In Bon Temps, death is more of a lifestyle change than anything else
Praise where it's due: This is a beautifully shot and gripping finale that totally makes up for last week's snooze-fest. The barrier between life and death isn't just thinner on Halloween, it's like a window-screen with a few fist-sized holes in it. All of Bon Temps is dancing in and of the darker realms: Marnie is dead, then she's possessing Lafayette, then Antonia's shade escorts Marnie away to the afterlife; Jesus is dead, then he's talking to Lafayette in flickering ghost form; Adele and all the ghosts pop up in the cemetery to help out, then depart again; Rene shows up to give a cryptic warning to Arlene, then disappears. Jesus's "Everything is temporary" line seems more or less the plot summary for the episode. It also seems a pretty accurate description of Bon Temps reality: Dying seems to often be more of a lifestyle change than anything else.
On that note, am I just getting jumpy, or are the following points foreshadowing zombies? First: "Zombies are the new vampires," said as a joke, then the sudden appearance of Terry's friend who Terry had thought was dead, plus the general fallibility of the Life-Death border patrol in this season as a whole ... It definitely seems suspicious. Fortunately, it seems unlikely that Sookie will fall in love with a zombie, so at least she won't have to deal with that aspect of the conflict. Her constant heartbreak can be a bit frustrating to wait through.