Thursday, June 7, 2012

The Dudes of True Blood: Season Four Finale Refresher

True Blood has always had its ups and downs for me. Jason? Up. Sookie? Down. Godric? Way up. Tara? Way way down. But as inconsistent as my feelings for True Blood have been over the years, I do appreciate any show that has an abundance of attractive guys. True Blood returns this Sunday, so I thought I'd chat a bit about the men that made season four exciting.

Kevin Alejandro as Jesus on True Blood Season Four Finale
First up, Jesus. One of the most genuine True Blood characters we've seen, Jesus was a nurse by day, witch by night.  Always calm, cool and collected, Jesus was a great counterbalance to Layfayette's loud personality. They were one of the best couples of season four, and I'm totally bummed he was killed in the finale. Hopefully Layfayette's 6th sense will allow for an appearance or two from Kevin Alejandro.

Sam Trammell as Sam Merlotte on True Blood Season Four Finale
Oh, Sam. Sam sam sam. Sam's character is all about family; the family that abandoned him and the family he wants to have. He was the resident door-mat of Bon Temps until his baby bro Tommy showed up and shook some stuff loose. Now Sam's darker streak rears its head more frequently. The finale left Sam in domicile bliss with his new lady and her daughter. Whether Sam can step up and be the father figure he never had, only time will tell. 

Ryan Kwanten as Jason Stackhouse on True Blood Season Four Finale
Jason! In my oh so humble opinion, Jason won the season four finale. Ryan Kwanten is arguably the best actor on True Blood. For such a consistently, intentionally dense guy, Jason is remarkably layered. His identity is wrapped up in his good looks and charm, but his sex drive gets him into trouble time and time again. He had two stellar scenes in the finale - the first being when he confessed to Hoyt that he hooked up with Jessica.

Ryan Kwanten as Jason Stackhouse beat up by Hoyt on True Blood Season Four Finale 2 
Hoyt kicked the crap out of him. A) Man, is Jason sexy. B) Jason is actually really ashamed of what he's done. And when Hoyt tells him that he'll never have a real relationship with anyone because there's "something inside of him that's just missing," you can see how deeply that cuts him. He's lying on the ground having just taken a pretty rough, physical beating - a beating he believes is justified given that he doesn't lift a finger to defend himself - but what really gets him are Hoyt's words.

Ryan Kwanten as Jason Stackhouse beat up by Hoyt on True Blood Season Four Finale 2 
And all Jason says as Hoyt walks away is "Sorry." True Blood is campy to the MAX and Jason is used for comedic effect more often than not, but I'm picking up what you're putting down Ryan Kwanten. You're really fantastic as Jason and I hope the world recognizes that.

Joe Manganiello as Alcide Herveaux on True Blood Season 4 Finale
Alcide had a rough go of things. Before the finale, he killed the creepster guy that killed Tommy who had been screwing his gal. But for the most part, Alcide is basically your typical loyal werewolf. Don't get me wrong, he's SUPER hot, and if I were Sookie I'd pick him over Eric and Bill, but the mere fact that Alcide is yet another guy who wants to get with her really grinds my gears. Basically he looses major points for liking Sookie.

Stephen Moyer and Alexander Skarsgard as Bill Compton and Eric Northman on True Blood Season Four Finale
Eric and Bill. I never really care what Bill is up to and Eric has never been as interesting as he was when Godric was around. God, I miss Godric. He's going to get his own post eventually. I hear there will be much backstory this upcoming season so hopefully we'll see the Godster again soon.

Michael Raymond-James as Rene Lenier on True Blood Season Four Finale
The other fun thing about the finale was that it brought back pretty much all the former villians. At least - the awesome ones. The promise of more Russell Edgington really pumps me up. We didn't get to lay eyes on him yet, but we did see Rene. It wasn't until Terriers that I understood how great Michael Raymond-James is. Britt is another character that deserves his own post. But as Rene, he was creepy and twisted and a fun big bad. Any time they want him to come back and haunt Arlene is fine by me.

Stephen Moyer Alexander Skarsgard Bill Eric True Blood Season Four Finale Anna Paquin Sookie Stackhouse
I couldn't let this insane three-way go un-screen-capped. But of course, Sookie made the most boring decision she could have by choosing neither of her two lap dogs. Maybe Bill and Eric will get hip to her mind games and just hook up with each other. I vote for that. 

Ryan Kwanten and Deborah Ann Woll as Jason Stackhouse and Jessica Hamby on True Blood Season Four Finale
Back to Jason. His other great finale moment was with Jessica. I don't know what I think of Jason and Jessica as a couple, but as I mentioned above, any time Jason is given moments where the humor is turned down and the personhood turned up, I'm happy. Jason's bugged by what Hoyt said and he asks Jessica if she thinks part of him is missing. Jason doesn't want to be "bad" but he never seems to make the right choices. I like watching him struggle with his own self-worth, it's angsty and it's hot. More please. (Oh - and return #2 - creepy Fellowship of the Sun guy showed up all vamped out. I had completely forgotten about that.)

Alexander Skarsgard as Eric Northman on True Blood Season Four Finale
And finally, in the last boy moment of the season, Eric and Bill end Nan Flannigan. I found her quick demise more exciting than Tara's shotgun to the head. Nan was awesome. Tara sucked. Word on the street is that Pam is going to favor heavily in season five, so hopefully that'll be wrapped up in fun Eric angst. But only time will tell. Get your fangs out, people! True Blood returns this Sunday.

1 comment:

  1. I love the men of True Blood. And I love that they are pretty much all 'men'. There's no guilty checking of birth dates on IMDb for this show.

    Between this and Daryl in Walking Dead I kind of have a thing for southern US accents now as well.