True Blood season finale recap: The Rapture

True deaths abound as Eric, Nora, Tara, Sookie, and Jason team to stop Bill
Ep. 12 | Aired Aug 26, 2012

RUN Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) and Sookie (Anna Paquin) couldn't stop Bill from drinking the Kool-Aid blood of Lilith

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Was sitting through this hit-and-miss season of True Blood worth it to see Bill go bad, Andy turn officially hot, Jason become full of hate (again), Tara kiss Pam, and Alcide finally become pack master? In the spirit of a loaded Lafayette, Arlene, and Jane Bodehouse, I'd say yes. It wasn't perfect (the Ifrit was voted the Single Weakest Twist in our Summer TV Awards and like us, the writers are now pretending Terry doesn't exist), but it certainly sets us up for an interesting season six. Let's dig in.

Eric showed up in the field and staked Russell, putting a surprisingly swift end to the slight tickling sensation Russell was feeling as the faeries collectively zapped him. “Well... f---,” Russell had time to say before he burst into goo. “Well, that felt even better than I thought it would,” Eric said. It's so good to have Eric back. Eric made Nora swear on Godric that she wouldn’t eat Sookie. Jason, who'd been knocked out, was okay, though he thought Sookie was his mother. At this point, I was already thinking epidural hematoma.

At the Authority compound, naked Sam finally made his way to Bill as breakfast. Bill probably would have killed him for knowing too much, but Sam turned into a fly that Bill couldn’t catch -- though he tried, darting around the room like Nightcrawler. That had to be a great, dignified day for Stephen Moyer on set. Fly Sam escaped through the ventilation duct.

Eric and Nora were back to their usual sibling banter, arguing over who Godric liked better when they arrived at Fangtasia. Tara told Eric “they” got Pam. Against Nora’s wishes, Eric was making them go rescue Pam -- right after they stashed the money hidden behind the basement wall in Fangtasia some place safe. I guess he’s not planning on coming back there? That makes me sad. So many good memories. (Truly.) Pam is family, as is Tara, Eric told Nora. Loyal Eric = hot Eric.

Eric, Nora, and Tara showed up at Sookie’s house just as she was offering to take Jason to the hospital because he wasn’t acting like himself. Now, he saw their parents sitting beside Sookie, and they were much more vocal and anti-vampire than they were earlier in the season. Eric asked Sookie to come to the Authority with them because she was the only one who could get through to Bill and give them time to save Jessica and Pam. “You owe Pam,” Tara kept reminding Sookie. Hearing Bill was behind the Tru Blood factory bombings, Sookie had no choice but to go. Jason and Eric exchanged insults, but Jason’s ghost dad told Jason to think of how many vampires he could kill from inside. He’s going to, Jason announced. “Oh sweetie, don’t be a fool,” Eric cooed. "If I want to be a fool, then I will be a fool,” Jason said. “That is my God-given right as an American." Those T-shirts are already being printed, I'm sure.

NEXT: Bill and Salome do their dance

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