“I really don’t see what was the point of that,” says a woman (who I presume is Terry’s mother) after Big John sings a prolonged dirge. As I watch True Blood’s “Life Matters,” I can’t help but feel the same. For the penultimate episode of a season, “Life Matters” is a remarkably poor showing. No character’s death should receive this kind of treatment, let alone an ancillary character.
Terry Bellefleur’s funeral completely hijacked True Blood this week in a way that felt not only excessive but plainly desiccated. I was actually surprised to see the shot of Arlene in black; I thought most of this was behind us already. Terry died three episodes back. We have subsequently spent a portion of the following two episodes dealing with the aftermath in what I thought was sufficient manner. Do we really still need to dwell on this? Are there any meaningful statements to be made about it?