’s almost as telling and subtextual as the opening line. “Mary thought she was too good to be a whore. She couldn’t see she was born a hooker, and a hooker was all she was ever going to be.”


I can just see Samuel L. Jackson’s Jules explaining this in the Pulp Fiction diner. “True Blood” has always been a low born show, a twisted patchwork bastard of “Dark Shadows” and the Sookie Stackhouse book series. It might have wanted to be a classy HBO drama, but it will always only be “True Blood.”

See you next week for the end, the very end. Will it be True Love or the True Death… it’s only a week away…



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