Despite the fact that I didn't particularly enjoy all of season 4, that's not to say that I no longer enjoy True Blood as a whole.
I'm dedicating this post to commemorate the casualties of the last season. To those who have been stabbed, shot, burned, disintegrated, mangled or met the True Death, this is for you!
NAMELESS FAIRY EXTRA
|Disintegrated by another nameless fairy extra.|
|Disintegrated after crossing the fairy/human barrier.|
|Marnie's Familiar. Died, resurrected and died again.|
UNNAMED FRAMED (YOUTUBE) VAMPIRE
|One of Bill's subjects caught on tape feeding on a human. Sentenced to the True Death.|
QUEEN SOPHIE-ANN LECLERQ
|Betrayed by Bill and the Authority. Shot in the heart with wooden bullets with silver cores.|
JOE LEE MICKENS
|Angered by the death of Joe Lee, she attacked Tommy but was also killed.|
JESUS' PET GOAT
|Stabbed to death by Jesus under his Abuelo's (Grandfather's) orders.|
UNNAMED SPANISH WITCH
|Fed upon by the vampires who posed as priests.|
SPANISH VAMPIRES OF LOGROÑO
|Forced to walk into the sun by Antonia's necromancy.|
|Used by Jesus' Abuelo to poison Jesus and awaken Lafayette's powers as a medium. Thrown in the fire after.|
|Bill's Wiccan spy. Throat crushed by Sheriff Luis Patiño who was under Marntonia's control.|
|It's blood was used to initiate Alcide and Debbie into the Shreveport pack.|
VAMPIRE SHERIFF LUIS PATIÑO
|Compelled by Antonia to attack Bill, and eventually stake himself.|
|The only casualty of Marntonia's second 'Resurrection'. Walked out into the sun.|
|One of Bill's most trusted bodyguards. Tricked into helping a spellbound Jessica and was killed by her.|
MAVIS and her BABY
|Stabbed by her lover and caused her spirit to remain restless and to haunt Bon Temps.|
|Member of Marnie's coven. Throat ripped out by Eric.|
|Shot by Tara.|
|Fed on by Eric.|
3 of BILL'S SECURITY
|Disemboweled by spellbound Vampire Sheriffs.|
VAMPIRE SHERIFF BLACKBURN
|Spellbound. Staked by Nan Flanagan with a pencil.|
|Skinwalked as Sam Merlotte and beaten to death by Marcus Bozeman and his thugs.|
|Member of Marnie's coven. Stabbed telekinetically by Marnie when they tried to mutiny.|
VAMPIRE SHERIFF DUPREZ
|Spellbound. Terminated by Bill Compton.|
VAMPIRE SHERIFF KIRSCH
|Spellbound. Flung into Marnie's magical solar barrier by Bill Compton.|
|Windpipe crushed by Alcide Herveaux.|
|Heart ripped out by Eric Northman.|
|Shot with a machine gun by Bill Compton.|
|Killed by Marnie—who was possessing Lafayette—in order to gain his powers.|
|Killed by Marnie.|
|Spirits of the dead find peace. Mavis, Marnie, Antonia, Adele Stackhouse included...|
|Nan Flanagan's security detail. Beheaded by Eric Northman.|
|Staked by Bill Compton.|
|Shot by Sookie Stackhouse. Shotgun to the throat. Ka-Blam!|
TARA MAE THORNTON (?)
|Shot by Debbie Pelt. Shotgun to the head.|
Now, for the total tally. I'm just going to include characters who we actually see dead/disintegrated/etc and not including characters who were dead prior to the start of season 4 or who died in flashbacks.
Fairy - 2
Vampire - 9
Witch - 7
Were/Shifter - 5
Other Humans - 12
Animal - 3
Total - 38
Thirty-eight deaths in 12 episodes... pretty gruesome.
On the one hand, I'm relieved that they got rid of a bunch of characters, it was getting too cluttered. In fact, there are still some living characters that I've long tossed into the 'dont-care' bin: Luna Garza, Maurelle (Andy's fairy ho), Crystal Norris, Portia Bellefleur... There was simply way too much going on with everybody that the focus on the Witch-Vamp conflict lost some excitement and meatiness.
On the other hand, there are some characters that I really enjoyed and wish they didn't get rid of just yet: Queen Sophie-Ann, Nan Flanagan.
As for Tara—question mark—it has been released that Rutina Wesley, who plays Tara on the show, has been asked to return for season five. However, the details of how long she'll be on this season are unclear.
Now, just because season four has ended, don't think that my True Blood posts will stop. I promise to share any teasers and tidbits I come across on the interwebs.
True Blood has been renewed for its fifth season and is scheduled for release in the summer of 2012.
I will be tuning in. I can't agree more with their promotional slogan:
Images are screen grabs as usual.