The Last Drop, A True Blood Recap: Season 7, Episode 8 "Getting Closer... To the Ground"

Readers, some of you may be wondering why there was no True Blood recap last week.  I went to Boston Comic Con for our beloved website, and my Rat Queens cosplay took up all of my time, thus leaving me incapable of doing a recap.  Here’s a picture:

And here’s a gif with everything you need to know about last week’s True Blood: 

If you’ve been following my True Blood recaps, I’d like to apologize for not updating last week, and also apologize for this season of True Blood.  It’s not my fault, I know it’s not my fault, but I feel like True Blood is at the point where there is nothing I can say about it but ‘I’m sorry.’

Just kidding.  There’s plenty I can say.  True Blood’s plot, at this point, has devolved into such a clusterfuck that I’m not even sure that a cohesive summary could even work at this point.  So tonight, I’m just going to list off all the different ways True Blood disappointed me this week, because I believe in getting straight to the point.  Let’s get to it, shall we?


1. The matter of the cure.

I discussed a couple of weeks ago that True Blood implementing a cure for the Hep-V virus immediately takes away the HIV metaphor, as there is no cure available to victims of HIV and making a cure is just-I mean, do I even have to say it at this point? We know why this is shitty.  Well good news, friends, True Blood did you one further.  We’ve discovered that Sarah Newlin drank the cure and can now cure the virus, and Yakanomo Corp, the makers of Tru Blood, have begun synthesizing a cure.  Great.  Everyone goes home happy.

Just kidding.  Mr. Gus, Jr. is planning to water down the cure so that vampires will have something that they can take in doses to stave off the virus, but not an actual cure. 

A question for the True Blood writers: was it too complicated to just make a five minute long segment of flashing words that read HAHAHA FUCK YOU over footage of old ATV commercials and conferences about HIV/AIDS?  Did you really have to waste our time, when we all know that was the message? 

But Rachel, you say.  True Blood was actually trying to make a point about how difficult it is for lower-income persons to obtain medication for HIV. 

Well then maybe they should’ve gone with “oh, we can treat Hep-V,” and not “we can cure Hep-V but we’re not gonna.”  One of them is actually a pretty articulate metaphor.  The other is complete and total bullshit.  So of course, True Blood went with the latter.


2. Everything about Violet’s storyline, right up until her gory end.

Have you ever wondered what would happen if someone took the super problematic “the whore and the virgin” archetype and ran with it to completion?  Well, wonder no longer!  True Blood has done it for us, and the result is just as disgusting as you would possibly hope.

Violet’s story line isn’t just bad, it’s overdone. We get it, True Blood.  Dominant women are crazy and can’t be trusted.  Women should be sweet like Jessica or Sookie, because otherwise they will end up dead like Tara, insane like Violet, or written in a way that pretty much ruins their characterization, like Pam.  And there is absolutely nothing wrong with Sookie and Jessica being non-aggressive characters, but the second that it’s presented to us as the clear superior we have a problem.

And so while Violet’s last scene is great if you’re a fan of medieval torture practices (and I usually am!) the context is not only a desecration of the idea of a strong, independent female character; it’s also triggering for anyone who’s ever been the victim of sexual assault.  But this is True Blood, and it is literally impossible for a relationship to be normal and just end like relationships are wont to do.  Violet can’t move on, because Jason Stackhouse has ruined her.  They gave her all this medieval backstory and a kick-ass antique house only so that they could show us that she’s just another crazy woman.  Thanks for that one, guys.

Oh, and side note about Jessica’s virginity: True Blood has not once, not ever correctly addressed the way the hymen works.  If you claim to be a sexually progressive show, you could at least do a little research.



3. The resolution of Tara’s arc.

They killed Tara off, and then they resolved her story in a way that not only made no sense, but also came across as a messy attempt to make sense of her character.  Except, we already understood her character: Tara grew up in a household full of abuse and neglect, perpetuated by Lettie-Mae.  So now, the writers have decided that Lettie-Mae deserves forgiveness for abusing her daughter, and they’re back-writing Tara’s story to show that it’s really not Lettie-Mae’s fault.

But here’s the thing: even if Lettie-Mae married an abusive man, even if she was as much a victim to this abusive environment as Tara was, Tara is still not obligated to forgive her for the abuse.  She doesn’t have to make peace with her abuser.  And fuck you, True Blood, for perpetuating an unhealthy and just plain dangerous idea of how abusers should deal with their abusers.

True Blood did actually do a positive thing with Lettie-Mae trying to reform herself.  And people can change, and people can see the error of their ways and work to get better.  But it doesn't happen overnight, and it's not an instant fix.  


You might be saying to yourself, hey Rachel, what about the Sookie/Bill/Eric drama?  Sookie is the main character, after all.  Well reader, I'm tired.  I remember a time when love triangles didn't make me want to pull my hair out, but that seems so long ago.  I remember when True Blood tried to give us something witty and fresh, instead of what we have now.  There's two episodes left to the series, and I really could not be more excited for it to be permantely laid to rest. 


on August 15, 2014