Excess scenes, tired plotlines, inconsistent characters: What didn't go wrong this week?
All the bad guys died! And yet this was one of the more frustrating True Blood episodes in quite a while, and not just when compared to last week's brilliant episode. It's possible that part of the anti-climax is intentional—to teach us a deep and abiding lesson about how killing doesn't solve everything—but I sincerely doubt it. The episode didn't feel as pulled-together as usual; there were a lot of excess scenes, and overly drawn-out excess scenes at that. Not only did almost every character make incredibly stupid decisions (often repeating the exact same stupid decision over and over, like joining hands with Marnie), but even the grand climax of the battle was wiped away at the end by Lafayette's unwilling possession. Is it possible that the season's planning took some last-minute hit, like the addition of an unexpected week, that required some quick plot rewriting? Or they realized they had to tone everything down to make next week's finale really stand out?
There were a lot of scenes that weren't bad in themselves, but that didn't really give us any fresh nuances to add to whatever we already knew about the situation. For instance, we already knew Antonia and Marnie were fighting; we already saw Marnie was keeping her Wiccan group captive and lying to them about the vampires' intent; we already knew Jesus could do strange demon-faced magic; we already could tell Alcide and Debbie were likely breaking up. While the Alcide-Debbie breakup had enough added features to make it interesting (fights to the death, oddly-phrased breakup language like "I share flesh with you no longer"—I'm assuming Alcide means eating, rather than, um, sexually), most of the other scenes felt like they were repeating previous plot points rather than growing off of them.