Yep, I said it.
Game of Thrones is the flavour of the month when it comes to HBO blood-and-tits extravaganzas, but I feel nostalgic for the heyday of True Blood. Despite some screenwriting cheese and other problems, for the personal reasons listed below, I still heart the Southern Vampires Mysteries. Get excited about Season 7 of True Blood because:
1. More focus on sexy dudes
Every time we think we are going to see some sexy man-meat in Game of Thrones, the camera veers over to some boobs like it’s a homophobic college boy trying to prove something to his dorm-mates. Case in point: Greyworm tempting us for a moment before hiding his whole body underwater so we can ogle the interpreter with him instead.
*Bonus: True Blood’s queer gaze is also more varied and compelling.
2. True Blood has more to say about the world today
Game of Thrones is a bloodthirsty dream of an alternative middle ages. True Blood, on the other hand, always has a finger on the pulse of contemporary hate and prejudice. Vampires have just come ‘out of the coffin’ and while the coming-out and other civil rights analogies are ultimately flawed, these vampires are a powerful and threatening ‘other’. Season 1 shows how fear of the ‘other’ is so often played out on women’s bodies: ‘fang-banger’ women who dare to fraternise with vamps become the victims of a human serial killer. The show also captures the spirit of group-driven hate in its portrayals of extremist religious groups and small-town bigots.
3. True Blood is unashamed campy drama
Although GoT has its comic moments, we are supposed to take all these grey-haired men campaigning for the throne seriously, but I can’t even tell them apart and THEY ARE SO BORING. True Blood puts the fun into frightening. I will always choose Russell Edgington’s classic “We’re going to eat your children” TV news soliloquy:
over some scary Wildling threatening to eat a boy’s daddy:
So, pick up your game, True Blood. Fewer lame amnesia plots, more unpredictable, over-the-top madness.
(PS. #4 is Lafayette, obviously…)