This latest season of the HBO hit show has proven to be fairly polarising. Some think the show has now officially jumped the shark, perhaps blaming Alan Ball's exit. Many others like myself think the show has bounced back from a slightly messy fifth season.
I think there are a few things that have helped return the show to form. First off, the reduced number of episodes may sound like a bad thing but actually helps to move things along at a much quicker and satisfying pace. Secondly, there has been a much needed streamlining of stories. I think in the past True Blood has struggled with a bloated cast and while characters should be developed, not every citizen in Bon Temps needs a major life-changing storyline. Most characters this year are involved in the main 'Vamp Camp' storyline which is exciting and feels like its harking back to the shows earlier seasons with an emphasis on the conflict between humans and vampires. It also leads to the return of Anna Camp as Sarah Newlin who steals the show for me!
Finally and most importantly, there is a heightened sense of drama and suspense. This time, you really felt everyone was in danger and a lot of characters met some equally heartbreaking and gruesome ends. This leads to some incredible performances from the cast. The season ends on a big cliffhanger (or two) that will leave you dying to see what happens.
To sum up this was a superb penultimate season that left me really excited for the seventh and final series.