To be frank, True Blood isn’t so much a show as a collection of WTF moments, bloodily sewn together over the course of seven seasons of hugely varying degrees of quality.
What was great about the show was also part of its downfall; at its best these WTF moments made some sort of sense, in context, and were hugely enjoyable. It was sexy, violent, full of action and soap-opera drama that you couldn’t help but get hooked on.
At its worst, it was completely over-the-top, ridiculous and nonsensical, the characters flipped switches from one week to the next and nobody seemed to have any clue what was going on. It was best to just go with it, but in the latter seasons there were times it felt like it hadn’t so much jumped the shark as sunk its fangs into it and devoured the creature.
For better or worse, it delivered a lot of memorable moments. It may not go down in the pantheon of all-time great HBO shows, but it came along at a time when vampires were very much of the Twilight model, and turned them back into beings that were seductively frightening.
It has been around a year now since the final nail went into True Blood’s coffin, so here’s a reminder of some of the biggest WTF moments from a show that was full of them…
10. A Red Shower
True Blood season 1 was a simpler time, back when the weirdest moments were the fact Sookie was having sex with a vampire and Sam could turn into a dog.
The moment that really announced, ‘this is HBO, this is True Blood, welcome to Bon Temps’ was when Longshadow, the bartender at vampire bar Fangtasia, decided that it’d be a wise move to steal money from Pam and Eric.
It, er, wasn’t.
Sookie used her telepathic abilities to find out the identity of the thief, which led to him attacking her and meeting the true death at the hands of Bill.
Cue what can only really be described as a shower of blood, or maybe projectile vomit of blood, guts and who knows what else, all over Sookie for a good 20-30 seconds or so before half-exploding, half-just-collapsing into a pile of bloody mush on the floor, while a blood soaked Sookie looks on.
It was super-gory, over-the-top, and brilliant in its ridiculousness, which set the tone for the rest of the series.