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The Ending Of True Blood We Really Wanted

"True Blood" was a fantastic show from HBO that showed what happens when the presence of real vampires is revealed to the world. Set in and around Louisiana, "True Blood" ran for seven seasons and featured not only vampires, but also werewolves, werepanthers, faeries, shapeshifters, witches, and other mythical humanoid cryptids of yore. The mechanism in which vampires attempt to integrate into society is a synthetic blood product known as "Tru-Blood," which allows them to subsist on something other than living creatures. When a vampire announces themselves as such, it is referred to as "coming out of the coffin."

"True Blood" had a massive cast of characters which included Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer), Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten), Lafayette Reynolds (Nelsan Ellis), Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgård), and Jessica Hamby (Deborah Ann Woll). The main character of the show, Sookie, was born half-faerie which allowed her to read the minds of humans, as well as produce blasts of light-based energy. Unfortunately, the faerie aspect of Sookie acted as a homing beacon for vampires, which turned out to be the cause of most of her problems. "True Blood" concluded its run on August 24, 2014, and a reboot is currently in the works, but what kind of ending did we really want from "True Blood" in the first place?

What happened in the final episode of True Blood?

The final season of "True Blood" saw both Bill Compton and Eric Northman infected with the lethal "Hep-V," a biological weapon designed expressly for the eradication of vampires. Bill had recently giving up his status as vampire messiah and had made peace with his upcoming death, while Eric Northman fell into a deep melancholy. Interpersonal drama ensued, and Bill and Sookie expressed their feelings for each other one last time. Bill revealed his desire to die and wanted Sookie to use the last of her faerie powers to kill him.

This action would also have the side-effect of making Sookie a regular human, and granting her a "normal" life. Sookie eventually complied, and ends up driving a wooden stake through Bill's heart, granting him the "true death" that he longed for. The series ends with a pregnant Sookie with a new, unrevealed boyfriend, surrounded by friends and family — both vampire and not.

What did we want to happen in the finale of True Blood?

Considering that the final season of "True Blood" has a 44% on Rotten Tomatoes, it seems that most people were disappointed in the ending, which seems to be par for the course for many acclaimed HBO shows. The series always had a focus on the relationship between Bill and Sookie, with the constant shadow of Bill's immortality casting a pall on their interactions. It seemed that the best way to resolve all loose ends would have been to have Sookie use the last of her powers to kill Bill, but instead of killing Bill, it would have turned him into a human and simply killed the vampire part of him.

The series had already established that Sookie's powers have an anti-vampire property, and Bill was formerly a vampiric demi-god that retained his humanity (unlike most vampires). This act would have freed both of them from their supernatural powers and allowed both to remain together. The series would have ended wrapped up with a nice little bow on top. Some fans think Bill was already slowly turning back into a human, with Reddit user baretb pointing out that "[Sookie] could hear him, he was warm." Reddit user pen0rz responded, "but Sookie's dumb*** decided not to tell Bill that she could hear his thoughts. If she had, then maybe he would've changed his mind because if he turned into a human then Sookie would be able to have a normal life with him."