It feels more and more that so many HBO and premium cable shows are spending their climaxes in the penultimate episodes these days. Thanks to Game of Thrones, it seems that everyone wants their highest point of interest to be in the second to last episode. Hell, this one even had a man graphically castrated, and if that’s not a nod to George R.R. Martin, I don’t know what is. But I’m getting ahead of myself.
“Life Matters” marked a strange occurrence in True Blood history: it was a wholly coherent and focused episode for its full 50-odd minute running time. Indeed, the show could even be said to have evenly divided its plotting between two major storylines, as opposed to the usual fractured strands of grass floating away in the Louisiana evening breeze.