Season Premiere: True Blood – “Who Are You, Really?” (Season 6, Episode 1)

Twilight-for-adults is back. After last season’s religious and politically charged themes, we’ve returned to True Blood‘s original values — werewolf threesomes. While I’m excited at the prospect of journeying to the series’ core, I’m afraid there lies a ramp and a shark on the route the writers have chosen. True Blood had a simple and humble start — a love story between a human and a vampire — and has progressed, in ways both natural to the plot and otherwise, into much more complicated places. Coming back from those places would be a long and complicated process, a road spanning several seasons; unless the writers use a shortcut. This season could be that shortcut. An expedited plot would save time, but for a cost: characters would die, a race might become extinct, and the show would jump the shark.

This season begins in the fashion we’ve become accustomed to: within minutes after the end of the previous episode. Sam, Luna, and Emma escape the vampire bunker, moments after exposing the existence of skin walkers to the world. Luna promptly dies after the breakout. Normally I wouldn’t provide such dire piece of information, but it’s within the first five minutes. “Sam Merlotte will never be happy” is the moral of the episode, and the epiphany I had while watching. The events leave Sam with a foster daughter, Emma, courtesy of Luna’s dying wishes.

Bill seems to be a vampire god, which would be impressive if we didn’t just spend two or three seasons learning not to trust gods. Or anything with power. Now I don’t trust Bill, and that has severely upset the equilibrium of the show. Last season did invite the audience to actively question Bill’s loyalty — and I did, often — this season, though, places a particular calmness and certainty in him that I’ve been taught to scrutinize. Certainty leads to villainy. Bill was supposed to be the one vampire we could trust, without question, but now we have something more than Bill: god-Bill. And god-Bill scares me.

Sookie will undoubtedly start sleeping with someone that wants to kill or control her, per usual. Her role, along with most of the other casts’, remains unclear outside of the realm of Warlow: the vampire who killed Sookie’s parents. Warlow is coming for Sookie — that much we know.

We are introduced to one more villain, Louisiana governor Burrell (Arliss Howard), who is in EVERYTHING for the money. This season might be set-up to focus on morality vs. politics/law: a governor who is doing the right thing for the wrong reason and a vampire doing the wrong thing for the right reason (my guess). Morality is a tough issue, so I am excited to see how True Blood will handle less black and white issues.

Lafayette and Andy are two of the most interesting characters, right now. Andy is raising a litter of fairies and, as all kids do, they are growing too fast. Lafayette is drinking away his emotions, but still trying to do good. If we do end up with dead characters, I hope these ones stay.

Alcide, the only character of note left, is busy with his werewolf threesomes. He also leads his own pack, now. But threesomes seem to take up the bulk of his time.

Oh, and Jason is racist again. And accepting rides from strangers. Idiot.

Overall, I’m not excited for this season. I am curious to see how they (or if they) pull off a story/character cleanse. The one thing I am certain of, though, is that Sookie will lose her powers. If something completely permanent doesn’t happen to someone, I’m not sure if I can watch another season.

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