With the recent casting news that English actor Rob Kazinsky has signed on to play a new faerie love interest for Sookie Stackhouse in Season 6 of ‘True Blood,’ I think my lacking enthusiasm for Season 5 will likely carry over into next season. Why do the writers continue to stray further away from the books I love?
I realize HBO’s popular series True Blood has been straying further and further away from the popular Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris that inspired it, but the show’s recent announcements about next season have given me very little to look forward to. Like many other fans, I’m left with a bitter taste in my mouth after the lackluster Season 5, and I think Season 6 will be even more difficult to sink my teeth into. I can’t help but ask the question do the writers even care about continuing on anymore because it feels like they keep making one bizarre choice after another. Here are but a few of the reasons I think Season 6 might spell the end of the series soon:
Reason #1: Why do they keep creating new characters not from the books for us to follow so many zany plots? While I’ll admit Rob Kazinsky is cute and will undoubtedly offer a sexy British accent, I don’t understand why his character was created at all, nor do I understand the creation of the mysterious Warlow. With such a rich tapestry of Harris characters to choose from, why do the show’s writers think they can best her with characters of their own creation? Many fans have long criticized the show for having too many characters and subplots to follow along with. I’ll admit it does get a bit confusing and a tad boring at times trying to keep up with everybody. Sure, everyone has their favorites and other characters they could do without. I’ve even heard of people fast-forwarding through certain characters’ storylines completely.
Reason #2: Some are not going to like less emphasis on vampires next season. Personally, I enjoy that they have incorporated all the various supernatural entities from the books onto the show. From the vampires and witches to the shape-shifters, weres and faeries, it’s a mixed bag offering appeal to many. I’m not bothered by the fact that it’s no longer vampire-centric or even that Sookie can’t pick a suitable mate and stick with him for more than five minutes. Anybody who’s read the books knows that’s half the fun.
Reason #3: Will Sookie date this new character all season instead of Bill, Eric or even Alcide? Whether you sit on the dedicated Bill side of the fence or would fervently sell your soul to the devil in order to go to bed with Eric, the Sookie-Eric-Bill love triangle is undoubtedly what many female fans tune in for. But if you’ve read the books, you know that Sookie herself is repeatedly torn between the two vampires and yet still manages to find time to tempt and/or date numerous other hopefuls throughout the series (Alcide Herveaux being one of those hopefuls many also hold out for).
Reason #4: What about Quinn? One of the biggest characters from the books that has yet to appear on True Blood is Sookie’s were-tiger boyfriend Quinn. I think I’m most disappointed that Quinn likely won’t be making an appearance this season either. He is such a powerful, sexy character and I would really like to see him brought to the screen. I picture a bald Billy Zane or maybe even a Vin Diesel portraying him. (Although really I have to say the thing I hope for most on the show or in the books is a Sam-Sookie romance, or at the very least, a steamy Sam-Sookie hook-up. After the last book, my hopes for this happening are now higher than ever.)
Reason #5: The Vampire Authority & Lilith made Season 5 so-so, so what’s left to look forward to? Last season was hard to swallow because of the Vampire Authority and the Blood of Lilith buzz kill and then the writers had to toss in all of the bizarre, Cirque du Soleil faerie elements on top of that. I think they made the faeries too surreal and innocent-looking because they can be even more ruthless than the vampires when they want to be. In the books, the faeries do perhaps more damage to Sookie than all of her other enemies combined.
Maybe it’s because it’s getting colder outside and I’m getting crankier about winter approaching, but I’m just not anticipating much about next season. I’d be interested to hear your thoughts on the subject. What are you looking forward to or not looking forward to next season? Will you continue to watch the series no matter how cheesy or complicated it gets? Who do you think Sookie belongs with in the end?