‘True Blood’ Season Finale Recap: Bill Falls to Pieces (VIDEO)

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Raising its body count significantly on Sunday’s season finale, HBO’s True Blood ended its exploration of what happens when individuals blindly follow one person or doctrine.

In the end, we watched Bill (Stephen Moyer) continue his plan to be the original vampire Lilith’s (Jessica Clark) chosen one with an unexpected outcome.

Note: Spoilers ahead if you haven’t watched Sunday’s episode, “Save Yourself.”

Surprisingly, Bill realized after killing Kibwe (Peter Mensah) on the last episode that Lilith was pitting the chancellors against each other – the survivor inheriting her legacy. He tricked Salome (Valentina Cervi) into thinking that Lilith had also told him that she was to be the chosen one only to poison her once she drank the ancient vampire blood.

Meanwhile, Eric (Alexander Skarsgard), Sookie (Anna Paquin), Nora (Lucy Griffiths), Tara (Rutina Wesley) and Jason (Ryan Kwanten) joined forces to save Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) — and by extension, Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) — from the Authority and Bill from losing all his humanity.

But by the time Eric and Sookie catch up to Bill, he’s too far gone for his ex-girlfriend to talk him back from the cliff and he drinks Lilith’s blood. Here’s where the writers got us. Suddenly, he collapses into a pile of blood and entrails. And for several seconds the viewer is forced to envision a True Blood without its leading man. But, suddenly he rises from the puddle transformed into the basest form of vampire. Eric knows better than to stand around and wait to see what Bill does next and escapes with Sookie.

While that’s an unexpected twist for the show, it’s also so very True Blood of them. And it always means that Bill can be restored to his sentimental self next season.

That’s one hell of a way for vacating showrunner Alan Ball to pass the baton to his predecessor, Mark Hudis.

Speaking of predecessors, Alcide (Joe Manganiello) was brought back in to a fight with V-pushing JD (Louis Herthum) and that whole pack drama. This time around, Alcide is back in charge after taking the packmaster down easily and snapping his neck while his father had his back.

Buzz Moments

OMG!: If you were looking for a battle between Russell Edgington (Denis O’Hare) and the faeries, keep on moving, there’s nothing to see here. In a karmic move for taking out his family, Eric appears as the powerful vampire absorbs the faerie light and stakes him.

Thank you, TV gods: For the drunken commentary from Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis), Arlene (Carrie Preston) and townie Jane Bodehouse (Patricia Bethune). That’s a hilarious web series possibility if we’ve ever seen one.

Awk-ward: Upon their reunion, Tara and her maker Pam engage in some major lip-locking. Um, the guards are coming… gals? Also a bonus one for Holly’s (Lauren Bowles) mixed reaction to Andy’s (Chris Bauer) first half-faerie baby (out of four): “It’s a girl… with no umbilical cord.”

Hotness: Even covered in Russell’s blood, Eric still maintained his heat.

Fab-u-lous: Jason’s vampire-killing uniform complete with yellow-tinted shades.

Can. Not. Wait.: To see how Season 6 will deal with Bill’s transformation and don’t we still need to find Warlow, the vampire who killed Sookie and Jason’s parents?

Celebuzz Meter (1-10): 8

Watch showrunner Alan Ball and director Michael Lehmann discuss the episode above.

How did you feel about the season finale? Are you happy with the direction the show has taken Bill?